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“We could put the whole world’s knowledge in 4 grams of DNA”

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Information Storage in DNA from Wyss Institute on Vimeo.

While not the first project to demonstrate the potential of DNA storage, Church’s team married next-generation sequencing technology with a novel strategy to encode 1,000 times the largest amount of data previously stored in DNA.

The researchers used binary code to preserve the text, images and formatting of the book at a density of 5.5 petabits (1 million gigabits) per cubic millimeter. “The information density and scale compare favorably with other experimental storage methods from biology and physics,” said Sri Kosuri, a senior scientist at the Wyss Institute and senior author on the paper. The team also included Yuan Gao, a former Wyss postdoc who is now an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

And where some experimental media — like quantum holography — require incredibly cold temperatures and tremendous energy, DNA is stable at room temperature. “You can drop it wherever you want, in the desert or your backyard, and it will be there 400,000 years later,” Church said.

Book written in DNA code


NASA Turns to 3D Printing for Self-Building Spacecraft

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Spacecraft could build themselves or huge space telescopes someday by scavenging materials from space junk or asteroids. That wild vision stems from a modest proposal to use 3D printing technology aboard a tiny satellite to create a much larger structure in space.

The "SpiderFab" project received $100,000 from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts program to hammer out a design and figure out whether spacecraft self-construction makes business sense. Practical planning and additional funding could lead to the launch of a 3D-printing test mission within several years.

"We'd like someday to be able to have a spacecraft create itself entirely from scratch, but realistically that's quite a ways out," said Robert Hoyt, CEO and chief scientist of Tethers Unlimited Inc. "That's still science fiction."....Read All


Atomic bond types discernible in single-molecule images

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Nanographene AFM imageNanographene AFM image

A pioneering team from IBM in Zurich has published single-molecule images so detailed that the type of atomic bonds between their atoms can be discerned.The same team took the first-ever single-molecule image in 2009 and more recently published images of a molecule shaped like the Olympic rings.The new work opens up the prospect of studying imperfections in the "wonder material" graphene or plotting where electrons go during chemical reactions.The images are published in Science.The team, which included French and Spanish collaborators, used a variant of a technique called atomic force microscopy, or AFM......


Second Belgian reactor has indications of cracks -regulator

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(Reuters) - A second nuclear reactor in Belgium has indications of cracks in its core tank, the country's nuclear regulator said on Thursday.

Preliminary results of tests being carried out on the tank of Tihange 2, a reactor operated by GDF Suez unit Electrabel, showed indications of cracks, but fewer than those found at another reactor.

Last month Belgium halted the 1,006 megawatt Doel 3 reactor operated by GDF Suez unit Electrabel after the discovery of suspected cracks in the core tank.


Strange Hum Keeping West Seattle Awake (audio of sound!) – Sept 6, 2012

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Strange Hum Keeping West Seattle Awake.

“Julie Schickling stood out on her porch in West Seattle just after midnight because she couldn’t explain what she was hearing. So she recorded the sound (link above).

“It gets high and lower, and goes away, then comes back,” said Schickling.

Some of her neighbors report being shaken out of bed by the low rumble, also described as a growl. In fact, as many people you talk with is about how many different words you heard to describe it.

“It is kind of creepy,” Kay Kirkpatrick, the West Seattle resident said of the sound. “It creeps you out a little bit.”

The neighboring large industries say they aren’t to blame.
Then what is? Something the City of Seattle is looking into.”


RAP NEWS 15: Big Brother is WWWatching You

E-mail Print PDF Juice Rap News: Episode 15 - Big Brother is WWWatching You. September 2012 rocks around with some crucial developments in the ongoing struggle over the future of the internet. Will it remain the one open frequency where humanity can bypass filters and barriers; or become the greatest spying machine ever imagined? The future is being decided as we type. Across Oceania, States have been erecting and installing measures to legalise the watching, tracking and storage of data of party-members and proles alike. If they proceed, will this place ever be the same? Join our plucky host Robert Foster as he conducts an incisive analysis of the situation at hand. Joining him are newly appointed Thought Police General at the Pentopticon, Darth O'Brien Baxter, and a surprisingly lucid Terence Winston Moonseed. Once again, in the midst of this Grand Human Experiment, we are forced to ask tough questions about our future. Will it involve a free internet which will continue to revolutionise the way the world communicates with itself? Or is our picture of the future a Boot stamping on this Human InterFace forever?....


Think hard to fly: Chinese scientists unveil mind-controlled drone

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Chinese researchers have unveiled a system that allows users to control drones with their thoughts (Screenshot from video / courtesy Youtube user CCNTLab)

Chinese researchers have unveiled a system that allows users to control drones with their thoughts (Screenshot from video / courtesy Youtube user CCNTLab)

Chinese researchers have unveiled a system that allows users to control drones with their thoughts. The technology was designed to help handicapped people, but could have ample applications in other fields as well.

A video posted to YouTube by researchers at Zhejiang University shows how the system, called Flybuddy2, works. And it appears that you don’t have to be a nuclear scientist to build one. All you need is an EEG headset with a Bluetooth connection to a laptop – plus a quadrotor Parrot AR Drone linked to the computer....
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Desmond Tutu calls for Blair and Bush to be tried over Iraq

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been a long time critic of the war in Iraq

Tony Blair and George W Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague over the Iraq war, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said.Writing in the UK's Observer newspaper, he accused the former leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction.The Iraq military campaign had made the world more unstable "than any other conflict in history", he said.Mr Blair responded by saying "this is the same argument we have had many times with nothing new to say".....Read all



Ecuador to make Assange asylum bid decision 'this week'

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Julian Assange
Julian Assange has been at Ecuador's embassy in London since 19 June

Ecuador's president has said he hopes to make a decision on whether Julian Assange will be granted political asylum in the country this week.Rafael Correa said he would consult advisers on Wednesday before deciding......Read all



Roswell UFO Crash: There Were 2 Crashes, Not 1, Says Ex-Air Force Official

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Former Air Force Col. Richard French says he was an official UFO debunker and there were two, not one, Roswell UFO crashes.

The 1947 UFO controversy of Roswell, N.M. is like a bad penny: It keeps turning up.

The legend, rehashed by conspiracy theorists in countless documentaries, revolves around allegations that an unusual object fell from the sky -- an object so bizarre that the U.S. Air Force issued a press release that a flying saucer had crashed.

That story was quickly recanted, creating what would become one of the greatest urban legends in American history.

Until now, most debunkers doubted that there was even one crash. Now, in an exclusive interview, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard French told The Huffington Post that there were actually two crashes.

This revelation is especially remarkable considering that French was known in the past to debunk UFO stories.

"There were actually two crashes at Roswell, which most people don't know," French told HuffPost. "The first one was shot down by an experimental U.S. airplane that was flying out of White Sands, N.M., and it shot what was effectively an electronic pulse-type weapon that disabled and took away all the controls of the UFO, and that's why it crashed."

French -- an Air Force pilot who was in Alamagordo, N.M., in 1947, being tested in an altitude chamber, an annual requirement for rated officers -- was very specific in how the military allegedly brought down what he believes was a spacecraft from another world.....Read All


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