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Biotech

Submission + - New Nerve Gas Antidotes (wired.com) 1

SoyChemist writes: Scientists from Korea and the Czech Republic have discovered new drugs that can counteract the chemical overload caused by nerve gas. All of the experimental medications belong to a family of chemicals called oximes. Those molecules reactivate the enzyme that is damaged by the chemical weapons. Last year, the FDA approved the first combined atropine and oxime auto-injector for use by emergency personnel. Israel has been providing them to their citizens since the first Gulf War.
Media

Submission + - Report: EMI looking to cut funding for RIAA, IFPI 1

ozydingo writes: EMI is reportedly considering to significantly cut funding to trade groups like the RIAA and IFPI. Coming at the heels of certain setbacks in the RIAA's ongoing legal campaign against P2P users, this move may be an indication of the label's dissatisfaction with how the RIAA has been handling the changing scene of music distribution. If followed through, it may force the RIAA to reassess its methods of approach in dealing with P2P music distribution.
User Journal

Journal Journal: RDBMS Wishlist I: Insert-set constraints 2

Having now worked with some interesting applications where artificial data structures and rules were issues (including accounting rules), I have come to decide that RDBMS's need some additional features to meet certain types of needs. Otherwise one is required to forego some (often important) data integrity rules in favor of giving the application authoritative responsibility for data integrity.

Security

Submission + - Spammers hack and hijcak Al Gore's climate site 1

Stony Stevenson writes: Al Gore's Climate Crisis website has been hacked by spammers using an interesting technique to affect Google's rankings. Hackers inserted links into the source code of the web pages of Gore's site. These links were not visible to regular users as they were buried in the source code, but they were picked up by search engine software to affect the position of another site altogether.

Symantec fears that a vulnerability in WordPress web publishing software has left many bloggers open to attack by the same method.
The Courts

Submission + - FBI Doesn't Tell Courts About Bogus Evidence

dprovine writes: According to a joint investigation by series of articles in The Washington Post and 60 Minutes, a forensic test used by the FBI for decades is known to be invalid. The National Academy of Science issued a report in 2004 that FBI investigators had given "problematic" testimony to juries. The FBI later stopped using "bullet lead analysis", but sent a letter to law enforcement officials saying that they still fully supported the science behind it. Hundreds of criminal defendants — some already convicted in part on the testimony of FBI experts — were not informed about the problems with the evidence used against them in court. Does anyone at the Justice Department even care about what effect this will have on how the public in general (and juries in particular) regards the trustworthiness of FBI testimony?
The Internet

Submission + - Google Building Its Own !0 Gig Ethernet Switches (datacenterknowledge.com)

1sockchuck writes: "Google is now building its own energy-efficient 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches for its data centers, expanding its program to use customized software and hardware to improve the power and efficiency of its back-end operations. Google already builds its own servers and power supplies, and uses customized operating system and web server software. Google's switch development was unearthed by analyst Andrew Schmitt, who says that Google's switch development efforts could have a disruptive impact on the market for 10GbE switching equipment. It also explains reports that Google has been hiring staff from Cisco."

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