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Submission + - US asks scientists to censor reports to prevent te ( 1

Meshach writes: The United States is asking scientific journals publishing details about biomedical research to censor articles out of feat that terrorists could acquire the information. The panel cannot force the journals to censor their articles, but the editor of Science, Bruce Alberts, said the journal was taking the recommendations seriously and would most likely withhold some information. Are we heading for another rorschach-style cheat sheet being developed?

Submission + - Self-publishing a contraversial e-book (

Evildonald writes: My father is publishing a book that is too hot to publish in his home country. He will be exempt from prosecution as long as the book is not published or is directly for sale in the state that it is discussing.

We will be initially publishing on Amazon and Barnes and Noble e-book, but I am concerned that they might bow to legal pressure (whether it has jurisdiction or not) and stop sale of his book.

To protect ourselves, and to have a fallback, what other services are there out there for selling your own e-book? Are there e-publishers that are militantly resistant to legal takedowns? Is there an open-source project that has been made to self-publish reliably?

Please help my dad.


Submission + - Portable Microscope Uses Holograms Instead of Lens (

Zothecula writes: While financial contributions are certainly a great help to health care practitioners in developing nations, one of the things that they really need is rugged, portable, low-cost medical equipment that is compatible with an often-limited local infrastructure. Several such devices are currently under development, such as a battery-powered surgical lamp, a salad-spinner-based centrifuge, and a baby-warmer that utilizes wax. UCLA is now working on another appropriate technology in the form of a small, inexpensive microscope that uses holograms instead of lenses to image what can't be seen by the human eye.

Aerial Video Footage of New York Taken By RC Plane 208

kkleiner writes with this fun bit from Singularity Hub: "Expert remote control pilot Raphael 'Trappy' Pirker recently took his 54 inch Zephyr model plane on a harrowing tour of Manhattan and the surrounding area. The best part: his RC vehicle was fitted with a camera that wirelessly transmitted an amazing recording of everything it saw – Pirker was piloting his craft with this visual feed. As you can see in the video, the results were spectacular. The plane looks to be flying within a few feet of buildings and whizzing past bridges with ease. You have to check out around 2:01 when he starts to buzz right by the Statute of Liberty."

DHS Seized Domains Based On Bad Evidence 235

An anonymous reader writes "Back over Thanksgiving, the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit (ICE) made a lot of news by seizing over 80 domain names. While many of these involved sites that sold counterfeit products, five of the domains involved copyright issues. Four of them involved hiphop-related blogs — including ones that hiphop stars like Kanye West and others used to promote their own works, and the last one was a meta search engine that simply aggregated other search engines. Weeks went by without the owners of those sites even being told why their domains were seized, but the affidavit for the seizure of those five sites has recently come out, and it's full of all sorts of problems. Not only was it put together by a recent college graduate, who claimed that merely linking to news and blog posts about file sharing constituted evidence of copyright infringement, it listed as evidence of infringement songs that labels specifically sent these blogs to promote. Also, what becomes clear is that the MPAA was instrumental in 'guiding' ICE's rookie agent in going after these sites, as that appeared to be the only outside expertise relied on in determining if these sites should be seized."

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.