cowtamer writes "The Red Bull sponsored 72 hour Build-A-Thon called Red Bull Creation is going on right now, with live streams of the 12 teams currently competing to build the coolest stuff within 72 hours. If you can get past the fact that the ENTIRE web page for the event is done in flash, it's worth checking out some of the live streams...
(Disclaimer: my only relationship to Red Bull is consumer/addict)"
cowtamer writes "CNN has a writeup on a method of treating depression with implanted electrodes. If this works, we may be seeing a lot more of this type of technology in the future. While I haven't looked into any of the academic literature on this, it seems that yet another Larry Niven Prediction has come true!"Link to Original Source
cowtamer writes "The Utah State Assembly has passed a resolution decrying climate change alarmists and urging " ... the United States Environmental Protection Agency to immediately halt its carbon dioxide reduction policies and programs and withdraw its "Endangerment Finding" and related regulations until a full and independent investigation of climate data and global warming science can be substantiated." Full text of H.J.R 12."Link to Original Source
cowtamer writes "In an effort sure to win the hearts and minds of the Internet community, Sen. John Cornyn (R, TX) has introduced the "Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today's Youth Act," which, according to CNN would require any Wi-Fi provider (including coffee shops and access points run by individuals) to keep DHCP records for at least two years.
Section 5 of Senate Bill S.436 states:
"...A provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service shall retain for a period of at least two years all records or other information pertaining to the identity of a user of a temporarily assigned network address the service assigns to that user.'
cowtamer writes "According to a National Geographic Article certain fungi can use ionizing radiation to perform "radiosynthesis" using the pigment melanin (the same one in our skin that protects us from UV radiation). It is speculated that this might be useful on long space voyages where energy from the Sun is not readily available."
cowtamer writes "CNN reports that while obesity may be bad for you, obesity combined with boozing may undo the effects of the condition (specifically due to a substance found in red wine).
I don't believe any more explanation is necessary :)"