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NASA Contracts Company to Develop Replacement Tissues

"We recently discussed one such effort, with Bigelow Aerospace agreeing to a memorandum of understanding to brainstorm with NASA about creating a long-term Moon colony based on inflatable modules.

Now another interesting collaboration has popped up. NASA has signed agreements with GRoK Technologies LLC, a Houston, Texas-based research and development startup, to grow human tissues. (Note: There's a similarly named, but unaffiliated bioinformatics company called GroK Solutions -- beware.)"

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Tiny Motors Controlled Inside Human Cells

"cold fjord tips a BBC report about the successful installation of microscopic motors into living, human cells. The motors were propelled inside the cell by pulses of ultrasound and steered with magnetism. "At low ultrasonic power, the nanomotors had little effect on these cells. But when the power was increased, the nanomotors surged into action, zooming around and bumping into organelles — structures within the cell that perform specific functions"

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Payments experts assure Senate that swipe-and-sign cards will disappear in 2015

"In 2012, MasterCard and Visa decided on a timeline, setting October 2015 as the deadline for the switch away from swipe-and-sign cards, which are notoriously easy to gather information from."

”Chip-and-PIN makes it much harder to copy a card when data is stolen,” a Symantec representative testified before the committee on Tuesday. “It also makes it harder to steal data in the first place due to encryption. It also makes physically stealing a credit card less useful, since you don’t have a PIN.”

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Video Review #1574: SilverStone NB03 & NB04 Notebook Coolers

The SilverStone NB03 Notebook Cooler comes with a 160mm fan, mesh top and plastic bottom, rubber feet and can be tilted. The NB04 Notebook Cooler has a 200mm fan, but is all aluminum and comes in silver and black. Both are great affordable notebook coolers.


Video Review #1573: Thecus N2310 NAS

The Thecus N2310 NAS comes with an 800Mhz processor, 512MB DDR3 memory, holds up to two 2.5" or 3.5" drives, has a gigabit LAN connection, USB 2 and 3 ports, and impressive software, including Plex media center. This is a cost effective, easy to setup Network Attached Storage device for the home or office.


Video Review #1572: Genius DVR-FHD650 Vehicle Recorder

The Genius DVR-FHD650 Vehicle Recorder comes with a 2MP CMOS sensor, has an excellent lens, it's capable of 1080p at 30FPS, packs a 2.4" TFT LCD & supports micro SDHC cards up to 32GB in size. It also has a 3-axis G-Sensor that will tune the camera on in the case of an accident. If you spend a lot of time on the road, this is a must have.


Video Review #1571: Cooler Master Elite 110 Case

The Cooler Master Elite 110 Case fits mini-ITX form factor motherboards, standard ATX PSUs, up to three 3.5" & four 2.5" drives can be installed. They include one 120mm fan, but alternatively a radiator can be installed or a 140mm fan. As well, it accepts video cards up to 210mm in length, 70mm high CPU coolers and PSUs up to 180mm long. It's a smart, affordable SFF case that has lots of potential.


Mantle renderer now available in Battlefield 4

"The new game update for Battlefield 4 brings the Mantle renderer that DICE has developed in conjunction with AMD. With this first release of Mantle, you can expect performance increases in the game if you have the hardware to support it. In this blog post, the Technical Director for Frostbite details this exciting new step for the Battlefield series..." How to enable Mantle In order to use Mantle you will need the following: -AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta drivers.
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Video Review #1570: NZXT H440 Case

The NZXT H440 Case is stylish, the build quality is solid, has plenty of quality fans, lots of drive bays and ample space inside for hardware. Also, this is a water cooling wet dream as there are so many radiator placement options. NZXT nailed it with this case!

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Video Review #1569: Func HS-260 Gaming Headset

The Func HS-260 Gaming Headset come with 50mm drivers that are tuned and paired for outstanding sound, especially for gaming. The acoustic construction is closed to keep the sound in and the frequency response is 20 to 20 000 Hz, which means excellent lows and highs. As well, the 3m braided cable and the amazing mic are detachable. The design, styling and overall build quality is excellent, plus they are comfy to wear.

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Video Review #1568: SilverStone CP06 Flexible multi-SATA Cables

The SilverStone CP06 Cables comes in two different models, the CP06-E2 and the CP06-E4. Both are almost identical with flexible cables, 15pin SATA connectors and two 2200μF capacitors for stabilizing voltages, but the E2 has two SATA connectors and is intended for 2.5" drives, while the E4 has four SATA connectors and can be used on 2.5" or 3.5" drives. These cables reduce the clutter behind the drives as well as making it easier and safer to connect drives.


Video Review #1567: SilverStone CP11 World's Thinnest SATA Cable

The SilverStone CP11 is in fact the world's thinnest SATA Cable. This cable is 300mm long, comes with blue wires, 2 black SATA connectors, capable of 6Gb/s speeds and has lateral 90° angled SATA connectors. It would be the perfect space and airflow solution for a super tiny computer build!

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