A Nobel prize winner at 33, Joshua Lederberg's findings were wide-ranging and far-reaching
By Gregory MonePosted 02.05.2008 at 12:23 pm 0 Comments
Nobel winner Joshua Lederberg, recognized as one of the founders of the field of molecular biology, died this past weekend at the age of 82. Lederberg made key discoveries about gene exchange in bacteria—he basically figured out they can have sex, and dont simply reproduce through cell division.
The country inaugurates its space program with a rocket launch, but many observers fear that more than scientific inquiry is at play
By Gregory MonePosted 02.05.2008 at 12:08 pm 0 Comments
The U.S. State Department is not happy about yesterdays celebratory announcement and rocket launch in Iran. Revealing the opening of a new space center, Iran also launched a rocket, the Explorer-1, towards the heavensalthough whether it actually got to space is up for debate, since Irans first domestically built rocket, sent skyward last year, may have failed to reach orbit. Iran says this effort is all about scientific and technological development, but the international community is clearly concerned that the country isnt just envisioning using these rockets to launch satellites.
The social networking giant follows in Facebook's steps with a set of easy apps
By Gregory MonePosted 02.05.2008 at 11:45 am 0 Comments
MySpace, the popular online community and social networking site, announced plans to add games, email and other features developed by outside providers next month. Adding applications from the outside is possible now, but its a little too difficult for the average member, involving cutting and pasting the relevant code from a third party.
Consumers gain a little more power over their cellphones as a leading seller of cell numbers drops out of the game
By Greg MonePosted 02.05.2008 at 11:40 am 0 Comments
February 5, 2008
Getting cold-called on your mobile is even more annoying than the end-of-the-day ring on your home phone, but now one of the companies thats responsible for selling your cell number is going to discontinue the service.
For astronauts on the ISS, a new robot means fewer risky spacewalks
By Gregory MonePosted 02.04.2008 at 12:14 pm 2 Comments
Replacing a circuit breaker in a dark basement is one thing. But what if you had to climb around the outside of a spacecraft orbiting hundreds of miles above the Earth to do it? This kind of dangerous maintenance work has become fairly common for astronauts aboard the International Space Station, where they spend as much time fixing the $100-billion-plus orbiting science lab as they do performing actual research.
A leading spammer gets busted for fraudulent subject lines
By Gregory MonePosted 02.04.2008 at 12:13 pm 3 Comments
The Federal Communications Commission busted an online advertiser that used misleading subject lines in its spam, leading consumers to believe they were eligible for free products. The company, Member Source Media, settled with the FCC for $200,000 and other penalties. But its kind of a wonder that they were successful at all.
Keep them shut. Researchers find a nap is the surest way to retain information
By Gregory MonePosted 02.01.2008 at 12:53 pm 0 Comments
Next time you're caught napping in your cube, or some little hideaway in your office, just cite the work of Harvard Medical School scientist Matthew Tucker and his colleagues, which appears in the latest issue of the journal Sleep, then tell your colleague or boss to scurry away.
An ordinary anchor-drop may have been the cause of a bandwidth drop so large it's affecting stock markets
By Gregory MonePosted 01.31.2008 at 6:21 pm 1 Comment
Snapped undersea cables off the coast of Egypt have cut bandwidth in India to half its normal capacity. Users from Bangladesh to Egypt have been affected, and even Dubai's stock exchange experienced some problems late Wednesday. Big companies with backup plans probably won't be hurt too badly, but the outsourcing industry could experience some hiccups, as all those administrative and customer-service-related tasks could slow.
Reporting in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Wake Forest University researchers say they've solved part of the mystery of why it feels so good to scratch an itch, even when you know it's no longer helping.