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Submission + - Underwater Spider Spins Itself an Aqualung (

sciencehabit writes: In the ponds of northern Europe lives a tiny brown spider with a bubble on its back. The 10-millimeter-long Argyroneta aquatica is the only spider in the world that spends its entire life underwater. But just like land spiders, it needs oxygen to breathe. So every so often, it leaves its underwater web home to visit the surface and brings back a bubble of air that sticks to its hairy abdomen. It deposits the bubble into a little silk air tank spun for the purpose. This "diving bell," researchers have now found, is not just a repository. It's actually a gill that sucks oxygen from the water, allowing the spider to stay under for up to 24 hours.

Submission + - Is Bill Gates the Cure for What Ails Microsoft?

theodp writes: After reading the soon-to-be classic children's story Steve Ballmer and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week, gdgt's Ryan Block concludes that it's time for Bill Gates to come back to Microsoft. 'I've long seen it as a foregone conclusion that Ballmer isn't the guy to be running what was until quite recently the world's preeminent technology company,' writes Block. 'The more pressing question is: who should replace him? I think we all know damn well who — but I'm not so sure he's available. Yet.' Block adds: 'I'm not saying Bill's going to leave his new gig as the world's greatest living philanthropist with aplomb, but the multi-billion dollar wheels at The Gates Foundation have been set in motion — and lest we all forget, the Foundation's endowment is tied directly to Microsoft's long-term success. It may just happen that Bill can help the Foundation more by securing Microsoft's future.'

Submission + - CO2 emissions reach a record high in 2010 (

Nrrqshrr writes: "Energy-related carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2010 were the highest in history, [...]. In addition, the IEA
has estimated that 80% of projected emissions from the power sector in 2020 are already locked in."

"The IEA’s 2010 World Energy Outlook set out the 450 Scenario, an energy pathway consistent with achieving this goal, based on the emissions targets countries have agreed to reach by 2020. [...] global energy-related emissions in 2020 must not be greater than 32 Gt.This means that over the next ten years, emissions must rise less in total than they did between 2009 and 2010."


Submission + - Canadian Scientists Cure Cancer (

jbell730 writes: Earlier this month, Canadian researchers at the University of Alberta discovered a wide variety of ways to treat cancer with no side effects. The mainstream media, nor pharmaceutical companies have mentioned this discovery. Why not? Because the cure is not patentable.

Submission + - Japan Plants Massive Solar Energy Network by 2030 (

PeteRoss writes: The Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, is about to announce to the G8 Summit in France his country’s plans to mandate that all buildings come equipped with solar panels by 2030. The announcement of this mandate comes in the wake of the March 11th earthquake and ensuing tsunami that caused a major nuclear crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. This national solar array could help wean the country off of nuclear power and push them into a cleaner, safer future.

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Submission + - Google Adds Speech To Chrome 11, Pays Big Bounty (

CWmike writes: "Google patched 27 vulnerabilities in Chrome on Wednesday as it boosted the stable build of the browser to version 11 on Windows, Mac and Linux. The company paid out a record $16,500 in bounties to researchers who reported a majority of the bugs, beating the previous biggest payday by several hundred dollars. While Google listed more than 3,700 changes in Chrome 11, the only one it highlighted was the speech input feature. 'Speech input through HTML is one of many new Web technologies in the browser that help make innovative and useful Web applications like Google Translate's speech feature possible,' software engineer Josh Estelle said in a blog post. The combination of Chrome and Google Translate isn't flawless. In several quick tests by Computerworld, the browser and service transcribed most phrases accurately, but in one instance heard 'Good morning, sister ship' when the line was actually 'Good morning, Mr. Smith.'"

Submission + - The Universe's first Polluters: Spinstars? (

Daniel_Lee writes: An international team of astronomers led by Cristina Chiappini has used data from ESO to show that the first massive stars in the Universe were probably very fast rotators, which they have dubbed spinstars.

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To anyone complaining that this doesn't load/problems EBCAK.
This couldn't have come at a better time. I have read alot of his books and having this available is like icing on the cake. Also @ MrCrassic if you don't have the time to dismiss capitalism for education you are a very sad case. The only reason I took my degree is that it covered the subjects I am passionate about (Physics, Maths, Computer Science, Astronomy) I will make a descision about what job I would like when the time comes, as for now at the speed in which I learn new things and the vastness of occupations and professions unfold rapidly, it is impossible for me to say I want to be x when in 2 months time x may seem an unchallenging and tedious occupation. I study for overkill in all my papers to gain an understanding of the subject rather than a piece of paper needed to bullshit my way into pleasing other people.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955