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This Is the Way the World Ends

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This Is the Way the World EndsDave Knott writes "The CBC's weekly science radio show Quirks and Quarks this week features a countdown of the top ten planetary doomsday scenarios. Nine science professors and one science fiction author are asked to give (mostly) realistic hypothes...

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ne: 08-12-2008, 08:50:03

Saving 28,000 Lives a Year

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Saving 28,000 Lives a YearThe New Yorker is running a piece by Atul Gawande that starts by describing the everyday miracles that can be achieved in a modern medical intensive care unit, and ends by making a case for a simple and inexpensive way to save 28,000 lives per year in U...

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ne: 08-12-2008, 04:50:05

Time To Discuss Drug Prohibition?

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Time To Discuss Drug Prohibition?gplus writes "December 5th was the 75th anniversary of the end of alcohol prohibition in the US. The Wall Street Journal has an op-ed that argues that now may be the time to discuss our war on drugs and the drug prohibition currently in place. Th...

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ne: 08-12-2008, 02:50:07

RIAA Sues 19-Year-Old Transplant Patient

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RIAA Sues 19-Year-Old Transplant PatientNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "Just when you think they've reached rock bottom, it seems the RIAA always finds room to sink a little lower. This time they've sued an innocent, 19-year-...

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ne: 08-12-2008, 00:50:03

Cold Sore Virus May Be Alzheimer's Smoking Gun

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Cold Sore Virus May Be Alzheimer's Smoking GunScience Daily is reporting that the virus behind cold sores has been found to be a major cause of the insoluble protein plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease sufferers. Researchers believe the herpes simplex virus is a s...

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ne: 07-12-2008, 22:50:04

Freelance Web Developer Best Practices?

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Freelance Web Developer Best Practices?SirLurksAlot writes "My last employer had to make a series of budget cuts, and I was laid off. I have been on the job hunt since then; however in the meantime I have begun freelancing as a Web developer. This is my first time in this role a...

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ne: 07-12-2008, 20:50:45

China's .cn Now the Second Most Popular TLD

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China's .cn Now the Second Most Popular TLDdarthcamaro writes "In case you needed further proof of China's breakneck pace of growth on the web, InternetNews is reporting on data from Verisign that the .cn Top Level Domain (TLD) has now become the second biggest TLD worldwide, su...

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ne: 07-12-2008, 18:50:07

What the Papers Don't Say About Vaccines

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What the Papers Don't Say About Vaccinesjamie tips an article in The Guardian's "Bad Science" column which highlights recent media coverage of the MMR vaccine. A story circulated in the past week about the death of a young child, which the parents blamed on the vaccine. When the...

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ne: 07-12-2008, 16:50:10

Cell Phone SIM Cards Lead To Terrorists' Trail

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Cell Phone SIM Cards Lead To Terrorists' TrailCliff Stoll writes "The Times of India reports that cell phone SIM cards used by the terrorists in Mumbai were purchased in Kolkata (Calcutta), using fraudulent papers. The papers belonged to the dead uncle of a 26-year-old man livin...

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ne: 07-12-2008, 14:50:09

Battle Over Minimum Pricing Heating Up

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Battle Over Minimum Pricing Heating UpThe Wall Street Journal is covering developments in the gathering battle between manufacturers and retailers / discounters, especially online ones, over minimum prices. Earlier this year the Supreme Court upheld the right of manufacturers to...

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ne: 07-12-2008, 12:50:06

Obama's "ZuneGate"

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Obama's "ZuneGate"theodp writes "Barack Obama supporters were left shaking their heads after a report surfaced that the president-elect was using a Zune at the gym instead of an iPod. So why would Mac-user Obama be Zune-ing out? Could be one of those special-edition preloaded Zu...


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ne: 07-12-2008, 06:50:05

The Unforgettable Amnesiac

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The Unforgettable Amnesiacjamie found an account in the NYTimes of the life and death of one of the most important figures in modern neuroscience, Henry Gustav Molaison mdash; a man who could not form memories. Molaison became an amnesiac after a brain operation in 1953. Known w...

