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Top Shelf Episode 004: stop the carrier bullshit By Ross Miller

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You want a new phone. You pay too much. Your reception is awful in the exact location where you live and work. And yet, despite the ongoing frustration with your carrier of choice, there's a very good chance you'll stick with it for years — even decades. Now the best phones are available on pretty much all the national wireless networks. T-Mobile is now banking on a new campaign that doesn't lock you into two-year plans. Is it everything we wanted, or will anyone even notice? Welcome to Top Shelf, a weekly show from The Verge that takes a deeper dive into the products and experiences of the technology that shapes our lives. Join David Pierce and a veritable gaggle of (mostly organic) friends as they showcase the best in consumer electronics, past, present, and future. We're now on iTunes, too!

DNA transistors could form the basis of biological computing By Louis Goddard

Scientists at Stanford University have engineered a basic form of transistor using bacterial DNA, potentially paving the way for more complex biological computing systems. In a paper published in the journal Science this week, the five researchers describe how they used special enzymes to control the flow of nucleic acids in E. coli bacteria, creating living versions of the key logic gates — AND, OR, XOR, etc. — that form the basis of computer programming languages. "Biological transistors don't follow Moore's law" "Any system that's receiving information, processing information, and then using that activity to control what happens next, you can think of as a computing system," researcher Drew Endy tells NPR. Potential uses of the new technique, which is still in its early stages, include the construction of living computers to fight disease: programmed effectively, a group of cells could detect the presence of cancer in the human body and change color to indicate the result. Unfortunately, unlike their electronic counterparts, biological transistors don't follow Moore's law of ever-decreasing size and ever-increasing efficiency — Endy warns that living circuits are unlikely ever to outperform a smartphone.

NASA trailer reaches crowdfunding goal, will be shown before 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' By Amar Toor

"We are the Explorers," an Indiegogo campaign that aims to create a 30-second trailer about the US Space Program, reached its crowdfunding goal of $33,000 this morning, just five days after launching. Created by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) of America, the campaign was inspired by a nearly three-minute video that NASA released last year. The clip, embedded below, gives a brief overview of NASA's history and its latest developments in spacecraft technology, but federal law prohibits the agency from purchasing advertising time to air it. That will soon change, though, now that AIA — an aerospace trade group not affiliated with NASA — has reached its goal. The organization plans to convert NASA's film into a 30-second trailer that will run in theaters across major US markets, beginning with the premiere of Star Trek: Into Darkness on May 17th.

On its campaign page, AIA said it hopes the trailer will educate young viewers about the value of a robust space program, at a time when government spending cuts are threatening to weaken it. "This is more than a fundraiser, the organization said. "It's a demonstration of support for space exploration programs." AIA also hopes the ad buy will inspire today's students to pursue careers in science and space exploration, by reminding them of NASA's illustrious history as a leader in innovation. "By backing this 30 second trailer in the top movie theater markets around the United States, you can show our students and young people that we're in an exciting new era of space exploration," AIA said. "Now is the time to reach them — to remind them that an inspiring space program awaits, one that is worthy of their ambition."