Fox Steals Cell Phone, Sends Text in Language of the Foxes
When a friend of 16-year-old Norwegian Lars Andreas Bjercke got a text message that read "Jlv In ø \ a0ab 34348tu åaugjoi zølbmosdji jsøg ijio sjiw," he wondered why his pal would send such a random assortment of characters. Little did he know that the message was written by the fox that had stolen Bjercke's cell phone. What was the fox trying to say? It might have been bragging about snatching the cell phone, or maybe asking for some delicious rabbits. Foxes love rabbits.Read on...
Scientists Turn Mammalian Cells Into Biological “Cell Phones”Researchers in Switzerland have applied the principles behind cellular communication to mammalian cells. By reprogramming the cells with a specialized series of genes and proteins that allow for two-way communication, researchers have crafted cells that can talk to one another, sending messages via chemical signals rather than electronic transmission. The hope is that this two-way communication system can be harnessed to fight cancer, overriding orders sent by tumors with preprogrammed messages sent from other cells.Read on...
Automated Text Message Prevents Suicide BombingThank your lucky stars for those dumb text messages sent out by wireless companies, because one of them accidentally detonated a suicide bomber in Russia. With the country still reeling after the deadly attacks on the Domodedovo airport, a female suicide bomber was preparing to enter Red Square with explosives strapped to her body, but before she even made it out the door, her phone received a text message from her service provider wishing her a happy new year. Unfortunately for her, but fortunately for Moscovites, the phone had been wired up as the detonator for her bomb. Using cellphones as detonators is a fairly widespread practice. Many IEDs in Afghanistan are detonated in this manner, but it affords the handlers of suicide bombers added insurance against "cold feet." The Leader-Post also suggests that in addition to preventing the bomber from backing out, detonating remotely gives terrorists the added advantage of having a handler at a distance judge when the most amount of damage could be inflicted by a blast. As viciously ironic, sad, and scary as this story is, one wonders if Russia may have stumbled upon a new deterrent against these insidious remote bombs. (via Geek.com; image via blond avenger)Read on...
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