extra extra newspaperJapan’s Abe plots warmer ties with S. Korea ahead of summit
Tokyo (AFP) March 23, 2014 – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated Sunday that he wanted Tokyo and Seoul to put wartime enmities behind them ahead of his first meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. Relations between the two countries are at their lowest ebb in years, mired in emotive issues linked to Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule and a territorial dispute, as well as Japan’s use of “comfort women” in … more

New infrared technique aims to remotely detect dangerous materials
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Mar 24, 2014 – For most people, infrared technology calls to mind soldiers with night-vision goggles or energy audits that identify where heat escapes from homes during the winter season. But for two Brigham Young University professors, infrared holds the potential to spot from afar whether a site is being used to make nuclear weapons. Statistics professor Candace Berrett developed a model that precisely … more

Syria condemns Turkey ‘aggression’ after jet downed
Damascus (AFP) March 23, 2014 – Syria accused Ankara of “flagrant aggression” Sunday after Turkey shot down a warplane near the border, raising tensions as Syrian loyalists and rebels battled for control of a frontier crossing. Turkey, which backs the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, warned Damascus against testing its determination and pledged a tough response if Syrian warplanes violate its airspace again. … more

European hackers test their skills in Geneva
Geneva (AFP) March 22, 2014 – Hackers from across Europe flocked to Geneva this weekend, not to play havoc with Swiss computers but to test their ethical hacking skills. The sixth annual Insomni’hack ethical hacking competition, organised by IT security firm SCRT, drew over 300 hackers who battled for hours to solve a range of fiendish computer security challenges. “This is essentially to have fun and learn,” 32-year … more