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+ - Piracy can increase sales->

Submitted by Socguy
Socguy (933973) writes "Apparently the claims that digital downloading is killing music and movies is overblown according to the London school of economics. In fact, there is some evidence to indicate that it actually generates more income in certain cases.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/digital-piracy-not-harming-entertainment-industries-study-1.1894729"

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+ - New way to generate steam from sunlight->

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Socguy (933973) writes "New research indicates that the use of nano particles suspended in a fluid can absorb sunlight and release it into the surrounding fluid creating steam without wastefully heating the surrounding liquid.

Broad potential applications include: desalinization, distillation, sterilization and sanitation."

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Censorship

+ - Has Digg been compromised?-> 1

Submitted by Socguy
Socguy (933973) writes "Has Digg been compromised? Alternet is reporting massive censorship of sites like Digg, twitter, Stumbleupon and others by a group going by the name of Digg patriots. The process is simple: When a story is submitted that the group likes, they place it on a mailing list and thousands of members 'Digg' it. This means that it gains popularity and often rises to the main page where most of the viewers reside. When a story comes up that doesn't like, they, place it on a 'bury' mailing list and the membership down votes the story often to such an extent that it is removed from the upcoming section and can never make it to the main page. This group is reasonably well organized as they have gone so far as to develop their own tools to expedite this process."
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+ - Economist calls for 'Open source' biology->

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Socguy (933973) writes "With the announcement that a team of researchers has created the first artificial life, the Economist has been pondering the implications of what this brave new frontier means when the power to build living organisms filters through to anyone with a laptop. Traditional methods of restricting and regulating dangerous technology has more or less worked so far, but the Economist thinks that this time may be different. They are calling for an open system where the 'good guys' can see and counter any dangerous organisms that are released accidentally or otherwise.

http://www.economist.com/opinion/displayStory.cfm?story_id=16163154&source=features_box_main"

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Politics

+ - Why do so many Terrorists have Engineering Degrees-> 2

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Socguy (933973) writes "Slate Magazine discusses the studies surrounding the issue of why so many of the terrorists have engineering degrees and comes to the conclusion that engineers and engineering students are much more likely to hold strong conservative and religious views than a general cross section of the public. Further, engineers tend to hold a particular mind-set that disdains ambiguity and compromise.

Terrorist organizations have long recognized that engineering departments are fertile ground for recruitment and have concentrated there efforts there. A 2005 report from British intelligence noted that Islamic extremists were frequenting college campuses, looking for "inquisitive" students who might be susceptible to their message. In particular, the report noted, they targeted engineers."

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+ - Google plans to fix old versions of IE->

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Socguy
Socguy writes "Google plans to fix older versions of IE by swaping it's outdated rendering engine with one from their own browser. Google feels it has to do this in order to ensure the best possible user experience for the forthcoming Google Wave. When users of an older version of IE try to access Wave, they will be presented with a notice asking them to install 'Chrome Frame'. If users agree, the swap is carried out!"
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Earth

+ - Bubbling Cauldrons of Gas->

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Socguy
Socguy writes "Unimaginable quantities of gas are stored in the Arctic. Some of it is leaking out.

The consequence of all that seeping methane has become one of the biggest questions in climate science.

Some say there's enough carbon in underground methane — including large deposits under tundra lakes in the Mackenzie Delta and along Canada's Beaufort Sea coast — to equal the carbon from all the Earth's remaining deposits of oil, coal and natural gas combined. Last week, a World Wildlife Fund report called methane the globe's single biggest climate threat.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/bubbling-cauldrons-of-gas/article1277849/"

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Idle

+ - Nuclear disaster averted by laundry-> 1

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Socguy
Socguy writes "More than 40,000 gallons of radioactive water leaked into the open when a 15ft crack appeared in a pipe leading to a cooling pond in the Sizewell A reactor in January 2007.

This was only noticed by chance as a worker was sorting laundry in the area when it happened. Supposedly, a leak of this type should have set off alarms, however, the alarm in question appeared to be defective. Should this leak have gone unnoticed, there was a real likelihood of a full-scale meltdown.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/nuclearpower/5509277/Nuclear-disaster-averted-by-dirty-laundry.html"

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Earth

+ - Climate Change linked to huge coral reef colapse->

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Socguy
Socguy writes "Published today in the online peer reviewed journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London-B, a new study stitches together data from hundreds of previous studies. The study has found that not only are reefs dying faster and on a wider scale than previously thought, but they are quickly crumbling after they die, in a process scientists call "reef flattening." This is robbing the oceans of biodiversity and increasing the danger posed by large storms and rising sea levels. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/reefs-collapse-across-caribbean-study-says/article1175531/"
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Businesses

+ - Small firm wins $200m lawsuit vs Microsoft->

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Socguy
Socguy writes "Privately-held i4i Inc. said that several years ago it approached the world's largest software company with a breakthrough product in data processing, only to be spurned and to see its technology show up later in versions of Microsoft Word.

Douglas Cawley, a lawyer for i4i, said Wednesday that e-mails presented during the six-day trial showed that Microsoft was aware of the firm's technology and sought to make it obsolete by including it in its own word processing software.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/toronto-firm-wins-in-suit-against-microsoft/article1145450/"

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The Media

+ - Obama to apear in Spiderman 583->

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Socguy
Socguy writes "If this isn't news for nerds then what is?

President elect Obama is scheduled to appear in Spiderman #583. According to the source Obama collected Spiderman as a kid and so Marvel decided to feature him in a short additional story.

Spoiler Alert:

Spiderman discovers two Obama's and has to determine which is the real President Elect, which he does through basketball and Obama thanks him with a fist bump!

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090108.wspiderman0108/BNStory/International/home"

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Earth

+ - Climate Change to impact food prduction 2040->

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Socguy
Socguy writes "http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090108.wclimate0108/BNStory/International/home

A study in Fridays issue of the journal Science contends that the world faces a "perpetual food crisis" because global warming will likely lead to massive and simultaneous crop failures in many regions, possible as early as the period from 2040 to 2060, says a new study.

The searing temperatures will wither crops that are heat sensitive, particularly important staples like wheat, corn and rice, possibly cutting yields by an estimated 20 per cent to 40 per cent.

Dr. Battisti contended that global warming's effect on agriculture is likely to be far more of a near term and larger threat to humanity than the expected rise in sea levels submerging major coast cities due to melting ice sheets in s Greenland and Antarctica."

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Medicine

+ - New study aims to link soy foods with infertility->

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Socguy
Socguy writes "Perhaps there is something to the idea of the virile male carnivore. A new study out of Chicago found that eating a half serving a day of soy-based foods could be enough to significantly lower a man's sperm count. Studies in animals have already linked high consumption of plant-derived estrogens known as isoflavones with infertility, but so far there has been little evidence of their effect in humans. This study seems to show a significant link but the lead researcher, Dr. Chavarro, cautioned that much bigger studies would be needed to determine conclusively if soy intake would have health implications such as inducing infertility. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080723.wsoy0723/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home"
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Earth

+ - Texas: Global Warming leads to more kidney stones->

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Socguy
Socguy writes "According to the University of Texas, one of the unforeseen consequences of Climate Change is going to be an increase in the rate of kidney stones.

According to their study, warming temperatures over the next 42 years will cause a 30-per-cent jump in cases of nephrolithiasis, or kidney stone disease, in some regions of the country.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080715.wlstones15/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home"

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