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Science

Submission + - Global warming without CO2 as the cause? (theregister.co.uk)

KindMind writes: The Register reports researchers say that the late Miocene (12 to 5 million years ago) had less CO2 than now (200 to 350 ppm by volume compared to 390 now), yet had warmer conditions ("... nearly ice-free conditions in the Northern Hemisphere ..."). The article abstract in Nature is here, but requires login to read the full article.
The Military

Submission + - Trained Rats Map Minefields Automatically (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Believe it or not, but the Department of Defense is paying psychologists to train rats to find mines and circle around them. By attaching little GPS backpacks and supplying a laptop with software that looks for the 'circling around' signature, the DOD hopes its project will allow the release of platoons of rats near suspected minefields so that the laptop software creates a detailed map of where all the mines are located automatically. Not sure if they plan on picking up the rats afterward, but they do assure us that the rats are too lightweight to set off the mines!"
Security

Submission + - Germany readying offensive cyberwarfare unit, parliament told (techworld.com)

concertina226 writes: According to German reports, the Bonn-based Computer Network Operations (CNO) unit had existed since 2006 but was only now being readied for deployment under the control of the country’s military.

"The initial capacity to operate in hostile networks has been achieved," a German press agency reported the brief document as saying. The unit had already conducted closed lab simulations of cyber-attacks.

Unlike physical attacks, cyber-weapons can’t be isolated from their surroundings with the same degree of certainty. If, as a growing body of evidence suggests, the US Government sanctioned the use of cyber-malware such as Stuxnet, are the authorities also held responsible should such campaigns hit unintended victims?

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