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ne: 07-12-2008, 04:50:07

Free Resources for Windows Perl Development

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Free Resources for Windows Perl Developmentjamie pointed out an important announcement in the Perl community. Adam Kennedy, known as Alias, developed Strawberry Perl to "make Win32 a truly first class citizen of the Perl platform world." Over the last year, major CPAN modules ha...

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ne: 07-12-2008, 02:50:14

What Programming Language For Linux Development?

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What Programming Language For Linux Development?k33l0r writes "Recently I've been thinking about developing (or learning to develop) for Linux. I'm a IT university student but my degree program focuses almost exclusively on Microsoft tools (Visual Studio, C#, ASP.NET, etc.) whic...

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ne: 07-12-2008, 00:50:03

Why Auto-Scaling In the Cloud Is a Bad Idea

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Why Auto-Scaling In the Cloud Is a Bad IdeaGeorge Reese writes "It seems a lot of people are mistaking the very valuable benefit that cloud computing enables mdash; dynamically scaling your infrastructure mdash; with the potentially dangerous ability to scale your infrastructure...

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ne: 06-12-2008, 22:50:02

RIAA's Oppenheim Tries To Protect MediaSentry

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RIAA's Oppenheim Tries To Protect MediaSentryNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "The RIAA's 'Prince of Darkness,' Washington DC lawyer Matthew Jan Oppenheim of The Oppenheim Group, who controls and supervises all of the RIAA liti...

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ne: 06-12-2008, 20:50:31

Forry Ackerman Dead At 92

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Forry Ackerman Dead At 92rrohbeck was one of several readers to note the passing of Forrest J. Ackerman at the age of 92. Ackerman, who coined the term sci-fi in 1954, has been called the 'world's biggest fan.' Over a long career he acted as literary agent for Isaac Asimov, A.E....

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ne: 06-12-2008, 18:50:04

German Gov't Donates 100,000 Images To Wikipedia

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German Gov't Donates 100,000 Images To WikipediaRaul654 writes "The German Federal Archive has agreed to donate 100,000 images to Wikipedia under the German version of the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License. These pictures cover a period from 1860 to present. This ...

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ne: 06-12-2008, 16:50:07

What Happens To Code From Failed Projects?

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What Happens To Code From Failed Projects?Idzuna writes "With the somewhat recent announcement of Tabula Rasa shutting down, I have been thinking about what will happen to the Server/Client code. Does it get used as a guide for other projects? Does it get destroyed? Or does it j...

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ne: 06-12-2008, 14:50:03

US Tests New Missile Defense

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US Tests New Missile Defensepumpkinpuss writes "The US military yesterday shot down a missile in a test simulating a long-range ballistic missile attack by a potential adversary such as North Korea or Iran. The target missile was launched from Kodiak Island, Alaska, at 3:04 PM E...

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emSpore/em the Most Pirated Game of 2008

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emSpore/em the Most Pirated Game of 2008TorrentFreak has posted some statistics on the most pirated games of the past year. Leading the list by a large margin is Spore, made infamous even before its release for the draconian DRM attached to the game. It was downloaded through Bi...

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ne: 06-12-2008, 08:50:04

Why Clearwire's 4G Network Plan Is No Slam Dunk

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Why Clearwire's 4G Network Plan Is No Slam Dunkalphadogg sends this NetworkWorld story discussing the obstacles Clearwire will have to overcome to succeed, which begins: "Clearwire recently announced the completion of its Sprint Nextel transaction and the formation of the new Cl...

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ne: 06-12-2008, 06:50:07

Amazon Fights Piracy Tool, Creators Call It a Parody

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Amazon Fights Piracy Tool, Creators Call It a Parodyjamie points out an interesting story which started a few days ago, when a pair of students from the Netherlands released a Firefox add-on which integrated links to the Pirate Bay on Amazon product pages. Customers who had the ...

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ne: 06-12-2008, 04:50:05

RIAA Vs. Web 2.0? Social Media and Litigation

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RIAA Vs. Web 2.0? Social Media and LitigationNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "After learning that Professor Nesson's CyberLaw class at Harvard Law School has set up a Facebook page to assist in its defense of Joel Tenenbaum in...

