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  • China: Volunteers test worm diet for astronauts

    05/27/2014 12:01:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 May 2014 Last updated at 07:13 ET
    Three researchers have been eating worms for 105 days, while living in a sealed laboratory in Beijing, to test whether astronauts could use them as their main source of protein. The volunteers fattened up the worms on plants grown inside the Moon Palace One biosphere at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the South China Morning Post reports. They had various preparations for eating the worms - using a bean sauce and other seasonings to make the dish as appealing as possible. The idea of feeding protein-rich mealworms to astronauts was apparently raised as early as 2009, but scientists...
  • Still Soft after Half a Billion Years?

    05/06/2014 7:42:36 AM PDT · by fishtank · 24 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 5-3-14 | Brian Thomas
    Still Soft after Half a Billion Years? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Original soft tissue fossils are revolutionizing our understanding of how and when fossils formed. Secular researchers have described dozens of them over the years, from mummified skin and hemoglobin to dried up retinas—all in rock layers designated at least tens of millions of years old.1 The science of tissue decay does not permit these long ages, calling into question the "age" of the most recent discovery: original, pliable, marine worm tube tissue found in Pre-Cambrian fossils. ...more at link
  • Maggots Found in Atlanta Airport Sandwich, Food Inspections Enhanced ("That's NOT Parmesan!")

    08/10/2013 4:11:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 71 replies
    WSBTV.com 2 ^ | Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 | Amy Napier Viteri
    Maggots found in Atlanta airport sandwich, food inspections enhanced ATLANTA — Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport officials tell Channel 2 Action News they are enhancing the way they inspect restaurants inside the airport after a man showed Channel 2 Action News a sandwich he purchased from an airport vendor had maggots. The passenger told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri he bought a sandwich at an airport restaurant Wednesday morning. When he opened it he said he was stunned to find maggots on it. Joel Woloshuk says he got out his phone and recorded video of the bugs crawling on his focaccia...
  • Study: Earthworms May Contribute to Global Warming [Invasion of the Worms]

    02/06/2013 7:26:28 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 36 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 02/06/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    As environmentalists and politicians fret about man-made Global Warming, they may be ignoring another culprit: earthworms. According to a new study by an international team of researchers, earthworms could be contributing to global warming. The study looked at results from 237 separate experiments from published stories to explore earthworms’ role in affecting global warming. “Our results suggest that although earthworms are largely beneficial to soil fertility, they increase net soil greenhouse-gas emissions,” according to the study’s abstract. Worms affect how much carbon dioxide is produced in the soil and how much escapes into the atmosphere...
  • How to Kill a Parasitic Worm Living Inside of You

    06/30/2012 10:01:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 101 replies
    IO9 ^ | Jun 27, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    How to Kill a Parasitic Worm Living Inside of You Parasitic worms are the stuff of nightmares — worms as big as twelve feet long can rummage through your intestines, and then leave in the middle of the night. Urban legends tell tales of tapeworms carried by diet pills. Some of the weird schemes for removing these parasites include a combination of duct tape, candy bars, and bodily orifices. What is the reality behind these parasites? And how can you really get rid of one, without the need for extreme measures? Tapeworms hide in your food Obtaining a beef or...
  • Inglorious beginnings: Experts trace humanity's origins to ancient worm

    03/05/2012 1:34:49 PM PST · by saganite · 14 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | 6 March 2012 | Staff
    It seems an inglorious beginning, but some scientists are now convinced humanity's origins can be traced to an ancient, flat, fishlike worm. A team of researchers subjected the 505-million-year-old Burgess shale fossils of Pikaia gracilens to the latest technology and found evidence that could settle a decades-long debate about the primitive species. Notably, that they had the seeds of a spine. "We can see and discern the positive location of the notochord and the nerve chord. This was not obvious at all, you needed these techniques to see it," said Jean-Bernard Caron, the curator of invertebrate paleontology at the Royal...
  • Elk Foundation makes move in wolf legal case

