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July 8, 2009

LOTD for July 8

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 6:20 pm

A drug derived from bacteria in the soil on Easter Island is the first drug shown to extend the life span of mammals. It already has FDA approval for use by humans, as it is used to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients…the proven results of the drug first being taken late in life and extending life span by 13% for women and 9% for men could make this a very significant drug:
http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/22974/

High-ranking SPAWAR official, his wife (also a SPAWAR official), his mistress, and 3 others have been indicted on bribery charges:
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jul/08/spawar-official-accused-bribery-case/?military&zIndex=128437

North Korea is suspected as being responsible for a massive cyber attack campaign that has knocked out US government web sites (including the Treasury Department and the Secret Service) as well as attacked South Korean government web sites. The attacks began on July 4:
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jul/08/us-us-cyber-attack-070809/?politics&zIndex=128555

Undercover investigators tried to sneak bombs and detonators past security guards and into federal buildings occupied by the Homeland Security, Justice and State departments…and succeeded all 10 times they tried, able to walk freely around several floors after the bombs were assembled!
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-07-07-bombs_N.htm

The swine flu has been a problem at camps around the country. 52 camps around the country report swine flu outbreaks and the number is probably much higher than that. The Muscular Dystrophy Association has canceled all of their camps around the country because of this:
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jul/08/swine-flu-detected-kids-camps/?metro&zIndex=128421

California teenager was diagnosed with swine flu, but the notable thing is that is the first person to be known to be infected by an already-circulating strain of swine flu that is resistant to Tamiflu. That means that the swine flu has already mutated to resist the primary medicine used against it:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hjdCHrP82YTFser5vD6CzTK1az6wD999U3OG0

Study found that cell phone transmission data (specifically, the microwave connections used for backhaul) can be used to predict floods:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/08/mobile_flood_prediction/

The unemployment rate for US Electrical Engineers hit a new record in the second quarter, going from 4.1% in the first quarter to 8.6% in the second quarter (the previous record was 7% in the first quarter of 2003). Even though the unemployment rate more than doubled in the second quarter, 2.3% more Electrical Engineers were employed in the second quarter than in the first quarter…I’m guessing that is the case because many of the new EE grads would have hit the job market in the second quarter:
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Google is creating an operating system for netbooks based on their Chrome browser. If the Chrome OS performs as expected, Microsoft will need to worry about the OS market on the growing netbook sector:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Googles-new-operating-system-apf-3422727478.html?x=0&.v=20

Commentary on why Google’s Chrome OS has no chance to succeed against Windows:
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Article about how even if the Chrome OS doesn’t succeed it will benefit Google by forcing Microsoft to defend its existing business, which will make it harder for it to attack Google’s search business:
http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20090708/bam-google-goes-right-for-microsofts-gut/

Federal judges consolidated 12 iPhone 3G lawsuits against Apple and AT&T, with a possible class-action lawsuit status to come if the momentum continues:
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9135260/Judges_consolidate_12_iPhone_3G_cases_against_Apple_AT_T?taxonomyId=1

Badger in Germany got so drunk on over-ripe cherries that it laid down in the middle of a road and refused to budge:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31800290/ns/world_news-weird_news/

Police arrested a North Dakota woman who was breastfeeding while drunk (is that a BUI?). She pled guilty to child neglect and faces up to 5 years in prison:
http://www.wcpo.com/content/news/saywhat/story/Drunken-Breast-Feeding-Arrest-Touches-Off-Debate/PQzy7OZ5hk2FsiNfWwEgxQ.cspx

New Jersey man died after falling into a vat of chocolate:
http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20090708/US.Chocolate.Death/

Bad news for Lori–Fox pushed back the Dollhouse premiere by a week, replacing it with a repeat of the Glee premiere:
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2009/07/08/fox-moves-dollhouse-premiere-back-to-sept-25/22490

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