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Submission + - FBI snaps up Napoleon III's gun from online sales (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "The FBI doesn't usually find itself in the business of retrieving guns but last week it made an exception: a rare Gastinne Renette carbine taken from a Paris military museum during World War II while the Germans occupied Paris that once belonged to Napoleon III. French authorities have searched for the 37-inch gun ever since and when it popped up on the Web site gunsamerica.com, French officials contacted Interpol, which in then enlisted help from the FBI.An undercover operation was initiated by local FBI agents, and agents from the FBI's Art Crime Team, which resulted in the safe recovery of the weapon last week. The Art Crime Team is the FBI's 12-member rapid-deployment unit responsible for investigating cases involving cultural property and artwork. To date, the Team is responsible for recovering more than 850 items worth more than $65million. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/18373"
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Submission + - Rubik's Cube Solved in 26 Moves

i_like_spam writes: Of the roughly 43 quintillion possible arrangements in a Rubik's Cube, a computer scientist at Northeastern University has developed a new algorithm that solves the cube in 26 moves. The results were presented at last month's International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation. This beats the previous record of 27 moves set last year by researchers from the Lund Institute of Technology.

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