The Daily Flash -Sci, Space, Tech (3/02)

28bits-broadcastr-blog480 Radio for the YouTube Era?

Broadcastr, a Brooklyn-based start-up whose service went live on a public beta site on Monday, collects audio clips from various sources and pins them to physical locations, so people can be fed stories, audio tour guides and historical clips that are relevant to their physical locations. Playlists can also be formed based on subject matter or source. The start-up’s founders see the project as a tool for citizen journalism and oral history as well as entertainment.

Cancerapp Smartphone app that helps doctors detect cancer

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have developed a system that can detect tumors by analysing a few thousands cells, sparing patients from the larger biopsies currently used. The palm-sized device sits on the patient’s bedside table, operated through a simple smartphone app. At the core is a micro nuclear magnetic resonance (microNMR) chip, a scaled-down version of the technology found in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. It works by using magnetic nanoparticles to measure protein levels, looking for specific markers that indicate the presence of cancer. Doctors can see the readout from the chip on their phone’s screen.









Picture-53-660x454 Google ‘Very Sorry’ After the Cloud Eats Thousands of Gmail Accounts

Google spokesman Andrew Kovacs just tweeted that the company’s initial statement on the number of users affected was wrong. “Gmail issue: affected 0.02% of users not 0.08%, restored access for 1/3, remaining 0.013% being restored on ongoing basis,all w/in 12 hrs.” That means the number of affected accounts is probably closer to 40,000. Kovacs’s tweet makes no mention of data recovery.) For years now, Google has touted the reliability of its cloud-based products — web services like Gmail and Docs that live on remote Google servers, which users can access from anywhere. Of course, if you were one of the estimated 150,000 people whose Gmail accounts vanished into the ether Sunday night, you may be re-evaluating the efficacy of these cloud-based services. In a statement, Google said the bug is affecting less than 0.08 percent of the Gmail user base.

Libyan authorities restrict internet access ! Rebels Smash Holes in Libya's Internet Firewall

As anti-Qadaffi rebels gain the upper hand in the Libyan Civil War, opposition forces are managing to gain control of the Internet. Although Fast Company previously reported on Libya's attempts to block access to the Internet, ingenious activists are punching holes in the blockade.
At press time, access to social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube is still blocked in Tripoli. However, other cities–both those in the liberated east and within Qadaffi-controlled areas–are managing to gain unfettered, free access to the Internet. Security expert Craig Labovitz of Arbor Networks detected a sharp surge in Libyan Internet traffic (graphic above) that he attributed to cracks in the Libyan firewall:In what may be an indicator of the rapidly evolving political situation within Libya, Internet traffic in and out of the country climbed over the weekend.

New Telescope 12 Xs Sharper than Hubble  to be Built on Dormant Hawaii Volcano

The Hawaiian government's Department of Land and Natural Resources has granted a permit to the University of Hawaii to build and operate the $1.3 billion Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea, a 13,803-foot (4,207-meter) volcanic peak on Hawaii's Big Island.The new telescope will scan the heavens in a range of wavelengths, from the ultraviolet to the mid-infrared. Its 98-foot-wide (30 m) primary mirror will give the telescope nine times the light-collecting power of today's most powerful telescopes in the optical/infrared range of the light spectrum, project officials said. For comparison, Hawaii's Keck Telescope — a go-to instrument for confirming many of the alien planet candidates detected by NASA's Kepler mission — has a mirror 33 feet (10 m) wide. The telescope will allow astronomers to peer out to the edge of the observable universe, near the beginning of time. An advanced adaptive optics system will also give the telescope high-resolution vision, providing images more than 12 times sharper than those taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, officials said.



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