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Submission + - WHO: Cell Phones Are "Possibly Carcinogenic" (

sciencehabit writes: Whether or not cell phones cause brain cancer is a question that's been debated (but not answered) for years, and today the World Health Organization (WHO) stepped into the fray. A WHO committee that evaluates various potential cancer-causing agents concluded that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, including cell phones, are "possibly carcinogenic" to people.

Submission + - US Alarmed Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Washington Post reports that the US is urging Americans who live within 50 miles of Japan’s earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to evacuate as Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said that no water remains in a deep pool used to cool spent fuel at the plant and that radiation levels there are thought to be “extremely high.” Jaczko’s testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee suggests that damage to the plant is worse than the Japanese government and the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., has acknowledged. On Tuesday, the company said water levels in the three of the site’s seven fuel pools were dropping, but did not say that the fuel rods themselves had been exposed. Left exposed to the air, the fuel rods will start to decay and release radioactivity into the air and lack of water in at least one spent-fuel pool sparked fears of a worst-case scenario: the fuel could combust. “If there’s no water in there, the spent fuel can start a fire,” says Eric Moore, a consultant to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on nuclear plant design and safety issues. “Once you have that fire, there’s a high risk of radiation getting out, spewed by the fire.” The power company says a reduced crew of 50 to 70 employees — far fewer than the 1,400 or more at the plant during normal operations — had been working in shifts to keep seawater flowing to the three reactors now in trouble. Their withdrawal on Wednesday temporarily left the plant with nobody to continue cooling operations."

Submission + - ‘Do Not Track’ Becoming A Reality (

gabbo529 writes: "The 'Do Not Track' bandwagon has its strongest supporters to date: influential Washington, D.C. lawmakers. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation met recently to address "The State of Online Consumer Privacy." The committee's chair, senator John Kerry (D-Mass) said he is drafting a law along with Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) that will protect consumers from data mining practices. The Obama admistration, through assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence E. Strickling, has also thrown its support behind 'Do Not Track" as well."

Submission + - Evolution Of Virus

adeelarshad82 writes: This month marks the 40th birthday for the computer virus. While understandably most of us won't be wishing the virus many happy returns, it's certainly interesting to see how the virus has evolved over the past few decades and become a much greater threat simply due to more connectivity. For instance the Creeper Virus, the very first one, ran in the restricted ARPANET and did little damage, the Stuxnet virus in 2010 infected nearly a hundred thousand computers across the globe.

Submission + - Counterspies hunt Russian mole inside NSA (

Barkmullz writes: The National Security Agency (NSA) is conducting a counterintelligence probe at its Fort Meade, Md., headquarters in a top-secret hunt for a Russian agent, according to a former intelligence official close to the agency. The former official said the probe grew out of the case of 10 Russian "illegals," or deep-cover spies, who were uncovered last summer and sent back to Moscow after the defection of Col. Alexander Poteyev, a former SVR foreign intelligence officer who reportedly fled to the U.S. shortly before Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited here in June.

Comment Advanced Technology (Score 1) 642

Carlos Cotta and Álvaro Morales from the University of Malaga in Spain...suggest that using spacecraft that travel at a tenth of the speed of light, the colonization wavefront could take some 50 million years to sweep the galaxy.

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

- Arthur C. Clarke

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