SciTech News Briefs

Vivisimo presents new online search

This week, Vivisimo, a four-year-old and growing online search engine, introduced a new searching technique called Clusty. To deal with extraneous information, Clusty groups searches together to help consumers navigate through huge lists of sites that could be related. Company co-founder and chief executive Raul Valdes-Perez explained that this is an ?overlook? technique that sorts all the overload information. Vivisimo also allows consumers to have more than one search at a time with tabs at the top of the screen.

Source: International Herald Tribune

U.S. cybersecurity chief resigns

Amit Yoran, the cybersecurity chief of the Department of Homeland Security, resigned on Thursday, giving one day?s notice after a year of service. Yoran?s division included an $80 million budget and 60 employees. The division was responsible for establishing the ?cyber alert? system and was the primary enforcer of the Bush administration?s ?National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.?

Source: Associated Press

BEP releases new fifty dollar bill

A new fifty-dollar bill was released this past week by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Via the Internet, the government offered a way to download a low-quality picture of the bill for those desiring a picture of the bill. Due to concerns of counterfeiting, the government?s site won?t allow viewers to copy or download a picture of the new bill. ?There is no limit on the ways that people may use images of currency. What we don?t want is people whipping currency out of their pockets and making copies,? said Federal Reserve Board project leader Eugenie Foster.

Source: Associated Press

Mount St. Helens ready to explode

Mount St. Helens in Vancouver, Wash., was recently issued a Level 3 Volcano Alert by the U.S. Geographical Survey (USGS). After scientists discovered the movement of underground lava, Tom Pierson of the USGS said that an eruption could occur within 24 hours. This alert was issued Saturday in response to a 50-minute-long ?harmonic tremor? that occurred on Friday. Scientists estimated that tremor to be magnitude 2.0 on the Richter scale. On Friday, a three-mile radius around the mountain?s base was evacuated.


Merck recalls Vioxx due to health risks

The popular arthritis drug Vioxx was recalled by drug-maker Merck & Co. after clinical tests demonstrated that the medication increased the risks of heart attack and stroke. The information was discovered after a three-year clinical trial using Vioxx to treat colon polyps. The total market value of Merck fell significantly by $25 billion, with the company?s stock losing nearly 27 percent.

Source: Money Magazine