angryphase writes: "According to animal behaviour experts from Queens University (Belfast), the belief that crustaceans are incapable of feeling pain may be false. After various research groups have delved into the nervous systems of invertebrates, studies have shed light on what '[...] has become an unlikely obsession for some scientists.' Professor Robert Elwood and his colleagues '[...] set about finding an answer by daubing acetic acid on to the antennae of 144 prawns.' A thankless task, that has not convinced many in the field of pain research. As Richard Chapman from the University of Utah (Salt Lake City) commented, 'Even a single-cell organism can detect a threatening chemical gradient and retreat from it [...] But this is not sensing pain.'"
angryphase writes: According to recent reports one young Nottinghamshire schoolboy got a present to remember from his mother of all people. According to the parent in question there had been some misunderstanding by the agency, after she claims she had ordered a gorilla. A shaken and slightly stirred witness recounts, 'No one could believe it [...] she ordered him to get on all fours, led him around the classroom and hit him 16 times — once for each year — on the bottom with her whip. Then she took off some clothes until she was down to her bra and pants, pulled out some cream, put it on her buttocks and told him to rub it in.' As if this brazen overuse of props wasn't bad enough, the mother had requested that the teacher film the 'surprise'.
angryphase writes: The British Phonographic Institute (RIAA-UK) has noticed a significant increase in the amount of encrypted torrents. Whether it follows a trend for hiding suspicious activities or an increased awareness of personal privacy is up for (weak) debate, either way, this change of attitude is apparently catching the eye of ISPs, music industry officials and enforcement agencies. Matt Phillips, spokesman for the UK record industry trade association explains, "Our internet investigations team, internet service providers and the police are well aware of encryption technology: it's been around for a long time and is commonplace in other areas of internet crime. It should come as no surprise that if people think they can hide illegal activity they will attempt to."