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Electric Eel Shocks Like a Taser

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-12-04 22:02
Science_afficionado writes After a nine month study, a Vanderbilt biologist has determined that the electric eel emits series of millisecond, high-voltage pulses to paralyze its prey just before it attacks. The high-voltage pulses cause the motor neurons in its target to violently contract, leaving it temporarily immobilized in the same fashion as the high-voltage pulses produced by a Taser. He documented this effect using high-speed video. The eel, which is nocturnal and has very poor eyesight, also uses closely spaced pairs of high-voltage pulses when hunting for hidden prey. He determined that the pulses cause the prey's body to twitch which produces water movements that the eel uses to locate its position even when it's hidden from view.

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Docker Swarms With New Application Virtualization Technology

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-12-04 22:00

eWEEK: The open-source Docker project is growing today with the announcement of new efforts that expand the deployment and usability options of the popular container application virtualization technology.

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Microsoft remote code exec killjoys to dump seven fixes next week

The Register - Thu, 2014-12-04 21:56
IE, Office on the patch list

Redmond will fix three critical holes in Internet Explorer, Office and Windows next week.…

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