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Comment: Re:Significance (Score -1) 281 281

Well of course the MAIN reason it is interesting is because it can support the argument that life may/have existed on Mars. However even if you aren't into that, water can be used as a power source which would make Mars much more inhabitable for humans in the future. But honestly, people only care about the question of life, not water, existing on Mars.
Music

+ - Choose your own CD price

PadRacerExtreme writes: Radiohead has announced it will let its fans decide how much to pay for its next CD according to a NY Times article. The minimum price is 1 British penny and there is no maximum price. From the article

This is what happens when you sell twenty dollar CDs with one good track and sue your customers for [file-sharing]. This is what happens when you believe you're ENTITLED to your business. This is what happens when music is a second-class citizen only interested in the bottom line.
So, will it work? or will everyone just pay a penny? Or is a penny still to expensive?
Power

+ - Laptop Battery Could Supply 30 YEARS Of Power->

Anonymous Coward writes: "Most laptop batteries these days will give you between 3-6 hours of time before the power runs dry. The US AirForce Research Laboratory has been fooling around with betavoltaic power cells, which harness the power of nuclear decay to transmit power that could last decades."
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Bug

MacBooks Experiencing Bluetooth Problems 120 120

flowolf writes in with news that Apple seems to be having difficulty getting to grips with a Bluetooth problem on MacBooks. Bluetooth goes unavailable intermittently from what users are assuming is a hardware problem, and while it's out the machines won't stay in sleep mode. Complaints started last spring on the Apple forum, which is still quite active. Many people have had to send their MacBooks for repair more than once without a satisfactory resolution.

Science Daily: Zinc Lozenges Are Not An Effective Treatment For Colds, According to Analysis of->

Despite twenty years of research, the benefits of zinc lozenges as a therapy for the common cold have not been proven. A new study reviews the 14 placebo-controlled studies from the past two decades and finds significant fault with 10 of the studies. Of the four remaining studies, three reported no therapeutic effect from zinc lozenge or nasal spray, and one study reported positive results from zinc nasal gel.
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Space

+ - New Theory Explains Periodic Mass Extinctions

i_like_spam writes: The theory that the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid impact, the K-T extinction, is well known and supported by fossil and geological evidence. Asteroid impact theory does not apply to the other fluctuations in biodiversity, however, which follow an approximate 62 million-year cycle. As reported in Science news, a new theory seems to explain periodic mass extinctions. The new theory found that oscillations in the Sun relative to the plane of the Milky Way correlate with changes in biodiversity on Earth. The researchers suggest that an increase in the exposure of Earth to extragalatic cosmic rays causes mass extinctions. Here is the original paper describing the finding.
Democrats

+ - Democratic Party's control of Senate in question

Starker_Kull writes: A US Senator from South Dakota, Tim Johnson, suffered a stroke and was admitted to George Washington University Hospital. If he is forced to stand down, the Republican Governor of South Dakota would name his successor, most probably a Republican, tipping the balance to 50-50 again, with the tie-breaking vote cast by the Vice President Dick Cheney. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6178065.stm

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