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ne: 06-12-2008, 02:50:09

ATamp;T Sidestepping Google, Eyes Symbian

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ATamp;T Sidestepping Google, Eyes Symbianmolotovjester writes "In what is surely going to be a slap in the face of Apple, ATamp;T is eyeballing the Symbian platform as a smart-phone OS for an army of new handsets it expects will make up the majority of the market by 2014. Is thi...

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ne: 06-12-2008, 00:50:08

TAAS Company Presents New Orbital Space Plane

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TAAS Company Presents New Orbital Space PlaneRobGoldsmith writes "The TAAS Company have released details on their new Orbital Space Plane. The new design has many attributes to set it apart from its rivals. One highlight is the integrated Safety System; this is where an escape v...

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Slashdot
ne: 05-12-2008, 22:50:15

Hawaii Planning State-Wide Electric Car Network

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Hawaii Planning State-Wide Electric Car NetworkMojoKid writes to tell us that Hawaii is planning on implementing a statewide electric car charging network. While the initiative seems to highlight the lower carbon footprint, Hawaii doesn't exactly seem like the ideal candidate fo...

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ne: 05-12-2008, 20:50:04

Slashdot's Disagree Mail

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Slashdot's Disagree MailThis installment of Disagree Mail highlights a man's concern about illegal cloning in the Hollywood community, a guy who is sick of US imperialism and his low karma, and an example of the kind of people you don't want as roommates in college. Read below t...

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A Quantum Linear Equation Solver

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A Quantum Linear Equation Solverjoe writes "Aram Harrow and colleagues have just published on the arXiv a quantum algorithm for solving systems of linear equations (paper, PDF). Until now, the only quantum algorithms of practical consequence have been Shor's algorithm for prime ...

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ne: 05-12-2008, 16:50:19

Amazon Launches Public Data Sets To Spur Research

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Amazon Launches Public Data Sets To Spur Researchturnkeylinux writes "Amazon just launched its Public Data Sets service (home). The project encourages developers, researchers, universities, and businesses to upload large (non-confidential) data sets to Amazon mdash; things like ...

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ne: 05-12-2008, 14:50:27

Grey Lines Mar MacBook Air Displays

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Grey Lines Mar MacBook Air Displaysadamengst writes "Numerous users have been complaining about grey lines that muddy the crispness of the displays of the recently updated MacBook Air. Doug McLean explains the problem in TidBITS, along with what Apple appears to be doing about i...

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ne: 05-12-2008, 12:50:06

Online Reporters Now the Journalists Most Often Jailed

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Online Reporters Now the Journalists Most Often Jailedbckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists today released the results of its annual survey of journalists in prison. For the first time, they found more Internet journalists jailed worldwide than journalists working ...

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ne: 05-12-2008, 10:50:02

Clarifying the Next Step in Australia's Net-Censorship Scheme

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Clarifying the Next Step in Australia's Net-Censorship Schemeteh moges writes "I recently received a response from the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, regarding issues I had with the ISP filtering proposed for Australia. My...

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ne: 05-12-2008, 08:50:02

Online Billpay Provider Loses Control of Domains

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Online Billpay Provider Loses Control of DomainsAn anonymous reader writes "Several sites are running a story about a domain hijacking at Checkfree, the largest provider of online bill payment services to numerous banks and credit unions. According to Network Solutions, someone ...

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ne: 05-12-2008, 06:50:03

Online Billpay Provider Loses Control of Domains

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Online Billpay Provider Loses Control of DomainsAn anonymous reader writes "Several sites are running a story about a domain hijacking at Checkfree, the largest provider of online bill payment services to numerous banks and credit unions. According to Network Solutions, someone ...

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ne: 05-12-2008, 04:50:02

Warner Music Pushing Music Tax For Universities

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Warner Music Pushing Music Tax For UniversitiesAn anonymous reader writes "Warner Music is pitching the idea of a 'music tax' for various top universities. The idea is that students would be free to file share, but the university needs to monitor and track everything, create a p...

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ne: 05-12-2008, 02:50:03

Nintendo's Miyamoto On Innovation, Wii Ambitions

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Nintendo's Miyamoto On Innovation, Wii AmbitionsEdge Magazine is running an interview with Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto about some of the company's recent projects, such as Wii Music and Wii Fit. Miyamoto talks about his ambitions for the titles, as well as the diffic...

