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DISTRIBUTED computing experiment SETI@home will be switched off on December 15 as it becomes part of the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC).
BOINC has been developed at UC Berkeley as a framework for volunteer computing projects like SETI@home. The workunit totals of users and teams will be frozen at that point, and the final totals will be available on the web.
Decaffeinated coffee may have a harmful effect on the heart by increasing the levels of a specific cholesterol in the blood, researchers say. Their explanation is that caffeine-free coffee is often made from a type of bean with a higher fat content.
It's a space-opera scene we know by heart: The hero's tiny craft faces off against the vast enemy ship. Now scale down the set a billion times or so, and replace Luke Skywalker's X-wing and the Death Star with a clump of drug-bearing molecules and a misshapen cancer cell. This scenario -- from a National Cancer Institute video -- is just one possibility offered by the burgeoning field of cancer nanotechnology, where miniscule molecules are designed with literally atomic precision to combat a disease that kills half a million Americans every year.
In the first study of its kind, researchers have found that peyote -- for now, the only legal hallucinogenic drug in the United States -- doesn't rob regular users of brain power over time.
Under current law, the government is allowed to forcibly extract DNA from people who're convicted of a crime. However, if Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have their way, law enforcement officials will be able to demand a DNA sample of people who're merely arrested, even if they're not charged with a crime. Cornyn and Kyl have proposed an amendment to the Violence Against Women act that would add to the federal Combined DNA Index System the DNA of anyone detained by a government agency.