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  • Investigators find Molotov cocktail, bottles with flamable liquid in burned student's apartment

    02/05/2014 1:09:50 PM PST · by BelleAl · 95 replies
    ATLANTA — Friends say a Georgia Tech graduate student is in critical condition after an apartment fire off 10th Street in midtown. Atlanta police told Channel 2’s Erica Byfield that Saamar Akhshabi was burned from an incendiary device in the incident. WSBTV.com reported the explosion as breaking news Tuesday just after 8:30 p.m. When investigators arrived on scene they found the international student with severe burns to his hands, arms and chest.
  • Sheriff Arpaio: Explosive device 1 of many threats

    04/12/2013 11:03:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/12/13 | Staff
    Phoenix -- Authorities are investigating what was reported to be an explosive device addressed to Arizona´s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America" known for his strict treatment of jail inmates and cracking down on illegal immigration. The device intercepted in Flagstaff late Thursday was in a package addressed to Arpaio at his downtown Phoenix office, the Maricopa County Sheriff´s Office said in a statement. It appeared suspicious, so it was X-rayed and the device was detected. A bomb squad team neutralized the explosive, the statement said.
  • Tweeting the word 'drill' could mean your Twitter account is read by U.S. government spies

    12/28/2011 8:43:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/28/11 | Rob Waugh
    The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning the networks for 'sensitive' words--and tracking people who use them. Simply using a word or phrase from the DHS's 'watch' list could mean that spies from the government read your posts, investigate your account, and attempt to identify you from it, acccording to an online privacy group. [Snip] The DHS outlined plans to scans blogs, Twitter and Facebook for words such as 'illegal immigrant', 'outbreak', 'drill', 'strain', 'virus', 'recovery', 'deaths', 'collapse', 'human to animal' and 'trojan', according to an 'impact asssessment' document filed
  • Save on car insurance with tracking devices (State Farm to monitor everything you do)

    08/19/2011 10:49:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    WFLX ^ | 8/09/11 | Rachel Leigh
    Save on car insurance with tracking devicesRachel Leigh, Content Manager Posted: Aug 09, 2011 1:21 PM EDT (WFLX) - It looks like State Farm is going the extra mile to be a "good neighboor". The insurance company now wants to keep its eye on you while you drive. Starting in September, the company will offer a new plan that gives discounts to drivers who let them mount tracking devices in their car. The device would monitor your speed, acceleration, braking and other driving habits.
  • Explosive Device Found In Seattle Park Where Woman Killed By Train

    08/18/2011 11:27:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    kirotv.com ^ | 8/18/11 | staff
    SEATTLE -- Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad personnel said an explosive device was found during an investigation into a fatality on the tracks Thursday morning. BNSF said that at 9 a.m., a Chicago to Tacoma freight train struck and killed a woman on the tracks at Carkeek Park in Seattle. The railroad said the train crew spotted the woman, who appeared to be trying to get off the tracks, and applied the emergency brakes. The woman then knelt down and was hit by the train.
  • New device on utility poles can adjust your thermostat

    03/25/2011 8:12:10 AM PDT · by Gennie · 112 replies
    IStockAnalyst / York Daily Record ^ | Friday, March 25, 2011 | Teresa Ann Boeckel
    (Source: York Daily Record) By Teresa Ann Boeckel, York Daily Record, Pa. March 25--YORK, Pa -- Dwight Rhine recently spotted additions to the utility poles in his Manchester Township neighborhood and wondered what was up. A metal arm sticks out from the pole, and the object attached to it is partially blue. It turns out that they are controllers for Met-Ed's energy saving program.
  • Report Of Suspicious Device On Bus Closes Portsmouth Streets

    05/06/2010 10:33:18 AM PDT · by OCCASparky · 35 replies · 866+ views
    WMUR.com ^ | 6 May 2010
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Portsmouth Bus Incident Several streets in Portsmouth have been blocked off after a report of a suspicious device on a bus. Police said the incident involved a Greyhound bus that was en route from Portland, Maine, to New York. A 911 call was received at about 11:15 a.m. from someone on the bus reporting a possible suspicious device. Police said the area around Hanover, High and Market streets was closed. News 9 reported that 17 passengers were still on the bus, but the bus driver had left the bus. There have been reports of a possible hostage...
  • NYPD: device thought to be a crude car bomb (MSNBC on live)

