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June 26, 2009

LOTD for June 26

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 11:36 pm

This 16-year-old girl stopped aging when she was 4-year-old, with doctors unable to figure out why. She is the size of an infant with a mental capacity of a toddler, looking like a 6-month-old child. Researchers are trying to figure out why her body is immune to the growth hormone:
http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Health/story?id=7880954&page=1

Iranian cleric, a member of the powerful Assembly of Experts, say that tho leaders of the protests to the Iranian election results should be executed:
http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE55F54520090626?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

The Manas Air Base (a key supply hub for Afghanistan) will still be open for US troops to use…the Kyrgyzstan government changed their mind after getting the $$$ they were looking for:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/06/us-payoff-keeps-key-hub-for-afghanistan-open/

Classified information about big defense contracts between the Pentagon, DHS, and Northrop was obtained by a group of Canadian journalism student–they bought it for $40 in Ghana. Northrop asked for the hard drive but the students refused:
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/06/23/tech-e-waste-ghana-data-british-columbia-journalism-students.html

The Russians launched an Iranian spy satellite in 2005, but they do not appear willing to launch another despite Iran’s interest in another spy satellite launch:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/06/russians-say-nyet-to-another-iranian-satellite/

US Customs and Border Patrol is testing Predator UAVs to monitor the US/Canada border:
http://www.securitymanagement.com/news/cbp-testing-drone-along-northern-border-005786

The Allies tested unique weapons during World War II, including a cloud of sewing needles tipped with mustard gas that would poison and kill enemy troops without damaging buildings or equipment:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8119653.stm

Invisibility cloak could hide buildings from earthquakes–the “earthquake cloak” would enable the buildings to avoid the effects of a major earthquake:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17378-invisibility-cloak-could-hide-buildings-from-quakes.html

IBM researcher solved a longstanding cryptography problem, finding a method that allows for the processing of encrypted data without needed to know its content:
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27840.wss

Remote-controlled glider hit 392 mph!
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/06/dont-blink-400mph-rc-gliders-tear-through-the-air/

Tiny virus-sized capsules can deliver drugs and other materials with almost 100% efficiency to targeted cells in the bloodstream:
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/June09/GeneTherapy.html

Nanoparticle can penetrate a bacterial-produced film on prosthetics and kill the bacteria, eliminating a bacterial infection on an implanted prosthetic device:
http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2009/06/biotechnology

Researchers have found that they can get a stream of sand to behave like water:
http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=114907&org=NSF&from=news

IBM has allocated $100 million for research in mobile communications:
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/061709-ibm-allocates-100m-for-research.html?hpg1=bn

Analyst says that Nokia will sell an Android-based netbook in 2010, selling it through cellular carriers:
http://gigaom.com/2009/06/26/analyst-nokia-to-offer-an-android-netbook-in-2010/

Analyst doesn’t think that it is a great idea that Microsoft is trying to charge $120 for XP users to upgrade to Windows 7…and that is per computer, a big disincentive for home users with multiple XP computers:
http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/analyst-120-windows-7-way-too-much-173?source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_2009-06-26

This columnist makes fun of Microsoft’s pricing for Windows 7:
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