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« Reply #6030 on: Jan 23rd, 2012, 1:34pm »

The Atlantic

CIA Clearly Doesn't Like Ex-Agents Talking to Journalists

23 January 2012
by Dino Grandoni

The CIA announced the arrest of John Kiriakou, a former agent, for leaking classified information, marking the second time this month the agency is sending the message that it doesn't like its ex-agents to be talking to reporters. The AP's report on the arrest doesn't say which news organization(s) Kiriakou, an ex-CIA agent living in Arlington, Va., provided classified information to related to the interrogation of al-Qaeda member Abu Zubaydah, which involved waterboarding, according to what Kiriakou told ABC in a year ago. "Prosecutors launched the investigation after defense lawyers filed a classified legal brief in 2009 that included details that had never been provided by the government. Authorities concluded that Kiriakou had leaked the information to reporters, and that reporters had provided the information to the defense," the AP reports.

But the leaks do involve the identities of two CIA officiers, one of whom interrogated Zubaydah, according to the Justice Department's statement on the arrests. And the Justice Department also mentions this front-page story in The New York Times detailing the CIA's interrogation of Zubaydah (without directly linking Kiriakou's disclosures to it). Kiriakou, we know though, is someone who likes to have himself heard, publishing a memoir about his spying days and contributing to The Huffington Post. Today's arrest comes on the heels of one three weeks ago of another not-so-tight-lipped ex-agent, Jeffrey Sterling, who allegedly gave classified information about the CIA's work in Iran to The New York Times.

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I Spy Your Company’s Boardroom
By Kim Zetter
January 23, 2012 | 2:39 pm
Categories: Cybersecurity

It’s a good thing Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World reporters are out of business because they would have loved the hacking opportunity uncovered by two security professionals in Boston.

HD Moore and Mike Tuchen of Rapid7 discovered that they could remotely infiltrate conference rooms in some of the top venture capital and law firms across the country, as well as pharmaceutical and oil companies and even the boardroom of Goldman Sachs – all by simply calling into unsecured videoconferencing systems that they found by doing a scan of the internet.

“These are literally some of the world’s most important boardrooms — this is where their most critical meetings take place — and there could be silent attendees in all of them,” Moore told the New York Times.

Moore found he was able to listen in on meetings, remotely steer a camera around rooms as well as zoom in on items in a room to discern paint flecks on a wall or read proprietary information on documents.

Despite the fact that the most expensive systems offer encryption, password protection and the ability to lock down the movement of cameras, the researchers found that administrators were setting them up outside firewalls and failing to configure security features to keep out intruders. Some systems, for example, were set up to automatically accept inbound calls so that users didn’t need to press an “accept” button when a caller dialed into a videoconference, opening the way for anyone to call in and eavesdrop on a meeting.

Using a program that Moore wrote, the researchers found the conference rooms by scanning the Internet for videoconference systems that were set up outside firewalls and configured to automatically answer calls.

In less than two hours, they found systems installed in 5,000 conference rooms around the country, including an attorney-inmate meeting room at a prison, an operating room at a university medical center, and a venture capital company where prospects were pitching their companies while laying out their financial details on a screen in the room.

Companies sometimes set up their systems outside firewalls so that other companies can easily call into the videoconferencing system without having to set up complex, but safer configurations.

But as a result, Moore found not only that he could easily hijack systems, but he could also access systems that he otherwise couldn’t find through an internet scan. For example, after gaining access to one law firm’s system, he was able to open its address book and see dialing information for conference rooms at other companies, even if ones behind firewalls. That’s how he found the Goldman Sachs boardroom.

It’s unclear whether it’s actually illegal under anti-hacking laws to call into an unsecured conference line that doesn’t require a password but Moore said he refrained from calling the Goldman Sachs boardroom out of fear he might be “crossing a line.”

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« Reply #6032 on: Jan 23rd, 2012, 2:25pm »

Hmmm. Never really thought of that scene as a party...

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Wow! There IS a God!

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on Jan 23rd, 2012, 4:01pm, Swamprat wrote:
Wow! There IS a God!

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I am speechless! That little boy's guardian angel was working overtime.

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Odd accounts and strange tales orbit around Shasta

Mt. Shasta, the Cascade peak that mesmerized John Muir, has long attracted mystics, metaphysicians and spiritualists. Now a researcher is seeking 'stories and information' for a book on Bigfoot and UFO sightings.

By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
10:31 PM PST, January 23, 2012
Reporting from Mount Shasta, Calif.


Locals didn't find the ads, posted at the laundromat or running in the SuperSaver, to be strange at all.

A number of people, in fact, reached out to Brian Wallenstein the "researcher looking to gather stories and information" for a book on Bigfoot and UFO sightings.

A woman named Rudi emailed to report that she'd seen a bright disc hovering above Mt. Shasta. She attached a photo from a ski resort snow cam that showed a luminous speck. (Credible, Wallenstein thought.)

A man named Larry recounted his own research — including telepathic communication with "them" — conducted in preparation for the day extraterrestrials would reveal themselves to earthlings. (Too out there, Wallenstein decided.)

People pulled him aside to share anecdotes of mystery lights and star gates, or to whisper the names of neighbors and brothers with tales to tell.

Secondhand accounts flowed in: about the forest ranger who casually spoke of spotting a Bigfoot east of McCloud, and the deer-hunting couple from Weed who came across a bright chrome vessel on a dark mountain road.

"Their stories will die if I don't do this," Wallenstein, a 56-year-old computer technician and self-published children's author, said recently from his home here, a 21/2-acre sanctuary of sorts for the six cats who serve as his muses.

Mt. Shasta, a 14,162-foot peak often tinged in pink alpenglow and topped by lens-shaped clouds, long has elicited awe. When John Muir first caught sight of it, "I was fifty miles away, afoot, alone and weary," he wrote in 1874, "yet all of my blood turned to wine and I have not been weary since."

A tale written a few years later by a teenager from Yreka, just northwest of the mountain — a story of advanced beings living in a crystal city beneath the mountain — cemented Shasta's otherworldly reputation.

The mountain has been touted as the site of an energy vortex that allows passage into the metaphysical dimension; the birthplace of a spiritual foundation whose adherents believe they can ascend to the eternal realm; and a hot spot for UFOs that hide in the clouds and enter the mountain's core through mystery "portals."

Newer to the repertoire are sightings of Bigfoot (the word serves as both singular and plural, like fish and sheep), believed by some to conceal themselves by passing into a fifth dimension.

"Mt. Shasta has always had a spiritual drawing, but it's getting more and more popular," said Karen Anderson, a supervisor in the town's visitors bureau, who estimated that a fourth of the area's tourists come for that reason.

To assist seekers from around the globe, the bureau's website includes a list of energy healers. Shops carry crystals for the "spiritual pilgrim." Drop-in channeling sessions are held each Sunday at a spiritual center. Guides lead soul-cleansing treks up the mountain in all seasons.

Among them is Ashalyn, as she is known. Her Shasta Vortex Tours also offers spiritual journeys into Telos, the sparkling refuge said to lie beneath the mountain, inhabited by lanky beings who fled the sinking continent of Lemuria 12,000 years ago.

Pins on a map in Ashalyn's office mark her customers' home countries: Japan's cluster is the densest, as Mt. Fuji is thought to be Shasta's sister sacred mountain. Russia, Latin America and China show more recent activity.

Although nonbelievers abound here — as Anderson said, "We're a normal town. We have a hospital. We have a grocery store" — a number of them have seen things they can't explain.

In 2008, the Mount Shasta Herald reported that five people claimed to have witnessed a jellyfish-like craft that hovered noiselessly over neighboring McCloud, with what appeared to be a fire raging inside it.

"I really don't believe in flying saucers," lifelong resident Dick Cary told the newspaper, "but I do know that something weird was happening."

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With its hot springs and glaciers, the dormant volcano at the southern edge of the Cascade Range has always been sacred to Native Americans, some of whom view it as central to their creation myth.

But it was the Yreka teenager, Frederick Spencer Oliver, who blew the mystical door wide open in the 1880s when he claimed that an ancient native of Lemuria had used him as a "channel" to write a manuscript that described a buried city with walls "polished as by jewelers, though excavated by giants."

Residents who say they speak for the inhabitants of that underground realm have since multiplied.

Oliver "was the earliest channel in this area," said historian William Miesse, who put together a vast bibliography of primary sources on the mountain and its lore for the College of the Siskiyous.

"Now," Miesse said, "you can hardly miss a channel walking down Main Street."

In a 1932 Los Angeles Times Magazine article, Edward Lanser wrote of seeing Mt. Shasta "ablaze with a strange reddish-green light" from the window of his Oregon-bound train. "Lemurians," a fellow passenger confided.

Returning to explore the legend further, Lanser was told that tall men from a sunken civilization were known to patronize local stores, buying "enormous quantities of sulfur as well as a great deal of salt."

In a stroke of fortune for the Mount Shasta economy, the items were "always paid for with gold nuggets, and the gold always far exceeds the value of the merchandise."

Lansing's account came as another spiritual movement was building near the mountain: violet-clad followers who believed that loving "Ascended Masters," Jesus among them, could teach humans to raise their vibrational levels and thus pass freely between Earth and the eternal realm. The movement is still prominent in Shasta.

As for UFOs, reported sightings exploded in the 1950s and persist today. Appearances by rank-smelling Bigfoot, also called Yeti, came later. Tales of dwarfs and fairies flavor the mix.

"Lewis Carroll's White Queen, who famously said: 'Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast,' would feel right at home here," said Michael Roesch, a retired College of the Siskiyous professor who wrote the Shasta project's folklore segment.

Roesch said the true believers are good neighbors who "recycle and readily give hugs," but he wondered about the consequences of their cosmology: "If you believe wisdom comes from a 35,000-year-old channeled spirit named Ramtha, why would you bother reading the Great Books?"

The upside, spiritual guide Andrew Oser argued in the Mountain Spirit Chronicles — a newspaper that Ashalyn publishes twice yearly — is that "in these times of rapid change, there is a great need for people who can maintain their equanimity in the midst of any earthquakes, nuclear disasters, or bank collapses."

"Just like the mountain," he wrote, "they radiate a calming energy that impacts all those around them."

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Wallenstein, a student of Eastern mysticism, left New Jersey as a teen and eventually made his way to the mountain.

His cluttered house — filled with musical instruments and lush plants — lies equidistant from Mt. Shasta and the imposing Black Butte. The geometry, he said, gives one of the bedrooms a "hum."

A father of two, Wallenstein owned a car repair shop before turning to computers and children's books.

His latest project, he said, stemmed from experience: In 1987, he saw a family of Yeti emerge from an abandoned cabin on the mountain. He says a reversal of gravity on one grade often pulls his Subaru uphill. As for spacecraft, he's "watched UFOs … head into the mountain."

After mulling a book on local sightings for two decades, Wallenstein said, he decided to move on it "before more of the original locals pass on."

His goal: to rattle the presumptions of those who resist the unknown.

For help coaxing recalcitrant witnesses to confide in him, Wallenstein has turned to Pamela Padula. He reasoned that someone with her background — years of working in fire lookout stations and a family with law enforcement roots in the region — can help convince old-timers that sharing their sightings won't cause them to be labeled crazy.

As a teen, Padula said, she once saw three small triangular craft hovering noiselessly in formation. Her boyfriend, sister and future in-laws watched with her, she said.

"I do know what I saw," said Padula, 51. "I don't know that it was anything extraterrestrial, but it was definitely unidentifiable to me."

Wallenstein long has been an explorer of the boundary between the real and the metaphorical, with a good dose of grounded humor. "I'm cosmic," he said, "but I eat meat." To him, the search is all about opening up to possibility.

"If you think about it empirically, there's got to be life all over the universe," he said, his voice quickening with an isn't-it-obvious frustration. "Otherwise we wouldn't be here."


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Reuters

Gulf Arabs quit Syria monitoring mission

By Alistair Lyon
BEIRUT | Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:28am EST

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Gulf allies joined Riyadh on Tuesday in pulling out of an Arab League monitoring team to Syria, risking the collapse of a mission whose presence has not halted more than 10 months of violence.

Envoys to the Cairo-based League will meet later in the day to discuss whether to call off the whole mission, Sudan's ambassador to the 22-member body said.

"The meeting of representatives today will discuss the fate of the monitoring mission, whether it continues or withdraws," the envoy, Kamal Hassan Ali, told Reuters.

Syria is becoming an Arab and international pariah for its harsh response to an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in which thousands of people have been killed.

The Arab League demanded on Sunday that Assad step down in favour of a unity government to end the bloodshed, but said Arab observers should stay in Syria for another month.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said at the time his country was quitting the mission because Syria had not implemented any part of an Arab peace plan agreed in November.

"The GCC states have decided to respond to the decision of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to withdraw its monitors from the Arab League delegation to Syria," the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council said in a statement.

It said the GCC was "certain the bloodshed and killing of innocents would continue, and that the Syrian regime would not abide by the Arab League's resolutions."

The Arab League's demand for a change of government in Syria puts more pressure on the U.N. Security Council to overcome its divisions and take a stand on the bloodletting there.

In an initial response, an official Syrian source told the state news agency SANA on Monday that the Arab initiative was a "conspiracy against Syria" and "flagrant interference" in its affairs.

The Arab observers deployed late last month to assess Syria's compliance with an earlier Arab League plan.

"There has been some progress, but there has not been immediate or complete implementation as the Arab initiative requires," Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said on Tuesday, adding that he would name a special envoy to Syria this week.

A Syrian opposition group condemned the mission's leader, Sudanese General Mohammed al-Dabi, for a report in which he highlighted violence by Assad's adversaries as well as by his security forces.

"BUTCHER AND VICTIM"

The Syria-based Local Coordination Committees criticized Dabi for equating "the butcher and the victim," saying he had "blurred the monumental hardship that millions of Syrians experience every day while they rise to reach freedom, dignity, democracy and a wise system of governance."

It said the security forces had killed 36 people, including three children, on Monday. The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the civilian death toll at 26.

The state news agency SANA reported the burials of nine military or law enforcement "martyrs" the same day.

In Syria's restive city of Homs, soldiers were stationed behind sand barriers at street corners, most shops were closed and residents were nervous, according to a Reuters reporter taken there on a government-organized visit.

Scattered shooting was a reminder of the struggle between Assad's government army and rebels who now control most of it.

"Every day we have a funeral. Every day we receive between four to five dead. There was one day we buried 20 soldiers," said Haitham Othman, an officer at a military hospital where three security men were buried on Monday.

The bloodshed in Syria, whose revolt was inspired by others that have toppled three Arab leaders, has damaged Assad's standing in the world, with Iran among his few remaining allies.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said the Security Council's silence on Syria was scandalous, but that the Arab League call for the Syrian leader's removal had provided "a glimmer of light."

Russia has so far resisted U.N. Security Council action against Assad.

Germany's U.N. envoy, Peter Wittig, said the Arab League's request for the Council to endorse its call for Assad to hand over to his deputy could be a "game-changer" for the world body.

The United Nations says more than 5,000 people have been killed since the revolt erupted in March. Damascus says "terrorists" have killed more than 2,000 soldiers and police.

(Additional reporting by Mariam Karouny in Damascus, Khaled Yacoub Oweis in Amman, Erika Solomon and Dominic Evans in Beirut, Joe Logan in Dubai, Aly Eldaly in Cairo, John Irish in Paris and Lou Charbonneau at the United Nations; Editing by Mark Heinrich) (This story removes erroneous reference to Russian lawmaker in paragraphs 22-23)

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Scientific American

Largest Solar Storm Since 2005 to Hit Earth Tuesday
By John Matson
January 23, 2012

Last night the sun unleashed a flash of radiation called a solar flare, along with a generous belch of ionized matter that is now racing toward Earth at thousands of kilometers a second. The solar storm front from the ionized blast, called a coronal mass ejection (CME), should arrive tomorrow morning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). The forecasters called the event the strongest solar storm since 2005.

When a solar storm hits Earth, the impact can have a number of consequences, especially in Earth orbit and at high latitudes, where the planet’s geomagnetic shielding is thin. Solar storms can knock out satellites, cause blackouts, and force aircraft to avoid polar routes. Storms can also bring the aurora borealis, a.k.a. the northern lights, down to unusually low latitudes. (You can see a slideshow of recent low-latitude auroras here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=aurora-borealis-south )

The SWPC is forecasting that the inbound storm will reach G2 (“moderate”) and possibly G3 (“strong”) levels on the geomagnetic storm scale, which tops out at G5. A G3 storm should not cause severe problems for satellite operators or power companies but could interrupt satellite-based navigation systems and some radio communications. Such storms can also produce auroras visible as far south as Illinois and Oregon, according to the SWPC.

Researchers predict that the coronal mass ejection should reach Earth around 9:00 A.M. (Eastern Standard Time) on Tuesday, January 24. But that timeline is a bit uncertain; SpaceWeather.com notes that the storm could hit up to seven hours sooner or later than that. It should continue into the following day, according to SWPC forecasts, so auroras could be visible Tuesday night in North America.


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Strange Forgotten Space Station Concepts That Never Flew
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January 24, 2012 | 6:31 am
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Astronauts living and working in space rely on the International Space Station as their port of call. The iconic ISS is a modern engineering triumph, zipping around the Earth every 90 minutes at a height of 200 miles above the surface.

Its construction required careful coordination between nearly a dozen countries working through five space agencies. Perhaps because of this, the ISS has a highly industrial look, with function certainly triumphing over form.

Yet the history of space station design is littered with concepts -- some elegant, some strange, and some remarkably cute -- that were passed over for one reason or another. Here, we look at some space station ideas that didn’t quite make it off the drawing board.

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Spider Space Station

After NASA announced the Space Shuttle program in the 1970s, it needed a place for the new, reusable launch vehicle to go. This 1977 design, known as Space Station “Spider,” was designed with the shuttle in mind.

The concept looks sort of like a ballpoint pen floating below a saucer with its bottom missing. It uses a spent shuttle fuel tank pushed into low-Earth orbit as the main body, with a circular solar array for power. It was thought that the station could house astronauts as a stop-over to other destinations.

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U.S. helicopter raid frees two aid workers from Somali pirates
January 25, 2012 | 1:36 am
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REPORTING FROM JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- U.S. military forces carried out a dramatic helicopter rescue overnight in Somalia, freeing two Western aid workers taken hostage by pirates.

Jessica Buchanan, a 32-year-old American, and Poul Hagen Thisted, a 60-year-old Dane, both from the Danish Demining Group had been kidnapped in October in the central Somali town of Galkayo, which until then had been considered relatively safe for Westerners.

Early Wednesday, the Danish Refugee Council, of which the demining group is a part, confirmed the successful rescue of the two aid workers.

The overnight raid was carried out by U.S. military helicopters and Navy SEALs operating out of an American base in the tiny East African nation of Djibouti. After the mission, they returned to the Djibouti base with the two, officials said.

President Obama appeared to refer to the mission just before the State of the Union address Tuesday night, when he looked at Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and said, "Good job tonight."

Witnesses reported a gun battle that left several pirates dead, according to news agencies. Both hostages were unharmed in the rescue.

The Associated Press reported that Bilal Hussein, a pirate, said he had been informed by others at the scene that nine pirates has been killed.

A second pirate, Ahmed Hashi, said two helicopters attacked at about 2 a.m., targeting a pirate compound about 12 miles north of the Somali town of Adow.

The October kidnapping of the two aid workers was one of a series of abductions of Westerners by Somali pirates in a bid to extort high ransoms. Several kidnappings occurred late last year in Kenya, Somalia's southern neighbor, triggering a Kenyan invasion in a bid to restore a stable government, an effort that continues to this day.

Western diplomats and aid workers have been using Galkayo as a base or entry point into Somalia, with diplomatic activity on the rise since the radical Islamic rebel group Al Shabab abandoned the capital, Mogadishu, and retreated to its southern stronghold.

Underscoring the growing dangers of operating from Galkayo, an American engineer was kidnapped there Saturday. Many other hostages remain in Somalia, including a British tourist, several other aid workers, shipping crews and others.

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Cairo Contagion: Military Tracks Uprising’s ‘Infectious’ Ideas
By Katie Drummond and Noah Shachtman
January 25, 2012 | 6:31 am
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The revolt that started a year ago today in Egypt was spread by Twitter and YouTube, or so the popular conception goes. But a group of Navy-backed researchers has a more controversial thesis: Egyptians were infected by the idea of overthrowing their dictator.

And now, these researchers claim, they’re getting close to developing tools that’d track the spread of infections like these.

With funding from the Office of Naval Research, a team at Aptima, Inc. is developing software that’d do more than just scan Twitter for trending topics. Instead, it’d mine the web, including news stories, social networks and blogs, to extract topics and phrases that are gaining traction online. Then, the software would keep tabs on how the conversations proliferate, both geographically and over time.

The software would use epidemiological modeling to chart the discussions and their trajectory. It’s a strategy often used in public health initiatives to figure out where an illness started, and how it spread: Epidemiologists use collections of data to make educated guesses about causality; which health and environmental factors, for example, contributed to an outbreak in a given community.

Applied to online discourse, epidemiological models would essentially treat uprisings like illnesses. They’d pull apart a web conversation (the author of the post, the site where it was published, the comments that ensued) and try to figure out which parts contributed most readily to the spread of a revolutionary message. That’s a different approach to prediction than the Pentagon’s current initiatives, like ICEWS, which considers some aspects of the web, like news sites, but then combines them with expert intel and big social and demographic forces in a given region.

The software’s overarching goal? Help the Pentagon determine how “the flow of ideas or ‘memes’ through electronic media can … infect and influence susceptible populations.”

Called “Epidemiological Modeling of the Evolution of Messages” — shortened to E-Meme — the program would use language recognition technology to determine what people in certain regions, of certain age groups, genders, or any number of other demographics, are discussing. From “next week’s election” to “link up and cause havoc.”

“We witnessed the profound power of ideas to replicate in what began as anti-government sentiment in Tunisia, then moved like a virus, reaching and influencing new groups in Egypt, Syria, and Libya,” McCormack said. “If we can better understand the flow of ideas through electronic channels to sway the perceptions of groups, we may be better prepared to develop appropriate strategies, such as supporting democratic movements or perhaps dissuading suicide bombers.”

And E-Meme, currently one year into a two-year development plan, will even be designed to go beyond those abilities. After tracking the proliferation of topics, E-Meme will analyze what kinds of attitudes those discussing them seem to have. And then how those attitudes influence the conversation’s spread across the web.

“A lot of tools exist to do things like look at trending topics, or how many people online are talking about X,” Dr. Robert McCormack, the project’s lead investigator, tells Danger Room. “We want to take that several steps further. We’re interested in the dynamics of those conversations.”

If it works as advertised, software like E-Meme would massively improve the predictive capabilities of federal officials, especially where long-brewing discontent is concerned.

And there’s no question U.S. officials need all the predictive help they can get. Egypt’s tech-fueled rebellion came as a surprise to American leaders, despite a massive Pentagon investment — $125 million in the past three years alone — on computer systems meant to spot signs of political unrest worldwide. Alas, despite heaps of research, even the very best American forecasting tools remain “bad,” one program designer told Danger Room last year, “some less bad than others.”

It’s unclear whether E-Meme will succeed where other programs have floundered. But McCormack and co. certainly have high hopes for the software’s abilities. Eventually, they’d like to analyze “sentiments” and “the perceptions of groups” to determine “what the online discussion will actually turn into.” Egypt’s relative peace, for example, compared to Libya’s rampant violence. Of course, McCormack notes, that kind of analysis remains “incredibly difficult to do.”

Such all-knowing, infallible web mining might be a ways off, but the evolution of software like E-Meme will no doubt remain a major Pentagon priority. In the past two years alone, we’ve seen the CIA invest in a company that scours the Internet to “predict the future,” Iarpa consider the merits of person-finding via web pic and spotting rebel citizens via YouTube.

Of course, governments worldwide already do plenty of online monitoring. For those living in repressive, dictatorial regions, the prospect of monitoring that’s smart enough to understand the online spread of their ideas, and the subsequent real-world outcomes, could be downright devastating.

Here’s hoping that tech like E-Meme isn’t used to stop legitimate uprisings. If nothing else, maybe it’d prevent U.S. officials, at least, from seeming kinda clueless when the uprisings actually take place.

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'Time travelling' French presidential candidate ridiculed for Normandy claims

Hervé Morin, a French presidential candidate and former defence minister, has become a national laughing stock after he claimed he witnessed the Allied landings at Normandy in 1944, which took place 17 years before he was born.

By Henry Samuel, Paris
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Mr Morin, who heads the centrist Nouveau Centre party, is a rank outsider for April's presidential elections, polling less than one per cent, is 50 years old.

In a campaign speech over the weekend in Nice, southern France, he made the audacious claim.

"You, some of you, with white hair, you saw nearby the landings in Provence ... I, who saw the Allied landings in Normandy, we have lived through things much more difficult that what we have to go through today," he claimed.

His comments were immediately seized upon by the internet community.

"For a man born in 1961 to take part in the Allied landings of 1944 is a great achievement," wrote Voici.fr.

His Wikipedia profile was instantly updated to describe him as a "pioneer of time travel" following his curious D-Day claim.

Internet jesters quickly homed in on the nickname of Morin McFly, after Marty McFly, the hero of the 1980s time travelling film Back to the Future starring Michael J Fox.

It spawned a raft of internet parodies. "I was there at the Big Bang, it was overrated," wrote one.

"I was in Rouen when Joan of Arc was burned," claimed a second.

"You should have seen the Trojans' face when the Greeks came out of that horse," said a third.

Faced with the deluge of ridicule, Mr Morin stood by his remark today, saying it wasn't a mistake but a semantic "shortcut".

"It wasn't a blunder at all but simply a shortcut to something deeply anchored in the eye of every Norman. It's our DNA, our genetic code," he told RMC radio.

"I was brought up with the white crosses of Canadian and American soldiers in the (war) cemeteries, of these children who died for our freedom and thus it's a part of our common history, that's all," he said.

Taking the jokes at his expense on the chin, he wrote on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Herve_Morin
"Well done for your humour! I always said the French were full of creative talent!"

