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+ - Study Says Excess Coffee May Be Linked To Early Death->

Submitted by Mr.Intel
Mr.Intel (165870) writes "Should we believe it? Those of us under 55 who drink a lot of coffee – more than four cups per day – may be at greater risk of an early death. And not death from heart problems, but death from all causes. The study, from Mayo Clinic Proceedings, followed people for almost two decades, and found that in both sexes, younger people were more likely to die of anything than people who drank less."
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+ - Study: Caffeine linked to hallucinations->

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Mr.Intel
Mr.Intel writes "Australian researchers at La Trobe University have just published a study suggesting that people on a serious caffeine buzz are prone to hear things that aren’t there. The study might raise new concerns about the safety of caffeine. But for the average person who’s weary of conflicting reports about coffee and health, the new findings may not amount to much more than background noise."
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+ - WikiLeaks: Saudi oil reserves overstated->

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Mr.Intel (165870) writes "Estimates of oil reserves in Saudi Arabia are overstated, meaning crude output could peak within the next decade, leaked U.S. diplomatic cables reveal.

Washington fears Saudi Arabia overestimated its oil reserves by as much as 40 percent and the kingdom can't keep enough oil flowing to control prices, U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks and published by The Guardian newspaper in London reveal."

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Facebook

+ - Feds settle case of woman fired over Facebook site->

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Mr.Intel (165870) writes "Employers should think twice before trying to restrict workers from talking about their jobs on Facebook or other social media.

That’s the message the government sent on Monday as it settled a closely watched lawsuit against a Connecticut ambulance company that fired an employee after she went on Facebook to criticize her boss in 2009."

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Games

+ - Duke Nukem Forever to Ship May 3rd->

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Mr.Intel writes "Duke Nukem Forever will finally be with us, for better or worse, on May 3, 2011 (May 6, 2011 worldwide). Publisher 2K Games and pinch-developer Gearbox Software (Borderlands, Brothers in Arms) announced the date this morning. The presumably irreverent first-person shooter will ship simultaneously for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PCs."
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+ - Gulf Oil Rig Explodes of La. Coast->

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Mr.Intel writes "An offshore oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, west of the site of the April blast that caused the massive oil spill. Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel says the blast was reported by a commercial helicopter company about 9:30 a.m. CDT Thursday. Seven helicopters, two airplanes and four boats are en route to the site, about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast. No word on injuries or if any oil is leaking from the rig."
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Power

+ - Teen Builds Basement Fusion Reactor

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Mr.Intel
Mr.Intel writes "According to Popular Science, you too can Build a Homemade Nuclear Reactor

Cost: $3,500
Time: 2 Years

From the Article: Itching for a challenging science project, two years ago Thiago Olson decided to build a small nuclear reactor. He had limited funds, limited space in his garage, and little engineering know-how. After all, he was only 15.

With a year of research and another of building, Olson pulled it off, joining a club of fewer than 20 amateurs in the world who are known to have created "fusors," tabletop machines that fuse atoms to produce energy. There's no risk of a mushroom cloud — the machine creates barely enough energy to heat a cup of coffee, and radiation officials in Michigan (where Olson lives) have already deemed it safe."

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