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This Is a News Website Article About a Scientific Paper 193

jamie passes along a humorous article at The Guardian which pokes fun at the shallow and formulaic science journalism typical of many mainstream news outlets. Quoting: In this paragraph I will state the main claim that the research makes, making appropriate use of 'scare quotes' to ensure that it's clear that I have no opinion about this research whatsoever. ... If the research is about a potential cure, or a solution to a problem, this paragraph will describe how it will raise hopes for a group of sufferers or victims. This paragraph elaborates on the claim, adding weasel-words like 'the scientists say' to shift responsibility for establishing the likely truth or accuracy of the research findings on to absolutely anybody else but me, the journalist. ... 'Basically, this is a brief soundbite,' the scientist will say, from a department and university that I will give brief credit to. 'The existing science is a bit dodgy, whereas my conclusion seems bang on,' she or he will continue."

Submission + - Universe will fall apart eventually (

An anonymous reader writes: BBC is reporting the latest confirmation that the end of the universe will be a whole lot of nothing. A team leam lead by Eric Jullo of JPL has published a paper in Science reporting the results of their detailed survey of galaxy cluster Abell 1689.

Posting as AC due to creeping nihilism.

Submission + - The professor's wife and her amazon antics (

crimeandpunishment writes: What happens when an anonymous reviewer on Amazon is unmasked? When that reviewer....who wrote some pretty nasty things in book reviews....turns out to be the WIFE of an author and college turns into a pretty juicy scandal in the academic world.

Submission + - Palm WebOS Hacked Via SMS Messages

gondaba writes: Security researchers at the Intrepidus Group have hacked into Palm's new WebOS platform, using nothing more than text messages to exploit a slew of dangerous web app vulnerabilities. The white hat hackers found that the WebOS SMS client did not properly validate input/output validation on any SMS messages sent to the handset, leading to a rudimentary HTML injection bug. Coupled with the fact that HTML injection leads directly to injecting code into a WebOS application, the attacks made possible were quite dangerous (especially considering they could all be delivered over a SMS message).

Submission + - One in three Brits ok with piracy (

An anonymous reader writes: A third of UK citizens believe that it is acceptable to use pirated software at home or at work, according to a new survey conducted by Microsoft. Microsoft was keen to point out the risks of using illegal software, claiming that it has led to the introduction of a computer virus in 62 per cent of cases, a loss of personal data in 31 per cent of cases and a system crash in 38 per cent of cases. The company has timed the launch of its research to coincide with the debate on the Digital Economy Bill. If the proposed legislation is passed by parliament as it stands, persistent illegal downloaders and file sharers will be punished by being disconnected from the internet.

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