    05/01/2010 10:08:19 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 51 replies · 2,359+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5-2-10
    *snip* New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said the device was found after a mounted policeman spotted a box smoking in the back of a sport utility vehicle about 6:30 p.m. "This appears to be a car bomb that the bomb squad is in the process of dismantling," police spokesman Paul Browne said. "We do not know the motive."
  • Another explosive device found in Bangalore

    04/17/2010 11:31:33 PM PDT · by Cindy · 20 replies · 1,043+ views
    TIMES OF INDIA ^ | TNN, Apr 18, 2010, 11.09am IST | N/A
    SNIPPET: "BANGALORE: A day after two low-intensity blasts in the city, an explosive device weighing 2kgs was found wrapped in a yellow bag near Mahatma Gandhi statue on MG road." SNIPPET: "As stands filled on Saturday for the Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers IPL match, two bombs went off at the Chinnaswamy Stadium wounding 12 people and triggering panic. Roughly 20,000 people had packed into the stadium and hundreds more were streaming in when a loud explosion at Gate 12 rocked the arena and rattled nearby buildings. Six policemen were injured when the grill near the wall collapsed on them....
  • New device can distinguish over 500 mental choices by reading brain waves

    04/04/2010 2:01:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 395+ views
    mainichi.jp ^ | 4/4/10 | staff
    A small system for reading and interpreting the intentions of highly disabled persons who cannot communicate normally has been developed by a team of researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. The researchers hope to develop a practical model with a price under 100,000 yen within the next few years. Because specific brain waves strengthen when a person stares at something, senior members of the Hasegawa Ryohei Neurotechnology Research Group developed a system where a person looks at blinking choices on a screen while their brain waves are measured. The choices...
  • Device spells doom for superbugs

    11/26/2009 10:12:01 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 17 replies · 968+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/26/09 | Jason Palmer
    Researchers have demonstrated a prototype device that can rid hands, feet, or even underarms of bacteria, including the hospital superbug MRSA.The device works by creating something called a plasma, which produces a cocktail of chemicals in air that kill bacteria but are harmless to skin. A related approach could see the use of plasmas to speed the healing of wounds. Writing in the New Journal of Physics, the authors say plasmas could help solve gum disease or even body odour.
  • J&J: Planned tax on medical device makers too high

    10/24/2009 11:54:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 736+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 13, 2009 | By LINDA A. JOHNSON (AP)
    TRENTON, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson executives said Tuesday a proposed tax on medical device makers, part of the health care reform package moving in the Senate, is too high and could cost jobs in the industry. "We think that the $4 billion tax that they're referring to is unreasonable," J&J Chief Financial Officer Dominic Caruso told The Associated Press in an interview. "We believe it's at least twice what it ought to be." Caruso spoke after New Brunswick, N.J.-based J&J reported its third-quarter earnings, which included a tiny profit increase and sales declines in every division except medical devices,...
  • Mind-Reading Device Sends Twitter Messages

    04/23/2009 12:12:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 510+ views
    Twitter messages are so short - a 140-character limit - that you have to really think about what you want to say. For Adam Wilson, thinking is all he has to do. Earlier this month, Wilson thought of a tweet (the name for a post to the social networking site) and poof, his computer read his mind and sent the darn thing. At just 23 characters, Wilson's message, "using EEG to send tweet," was done with a computer setup that interprets brain waves. The technology could one day help patients who otherwise can't communicate finally talk to the outside world....
  • Device helped ensure US Airways plane would float

    01/17/2009 12:22:13 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 2,111+ views
    Newsday ^ | 1/15/09 | James Bernstein
    Planes can float, but the US Airways Airbus A-320 that crashed into the Hudson River Thursday had a better chance than most. That's because it was equipped with a special device unique to Airbus planes that increased the likelihood it would stay on top of the water. The device, called a "ditching switch," effectively seals the plane by closing valves and ventilation ports, a spokesman for the airline said.
  • "Lab-on-a-chip" breakthrough for on-site diagnostics (Trekkers Rejoice! A Real Tricorder!)

