Ok, one of them is Japan-related, but it probably has world-wide implications, so I'm putting it here....if the admins want to pound me with their Kaori Makimura 10 ton hammers, then I'll run away for the next few days...

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Japan approves limited human cloning

Yuck! Army rations rehydrated by urine
“Would you eat food cooked in your own urine? Food scientists working for the US military have developed a dried food ration that troops can hydrate by adding the filthiest of muddy swamp water or even peeing on it. The ration comes in a pouch containing a filter that removes 99.9 per cent of bacteria and most toxic chemicals from the water used to rehydrate it, according to the Combat Feeding Directorate, part of the US Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts. This is the same organisation that created the “indestructible sandwich” that will stay fresh for three years….Hydration Technology of Albany, Oregon, which makes the membrane, says soldiers should only use urine in an absolute emergency because the membrane is too coarse to filter out urea. The body will not find this toxic over the short term, says Ed Beaudry, an engineer with HTI, but rehydrating food this way in the long term would cause kidney damage.”
Links: http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996185

Better tools let hackers strike more quickly
“It’s mostly bad news for network administrators at this year’s Black Hat Security Briefings: Increasingly, attackers are using better tools to find vulnerabilities quickly, exploit flaws and hide their attacks. While some security experts point to zero-day exploits—code that takes advantage of previously unknown vulnerabilities—as a growing threat, a greater number are stressing the danger of online attackers’ ability to quickly turn around attack code by analyzing the patch issued to fix the problem. “Within a day, you can take a patch, find a problem, and produce an exploit,” said Jeff Moss, the founder of the Black Hat Security Briefings, which kicked off Wednesday. “If a patch is released one day and an exploit comes out the next day, that doesn’t leave companies much time to see to their security.”
Links: http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105-5287333.html

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That should keep you news junkies busy for the next few seconds