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Comment Re:Other ways to extract energy from the wind. 446 (Score 1) 315

Watch it in 1080HD mode. It's an RC glider exploiting the energy difference in two air masses. There is a pocket of still air behind a ridgeline while fast moving air is moving over the top of it. By transitioning between the air masses the airspeed of the plane increases with each boundary crossing.
Science

Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot 398

cremeglace writes "Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first."

Comment Re:Welcome to our next ecological disaster (Score 1, Funny) 176

1) Dow makes magic algae.
2) Economic pressure forces Dow to make algae directly excrete ethanol in high concentrations (about 20%).
3) Algae gets into environment
...
10) Seals start coming ashore, seeking bars when their algae supply runs out. Barfights ensue. The ACLU gets involved. Punching seals is declared a hate crime.
11) Growing algae becomes illegal. Everyone grows it anyway. California semi-legalizes "medicinal algae."

12) ???
13) Profit!!!

The Internet

Submission + - Wikipedia fake proves itself.->

An anonymous reader writes: Germany gets a new minister of economic affairs. Mr. von und zu Gutteberg is descendant of old noble lineage, so his official name is very long: Karl Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg. When there was first rumors that he will be appointed to the post, someone started an experiment: He changed the Wikipedia entry of Mr. von und zu Guttenberg and added the name 'Wilhelm', so Wikipedia stated his full name is Karl Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Wilhelm Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg. What happened shows a big problem of our information societry: The german and international press took over the wrong name in Wikipedia — including well-known newspapers, Internet sites or TV news like spiegel.de, Bild, heute.de, TAZ, or Süddeutsche Zeitung. In the meantime, the change on Wikipedia was reverted, asking for a proove of the name. However, the proove was found fastly: On spiegel.de an article pretends to cite Mr. von und zu Guttenberg saying his fullnume: However, maybe the quote was real, but at least the full name seems to be looked up at Wikipedia. So the circle closed: Wikipedia states a false fact, a reputable media copied the wrong fact and this media then is used as source to proove the wrong fact in Wikipedia. Sadly, the situation is even worse: Obviously, there is no proof that this story is right? Maybe Wilhelm is part of his full name?
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Security

Submission + - FBI notices botnets, freaks out->

Technical Writing Geek writes: "More than 1 million computers in the last five months have become part of robot networks, or "botnets," in which hackers take over computers without their owners' knowledge and use them in criminal campaigns, the FBI said Thursday.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/11/29/fbi.botnets/index.html"

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United States

Submission + - The President has a Plan...-> 1

lexical writes: ...to keep you from being heard. The most basic part of our democracy is to have dissent be public and open ground for discussion. We all know the president doesn't want to hear it, but did you know that he has an active plan to avoid it?

Want to stage a protest of the president? Everything you need to know about GWB's plan to get you ignored is here:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/8/21/17717/ 6542

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The Shuttle is now going five times the sound of speed. -- Dan Rather, first landing of Columbia

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