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Book Examines Media Bias in Coverage of President's Speeches

Jim A. Kuypers, assistant professor of communication at Virginia Tech, reveals a disturbing world of media bias in his new book Bush's War: Media Bias and Justifications for War in a Terrorist Age (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2006).

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Cybersecurity Expert Says Nationwide Use of Computerized Voting Poses Risk

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Many of the paperless computerized voting systems adopted in wake of the "hanging chad" presidential election controversy in 2000 have the potential to create more problems than they solve. According to Eugene Spafford, director of CERIAS, the technology may cause a debacle reminiscent of the 2000 election.

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Dr. Anne Moscona, Dr. Matteo Porotto, Bioterror, Virus, Hendra, Nipah, Pathogens, Outbreak

Findings Could Foil Two Potential Bioterror Agents

Two lethal and easily transmitted viruses -- both potential bioterror agents -- may soon be much less dangerous, thanks to research led by scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

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Cyber, Security, oil, Gas, Energy, Industry

LOGIIC Helps Keep Oil, Gas Control Systems Safe

For the past 12 months, Sandia has served as the lead lab in Project LOGIIC (Linking the Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cyber Security). The project was created to keep U.S. oil and gas control systems safe and secure, and to help minimize the chance that a terrorist attack could severely damage or cripple America's oil and gas infrastructure.

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Internet, Reliability, Terrorism, Attack, Network

Study Shows Internet to be Resilient Against Terror Attack

Researchers have simulated what would happen to Internet reliability in the United States if terrorists were able to knock out various physical components of the network. The good news is that it would be very difficult to cause major disruptions across the country, although destruction of some key parts could seriously degrade Internet quality.

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Anthrax, Terrorism, Biotechnology, Antibiotic

New Anthrax Inhibitor Could Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Strain

In a new approach to treating anthrax exposure, a team of scientists has created an inhibitor designed to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant strains. Reporting in PNAS, researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Toronto describe the new anthrax toxin inhibitor, which performed successfully in both laboratory and animal tests.

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Terrorism, bomb, Detection, Explosives

Invention Targets Terrorist Weapons

University of Wyoming researchers have developed and patented a technology that can rapidly detect explosives such as the liquid compounds that were part of a recently-thwarted plot to detonate bombs on as many as 10 U.S.-bound airliners.

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Rapidly Deployable Chemical Detection System Tested

Through late June and early July, Sandia researchers in Livermore tested the Rapidly Deployable Chemical Detection System (RDCDS) during Oakland A's games at McAfee Stadium. The system, which can be packaged and deployed within 24 hours locally, is designed to provide swift yet effective protection at high-profile events.

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Sensors Could Detect Traces of Chemicals on Passengers

At the University at Buffalo's multidisciplinary Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors, (CUBS) researchers from several academic departments have proposed development of a biometric sensor that could detect traces of chemicals on the fingers of airline passengers.

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