    10/01/2007 8:29:39 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 32 replies · 71+ views
    Gizmag.com ^ | 10/01/07 | Gizmag.com
    October 1, 2007 A Californian based company has produced the world’s first disposable photonic lab-on-a-chip solution for next-generation water and food analysis, chemical and biological agent detection, and point-of-care diagnostics. The PhotonicLab Platform from Bioident Technology Inc. enables rapid in-vitro diagnostics, chemical and biological threat detection, and environmental testing without the need for off-site lab analysis. This offers greater mobility and sensitivity compared to existing biological and chemical assays and delivers a cost-effective disposable lab-on-a-chip solution by eliminating the need for complex and expensive readout systems. To produce the device Bioident utilized the latest breakthroughs in nanotechnology and leveraged...
  • Device wakes man with severe brain injuries

    08/01/2007 12:31:24 PM PDT · by red state girl · 29 replies · 947+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/1/2007 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - A man with severe brain injuries who spent six years in a near-vegetative state can now chew his food, watch a movie and talk with family thanks to a brain pacemaker that may change the way such patients are treated, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The 38-year-old man is the first person in a minimally conscious state to be treated with deep-brain stimulation, a treatment that uses a pacemaker and two electrodes to send impulses into a part of the brain regulating consciousness.
  • Cheney gets new battery for heart device (device was successfully replaced without complication)

    07/28/2007 10:46:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies · 1,743+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/28/07 | Deb Reichmann - ap
    WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday had minor surgery to receive a new battery for an implanted device that monitors his heart rhythms, his spokeswoman said. "The device was successfully replaced without complication," Megan McGinn, the vice president's deputy press secretary. Cheney, who has a history of heart problems, arrived with his wife, Lynne, in the morning for the procedure at George Washington University Hospital, and walked out about four hours later. He smiled and waved at photographers as he left. Cheney returned to his home at the Naval Observatory and then resumed his normal schedule, McGinn said....
  • Suspect device found on Glasgow suspect

    06/30/2007 1:59:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,178+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/30/07 | AP
    GLASGOW, Scotland - One suspect from the Glasgow airport crash was in critical condition Saturday with severe burns, police said, adding that a "suspect device" was found on him. A Jeep Cherokee trailing a cascade of flames rammed into the airport earlier Saturday, shattering glass doors just yards from passengers lined up at the check-in counters. Police linked the crash to two terror plots in London. Britain raised its terror alert to "critical" — the highest possible level — and the Bush administration announced plans to increase security at airports and on mass transit. Both suspects were arrested at the...
  • Silicon-based spintronics device developed [may lead to smaller,faster,less power hungry computers]

    05/16/2007 11:28:51 AM PDT · by bedolido · 5 replies · 351+ views
    newscientisttech.com ^ | 05-16-2007 | Kurt Kleiner
    A development that could advance of the hottest areas of physics research - "spintronics" - has been announced by US scientists. Ultimately, physicists hope that research in spintronics could lead to smaller, faster and less power hungry computers. These machines would operate using logic devices based on manipulating and measuring the spin of electrons, rather than turning current on and off. Now researchers have for the first time shown that they can inject spin-polarized electrons into silicon, manipulate them, and measure them coming out the other side.
  • New Star Trek-style 'cloaking device' will make objects invisible

    10/19/2006 4:18:27 PM PDT · by B Knotts · 57 replies · 1,163+ views
    24dash.com ^ | 10/19/06 | Ian Morgan
    A Star Trek-style "cloaking device" has been built using technology developed to make objects invisible. The "cloak", based on a British design concept, measures less than five inches across and only responds to radar waves. But within five years there might be devices powerful enough to make whole vehicles "vanish" - including battlefield tanks. An invisibility cloak blueprint was produced in May by Professor Sir John Pendry, a physicist at Imperial College London. Just five months later, scientists working with him in the US have put the idea into practice. The concept involves bending visible light, or other forms of...
  • Man accused of trying to buy device for Iran

