writes: Does lightening predict the intensity of a tropical storm? What role does dust from the Sahara play? Do hurricanes form from the large-scale environment around a tropical storm or from small-scale formations 100 kilometers from the center? A team from NASA, NOAA, and NSF plan to find out. Starting Saturday the team will conduct the largest hurricane study every undertaken. Among other things, a better understanding of hurricanes has ramifications for weather prediction, building codes, insurance policies, and disaster planning.Link to Original Source
writes: In July, CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White announced a Lame Duck Presidential Challenge. The challenge called upon the President to achieve any of five goals during his last six months in office: 1. Reduce the price of gas, 2. Reduce the price of food, 3. Create more jobs, 4. Rejuvenate the housing market, or 5. Bring Osama Bin-Laden to Justice. Under the terms of the challenge if a Lame Duck Goal is met by the 28th of any month CodeWeavers will give away free copies of all their software the first day of the following month. With gas prices falling below $2.79 per gallon in the Twin Cities, the first challenge has been met. We can expect to see CodeWeavers CrossOver free on Saturday, November 1st!
writes: Unsatisfied with the proprietary copyright filter Google recently unveiled, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman has called for an industry standard to filter copyrighted material. Mr. Dauman has the backing of Microsoft, Disney, and Universal. "They reflect the fact that there ought to be a filtering system in place on the part of technology companies," he noted. "Most responsible companies have followed that path. What no one wants is a proprietary system that benefits one company. It is a big drain to a company like ours to have to deal with incompatible systems." How would an industry standard impact freedom of speech and in particular censorship on the internet? How would it affect small, independent web sites?Link to Original Source
writes: Hot on the heels of the Supreme Court's ruling in Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation the Bush administration is making plans to screen employees at all non-profit organizations that receive USAID money. "The plan requires that the organizations give the government detailed information about key personnel, including phone numbers, birth dates and e-mail addresses. But the government plans to shroud its use of that information in secrecy and does not intend to tell groups deemed unacceptable why they are rejected." The program is to become effect August 27th, the last day public comments can be submitted. In Hein, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the White House stating, "Respondents set out a parade of horribles that they claim could occur...of course, none of these things has happened."Link to Original Source
writes: A team of Canadian surgeons got a shock when the patient they were operating on began shedding dark greenish-black blood. The man had needed urgent surgery because he had developed a dangerous condition in his legs after falling asleep in a sitting position. In this case, the unusual colour of the 42-year-old's blood was down to the migraine medication he was taking.