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Earth

+ - Ant mega-colony takes over world

boaz112358 writes: From the BBC: 'A single mega-colony of ants has colonised much of the world, scientists have discovered. Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same inter-related colony, and will refuse to fight one another. The colony may be the largest of its type ever known for any insect species, and could rival humans in the scale of its world domination." I for one welcome our new insect overlords.

Comment: Re:bad science question (Score 1) 373 373

Acutally, there are (or rather were) natural fission reactions, so that's another way of natural element transmutation. About two billion years ago, the concentration of natural Uranium was about 3% U235 (compared to 0.7% today), so a sustained reaction could occur if the conditions were just right. The only known example of this is in Gabon, but scientists estimate that the reactors were running for a few hundred thousand years.
The Internet

+ - Mark Cuban calls on ISPs to block P2P

boaz112358 writes: Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner, HDNet CEO, and noted gadfly is publishing on his blog that Comcast and other ISPs should block all P2P traffic, because as he says, "As a consumer, I want my internet experience to be as fast as possible. The last thing I want slowing my internet service down are P2P freeloaders." He complains that commercial content distributors instead of paying for their own bandwidth, are leeching off consumers who are paying for the bandwidth. As an alternative distribution method (at least for audio and video), he suggests Google video.
Privacy

+ - House Committee publishes whistle-blowers' emails

boaz112358 writes: Over the summer, the House Judiciary Committee set up a website where would-be whistle blowers in the Justice Department can send tips to the committee. Yesterday, they sent out an email to everyone who had sent in a tip. However, the geniuses decided to include everyone in a single email with all email addresses in the 'to:' field, rather than using 'bcc:' or sending individual emails. Ironically, the email describes the procedures that the committee has set up to ensure the tipsters confidentiality. TPMmuckraker has the details.

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