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Yellowstone Supervolcano Larger Than First Thought 451

drewtheman writes "New studies of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park shows the plume and the magma chamber under the volcano are larger than first thought and contradicts claims that only shallow hot rock exists. University of Utah research professor of geophysics Robert Smith led four separate studies that verify a plume of hot and molten rock at least 410 miles deep that rises at an angle from the northwest."

Ten Things We Still Don't Understand About Humans 397

ParticleGirl writes "New Scientist has an article examining 10 human features (bugs?) that we still don't understand, like blushing, laughing, and nose-picking. There are some interesting, speculative evolutionary explanations listed for each. '[Psychologist Robert R. Provine] thinks laughing began in our pre-human ancestors as a physiological response to tickling. Modern apes maintain the ancestral 'pant-pant' laugh when they are tickled during play, and this evolved into the human 'ha-ha.' Then, he argues, as our brains got bigger, laughter acquired a powerful social function — to bond people. Indeed, Robin Dunbar at the University of Oxford has found that laughing increases levels of endorphins, our body's natural opiates, which he believes helps to strengthen social relationships.'"

Submission Did your Employer Remove Flash for the NCAAs?

fistfullast33l writes: "Last week when I logged into Windows on Monday (my IT department reboots our computers every weekend), I was prompted by the Helpdesk to install a new Flash update, for reasons that I don't remember due to the fact I didn't read them. This week, I've noticed that Flash oriented sites have stopped working, including YouTube and ESPN. ESPN is curious and got me thinking. With March Madness raging these next few weeks, is it possible that my IT department decided to uninstall Flash to counter employees watching games? Did you or someone you know have to work on this initiative this year? How many of you had Flash uninstalled or disabled, or even had ESPN or Sports Illustrated or CBS blocked due to the tournament this month?"

Submission Researchers aim to revamp "ossified" Inter

coondoggie writes: "So if you had to design the Internet form the ground up what would you make it look like? That's what's on the table at Standord university where researchers this month will are launching a new program called the Clean Slate Design for the Internet. ''How should the Internet look in 15 years?'' asks Nick McKeown, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science who is leading the effort in a statement.McKeown and his colleagues already have identified and begun working on four projects that constitute the initial research direction of the program. Here's a look at them: ETHANE: A prime example is a prototype 400-user wireless network in the Gates Computer Science Building called Ethane. According to the University's Web site Ethane is a backwards compatible Network Access Control architecture... 8"

Journal Journal: Why "C:\Program Files\" ?!? 2

I've always installed software to the default location authored by the vendor, usually somewhere under "c:\Program Files\". Most installation software vendors (InstallShield, Wise, etc.) tout that location as an "industry standard best practice" for installing software on Windows systems and point to Microsoft's Application Development Guidelines. Now I'm working on the next release of some software that has been installed to a folder on the root of the hard drive for 25 years (that's not a ty

Never trust an operating system.