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Government simulates cyber attack for training

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (Reuters) – The lights went out. Hackers had infiltrated the chemical company’s computer network. The firm’s own experts ran around from computer to computer trying to fight back and regain control. “We’re flying blind,” the chief executive of the fictitious ACME chemical company said. The cyber attack…

Nerve agent mix-up prompts Utah base lockdown

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – A mix-up over a tiny vial of a deadly nerve agent led to the overnight lock-down of the Army’s Dugway Proving Ground, a sprawling, remote base in Utah where the U.S. military conducts weapons tests, officials said on Thursday. A routine lab inventory on Wednesday…

UN calls for probe into US inaction on torture

‘Fragmentary order 242′ allowed US forces to ignore torture allegations: report The United Nations’ point man on torture is calling on the Obama administration to open a full investigation into newly-released documents that suggest the US may have turned a blind eye to torture in Iraq. Manfred Nowak, the UN’s…

US team creates first ‘synthetic life’

US researchers have developed the first bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome, in a breakthrough which may pose philosophical and scientific questions about the bid to recreate life. “This is the first synthetic cell that’s been made,” said lead researcher Craig Venter, as the discovery was unveiled. “We call…

Common weed killer found to chemically castrate frogs

One of the most common weed killers in the world, atrazine, causes chemical castration in frogs and could be contributing to a worldwide decline in amphibian populations, a study published Monday showed. Researchers compared 40 male control frogs with 40 male frogs reared from hatchlings until full sexual maturity, in…

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