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Radiation in space could cause changes in the brains of astronauts

Radiation in space could cause changes in the brains of astronauts

A new study conducted on mice has been investigating what the effect of radiation in space that astronauts would be subject to on a mission to Mars might do to the brain. NASA hopes to put astronauts on the surface of Mars or possibly asteroids closer to the earth in the coming decades. According to the study, researchers have shown for the first time that exposure to radiation levels equivalent to a Mars mission could produce cognitive problems and speed changes in the brain.

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Batchwiper malware wipes disk partitions on Iranian computers

Batchwiper malware wipes disk partitions on Iranian computers

Iranian computer systems have been hit with another bout of damage, this time from the malware Batchwiper, which, as its name suggests, infects a computer and promptly proceeds to wipe its disk partitions and user profile directories. The attack is said to be simplistic and is designed to only wipe data on specific dates, with the next one being January 21. Thus far, how the malware is spreading to machines is unknown.

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US denies hacking French government

US denies hacking French government

The US government has "categorically refuted" accusations that it hacked computers used by the French presidency, after a magazine claimed a US team used malware and social engineering to access confidential data. The hack, which reportedly took place during the May elections, saw a staff member of then-president Nicolas Sarkozy fooled into clicking a fake Elysée presidential office webpage, L'Express claims. That supposedly allowed the US team to harvest that employee's login details.

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Star Wars Episode 7 cast begins to assemble

Star Wars Episode 7 cast begins to assemble

We've begun our long in-depth search through the waves of both legitimate and falsified information coming in surrounding Star Wars Episode VII, the first in a series of three films born of Disney's recent acquisition of Lucasfilm. What we're seeing here extremely early on in the game is very few solid details and an overflow of rumors the likes of which we've only come to see from the release of an iPhone - imagine that. At the outset, we've got this: Michael Arndt is attached as writer and George Lucas will indeed be involved.

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Light by Moore’s Cloud is a color changing light cube

Light by Moore’s Cloud is a color changing light cube

Lately there've been a number of LED lights turn up seeking funding to come to market on various crowd-sourced funding sites that allow users to customize the color of the light. Two of the most recent we have talked about have been LED light bulbs that are screwed into normal light sockets. Today another LED color changing light has turned up, but this one isn't a bulb.

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HTC DLX (aka DROID DNA) launches in China on December 6

HTC DLX (aka DROID DNA) launches in China on December 6

For those of you remembering all to well the code-name for the device now known in the USA as DROID DNA, the HTC DLX should come as no surprise to you - rumor of its announcement comes with a launch date for China, too. This device is working with many of the same specifications that the USA version of the HTC J Butterfly, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor for some of the best processing power on the market. It's also got that fabulous 5-inch display with 440 PPI, the most densely packed set of pixels in the whole world!

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James Bond Skyfall crew turned to 3D printers for Aston Martin DB5 stunt double

James Bond Skyfall crew turned to 3D printers for Aston Martin DB5 stunt double

The Aston Martin DB5 is a classic piece of machinery, and it was featured in earlier James Bond films like Goldfinger and Thunderball over 50 years ago. The car also made an appearance in the latest Bond movie, Skyfall, where it exploded into flames during an intense action scene. However, what you saw in the movie was actually a 1:3 scale 3D-printed model of a DB5.

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AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 coming November 9 for $99

AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 coming November 9 for $99

AT&T has finally unveiled its pricing and launch dates for their range of Windows Phone 8 devices. Nokia's Lumia 920 will be available for a cool $99.99 on November 9, with pre-orders starting on November 7. Nokia's Lumia 820 will also launch on November 9 and will be priced at $49.99 with pre-orders starting on November 7. HTC's Windows Phone 8X starts at $99.99 for the 8GB version and $199.99 for the 16GB. The 8X will be available sometime "before Thanksgiving."

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$3,000 Tata Nano minicar destined for the US

$3,000 Tata Nano minicar destined for the US

The $3,000 Tata Nano, a minicar that resembles the Smart Car, has been rolling around India for a few years, only occasionally bursting into flames for no apparent reason. It seems that the Indian automaker is moving into the US market, with plans to launch the redesigned Nano in the next three years. Don't get your hopes up for an ultra-cheap car, however; after being upgraded to meet US standards, the $3,000 price tag will be closer to $8,000 (which is still pretty cheap, actually).

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