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Bomb Injures Two Mexican Profs, Anti-Tech Terrorists Claim Responsibility

A group called "Individuals Tending to Savagery" has claimed responsibility for a package bomb that injured two professors from the Monterrey Technological Institute campus outside Mexico City on Monday.  The bomb targeted Armando Herrera Corral, a professor in information technology. Also injured in the blast was Alejandro Aceves Lopez, a professor whose research specialty is robotics technology. Some universities in Mexico are taking extra security precautions, according to The Washington Post. The group posted a manifesto online stating its position and claiming responsibility for the attack. The group has reportedly been linked with similar incidents in Spain and France. The group has also claimed responsibility for previous attacks at other Mexican universities this year, including one against a MEMS researcher. According to The Washington Post, “Mexico City chief prosecutor Miguel Mancera has described the blasts as the work of ‘some youth protest group.’ While the new manifesto was posted on a site that published radical animal-rights tracts, there was no immediate indication of other links to animal rights in the university blasts.” Mexico’s National Association of Universities has condemned the attacks. (SlashDot)(Miami Herald)(The Washington Post)

Australian Group Announces Plans for Networking, Computing Improvements

The Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet) unveiled its plan for a series of network upgrades as part of its five-year plan. Among the projects is the construction of a 100Gbps backbone as part of its AARNet 4 network designed for education and research users. The new backbone is being designed to support data-intensive research projects such as the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope. The upgrades will also address the explosive growth in mobile device usage among the organization’s educational users by adopting eduroam secure, a worldwide roaming access service. (SlashDot)(Computerworld Australia)

Researchers Develop Portable Imaging System

MIT researchers have designed a simple, portable imaging system that could replace expensive, fixed equipment typically found in labs. The system depends on a slab of transparent, synthetic rubber that’s coated with paint embedded with tiny metal bits called GelSight. The material deforms when items are pressed on it. Cameras record the various changes in the slab’s surface. These images are analyzed by computer-vision algorithms. The system is reportedly able to produce 3D images “almost instantly”. It is also able to easily image those items too large to be examined by a conventional microscope. This technology could have applications in material inspection, dermatology, and ballistic forensics. The researchers say representatives from companies in varied industries have expressed interest in adopting the system. (SlashDot)(MIT)

Taiwan-Based Researchers Demonstrate New Rewriteable e-Paper

Researchers at Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have developed a rewriteable electronic paper that works without electricity and, unlike conventional technologies, doesn’t need to be backlit. i2R e-paper needs only heat to store or transmit images onto the flexible display, say researchers. To erase the e-paper, a sheet is inserted into a thermal writing device similar to that found in fax machines; it can be reused 260 times. The paper is made with a special plastic film coated with a type of liquid crystal that has a structure similar to cholesterol molecules. An A4-sized piece of the e-paper reportedly costs roughly $60 Taiwan dollars or US$2. It could be available commercially within two years. ITRI says it has transferred the technology to Changchun Chemical Engineering for trial mass production. ( Technology Research Institute)

China Victim of Cyberterrorism Throughout 2010

China's National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team (CNCERT) released data yesterday that claims the country faced roughly 480,000 cyber attacks in 2010, with half of the attacks originating outside of the country. CNCERT issued the data in advance of releasing its annual report. The organization says of the 221,000 attacks that originated outside of China, 14.7 percent came from the US, 8.8 percent came from India. CNCERT didn’t provide any additional specifics. McAfee reported a massive, ongoing cyber attack that hit 72 companies and organizations elsewhere in the world earlier this month, but didn’t name those behind it.
(PC Magazine)(International Business Times)(The New York Times)

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