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Submission + - Adapting Monopoly to demonstrate Modern Monetary Theory ( 2

buswolley writes: Are we really too poor to put America back to work making and building the things we need to maintain a prosperous nation? -Mitch Green

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) posits that America is not too poor, and now proponents of the theory have adapted the rules of the classic board game of Monopoly to demonstrate their case

For those that would like a background a great starter is Warren Mosler's "Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economy Policy" at

Submission + - NSA Asked Linus Torvalds to Install Backdoors into GNU Linux (

buswolley writes: The NSA has asked Linus Torvalds to inject covert backdoors into the free and open operating system GNU/Linux. This was revealed in this week’s hearing on mass surveillance in the European Parliament. Chalk another one up of the United States NSA trying to make information technology less secure for everyone.

Submission + - 100 billion planets in the Milky Way galaxy

The Bad Astronomer writes: "A new study finds that there may be 100 billion alien planets in the Milky Way alone, with 17 billion of them the size of Earth. Announcements like this have been made before, but this new research is more robust than previous studies, using data from the Kepler planet-hunting spacecraft over a longer period and analyzing it in a more statistically solid way. They also found that smaller planets are not as picky about their host stars, with terrestrial planets forming around stars like the Sun or as small as tiny, cool red dwarfs with equal ease."

Submission + - Vermont to Vote on Corporate Personhood (

buswolley writes: Resolution calling to amend the constitution banning corporate person-hood was introduced in Vermont. This resolution is a reaction to the Supreme Court's Citizen United ruling that ruled freedom of speech of corporations is constitutionally protected.

Submission + - H.M. Brain being sliced Streamed Live RIGHT NOW ( 1

buswolley writes: The slicing the brain of the famous amnesic patient H.M. into giant histological sections is now in full swing, and is being streamed live. The brain specimen is frozen and sectioned whole during one continuous session that is expected to last approximately 30 hours.

Feed Science Daily: New Mechanism Discovered For DNA Recombination And Repair (

Scientists have discovered that the RecA family recombinases function as a new type of rotary motor proteins to repair DNA damages. Homologous recombination (HR) is a mechanism that repairs damaged DNA with perfect accuracy, it utilizes the homologous sequence from a partner DNA as a template. This process involves the bringing together of 2 DNA molecules, a search for homologous sequences, and exchange of DNA strands.

Submission + - Google Street View may break Canada's privacy laws

Johnny Canuck writes: According to a story in the Globe & Mail Canada's privacy commissioner is raising concerns over Google's Street View Maps, and investigating the possibility that Street View could violate Canadian privacy laws. Of particular concern, to Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, is that the images on Street View appear to have been collected largely without the consent of the people in them. Which would violate Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
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Submission + - Iran Fined $2.65 Billion for Terrorism (

fluxxxy writes: "WASHINGTON (AP) Iran must pay $2.65 billion to the families of the 241 U.S. service members killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, a federal judge declared Friday in a ruling that left survivors and families shedding tears of joy. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth described his ruling as the largest-ever such judgment by an American court against another country. "These individuals, whose hearts and souls were forever broken, waited patiently for nearly a quarter century for justice to be done," he said.

As expected, it did not take long for Iran to dismiss the fine as being 'baseless'.

My take: Japan should be sending its bill too (for Hiroshima and Nagasaki) — one may claim the latter case was war, but then again, the 1983 attacks were of terrorist nature, of which no link has been 'officially proven'..."

Feed Science Daily: Device To Predict Proper Light Exposure For Human Health (

Scientists have long known that the human body runs like clockwork, guided by a circadian system that responds to daily patterns of light and darkness. Now a team of researchers is developing a personal device to measure daily light intake and activity, which could allow them to predict optimal timing for light therapy to synchronize the circadian clock to the 24-hour solar day and relieve psychosocial stress.

Submission + - New legislation for nuclear safety (

mdsolar writes: "Recent problems at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant have spurred Congresspeople from Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire to introduce legislation that would allow State governors to request independent safety reviews of nuclear power plants that exclude NRC employees that usually work on that plant and include non-NRC employees. The review model is based on one that found problems at Maine Yankee before it closed. Problems at Vermont Yankee have included a cooling tower collapse, a SCRAM caused by an ungreased valve and failure of a safety system during the SCRAM. The plant is coming off of heightened review after shipping nuclear material with insufficient shielding. The plant's application for a 20 year license extention is also currently under review."

Submission + - Robotech slated for the big screen (

dominique_cimafranca writes: "Classic animé cult favorite "Robotech" may be next for the big screen live action treatment, if recent news from's SCI FI Wire is to be believed. Tobey Maguire will produce and may star in the film. From the story:

Warner Brothers Pictures picked up the rights to Robotech, which features giant robots known as mechas. Maguire is producing through his Maguire Entertainment banner and is eyeing the lead role in what the studio plans as an SF franchise a la Paramount's hit Transformers.

Feed Science Daily: What The Schizophrenia Risk Gene Does For A Healthy Brain (

How the gene that has been pegged as a major risk factor for schizophrenia and other mood disorders that affect millions of Americans contributes to these diseases remains unclear. However, the results of a new study by Hopkins provide a big clue by showing what this gene does in normal adult brains. This gene makes a protein that serves as a sort of musical conductor for newly made nerve cells in the adult brain, guiding them to their proper locations at the appropriate tempo so they can seamlessly integrate into our complex and intertwined nervous system. If the protein doesn't operate properly, the new nerves go hyper.

Feed Science Daily: Mars Rovers Survive Severe Dust Storms, Ready For Next Objectives (

Two months after sky-darkening dust from severe storms nearly killed NASA's Mars exploration rovers, the solar powered robots are awake and ready to continue their mission. Opportunity's planned descent into the giant Victoria Crater was delayed, but now the rover is preparing to drive into the 800-meter-diameter crater (half-mile-diameter) as early as Sept. 11. Spirit, Opportunity's rover twin, also survived the global dust storms. The rovers are 43 months into missions originally planned to last three months. On Sept. 5, Spirit climbed onto its long-term destination called Home Plate, a plateau of layered bedrock bearing clues to an explosive mixture of lava and water.

Submission + - Toddlers are smarter than chimps (

Lucas123 writes: "The journal Science just posted the findings of a study today that showed two-year-old children are naturally more intelligent than chimps of vastly greater age. In one experiment, chimps tasked with opening a plastic tube to retrieve food or a toy inside bit it and tried to break it, while the children watched an example and copied it. "Children and chimpanzees had very similar cognitive skills for dealing with the physical world but ... the children had more sophisticated cognitive skills than either of the ape species for dealing with the social world.""

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