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Submission + - Australian Census night DDOS (

labnet writes: Tuesday night was census night for millions of Australians, but the stress tested systems completely failed night leaving millions frustrated. the ABS now claims it was maliciously attcked.

THE census website was shut down after being attacked by foreign hackers, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed. “It was an attack,” chief statistician David Kalisch told ABC radio this morning. “It was quite clear it was malicious.” The ABS is now working with the Australian Signals Directorate to determine the source of the attack. Mr Kalisch said so far it had been very difficult to work out where it came from. In the past Australian government websites have been attacked by Chinese hackers.

Submission + - Iron Nanospheres Turn Plants Into Plastics (

labnet writes: A new type of catalyst made of iron nanoparticles enables the efficient conversion of non-food plant waste into the key components of materials such as plastics, medicines, and paint. The catalyst was developed by chemists at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, together with Dow Chemical's Benelux operation and Delft University of Technology.

Submission + - Single ion clock 100 times more accurate than atomic clock (

labnet writes: From :

University of New South Wales School of Physics professor Victor Flambaum has found a method of timekeeping nearly 100 times more accurate than the best atomic clocks. By using the orbit of a neutron around an atomic nucleus he says the system stays accurate to within 1/20th of a second over billions of years. Although perhaps not for daily use, the technology could prove valuable in science experiments where chronological accuracy is paramount, Prof Flambaum said.

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