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SCIENCE IN THE NEWS WEEKLY

Your DNA Sequenced for $1,000

A California biotechnology company announced last week that it has developed a machine to decode a person's DNA in a day for $1,000, a long-sought price goal for making a person's genome useful for medical care. Life Technologies Corp. said it was taking orders for the technology, which it expects to deliver in about a year.

In other technology news, the L.A. Times was among the media outlets to cover the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. What attendees and analysts are looking for is that sought-after, life-changing digital device that will define the show. Not going to happen, some analysts have said. Still, the show does have devices that could change, if not the world, your small corner of creation.

An Irish mathematician has used a complex algorithm and millions of hours of supercomputing time to solve an important problem in the mathematics of Sudoku, the game popularized in Japan that involves filling in a 9x9 grid of squares with the numbers 1-9 according to certain rules.

A pair of Newport Beach, Calif., entrepreneurs has been testing a wave-powered turbine near Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach (a famous bodysurfing spot) for years and have now approached city officials for permission to set up a more permanent prototype.


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