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Physical Force Alone Spurs Gene Expressions, Study Reveals

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Cells will ramp up gene expression in response to physical forces alone, a new study finds. Gene activation, the first step of protein production, starts less than one millisecond after a cell is stretched — hundreds of times faster than chemical signals can travel, the researchers report. The scientists tested forces that ... Read More »

FCC: TracFone Made Up ‘Fictitious’ Customers To Defraud Low-Income Program

TracFone Wireless is facing a potential $6 million fine for allegedly defrauding a government program that provides discount telecom service to poor people. Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission proposed the fine against TracFone yesterday, saying the prepaid wireless provider obtained FCC Lifeline funding by “enroll[ing] fictitious subscriber accounts.” TracFone improperly sought and received more than $1 million from Lifeline, ... Read More »

SpaceX Loses Its Third Starship Prototype During a Cryogenic Test

For a third time, SpaceX lost one of its Starship prototype spacecrafts during a pressure test at the company’s test site in Boca Chica, Texas. Ars Technica reports: This week, SpaceX workers in South Texas loaded the third full-scale Starship prototype — SN3 — onto a test stand at the company’s Boca Chica launch site. On Wednesday night, they pressure-tested ... Read More »