    06/26/2011 7:36:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    KPAX News ^ | Jun 24, 2011 | Mark Holyoak
    MISSOULA- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation filed a note it plans to appeal any decision that adversely affects a state's right to manage fully recovered wolf populations. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy is expected to decide whether Congress acted within Constitutional bounds when it delisted wolves in parts of the West. "We are protecting our right to appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals any decision that results in another setback for conservation and science-based wildlife management," said RMEF President and CEO David Allen. An unfavorable ruling may stop wolf hunts planned for this fall in both Montana...
  • Strangest State Fair Food (Deep-Fried Pig Ears to Mealworm-Covered Candied Apples)

    07/23/2010 2:05:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Travel and Leisure ^ | July 2010 | Alyssa Giacobbe
    Smoked lizard dipped in barbecue sauce. Deep-fried crickets. Fudge-covered scorpion. Nope, these aren’t the latest exotic street food offerings from half a world away. These multilegged dishes are prepared by a vendor known as Chef John at the Arizona State Fair, held every fall in Phoenix. State fairs, of course, are synonymous with fried foods. And while the usual staples like funnel cakes remain, cooking up unusual options has become a sport in itself. At fairs across the U.S., concessionaires delight in one-upping each other with the strangest, fattiest, most questionably edible snacks, many of which fall into one of...
  • Worms race daily at county fair

    07/03/2010 7:16:09 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 6 replies
    The racers are on the track at 2 p.m. each day. As the crowd cheers, the competitors are squirted with water to help them move, and they begin their slow crawl toward the finish line. This unconventional race, which takes place every day at the San Diego County Fair, features worms instead of horses, and it takes some contestants 10 minutes to cover the short distance. "I think it's slow, but funny because the little kids cheer on their worms," Landry Urbanowicz, who runs the worm race, said Thursday. The activity takes place in the farm area at the San...
  • German synagogue attacked by arsonists

    05/17/2010 1:29:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 374+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 5/17/10 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
    BERLIN - A synagogue in the German city of Worms was attacked by arsonists on Monday. The attackers left a note linking their torching of the synagogue with the Israel-Palestinian conflict, according to a report in the regional paper Wiesebadner Kurier. German police found eight copies of a note written in “awkward” German, claiming responsibility for setting the place blaze. “So long as you do not give the Palestinians peace, we are not going to give you peace,” stated the note.
  • 'Spoonful Of Sugar' Makes The Worms' Life Span Go Down(ATTN: WORMS)

    11/05/2009 10:59:27 PM PST · by bogusname · 7 replies · 655+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 5, 2009 | ScienceDaily
    If worms are any indication, all the sugar in your diet could spell much more than obesity and type 2 diabetes. Researchers reporting in the November issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, say it might also be taking years off your life...
  • PHOTOS: New "Green Bomber" Sea Worms Fire Glowing Blobs

    08/23/2009 10:17:51 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 974+ views
    nationalgeographic. ^ | August 20, 2009 | John Roach
    This creature is one of at least five new "green bombers"--deep-sea, swimming worm species armed with "bombs" (indicated by arrow) that glow a brilliant green when dropped. The glowing bombs are thought to distract predators such as fish, allowing the worms to escape. "There are no other annelids that have structures like this," said Karen Osborn, a marine biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California. The annelids make up a large category of marine and terrestrial segmented-worm species, including common earthworms.
  • In Worms, Genetic Clues to Extending Longevity

    06/09/2009 11:46:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 1,031+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 9, 2009 | NICHOLAS WADE
    People die, but one part of them, at least in principle, is immortal. In the germline cells that produce eggs or sperm, biological time stands still. This is why babies are all born with the same age, the clock set to zero, regardless of the age of their parents. A little piece of the germline’s immortality, it now seems, can be acquired by the ordinary cells of the body, and used to give the organism extra longevity. This is the conclusion of a research group at the Massachusetts General Hospital led by Sean P. Curran and Gary Ruvkun. Their studies...
  • New York City's harbors house 1,600 bars of silver, and 4-foot-long, wood-eating worms

