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Government

+ - Anonymous launches Nazi-leaks.net, targeting Germa->

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H3xx (662833) writes "Following the start of Operation Blitzkrieg, a campaign against neo-nazi and other far-right sites, Nazi-leaks.net [currently down], a Wikileaks-style site was launched today.

"We hereby call to you to identify sites where the nazis gather... collect the data and co-ordinate attacks," Anonymous' announcement from May 2011 said.

The site includes some National Democratic Party (NPD) emails, customer lists from far-right stores, as well as contact information from a weekly paper, and a list of individuals the hacker group alleges are donors to the NPD, who are reportedly considering legal action against the site."

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Space

+ - Massive Black Hole Devours Star->

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H3xx (662833) writes "Astronomers have observed a black hole shredding a star and sending a powerful beam of energy towards Earth. When it was first observed March 28th by the Swift spacecraft, it was thought to be the implosion of an aging star, but is now believed to be the result of a star wandering too close to a black hold, imploding and converting 10% of the star's mass into gamma radiation. The energy burst is still visible by telescope more than two-and-a-half months later, the researchers report in the journal Science."
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+ - EU Proposes Their Own "Great Firewall"-> 1

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H3xx (662833) writes "The EU is proposing a region-wide firewall to be erected in order to block "illicit contents" on a continental scale. Critics say that abuses would be more than easy, given the controversies surround the Chinese counterpart. The proponents of such a firewall have been called "clueless" by critic and blogger Glyn Moody, saying, "A big hint of that cluelessness is that these people are still using the term 'cyberspace' *seriously* in 2011, as is the fact that they actually think it’s possible to create a ‘single secure European cyberspace’ with ‘virtual borders’ and ‘virtual access points'.""
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Science

+ - Living Earth Simulator Aims to Simulate Everything-> 1

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H3xx (662833) writes "An international group of scientists are aiming to create a simulator--nicknamed The Living Earth Simulator--that will collect data from billions of sources and use it to replicate everything happening on Earth, from global weather patterns and the spread of diseases to international financial transactions or congestion on highways. The project aims to advance the scientific understanding of what is taking place on the planet, encapsulating the human actions that shape societies and the environmental forces that define the physical world. Perhaps this is Asimov's concept of Psychohistory come to fruition."
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Science

+ - Cryosat-2 Returns First Map of Arctic Circle->

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H3xx (662833) writes "The European Space Agency (Esa) satellite Cryosat-2 was launched in April, carrying one of the highest resolution synthetic aperture radars ever put in orbit. Cryosat's primary mission is to measure sea-ice thickness, which has been in sharp decline in recent decades. Its ability also to map the shape of the sea surface will tell scientists if Arctic currents are changing as a result of winds being allowed to blow more easily on ice-free waters.

Today, radar data from the European satellite has been used to make a map of ocean circulation across the Arctic basin."

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Facebook

+ - The Queen Joins Facebook->

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H3xx (662833) writes "The Queen is set to have an official presence on Facebook when a British Monarchy page launches on the internet-based social networking site. Buckingham Palace says it is not a personal profile page, but users can "like" the service and receive updates on their news feed.

The Queen has reportedly embraced the web and sends e-mails. A British Monarchy Twitter feed is also available.

The Facebook page is due to go live from Monday morning. The page will also feature the Court Circular, recording the previous day's official engagements."

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Education

+ - Comic Sans Makes You Smarter-> 2

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H3xx (662833) writes "Difficult-to-read fonts make for better learning, according to scientists.

Researchers at Princeton University employed volunteers to learn made-up information about different types of aliens — and found that those reading harder fonts recalled more when tested 15 minutes later. They argue that schools could boost results by simply changing the font used in their basic teaching materials.

The 28 volunteers in the Princeton study were given 90 seconds to try to memorize a list of seven features for three different species of alien. The idea was to re-create the kind of learning in a biology class. Aliens were chosen to be sure that none of the volunteers' prior knowledge interfered with the results.

One group was given the lists in 16-point Arial pure black font, which is generally regarded to be easy and clear to read. The other had the same information presented in either 12-point Comic Sans MS 75% greyscale font or 12-point Bodoni MT 75% greyscale."

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Privacy

+ - Dutch PleaseRobMe Site Reveals Privacy Concerns->

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H3xx writes "A Dutch website called PleaseRobMe claims to reveal the location of empty homes by cross-referencing what people post on Twitter by way of a game called Foursquare, which is based on a person's location in the real world.

The developers of the site told BBC News the site was designed to prove a point about the dangers of sharing precise location information on the internet. Quote:

"It's basically a Twitter search — nothing new," said Mr Van Amstel. "Anyone who can do HTML and javascript can do this. You could almost laugh at how easy it is.""

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