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2008-06-30 00:01:35

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jun. 29--Say that you're a green-minded apartment or condo dweller striving to live sustainably. You've already minimized your carbon footprint by foregoing the large house and yard that characterizes much of suburbia, but the idea of composting your food scraps seems a little unwieldy. You don't have anywhere to put a composting bin the size of a trash can, much less a garden in which to plow the nutrient-rich product it creates....

2008-06-20 00:00:11

By Shivani Mody BANGALORE: Organizations typically see infrastructure like PCs, mobiles, pen drives and laptops as security threats that infect the company database and content. But many are now shifting from that approach and looking at end-users as the real threat, finds the latest internet security threat report from Symantec. "Organizations are focussing on information centric security because infrastructure is mostly static, while information is mobile, posing more problems," said...

2008-05-20 09:00:00

Here's an idea: Start a project with the kids that will teach them something important about how the Earth sustains itself. Set up a container for vermicomposting. (Yes, this project involves worms. But keep reading.) Vermicomposting turns kitchen waste into compost. You put worms in a container, provide the right environment, then toss your leftovers in with them. And the worms do their job, eating their way through the scraps and, as time goes by, turning all that waste into a...

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2006-08-11 06:35:00

By James Grubel CANBERRA -- Australian scientists have begun looking at smell sensors in worms and insects to help them build an electronic "cybernose" they hope will one day be capable of measuring aromas and flavors in wine. An electronic nose might also be used to check passengers for traces of explosives at the final ground check before boarding planes or trains. Head researcher Stephen Trowell said on Friday scientists believe they will be able to artificially copy the way worms and...

2006-06-13 00:50:00

LAS VEGAS -- Yahoo Inc., the world's largest provider of e-mail services, said on Monday that a software virus aimed at Yahoo Mail users had infected "a very small fraction" of its base of more than 200 million accounts. The e-mail virus, or worm, has been dubbed Yamanner and landed in Yahoo mailboxes bearing the headline "New Graphic Site." Once opened, the message infects the computer and spreads to other users listed in Yahoo users' e-mail address books, security experts said. The e-mail...

2006-05-26 14:55:49

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Versions of Symantec Corp.'s anti-virus business security software contain a flaw that could put millions of computers at risk of a crippling worm attack, Internet experts warned on Friday. Researchers at eEye Digital Security discovered the vulnerability, which they said could allow an attacker to create a worm able to take over a user's computer and destroy critical programs and files. They rated the threat as high because a hacker could exploit the flaw...

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2006-03-07 01:15:00

By Michael Kahn SAN FRANCISCO -- Cyber criminals are stepping up smaller, more targeted attacks as they seek to avoid detection and reap bigger profits by stealing personal and financial information, according to a report issued on Monday. Symantec Corp.'s Internet Security Threat report said during the second half of 2005 attackers continued to move away from broad attacks seeking to breach firewalls and routers and are now taking aim at the desktop and Web applications. The latest report...

2006-02-22 06:47:03

PARADISE, Wash. (AP) - A tiny worm that lives in glaciers and snowfields is drawing attention for what it could reveal about life on other planets. The ice worm inhabits glacial regions in the coastal ranges of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The odd creature easily moves through ice, is liveliest near the freezing point of water and dissolves into a goo when warmed. There's been increased interest in ice worms and other animals whose glacial habitat could disappear within...

2005-10-06 17:15:16

University of Utah biologists found a gene that controls rhythmic events in a worm's life: swallowing food, laying eggs and pooping. If the gene is disabled, the worms can't swallow, so they die. If the gene is partly restored so the worms can swallow, they have trouble reproducing and get constipated. "We have found a gene that is important for the control of fundamental rhythms in nematode worms," says biology professor and physician Andres Villu Maricq, a member of the Brain Institute at...

2005-09-19 06:57:30

SAN FRANCISCO -- Computer hackers seeking financial gain rather than thrills or notoriety are increasingly flooding the Internet with malicious software code, according to a semi-annual report issued on Sunday. Symantec Corp.'s Internet Security Threat Report said during the first half of 2005 the number of new viruses targeting Microsoft Windows users jumped 48 percent to nearly 11,000 compared to the previous six months as hackers used new tools and a growing sophistication to create...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.