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In this issue:  Computer viruses, the obesity epidemic, and
floodwaters in New Orleans.

PC Plus says a new variant of the SDBot virus has grown
quickly through AOL Instant Messenger.  One type of load
cedes complete control of an attacked Windows OS.
IEEE Spectrum warns that malicious hacking has taken an
ominous turn in the form of targeted Trojan attacks, in
which an e-mail attachment looks innocuous but conceals a
dangerous cargo and is more likely to be opened because the
subject line contains language calculated to lure a
particular recipient into opening it.
A Microsoft researcher's project, MyLifeBits, can capture
and digitize life and store it in a database.  If MyLifeBits
looks good on its own, IEEE Spectrum says it seems even
better in combination with other research being done at

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Vitamin E has long been touted to protect against
age-related brain degeneration, though the reasons have not
been fully understood.  Now Delicious Living says scientists
have a window into how vitamin E may work to prevent
Alzheimer's disease.
Skeptical Inquirer says there is new evidence that the
obesity epidemic is not as bad as we have been led to
believe.  However, that doesn't mean that we should dismiss
the problem either.
BusinessWeek says that a new DNA database could gauge your
risk for disease.
Based on negative comments made by Scientologist and actor
Tom Cruise regarding the use of anti-depressants, the
American Psychiatric Association offers a rebuttal in
Skeptical Inquirer.
Men who get circumcised reduce their risk of acquiring HIV,
the AIDS virus, by more than half, a clinical trial in South
Africa shows, according to Science News.
Ifeminists asks why sloppy medical research succeeds.  That
is, why is it accepted by the medical establishment, and
then heralded by the press?  Because big money and big
reputations hang in the balance.  The drug Herceptin may
work, but it may not.  When will we know the truth?

Culture Vulture says Saw II, a thriller directed by Darren
Lynn Bousman, draws both the cops and the victims so dim
that the whole elaborate exercise hardly seems worthwhile.
Well-paced and entertaining, Good Night, and Good Luck
benefits from Clooney's new-found finesse as a director, the
strength of his script with Grant Heslov and the light touch
displayed by his actors, according to Eye.
Three...Extremes, which showcases a trilogy of short horror
films by master directors of Asian cinema, is definitely an
acquired taste of an art-house subgenre type.  The tension
of balancing visceral horror with psychological
sadomasochism requires a disciplined viewer, according to
Culture Vulture.

InternetNews reports that Americans holding U.S. passports
issued after October 2006 will carry embedded radio
frequency identification (RFID) chips inside the documents,
according to the U.S. State Department.
Reactive Reports says that the floodwaters rushing into New
Orleans after Hurricane Katrina are not as toxic to humans
as previously thought; however aquatic life may suffer.