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First Nobel Prizes Awarded

The Nobel Prizes, named after Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, are awarded to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to society. Nobel is said to have been inspired to create the prizes after reading his own prematurely published obituary, which condemned his invention of dynamite. Whose receipt of the Peace Prize in 1973 occasioned the criticism that fame and influence are more important than actual achievement in winning the prize?



How Did These Worms Get Sobig?

The Internet is an Internet lover's paradise, a gamer's haven, a business's lifeline, and a hacker's playground. Over the past 20 years, hundreds of worms have devastated the infrastructure of millions of computers around the world, causing billions of dollars of damage—and the life of the worm is far from over. Jerusalem, Michelangelo, and Melissa may all sound innocuous, but these worms have left a trail of devastation in their wake. How did the 10 worst worms of all time cause so much damage?

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Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron, has been called the world's first computer programmer for her description of Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. Biographers debate the extent of her contributions, but she remains a celebrated figure in the field, and her image can be seen today on hologram stickers intended to verify what?

Last updated on Monday, 10th December 2007

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