An FBI agent who posed as a cybercriminal named for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character talks about how he helped bring down a worldwide network of identity thieves, got a rep as a most-wanted spammer without having to spam, and dealt with all the egos in the world of Internet thugs.
Also in today's links: swimming in chemicals, rescuing frogs and more.
- A 16-year-old won NASA's Space Settlement Competition with a design for a colony made up of a series of spinning rings, which can be individually sealed off. His proposal encompassed everything from how colonists would be selected to what they'd eat (meat grown in tubes -- ew).
- The fabulously named new book Slow Death by Rubber Duck (subtitle: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects our Health.) sounds like a Supersize Me with chemicals instead of fast food. The authors abstained from exposure to chemicals from off-the shelf products, then binged, and measured the results.
- "Global warming" may go the way of the ice caps -- or at least that wording might. Politicians are searching for just the right turns of phrase to sell environmental policies to the public.
- Scientists have gathered the first footage of an underwater volcano erupting, as well as the shrimp adapted to live by these volcanoes.
- Another volcano -- this one on the Caribbean island of Montserrat -- wiped out part of the habitat for the mountain chicken frog. (Guess how the delicacy got its name.) Then along came a fungus to further afflict the endangered species, forcing scientists to airlift the frogs to safety.
The airlift for frogs link does not work.
Unfortunately that title is not true.
Super smart people do not rule the earth instead it's mainly ruled by greedy idiots who happen to have the gift of gab and charisma.
I must say, I’m thoroughly disappointed that the one about the 16 year old's colony design links to a "pay per view" news site... I guess that's an article I'll never get to read.
Can't say the 16 year old is exactly "smart", the design looks reminiscent of what scientists have been proposing for years ever since the start of the space program...
Just my two cents...