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store data with live bacteria

Posted by BoxersFracture On 2007-02-27 1 comments

A research team said this week it had developed a technology for storing digital data in the DNA of bacteria, which unlike most living organisms can survive for millennia in the right conditions.

Each hay bacillus bacterium can store two megabits — the equivalent of 1.6 million Roman letters. The scientists can take out the microscopic implants in a laboratory and read them so they appear as ordinary text.

The team at Keio University’s Institute for Advanced Biosciences said the technology needs to be perfected but that it was optimistic about its future uses.

“If I wanted to store my personal diary in these live bacteria and take it with me to my grave, then my story can live for thousands and thousands of years,” head researcher Yoshiaki Ohashi said with a laugh.

In practical terms, the technology could eventually benefit companies such as pharmaceutical makers which want to “stamp” their brand.

“In doing so, the company can detect piracy and protect its patent. They can also store information at one specific area of the gene and retrieve it from there,” Ohashi said.

The researchers insert the data at four different places so even if one is disrupted, there would be backup.

But the team said they still needed to work before the technology could go on the market. In particular, the scientists need to ensure that the DNA will not be altered as live bacteria naturally evolve.

Hay bacillus bacteria are generally found in soil or decaying matter and are especially resistant to extreme weather.

Drm Mchn (OMG)

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2007-02-25 3 comments

1) Set your subwoofer enabled sound system to a as loud a level as is comfortable.
2) Follow link

- - - - - CRISPY !

SO you think you can draw?

Posted by CPM On 2007-02-21 0 comments

I'm always amazed by the inner (often hidden) workings of the human mind. This is so impressive - I watched it twice.

Never Obsolete !

Posted by Kyro Sk On 4 comments

Hmmm...... Celeron 533 !
Internet Powered !
99$ Lifetime Upgrades !

Monkeys flying out of butts!

Cats and dogs living together !

Mass Hysteria !

stevacek Flickr

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2007-02-16 0 comments

Guy has a real eye for pictures. Looks like he does them using a regular camera and then touches them up using Photoshop or something similar.

Pretty amazing!

Piracy Notices

Posted by Clockwork On 8 comments

CBC article on Notices being sent by ISP's on behalf of copyright holders to "IPineers" and other such freebooters.

Has anyone received a nasty e-mail from NBC, the Business Software Alliance or anyone else?

Michael Geist is the media darling of IP law in Canada. Here are his thoughts on the "notice and notice" system.

Friday Night

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2007-02-14 0 comments

It will be small, but I'm going to have a good time.
If interested, I'm playing from 10 till 11, it may be totally empty at that time, but it may not. I'm not playing UK Hard House, I'll be playing some punchy tech'n'trance instead.


Posted by Kyro Sk On 2007-02-06 1 comments

So, Bill Gates was saying some pretty crazy things about vista - again. Got me reading around a bit - came across that old ad for the "new" Macintosh, circa 1984.

I like the woman personally, her "athleticism", yeah that's it.

Best Internet Radio

Posted by Rippin Kittin On 2007-02-05 1 comments

So, since I began working from my house I've struggled to find a good internet radio station as my taste in music ranges from ElectroPop to Emo to BritPop... I just stumbled across this site that lets you put in the music you like and it then plays songs from those artists and songs similar in style to your choices.
For some, this may not be new - maybe I've just been living in an Internet Radio-less cave for the last 15 years... but I had to share.

Mmmmmm Wonder Drugs

Posted by ScrewLoose On 2007-02-02 5 comments

Panexa. Ask your doctor for a reason to take it.