Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, Beta 2 released!

Check it out, folks. You’ll love it.

“Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview includes advancements in security and browsing experience for end users, functionality and compatibility for developers, and manageability for corporate network administrators. Beta 2 Preview is intended to enable developers, Web developers and IT pros to begin to test the new browser for compatibility with their applications and Web sites.”

New features include:
– ActiveX Opt-in
– Security Status Bar
– Advanced Printing
– Phishing Filter
– Toolbar Search Box
– Favorites Center
– Delete Browsing History
– Internet Explorer Administration Kit
– Address Bar Protection
– International Domain Name Anti-spoofing

– Quick Tabs
– URL Handling Security
– Fix My Settings
– Page Zoom
– Add-ons Disabled Mode

The following features are available only with Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista:
– Protected Mode
– Parental Controls

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Russia to open moonbase mine

“RUSSIA is planning to mine a rare fuel on the moon by 2020 with a permanent base and a heavy-cargo transport link, a Russian space official says.

“‘We are planning to build a permanent base on the moon by 2015 and by 2020 we can begin the industrial-scale delivery … of the rare isotope Helium-3,’ Nikolai Sevastyanov, head of the Energia space corporation, was quoted by ITAR-TASS news agency as saying at an academic conference.

“Helium-3 is a non-radioactive isotope of helium that can be used in nuclear fusion… Rare on earth but plentiful on the moon, it is seen by some experts as an ideal fuel because it is powerful, non-polluting and generates almost no radioactive by-product.”

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Man builds island from 250,000 pop bottles

“It looks like an island, it feels like an island, it has the beautiful vegetation of a tropical island but it just happens to be made of spiraling pop bottles. Who would have known and more importantly who would have thought it possible?…

“’We are being faced with a population explosion and maybe building islands is the answer. This island is an example of something that could be built worldwide. You could be totally self sufficient with it. All is as natural as possible. I catch rain water for showers, the toilet naturally composts, and you can grow your own produce,’ adds Reishee.

“His desire is a simple life and to share his environmentally friendly, planet saving, maybe even life saving ideas with others. The door is always open for you on Reishee’s little tropical paradise.”

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Blind woman regains sight after heart attack

“A woman who had been blind for 25 years awoke in hospital after suffering a heart attack and found that she could see again… Since 1979, Joyce Urch had lived in a world of shadows and near-darkness, but was astonished to find her sight restored when she came round after being resuscitated…

“Doctors have been unable to explain what happened, but Mrs Urch, 74, was happy yesterday to put it down to a ‘miracle’…

“She and Mr Urch celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last weekend in a way of which she had never dreamed. She said: ‘I love going out now. I can look around and see the trees and squirrels and pigeons.'”

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Police computers clash with “Dunkin’ Donuts” system

“For Keene, New Hampshire police officers, getting through the drive-through at Dunkin’ Donuts can be quite a nuisance… It turns out the officers’ in-car computers interfere with Dunkin’ Donuts computer system. Police using the drive-through have to disconnect their computer modems to avoid clashing with the restaurants’ system.

“That’s not the only problem with the city’s police computer system, says Sergeant Eliezer Rivera. Rivera says the network is spotty and only as fast as a dial-up connection.

“Keene’s City Council is looking into getting the police a faster, more extensive wireless network to make things better. Other departments and Keene’s school system might also be able to use it.”

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Stardust space probe lands successfully in Utah desert

“NASA’s Stardust sample return mission returned safely to Earth when the capsule carrying cometary and interstellar particles successfully touched down at 2:10 a.m. Pacific time (3:10 a.m. Mountain time) in the desert salt flats of the U.S. Air Force Utah Test and Training Range.

“‘Ten years of planning and seven years of flight operations were realized early this morning when we successfully picked up our return capsule off of the desert floor in Utah,’ said Tom Duxbury, Stardust project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. ‘The Stardust project has delivered to the international science community material that has been unaltered since the formation of our solar system.’

“Stardust released its sample return capsule at 9:57 p.m. Pacific time (10:57 p.m. Mountain time) last night. The capsule entered the atmosphere four hours later at 1:57 a.m. Pacific time (2:57 a.m. Mountain time). The drogue and main parachutes deployed at 2:00 and 2:05 a.m. Pacific time, respectively (3:00 and 3:05 a.m. Mountain time).”

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“Doomsday seed bank” to be built on an Arctic island

“Norway is planning to build a “doomsday vault” inside a mountain on an Arctic island to hold a seed bank of all known varieties of the world’s crops… The Norwegian government will hollow out a cave on the ice-bound island of Spitsbergen to hold the seed bank.

“It will be designed to withstand global catastrophes like nuclear war or natural disasters that would destroy the planet’s sources of food… ‘What will go into the cave is a copy of all the material that is currently in collections [spread] all around the world’.”

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Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs

Believe it or not, this is not a joke.

“Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark… They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through.”

“The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo… The researchers hope the pigs will boost the island’s stem cell research, as well as helping with the study of human disease.”

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