Implant Injects DNA Into Ear, Improves Hearing

Many people with profound hearing loss have been helped by devices called cochlear implants, but their hearing is still far from perfect. They often have trouble distinguishing different musical pitches, for example, or hearing a conversation in a noisy room. Now, researchers have found a clever way of using cochlear implants… Read More

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 4:47 pm

The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

This article goes into the making of upcoming fantasy title The Witcher 3. The studio, CD Projekt Red, reveals that, unusually, it'll be releasing the game as a DRM-free download. 'We believe that DRM does more harm to legit gamers than good for the gaming industry, that's why the game will also be completely DRM-free,'… Read More

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 4:26 pm

Michigan FIRST Robot Championship Bout for 2014 (Video)

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, AKA FIRST, holds annual robot challenges, in which student teams build robots, then operate them to the cheers of an adoring crowd. Slashdot watched the Dexter Dreadbots build their 2014 contender. (The Dreadbots are Slashdot's home team.) And we've watched other FIRST competitions before,… Read More

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 4:04 pm

The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

An anonymous reader sends this story from Wired: "The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project has since 2007 brought some 2,000 pictures back from 1,500 analog data tapes. They contain the first high-resolution photographs ever taken from behind the lunar horizon, including the first photo of an earthrise. Thanks to the technical savvy and DIY… Read More

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 3:22 pm

Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

The Wall Street Journal has an eye-catching headline: Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class. Quoting: 'According to the 2011 Skills Gap Survey by the Manufacturing Institute, about 600,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled nationally because employers can't find qualified workers. To help produce a new generation of welders,… Read More

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 2:39 pm

OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Spec-wise, OnePlus One will go toe-to-toe with the latest flagship phones like the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), and Sony Xperia Z2. In some areas, it even surpasses them, and at a price point of $300. The One has the same 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC SoC as the Samsung Galaxy S5, build quality similar to the HTC One… Read More

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 1:57 pm