    07/01/2009 6:58:24 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 2,168+ views
    news.yahoo ^ | Sun Jun 28 | Chuck Shepherd –
    Using GPS and state-of-the-art sonar, Columbia University researchers recently made the first comprehensive map of the wonders submerged in New York City's harbors. Supplementing those findings with historical data, New York magazine reported the inventory's highlights in May: a 350-foot steamship (downed in 1920), a freight train (derailed in 1865), 1,600 bars of silver (unrecovered since 1903), a fleet of Good Humor ice cream trucks (which form a reef for aquatic life), and so many junked cars near the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges that divers use them as underwater navigation points. Of most concern lately, though, are the wildlife: 4-foot-long...
  • Protection Sought Again For Giant, Spitting Worms

    06/30/2009 8:39:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 1,127+ views
    CBS | AP ^ | 6/30/09
    Conservation Groups Again Seek Endangered Species Protection For Giant, Spitting Worm In Wash. (AP) Fans of the giant Palouse earthworm are once again seeking federal protection for the rare, sweet-smelling species that spits at predators. They filed a petition Tuesday with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting the worm be protected as an endangered species.
  • VIDEO: "Grunting" Vibrates Worms to the Surface

    06/28/2009 6:48:26 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 27 replies · 2,234+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | June 25, 2009
    Worms usually come out when it rains, but this man knows another way to get them out of the ground. Gary Revell is worm grunting - an unusual method that helps him catch worms. He pounds a wooden stake, called a stob, into the ground and levels his 10-pound flat iron over the top. Then he slowly, rhythmically, rubs the iron over the stob, back and forth. He's making the ground vibrate, and after a short while, earthworms start to climb out of the soil. Gary Revell, Worm Grunter: "There's an art to it, you know. I've tried to teach...
  • Mystery worms turn on northwest China herdsmen

    05/09/2009 1:27:12 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 860+ views
    reuters ^ | May 8, 2009
    BEIJING (Reuters) - An invasion of unidentified worms has forced 50 herdsmen and their families from their grassland homes, taking 20,000 head of livestock with them, in northwest China's Xinjiang region, state news agency Xinhua said Friday. The worms are packed up to 3,000 per square meter and chew through the grasslands like lawnmowers, leaving only brown soil in their wake, Xinhua said. The agency described it as the worst plague in three decades in Usu, about 280 km (175 miles) west of the Xinjiang capital Urumqi.
  • Mystery worms turn on northwest China herdsmen

    05/08/2009 11:36:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,856+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/8/09 | Kirby Chien
    BEIJING (Reuters) – An invasion of unidentified worms has forced 50 herdsmen and their families from their grassland homes, taking 20,000 head of livestock with them, in northwest China's Xinjiang region, state news agency Xinhua said Friday. The worms are packed up to 3,000 per square meter and chew through the grasslands like lawnmowers, leaving only brown soil in their wake, Xinhua said. ... Local experts could not identify the 2-cm (1 inch) long, thorny green worm with black stripes and samples had been sent to Xinjiang Agricultural University, Xinhua said. "The pasture was green a week ago. But now...
  • PHOTOS: Rainbow Hues of Amphibian "Worms" Demystified

    04/02/2009 12:31:06 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 915+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | April 2, 2009-
    Many animals are colorful to demonstrate fitness and health to one another—the robin's red breast is a sterling example. But pigment, like everything else in the body, comes at an energy cost. For animals that live in the dark, such an expense is unnecessary, so most are pale and colorless. Yet caecilians, amphibians with earthworm-like bodies that spend most of their lives underground, are bafflingly colorful. Combining information about caecilian behavior and evolutionary history, researchers Katharina Wollenberg at the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany and John Measey at the South African National Biodiversity Institute suggest that just a little...
  • Worm's "Biological Emissions" (Burps) Contributing to Climate Shift (Rolling Eyes)

    03/11/2009 7:25:00 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 20 replies · 681+ views
    notoriouslyconservative.com ^ | 03 11 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    Thursday, March 05, 2009 By Andrea Thompson Aquatic animals that feed on lake and stream bottom sediments burp out small amounts of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, a new study finds.While the biological emissions from these critters pales in comparison to the nitrous oxide emitted by fossil fuel burning, their contribution could increase as more and more nitrogen-rich fertilizer runs off into lakes, streams and seas, the authors of the study said.Nitrous oxide (N2O) is more commonly known to anyone who has sat in the dentist's chair as laughing gas.In the atmosphere it is a powerful greenhouse gas, packing...
  • Burping Worms May Contribute to Climate Change

