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Submission + - NASA Asteroid Capture Mission to Be Proposed in 2014 Budget (

MarkWhittington writes: "Included in President Obama's 2014 budget request will be a $100 million line item for NASA for a mission to capture and bring an asteroid to a high orbit around the moon where it will be explored by asteroinauts. Whether the $2.6 billion mission is a replacement or a supplement to the president's planned human mission to an asteroid is unclear. The proposal was first developed by the Keck Institite in April, 2012 and has achieved new impetus due to the meteor incident over Russia and new fears of killer asteroids."

Submission + - Has Lockeed Martin Solved the Energy Problem? ( 1

lee1 writes: "Lockeed’s Charles Chase has created a bit of excitement by claiming that the Skunkworks team is on the verge of solving the world’s energy problem with a new type of fusion device. We are not provided very many details — it is cylindrical, and the plasma is heated by RF. Apparently it works because the imposed magnetic confinement field is very clever. Unfortunately, the history of clever fusion ideas is littered with the corpses of magnetic field configurations that were almost perfect, except for one little hole."

Submission + - Intercontinental mind-meld unites two rats (

ananyo writes: "The brains of two rats on different continents have been made to act in tandem. When the first, in Brazil, uses its whiskers to choose between two stimuli, an implant records its brain activity and signals to a similar device in the brain of a rat in the United States. The US rat then usually makes the same choice on the same task.
Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroscientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, says that this system allows one rat to use the senses of another, incorporating information from its far-away partner into its own representation of the world. “It’s not telepathy. It’s not the Borg,” he says. “But we created a new central nervous system made of two brains.
Nicolelis says that the work, published today, is the first step towards constructing an organic computer that uses networks of linked animal brains to solve tasks. But other scientists who work on neural implants are sceptical."

Submission + - Taeuber's Paradox: Curing Cancer Adds Only 3 Years to Life Expectancy (

Kas Thomas writes: "It may seem paradoxical, but according to CDC data, eliminating the No. 1 and No. 2 causes of death in the U.S. (heart disease and cancer) will add only 6.7 and 3.3 years, respectively, to life expectancy. Why so little? Epidemiologists and public health experts (like Conrad Taeuber) have studied the problem. A key factor is that if you cure a childhood killer disease it contributes much more to overall life expectancy than if you cure a late-in-life disease. But now that all (or almost all) major killer diseases of childhood have been addressed, what are the implications for increasing human life expectancy? Will it really matter if we cure cancer? Will it matter if we cure heart disease? Are significant further gains in human life expectancy out of reach?"

Submission + - Missile defense tech leaked out of NASA Ames Research Center (

Velcroman1 writes: A four-year FBI investigation into the transfer of classified weapons technology to China and other countries from NASA’s Ames Research Center is being stonewalled by government officials, sources tell Documents obtained by, which summarize these and other allegations and were given to congressional sources last week by a whistle-blower, described how a “secret grand jury” was to be convened in February 2011 to hear testimony from informants in the case, including a senior NASA engineer. But federal prosecutor Gary Fry was removed from the case, which was then transferred from one office in the Northern District of California to another where, according to the documents, “this case now appears to be stalled.” “The information is staggering,” the whistle-blower said.

Submission + - Dennis Tito to do Mars Flyby in 2018 2

OlRickDawson writes: is reporting that Dennis TIto wants to be the first person to take a trip to Mars.The 501 day trip will take place in 2018, with no word as to the cost yet. The details will be released in a conference on February 27th.

Submission + - Is your college going out of business (

Joe_Dragon writes: "I've been getting a lot of questions from high school kids asking whether or not they should go to college. The answer is Yes.

College is where you find out about yourself. It's where you learn how to learn. It's where you get exposure to new ideas. For those into business, it's where you learn the languages of business, accounting, finance, marketing and sales.

The question is not whether or not you should go to school, the question for the class of 2014 is what is your college plan and what is the likelihood that the college or university you attend will still be in business by the time you want to graduate.

Still in business? Yep. When I look at the university and college systems around the country I see the newspaper industry.

The newspaper industry was once deemed indestructable. Then this thing called the internet came along and took away their classified business. The problem wasn't really that their classifieds disappeared. It was more that they had accumulated a ton of debt and had over invested in physical plant and assets that could not adapt to the new digital world.

When revenue fell, the debt was still there — as were all the big buildings they had purchased, all those presses they had bought and the declining-in-value acquisitions. But the debt accumulated to pay for them never went away.

They were stuck with no easy way out.

The exact same thing is happening to our 4 year schools. You can't go to a big state university and not see construction. Why ?

Why in the world are schools building new buildings? What is required in a business school classroom that is any different than the classroom for psychology or sociology or english or any other number of classes? A new library, seriously? What is worse is that schools are taking on debt to pay for this new construction.

Think about this from a business perspective. Schools are seeing state and federal funding decline, as they should. Why should taxpayers be paying for another building?

They are seeing their primary revenue source — tuition, once a number that was never really questioned — becoming a value decision by prospective students. As they should.

Unless your parents are wealthy or you quality for a full ride or something close, the days of picking a school because that is the school you always wanted to go to are gone.

The class of 2014 and beyond now has to prepare a college value plan. What classes are you going to take online that enable you to get the most credits for the least cost. What classes are you going to take at a local, low-cost school so you can get additional credits at the lowest cost.

