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Submission + - Chinese Hackers Steal South Korean Secrets (

blair1q writes: Newsfactor reports an instance of Chinese hackers using email-attachment exploits to filch secret documents from South Korean government computers. The sender information in the emails was spoofed to make the emails appear to be from a South Korean presidential official and a South Korean diplomat. The breach was revealed by the hackers to a South Korean lawmaker. The Newsfactor story seems to be a summary of a report from another news source, which it did not identify.

Submission + - 2012 Mayan Calendar 'Doomsday' Date Might Be Wrong ( 1

astroengine writes: "A UC Santa Barbara associate professor is disputing the accuracy of the mesoamerican "Long Count" calendar after highlighting several astronomical flaws in a correlation factor used to synchronize the ancient Mayan calendar with our modern Gregorian calendar. If proven to be correct, Gerardo Aldana may have nudged the infamous December 21, 2012 "End of the World" date out by at least 60 days. Unfortunately, even if the apocalypse is rescheduled, doomsday theorists will unlikely take note."
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Visualizing the Ideological History of SCOTUS 151

langelgjm writes "An interesting exercise in quantifying and visualizing ideological shifts, the website tracks changes in the ideological history of the US Supreme Court from 1937 to 2007. Ideological positions are quantified using Martin-Quinn scores, and the chart highlights the often-bumpy transitions (Thurgood Marshall to Clarence Thomas), as well as tendencies within each Justice's career."

Submission + - Microsoft's free antivirus leaks to the web

An anonymous reader writes: Despite Microsoft's best efforts, the company's new antivirus product (codename Morro) has leaked. A leaked pre-beta indicates that the final name is Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), and it will come with a brand new UI. MSE will be available as a standalone download for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. The leaked version has separate installers for Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, and Windows Vista 64-bit. The software doesn't just work on 64-bit: there are both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. The download sizes range from just over 3MB to just over 7MB.

Submission + - Marijuana smoke damages DNA ( 8

mmmscience writes: The campaign to legalize marijuana has a new obstacle to overcome. Researchers from the UK and Sweden have discovered that smoking the cannabis plant causes DNA damage that could potentially lead to cancer. Because cannabis is less combustible than tobacco, the report states that it has 50% more carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. And what's more, there is the added danger of smoking technique: marijuana smokers inhale more deeply, meaning 3-4 cannabis cigarettes a day is equivalent to 20 tobacco cigarettes.

Submission + - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Flight 1 Update ( 1

Matt_dk writes: "Engine testing for the inaugural Falcon 9 flight proceeds at a rapid pace with no major problems or concerns. Six of the nine first stage flight engines have completed acceptance testing and all nine flight engines are on schedule to complete acceptance testing by mid July. Since that time, our RP-1 system has become operational, the cryogenic Liquid Oxygen handling system is nearing completion, and we have completed construction of our horizontal vehicle integration hangar. The Transporter Erector is getting reassembled into flight configuration and will be back into system level testing in mid-July."

Submission + - Tokamak fusion experiment facing financial trouble ( 1

fiannaFailMan writes: An international plan to build a nuclear fusion reactor is being threatened by rising costs, delays and technical challenges.

Emails leaked to the BBC indicate that construction costs for the experimental fusion project called Iter have more than doubled. Some scientists also believe that the technical hurdles to fusion have become more difficult to overcome and that the development of fusion as a commercial power source is still at least 100 years away. At a meeting in Japan on Wednesday, members of the governing Iter council will review the plans and may agree to scale back the project.

Iter will be a Tokamak device, a successor to the Joint European Torus (JET) in England. Meanwhile, an experiment in fusion by laser doesn't seem to be running into the same high profile funding problems just yet.


Submission + - MS says Vista compatibility not solved in SP1

Devistater writes: "Microsoft says there's no need for businesses to wait for Windows Vista SP1, since "Applications that have compatibility issues with Windows Vista today will most likely continue to have the same issues with Windows Vista with SP1." That is a quote from one of a batch of Microsoft Vista RC SP1 whitepapers dated today, entitled "Enterprise Guidance for Application Compatibility Testing and Windows Vista SP1." In the same document they also state that SP1 may break Vista compatibility, "There is a chance that some applications ultimately will not run on the final version of Windows Vista SP1, even though they run on Windows Vista today.""

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