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Earth

Australia Plans To Drill 2,000-Year-Old Ice Core In Antarctica 62

Posted by timothy
from the best-place-for-it-really dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Australia announced Saturday a new project to drill a deep ice core in Antarctica, which may shed light on past climatic conditions in the continent. The project, Aurora Basin North project, will involve researchers drilling a 2,000-year-old ice core, in order to search for the scientific 'holy grail' of the ice core."

Comment: My personal experience (Score 1) 626

by Pictish Prince (#41152135) Attached to: Study Shows Marijuana Use In Teens Correlates To Decreasing IQ

is that pot use is higher amongst people of lower or higher IQ. The best programmers I've ever worked with were heavy potheads. OTOH, pot use is high with stupid lowlifes I've known. Non-pot use is heaviest in people in the average IQ range (i.e. 100 +- 15)

My own experience (which really proves nothing statistically) is: I've smoked weed since I was 15 (I am now 57). I outscored everyone in my school on the Ohio Psych by at least 40 points. Maybe I'd be a super-genius if i'd never used but I doubt it.

Medicine

World's First Quadruple Limb Transplant Fails 124

Posted by samzenpus
from the not-this-time dept.
New submitter smoothjazz writes "The world's first quadruple limb transplant failed, according to Hacettepe University. Doctors had to remove the arms and legs that had been transplanted last Friday onto Sevket Çavdar, 27, because of tissue incompatibility. From the article: 'Doctors had first removed one leg from the patient after his heart and vascular system failed to sustain the limb and then the other leg and two arms. "The science council (of the hospital) decided to remove the organs one by one due to additional metabolic complications in the following process," the hospital said in a statement. "Our patient is now in the intensive care unit. The critical process is still continuing," it added.'"
Security

XML Encryption Broken, Need To Fix W3C Standard 80

Posted by timothy
from the let's-keep-this-in-the-open dept.
gzipped_tar writes "Researchers from Ruhr University Bochum demonstrated the insecurity of XML encryption standard at ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Chicago this week. 'Everything is insecure,' is the uncomfortable message from Bochum. As pointed out by the Ars Technica article, XML Encryption is used widely as part of server-to-server Web services connections to transmit secure information mixed with non-sensitive data, based on cipher-block chaining. But it is apparently too weak, as demonstrated by Juraj Somorovsky and Tibor Jager. They were able to decrypt data by sending modified ciphertexts to the server by gathering information from the received error messages. The attack was tested against a popular open source implementation of XML Encryption, and against the implementations of companies that responded to the responsible disclosure — in all cases the result was the same: the attack worked. Fixing the vulnerability will require a revision of the W3C XML encryption standard, Somorovsky said. The researchers informed all possibly affected companies through the mailing list of W3C, following a clear responsible disclosure process."
Biotech

Hybrid Human-Animal DNA Experiments Raise Concerns 311

Posted by Soulskill
from the wonder-what-al-gore-thinks-about-this dept.
Kevin Fishburne writes "British scientists are calling for a new agency to oversee the mixing of human and animal DNA, which is progressing at a rate most may not be aware of: 'Among experimentation that might spark concern are those where human brain cells might change animal brains, those that could lead to the fertilization of human eggs in animals and any modifications of animals that might create attributes considered uniquely human, like facial features, skin or speech. ... Some disagree. "We think some of these should be done, but they should be done in an open way to maintain public confidence," said Robin Lovell-Badge, head of stem cell biology and developmental genetics at Britain's Medical Research Council, one of the expert group members. He said experiments injecting human brain cells into the brains of rats might help develop new stroke treatments or that growing human skin on mice could further understanding of skin cancer.'"

Comment: no early school (Score 1) 309

by Pictish Prince (#36571534) Attached to: If I could revisit / re-run a chunk of my schooling:

My mother taught me to read when I was 4. My father taught me basic arithmetic when I was 5. I was eager to start school. Then I found out that school wasn't a place for learning but a place for pain and humiliation. We sat with our chairs in a circle while the teacher tried to teach the idiots to read Dick, Jane & frikkin' Sally. I was excruciatingly bored, so I wrote a note to a girl sitting on the other side of the circle. Of course she couldn't read it so gave it to the teacher. It was traced back to me and I had to sit in the corner the rest of the day. Arithmetic was worse: In the 3rd grade they were still trying to teach the 'tards basic addition so we had to stamp these damned yellow chickens on poster paper. I didn't do mine so they made me stay after school to do it.

