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+ - Whales survive only after huge sharks died out->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Millions of years ago there were sharks as big as WW2 submarines. According to researchers from University of Zuric those gigantic sharks, or Megalodon, died out some 2.8 million years ago

The mega-shark was no lightweight. At 110 tonnes, it was about 30 times as heavy as a Great White and is thought to have had the most powerful bite of any animal in the Earth's history. With those humongous size sharks, whales don't get any fighting chance

It was such a ravenous predator, that its extinction may have allowed whales — today's heftiest seagoing fatties — to grow to the sizes we see nowadays. “When we calculated the time of Megalodon’s extinction, we noticed that the modern function and gigantic sizes of filter feeder whales became established around that time. Future research will investigate if Megalodon’s extinction played a part in the evolution of these new classes of whales,” said Catalina Pimiento of the University of Florida"

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+ - Julian Assange: Google has the US government in its pocket->

Submitted by DW100
DW100 (2227906) writes "In an extract from a forthcoming book, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hit out at Google, claiming it has a very cosy relationship with some of the top power brokers in US politics. "Nobody wants to acknowledge that Google has grown big and bad. But it has. Schmidt's tenure as CEO saw Google integrate with the shadiest of US power structures as it expanded into a geographically invasive mega-corporation," he writes."
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+ - Cold fusion reactor verified by third-party researchers 2

Submitted by Paul Fernhout
Paul Fernhout (109597) writes "ExtremeTech reports that "Andrea Rossi's E-Cat — the device that purports to use cold fusion to generate massive amounts of cheap, green energy — has been verified by third-party researchers, according to a new 54-page report. The researchers observed a small E-Cat over 32 days, where it produced net energy of 1.5 megawatt-hours, or "far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume." The researchers were also allowed to analyze the fuel before and after the 32-day run, noting that the isotopes in the spent fuel could only have been obtained by "nuclear reactions"...""

Comment: Jackass Moment (Score 1) 85

by d'baba (#47991289) Attached to: Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

The difference between this and what we did back in the 60's in biology class (making the frog's leg jump with a jolt of electricity) is sad, considering. The control systems are certainly better. Oh, and the marketing, yes.

Wake me when they have a video of a human doing this.

+ - Minnesota Man 3D Prints Life Size Concrete Castle->

Submitted by Bob768
Bob768 (2670995) writes "A man named Andrey Rudenko has begun 3D printing a life size castle in his back yard in Minnesota out of concrete. He developed the 3D printer himself and has ultimate plans of constructing a normal house to live in.

“While other teams are also working on respectable projects in 3D printing construction technology, I have developed a product that is ready for actual-size construction rather than miniature prototypes,” Rudenko told

Images of the castle can be found here. "
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