Then, with your freshman and sophomore classes out of the way, you can start to figure out which school you would like to transfer to, or two years from now, which online classes you can take that challenge you and prepare you for the areas you want to focus on. If you have the personal discipline you may be able to avoid ever having to step on a campus and graduating with a good degree and, miracle of miracles, no debt.

For the smart student who cares about getting their money's worth from college, the days of one school for four years are over. The days of taking on big debt (to the tune of $1 TRILLION as I write this) are gone. Going to a four-year school is supposed to be the foundation from which you create a future, not the transaction that crushes everything you had hoped to do because you have more debt than you could possibly pay off in 10 years. It makes no sense.

Which in turn means that four-year schools that refuse to LOWER their tuition are going to see their enrollment numbers decline. It just doesn't make sense to pay top dollar for Introduction to Accounting , Pyschology 101, etc.

Of course, the big schools are going to argue this all day long. They want and need your money. They want to tell you how beautiful their campus is. The social aspects of going away to college. The amazing professors they have. The opportunities they create. The access to alumni and sports. All were great arguments in 2001 when tuitions were still somewhat reasonable. They no longer hold water.

So back to the economics of four-year schools. Before you go to college, or send your child to a four-year school you better check their balance sheet. How much debt does the school have? How many administrators making more than $200,000 do they have? How much are they spending on building new buildings — none of which add value to your child's education, but as enrollments decline will force the school to increase their tuition and nail you with other costs. They just create a debtor university that risks going out of business.

There will be colleges and universities that fail, declare bankruptcy or have to re-capitalize much like the newspaper industry has and long before the class of 2018 graduates.

The smart high school grad no longer just picks a school, borrows money and wings it. Your future depends on your ability to assemble an educational plan that gets you on your path of knowledge and discovery without putting you at risk of attending a school that is doomed to fail , and/or saddling you with a debt heavy balance sheet that prevents you from taking the chances, searching for the opportunities or just being a fuck up for a while. We each take our own path, but nothing shortcuts the dreams of a 22 year old more than oweing a shitload of money.

Now is the time to figure it out and avoid the mess schools are creating for themselves and for those who take the old school way to college graduation."

why so much push for 4 year schools over time that will just become 5-6-7-8+ year plans we don't need that much time pure class room as well filler and fluff classes to pad stuff out.

The idea of additional credits at the lowest cost is a nice but some schools make you retake there classes some times just for the cash or you have to jump though hoops to move the credits.

We need to get out of the older system and have some kind of badges systems.


Submission + - Major Ruby-on-Rails Vulnerability (

halls-of-valhalla writes: "More than 240 thousand websites are at risk from a very critical vulnerability recently discovered in ruby-on-rails. This vulnerability gives hackers the ability to remotely execute malicous code on the targetted servers. This bug has apparently existed for the last six years and the vulnerability is active using the default configuration. Attackers are able to exploit this to steal database info, run system commands, and DoS the site. The vulnerabilty is said to be 100% reliable.

Some major sites which at risk due to this vulnerability are Github, Hulu, Basecamp, and many more. It may also be possible that a hacker could exploit the vulnerability on one site to search for other vulnerable sites and spread the infection like a worm does.

Read the full story here:"


Submission + - USPTO asks for input on software patents. (

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: It seems that the patent office is reviewing it's policy on software patents and is asking for .feedback .

Nothing would please me more then to see the USPTO inundated with thousands of posts describing ways that software patents hurt the industry, but folks I ask for a bit of restraint in replying. When they get bombarded with posts saying things like "software patents sux" not only do they blow off that post, they also blow off other more legitimate posts. So please only submit if you do a clear, cogent, well thought out post. Thanks.


Submission + - NASA Considers Putting an Asteroid Into Orbit Around the Moon (

Zothecula writes: To paraphrase an old saying, if the astronaut can’t go to the asteroid, then the asteroid must come to the astronaut. In a study released by the Keck Institute for Space Studies, researchers outlined a mission to tow an asteroid into lunar orbit by 2025 using ion propulsion and a really big bag. The idea is to bring an asteroid close to Earth for easy study and visits by astronauts without the hazards and expense of a deep space mission.
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Submission + - Korea able to Destroy USA Now ( 3

boley1 writes: According to Russian, South Korean, and U.S. sources, North Korea has built and now has the ability to deliver a Super EMP bomb that would send the U.S. back to the stone age. This article was written by Peter Vincent Pry.
Peter Vincent Pry is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, and served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA.


Submission + - Quantum gas goes below absolute zero (

mromanuk writes: It may sound less likely than hell freezing over, but physicists have created an atomic gas with a sub-absolute-zero temperature for the first time. Their technique opens the door to generating negative-Kelvin materials and new quantum devices, and it could even help to solve a cosmological mystery.

Submission + - Khamenei Iran's Supreme Leader: Murderer or Ignorant (

concernedvoice writes: Up until 2009 I would say fifty-fifty, but now I say he is definitely a murderer by any measure. Even to everyone with the most moderate views, he clearly unveiled his true nature when he sided with the government tyrants and opposed millions of protestors [1].

For years, I have always wondered if Khamenei is stupid, ignorant, or just as nasty as the rest of the oppressive government. I had a sense that maybe we could give him the benefit of a doubt. Maybe he is not really in charge and the rule of the country is hijacked by extremists. It is very clear after his remarks that his actions couldn't have been due to ignorance. He is certainly a murderer and an accomplice in the government crimes against the Iranian nation.

My regards,

Concerned Voice


[1] Iran Warns Opposition over Insult

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga