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Comment: Soviet nuclear explosion sealing a gas leak. (Score 1) 799

by caereth (#32172918) Attached to: Oil Leak Could Be Stopped With a Nuke
Here is an interesting video showing how the Soviet union used a small nuclear detonation to seal off an out of control gas well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpPNQoTlacU#t=23s It was part of the Soviet Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy programme (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_Explosions_for_the_National_Economy), which used over a hundred nukes to experiment with peacetime use of nuclear explosions, and even a few direct applications that were not only experiments.
Programming

Comparison of Nine Ruby Implementations 75

Posted by timothy
from the shades-of-corundum dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Zen and the Art of Programming published a new version of The Great Ruby Shootout, which was aimed at testing the performances of multiple Ruby implementations. On the benchmark table this time around are Ruby 1.8 (on GNU/Linux and Windows), Ruby 1.9 (aka Yarv), Ruby Enterprise Edition (aka REE), JRuby 1.1.6RC1, Rubinius, MagLev, MacRuby 0.3 and IronRuby. The results of this comprehensive comparison show that for this set of benchmarks, Ruby 1.9.1 is almost 5 times faster than the notoriously slow Ruby 1.8. Is Ruby finally going to be acceptably fast?"
NASA

+ - Lakes found under Antarctic ice using space lasers

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Reverse Gear
Reverse Gear writes "There is a new study circling the media about these newly found big lakes found underneath the antarctic ice sheets that apparently empty and fills back up quite fast (study has been working in 3 years and has detected massive movements), from the article:

The scientists allay fears that global warming has created these pockets of water. They say these lakes lie some 2,300 feet below compressed snow and ice, too deep for environmental temperature to reach. However, it is necessary to understand what causes the phenomenon as it can facilitate an understanding of the impact of climate change on the ice sheet in Antarctica
NASA also has some information on the technique used to detect these lakes"
The Almighty Buck

+ - RIAA hires DJ's, then sends in the SWAT team

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cancan
cancan writes "The NY times is carrying an article about how the RIAA is hiring hip hop artists to make mix tapes, and then helping the police raid their studios. In the case of DJ Drama and DJ Don Cannon (myspace warning), they were raided by SWAT teams with their guns drawn. The local police chief said later that they were "prepared for the worst." Men in RIAA jackets helped cart away "evidence"."

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