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Submission + - Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

An anonymous reader writes: The Nobel Committee just announced that Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize, winning against 200 or more other nominees. Since the award is usually given for a long distinguished career, or lifetime achievement, what do you think about the award being given to a 1st term US president, who has less than 1 year of experience in the job? What has he done so far to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? He is the commander in chief of the US military, presiding over two current wars (Iraq and Afganistan), one in which he is increasing deployment. Quite ironic don't you think that even the world is getting caught up in the hype?

Submission + - The Sun is Shrinking, so much for evolution? (

lamare writes: "On the site of the Institute for Creation Research there's an interesting article about the shrinking size of the sun:

"Does the size of the sun change over the years? Recently, "John A. Eddy (Harvard -Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and High Altitude Observatory in Boulder) and Aram A. Boornazian (a mathematician with S. Ross and Co. in Boston) have found evidence that the sun has been contracting about 0.1% per century...corresponding to a shrinkage rate of about 5 feet per hour." [...] How far back in the past must one go to have a sun so large that its surface touches the surface of the earth? [...] Assuming that the rate of shrinkage has not changed with time, then the surface of the sun would touch the surface of the earth at a time in the past equal to or approximately 20 million B.C. However, the time scales required for organic evolution range from 500 million years to 2,000 million years. It is amazing that all of this evolutionary development, except the last 20 million years, took place on a planet that was inside the sun. By 20 million B.C., all of evolution had occurred except the final stage, the evolution of the primate into man.""


Balancing Challenge Against Frustration In Games 156

Game-ism has an article discussing the balance game developers strive to achieve between making games challenging enough to be interesting, but not so much that they are frustrating. The author points to Assassin's Creed and GTA IV as examples of recent major titles which may have suffered from gameplay that was too easy to master. Conversely, a minor title like Bionic Commando Rearmed achieved more success than expected in part due to the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing parts of the game.

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