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ne: 05-12-2008, 00:50:02

Next G8 President Wants To "Regulate the Internet"

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Next G8 President Wants To "Regulate the Internet"antispam_ben writes "The President of Italy, which will have the Presidency of the G8 starting January 1, says he wants to use the future position of Italy to 'Regulate the Internet.' Italy's President Berlusconi appears to be a ...

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ne: 04-12-2008, 22:50:04

Opera 10 Alpha 1 Released, Aces Acid 3 Test

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Opera 10 Alpha 1 Released, Aces Acid 3 TestKhuffie writes "It seems that the upcoming version of Opera 10, of which the first Alpha has recently been released, has already passed the Acid 3 test with a 100/100. The only other rendering engine to have a complete score is WebKit, ...

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ne: 04-12-2008, 20:50:08

Against Unknown Viruses, Avira AntiVir the Winner For Now

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Against Unknown Viruses, Avira AntiVir the Winner For NowKingofGnG writes "AV-Comparatives, the Austrian team of experts dedicated to antivirus tests acknowledged as a reference point in the field, has published the second part of the mid-year comparative, an ideal addendum to t...

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ne: 04-12-2008, 18:51:03

Second Google Android Phone Revealed

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Second Google Android Phone RevealedKrispyDroid writes "The world's second Google Android phone has been unveiled mdash; by an Australian-based electronics company called Kogan. It will ship worldwide on Jan 29. It looks like a surprisingly nice form factor, not unlike a Blackbe...

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ne: 04-12-2008, 16:50:06

Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008

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Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008krou writes "The Big Picture blog is running a Hubble Space Telescope imagery Advent Calendar, where for the 25 days (it started on the 1st of December), a new photo will be revealed from the Hubble Space Telescope."pa href="

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ne: 04-12-2008, 14:50:34

Python 3.0 Released

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Python 3.0 Releasedlicorna writes "The 3.0 version of Python (also known as Python3k and Python3000) just got released few hours ago. It's the first ever intentionally backwards-incompatible Python release."pa href="

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ne: 04-12-2008, 12:50:05

Apple Hints At Future Liquid-Cooled Laptops

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Apple Hints At Future Liquid-Cooled LaptopsLumenary7204 writes "According to the Register, Apple recently received US Patent Application No. 20080291629 for a 'liquid-cooled portable computer.' The filing describes a system where a 'pump ... coupled to the heat pipe is configure...

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ne: 04-12-2008, 10:50:02

Apple Hints At Future Liquid-Cooled Laptops

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Apple Hints At Future Liquid-Cooled LaptopsLumenary7204 writes "According to the Register, Apple recently received US Patent Application No. 20080291629 for a "liquid-cooled portable computer." The filing describes a system where a "pump ... coupled to the heat pipe is configure...

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ne: 04-12-2008, 08:50:11

Prescription Handguns For the Elderly and Disabled

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Prescription Handguns For the Elderly and DisabledRepton writes "Thanks to the Second Amendment, even the elderly have the right to keep and bear arms. The problem is that many of the guns out there are a bit unwieldy for an older person to handle. However, the inventors of the ...

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ne: 04-12-2008, 06:50:04

Who Protects the Internet?

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Who Protects the Internet?strikeleader writes "TechCrunch has an article from an interview with General Kevin Chilton, US STRATCOM commander and the head of all military cyber warfare. Who protects us? 'Basically no one. At most, a number of loose confederations of computer scie...

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ne: 04-12-2008, 04:50:05

UN Plans Asteroid Response Framework

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UN Plans Asteroid Response Frameworkchrb writes "The Association of Space Explorers, a non-profit group of people who have completed at least one Earth orbit in space, has presented a report to the United Nations titled Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response. The UN will n...

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Doctor Performs Amputation By Text Message

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Doctor Performs Amputation By Text MessagePeace Corps Online writes "Vascular surgeon David Nott performed a life-saving amputation on a boy in DR Congo following instructions sent my text message from a colleague in London. The boy's left arm had been ripped off and was badly i...