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Irrelevant Scientific Research Honored 93

Posted by samzenpus
from the wierd-science dept.
More than 1,000 people attended this year's Ig Nobel awards, a light-hearted alternative to the Nobel Prizes. Scientists who unlocked the inner secrets of dog fleas, crisps and tangled string swept the show. Handing out awards was William Lipscomb, the 1976 Nobel laureate for chemistry, also doubling Thursday, at the age of 89, as the hero in the "Win-a-Date-With-a-Nobel-Laureate Contest." The prize itself is a plaque that reads, "This Ig Nobel Prize is awarded in the year 2008 to an Ig Nobel Prize Winner, in recognition of the Ig Nobel Prize Winners' Ig Nobel Prize winning achievement." At last I can submit my paper, "Everything is Really Wet, Even Dry Stuff." for peer review.
Security

+ - Russia accused of unleashing cyberwar to disable E

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dory
dory writes "The Guardian says "A three-week wave of massive cyber-attacks on the small Baltic country of Estonia, the first known incidence of such an assault on a state, is causing alarm across the western alliance, with Nato urgently examining the offensive and its implications." There are other articles to be found on Google News (sorry. Really not meant to be a plug!)

The next phase of DDOS will be used for international warefare?"
The Courts

+ - Ashcroft Refused to Certify NSA Spy Program

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Last Straw
Last Straw writes "According to UPI, "Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he, Ashcroft and other officials were poised to resign when the White House went ahead with a counter-terrorism program that Ashcroft had refused to approve." The NSA spy program, which the EFF has sued to halt, entails wholesale, warantless searches of all domestic internet and phone traffic by means of secret facilities in major US NOCs. They further allege that current Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, President Bush, and others tried to pressure Ashcroft into certifying it, even when he was in the hospital. In spite of its lack of certification, the spy program continued."

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