    03/04/2009 6:59:22 PM PST · by Gordon Greene · 43 replies · 907+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | Wednesday, March 04, 2009 | Andrea Thompson
    Aquatic animals that feed on lake and stream bottom sediments burp out small amounts of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, a new study finds. While the biological emissions from these critters pales in comparison to the nitrous oxide emitted by fossil fuel burning, their contribution could increase as more and more nitrogen-rich fertilizer runs off into lakes, streams and seas, the authors of the study said. Nitrous oxide (N2O) is more commonly known to anyone who has sat in the dentist's chair as laughing gas. In the atmosphere it is a powerful greenhouse gas, packing about 310 times the...
  • Infecting Patients With Worms 'Could Hold Key To Treating Asthma'

    01/28/2009 7:39:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 24 replies · 906+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | January 28, 2009
    Infecting patients with worms 'could hold key to treating asthma' Infecting patients with worms could hold the key to treating asthma and other conditions on the rise because of the modern obsession with cleanliness, scientists believe. By Kate Devlin 28 Jan 2009 Researchers are testing whether parasitic worms can stimulate patients' immune systems to fight illnesses. The worms have been all but eliminated from humans in developed countries, because of an increased emphasis on hygiene. But experts believe their absence could be one of the reasons why some illnesses, including asthma and diabetes, are increasingly prevalent. A trial by scientists...
  • Police confiscate the “Permibus,” worms and all (RNC..You GOTTA see this)

    09/03/2008 5:50:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies · 436+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 9/3/08 | James Shiffer
    The Wilson family calls it the “Permibus”: a 1984 Bluebird school bus painted green and converted into a traveling exhibit of sustainable living. The Wilsons - Stan, 52, Delyla, 44, and their daughter Megan, 17 - have lived on the “Permibus” since it went on the road from California in February. They share their home with three dogs, three chickens and a composting bin full of worms. On Saturday, however, the Wilsons were evicted from the Permibus after it was pulled over and impounded by police on Interstate 94. Caught up in last weekend’s security sweep ahead of the Republican...
  • Friendly 'worms' could spread software fixes

    02/14/2008 11:59:08 PM PST · by dayglored · 38 replies · 181+ views
    NewScientistTech ^ | 14 Feb 2008 | Tom Simonite
    Microsoft researchers are hoping to use "information epidemics" to distribute software patches more efficiently. Milan Vojnović and colleagues from Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, want to make useful pieces of information such as software updates behave more like computer worms: spreading between computers instead of being downloaded from central servers. The research may also help defend against malicious types of worm, the researchers say. Software worms spread by self-replicating. After infecting one computer they probe others to find new hosts. Most existing worms randomly probe computers when looking for new hosts to infect, but that is inefficient, says Vojnović, because...
  • Multifunction Printers: The Forgotten Security Risk?

    02/14/2008 7:36:11 AM PST · by STARWISE · 9 replies · 98+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 2-13-08 | ScuttleMonkey
    REFERENCES ARTICLE FROM SOURCE THAT CAN'T BE POSTED HERE. ~~~~~ eweekhickins writes to share an article *snip* highlighting the forgotten risks that a multifunction printer could possibly offer. Brendan O'Connor first called attention to the vulnerabilities of these new devices at a Black Hat talk in '06 and warns that these are no longer "dumb" machine sitting in the corner and should be treated with their own respective security strategy. ~~~~ Forum post on Slashdot: ~~~~ "The biggest issue isn't a lack of (software or physical) security regarding the machine, but a lack of a security policy in these instances....
  • Live worms found in Chinese chocolates