    09/20/2006 9:51:36 PM PDT · by jdm · 3 replies · 302+ views
    SAN ANTONIO — A Canadian man is accused of trying to buy for an Iranian firm a device used to test for flaws in equipment for gas pipelines and electric power plants. Seyed Abolghassem Rohani Eftekhari, 44, was arrested Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on a charge of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and executive orders that bar U.S. exports to Iran. The FBI and ICE officials opened an investigation in the case Aug. 1. An affidavit said that a man identified as Farshid Rohani and another man made inquiries about "magnetostrictive sensor" technology and that...
  • Soldiers Find Bulletproof Jacket Is Also Floatation Device

    05/19/2006 4:53:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 455+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Pfc. Paul J. Harris
    U.S. Army 1st Lt. Sean Craig swims 15 meters in his interceptor body armor system during a training class at the pool at Logistical Support Area Anaconda, near Balad, Iraq. U.S. soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, developed training to help soldiers survive in full combat gear if they happen to fall in water. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Paul J. Harris Soldiers Find Bulletproof Jacket Is Also Floatation Device With river boat patrols increasing, U.S. soldiers develop training to help soldiers survive in full combat gear if they...
  • Loadmasters use new parachute jettison device

    04/27/2006 5:34:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 378+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Senior Airman Cassandra Locke
    4/27/2006 - POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFPN) -- An emergency parachute jettison device was used for the first time during a Joint Forcible Entry Exercise here April 25. Loadmasters from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., and Dyess AFB, Texas, participated in the exercise. Chief Master Sgt. Steven Pyszka and Master Sgt. Lee McDaniel, loadmaster training instructors from Air Mobility Command, came to ensure the device was properly set up and operated. The new jettison device has been in development since 1997. It was created to quickly and safely jettison malfunctioning parachutes during an airdrop delivery of heavy equipment....
  • Iraqi Police Find Explosive Device; Suspected Terrorists Detained

    01/08/2006 5:16:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 350+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2006 – Iraqi police in Mosul discovered an improvised explosive device yesterday, officials announced today. When an explosive ordnance detachment approached the IED to investigate, both the Iraqi police guarding it and the EOD were attacked by small-arms fire. EOD destroyed the IED, and no injuries or damages were reported. In other action, U.S. soldiers from Task Force Baghdad captured a suspected terrorist believed to be responsible for emplacing IEDs Jan. 6. Later in the day, another U.S. patrol detained a suspected terrorist with a book that described how to attack American soldiers and justified collateral damage...
  • New Device Will Sense Through Concrete Walls

    01/03/2006 4:23:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 113 replies · 1,887+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 3, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2006 – Troops conducting urban operations soon will have the capabilities of superheroes, being able to sense through 12 inches of concrete to determine if someone is inside a building. The new "Radar Scope" will give warfighters searching a building the ability to tell within seconds if someone is in the next room, Edward Baranoski from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Special Projects Office, told the American Forces Press Service. By simply holding the portable, handheld device up to a wall, users will be able to detect movements as small as breathing, he said. The Radar...
  • Remote Control Device 'Controls' Humans

    10/25/2005 11:23:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 642+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/25/05 | YURI KAGEYAMA - ap
    ATSUGI, Japan - We wield remote controls to turn things on and off, make them advance, make them halt. Ground-bound pilots use remotes to fly drone airplanes, soldiers to maneuver battlefield robots. But manipulating humans? Prepare to be remotely controlled. I was. Just imagine being rendered the rough equivalent of a radio-controlled toy car. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp., Japans top telephone company, says it is developing the technology to perhaps make video games more realistic. But more sinister applications also come to mind. I can envision it being added to militaries' arsenals of so-called "non-lethal" weapons. A special headset...
  • Upstate Police: Burned Man May Have Lit Tracking Device On Fire (NY)

