KermodeBear writes: Scientists at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, have successfully conducted three human trials of a "universal cancer vaccine," which they developed as a safety test before going onto larger clinical trials.
KermodeBear writes: Three US senators last week sent a letter to Fadi Chehadé, chief executive officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), inquiring about an apparent conflict of interest posed by his co-chairmanship of an advisory body for the upcoming World Internet Conference. The senators’ letter demands that Chehadé clarify his relationship with the conference and whether he believes that his leading role makes ICANN “complicit in the Chinese censorship regime."
KermodeBear writes: A group of hackers affiliated with ISIS are threatening to carry out a cyber attack—dubbed “Message to America”—against a number of targets 2 p.m. EST today. The targets were not identified on ISIS forums and social channels but the hackers are promising something “surprising” that “will frighten America”.
KermodeBear writes: At the SXSW conference, Al Gore gave a speech in which he claimed that anyone who rejectes "accepted science" should be punished. No matter what side of the climate debate you prefer, the concept of punishing skeptics of any kind seems to return us to the times when religious institutions did the exact same thing to scientists and members of other faiths.
Should there be a consequence, aside from the disapproval of your peers, for those who reject any kind of "accepted science," or should we always be free to question the status quo and try to poke holes in commonly held beliefs?
KermodeBear writes: After taking out a 1.6 billion dollar federal loan through the Department of Energy to build a new solar power facility, NRG and Google have now applied for a 540 million dollar bailout to help pay off the loan. The reason? The solar plant isn't producing as much energy as they predicted — and now they want the American tax payer to cover for their mistake.
KermodeBear writes: The Register reports that the current melting of the arctic ice is not without precedent. Eric Steig from the University of Washington has found that similar conditions existed in the 1940s and 1830s. This confirms the findings of an earlier study on the subject.
KermodeBear writes: In the absence of oxygen, estrogens from cattle gradually change from one form to another which stalls the bio-degradation process. These estrogens end up in waste water used to fertilize fields. This causes the overall free estrogen levels to rise in the soil and rain run-off, which affects nearby wildlife. Government regulations cover other contaminants, but there is no regulation for animal hormones.
KermodeBear writes: Dungeons and Dragons — originally Satan's Game — has now been found to encourage gang-like behavior. In a finding by a three judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, D&D "can mimic the organization of gangs and lead to the actual development thereof."
From the ruling:
"during D&D games, one player is denoted the 'Dungeon Master.' The Dungeon Master is tasked with giving directions to other players, which Muraski testified mimics the organization of a gang."
KermodeBear writes: According to Smashing Magazine, the newest version of Internet Explorer supports FireFox plugins, the Gecko and Webkit rendering engines, and has scored a 71 / 100 on the Acid3 test. Is this another example of Microsoft's Embrace, Extend, Extinguish business model?
KermodeBear writes: "The Daily Telegraph reports that Edgar Mitchell, a astronaut on the Apollo 14 mission, has confirmed the presence of extra-terrestrials. From the article: "It's been well covered up by all our governments for the last 60 years or so, but slowly it's leaked out and some of us have been privileged to have been briefed on some of it.""