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Comment: Re:Only in America... (Score 1) 709 709

"President Obama gave the guns to the Mexican drug cartels. Gun shop owners had to be convinced by the US government to participate in the 'sting' that really wasn't a sting. What kind of gun regulation would have prevented this?

Not true, in fact it's a damn lie. It was the Bush administration that instituted this dispersal of guns to Mexican drug runners, and it was Attorney General Holder who put a stop to it. I'm a Canadian and I know this, why is it you don't?

Comment: Re:It should be something that can pay for itself. (Score 1) 128 128

Buddy was right when he said it was important to avoid gravity wells. Once you're out, why the hell go back down? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_High_Frontier:_Human_Colonies_in_Space/ Ask Gerard O'Neill. He provides methods of access, a reason for going and a means of staying there once you arrive. Works for me.

+ - Archaeologists Find Oldest Settlement in America->

Velcroman1 writes: The discovery of ancient stone tools at an archaeological dig in Texas could push back the presence of humans in North America, perhaps by as much as 2,500 years.

The find was located 5 feet below materials left by the well-known Clovis culture, which was once thought to have been the first American settlers around 13,000 years ago. It was "like finding the Holy Grail," Waters said in a telephone interview. To find what appears to be a large open-air campsite "is really gratifying. Lucky and gratifying."

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Nvidia Unveils New Mid-Range GeForce Graphics Card 158 158

crookedvulture writes "Nvidia has uncorked another mid-range graphics card, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Every tech site on the web seems to have coverage of this new $250 offering, and The Tech Report's review will tell you all you need to know about the various flavors available, including how their performance compares to cards from 2-3 years ago. Interestingly, the review concludes that pretty much any modern mid-range graphics card offers smooth frame rates while playing the latest games at the common desktop resolution of 1920x1080. You may want to pay closer attention to power consumption and noise levels when selecting a new card."
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Genghis Khan, History's Greenest Conqueror 279 279

New research suggests that in addition to being one of history's cruelest conquerors, Genghis Khan may have been the greenest. It is estimated that the Mongol leader's invasions unintentionally scrubbed almost 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere. From the article: "Over the course of the century and a half run of the Mongol Empire, about 22 percent of the world's total land area had been conquered and an estimated 40 million people were slaughtered by the horse-driven, bow-wielding hordes. Depopulation over such a large swathe of land meant that countless numbers of cultivated fields eventually returned to forests. In other words, one effect of Genghis Khan's unrelenting invasion was widespread reforestation, and the re-growth of those forests meant that more carbon could be absorbed from the atmosphere." I guess everyone has their good points.
Math

Euler's Partition Function Theory Finished 117 117

universegeek writes "Mathematician Ken Ono, from Emory, has solved a 250-year-old problem: how to exactly and explicitly generate partition numbers. Ono and colleagues were able to finally do this by realizing that the pattern of partition numbers is fractal (PDF). This pattern allowed them to find a finite, algebraic formula, which is like striking oil in mathematics."

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