    05/27/2005 7:31:15 AM PDT · by holymoly · 6 replies · 548+ views
    WNBC ^ | May 27, 2005 | AP
    1GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- A man on house arrest suffered burns on 60 percent of his body Thursday after the tracking device on his ankle caught fire, authorities said. Witnesses said 25-year-old Jason McClaskey was engulfed in flames on his front porch just before 6 a.m. Firefighters found him in his bedroom with most of his clothing burned off, Assistant Chief Ray Ives said. McClaskey had lighter fluid on his leg and although he told officials he was trying to light his grill, that didn't seem likely since there was no charcoal on it, Police Chief Richard Carey said. McClaskey...
  • Purdue miniature cooling device will have military, computer uses

    04/18/2005 1:54:58 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 35 replies · 1,167+ views
    Purdue ^ | 4/13/05 | Emil Venere
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Mechanical engineers at Purdue University have new findings offering promise for modifying household refrigeration technology with small devices to cool future weapons systems and computer chips. The devices, called "micro-channel heat sinks," circulate coolant through numerous channels about three times the width of a human hair. Such devices might be attached directly to electronic components in military lasers, microwave radar and weapons systems, as well as in future computers that will generate more heat than present computers, said Issam Mudawar, a professor of mechanical engineering who is leading the research. The researchers are adapting refrigeration systems...
  • Book: Nazis tested crude nuclear device

    03/14/2005 8:55:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 77 replies · 1,981+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/14/05 | Tony Czuczka - AP
    BERLIN (AP) - Nazi Germany tested a crude nuclear device in March 1945, killing hundreds of people in a massive explosion south of Berlin, a German researcher claims in a new book published Monday. That the Nazis conducted nuclear experiments has been known for decades, but "Hitler's Bomb," by Berlin academic Rainer Karlsch, suggests they may have been closer to building an atomic weapon for military use than previously believed. No independent corroboration of the claims was immediately available. "German physicians did not lag behind their colleagues in the United States and Britain in their understanding of theory," Karlsch told...
  • New Video from the Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI)

    12/10/2004 10:35:45 AM PST · by anonpenetfi · 25 replies · 18,948+ views
    Globalterroralert.com ^ | 12/10/04 | Globalterroralert.com
    http://www.globalterroralert.com/islamicarmy1204.wmvhttp://www.globalterroralert.com Globalterroralert.com (12/10/04): The Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI)--which has openly worked in conjunction with the Ansar al-Sunnah Army and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Al-Qaida faction in Iraq--has released a new full-length propaganda video featuring footage of IAI guerilla training courses, the fabrication and use of improvised explosive devices as roadside bombs, and even several failed attempts to shoot down U.S. military cargo aircraft with mobile, shoulder-launched Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launchers. The missiles used appear to be SA-7 Strellas.
  • Al-Tawheed wal-Jihad Releases New Video from Iraq

    10/13/2004 11:52:42 AM PDT · by anonpenetfi · 6 replies · 3,337+ views
    Globalterroralert.com ^ | 10/13/04 | Globalterroralert.com
    http://www.globalterroralert.com/zarqawi-apc.wmvhttp://www.globalterroralert.com Globalterroralert.com (10/13/04): Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawheed wal-Jihad Movement in Iraq has released two new video clips, including video of a roadside bombing attack on a U.S. armored vehicle near the city of Mosul. The video features human body parts later retrieved from the scene of the ambush.
  • Suspicious item found on Phoenix to DC flight

    05/19/2004 11:00:56 AM PDT · by el_chupacabra · 52 replies · 283+ views
    local radio ^ | 05.19.04 | radio report
    Radio report said officals have isolated and are combing a Phoenix to Reagan Nat'l flight on the ground at Sky Harbor. Apparently, someone found (I'm not kidding) a soda can with a wire sticking out of it.
  • No Chip in Arm, No Shot From Gun

    04/16/2004 5:18:11 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 58 replies · 682+ views
    AP via Wired News ^ | Wednesday, April 14, 2004 | Associated Press
    <p>PALM BEACH, Florida -- A new computer chip promises to keep police guns from firing if they fall into the wrong hands.</p> <p>The tiny chip would be implanted in a police officer's hand and would match up with a scanning device inside a handgun. If the officer and gun match, a digital signal unlocks the trigger so it can be fired. But if a child or criminal would get hold of the gun, it would be useless.</p>
  • Explosive Device found in Atlanta Airport

