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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...

Image 1 - China Launches Tiangong-1 Space Lab
2011-09-29 10:44:10

China´s Tiangong-1 space laboratory was launched from the Jiuquan spaceport in the Gobi Desert on Thursday at 21:16 local time (13:16 GMT) aboard the Long March 2F rocket, reports BBC News. The rocket´s ascent took the spacecraft out over the Pacific and into orbit where it will be stationed roughly 218 miles above Earth. The 35-foot-long module will be unmanned for now, but China does plan to send its astronauts to the station sometime next year. This marks China´s first...

Bacteria Used to Encrypt Messages
2011-09-28 05:20:48

Scientists have discovered a method whereby E. Coli bacteria are used to encrypt messages. The discovery, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by researchers from Tufts University, allows simple messages to be encoded by genetically modified bacteria that produce different florescence proteins. These proteins react to different light frequencies allowing patterns to be developed. The scientists setup an alphabet and grid system using seven...

Sea Launch Completes First Post-Bankruptcy Liftoff
2011-09-26 04:04:42

  A spacecraft launch service operating from a mobile sea platform in the Pacific Ocean successfully completed their first launch since emerging from bankruptcy protection in late 2010, BBC News Science Correspondent Jonathan Amos reported on Saturday. Sea Launch, which completed Chapter 11 reorganization procedures on October 27 of last year, launched the Atlantic Bird 7 broadcast satellite from its Odyssey Launch Platform. The launch, which took place near the Equator, was the...

2011-09-25 07:38:02

An Irish coroner has ruled that a 76-year-old man who burned to death last December was a victim of spontaneous combustion, according to BBC News reports on Friday. Dr. Ciaran McLoughlin, the coroner of West Galway, said that the death of Michael Faherty was the first case of spontaneous combustion he had ever seen. Faherty died at his home in Clareview Park, Ballybane, on December 22, 2010, and according to the British news agency, "investigators had been baffled as to the cause of Mr....

2011-09-25 07:03:15

Apple is being sued by Taiwanese chip designer Via, which claims that the American company "willfully" infringed upon their patents, BBC News reported on Friday. According to the British media report, Via says that the ideas in question were used in Apple TV, the iPod, iPad, and iPhone, as well as the operating system software these devices utilize. The patents reportedly involve the ways in which these products' chips use and transfer data. James Kendrick of ZDNet Mobile News reports...

2011-09-25 06:54:31

Japanese plants currently threatened in their homeland could live on thanks to botanists and enthusiasts in the UK, a new study is reporting. According to a Friday article by BBC News Environment Reporter Mark Kinver, the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BCGI) found over 350 Japanese species in gardens and collections there, including 106 vascular plant species included in UK collections, but not in native ones. This discovery could help "protect potentially vital specimens,"...

2011-09-25 06:49:00

Researchers in the Netherlands have built a prototype device that could help patients who have suffered a stroke or spinal injury improve their movement, BBC News Health Reporter Neil Bowdler wrote on Friday. The device, Bowdler says, is known as the Lower-extremity Powered ExoSkeleton (LOPES), and it "works by training the body and mind of a patient to recover a more natural step." LOPES was developed by engineers at the University of Twente in Enschede in the Netherlands. It is not a...

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