“Anonymous” hackers attack Monsanto and Tar Sands Oil Companies

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Anonymous has chosen to attack Monsanto and Oil Companies involved in the Tar Sands project in Canada.

The notorious activist hacking group “Anonymous” has launched two new campaigns championing a pair of green causes — helping U.S. farmers earn the right to label their food as “GMO-free” and working to obstruct the expansion of the devastating tar sands oil project in Alberta, Canada. Monsanto, the giant biotech firm, has confirmed it was the victim of a large-scale hacking attack. And the oil companies are next, Anonymous says…

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Anti-Rape Condom Could Help Protect Victims

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Rape is not a pretty topic, but it is massive global problem.
A new “anti-rape” condom could protect women in dangerous areas from being attacked. The device is a female condom filled with sharp, microscopic barbs that will attach themselves to flesh. The theory is that while the attacker is stunned and doubled-over with pain, the woman will have a chance to flee the scene before the rapist has a chance to do further damage to her. Once it latches on to the skin, the condom can only be removed surgically, which will mean that attackers will have to go to the hospital and risk getting caught…
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Three Researchers From Microsoft Find Way To Trace Malicious Users

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Microsoft team find a way to trace compromised machines used to attack other computers

Anonymity on the Internet can be both a blessing and a curse. While the ability to hide behind anonymous proxies and fast-changing Internet protocol (IP) addresses has enabled freer speech in nations with repressive regimes, the same technologies allow cybercriminals to hide their tracks and pass off malicious code and spam for legitimate communications.

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Amazing Photos: Looking Into Reclusive North Korea

Looking Into Reclusive North Korea

North Korean soldiers walk in an early morning mist with
their rifles and spades along the North Korean-Chinese border

News stories about North Korea have been quite frequent recently, with their test launch of a rocket over Japan, withdrawal from nuclear disarmament talks coupled with a threat to restart their nuclear program, reports that their nuclear attack capabilities may be larger than previously thought – and their recent arrest and indictment of two U.S. reporters on its border with China. Even with all this attention, photographs from North Korea are still restricted and hard to come by. One way around that has been for photographers to peer inside from across the border, a pastime that has also spurred a level of curious tourism in both neighboring South Korea and China. (Pics)

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Caterpillars Utilize Sound and Stench As Defense

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A Very Crafty Caterpillar

Caterpillars of the Great Peacock Moth (Saturnia pyri) are generating quite a buzz lately. A recent study has shown that these giant silkmoth caterpillars are advertising acoustically that they are unpallatable and warn of an upcoming defense strategy.

When disturbed by a would be attacker the caterpillars stridulate by rubbing their mouth parts together, creating broadband chirps spanning from 3.7-55.1 kHz. While it is still unclear who exactly they are advertising to, a predator would be well advised to stay away from their sharp, chemical exuding bristles.

Though is not the first example of sound production in caterpillars it is a novel mechanism, paving the way for future research.

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Gorilla-Viewing Glasses Prevent Eye-Contact

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No. I am NOT looking a you…

The Rotterdam Zoo is giving away cardboard glasses that make it appear that you’re looking off to one side; these are gorilla-viewing glasses, meant to avoid incidents in which gorillas attack visitors for making eye contact with them. The glasses’ introduction follows an attack on a woman by an escaped gorilla…

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Photo Essay of Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

 Photo Essay of Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

 At least 101 people have died in the attacks, and parts of Mumbai are still under siege

The sudden and coordinated attacks by Islamist gunmen in Mumbai on Wednesday continue to grip the Indian city on Thursday. The “Deccan Mujahideen” have claimed resonsibility, but no one seems to know if the group is homegrown or linked to a wider international network.

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New Test Diagnoses Heart Attack In Minutes, Not Hours

New Test Diagnoses Heart Attack In Minutes, Not Hours 

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A new method for diagnosing heart attacks very early on could improve a patient’s chances of survival and reduce the amount of permanent damage that he or she suffers. Normally, it takes up to six hours to diagnose a heart attack with certainty. The new approach can do so in just 10 minutes by analyzing tiny biochemical markers in the blood, such as lipids, sugars, and amino acids–a technique known as metabolic profiling.

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Full Facial Transplant Is One Step Closer

 Full Facial Transplant Is One Step Closer

The bear-attack patient after the successful transplant

A Chinese medical team led by Shuzhong Guo of the Fourth Military Medical University in Xi’an has successfully completed the first transplant to include facial bone in a transplant on a man whose face was slashed by a bear. The Chinese graft included muscles, nerves, blood vessels, cartilage and skin and included an intact salivary gland, another first. Two years after the procedure, the man can eat, drink and speak, thanks to the gradual fusing of transplanted nerves and muscles with what remained of the patient’s own.

This transplant together with the another ground breaking transplant last year by French doctors that removed a huge tumor that had completely infiltrated and disfigured their patient’s face, now sets the stage for a full facial transplant.

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