    04/07/2004 11:02:44 AM PDT · by boxerblues · 141 replies · 410+ views
    ABCNEWS Radio
    Just before noon a TSA worker detected an explosive device in a bathroom. Robot checking area now...details to follow
  • British police close southern port of Dover following the discovery of a suspicious device

    08/29/2003 6:41:34 PM PDT · by yonif · 109 replies · 506+ views
    Haaretz News Ticker ^ | 8/29/2003 | Reuters
    British police close southern port of Dover following the discovery of a suspect device (Reuters)
  • Miniature Spectrometer Can Detect Biological Hazards

    03/26/2003 10:11:28 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 9 replies · 1,032+ views
    Space Daily ^ | March 19, 2003 | Space Daily News
    Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a miniature device that can identify as little as a fraction of a spore of anthrax and other biological hazards within 30 milliseconds. The Calorimetric Spectrometer (CalSpec) device technology can accurately identify biological hazards such as anthrax almost instantly. The device can operate with only a fraction of a spore while isolating the DNA/RNA photothermal signature that allows for detection, identification and measurement of a substance. Such prompt detection and identification of hazardous materials could greatly enhance the protection of first-responder emergency personnel and the capabilities of early...
  • Has Iraq Smuggled 2-3 Nuclear Devices into U.S. waiting detonation? Washington Says Yes

    09/13/2002 10:39:52 AM PDT · by justme346 · 49 replies · 669+ views
    The United States last week delivered a secret ultimatum to Baghdad, a warning not to use non-conventional weapons on any account in the coming conflict. DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s intelligence sources have learned that a secret high-level emissary entered Iraq under cover to put Baghdad on notice that if non-conventional weapons were wielded by Iraq, the US would not hesitate to level its cities with a nuclear bomb. Washington acted after discovering that Iraq had smuggled two or three nuclear devices at least into the United States for detonation by sleeper cells planted by Iraqi intelligence. The American ultimatum included a demand...
  • My Life As An International Arms Courier

    07/01/2002 7:40:06 PM PDT · by vannrox · 1 replies · 278+ views
    The RISKS digest ^ | Fri, 06 Jan 95 | from mab@research.att.com (Matt Blaze)
    My Life As An International Arms Courierfrom mab@research.att.com (Matt Blaze) Fri, 06 Jan 95 as posted to the RISKS digest Under an obscure provision of US law, devices and computer programs that use encryption techniques to hide information from prying eyes and ears are considered ``munitions'' and subject to the same rules that govern the international arms trade. In particular, taking such items out of this country requires the approval of the State Department, which decides whether exporting something might endanger national security. In the past, these restrictions were of little concern to the average citizen; encryption found most of...
  • Target America: The Simple Device For Causing An Explosion Of Panic

    06/10/2002 4:16:33 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 1,048+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 6-11-2002 | Andrew Gumbel
    Target America: the simple device for causing an explosion of panic By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles 11 June 2002 This is the startlingly simple recipe for detonating a "dirty bomb" in the United States: take a small quantity, not necessarily more than a teacup, of a radioactive isotope such as caesium-137 or strontium-90. Both are used for cancer treatments in hospitals and are relatively easy to get hold of. Pack it into a conventional explosive – anything from a small nail bomb to the fertiliser-based device that devastated the Oklahoma City federal building seven years ago. Even more simply,...
  • Living Dolls: A Magical History Of The Quest For Mechanical Life by Gaby Wood

    06/02/2002 9:49:05 AM PDT · by vannrox · 2 replies · 742+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday February 16, 2002 | Gaby Wood
    Living Dolls: A Magical History Of The Quest For Mechanical Life by Gaby WoodThe 18th-century mechanician, Jacques de Vaucanson, made 'robots' that were capable of playing musical instruments as melodiously as human beings - but it was his incontinent duck that has fascinated down the ages Gaby Wood Saturday February 16, 2002The GuardianThe 18th century was the golden age of the philosophical toy, and its reigning genius was Jacques de Vaucanson. His magnificent creations were admired by audiences all over Europe; they were praised by kings and applauded by scientists. Voltaire labelled him a "new Prometheus". Like the Greek Titan,...