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Jul 8, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Wall Street Journal: The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program. The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government's chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on ...

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Jul 7, 2010 15 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Embarrassed Physicists Times: Physicists might have to rethink what they know about, well, everything.

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Jul 7, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

USA Today: When you think recycling, newspapers, plastic bottles and aluminum cans probably come to mind. But one researcher wants to add cigarette butts to the list. Jun Zhao, a Ph.D. student in the School of Energy and Power Engineering at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China, and a team of scientists found that cigarette butts can be ...

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Jul 6, 2010 8 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Fox News: Dubai airports will not use hi-tech full-body scanners because they "contradict Islam" and violate passengers' privacy, according to reports — even though the scanners can detect terrorist threats like those posed by the Christmas Day bomber. Neither of Dubai's two airports will use the scanners "out of respect for the privacy of individuals and their ...

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Jul 5, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox Business: As our daily interactions and transactions have become increasingly “wired,” we have yet to see any truly

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Jul 4, 2010 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The latest hopes are riding on a massive new skimmer to clean oil from near the spewing well in the Gulf of Mexico, while a local Louisiana parish's plan to block the slick has been rejected by federal officials. A 48-hour test of the Taiwanese vessel dubbed "A Whale" began Saturday and ...

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Jul 3, 2010 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Jul 3, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

BBC: US Scientists and the National Federation of the Blind are developing a car for the blind and will present a prototype next year. The vehicle will be fitted with technology that allows a blind person to drive independently, the NFB and Virginia Tech University said. Non-visual aids include sensors indicating turns in the road via vibrating gloves. Puffs ...

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Jul 2, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

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Jul 1, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Jul 1, 2010 17 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

From gizmag.com Gizmag: I came across this device while trolling the floor at Computex and I stopped at a stand in the middle of the vast penny booths section because there was a cute bicycle speaker which clips to the handlebars, charges via USB and has two bags underneath to hold your wallet, keys, phone etc. It ...

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Jun 30, 2010 15 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Telegraph: The Terrafugia Transition, a light aircraft that can convert into a road-legal automobile, is to go into production after being given a special weight exemption by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The Transition was designed as a "light sport" aircraft, the smallest kind of private aeroplane under FAA classification, with a maximum weight of ...

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Jun 27, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Financial Times: Almost 6,060m below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and 4,500m below the seabed, BP’s engineers are zeroing in on a narrow target: the 25cm-wide steel casing of its old Macondo well, which has been leaking oil since late April. The energy company hopes that two relief wells will soon hit the old pipe, ...

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Jun 27, 2010 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Telegraph: Tehran would need a year to enrich the uranium fully to produce a bomb and it would take “another year to develop the kind of weapon delivery system in order to make that viable,” Mr Panetta said. Sanctions imposed by the United Nations could help weaken Tehran’s government by creating economic problems, but were unlikely ...

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Sunday Times Of London: Women as young as 20 could find out exactly when they will cease to be fertile thanks to a test devised by doctors Doctors have devised a test that could tell young women the precise age at which they will no longer be able to have babies.

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Jun 26, 2010 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Tech World: A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack.

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The Independent: The two scientists stood shoulder to shoulder with President Bill Clinton in the East Room of the White House, the same room where the American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark unfurled their map of the Northwest Territories for Thomas Jefferson. Like Lewis and Clark 200 years before them, the scientists were explorers of a ...

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Jun 25, 2010 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

LONDON (AP) - Oscar the cat may have lost one of his nine lives, but his new prosthetic paws make him one of the world's few bionic cats. After losing his two rear paws in a nasty encounter with a combine harvester last October, the black cat with green eyes was outfitted with metallic pegs that ...

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Jun 25, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

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