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Submission + - T-Rex Protein Correlated To Modern Birds (

space_cowboy writes: "Today's Washington Post. Not a new study, but an extension of the previous studies of preserved collagen. Protein studies seem to me to be more likely in fossils, since there's so much more protein than DNA, and the DNA tends to be more durable."

Submission + - Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced (

An anonymous reader writes: The first federal marijuana decriminalization bill in 25 years was just introduced in Congress. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced H.R. 5843, the "Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2008," which would decriminalize possession of marijuana for personal use.

Submission + - NBC to Create Programs Centered on Sponsors (

explosivejared writes: "It sounds farcical when you first hear it, but NBC has teamed up with an ad agency to produce actual feature programs that are centered around promoting the products of the network's sponsors. The network has already began production on one sci-fi program entitled "Gemini Division", which will act as a platform for products from Microsoft, Intel, and Cisco. The programming will be broadcast via the network's "digital properties", eg the NBC web site. I guess it was only a matter of time for something like this to come along after product placement became the norm."

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