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A treasured piece at the Dutch national museum - a supposed moon rock from the first manned lunar landing - is nothing more than petrified wood, curators say. It was given to former Prime Minister Willem Drees during a goodwill tour by the three Apollo-11 astronauts shortly after their moon mission in 1969. When Mr Drees died, the rock went on display at the Amsterdam museum.

2009-08-28

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A simple method to distinguish artistic fakes and imitations has been demonstrated by researchers. The approach, known as "sparse coding", builds a virtual library of an artist's works and breaks them down into the simplest possible visual elements...

2010-01-04

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A Spanish politician has said he was shocked to find out the FBI had used his photo for a digitally-altered image showing how Osama Bin Laden might look. ... The FBI admitted a forensic artist had obtained certain facial features "from a photograph he found on the internet". The digitally-altered photos of the al-Qaeda leader, showing how he might look now, aged 52, were published on the state department's Rewards for...

2010-01-16

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The winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award has been disqualified after judges ruled that the featured wolf was probably a "model"...

2010-01-20

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It's perhaps the most controversial religious artefact in the world. The Shroud of Turin cloth that supposedly wrapped Jesus's body after the crucifixion and became imprinted with his image, has intrigued millions of believers and sceptics alike...

2010-04-12

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Its analysis of 240m web pages over 13 months showed that fake anti-virus programs accounted for 15% of all malicious software. Scammers trick people into downloading programs by convincing them that their PC is infected with a virus.

2010-04-28

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Customer review sites are a useful way to find out about products and services, and for the businesses themselves they can be a valuable source of publicity. But a number of spam reviews sweeping the web are damaging local firms who depend on them to help make or break their reputation.
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You’re not likely to hear about this from your doctor, but fake medical treatment can work amazingly well. For a range of ailments, from pain and nausea to depression and Parkinson’s disease, placebos--whether sugar pills, saline injections, or sham surgery--have often produced results that rival those of standard therapies.

2010-05-09

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Online stores that sell fake drugs or pills without prescriptions are being targeted by the US government.

2010-12-17

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Online fraudsters are targeting climate scientists through invitations to fake conferences, often at fictional five-star London hotels. Scientists are sent e-mails directing them to fake conference websites - often imitating the style of real ones. Typically they are told their travel costs will be refunded - but they have to pay first "to reserve a hotel room". The "phishing" scammers appear to be after information...

2011-01-20

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A gang that made more than $72m peddling fake security software has been shut down in a series of raids.

2011-06-23

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Trust in information on the web is being damaged by the huge numbers of people paid by companies to post comments online.

2011-11-24

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A court battle is fought over whether a painting is fake, a drawing said to be Warhol is disputed, but is there ever a case for cherishing the fake and the forged?

2012-06-03

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