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+ - typo takes tourist 13,000 km off-course

Submitted by jfeldredge
jfeldredge (1008563) writes "A 21-year-old German tourist, who intended to visit his girlfriend in Sydney, Australia, instead ended up close to Sidney, Montana, USA, 13,000 km away (over 8000 miles) after mistyping his destination in a flight-booking web site. He was routed through Portland, Oregon to Billings, Montana, and realized his error when he was about to board a commuter flight to Sidney, Montana. He ended up having to stay in the Billings, Montana airport for three days until his family and friends sent him 600 Euros to buy a new ticket to Australia. http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/12/29/germany .tourist.reut/

The old saying applies, "Be careful what you ask for. You may get it.""
Encryption

The Numbers Stations Analyzed, Discussed 224

Posted by Zonk
from the creepy-to-listen-to dept.
GMontag wrote to mention a Washington Post article about the always-intriguing 'number' radio broadcasts. The numbers stations, as they are known, are 'hiding in plain sight' spycraft. Random digits broadcast at little-used frequencies are known to be intelligence agencies broadcasting their secrets in encrypted form. The Post article gives a nice run-down on the truth behind the transmissions, and touches a bit on the odd community that has grown fascinated by them. From the article: "On 6840 kHz, you may hear a voice reading groups of letters. That's a station nicknamed 'E10,' thought to be Israel's Mossad intelligence. Chris Smolinski runs SpyNumbers.com and the 'Spooks' e-mail list, where 'number stations' hobbyists log hundreds of shortwave messages transmitted every month. 'It's like a puzzle. They're mystery stations,' explained Smolinski, who has tracked the spy broadcasts for 30 years." This article made me recall a great All Things Considered story from a few years back about Akin Fernandez's 'Numbers' CD, a CD compilation of some of the most interesting strings of randomly read numbers reaching out across the airwaves.
Biotech

+ - Parasite makes us dumber or sexier

Submitted by odie_q
odie_q (130040) writes "It has long been known that the Toxoplasma gondii parasite alters its host's behaviour, but now it seems the way it alters it depends on the sex of the host. From the article, "A common parasite can increase a women's attractiveness to the opposite sex but also make men more stupid, an Australian researcher says.", and further, "Infected men have lower IQs, achieve a lower level of education and have shorter attention spans. They are also more likely to break rules and take risks, be more independent, more anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose, and are deemed less attractive to women. On the other hand, infected women tend to be more outgoing, friendly, more promiscuous, and are considered more attractive to men compared with non-infected controls."

So, next time you want to score with a chick, slip some... eh.. cat feces in her drink."
Graphics

+ - What's hidden under Greenland ice?

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "Ice has covered Greenland for millions of years. So what's hidden under this ice cap? Mountains and valleys? Rivers and lakes? Of course, we might know it sooner than we would have liked if the ice covering Greenland continues to melt. But researchers from Ohio State University have decided that they wanted to know it next year and have developed a radar to reveal views of land beneath polar ice. Their first tests of this new radar, which helps them to catch 3-D images of the ground under the ice, took place in May 2006. The next images will be shot in April 2007. Here are some images of the new GISMO device and what it can do."

The world is not octal despite DEC.

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