    08/31/2007 5:16:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 115 replies · 2,751+ views
    timesnow.tv ^ | 8/31/2007 | Reuters
    Think twice before biting into a chocolate to loose yourself in its taste - you might actually be chewing a wee bit more then you bargained for. On Wednesday (August 29).. worms and moths crawled out of a box of chocolates imitating a popular international brand, and even a few larvae. But by the time this was noticed, a few chocolate balls had been consumed. The chocolates were picked up by a Korean consumer on his trip to China. But local manufactoring experts say it looks as though the contamination happened during the manufactoring process. "It seems to be seriously...
  • Larvae Take Up Residence on Man's Head

    07/19/2007 9:36:47 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 40 replies · 1,123+ views
    abcnews.com ^ | July 17, 2007 | Associated Press
    Doctors thought the strange, bleeding bumps on Aaron Dallas' head might be from gnat bites or shingles. Then the bumps started moving. A doctor found five active bot fly larvae living beneath the skin atop Dallas' head. "I'd put my hand back there and feel them moving. I thought it was blood coursing through my head," Dallas told the (Glenwood Springs) Post Independent. "I could hear them. I actually thought I was going crazy." Dallas said he likely received the larval infestation while on a trip to Belize this summer. Bot fly infections are not uncommon in parts of Central...
  • Worms [when used to compost garbage] are killing the planet, says top researcher

    06/25/2007 1:51:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 58 replies · 1,841+ views
    mrw.co.uk ^ | June 21, 2007 | Liz Gyekye
    Worm composting could be doing more harm than good to the environment, a leading researcher claimed today. Composting Association research director Jim Frederickson said: “Worms produce a significant amount of greenhouse gases. Recent research done by German scientists has found that worms produced a third of nitrous oxide gases when used for composting.” The ‘wiggly ones’ naturally produce nitrous oxide gases when they are put into the process of composting. Worms can be used for home grown composting or commercial composting and are typically red worms. They are used to recycle food scraps and other organic material into valuable soil...
  • *** IT Security Alert ***

    02/09/2007 7:54:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 460+ views
    *** IT Security Alert *** ** This is a very serious matter ** Increasingly over the past few weeks, specifically targeted social engineering attacks have been made via email messages designed to be extremely tempting to target recipients. These attacks are exploiting vulnerabilities in Microsoft Outlook and other applications to secretly plant malicious software on the targeted user's machine. The malicious software can be used to gain access to other network resources, allowing hostiles to extract proprietary data that can be extremely damaging. Malicious payloads can also lie dormant ("zombies"), to be activated in a manner that disrupts network operations...
  • Opinion: Four laws Congress needs to pass now to boost computer security

    02/02/2007 12:32:07 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 340+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | February 2, 2007 | Ira Winkler
    Excerpts - ... 1. Make ISPs (and all organizations providing computer access to more than 100 people) responsible for filtering scan and attack traffic across their networks. ... 2. Make ISPs (and all organizations providing computer access to more than 100 people) responsible for knocking customer PCs off their network if they become bots. ... 3. Make end users liable if losses are incurred because of outdated security software. ... 4. Write some kind of law concerning efficient security software. ...
  • MySpace users big targets for ID thieves

    12/26/2006 1:05:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 623+ views
    AP Business Writer ^ | Mon Dec 25, 1:55 PM ET | GARY GENTILE,
    LOS ANGELES - MySpace devotee Kary Rogers was expecting to see a gut-busting video when a friend from the popular online hangout messaged him a link. First, though, he was directed to a page where he was supposed to re-enter his password. Rogers realized that someone was trying to steal his information, and he didn't take the bait. At best, he would be spammed with junk e-mails; worse, the Web thief might steal his real-life identity. "I immediately went back and changed my password," said Rogers, 29, a network analyst for Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. MySpace bills itself...
  • Brain worms can be deadly

    11/30/2006 9:25:08 PM PST · by dennisw · 121 replies · 6,021+ views
    khou. ^ | Monday, November 27, 2006 | Janice Williamson
    A potentially fatal disease rarely seen here has popped up in Houston four times in the past two months. It's linked to tapeworms and their eggs. He ate at mobile kitchens until he found out food contaminated with eggs from a tapeworm almost killed him. "He's scared now. He's scared of any food from outside," said Marjorie, his daughter & translator. The tile worker immigrated from El Salvador 20 years ago said early symptoms were subtle. "It was a mild headache but it wouldn't go away," Marjorie explained. "It was just there and it wouldn't go away with Tylenol." Doctors...
  • Microsoft's browser gets upgraded ~ Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7) available to the general public.

