Archive for Jun 28, 2013

Mitochondrial Replacement “three-parent IVF” set for UK go-ahead

Mitochondrial Replacement “three-parent IVF” set for UK go-ahead

Artificially inseminated babies created from the genes of three people could be a reality as early as 2014, with the UK the first to approve so-called mitochondria replacement to prevent inheritable diseases. The controversial procedure involves transferring the genetic material from two parents into an egg from another woman; by removing the donor egg's nucleus, and replacing it with the parents' nucleus, the risk of inherited defects that could have otherwise been passed down to the baby is removed. However, the fact that the child will have DNA from three parents, not two - albeit only around 0.1-percent from the woman who donated the egg - has some genetic modification opponents angry, given IVF embryos are destroyed in the process.

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BlackBerry posts $84m loss in Q1 2014; predicts more losses to come

BlackBerry posts $84m loss in Q1 2014; predicts more losses to come

BlackBerry saw smartphone sales rise in the most recent quarter, financial year Q1 2014, but failed to make a profit, with losses of $84m ramping up the pressure on CEO Thorsten Heins to turn around the firm. The Canadian company's latest results show revenues rose - year-on-year - for the three month period, now up to $3.1bn compared to $2.8bn in 2012 - with sales overall of 6.8m Blackberry handsets, though it has not yet detailed what proportion of those ran BlackBerry 10.

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Terminator movie reboot in 2015 (but is Arnie in it?)

Terminator movie reboot in 2015 (but is Arnie in it?)

Terminator is the next sci-fi classic to get a reboot, with news that the 1984 movie will return as part one of a new trilogy in 2015, with rumors that Arnold Schwarzenegger will star. The new three-parter is the handiwork of Paramount Pictures, Skydance, and Annapurna Pictures, and though there's no indication of who might direct the first movie, there's already a pair of high-profile writers attached to take on the screenplay.

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Star Trek deflector shield could protect Mars mission from cancer risk

Star Trek deflector shield could protect Mars mission from cancer risk

A Star Trek style deflector shield that could protect deep-space astronauts, such as the much-discussed manned mission to Mars, from cancer-causing levels of radiation is in testing, researchers have revealed. The system, described as a "mini-magnetosphere" in reference to the Earth's magnetic field which protects us from solar radiation, is the handiwork of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and relies upon the fact that by creating a magnetic field around a spacecraft, the dangerous rays can be deflected and the astronauts preserved in a bubble of safety for their journey.

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Wi-Vi lets smartphones see through walls

Wi-Vi lets smartphones see through walls

Using WiFi to "see through walls" and track people when they're moving could be a new feature on your next smartphone, if MIT researchers have their way, with a low-cost method of tracking relying on the wireless connectivity cooked up in their labs. The project, dubbed Wi-Vi, repurposes WiFi in a similar manner to sonar or radar, pinging out radio waves and then tracking how they're bounced back. Since WiFi can pass through walls, so Wi-Vi can give a glimpse of what's happening through barriers, albeit with some limitations.

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Motion Tennis uses AirPlay to turn iPhone and Apple TV into Wii rival

Motion Tennis uses AirPlay to turn iPhone and Apple TV into Wii rival

Apple may not have turned the Apple TV into a console yet, but that hasn't stopped one game developer from trying it, with Motion Tennis turning the iPhone into a Wii style motion-controller for the set-top box. The game relies on AirPlay Mirroring, more commonly associated with screen sharing, but used by Rolocule Games to translate gyroscope and accelerometer data from how the iPhone is swung into Wiimote-like motion information to control the virtual players on-screen.

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US Army blocks whistleblower Guardian over PRISM

US Army blocks whistleblower Guardian over PRISM

The US Army has blocked access to the website of UK newspaper and PRISM whistleblower The Guardian, claiming security issues over leaked "classified information". Describing the move as "network hygiene" a spokesperson for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) confirmed the block to the Monterey Herald, after restricted access was spotted this week. "There are strict policies and directives in place regarding protecting and handling classified information" spokesman Gordon Van Vleet highlighted, with army security staff supposedly arguing that in fact the censorship is in the best interests of armed forces employees.

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Intel CTO Justin Rattner resigning with temporary leave, will return “at a later date”

Intel CTO Justin Rattner resigning with temporary leave, will return “at a later date”

Intel has announced that its Chief Technology Officer, Justin Rattner, will be resigning from his role as the company's CTO. His stepping down is to meet a corporate bylaw in Intel which states that a corporate officer is not allowed to serve after the age of 65. The resignation has taken place immediately, with Rattner leaving Intel temporarily for personal reasons.

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Planetary protection regulations stymieing Mars missions, says researchers

Planetary protection regulations stymieing Mars missions, says researchers

While NASA has been carrying out some extensive missions on Mars, looking for evidence of water and signs that the planet could have supported life, it has been required to follow strict requirements to prevent contamination. The idea behind this is that the introduction of microbes from Earth could harm the Martian planet, something researchers have spoken out against today.

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Toshiba Ultra HD 4K TV pricing and availability unveiled

Toshiba Ultra HD 4K TV pricing and availability unveiled

We first got a look at Toshiba's upcoming Ultra HD 4K TVs in January at CES, with the company providing a lot of specs, but nothing in the areas of pricing, with availability being pegged as "summer 2013." It has been a solid six months, and both the price tag and the launch date of all three models in the L9300U line - the 58-inch, the 65-inch, and the 84-inch - have been announced.

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