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+ - Egg White in the Production of Nanoparticles

Submitted by Qualitypointtech
Qualitypointtech writes: Researchers proposed the application of egg white as the size-controlling agent in the production of oxide nanoparticles.Using fresh egg white (EW),they synthesis of size-controlled ceria nanopowders (CeO2-NPs) as an eco-friendly foamy substrate.Pure amino acids are usually expensive. However, egg white has been used directly in this research due to its availability and reasonable price.

+ - $10 billion wasted on military projects

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: In the past decade the Pentagon's Missile Defence Agency has wasted $10 billion on defense projects that were either impractical and impossible.

There's no single quote about the absurd stupidity of these projects because the article is filled with so many. Read it all and weep. However, here is one quote which indicates who we should blame:

President George W. Bush, in 2002, ordered an urgent effort to field a homeland missile defense system within two years. In their rush to make that deadline, Missile Defense Agency officials latched onto exotic, unproven concepts without doing a rigorous analysis of their cost and feasibility. Members of Congress whose states and districts benefited from the spending tenaciously defended the programs, even after their deficiencies became evident.

We get the government we deserve. Until we stop electing candidates (from either party) who promise pork, we will continue to get pork, and waste, and a society that is steadily going bankrupt.

+ - Firefox's Opportunistic Encryption Turns into an Opportunity for Hackers->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro writes: Barely a week ago, Mozilla released Firefox 37, with a key new feature being Opportunistic Encryption. The basic idea behind Opportunistic Encryption is that it acts to encrypt data that might have otherwise been sent by a user over clear text. It's a great opportunity to improve the security of the web, but as it turns out, it's also another opportunity for hackers to exploit users. Mozilla has already issued Firefox 37.0.1 removing Opportunistic Encryption after a security vulnerability was reported in the underlying Alternative Services capability that helps to enable Opportunistic Encryption.

"We plan to re-enable this feature once we've had time to fully investigate the issue," Chad Weiner, director of product management at Mozilla said. /blockquote

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+ - Turning The Arduino Uno Into An Apple ][->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: To demonstrate how powerful modern computers are compared to their forebears, engineer Damian Peckett decided to approximate an Apple ][ with an Arduino Uno. In this post, he explains how he did it, from emulating the 6502 processor to reinventing how characters were displayed on the screen. "The Apple II used a novel approach for video generation, at the time most microcomputers used an interlaced frame buffer where adjacent rows were not stored sequently in memory. This made it easier to generate interlaced video. The Apple II took this approach one step further, using an 8:1 interlacing scheme. This had the first line followed by the ninth line. This approach allowed Steve Wozniak to avoid read/write collisions with the video memory without additional circuitry. A very smart hack!" Peckett includes code implementations and circuit diagrams.
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+ - Snowden statue in NY->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: A statue of Snowden showed up in Brooklyn. As quickly as it showed up, it was even more quickly removed. Apart from this, the bust was also hidden by a blue tarp so that New Yorkers do not get any ideas.
  Still, it is nice to see civil disobedience did not completely die in this nation.

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+ - Trade Agreements Should Protect An Open Internet, Not Kill It->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: For a few years now, we've been writing about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and how we're quite concerned by many aspects of it. In particular, we're quite concerned about the intellectual property provisions — which leaks have shown are tremendously problematic — as well as the corporate sovereignty provisions, which negotiators like to call "investor state dispute settlement" (ISDS) because it sounds so boring.

Of course, the biggest concern of all is that these deals are negotiated in total secrecy, with the various negotiators refusing to reveal the agreed upon text until it's a done deal and the public is unable to comment on it or suggest changes and fixes.

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+ - Advertising Tool PrivDog Compromises HTTPS Security->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett writes: New cases of insecure HTTPS traffic interception are coming to light as researchers probe software programs for implementations that could enable malicious attacks. The latest software to open a man-in-the-middle hole on users’ PCs is a new version of PrivDog, an advertising product with ties to security vendor Comodo. PrivDog is marketed as a solution to protect users against malicious advertising without completely blocking ads. The program is designed to replace potentially bad ads with safer ones that are reviewed by a compliance team from a company called Adtrustmedia. However, according to people who recently looked at PrivDog’s HTTPS interception functionality, consumers might actually lose when it comes to their system’s security if they use the product.
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+ - Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Compared to other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use. They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine.
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+ - Data centre build raises concern in Minnesota township->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Plans for a new data center in St Louis County, Minnesota have generated much controversy in the rural Alden Township which borders the proposed site. County officials are marketing 120 acres of land near to the Lake-St Louis county line, and stressing the location’s potential as an ideal home for a data center with its cool climate and relatively low risk of natural disasters. Lake County has also promoted its broadband network as a further pull, as well as Minnesota’s strong tax incentives for data center construction and operations. However, Alden Township residents have voiced their concerns about the environmental impact that the facility could have on the Knife River, as well as the potential traffic disruption caused during construction, and the general harm the build would cause to the area’s rural character.
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UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn