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  • Water Filtration With a Tree Branch
    By on February 28, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    Taco Cowboy writes “Dirty water is a major cause of mortality in the developing world. ‘The most common water-borne pathogens are bacteria (e.g. Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Vibrio cholerae), viruses (e.g. adenoviruses, enteroviruses, hepatitis, rotavirus), and protozoa (e.g. giardia). These pathogens cause child mortality and also contribute to malnutrition and stunted growth of children.’ People have been working on engineering cheaper and (more…)

  • Going Dutch: GB plan to emulate skating success
    By on February 28, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    No facilities and no cash, but a British long track speed skating team is launching anyway – what chance Olympic success?

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  • Mayweather to fight Maidana in May
    By on February 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    WBC welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather will fight WBA champion Marcos Maidana in a title bout in May.

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  • NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse
    By on February 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Advocatus Diaboli writes with this excerpt from an article by Glenn Greenwald on the pervasiveness of shills poisoning web forums: “One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.. (more…)

  • VIDEO: Katy B’s Premier League predictions
    By on February 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Singer Katy B takes on BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson with her predictions for this weekend’s Premier League matches.

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  • EFF Reports GHCQ and NSA Keeping Tabs On Wikileaks Visitors and Reporters
    By on February 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    sandbagger writes in with a story about U.S. and British government interest and involvement with journalists visiting the Wikileaks website. “The Intercept recently published an article and supporting documents indicating that the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ surveilled and even sought to have other countries prosecute the investigative journalism website WikiLeaks. GCHQ also surveilled the millions of people who merely read the WikiLeaks (more…)

  • NSA Ally Spied on US Law Firm
    By on February 16, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    mendax points out a story at the NY Times about evidence that the Australian Signals Directorate notified the NSA in 2013 that it was spying on discussions between Indonesia and an American law firm. The information gathered by the Directorate included material covered by attorney-client privilege. The Times says: “Most attorney-client conversations do not get special protections under American law from N.S.A. eavesdropping. Amid growing concerns (more…)

  • Sophisticated Spy Tool ‘The Mask’ Rages Undetected For 7 Years
    By on February 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    thomst writes “Kim Zetter of Wired’s Threat Level reports that Kaspersky Labs discovered a Spanish-language spyware application that ‘uses techniques and code that surpass any nation-state spyware previously spotted in the wild.’ The malware, dubbed ‘The Mask’ by Kaspersky’s researchers, targeted government agencies, diplomatic offices, embassies, companies in the oil, gas and energy industries, research organizations, and activists. It had been loose (more…)

  • VIDEO: GB’s women qualify in short-track
    By on February 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Great Britain’s Elise Christie and Charlotte Gilmartin progress to the 500m short-track quarter-final.

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  • Pietersen – the unanswered questions
    By on February 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    As claims and counter-claims about Kevin Pietersen’s England exit leave cricket fans confused, BBC Sport looks at the questions that remain

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