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+ - 'Solid light' could compute previously unsolvable problems->

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An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Princeton University have begun crystallizing light as part of an effort to answer fundamental questions about the physics of matter. The researchers are not shining light through crystal – they are transforming light into crystal. As part of an effort to develop exotic materials such as room-temperature superconductors, the researchers have locked together photons, the basic element of light, so that they become fixed in place. “It’s something that we have never seen before,” said Andrew Houck, one of the researchers. “This is a new behavior for light.”"
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+ - Who is buried in the largest tomb ever found in northern Greece?

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Excitement continues to build as archeologists dig deeper into a massive tomb discovered two years ago in northern Greece.

This past weekend the excavation team, led by Greek archaeologist Katerina Peristeri, announced the discovery of two elegant caryatids—large marble columns sculpted in the shape of women with outstretched arms—that may have been intended to bar intruders from entering the tomb’s main room. “I don’t know of anything quite like them,” says Philip Freeman, a professor of classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

The curly-haired caryatids are just part of the tomb’s remarkable furnishings. Guarding the door as sentinels were a pair of carved stone sphinxes, mythological creatures with the body of a lion and the head of a human. And when archaeologists finally entered the antechamber, they discovered faded remnants of frescoes as well as a mosaic floor made of white marble pieces inlaid in a red background.

Archeologists believe this tomb is connected somehow to Alexander the Great and could very well be the burial site of one of his relatives or close allies. They will not know more until they actually enter the tomb."

Comment: Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (Score 2) 390

by Muros (#47608565) Attached to: "Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

The hatred of the drug companies or any company(corporation) is just the hard liberal/progressive left rally cry. They hate private business, they hate competition. No one should make money

Stop mischaracterizing socialism and go back to fondling your copy of Atlas Shrugged. Socialism is founded on the principle that people should be able to make money; people should be compensated for good work with decent pay. Did you ever notice an abundance of leftist political parties throughout the western world with names like "Party for the Unemployed" or "The Union of Shirkers"? No, most of them have names like "The Labour Party", or "The Worker's Party", because they are founded by and seek to look after the people who do most of the work.

Comment: Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (Score 1) 390

by Muros (#47608421) Attached to: "Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Actually what you see here is very well understood. You are seeing an inelastic market; that is if a drug or procedure will save you life, it does not matter of it costs $5 or $5000, you will find the money to pay for it. The reason why socialized healthcare drives costs down is because the government / the insurance company will bargain on your behalf. Since they are not the one who is going to die, they can not be extorted and can pit different drug makers against each other. Health care is one of the few areas where "the free market" does not work as naively expected.

Why then does the government not step in? A similar industry, in terms of how important its end product is, is farming. Agriculture in the USA gets huge subsidies to provide cheap food for the masses lest they starve. Ironically perhaps, the poor nutritional quality of many industrially manufactured foods products that result from an abundance of cheap raw materials (many of which are perfectly fine foods in moderation, but not as an entire diet), packed with starches and corn syrup with flavourings and fats added to trick people into liking them, is probably the leading cause of the need for drugs.

Comment: Re:Quote from the article (Score 1) 181

by Muros (#47576789) Attached to: Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland
From what I read, the main driver for the filming happening during the birds' breeding season was filming being re-scheduled around Harrison Ford's broken leg. It was originally supposed to happen later in the year. I don't think there were any excessively greased palms, more a culture of accommodation to corporate demands framed in a seemingly reasonable way. I'm not saying I agree with it, but the best laid plans are subject to change, and politicians and bureaucrats are nearly always going to think with economic benefit at the top of the agenda, no matter how good their intentions.

Comment: Re:It is more visited than 13 times per year... (Score 1) 181

by Muros (#47576455) Attached to: Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

[citation needed] or I call BS. There's no legal right in a civilized country to see X by going into someone's property, regardless of X.

Actually, yes there is. From times when road systems were not as good as they are today, and it was literally impossible to leave your own land without traversing someone else's, there developed laws of "rights of way". These are mostly an anachronism today, but do sometimes have to be respected. When I was a young lad, there was an old woman living at the back end of our farm, in a 3 room cottage with an open hearth, no electricity and no running water, half a mile in off the road. She had the legal right to cross our land to get to to the road, and also an old well on our land. As well as the obvious reaction of not really caring if some old woman walks across a field, there were other implications to her right of access. We used to keep sheep as well as cattle; as anyone who ever worked with sheep will know, rams will charge anyone who is not looking at them, and then stand there pretending it wasn't them when you pick yourself up off the ground. Happened me loads, no big deal, but for a fragile 80 year old woman there could be all sorts of legal implications. Anyway, like I said, it's mostly anachronistic, and dwindles in importance as land consolidation continues. My father now owns all the land that could be used as any reasonable excuse to demand a right of way across that big field.

Comment: Re:It is more visited than 13 times per year... (Score 3, Funny) 181

by Muros (#47576275) Attached to: Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

There are 13 tour companies one can take to visit the island. The tours run each day during the summer but only once per day. So there are 13 boats of visitors per day for 5 months out of the year, not 13 visits per year total.

In a really good year here, we get about 10 days of summer.

+ - Deforestation Depletes Fish Stocks

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Adding to the well-known fish-killing effects deforestation has in increasing turbidity and temperature in streams, a study published in Nature Communications, (abstract, PDF access), demonstrates deforestation causes a depletion of nutrients in associated lake aquatic ecosystems and, as a consequence, impacted fish stocks. Lead author Andrew Tanentzap is quoted as saying, 'We found fish that had almost 70% of their biomass made from carbon that came from trees and leaves instead of aquatic food chain sources.' This has troubling implications as, 'It's estimated that freshwater fishes make up more than 6% of the world's annual animal protein supplies for humans ...' Additionally, this may have significance in regard to anadromous species, such as salmon, which help power ocean ecosystems. The BBC offers more approachable coverage."

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