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+ - Net addicted couple neglect, starve own kids->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Yahoo is reporting in this story that "A couple who authorities say were so obsessed with the Internet and video games that they left their babies starving and suffering other health problems have pleaded guilty to child neglect"

According to a prosecutor on the case: " ... the Reno couple were too distracted by online video games, mainly the fantasy role-playing Dungeons & Dragons series, to give their children proper care ... they had food; they just chose not to give it to their kids because they were too busy playing video games ..."

Police said hospital staff had to shave the head of the girl because her hair was matted with cat urine. The 10-pound girl also had a mouth infection, dry skin and severe dehydration. Her brother had to be treated for starvation and a genital infection. His lack of muscle development caused him difficulty in walking.

Last month, experts at an American Medical Association meeting backed away from a proposal to designate video game addiction as a mental disorder, saying it had to be studied further. Some said the issue is like alcoholism, while others said there was no concrete evidence it's a psychological disease."

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Security

+ - Surveillance Squirrels

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Iranians claim to have captured over a dozen squirrels outfitted with "spy" equipment. While many political bloggers are chuckling in their dismissal of the story, I am reminded of a paper published in 2002 in Nature regarding the remote control of rats. "Roborats" are the subject of a 2005 video from SUNY Downstate Medical Center posted on YouTube. And just this year, the Chinese published an article on the same subject. Are you still certain that the Iranian claims are false?"
The Media

+ - Steorm Free Energy Device demo in London

Submitted by DaddyExcellent
DaddyExcellent (666) writes "Today the Steorm free-energy/over-unity device is being demoed in London, at 6pm GMT. From the article, 'Steorn, which is based in Dublin, claims to have discovered a method of creating clean, constant energy, which it claims could end the global fuel crisis.' The only information they have given out about the operation of the device is that it uses magnets, in a configuration such that if you move from a point and then return in the correct manner, you have more energy then you started with, as much as 400%. Sounds interesting, but they also mention harnessing the 'energy of magnets', which is a rather strange concept."
Data Storage

+ - Researchers make break through in Kenaf paper

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Friend-of-David
Friend-of-David writes "A little-known alternative to trees for the production of paper is kenaf, a leafy, fast-growing annual related to the cotton plant. Professor Roni Aloni and graduate student Jonathon Dayan of Tel Aviv University have recently made a break through in Kenaf paper. They have succeeded at silencing a gene in the kenaf plant, which causes the kenaf to produce 50% more fibers per crop — and those fibers are longer and of higher quality than before. Brazilian and Italian companies have suggested using the kenaf's core fiber to produce ethanol and outer layers to produce paper and fabric. Kenaf has also gained the support of United States Department of Agriculture."

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