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Government

+ - SPAM: Wind Farms continue to cause controversy

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Enviralment
Enviralment writes: "Not a single wind farm project proposed in the past four years in Ontario has undergone an independent environmental assessment by the province, figures obtained by The Free Press show. Despite requests from citizens' groups for the assessments, 31 projects have been allowed to go through after a less stringent screening process undertaken by the wind farm proponents themselves."
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Supercomputing

+ - Carbon transistor possible Silicon successor?

Submitted by dave_the_dodo
dave_the_dodo writes: New Scientist are reporting on a new carbon transistor[newscientisttech.com] 4 times smaller than the smallest silicon transistors. The transistors can be made from sheets of carbon just one-tenth of a nanometre thick. From the article:

The transistors are made of graphene, a sheet of carbon atoms in a flat honeycomb arrangement. Graphene makes graphite when stacked in layers, and carbon nanotubes when rolled into a tube. Graphene also conducts electricity faster than most materials since electrons can travel through in straight lines between atoms without being scattered. This could ultimately mean faster, more efficient electronic components that also require less power.
Music

+ - RIAA slams FAIR USE Act

Submitted by Tyler Too
Tyler Too writes: The RIAA has weighed in on the just-introduced FAIR USE Act, and to no one's surprise, they're not at all happy with it. 'The FAIR USE Act "would repeal the DMCA and legalize hacking," says the RIAA. "It would reverse the Supreme Court's decision in Grokster and allow electronics companies to induce others to break the law for their own profit."' Looks like the CEA's lobbyists and the RIAA's lobbyists will be battling it out on Capitol Hill.
Announcements

+ - Canadian Gov't Votes Down Anti-Terrorism Measures

Submitted by jon_anderson_ca
jon_anderson_ca writes: The CBC reports:

Opposition parties banded together Tuesday to defeat a controversial Conservative proposal to extend two anti-terrorism measures contained in the Criminal Code.
It should be noted that neither of these measures, put in place in December 2001, were ever used.

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