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+ - First Evidence that Insects Rely on Photosynthesis->

Submitted by tedlistens
tedlistens (1697590) writes "The idea that aphids may use photosynthesis, as plants do, is based on the recent finding that the bugs are able to synthesize pigments called carotenoids. These pigments are common and necessary for many animals (for non-photosynthesis uses, like maintaining a healthy immune system), but the animal must consume them from outside sources. So far, only plants, algae, fungi, and bacteria are known to be able to synthesize carotenoids themselves, and, in all of those organisms, carotenoids are a key part of photosynthesis. While the co-author of the study, published in Nature's open-access journal Scientific Reports, cautions that more research is needed before we can determine if aphids are photosynthesizing like non-animals, it stil could be one of the more remarkable findings in biology in recent memory, and may hold promise for helping address humanity’s food crisis."
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Comment: Re:That pay is just for the first few months (Score 1) 654

by floydman (#40428249) Attached to: Apple Store Employees Soak Up the Atmosphere, But Not Much Cash

My wife works at an Apple store and pulls in $29.15 an hour working the genius bar. Which means that she would have been able to qualify for the mortgage we took out three months ago just on her salary. The 25% employee discount is nice also.

Methinks the poster has an axe to grind with his inflamatory language.

how long did it take her to get that salary? or was that when she just started?

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+ - Apple to buy back $45bn worth of its shares->

Submitted by
floydman
floydman writes "Apple has said it will use its cash to start paying a dividend to shareholders and to buy back some of its shares.
The technology giant said it would pay a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share from July.
It will buy back up to $10bn (£6.3bn) of its own shares starting in the company's next financial year, which begins on 30 September 2012."

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+ - Egypt state TV website hacked->

Submitted by
floydman
floydman writes "After a bloody night in Tahrir square in Egypt post the revolution, a bunch of Egyptian hackers took over the state tv website and placed the text :
"This action is in response to your silly coverage of last night's incidents. You were hypocrites when Mubarak was ruling, now you are hypocrites again with military ruler. People where dying last night, and all you can cover was the romantic view of the Nile""

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Comment: For one thing (Score 1) 636

by floydman (#35787358) Attached to: Are Graphical Calculators Pointless?

There is a generation of scientisits that doesnt know how to use anything but them
I used to work in a company, with scientists aged 45 and above, they had linux clusters, powerful desktops with the latest software, but in the office, there HAS TO BE a scientific calculator lying on the desk somewhere.
Companies realize that there is still a minor need, and produces for that need accordingly.
But i assume that this will disappear.

Comment: Gaddafi said it first (Score 1) 42

by floydman (#35618186) Attached to: Zynga Aiming To Conquer Mobile Next

Zynga Zynga...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVXlqmpE75U
Its on the 8th second of the vid. I always doubted his genius, but you got to hand it to him, he is a genius.

Literal translation of what he is blabbering:
"we will crawl upon them in million to cleanse Lybia inch by inch, house by house, Zynga by Zynga ...bla bla"

Comment: This happened in Egypt (Score 5, Interesting) 93

by floydman (#35250930) Attached to: Libya Blocks Internet Access As Citizens Protest

and it did NOT work!
I was one of the ppl, who actually joined the revolution due to the fact that I did not have an internet connection.
So i went to Tahrir square. To my surprise, i found thousands like myself, who found themselves there because they could not
get their updates online, so decided to go see whats going on, and then latter on got involved. It even got worse when the gov. cut of news channles like Jazeera.
What i am noticing is extreme insanity, because you would think that there is some kind of analyst or adviser who saw that happen in Egypt and decided it was a bad idea, but nooooo..they are just too smart for that. Its the same school of thought i guess.

Comment: I do not like the terms used in the summary (Score 1) 314

by floydman (#34733502) Attached to: Has the Industrialized World Reached Peak Travel?

Peak oil being reached does not mean that there is a peak demand of energy. We will always need more energy, from oil or other resources, and , we will never seize to stop having the need to travel, faster and further.
Hence, NO, we did not reach "peak travel", we just reached "peak car sales".

Comment: From the wikileaks' twitter page (Score 4, Informative) 1060

by floydman (#34472312) Attached to: Wikileaks Founder Arrested In London

"Today's actions against our editor-in-chief Julian Assange won't affect our operations: we will release more cables tonight as normal"

http://www.justiceforassange.com/

PROTEST Today Westminster Magistarte’s Court meet 13:30[GMT]

Can someone correct me if I am wrong, but didn't he mention that he will release all the documents if he gets arrested?!

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