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iPhone found to be toxic: The iPhone is found to have traces of two toxic chemicals that have been eliminated by some of Apple’s rivals from their products. A senior scientist at ecoadvocacy group Greenpeace found phthalate plasticisers in the iPhone which are classed as toxic to reproduction as they can interfere with sexual reproduction in mammals.

Videoconferencing made for Dr. Phil: While videoconferencing has proven its worth for corporate meetings and distance learning, researchers say the technology could also play a big role in mediating disputes between coworkers, neighbors and family members.

Cell phones, text messaging and the Terrible 10 Rude Behavior List: Using cell phones or text messaging in mid- conversation or during an appointment or meeting cracked the Terrible 10 Rude Behaviors List issued by Johns Hopkins University.

Oxygen breakthrough breathes new life into computers: Recently invented material at the FSU Mag Lab could be to computers of the future what silicon is to the computers of today. The material, a compound made from the elements potassium, niobium and oxygen, along with chromium ions, could provide a technological breakthrough that leads to the development of new quantum computing technologies.

Best of Harvard's Ig Nobel Prizes for weird science: The 17th annual Ig Nobel Prizes will be announced Thursday at Harvard University. The hilarious parody of the Nobel Prize exists to promote science while celebrating its occasional absurdity. Here we take a look at some of our favorite Ig Nobel moments from 1991 to the present. More on the awards here.

Microsoft: Detecting and patching mutating worms: Microsoft researcher and mathematician Jennifer Tour Chayes set her skills on studying the best patch defense against mutating worms. She concluded that the fastest way to bring this insidious infection to a halt is to patch nodes that are most connected to others, even if those nodes are not exhibiting signs of infection.

Cisco closing internal research group?: Cisco has closed an internal security research group that's part of the company's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Group (CIAG), according to a report by Dark Reading.

Dirty truth about biometrics: If the fingerprint-smudged glass plates on biometric devices skeeve you out, Purdue University researchers have some good news for you: the devices aren’t any germier than typical doorknobs.

Move over mouse, here comes......Vocal Joystick: University of Washington researchers have developed software designed to let those who can’t work a handheld mouse use their voice instead to navigate the Web.

Researchers ping through first full 'Internet census' in 25 years: No door-to-door canvassing here: This census involved the direction of some 3 billion pings toward 2.8 million allocated Internet addresses from three machines over the course of two months.

Internet by sea: French researchers have created a system using geostationary satellites for enabling high-speed Internet services at sea.

iPods, better laptops the result of 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics discovery: The 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to two researchers for their discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR), a sort of nanotechnology that enables more compact disks to be squeezed into laptops, iPods and other such devices.

Google, IBM launch parallel-computing initiative: Google and IBM are going back to school to teach university students about parallel computing.

NSF grant pits biometrics vs. terrorists: The National Science Foundation has awarded an $800,000 grant to researchers developing a biometrics system to sniff out terrorists at airports and other locations.

How Gateway's tech support tortured an editor: What did you expect? You are running an OS that is still in beta.

Microsoft researcher discovers link between spam and AIDS: No, you can't catch AIDS by clicking on a contaminated e-mail (though it certainly isn't good for the health of your network). However a Microsoft researcher has discovered a link in the technology used to block spam and the immune system's ability to fight AIDS, according to a story in BusinessWeek.

IEEE hosting innovation forum in Virginia: From the IEEE: Because engineers are our country’s principal innovators, and innovation generates economic activity and leads to desirable, high-paying jobs, IEEE-USA will host its first IEEE-USA Innovation Forum at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Va., on 6-8 November.

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