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Submission + - Students Tracked With RFID Chips

An anonymous reader writes: The Hungerhill School in Edenthorpe, England has initiated a program that puts RFID chips in the student's uniforms to keep track of there whereabouts as reported by Yahoo. A group called 'Leave Them Kids Alone' is opposing the program. Security Expert Bruce Schneier blogs: "...Now it's easy to cut class; just ask someone to carry your shirt around the building while you're elsewhere." Another disturbing 'Think of the Children' program. At least it doesn't explode if you leave the school boundaries.
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Submission + - iPod on iFire 1

An anonymous reader writes: So, everyone knows that when it comes to sales, iPods are hot, in fact, they are on fire. Now according to this article, your pants may be too. Apple won't comment about how often iFlameouts occur. It seems to be your standard lithium-ion-battery-bursting-into-flames story. Really nothing new, but something to think about.

Submission + - Salt Water Fuel (post-gazette.com)

MrMunkey writes: For obvious reasons, scientists long have thought that salt water couldn't be burned. So when an Erie man announced he'd ignited salt water with the radio-frequency generator he'd invented, some thought it a was a hoax.

John Kanzius, a Washington County native, tried to desalinate seawater with a generator he developed to treat cancer, and it caused a flash in the test tube. Within days, he had the salt water in the test tube burning like a candle, as long as it was exposed to radio frequencie. His discovery has spawned scientific interest in using the world's most abundant substance as clean fuel, among other uses.


Submission + - "Burning" Saltwater

sunspot42 writes: From the too-good-to-believe file comes this AP story. Pennsylvania cancer researcher John Kanzius claims that hydrogen can be cracked from saltwater using nothing more than radio waves. A demonstration for the US Departments of Energy and Defense is scheduled for later in the week. Assuming this process puts out more energy than it costs — a big assumption — it could turn the most plentiful resource on the surface of the earth into an almost limitless, reusable source of energy.

Submission + - Salt water can be burned for energy

Fengpost writes: "John Kanzius, an Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the "most remarkable" water science discovery in a century. Click here, http://green.yahoo.com/index.php?q=node/1570

John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn."

Feed Techdirt: Australian Prime Minister To Spend Hundreds Of Millions To 'Clean Up The Interne (techdirt.com)

Australian politicians seem to be a bit confused over the fact that any attempt to block all porn online will fail miserably. Proposals to force ISPs to block porn have been put forth by Australian politicians over and over and over again. Now, the Prime Minister John Howard has announced that the government will spend $189 million to "clean up the internet." That will include giving a list of sites to ISPs to block, though it's unclear how those lists are determined and if there's any appeals process for sites who feel unfairly blocked. The money will also go to providing free internet filters to every family in the country -- which is certainly nice for those families that want a filter. However, none of that will stop porn on the internet. None of it will stop predators from trying to lure children. There's this belief that if we just hide it away, these things will actually disappear. That's simply not true. Just as it makes sense to teach kids some sense of street smarts as they grow up, it makes sense to teach them internet smarts as well -- and then they'll be prepared to deal with whatever they come across, whether or not there are filters. Too often, people assume that once filters are in place that no bad stuff can get through. And that means that those kids are often less well prepared for what they come across online. Instead, if you teach kids to understand the dangers of the internet, it appears they are pretty good at protecting themselves.

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