‘The worse the spill gets, the better the politics in support of meaningful energy legislation become.’ — Andrew Leonard (Salon.com)
First human ‘infected with computer virus’. ‘Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading contaminated a computer chip which was then inserted into his hand.
The device, which enables him to pass through security doors and activate his mobile phone, is a sophisticated version of ID chips used to tag pets.
In trials, Dr Gasson showed that the chip was able to pass on the computer virus to external control systems.
If other implanted chips had then connected to the system they too would have been corrupted, he said.’ (BBC)
‘Austrian authorities say druids have been so successful in dealing with motorway accident blackspots in one area that they plan to extend the project nationwide.’(Metro.co.uk)
Complaints that get results (New York Times )
Imaginary book covers, designed for actual authors (The Hypothetical Library)
A new report, commissioned by the federal government, finds the field is rife with poorly done studies, misdiagnoses and tests that can give misleading results.
While there is no doubt that people can be allergic to certain foods, with reproducible responses ranging from a rash to a severe life-threatening reaction, the true incidence of food allergies is only about 8 percent for children and less than 5 percent for adults, said Dr. Marc Riedl, an author of the new paper and an allergist and immunologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Yet about 30 percent of the population believe they have food allergies. And, Dr. Riedl said, about half the patients coming to his clinic because they had been told they had a food allergy did not really have one.
Dr. Riedl does not dismiss the seriousness of some people’s responses to foods. But, he says, “That accounts for a small percentage of what people term ‘food allergies.’ “‘ (New York Times )
Scientists in China have succeeded in teleporting information between entangled photons further than ever before — 16 km (10 miles), much further than the few hundred meters previously achieved — bringing us closer to transmitting information over long distances without the need for a traditional signal.’ (KurzweilAI.net)