October 2008 in science

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October 29, 2008 (Wednesday)[edit]

October 28, 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Google settles the Book Search lawsuits for $125 million, and will start sharing search profits with authors. (AP)
  • Scientists identify the "hate circuit" and the psychological similarities of hate and love, with the key difference being that for love, the part of the cerebral cortex involved in judgment and reasoning is turned off. (Reuters)
  • The Phoenix Mars Lander is slowly being shut down to preserve energy as Mars sunlight dims. Shutting down in stages will permit several more weeks of experiments to take place. (Reuters)
  • Using strong red LEDs on the skin significantly reduced wrinkles. (NewScientist)

October 27, 2008 (Monday)[edit]

October 23, 2008 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Microsoft releases a critical update outside the regular schedule, indicating a significant threat as it permits infection of computers on local networks with no user intervention. (CNet)
  • A green fluorescence protein gene was inserted into a cat to test if it was harmless. It is a first step in curing diseases using gene therapy. (Telegraph)
  • Scientists successfully erase a one-month-old memory from mice. (NewScientist)
  • In the Netherlands a teen is convicted of stealing virtual goods on RuneScape. (PCWorld)

October 22, 2008 (Wednesday)[edit]

October 21, 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]

October 17, 2008 (Friday)[edit]

October 16, 2008 (Thursday)[edit]

October 15, 2008 (Wednesday)[edit]

October 14, 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Searching the web doubles the brain activity of adults 55 to 78 years old, specifically in areas associated with decision making and complex reasoning. (WebMD)

October 13, 2008 (Monday)[edit]

October 11, 2008 (Saturday)[edit]

October 10, 2008 (Friday)[edit]

October 9, 2008 (Thursday)[edit]

October 8, 2008 (Wednesday)[edit]

October 7, 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]

October 6, 2008 (Monday)[edit]

October 3, 2008 (Friday)[edit]

October 2, 2008 (Thursday)[edit]

October 1, 2008 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Researchers have proposed a way to train single-celled organisms using molecular circuits. It is hoped bacteria could be used to precisely deliver drugs. (TechReview)

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