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Green (Gross?) Cremation Method Produces Liquid Fertilizer

From Mother Nature Network:

There are an awful lot of people on the planet, and modern methods for disposing of human remains aren’t exactly earth-friendly. A new alternative to cremation and burial could change that — and even increase food production for those still living — if we can get past the ‘ick factor’ of liquefying our dead relatives.

“Resomation” is the process of disposing of human corpses through alkaline hydrolysis, which occurs when the body is sealed inside a vault-like tube filled with water and lye and steam-heated to 300 degrees. Three hours later, some powdery bone fragments and 200 gallons of fluid are all that remains.

Essentially, Resomation — which was developed by Scottish company Resomation Ltd. — is just like the natural process of decomposition, but on fast-forward. The fluid can be safely dumped into sewer systems or even used as fertilizer on farms and gardens — a proposal that some say comes a little too close to ‘Soylent Green’ for comfort.

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Cybercrime Exceeds Drug Trade: Myth Exploded

A leading security researcher has unpicked the origins of the myth that revenues from cybercrime exceeds those from the global drug trade, regurgitated by a senior security officer at AT&T before Congress last week.

Ed Amoroso, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of AT&T, told a Congressional Committee on 20 March that cybercrime was a $1trn a year business. It’d be nice to think that Amoroso had been misquoted or made a slip of the tongue but written testimony from Amoroso repeats the amazing claim, made before a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

The end of paragraph 5 of the written submission states:

Last year the FBI announced that revenues from cyber-crime, for the first time ever, exceeded drug trafficking as the most lucrative illegal global business, estimated at reaping more than $1 trillion annually in illicit profits.

As Richard Stiennon points out the quoted figure would make cybercrime bigger than the entire IT industry.… Read the rest

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Atlantis Revealed at Last … or Just a Load of Old Googles?

More than six hundred miles off West Africa and more than three miles down lay a mysterious grid of lines that resembled the streets of a city. The image — discovered on internet mapping tool Google Earth — lay in an area of the Atlantic long thought of as a possible location for the city.

Experts were agog, marine geologists baffled and internet bloggers were buzzing. There were just two problems, however.

First, the grid of streets, walls and buildings turned out to be the size of Wales. That meant Altantis was 20 time as big as Greater London. More problematic still, the grid of lines doesn’t exist on the sea floor. According to Google, the pattern is an ‘artifact’ of its map-making process.

Details for the ocean maps on Google Earth come from sonar measurements of the sea floor recorded by boats — and the area around the Canaries was mapped by boats travelling in a series of straight lines.… Read the rest

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