    10/19/2006 11:37:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies · 605+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 19 October 2006, 13:51 GMT 14:51 UK | BBC Staff
    Microsoft's browser gets upgraded IE 7 will be the browser that ships with Windows Vista Microsoft has made Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7) available to the general public.The new version is the first upgrade to the web browsing program for more than five years. New features include tabbed browsing, the ability to search the net directly and an anti-fraud system to thwart phishing attacks. The new program is available as a free download on 19 October, but many will get it as an automatic update to Windows XP in November. Phish fighter The new version of the browser has...
  • Regenerating worm may give insight into how stem cells work

    08/13/2006 9:33:58 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 894+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | August 9, 2006 | Tina Hesman Saey
    <p>A tiny worm that can regrow its body if chopped into little pieces could help explain how human stem cells function and could lead to better ways to manipulate them. Research has found that a molecule gives the stem cells of the worm, known as a planarian, regenerative power. A planarian can grow an entire new worm from a tiny piece of any part of its body except for the pharynx (a digestive organ) and the region in front of its light-sensing eye spots.</p>
  • BOT Networks

    08/16/2006 9:06:17 AM PDT · by zeugma · 15 replies · 660+ views
    CryptoGram August 2006 | 8/15/2006 | Bruce Schneier
    Bot Networks What could you do if you controlled a network of thousands of computers -- or, at least, could use the spare processor cycles on those machines? You could perform massively parallel computations: model nuclear explosions or global weather patterns, factor large numbers or find Mersenne primes, or break cryptographic problems. All of these are legitimate applications. And you can visit distributed.net and download software that allows you to donate your spare computer cycles to some of these projects. (You can help search for Optimal Golomb Rulers -- even if you have no idea what they are.) You've got...
  • X-rays break the silence of ancient worms

    08/09/2006 5:15:26 PM PDT · by Boxen · 6 replies · 336+ views
    New Scientist Tech ^ | 09 AUGUST 2006 | Paul Marks
    Palaeontologists have used a particle accelerator to reveal for the first time the structure of 500-million-year-old fossilised embryos. The researchers harnessed powerful X-ray beams from a synchrotron particle accelerator to create three-dimensional scans of embryos from two worm-like species from the Cambrian period called Markuelia and Pseudooides. The scans revealed previously unseen growth mechanisms for the worms' segments and provided further evidence of their evolutionary significance, says Philip Donoghue of the University of Bristol, UK, who led the research team (Nature, vol 442, p 680). "This imaging technology is truly stupendous. It could revolutionise the study of fossils," he says....
  • 200,000! - (Milestone reached for Windows Malware)

    07/06/2006 10:34:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies · 600+ views
    McAfee ^ | 7/5/2006 | by Jimmy Kuo
    Rockets bursting in air, fireworks everywhere! Thank you for helping mark the 200,000th entry into the VirusScan malware (malevolent software) detection database. But truly, this is not a moment to celebrate. For, larger and larger numbers of malware is a plague, not a cause to celebrate. Instead, we mark this moment simply as a milestone in our continual trip to fend off the bad stuff from everyone’s machines. It is alarming that we reach this milestone so soon after September 2004 when the count reached 100,000. Eighteen years to reach 100,000. Less than two years to double. Looking ahead, our...
  • 'Blue Pill' Prototype Creates 100% Undetectable Malware

    06/28/2006 7:35:03 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 32 replies · 2,587+ views
    PC Magazine (excerpt) ^ | June 28, 2006 | Ryan Naraine
    Excerpt - A security researcher with expertise in rootkits has created a working prototype of new technology that is capable of creating malware that remains "100 percent undetectable," even on Windows Vista x64 systems. Joanna Rutkowska, a stealth malware researcher at Singapore-based IT security firm COSEINC, says the new Blue Pill concept uses AMD's SVM/Pacifica virtualization technology to create an ultra-thin hypervisor that takes complete control of the underlying operating system. Rutkowska plans to discuss the idea and demonstrate a working prototype for Windows Vista x64 at the end at the SyScan Conference in Singapore on July 21 and at...
  • Microsoft officially launches paid security product ($49.95 per year)

