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Minecraft Honored At UK Video Game Festival
2011-10-31 04:41:43

The popular sandbox construction game Minecraft was named the winner of a "new arts award" at the GameCity video game culture festival in Nottingham, England, BBC News reported on Saturday. Minecraft, which was created by Swedish game designer Markus Persson and his company, Mojang, beat out Valve/Electronic Arts' Portal 2 and Microsoft's Ilomilo for the honor, Leo Kelion of the British news agency said. "It's a great honor to be compared to those games," Persson told Kelion. "Winning...

2011-10-29 07:07:34

Apple and Microsoft have both filed patents for touchless, gesture-based control systems, setting the stage for a potential battle over ownership of the emerging technology, BBC News reported Friday. According to the British media outlet's report, Microsoft's patent describes "waving one's hands to 'draw' three-dimensional objects on a computer, while Apple's designs involve allowing users to 'throw' content from one device to another." Their applications have been made public by the US...

Gene Therapy May Improve Some Forms Of Blindness
2011-10-28 09:45:12

A UK man is being treated for the progressive genetic disorder, choroideraemia, in an attempt to reverse his blindness. Jonathan Wyatt was able to see normally until about the age of 19 when he began having problems seeing in the dark. He was told by doctors that his vision would get progressively worse until eventually going blind, reports BBC News. Poor eyesight didn´t stop Wyatt, now 63 years old, from a career as a barrister but 10 years ago he found himself having difficulty...

Intellectual Property Lawsuits Against Amazon On Rise
2011-10-28 08:55:13

In a declaration filed with US financial regulators, Online retail giant Amazon has revealed that 11 companies have filed patent lawsuits against it since the start of 2011. This is more than 3 times the number from all of the previous year, BBC News is reporting. Amazon vows to dispute the 30 pending claims and intends to “vigorously defend” itself. Complaints include charges that Amazon infringes intellectual properties owned by other businesses, and that its Kindle ebook...

Successful Launch For NASA's NPP Satellite
2011-10-28 06:00:15

[ Watch the Video ] After a five-year delay, NASA´s NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California this morning at about 2:48 a.m. local time (5:48 EDT) aboard a Delta II rocket. The NPP satellite will be lifted by the rocket to its 512-mile-high orbit above Earth where it should separate from the second stage rocket at about 6:45 a.m. (PDT). The $1.5 billion NPP weather and climate satellite represents a critical first step...

Forensic Scientists Criticize FBI's New CODIS Plan
2011-10-18 04:53:22

Five members of the forensic science community criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) DNA database system, according to a BBC report by writer Paul Rincon. The FBI's CODIS system generates the genetic profiles stored in the U.S. national DNA database. The agency plans to expand the number of genetic markers used by CODIS to try and classify individual DNA profiles. However, a few forensic scientists have negative opinions about the FBI's new plan. Dr Bruce Budowle...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'