Mr Morin has little to laugh about from a political perspective, however, as two key party allies deserted him on Wednesday to come out in support of Nicolas Sarkozy, the incumbent conservative.

Mr Morin dismissed calls for him to throw in the towel.

"I intend to go all the way," he said, predicting he would "not stay on one per cent".

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New Material to Remove Radioactive Gas from Spent Nuclear Fuel

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Research by a team of Sandia chemists could impact worldwide efforts to produce clean, safe nuclear energy and reduce radioactive waste.


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This illustration of a metal-organic framework, or MOF, shows the metal center bound to organic molecules. Each MOF has a specific framework determined by the choice of metal and organic. Sandia chemists identified a MOF whose pore size and high surface area can separate and trap radioactive iodine molecules from a stream of spent nuclear fuel.
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The Sandia researchers have used metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to capture and remove volatile radioactive gas from spent nuclear fuel. "This is one of the first attempts to use a MOF for iodine capture," said chemist Tina Nenoff of Sandia's Surface and Interface Sciences Department.

The discovery could be applied to nuclear fuel reprocessing or to clean up nuclear reactor accidents. A characteristic of nuclear energy is that used fuel can be reprocessed to recover fissile materials and provide fresh fuel for nuclear power plants. Countries such as France, Russia and India are reprocessing spent fuel.

The process also reduces the volume of high-level wastes, a key concern of the Sandia researchers. "The goal is to find a methodology for highly selective separations that result in less waste being interred," Nenoff said.

Part of the challenge of reprocessing is to separate and isolate radioactive components that can't be burned as fuel. The Sandia team focused on removing iodine, whose isotopes have a half-life of 16 million years, from spent fuel.

They studied known materials, including silver-loaded zeolite, a crystalline, porous mineral with regular pore openings, high surface area and high mechanical, thermal and chemical stability. Various zeolite frameworks can trap and remove iodine from a stream of spent nuclear fuel, but need added silver to work well.

"Silver attracts iodine to form silver iodide," Nenoff said. "The zeolite holds the silver in its pores and then reacts with iodine to trap silver iodide."

But silver is expensive and poses environmental problems, so the team set out to engineer materials without silver that would work like zeolites but have higher capacity for the gas molecules. They explored why and how zeolite absorbs iodine, and used the critical components discovered to find the best MOF, named ZIF-8.

"We investigated the structural properties on how they work and translated that into new and improved materials," Nenoff said.

MOFs are crystalline, porous materials in which a metal center is bound to organic molecules by mild self-assembly chemical synthesis. The choice of metal and organic result in a very specific final framework.

The trick was to find a MOF highly selective for iodine. The Sandia researchers took the best elements of the zeolite Mordenite -- its pores, high surface area, stability and chemical absorption -- and identified a MOF that can separate one molecule, in this case iodine, from a stream of molecules. The MOF and pore-trapped iodine gas can then be incorporated into glass waste for long-term storage.

The Sandia team also fabricated MOFs, made of commercially available products, into durable pellets. The as-made MOF is a white powder with a tendency to blow around. The pellets provide a stable form to use without loss of surface area, Nenoff said.

Sandia has applied for a patent on the pellet technology, which could have commercial applications.

The Sandia researchers are part of the Off-Gas Sigma Team, which is led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and studies waste-form capture of volatile gasses associated with nuclear fuel reprocessing. Other team members -- Pacific Northwest, Argonne and Idaho national laboratories -- are studying other volatile gases such as krypton, tritium and carbon.

The project began six years ago and the Sigma Team was formalized in 2009. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy.

Sandia's iodine and MOFs research was featured in two recent articles in the Journal of the American Chemical Society authored by Nenoff and team members Dorina Sava, Mark Rodriguez, Jeffery Greathouse, Paul Crozier, Terry Garino, David Rademacher, Ben Cipiti, Haiqing Liu, Greg Halder, Peter Chupas, and Karena Chapman. Chupas, Halder and Chapman are from Argonne.

"The most important thing we did was introduce a new class of materials to nuclear waste remediation," said Sava, postdoctoral appointee on the project.

Nenoff said another recent paper in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research shows a one-step process that incorporates MOFs with iodine in a low-temperature, glass waste form. "We have a volatile off-gas capture using a MOF and we have a durable waste form," Nenoff said.

Nenoff and her colleagues are continuing their research into new and optimized MOFs for enhanced volatile gas separation and capture.

