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+ - Ad revenue from online game used to feed the poor->

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Keith writes "BBC News has a recent article about a new website, Freerice.com, which uses profits from on-screen advertisements to buy food for impoverished nations through the UN World Food Program (WFP). Because the game involves word quizzes, it is also potentially useful as a tool for building up your vocabulary, whether for personal reasons, or to prepare for the SAT's or GRE's. Give it a shot."
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+ - Disabled sue Disney for exception to Segway ban->

Submitted by rtphokie
rtphokie (518490) writes "3 disabled guests of the Walt Disney World Resort are suing Disney contending that Disney violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it forbid the use of Segways in it's theme parks. Disney allows motorized wheelchairs and scooters but not the faster Segways citing safety concerns for other guests on crowded walkways."
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+ - Wii to sellout despite 1.8 million made each month->

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Wowzer writes "Despite 1.8 million Wii being manufactured each month, Wii's are said to sell out anyway. To quote Nintendo's President: "I can't guarantee that we're going to meet demand. As a matter of fact, I can tell you on the record that we won't." You might want to buy a Wii early if you want one under the Christmas tree, considering Nintendo started boosting the production output during the three months ending June 30, 2007. Additionally, in a Fox TV interview with Alexis Glick, Nintendo's President Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed the Wii would not be lowered in price."
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+ - WhatTheyPlay.com VideoGame Review Site for Parents->

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Tech.Luver writes "WhatTheyPlay is all about videogames, and it's for parents just like you. We'll help you understand everything you need to know about the games your kids want to play, and bring you friendly, helpful, unbiased information about the content and the experiences that videogames provide. Says the welcome message at WhatTheyPlay.com In his words, "For many parents, figuring out which video games are safe for kids can itself be a maddening game. Most game reviews in fan magazines and on enthusiast websites don't offer much help, with their fixation on geeky details such as frame rates, texture maps and physics engines. The packaging gives parents a few clues — whether the game contains violence, strong language or sexual innuendoes — but little else. Two game industry veterans plan to launch a website today that aims to help parents who might not know what a first-person shooter is but have kids clamoring for the new "Halo 3 game. ( http://techluver.com/2007/11/12/whattheyplaycom-to-help-parents-understand-about-the-games-their-kids-want-to-play/ )"
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+ - Why Single Player Games Will Never Die->

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spidweb writes "RPGVault at IGN.com has a new article about why there will always be a healthy market for single player games. For a huge portion of the market, the stress of dealing with (and competing with) other humans defeats much of the purpose of playing games to relax in the first place. From the article, "Computer games are, to a large extent, about adolescent power fantasies. We can write off three or four losses as valuable learning experiences. Lots and lots of losses? Well, then I am not living my power fantasy. I am providing the fodder for someone else's."

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+ - Improve Your Vocabulary, and Feed the Hungry->

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petercasier writes "FreeRice is a simple web-computer game with a humanitarian soul. The computer game tests your vocabulary. For every word you get right 10 grains of rice are donated to hungry people through the United Nations. The game began on October 7, 2007. Thus far over one billion grains of rice have been donated. You learn and you help. A class room example of a win-win."
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A New Way To Make Water, And Fuel Cells 107

Posted by Zonk
from the it's-in-the-drinking-water dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "You probably know that it is easy to combine hydrogen and oxygen to make water. After all, this chemical reaction is known for more than two centuries. But now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have discovered a new way to make water. As states the UIUC report, 'not only can they make water from unlikely starting materials, such as alcohols, their work could also lead to better catalysts and less expensive fuel cells.' But be warned: don't read the technical paper itself. It could win an obfuscated contest — if such a contest existed for scientific papers." Yet another advance in fuel cell technology; we discussed a different one just the other day.

Meteorite Causes Illness in Peru 357

Posted by Zonk
from the i've-read-a-book-about-this dept.
eldavojohn writes "A meteorite struck in Peru on Saturday leaving cinders, rock & water boiling out of the ground. Villagers nearby reported headaches & vomiting and attributed it to the event. From the article, 'Seven policemen who went to check on the reports also became ill and had to be given oxygen before being hospitalized, Lopez said. Rescue teams and experts were dispatched to the scene, where the meteorite left a 100-foot-wide (30-meter-wide) and 20-foot-deep (six-meter-deep) crater, said local official Marco Limache.' It's not yet clear whether this is from the meteorite, gas trapped underground that was released or a chemical reaction between the two."

Astronomers Explode Virtual Supernova 97

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from the safest-detonation-yet dept.
DynaSoar writes "Scientists at the University of Chicago's Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes have created a simulation of a white dwarf exploding into a type 1a supernova. Using 700 processors and 58,000 hours, they produced a three second movie showing the initial burst that is thought to be the source of much of the iron in the universe. Understanding these supernovas is also important to testing current cosmological theories regarding dark matter and dark energy, as their brightness is used as a measurement of distance, and discrepancies found in the brightness of very distant supernovas consistently seem to indicate a change in the speed of expansion of the universe over time."

+ - Netflix's No Limit Vacation Policy

Submitted by Makarand
Makarand (621247) writes "Netflix, the online movie retailer, seems to have put in place a jaw-dropping vacation policy. Employees are allowed to take as much vacation as they need as long as their work gets done. There are no vacation limits or face-time requirements for employees. For Americans who get a median of 10 vacation days after one year on the job and 15 days after five years of work, this is surely big news."

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