I'm not one to advocate censorship -- few authors are -- but this is one of the exceptions that proves the rule. The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity recommended against full publication. Happily, Science and the researcher went along. We can all breathe easier -- literally -- for a bit longer.
See: "Dutch Scientist Agrees to Omit Published Details of Highly Contagious Bird Flu Findings."
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As we're early in the year, some topical wackiness. "Is It Time to Overhaul the Calendar?" To avoid taxing our brains with most holidays falling on differing days of the week in different years, this proposed calendar would give us -- wait for it -- a leap week every five or six years. Yeah, that's a whole lot simpler.
What, you don't want to take a five-minute survey about your online experience ordering a two-dollar HDMI cable? Then you'll understand why "For some consumers, surveys breed feedback fatigue."
You've been good sports reading this far. To end today's post on a high note, enjoy IEEE Spectrum's "Top Tech 2012," predictions from the premier electrical-engineering journal on this year's technology winners and losers.