Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mechanism Uncovered for Major Genetic Risk Factor of Alzheimer's Disease

ScienceDaily (Oct. 13, 2010) — Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an extremely complicated disease. Several proteins seem to be involved in its cause and progression. For example, the lipid-transport protein apolipoprotein E4 (apoE4) is the major genetic risk factor for AD, and apoE4 carriers account for 65-80% of all Alzheimer's cases, but exactly how apoE4 contributes to the disease is unclear.

Huge Shocker- 3D TVs Not Selling

Posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday October 14, @10:04AM
from the dying-from-not-surprise dept.
itwbennett writes"It comes as no surprise to the vast majority of us who haven't rushed out to buy a 3D TV, but according to a DisplaySearch report consumers aren't doing their part to make 2010 the year of 3D TV, says blogger Peter Smith. And the stats are even worse than Smith imagined they'd be: 'DisplaySearch estimates that 3.2 million 3D TVs will be shipped in 2010. Note, that's shipped, not sold. 3.2 million equates to 2% of all flat panel displays shipped (as far as I can ascertain, that's worldwide shipments). So yeah, there are not many 3D TVs being shipped this year. But wait, that's not the end of the bad news. In Western Europe (the only region where they offered this data point) sales of 3D glasses are less than 1 per 3D set sold. In other words, a lot of Western Europeans who buy a TV with 3D capability don't even bother to buy the glasses to use that feature.'"

Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1

Posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday October 14, @09:24AM
from the nerds-like-math-right dept.
eldavojohn writes"Some of the juiciest parts of mathematics are the really simple statements that cause one to immediately pause and exclaim "that can't be right!" But a recent 28 page paper in The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast (PDF) spends a great deal of time fielding questions by researchers who have explored this in depth and this seemingly impossibilityis further explored in a brief history by Dev Gualtieri who presents the digit manipulation proof: Let a = 0.999... then we can multiply both sides by ten yielding 10a = 9.999... then subtracting a (which is 0.999...) from both sides we get 10a — a = 9.999... — 0.999... which reduces to 9a = 9 and thus a = 1. Mathematicians as far back as Euler have used various means to prove 0.999... = 1."

Home WiFi Network Security Failings Exposed

Posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday October 14, @12:14PM
from the passwords-are-for-suckers dept.
An anonymous reader writes"The shocking state of home wireless (Wi-Fi) network security in the UK has been revealed by a life assistance company study. CPP used an 'ethical hacker,' Jason Hart, to test thousands of Wi-Fi networks across six UK cities, including London. He found that many didn't even have a password and roughly half of home UK Wi-Fi networks could be hacked in less than 5 seconds."

Badgers Digging Up Ancient Human Remains

Posted by samzenpus on Thursday October 14, @04:06AM
from the someone-get-a-snake dept.
One of England's oldest graveyards is under siege by badgers. Rev Simon Shouler now regularly patrols the grounds of St. Remigius Church looking for bones that the badgers have dug up. The badger is a protected species in England so they can not be killed, and attempts to have them relocated have been blocked by English Nature. From the article: "At least four graves have been disturbed so far; in one instance a child found a leg bone and took it home to his parents. ... Rev. Simon Shouler has been forced to carry out regular patrols to pick up stray bones, store them and re-inter them all in a new grave."

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pirate Electrician Supplied Power To 1,500 Homes

Posted by samzenpus on Wednesday October 13, @02:04AM
from the scuttle-the-meter dept.
fridaynightsmoke writes"A former electrical engineer for utility EDF has been prosecuted for illegally supplying power to some 1,500 homes in north London. Derek Brown, 45, was arrested in 2008 after being seen tampering with the electric grid in a manhole. He specialized in connecting separate supplies to houses that were split into apartments. One landlord involved, Haresh Parmar, was jailed for 9 months for stealing £30,000 worth of electricity for 22 of his apartments. Brown's assets will be seized and he has been sentenced to 8 months suspended, and 150 hours community service."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Computer Defeats Human At Japanese Chess

Posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday October 12, @11:54AM
from the king-me dept.
Calopteryx writes"A computer has beaten a human at shogi, otherwise known as Japanese chess, for the first time. As New Scientist reports, computers have beaten humans at western chess before, but that game is relatively simple, with only about 10^123 possible games existing that can be played out. Shogi is a *bit* more complex, offering about 10^224 possible games."

Too Much Light at Night at Night May Lead to Obesity, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Oct. 11, 2010) — Persistent exposure to light at night may lead to weight gain, even without changing physical activity or eating more food, according to new research in mice.

French City To Use CCTV For Parking Fines

Posted by Soulskill on Tuesday October 12, @02:03AM
from the nos-rendimos dept.
horza writes"The city of Nice, France is rolling out 626 CCTV cameras throughout town, giving it one of the highest levels of surveillance in the world (1.8 cameras per 1000 inhabitants). The usual rhetoric was given — that they will be used solely for reducing violent crime — but the city will now begin sending out parking tickets solely based on the CCTV video evidence."

Florida Town Builds Data Center In Water Tank

Posted by Soulskill on Monday October 11, @11:58PM
from the zombie-proof-computing dept.
miller60 writes"The Florida town of Altamonte Springs has converted an old water storage tank into a new data center. The decommissioned tank previously held up to 770,000 gallons of water, but its 18-inch-thick walls provided a hurricane-proof home for the town's IT gear, which had to be relocated three times in 2004 to ride out major storms. The Altamonte Springs facility is the latest example of data centers in strange places, including chapels, shopping malls, cargo ships, old particle accelerators and caves."