High school was just as bad. I got kicked in the nuts almost every day. I learned almost nothing. I signed up for the senior science course which was supposed to contain an intro to computer programming. I was the only one to sign up for it so they dropped it.

On the whole, what should have been some of the most productive years of my life were wasted trapped in a goddam hell-hole where the only lessons to be learned were how to be a good prisoner and submit to authority whenever they wanted to torture me.

Everyone is bemoaning how the US is not pumping out scientists and engineers like it used to. I would be surprised if it were.

Google

Bing Becomes No.2 Search Engine at 4.37% 366

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the now-that's-a-gap dept.
suraj.sun writes "Bing overtook Yahoo for the first time worldwide in January, and increased its lead in February, according to web analytics company, StatCounter. Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that globally Bing reached 4.37%, in February ahead of Yahoo! at 3.93%. Both trail far behind Google's 89.94% of the global search engine market." Just a little more plagiarizing to go!
Businesses

Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence 471

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the zomg-everybody-panic dept.
Uttini writes "Apple CEO Steve Jobs has just announced that he is taking a medical leave of absence, according to a release issued by the company today. While it's unclear what the reason is for the medical leave, Jobs' previous medical history includes pancreatic cancer as well as a liver transplant. While Jobs is out, Tim Cook is to be responsible for all of Apple's day to day operations."
GUI

Xfce 4.8 Released 193

Posted by timothy
from the when-snappy-matters dept.
PerlDudeXL writes "Today, after almost two years of work, we have the special pleasure of announcing the much awaited release of Xfce 4.8, the new stable version that supersedes Xfce 4.6. [..] Xfce 4.8 is our attempt to update the Xfce code base to all the new desktop frameworks that were introduced in the past few years. We hope that our efforts to drop pieces like ThunarVFS and HAL with GIO, udev, ConsoleKit and PolicyKit will help bringing the Xfce desktop to modern distributions."
Internet Explorer

New IE Zero Day 305

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the well-that's-not-good dept.
RebootKid writes "Microsoft has released a notice about a new zero day attack against Internet Explorer. Guess it's going to be more a 'Script Kiddie Christmas,' less of a 'White Christmas.' 'Ok, fess up — who asked for an IE 0 day for Christmas? I'm guessing Santa got his lumps of coal mixed up with a bag of exploits. This exploit has been discussed over the last day or so on full disclosure and a number of other sites. Metasploit already has a module available for it (just search for CSS & IE). Microsoft has put out an advisory 2488013 regarding the issue which manifests itself when a specially crafted web page is used and could result in remote code execution on the client.'"
Science

Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor 478

Posted by samzenpus
from the gold-frankincense-and-mice dept.
crudmonkey writes "Researchers have discovered a biological shocker: female boa constrictors are capable of giving birth asexually. But the surprise doesn't end there. The study in Biology Letters found that boa babies produced through this asexual reproduction — also known as parthenogenesis — sport a chromosomal oddity that researchers thought was impossible in reptiles. While researchers admit that the female in the study may have been a genetic freak, they say the findings should press researchers to re-think reptile reproduction. Virgin birth among reptiles, especially primitive ones like boas, they argue may be far commoner than ever expected."

Comment: Re:Oh, just great (Score 1) 841

by Pictish Prince (#34050970) Attached to: Researchers Find a 'Liberal Gene'

Conservatives opposed communism

In favor of Tsarism. Great principled stand there guys.

Nazism

Hitler was a liberal? Yeah, he did confiscate guns, but nothing characterizes Nazism better than extreme nationalism, a conservative trait.

eugenics

Eugenics was supported by both sides. Progressives who thought they could make humanity better, and conservatives who wanted to use genetics to enforce the class structure. Notice how it was always the lower classes who got sterilized.

And also notice that whether it's liberals or conservatives in power, the direction is always towards more control : Gun control and laws enforcing political correctness from the liberals; Banning of gay marriage and abortions and loyalty oaths from the conservatives. It never goes the other way in the U.S. even though most Americans say they want government out of their lives; the media can always stir them to a killing rage by pointing out what the other side does.

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