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April 16, 2002

Atomic bomb plans released
BBC | Submitted by: Soylent
"The UK Ministry of Defence says it is "checking" claims that one of its documents, detailing a step-by-step guide on how to build an atomic bomb, has been put in a public office for all to see. The file is said to be in the archives at the Public Record Office, which can be accessed by anyone, including terrorists, and gives measurements, diagrams and precise details on bomb-building."

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Super ant colony
Wire Services | Submitted by: Soylent
"A supercolony of ants has been discovered stretching thousands of miles from the Italian Riviera along the coastline to northwest Spain. It's the largest cooperative unit ever recorded, according to Swiss, French and Danish scientists, whose findings appear in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science."

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Race for Sheriff Turns Deadly
Cincinnati Enquirer | Submitted by: Idle Hands
"A sniper felled a Kentucky sheriff at a fish fry and fled the scene riding a motorcycle belonging to one of the sheriff's opponents in his campaign for re-election...Capt. Hays said the Yamaha motorcycle hadn't been reported stolen. State police spokeswoman Lt. Lisa Rudzinski said Mr. Morris is not a suspect in the case." Not yet, anyway...

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Hacking is legal in Argentina
Globe and Mail | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"Arguing that the law only covered crimes on people, things and animals and not digital attacks, a federal court declared several Argentines known as "X-Team" innocent of charges they broke into the high court's Web page to accuse judges of covering up a human rights case... "The judge ruled that hacking didn't harm things, people or animals and thus was not covered in the law," Antonio Mille, a lawyer for Microsoft in Argentina, said Monday."

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Marathons give you the runs
Guardian | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"Like everyone else I had a wad of loo paper in a sweat-proof bag stuffed in my pocket, just in case I had an attack of runner's trots. Intense physical exertion often messes up your digestive system and loosens the bowels which can empty themselves without warning down the back of your legs. I had taken some Imodium tablets to bung me up so that I wouldn't have cause to use the loo paper. I later saw one person who clearly hadn't got either."

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Impossible molecule created
UPI | Submitted by: Ryano
"Chemists at Northwestern University have synthesized a stable molecule that should not exist according to rules of chemistry so stringent they appear on page 706 of the popular organic chemistry college textbook by Whitman College chemistry professor L.G. Wade Jr. of Walla Walla, Wash."

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Man selling piece of UFO
myCFnow | Submitted by: Rio
Bob White (his real name, not a bird) of Reeds Spring, Mo.,has placed an ad for a piece of a UFO. His asking price: $10 million. White found the silver object in the early '80s in Colorado after seeing a strange light in the sky. The second link is to White's "analysis photos". We don't know what all goes on in Missouri, but we in the other 49 states are skeptical.

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Aftonbladet | Submitted by: anonymous
Decaying breasts due to plastic surgery. Article is in Swedish but accompanied by very sexy pictures.

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Weed killer creates frog hermaphrodites!
CNN | Submitted by: forcor
A very common pesticide known as atrazine - which is so prevalent that one researcher in this story says "There is virtually no atrazine-free environment," is responsible for frogs developing multiple sex organs, even organs of both sexes. This is affecting the frogs even at 1/30th of the amount that the EPA has approved as safe. Is this chemical dangerous to people? The answer comes in this quote of the day: "I'm not saying it's safe for humans. I'm not saying it's unsafe for humans. All I'm saying is that it makes hermaphrodites of frogs."

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