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Five men have been added to the FBI's Cyber Most Wanted list for their roles in crimes that saw tens of millions of dollars being stolen.
The FBI says hundreds of thousands of people fell victim to the suspects for whom rewards of up to $100,000 (£62,190) are being offered.
They include Carlos Perez-Melara who is being sought for a variety of cyber crimes including running a fraudulent website in 2003 that offered customers a way to "catch a cheating lover".  People who took the offer downloaded spyware that secretly installed a programme on their computers which allowed scammers to steal the victims' identities and personal information.

 

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Electronic BINS in the heart of London must stop tracking hundreds of thousands of passing smartphones, officials have demanded.


A dozen or so high-tech rubbish cans - which display adverts and information on built-in flat-screens and are dotted around the capital's financial district's pavements - were set up to collect data from nearby phones.

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A recruitment firm has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for leaving the details of nearly 7,500 CVs on its database unsecured on its public website.

The site, Janetpage.com, is a hub for those in the care industry, and the ICO was alerted to the fact that the supposedly secure website for firms seeking staff – where 7,435 CVs were stored – was completely open to anyone visiting the website.
The company was unaware of this error and when alerted to it said it may have been caused by a hack on its system, although no evidence was able to support this.
In its report on the issue the ICO said those running the website staff lacked the technical know-how to install such a system and were not trained on data protection measures.

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A law forcing all organisations to publically declare data breaches is expected to be in place in the UK by the end of 2014.
According to lawyers at law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW), legislation requiring organisations to notify the relevant authorities as well as individuals affected in the event of a serious security breach involving personal data will be introduced across Europe.
Eduardo Ustaran, head of the privacy and information law group at FFW, said the law will be introduced under an amendment to the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive, which is currently being reviewed by the EU Commission.


Adapted from article on zdnet.com – 16th July 2010

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In November of 2011, Liquid Robotics dropped four of its brand new Wave Glider robots in the water just off the coast of San Francisco with hopes of making history and learning a thing or two in the offing. Two of the robots would set a course for Japan and the other two for Australia, each destination roughly 9,000 nautical miles away. It was to be the longest journey ever taken by any autonomous vehicle, a slow but steady swim across the entire Pacific Ocean that would collect and relay high resolution oceanographic and atmospheric data all along the way, stopping only for a quick maintenance check-up in Hawaii--if they made it that far at all.


And so Liquid Robotics' engineers dumped their robots into the rolling water and turned them loose, uncertain as anyone else whether the robots could survive the weather, waves, and wildlife they would surely encounter on a trans-Pacific crossing. There are sharks out there, after all. Massive waves and gale-force winds. There's a whole lot of saltwater out there, itself a force for destruction and disruption of mechanical systems. And yet almost exactly a year after launching the Wave Glider known as "Papa Mau" navigated around the Great Barrier Reef and arrived off the coast of Queensland Australia in May 2012, half a world away from where it started and only somewhat worse for wear.

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Planning permission has been given to build Britain's largest solar power plant, topping out at a massive 35 megawatts.

 

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THE first bicycles were made of wood. After that, manufacturers used steel tubes. These days, for high-end bikes where weight is at a premium, they turn to aluminium alloys or even to carbon fibre. But Izhar Gafni, an amateur cyclist who owns a number of such high-end bikes, wonders whether the original inventors had a point. He proposes to go back to using wood—or, rather, a derivative of wood, namely cardboard.

 

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German entrepreneur Gregor Schaper has installed a series of large circular solar panels in the small town of El Sauz, near Mexico City, and uses solar energy for all his cooking. Each solar cooker costs about solar cooker costs between $4,000 and $5,000 to build, according to AFP, but once it's up and running it is free to operate, and it produces no greenhouse gas emissions. According to Schapers, each solar reflector can create enough energy that can be used to cook for a group of 60 people.

 

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A ban on the controversial process of shale gas exploration known as fracking has been lifted by the Government.


Gas company Cuadrilla has been given the go-ahead to resume operations in Lancashire, which were halted in 2011 when test-drilling caused two minor earthquakes.  Despite the concerns of environmental groups, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said exploration could continue subject to regular seismic risk assessments.

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Revolutionary new technology that produces "petrol from air" is being produced by a British firm.


A small company in the north of England has developed the "air capture" technology to create synthetic petrol using only air and electricity.
Experts tonight hailed the astonishing breakthrough as a potential "game-changer" in the battle against climate change and a saviour for the world's energy crisis.


The technology, presented to a London engineering conference, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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A new species of bacteria that forms itself into living electrical cables spanning several centimetres has been discovered in Danish mud. The bacteria, a previously unknown member of the Desulfobulbaceae family, were found living in at the bottom of the bay of the Danish port, Aarhus, by Lars Peter Nielsen, a bioscientist at Aarhus University's Centre for Geomicrobiology. The discovery was confirmed by Christian Pfeffer, a student of Nielsen's.


Each individual bacteria cell consists of an insulating sheath surrounding a set of conducting fibres and measures one micrometre (a millionth of a metre) in length but the cells group together into far longer chains -- some several centimetres in length. The reason for the bacteria to form such long structures appears to be one of energy production. The cells at the base of the chain are buried within the Aarhus bay's mud separating electrons from sulphides in the sediment and passing them to the cells at the top of the chain where they can combine with oxygen in the sea water.  This electron transport chain generates energy for the bacteria.

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Residents are more likely to install solar panels on their own homes if their neighbours have also embraced the technology.


A study by Yale and New York University investigating the effects of social interaction on adoption of solar photovoltaic panels -- i.e. whether other people's enthusiasm for solar power is contagious -- discovered that an increase of just ten solar panel installations in a post code was accompanied by 7.8 percent increase in the probability of adoption by others.

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Bees close to a biogas plant in northern France have begun producing blue and green honey, causing concern among apiculturists.

 

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The East Sussex port of Newhaven has been chosen to be the operations and maintenance base for a proposed wind farm in the English Channel.

 

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Britain's windfarms broke a new record on Friday 14th September 2012 by providing over four gigawatts of power to the National Grid – enough to light and heat more than 3m British homes.


It beats a previous high of 3.8GW set in May and comes as a further 4GW of wind turbines are being installed, half on land and half offshore.

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Renewable energy is energy which comes from natural resources, which are renewable. There are five main forms of renewable energy: solar, wind, water, biofuel and geothermal (heat from the earth)

It is could be properly harnessed, enough sunlight falls on the earth in just one hour to meet world energy demands for a whole year!

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After touching down at 8:30pm CET on 24th July 2012, after a 6,000-kilometer (3700-mile) journey, the Solar Impulse HB SIA airplane broke the world record for the farthest distance ever travelled on a solar-powered aircraft.


For the entire duration of the trip, the plane was powered using four 10-horsepower motors powered exclusively by energy gathered from 11,628 photovoltaic panels. Regardless of the weather, these panels harvested the energy produced from the daylight where they then stored the energy using 400 kilograms worth of lithium batteries.

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