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Scrawled 'Help' Message Leads to Woman's Rescue

Australian was stuck for three days in national park

(Newser) - An Australian woman was rescued in a national park last weekend after leaving two messages for help—one scrawled dramatically in the sand, the Herald Sun reports. Emergency crews went looking for Lynette Bond, 68, after a hiker found a three-day-old note in her broken-down vehicle. Rescuers then found her... More »

Man Sends 5K Messages in Bottles —Gets 3K Replies

Answers can take up to 13 years, but come from everywhere

(Newser) - Sting should be so proud. Since 1996, Harold Hackett has tossed about 5,000 messages in bottles into the ocean from his home in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and has received more than 3,000 responses from all over the world, reports the BBC . Hackett throws his brightly colored notes,... More »

New Software Can Delete Emails Permanently

Software scatters encryption keys among temporary BitTorrent nodes

(Newser) - Email is inherently insecure, because it has a long shelf-life—even deleted messages can be stored infinitely on the email service of the sender or recipient. Now a team of scientists is poised to unveil software later this month to make them disappear for keeps, reports the Economist. “Vanish”... More »

Voicemail Is So Over

System too slow in faster-paced world

(Newser) - After some 25 years of popularity, voicemail has become merely an annoyance for many, the Boston Globe reports. "What I really hate are the soliloquies," says a time-crunched user. But the long-winded are only part of the problem, experts say; the real culprit is the rise of texting.... More »

Lincoln's Watch Yields Hidden Message

(Newser) - A legend about a DC watchmaker who etched a secret message inside Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch is true, the Washington Post reports. Smithsonian officials opened the watch today and found it amid the tiny gears: "Jonathan Dillon April 13, 1861. Fort Sumter was attacked by the rebels on... More »

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