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December 15 to 21, 2003
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"Goodbye Sunshine"
Multiple studies have confirmed that there is at least 10% less sunlight striking the Earth than 30 years ago. A special session on "global dimming" is being formed for the next joint meeting of the U.S./Canadian geophysical societies:
Your Vote's In Safe Hands (not):
At least five convicted felons secured management positions at Diebold, the maker of those electronic voting machines. One of them is a programmer who was jailed for falsifying computer records...
Like Sex? Don't Live In Texas:
A Texas housewife is busted for selling a vibrator... she faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine:
A good interview with the somewhat recently busted Tommy Chong, from Taft Correctional Institution:
New Tech
The first federal law regulating spam was passed, but it may do more harm than good:
Spammers can do what terrorists can't - military hardware turned into spamming machine: Thanks to the US Navy choosing Microsoft as their official operating system for vessels, a hacked Microsoft Exchange server aboard a 25,000-ton military support ship has turned it into source of spam from China:
Nanoscale fibers smaller than the wavelengths of light have been developed - see the picture of one winding around a human hair!
Sony has developed the first autonomous running robot:
Local Stuff
The anatomy of a Hawaiian high-tech news item This year, a UH-Manoa researcher working with international collaborators discovered a new unknown subatomic particle, called X(3872):
Big news, huh? Here's how it got around:

  • August 12: First reported at an international symposium at Fermilab.
  • August 18: Reported in the Honolulu Advertiser by Jan TenBruggencate, the Advertiser Science Writer.
  • October 8: Reported at an international workshop in Wisconsin.
  • November 21: Published in the prestigious Physical Review Letters.
  • Late November: Item is picked up internationally (BBC, CNN).
  • December 2: Appears in UH News, the main press outlet of the University.
  • December 21: Reported in the Star-Bulletin.

Lessons learned: UH and the Star-Bulletin need to get their science/high-tech reporting act together. This item was featured in dozens of international publications before locals got wind of it... unless you were reading the Advertiser. Kudos to them for keeping a diligent science reporter on staff.
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