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Comment Beats the alternative (Score 1) 91

Iran has been at war with Israel since the fall of the Shah. It supplies, arms, trains and to some degree directs Israel's most effective enemy Hamas/Hezbollah. A targeted electronic weapon which slows down the progress of the Persian nuclear program is mild compared to Jerusalem's other alternatives.

Comment What a crock! (Score 1) 341

The article talks about a protein which has been coopted into egg production in birds. It doesn't deal with the sensational headline at all. The first creature which we could call a chicken came from an egg. Its bird ancestors hatched from eggs. The reptiles from which they derived laid eggs long before the protein in question made its way into eggs.

Comment The world just lost a little bit of its light (Score 4, Interesting) 96

Martin Gardner was one of the best. Keen intellect, gentle wit, vast knowledge and warm heart. I only met him once, but it was memorable. He will be missed. If he had known the date and hour of his death he would have had a handful of interesting facts tying together all of the numbers. And he would have published it as a puzzle for his readers. Goodbye Mr. Gardner. We will not see your like again soon.

Submission + - AT&T Removes anti-Bush Lyrics From Webcast->

Walter Wart writes: "AT&T removed the lyrics ""George Bush, leave this world alone." and "George Bush find yourself another home." from Pearl Jam's Lollapalooza broadcast. AT&T claims that its content monitor had done so "by mistake". This has serious implications for political expression in an increasingly corporatized Internet. Pearl Jam said that it highlights the need for Net neutrality."
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