NIST tool helps Internet master top-level domains

At the request of a worldwide Internet organization, a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology developed an algorithm that may guide applicants in proposing new “top-level domains”—the ...

Item! Candidates are buying your vote

Mention the words “vote buying” and modern-day political villains Jack Abramoff and Tony Rezko probably come to mind, or perhaps special interest groups that donate to a politician’s campaign and expect support when ...

A Critique of Shortsighted Anthropic Principles

Many people marvel that we live in a universe that seems to be precisely tailored to suit the development of intelligent life. The observation is the basis for some forms of "Anthropic Principles" that strive to explain why ...

How Did That Chain Letter Get To My Inbox?

Everyone who has an e-mail account has probably received a forwarded chain letter promising good luck if the message is forwarded on to others--or terrible misfortune if it isn't. The sheer volume of forwarded messages such ...

Snakes Hear in Stereo

Physicists from the University Munich in Germany and the University of Topeka, Kansas have strong new evidence that snakes can hear through their jaws. Snakes don't have outer ears, leading to the myth that they can't hear ...

Thirty-Meter Telescope Focuses on Two Candidate Sites

After completing a worldwide survey unprecedented in rigor and detail of astronomical sites for the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT), the TMT Observatory Corporation board of directors has selected two outstanding sites, one ...

Automotive safety systems get more dependable

As automotive safety systems become more complex, the risk of failure increases. But European researchers believe they have found a way to improve dependability.

Scientists identified earthquake faults in Sichuan, China

Only last summer research published by earth scientists in the international journal Tectonics concluded that geological faults in the Sichuan Basin, China "are sufficiently long to sustain a strong ground-shaking earthquake, ...

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