The world's oldest known child has been discovered in East Africa in an area known appropriately as the Cradle of Humanity.  
 
The 3.3 million-year-old fossilized toddler was uncovered in north Ethiopia's badlands along the Great Rift Valley.  
 
The skeleton, belonging to the primitive human species Australopithecus afarensis, is remarkable for its age and completeness, even for a region spectacularly rich in fossils of our ancient ancestors, experts say.
According to Defense Tech, guerilla snipers in Iraq are now polishing their craft online, with a web-based training manual. The manual was recently translated, turned in to a presentation (which you see here), and given to Defense and the National Interest by an American government worker in Iraq.  
 
"We posted it primarily to make it widely available to U.S. troops, including those in the U.S," the site's editor, Chet Richards says.  
 
In the same vein, Military.com has posted it here.
Netscape has launched a beta home page that turns the portal site into a social network focused on news.  
 
The new site combines elements of social bookmarking with traditional news generation including "anchors" who will choose and report stories.  
 
The goal is to take on sites like Digg and Slashdot, where users choose news items that interest them, while providing more editorial control, according to Jason Calacanis, co-publisher who co-founded blog publisher Weblogs Inc., which AOL bought last year.  
 
Meanwhile, screenshots have surfacedof a new version of Digg that will include topics other than tech.  
 
Looks like the game is on.
"Rensin’s group had a hard time coming up with a platform that satisfied Pentagon planners.  
 
“Nothing was ever secure enough for them. They had the paranoid meter dialed up to 12.”  
 
After another in a series of frustrating trips to the Pentagon, Rensin returned to Noblestar’s offices and smelled burning plastic. It turned out an engineer working on a separate contract had written code for overclocking a Palm and achieving more performance. The overheated Palm was melting before their eyes. A light bulb went on.  
 
“So I call the lieutenant colonel up and say, ‘We’ve got it solved,’ ” Rensin said. Then, in front of skeptical Pentagon officials, Rensin demonstrated a secure Palm platform that overheated and self-destructed when an unauthorized user tried to access its contents. It was a winner. For his troubles, Rensin received a civilian commendation from the Army. "
"Putting children on strict vegan diets is "unethical" and could harm their development, a US scientist has argued.  
 
Lindsay Allen, of the US Agricultural Research Service, attacked parents who insisted their children lived by the maxim "meat is  
murder".  
 
Animal source foods have some nutrients not found anywhere else, she told a Washington science conference. "
Fewer Enlistees Are in Pipeline; Many Being Rushed Into Service  
 
The active-duty Army is in danger of failing to meet its recruiting goals, and is beginning to suffer from manpower strains like those that have dropped the National Guard and Reserves below full strength,according to Army figures and interviews with senior officers.  
 
For the first time since 2001, the Army began the fiscal year in  
October with only 18.4 percent of the year's target of 80,000  
active-duty recruits already in the pipeline. That amounts to less  
than half of last year's figure and falls well below the Army's goal of 25 percent
he Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library is an international community using Web-based technologies to integrate diverse knowledge about Tibet and the Himalayas for free access from around the world.  
 
 
Serving a wide range of communities, we publish multilingual studies, multimedia learning resources, and creative works concerned with the area's environments, cultures, and histories.
The New York music studio where John Lennon spent his final hours is to close next month.  
 
The Hit Factory, which opened 37 years ago, has played host to some of the biggest stars in music, including Paul Simon, Madonna and David Bowie.  
 
However, the rise in digital recording has affected business at the studio, which is relocating to smaller premises in Miami.  
 
Lennon recorded his final album Double Fantasy at the studio in 1979.
Some time this month, 60-year-old thrill-seeker Steve Fossett plans to climb into the small cockpit of an experimental jet aircraft and attempt to fly around the world without refuelling, without company and without sleeping.  
 
To make the voyage before delirium sets in, Fossett needs to fly fast. But to set the record for the first non-stop solo flight around the world, he cannot take any shortcuts either.
Iraq is a train wreck. The man who caused it is not in trouble. On Wednesday night he will give his State of the Union speech, and the Washington establishment will applaud him. Tens of thousands of Iraqis are dead. More than 1,400 Americans are dead. An Arab nation is humiliated. Islamic hatred of the West is ignited. The American military is emasculated. Lies define the foreign policy of the United States. On all sides of Operation Iraqi Freedom, there is wreckage. In the center, there are the dead, the maimed, the displaced - those who will be the ghosts of this war for the rest of their days. All for what?
An explosive sometimes used by terrorists does not burn when it detonates. Instead, its molecules simply fall apart. The chemist who has discovered this is so concerned by its implications that he has decided to abandon this line of research.
The European-built Smart-1 spacecraft has sent back its first close-up images of the Moon, showing the cratered landscape in glorious detail.  
 
Smart-1 entered its initial lunar orbit on 15 November 2004 and has spent the two months since spiralling ever closer to the Moon and testing instruments.  
 
The images provided mission scientists with confirmation that the probe's crucial Amie camera is working.
Peer-to-peer (P2P) networks are here to stay, and are on the verge of being exploited by commercial media firms, says a panel of industry experts.  
 
Once several high-profile legal cases against file-sharers are resolved this year, firms will be very keen to try and make money from P2P technology.
"During the early weeks of the Iraq war, the television set in my  
office was tuned all day to CNN, with the sound muted. On the morning  
of April 3rd, as the Army and the Marines were closing in on Baghdad,  
I happened to look up at what appeared to be a disaster in the making.  
A small unit of American soldiers was walking along a street in Najaf  
when hundreds of Iraqis poured out of the buildings on either side.  
Fists waving, throats taut, they pressed in on the Americans, who  
glanced at one another in terror. I reached for the remote and turned  
up the sound. The Iraqis were shrieking, frantic with rage. From the  
way the lens was lurching, the cameraman seemed as frightened as the  
soldiers. This is it, I thought. A shot will come from somewhere, the  
Americans will open fire, and the world will witness the My Lai  
massacre of the Iraq war. At that moment, an American officer stepped  
through the crowd holding his rifle high over his head with the barrel  
pointed to the ground. Against the backdrop of the seething crowd, it  
was a striking gesture—almost Biblical. "Take a knee," the officer  
said, impassive behind surfer sunglasses. The soldiers looked at him  
as if he were crazy. Then, one after another, swaying in their bulky  
body armor and gear, they knelt before the boiling crowd and pointed  
their guns at the ground. The Iraqis fell silent, and their anger  
subsided. The officer ordered his men to withdraw"
"A bookseller has become the first blogger in Britain to be sacked from his job because he kept an online diary in which he occasionally mentioned bad days at work and satirised his "sandal-wearing" boss. Joe Gordon, 37, worked for Waterstone's in Edinburgh for 11 years but says he was dismissed without warning for "gross misconduct" and "bringing the company into disrepute" through the comments he posted on his weblog.  
 
Published authors and some of the 5 million self-published bloggers around the globe said it was extraordinary that a company advertising itself as a bastion of freedom of speech had acted so swiftly to sack Mr Gordon, who mentions everything from the US elections to his home city of Edinburgh in the satirical blog he writes in his spare time. "