News Links: 2/25/08


Aliens Might Be Moving Stars to Communicate With Us
Universe Today
Move stars around into patterns? That’s pretty crazy stuff. Sure, but there isn’t any physical reason why it isn’t possible; it happens all the time when galaxies collide. Of course, a spray of stars hurled into intergalactic space at random is different from a great big peace sign.

‘Gravity Lamp’ lasts 200 years, never needs to be plugged in
Dvice
A Virginia Tech student has won the Greener Gadget Award for a clever LED lamp that gets all of its power from gravity, which is a seriously renewable resource. Working kind of like a grandfather clock that needs to be wound in order to work, the lamp has a weight that’s raised up every day. As the day goes on, it slowly lowers, with that movement powering the LEDs.

Astronaut to Wear Boxer Shorts For Science, 2 Weeks Consecutive w/o Bathing
MSNBC
A Japanese astronaut will put on special boxer shorts and gym wear during his upcoming mission to see if the newly developed high-tech clothing can boost comfort levels on the International Space Station, Japan’s space agency said Friday.

Goolag Tool Lets Google Aid Hackers
Washington Post
The hacking group Cult of the Dead Cow has released a tool that should make Google hacking a little easier for novices. CalledGoolag, the open-source software lets hackers use the Google search engine to scan Web sites for vulnerabilities.

Tracing human diversity through the ages
San Jose Mercury News
A coalition of Stanford scientists has released the most detailed road map yet of human diversity, offering insight into the emergence and restless migration of the world’s populations.

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