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China surpasses US in number of smart phone activations

China now leads the US in smart phone activations, according to a new market study.

New supersonic airplane may speed up travel in the future

Researchers at MIT have created computer simulations of a "biplane" that may help speed up future air travel.

Zynga launches website for gamers away from Facebook

Popular app maker, Zynga Inc. launched its "Project Z" Thursday, offering gamers a chance to play the company's popular games on their website instead of on traditional social media platforms such as Facebook.

Australian website connects ex-lovers, explains why you were dumped

A new social media website tells you why your ex stopped loving you.
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Only married couples or non-Muslims are allowed to get intimate on Feb. 14 in Malaysia. (SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Don't send your ex-girlfriend flowers. Send her a questionnaire asking why she dumped you.

Can video games cure cancer?

Technological advancement is often driven by the hardware demands of new video games. Now researchers say that such advancements are aiding in cancer research.
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Visitors play at the 'Starcraft' stand of U.S. video game company Blizzard Entertainment during the 'gamescom', Europe's biggest trade fair for interactive games and entertainment on August 19, 2009 in Cologne, Germany. The inaugural gamescom in Cologne is a five-day games expo for consumers and trade. (Alex Grimm/AFP/Getty Images)

The biggest motivation for the advancement of computer technology is, more often than not, the hardware demands of new video games. As hardcore gamers run out to buy the latest pieces of hardware for their Skynet level computers, the cost for top of the line equipment is driven down.

A report on Wake Forest University gives a glimpse into the lab of biophysicist Samuel Cho, where he uses advanced GPUs (graphics processing units), to simulate cellular life. In the simulations, Cho can see the hidden states in the folding and unfolding of the RNA molecule in human telomerase enzyme found in cancerous cells, giving scientists a more accurate view of how the cellular molecule functions for the first time. 

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“If it wasn’t for gamers who kept buying these GPUs, the prices wouldn’t have dropped, and we couldn’t have used them for science,” Cho says in the report.

Researchers hope to develop a new drug that would stop the human telomerase enzyme from adding onto the DNA of the cell, so the tumor dies. 


Apple factory in Foxconn City inspected by Fair Labor Association

A 2009 GlobalPost investigation found that human rights abuses are common at factories where Apple products are made.
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