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February 16 to 22, 2004
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Special Doomsday Section
Hoo boy, lots of news this week. You heard it here first, folks!

Leaked Pentagon report warns climate change may bring famine, war "LONDON (AFP) - A secret report prepared by the Pentagon warns that climate change may lead to global catastrophe costing millions of lives and is a far greater threat than terrorism."
Exposure To Low-level Magnetic Fields Causes DNA Damage
In Rat Brain Cells, Researchers Find
"Prolonged exposure to low-level magnetic fields, similar to those emitted by such common household devices as blow dryers, electric blankets and razors, can damage brain cell DNA, according to researchers in the University of Washington's Department of Bioengineering" (and the damage is cumulative too):
Windows Vs. Macs
Got a Windows PC? Be afraid. Be very afraid. Thanks to the recent Windows code leak, this security vulnerability has been found - if you're running Explorer version 5, simply loading a certain image can wreak complete havoc on your machine:
Got a Mac? Hallelujah!
Apple's Mac OS X has been declared one of the world's safest operating systems by London-based security experts, mi2g.
According to two new surveys, Apple leads the customer service satisfaction pack over Dell, HP, and Compaq:
Apple had the largest earnings increase of tech companies last year, with a 552% jump in annual profits:
(Also, if you have an iPod, note that a hack is likely forthcoming that will allow them to play Windows Media files):
New Tech
I didn't know Hoku Scientific was based in Kalihi! If they do well, can this be the start of turning Kalihi into a high-tech area (as HCC Provost Ramsey Pedersen would like to see)? The area's got a lot of great factors going for it. "Hoku chose its site on North King Street as one of the few locations on O'ahu that met its needs for ventilation, water and security..."
"Hilo grads impress Amazon recruiters"
I always knew that UH grads got a good computer science background. The trick is, how to get them back to HI working at great software tech jobs? I sure can't find any... Hawaii needs experienced high-tech managers and CEOs, people! Not to mention funding...
Killing the Music: by Don Henley
"When I started in the music business, music was important and vital to our culture... that's all changed."
Polaroid Warns Film Users Not to 'Shake It'
Heard the Grammy Award-winning Song of the Year "Hey Ya", the one with the phrase "shake it like a Polaroid picture?" Thanks to advances in instant photography, doing so can actually damage your film...
Some of the funniest, most creative uses of Photoshop I've seen in a long time...
The Pentagon researches ways for GIs to fight for up to five days without a break. Have they not heard of crack? "The question is: 'Are there temporary biochemical approaches we can use to squeeze the last ounce of performance out of soldiers when they're already worked to exhaustion?'" said a DARPA life sciences consultant, who asked not to be named:
Brain Fingerprinting
It's been tested by the FBI and is so accurate its results are now admissible in court. "[it's] ... a method of reading the brain's involuntary electrical activity in response to a subject being shown certain images relating to a crime."
Going through the Frankfurt airport? You may have to look through their new retinal scanning system:
Grab Bag
Add wireless to your business! At Schlotzsky's in Texas, a survey finds that more than 40 percent of customers say that free wireless access is a factor in choosing the restaurant to dine at:
And get a flat panel display too! They're more environmentally friendly... Flat panels to outpace CRTs in 2004
Hallucinogen May Cure Drug Addiction
Ibogaine (illegal in the U.S.) and its miraculous effect on long-term hard-core drug addicts... "Our first round in St. Kitts, we treated six individuals, and I will go to my grave with the memory of that first round," says Dr. Mash.
A new cheap printer prints out prescription eyeglass lenses for $5 each, a boon for those in third-world areas:
I can't wait to upgrade my memory! Cells-on-silicon breakthrough "Researchers... have found that nerve cells grown on a microchip can learn and memorize information which can be communicated to the brain":
Mathematical formula 'predicts marriage breakdown' "The mathematics we came up with is trivial, but the model is astonishingly accurate":
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