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Submission + - Rats to the Rescue (

Rambo Tribble writes: Specially trained African giant-pouched rats are proving remarkably effective at land-mine and tuberculosis detection. The rats have an exceedingly keen sense of smell, are fairly easy to train and require little resources to sustain. The article compares their performance to more standard approaches, with amazing results.
The Military

Submission + - U.S. Nuke Lab Kicks Chinese Tech (

Rambo Tribble writes: Reuters reports that Los Almos National Laboratory has removed switches produced by Chinese firm H3C, which once had ties to Huawei. This appears to be a step taken to placate a nervous Congress, rather in response to any detected security issues.
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Submission + - Bletchley Park Codebreaker Honored (

Rambo Tribble writes: England has awarded Raymond Roberts, one of the nine cryptanalysts responsible for breaking the Nazi Tunny code machine, (also known by the German designation Lorenz cipher machine) the MBE. Roberts is the last surviving member of the team which cracked the German army's cipher machine functionality, much like others at Bletchley broke the better-known Enigma machine.
The Military

Submission + - X-47B Stealth Drone: A Cylon is Born? (

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC reports on a U.S. Navy program to develop an autonomous reconnaissance/strike drone. Designed to take off and land on an aircraft carrier, the drone is intended to operate with little human intervention. Special bonus: it even looks like a Cylon.
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Submission + - Spoofing Attack Hacks Drones (

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC is reporting that researchers from the University of Texas at Austin managed to hack an experimental drone by spoofing GPS signals. Theoretically, this would allow the hackers to direct the drone to coordinates of their choosing.

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