    05/30/2006 8:17:46 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 22 replies · 436+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | May 31, 2006 | Allison Linn
    Excerpt - Security software makers, the 800-pound gorilla has landed. Microsoft Corp. was to announce Wednesday that it is releasing software that aims to better protect people who use its Windows operating system from Internet attacks. The move pits the world's largest software maker head-to-head with longtime business partners Symantec Corp., McAfee Inc. and others. Windows Live OneCare, which will protect up to three computers for $49.95 per year, marks the latest step in Microsoft's effort over the years to make its operating system less vulnerable to crippling Internet attacks. Windows, which runs on the vast majority of personal computers,...
  • Dose of Tenacity Wears Down a Horrific Disease

    03/25/2006 7:00:08 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 29 replies · 2,467+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3/26/2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    OGI, Nigeria — Whatever secrets the turgid brown depths of the Sacred Pond of Ogi may keep, there is one they betray quite easily: why it is so infuriatingly hard to wipe even one disease off the face of the earth. Ogi is one of the last areas of Nigeria infested with Guinea worm, a plague so ancient that it is found in Egyptian mummies and is thought to be the "fiery serpent" described in the Old Testament as torturing the Israelites in the desert. For untold generations here, yardlong, spaghetti-thin worms erupted from the legs or feet — or...
  • Anybody been Karma Sutra'd today?

    02/03/2006 10:52:30 AM PST · by wolfcreek · 10 replies · 316+ views
    Haven't seen a thread concerning this yet. I've got 10 e-mails unopened.
  • Why Worms Shun Apple's OSX

    10/24/2005 7:57:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies · 479+ views
    Business Week ^ | 10/24/2005 | By Stephen H. Wildstrom
    Successful assaults by viruses and other malware on the Mac operating system are rare as it has better security and attackers are less keen Ilya van Sprundel writes: In this article about the Mac Mini (see BW, 2/14/05, "And For Steve Jobs's Next Trick...") you say, "The Mac does have inherent security advantages, and it is much less prone to the sort of mysterious glitches that often make Windows a challenge." I was wondering what "inherent security advantages" OS X has and why it is "much less prone to the sort of mysterious glitches." The only reason I can think...
  • Suicide Grasshoppers Brainwashed by Parasite Worms

    09/06/2005 2:08:30 AM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 2 replies · 461+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | September 1, 2005 | James Owen
    Parasites were the inspiration behind the creature that terrified moviegoers in Alien. Now sci-fi screenwriters may have a new role model—parasitic worms that brainwash their victims. Scientists say hairworms, which live inside grasshoppers, pump the insects with a cocktail of chemicals that makes them commit suicide by leaping into water. The parasites then swim away from their drowning hosts to continue their life cycle. A team of French biologists made the discovery after monitoring grasshoppers that became trapped in a swimming pool in southern France. Postmortems of the grasshoppers suggest that worms triggered the insects' death leaps by sabotaging their...
  • Worms to help combat allergies

    09/05/2005 2:12:29 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies · 237+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/5/05 | Jonathan Amos
    Irish scientists are investigating parasitic worms to try to find new ways to prevent asthma and reduce allergies.Dr Padraic Fallon, from Trinity College Dublin, and colleagues have already managed to cure asthma in lab mice by infecting them with the tiny creatures. The team now has to explain how the parasites achieve this feat at a molecular level. If they can do that, they should then be able to synthesise a new drug compound to treat asthma in people. On the riseAsthma and other allergies have increased almost threefold over the last 30 years in many developed countries, including...
  • Firefox's 'retreat' ensures Microsoft excels

