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NSA Document From 1996 Warns Of 'Insider-Gone-Bad'

Long before Edward Snowden leaked all those secrets, the National Security Agency published a report detailing the threats posed by rogue system administrators. Whoops.<p>A story quietly titled "Out of Control," published in a special 1996 issue of the National Security Agency's professional journal</i> …

Surveillance

What effect does extreme cold have on the human body?

North America’s east coast is braced for more freezing weather a year after the January 2014 polar vortex sent temperatures tumbling down to -50C (-58F). In this piece from the BBC Future archive, we ask what does such intense cold do to the human body?<p>The polar vortex currently sweeping across the …

Some relief (not much) on the way after deadly polar vortex

A deadly, record-shattering polar vortex was beginning to ease late Tuesday, with temperatures expected to be closer to normal Wednesday, but its effects — thousands more canceled flights and power grids straining as people cranked up the heat — will continue to be felt for days.<p>Wednesday will …

Another Reason To Get A Flu Shot

I woke up Christmas Eve with a mild cough. By nightfall, I was so congested I couldn’t breathe out of my nose and over the next few days I melted into a sneezing, tissue-consuming lump of sadness. It wasn’t until a full week later, however, that the real problems began.<p>I have asthma, which I was …

How Honey Bees Point Their Way To Food

With help from light that humans can't see<p>Honey bees can give each other directions using polarized light as a landmark to find potential food. Light becomes polarized as it reaches us through the atmosphere, but the polarization is typically not seen by the naked human eye. In a new study from the …

The Nightmare of Flu-Induced Narcolepsy

What a difference a month makes.<p>Before the start of December, the annual flu season was expected to be normal with an average number of people suffering and a low rate of hospitalizations and deaths. Yet in the last week, that picture has changed completely as flu has spiked in certain regions of …

Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."<p>This is a worm. It's called a planarian. It's about an inch long, and you'll find it gliding along the bottoms of rivers and ponds all over the world. It's very flat, like a moving bit of pasta — …

Rams Pull off Perfect Double Reverse for 27-Yard TD Against Buccaneers

The St. Louis Rams are pulling out all of the stops to finish the season strong, and they executed a trick play to perfection against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.<p>Receiver Stedman Bailey took the ball on a double reverse 27 yards for the touchdown. St. Louis gave him great blocking, and he used …

Football (U.S.)

Medical journal: 'Case closed' against vitamin pills

Vitamin industry and some researchers disagree that 'enough is enough' when it comes to supplement studies.<p>The latest studies on vitamins have some medical experts saying "case closed" — it's time for most consumers to stop wasting money on multivitamins and other supplements, because they have no …