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 Monday, 20-August-2012  10:34:32 (GMT +10) - by booj

Scientists at Harvard University have managed to cram 700 Terabytes of data into one gram of DNA. Scientists have been eyeing up DNA as a potential storage medium for a long time, for three very good reasons: It’s incredibly dense (you can store one bit per base, and a base is only a few atoms large); it’s volumetric (beaker) rather than planar (hard disk); and it’s incredibly stable — where other bleeding-edge storage mediums need to be kept in sub-zero vacuums, DNA can survive for hundreds of thousands of years in a box in your garage.

Gunna sent word in of another patent war that is brewing, this time between Google’s Motorola division and Apple. Google’s Motorola division has filed a new patent lawsuit against Apple (following Samsung’s lead), opening some old wounds leftover from Motorola and Apple’s long-standing legal disputes. The complaint, submitted to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), names features like location reminders, email notifications, along phone and video players as possible infringements. Discussion here.

The Australian Federal Police have revealed they are investigating an organized credit card fraud ring. Eastern European hackers have stolen half a million credit card numbers from Australians and racked up $25 million in fraudulent transactions, federal police have revealed. Australian Federal Police were unable to provide details of their ongoing investigation, but they confirmed they were working with law enforcement bodies in other countries to tackle the organised hacking ring.

How is this for a Raspberry Pi mod! Ireland-based photographer David Hunt came up with an ingenious idea to bring the computer to his camera by making a Raspberry Pi-enhanced DSLR battery grip. Hunt's custom grip, called the Camera Pi, houses a fully functioning Linux computer (running Raspbian) with two USB ports, an Ethernet adapter, a video port, an HDMI connector, and GPIO.

Games.on.net has a preview of Ravaged, a multi-player vehicle based combat game that received funding via Kickstarter. With more time, more players and more vehicles, Ravaged could easily be one of the PC’s stand-out multiplayer experiences – the team say they put more of an emphasis on fun rather than realism, and it shows. The matches I had with the guys were crazy, hilariously over-the-top and most importantly, enjoyable.

IBM has acquired Texas Memory Systems, indicating the company will make a push into the solid state storage market. Texas Memory Systems (TMS) offers Flash based rack systems and interconnect cards. In some respects, TMS is in the same ballpark as Fusion-io and similar companies. IBM's motives are relatively obvious. The company plans to push more solid state storage into data centers. TMS provides the technology and IBM has the sales channel.

The Communications Council have released a social media code of conduct. Following the recent ruling which sees advertisers responsible for user-generated content on Facebook, the Communications Council has unveiled its Social Media Code of Conduct to address an increasingly murky social marketing landscape.

The Mars Curiosity Rover has completed the first test of its ChemCam instrument - zapping a rock with a laser. A small, flat rock known as Coronation suffered the wrath of Curiosity’s laser when the Mars rover finally fired up its ChemCam instrument and delivered 30 pulses of energy at the rock over a 10-second period. “We got a great spectrum of Coronation — lots of signal,” Roger Wiens of Los Alamos National Laboratory, leader of the ChemCam scientific team, said in a press release today. “Our team is both thrilled and working hard, looking at the results. After eight years building the instrument, it’s payoff time!”

Stefan B sent in this video of a fully working V12 engine that fits in the palm of your hand!

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