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Submission + - Life from Artificial DNA?

SixFactor writes: Bioengineering proves itself again a field of significant breakthroughs. From a Washington Post article, researchers in Maryland are about to conjure life from completely artificial DNA. This is a rich article that covers profound angles like, life as an operating system, energy, genetically manipulated food, patent law, and most interestingly, raises shades of Jurassic Park:

Many scientists say the threat [referring to "bio-error"] has been overblown. Venter notes that his synthetic genomes are spiked with special genes that make the microbes dependent on a rare nutrient not available in nature.

And we all know what happened to those critters with amphibio-dino genes, don't we? So, just because we can, should we?

Submission + - Galaxy Blasts Neighbor with Deadly Jet (

butterwise writes: " is reporting that "for the first time astronomers have witnessed a supermassive black hole blasting its galactic neighbor with a deadly beam of energy."

"The 'death star galaxy,' as NASA astronomers called it, could obliterate the atmospheres of planets but also trigger the birth of stars in the wake of its destructive beam. Fortunately, the cosmic violence is a safe distance from our own neck of the cosmos.""


Submission + - Start-up Ribbit hops into Web telephony (

butterwise writes: "CNet News is reporting on a start-up telephony company, Ribbit, that "has built a telephony switch that can connect Web-based phone calls to a variety of phone networks, including voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, services like Skype." THese services can be accessed through Flex-based APIs giving developers "the ability to send and receive calls from a Web application and transcribe a voice message into text." So how are they going to pay for all this? "The company intends to make money by charging directly for its voice service or sharing revenue with partners that use its platform to embed voice services, executives said.""

Submission + - Almost 1/2 U.S. Internet users 'Google' themselves (

butterwise writes: "Do you really want to know that much (or that little) about yourself?

As users post more information about themselves on social networking sites and elsewhere, they are also conducting more online searches about themselves, according to a new study. Almost half of all U.S. Internet users (47%) have searched for information about themselves online, up from 22% in 2002, according to a report released yesterday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Sometimes too much information is a bad thing..."


Submission + - Exploding Comet Burns Bright

butterwise writes: ""Comet Holmes is exploding and its coma, a cloud of gas and dust illuminated by the sun, has grown to be bigger than the planet Jupiter. The comet lacks the tail usually associated with such celestial bodies but can be seen in the northern sky, in the constellation Perseus, as a fuzzy spot of light about as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper." Let the pr0n jokes commence..."

Submission + - Porn Spammers receive Five Years

butterwise writes: "Two words "porn" and "spam" have been forever linked ever since e-mail became a mainstay in our digital lives. Now let's hope the two phrases "porn spam" and "jail time" become forever tied. Two spammers were prosecuted under the U.S. anti-spam law CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 and received five years in prison last week. Full Story"

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