"We've shown that MOFs have the capacity to capture and, more importantly, retain many times more iodine than current materials technologies," said Argonne's Chapman.

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Three wallabies found savaged to death by big cat after mystery predator stalking the Cotswolds strikes again

Trio found stripped to the bone with internal organs neatly placed beside their bodies

Experts believe the Wildcat of Woodchester is behind the attack following deaths of three deer this month

Mutilated wallabies found 12 miles from where big cat is first believed to have struck

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Last updated at 4:41 PM on 25th January 2012

A mysterious blood-thirsty wild cat is feared to have struck again after three wallabies were found devoured on farmland.

The trio were found stripped to the bone, with their internal organs neatly placed beside their bodies.
Examinations revealed they had suffered puncture wounds to the neck - consistent with a vicious attack by a panther-like creature.

Experts now believe the animals were devoured by the Wildcat of Woodchester which is already believed to have killed three times this month.

The mutilated bodies of three deer have been found in the past few weeks in countryside near Stroud, Gloucestershire - just 12 miles from where the wallabies were mauled to death.

Samples of DNA from the predator's first deer kill on January 4 are currently being tested to confirm whether or not a big cat is behind the killings.

The results are expected to be revealed over the next few days.

But big cat expert Frank Tunbridge is in no doubt over who killed the wallabies and the deer.

Mr Tunbridge, 65, said: 'There could be no creature other than a big cat that could bring down and kill these wallabies.
'The field was surrounded by a 7ft fence and there was no apparent entry signs - so the predator must have leapt over it.

'The killer struck over two nights. The first night he killed two wallabies, stripped one of the carcasses down and hid the other under a pile of leaves and straw.
'Then he came back and killed a third - devouring his further kills. A fourth wallaby appears to have died from a heart attack.
'The wallabies are only about 12 miles from Woodchester so it appears that this could be the same big cat.
'They have all the hallmarks of a panther or puma kill.'

The wallabies, part of a private collection, were found by their devastated owner on January 6 - two days after the apparent first kill by the Wildcat of Woodchester.
The Gloucestershire farmer did not want to divulge his name or location.

But he did release gory pictures of one of the dead wallabies.

The carcass had been ripped open in a similar way to the three roe deers the beast is believed to have slayed.
The first deer had been torn open and was missing its heart, kidneys and liver.
Its snout was also missing - important because big cats clamp their jaws over the mouth, causing death by suffocation.

Experts believe the deer was brought down and devoured by a large and powerful predator such as a puma, jaguar or leopard.
Tufts of the animal’s fur were also found piled by the body - and such predators neatly pluck the hair from the body before shearing their teeth into the flesh.

Another deer carcass was found by a dog walker between Whiteway and Redcomb, near Cirencester - ten miles away - on January 10.

A third roe deer body was found at a development in Cooper’s Edge, near Gloucester, days later.
Dr Robin Allaby, an expert in evolutionary genetics at Warwick University’s School of Life Sciences, is studying samples of DNA taken from the first carcass.
He said: 'I’m prepared to believe in the existence of big cats in the UK and we have a reasonable chance of finding out if it was there.

'We are in the process of studying samples of DNA taken from the deer and if its death was the result of a big cat then we’re hoping it left cheek cells and saliva.'



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Scientists Create First Free-Standing 3-D Cloak

ScienceDaily (Jan. 25, 2012) — Researchers in the US have, for the first time, cloaked a three-dimensional object standing in free space, bringing the much-talked-about invisibility cloak one step closer to reality.

Whilst previous studies have either been theoretical in nature or limited to the cloaking of two-dimensional objects, this study shows how ordinary objects can be cloaked in their natural environment in all directions and from all of an observer's positions.

Published Jan. 26 in the Institute of Physics and German Physical Society's New Journal of Physics, the researchers used a method known as "plasmonic cloaking" to hide an 18-centimetre cylindrical tube from microwaves.

Some of the most recent breakthroughs in the field of invisibility cloaking have focussed on using transformation-based metamaterials -- inhomogeneous, human-made materials that have the ability to bend light around objects -- however, this new approach uses a different type of artificial material -- plasmonic metamaterials.

When light strikes an object, it rebounds off its surface towards another direction, just like throwing a tennis ball against a wall. The reason we see objects is because light rays bounce off materials towards our eyes and our eyes are able to process the information.

Due to their unique properties, plasmonic metamaterials have the opposite scattering effect to everyday materials.

"When the scattered fields from the cloak and the object interfere, they cancel each other out and the overall effect is transparency and invisibility at all angles of observation.

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