    08/26/2005 6:31:03 PM PDT · by Bush2000 · 618 replies · 4,819+ views
    Contractor UK ^ | Aug 22, 2005 | Contractor UK
    Firefox's 'retreat' ensures Microsoft excels Open source web browser Firefox has lost the momentum it has steadily gained since it was unleashed last year, according to Web analysts at Net Applications. The online portal’s unique Hit List service reveals a slump in the Mozilla browser’s market share, falling from 8.7% to 8.1 % in July. Coinciding with its demise, was the advance of Microsoft's IE that has gained some of the ground surrendered in June, climbing back from 86.6 % to 87.2% last month. The revival for the dominant browser comes on the back of average monthly losses of between...
  • Exploits Circulate for Windows 2000 Vulnerability ~~ multiple exploits are circulating

    08/17/2005 12:29:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 818+ views
    2CPU.com - eWeek ^ | Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 1:48 PM EST | duke
    As a follow-up to yesterday's post about the Zobot worm, eWeek is reporting that multiple exploits are circulating for the vulnerability outlined in bulletin MS05-039. Researchers at eEye Digital Security also raised the alarm after testing the published exploits. "Upon discovering two instances of exploit code online, [we] conducted thorough testing to confirm that both present a legitimate threat to Windows 2000 systems (completely patched SP 4 with all hotfixes). One exploit, released by an anonymous author, will bind a command prompt to TCP port 8721," the company warned. Get patched folks! The entire article can be viewed here
  • Viruses, Security Issues Undermine Internet. Experts Contemplate New Version.

    06/25/2005 9:54:09 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 39 replies · 881+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/26/05 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    Hackers, viruses, worms, spam, spyware and phishing sites have proliferated to the point where it's nearly impossible for most computer users to go online without falling victim to them. Last year, the Carnegie Mellon University CERT Coordination Center logged 3,780 new computer security vulnerabilities, compared with 1,090 in 2000 and 171 in 1995. Computer security firm Symantec Corp. over the past decade has catalogued 11,000 vulnerabilities in 20,000 technologies, affecting 2,000 vendors. "I'm very pessimistic about it all," said Haugsness, who has worked for the storm center for two years. "There are huge problems and outages all the time, and...
  • Hungry caterpillars - Massachusetts being devoured - One species is sated; 3 still ravaging leaves

    06/21/2005 4:12:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies · 1,932+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 21, 2005 | Megan Tench
    ......................''It's a very huge outbreak," Joseph Elkinton, an entomologist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, said yesterday. ''The main thing going on is winter moths. Most of the defoliation you see on the South Shore and on Cape Cod is winter moths, and that caterpillar has finished its feeding." ......The infestation is not as severe in the Boston area as it is to the south, and it is not quite as bad as in the 1980s, when gypsy moth caterpillars were more widespread and were found everywhere from sidewalks to screen doors. Robert Childs, also an entomologist at UMass-Amherst,...
  • Microsoft Gives Details on Windows Release (featuring new "security" chip)

    04/25/2005 2:37:40 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 28 replies · 1,033+ views
    Associated Press | Elizabeth M. Gillespie
    Microsoft Gives Details on Windows Release Microsoft's Plan to Hardwire Computer Security in Chip to Debut in Next Windows Release SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp.'s ambitious plan to keep data safe on PCs will make a scaled-down debut in the next release of Windows, though the operating system's most anticipated improvements in graphics appear to mirror what's now available from rival Apple Computer Inc. The long-delayed Windows upgrade, now expected in December 2006, has been touted as the most significant update to the ubiquitous operating since Windows 95 launched in 1995. In a speech Monday, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates...
  • Microsoft in Quandary Over Virus Security

    02/20/2005 5:15:24 PM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 94 replies · 1,719+ views
    CBS News ^ | February 20, 2005 | Associated Press
    If Microsoft Corp. doesn't do more to stem Internet attacks, the company risks further alienating customers unhappy with the multitude of threats already facing its ubiquitous software. Sell its own security products, on the other hand, and Microsoft faces a potential backlash from some of its allies _ the companies that now provide an extra layer of security for its Windows operating system, Internet Explorer browser and other products. With a powerhouse like Microsoft becoming a direct competitor, they could get squeezed out. What a quandary. Last week, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates confirmed plans to sell antivirus products to both...