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View Resource Online Education to be Free

This week, Washington-area billionaire Michael Saylor announced his plans to launch an online university providing "Ivy league-quality" education to anyone for free via the Internet. Saylor has promised to spend at least $100 million to get his university off the ground. According to the Washington Post, however, this money will apparently not be used to pay lecturers. Says Saylor, "People line up...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2000/0317
View Resource A Funny Way of Showing It: ILoveYou Worm is Most Damaging Virus Yet

Vast numbers of users yesterday were doubtless disappointed to find that not only did they not have a secret admirer, but they had caught viruses in trying to open their "love letters." A new destructive worm swept computers around the world on Thursday, infecting systems in the Pentagon, the CIA, Parliament, and Ford Motor Company, to name just a few. Like the Melissa virus and so many of its...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2000/0505
View Resource The Latest News about the FBI's Carnivore

As US Congressman (R-Ga) and House Judiciary Committee member Bob Barr has pointed out, the latest US government surveillance project, the FBI's Carnivore, might have been largely overlooked by the public were it not for two factors: the choice on the part of the bureau to name the system "Carnivore" and EarthLink Inc.'s litigation over the placement of the packet-sniffer on its network. Be that...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2000/0818
View Resource NIH Publishes Guidelines for Federal Funding of Pluripotent Stem Cell Research

On Wednesday, the National Institute of Health (NIH) released its Guidelines for Research Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells. The Guidelines, which go into effect today, end the moratorium on federal funding for stem cells obtained from human embryo or fetal tissue. NIH published an earlier draft for public input at the end of last year (see the December 3, 1999 Scout Report), and the final ...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2000/0825
View Resource Buried Treasure Unveiled: The "Lost City" of Heracleion

Yesterday, an underwater archaeology team working in Egypt's Bay of Aboukir unveiled its latest findings in a press conference. The team, led by Franck Goddio, in collaboration with the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, has been excavating the site for the past year, and the artifacts they shared with the world yesterday seem to confirm that the buried city is, in fact, the ancient Egyptian...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2001/0608
View Resource Pentagon Credit Card Audit

The Code Red worm and base closings are not the only things the Pentagon has to worry about lately. The General Accounting Office (GAO) has agreed to perform a department-wide audit, including an investigation of abuse of the Pentagon's 1.8 million credit cards. At the request of Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the GAO began its investigation by looking into potential purchase card abuse on two...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2001/0803
View Resource Northern Ireland Government Suspended

Secretary John Reid announced today that Northern Ireland's devolved government would be suspended, effective midnight tonight, to allow more time to resolve disputes, most centrally over the decommissioning of the IRA. The suspension comes in the wake of John Trimble's July 1 resignation as first minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly because the IRA had not yet disarmed. Reid said he hoped...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2001/0810
View Resource World Conference against Racism

The eight-day World Conference against Racism is drawing to a close today, and while some strides have been made in resolving the differences that have marked this as a contentious gathering, the conference seems to have proven, above anything else, that the issues that divide the world can not be easily addressed. Much of the conference has been dominated by two issues: the language equating...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2001/0907
View Resource Struggling with Tragedy

Here in the United States, one news story or set of stories subsumed all others this week. As clean up and rescue crews continue today to deal with the aftermath of the plane crashes in New York and Washington DC, many in the nation take time to reflect on this "day of prayer and remembrance." The Scout Report offers these sites in the hopes that they might prove helpful to our readers, as we all...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2001/0914
View Resource The First Remote, Robotic Surgery

On September 7, doctors in the United States performed the first long distance operation, with surgeons in New York performing a laparoscopic cholecystectomy on a patient in France. The surgery was successful, and the patient was discharged from the hospital with no complications 48 hours later. Needless to say, the potential uses of such remote, robotic technology are boundless, not only in...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2001/0921
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