Kickstarter brings back Homebrew Computer Club

The legendary group of technologically obsessed geeks that essentially kickstarted the personal computer industry – which counted Apple co-founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs among its members – is to be reunited for one night only.

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Britain's giant panda miscarries, London zoo tiger cub drowns

Britain’s only female giant panda is believed to have suffered a miscarriage, Edinburgh Zoo said on Tuesday.

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Under Fire, TEPCO Prepares for Critical Phase of Fukushima Cleanup

Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan are about to embark on one of the most critical aspects of the clean-up: removing the fuel rods from one of the worst-hit reactors. Critics say the plant’s owners, TEPCO, should not be trusted to carry out the operation and warn the consequences of any accident would be unprecedented.

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SpaceX's Grasshopper Goes Up, Comes Down

What goes up, must come down. And sometimes, the trip back to Earth is just as important as the flight itself.

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Samsung to break ground at US research center

Samsung is set to break ground at a big Silicon Valley research center on Wednesday, just down the road from its arch-rival Apple.

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No known impact from mobile phones on health: Watchdog

France’s safety watchdog on Tuesday said it was standing by existing recommendations for mobile phones, wifi and relay antennas, saying their emissions had "no demonstrated impact" on health.

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Africa: Scientists Urge Global Collaboration On Malnutrition

[SciDev.Net]Leading nutritional scientists called for the global community to unite in its efforts against malnutrition last month at a ‘call-to-action’ reception on 26 September in New York, United States, as the world’s leaders gathered for the UN’s annual General Assembly.

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Watch An Army Robot Fire A Machine Gun

Giving missiles to flying robots is so passé. The new hotness, demonstrated by the HDT Protector above, is handing machine guns to ground robots. This past weekend, four companies tested machine-gun-firing ‘bots during an event at Fort Benning in Georgia.

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Meet Pedro Reis, The Engineer Who Finds Strength In Flaws

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Each year, Popular Science seeks out the brightest young scientists and engineers and names them the Brilliant Ten. Like the 110 honorees before them, the members of this year’s class are dramatically reshaping their fields–and the future. Some are tackling pragmatic questions, like how to secure the Internet, while others are attacking more abstract ones, like determining the weather on distant exoplanets. The common thread between them is brilliance, of course, but also impact. If the Brilliant Ten are the faces of things to come, the world will be a safer, smarter, and brighter place.–The Editors

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Government Shutdown: Bad for Insect Science

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The government shutdown has lasted more than two weeks—far longer than I personally expected—and the debt-ceiling deadline looms this Thursday. The impact on scientific research and general public health has been well documented. But how is the shutdown affecting research on insects and crop protection? And how will those impacts continue even if the shutdown ended today?

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New, Incurable Botulinum Strain Has Top Secret DNA

micrograph view of Clostridium botulinum bacteria Botulinum Toxin-Producing Clostridium botulinum and Spores CDC

It’s one of the most toxic substances known to science. You would die from inhaling 13/1,000,000,000 of a gram of it. And some folks inject small amounts of it in their faces to get rid of their wrinkles. (Go figure.) Botulinum toxins are fascinating, all-natural chemicals—they’re made by bacteria—and just last week, a team of scientists discovered a new type of the toxin, as well as a new strain of the bacterium that makes it, Clostridium botulinum.

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VMware unveils new and enhanced cloud solutions

VMware has announced new capabilities and enhancements across its portfolio of cloud management solutions to simplify and automate management of IT services for multiple clouds and platforms.

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Software defined everything – a step closer to capacity trading?

The buzz around software defined storage; networking and security are sparking new concerns in businesses. Grant Vine, Technical director at Cybervine IT Solutions, explains what they mean and what they could lead to.

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Taxation to hamper Tanzanian network expansion

Analyst firm Business Monitor says increased taxation of the telecoms sector will be a major disincentive to network expansion in Tanzania.

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‘Count on us’, says BlackBerry

BlackBerry has issued an open letter to reassure customers that the company and its products aren’t going anywhere.

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Two weeks left to enter Africa Connected

There are two weeks left in which to enter the Google Africa Connected competition, offering five winners a prize of $25,000 each.

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MTN Ghana announces data offers with Galaxy Note 3

MTN is partnering with Samsung to provide data bundles for the newly-released tablet Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

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