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Submission + - 2011 Ig Nobel prizes: laugh first, think later (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: The quirky Ig Nobel prizes honoring some of the world's funniest if not the most practical academic research will be handed out Thursday night at Harvard University during ceremonies that will include help from actual Nobel laureates. The theme this year is chemistry, but that doesn't really restrict which entries might win, judging from research that has claimed Ig Nobels in the past. For instance, last year the prize for medicine went to a Netherlands researcher who discovered that riding roller coasters alleviates asthma symptoms. The prize for engineering went to an international team "for perfecting a method to collect whale snot using a remote-control helicopter."
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Submission + - Libya Rebels in Tripoli, Gadhafi Securities Collap (hotenews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Libyan rebels charged over the capital Tripoli on Sunday and moved close to center with little resistance as Moammar Gadhafi's defenses collapsed and his regime
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Submission + - Microsoft: Rustock Take-Down Shows Botnet Can Fall (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Microsoft said Tuesday that the coordinated take-down of the Rustock botnet and follow-up efforts had purged the malware from over half of the PCs once controlled by Russian hackers. 'This shows that disruptive action [against botnets] is viable and possible,' said Richard Boscovich, a senior attorney with Microsoft's Digital Crime Unit. 'Once you start taking apart the infrastructure of botnets, you drive up the cost of [botnet gangs] doing business," Boscovich told Computerworld. 'Disruptive action is just as good as trying to arrest someone.' Since March, when Microsoft lawyers and U.S. Marshals seized Rustock command-and-control servers at five Web hosting providers in seven U.S. cities, the number of Windows PCs infected with the malware has dropped worldwide from 1.6 million to just over 700,000 as of June 18, Boscovich reported in a blog post Tuesday. Microsoft also released a detailed report (PDF document) on Rustock, the take-down effort it led, and the impact of its anti-botnet campaign."

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