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HJED (1304957) writes "NewScientist is reporting that a study of fMRI scans and DNA samples from 20,000 people has shown that the gene HMGA2 can effect the size of the brain by approximately.58% and a smaller study of 1642 people has found that it also increases IQ by 1.29.
This kind of science is very interesting, but it also has some dangerous implications which could be used as justification by racists groups and individuals. It also has interesting implications for the nature vs. nurture debate, I'd be interested to know what the/. crowds take on this is?/p?" Link to Original Source top
HJED (1304957) writes "New Scientist is reporting that as of 10:30pm GMT Eygpt appears to be almost completely disconnected from the internet. Interestingly the main stream media appears not to have caught on yet.
HJED (1304957) writes "New Scientist is reporting that the joint winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2008, Luc Montagnier is claiming that DNA can send 'electromagnetic imprints' of it self into distant cells and fluids which can then be used by enzymes to create copies of the original DNA. This would be equivalent to quantum teleportation. Original paper is here[PDF]." top
HJED (1304957) writes "The U.S. Justice Department has served Twitter with a subpoena for the personal information and private messages of Wikileaks supporters. There's a copy of the subpoena here[PDF] and boing boing has a detailed article about it here. Twitter has 3 days to turn over the information." Link to Original Source top
HJED writes "I was looking at University courses recently and was wondering what exactly is the difference between Computer Science and Computer Engineering both as a carer and as a subject because the courses offered at the moment seem to be quite similar.
I thought perhaps it would be interested to learn the slashdot perceptions on the subject[s] and whether anyone has any clear explanations of the differences in focus/carers of the two topics." Link to Original Source top
HJED (1304957) writes "The BBC reports that the EU will soon vote on laws that will among other things "bestows powers on governments to decide which programs can be "lawfully" used on the internet" this could easily lead to governments banning Firefox and other software." Link to Original Source top
HJED (1304957) writes "The BBC reports that Virgin Media has sent 800 letters to P2P users in a ten week campaign to 'educate' users about Downloading (?)
The letter threatens consumers with disconnection. The letter also warned users of legal action" Link to Original Source