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Submission + - Giant crater appears at Siberia's 'world's end'->

stkpogo writes: "The giant hole appeared close to a forest some 30 kilometres from Yamal's biggest gas field Bovanenkovo. Experts are confident that a scientific explanation will be found for it and that it is not — as one web claim suggested — evidence 'of the arrival of a UFO craft' to the planet.

A report and footage highlighted by Zvezda TV says the dark colour of the crater indicates 'some temperature processes', without explaining more what they may mean. Others say that the darkening around the inner rim indicates its formation was accompanied by severe burning scorching the edges.

Some observers believe water or dry soil is seen falling into the cavity."


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Submission + - MIT Researchers Creates 3D Printed Self Assembling Robots-> 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at MIT have found a way of creating 3D printed robots, which assemble themselves once placed in an oven. The printer prints the robot in a flat form, with slits within the material. When heated the slits forces the material to deform, assembling the shape of the robot. More details: http://3dprint.com/4836/3d-pri...
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: VHS Player to buy? 1 1

stkpogo writes: I have several old VHS tapes that I'd like to digitize but my old VHS machine died years ago.
What's a good VHS player to get so I can make nice clean digital videos from my old tapes before they're gone? /. I have a few TV > USB adapters ./

Submission + - SF Startup Doctor On Demand Offers Free Telemedicine Feb 14-28->

jacinda writes: We are currently in the height of flu season (which has been particularly nasty this year) and it may be difficult to get to the doctor when you’re not feeling well (especially for our snowed in friends!). To help ease the pain, Doctor On Demand is waiving the usual $40 fee to chat with a doctor for the rest of the month. Anyone who calls, whether you signed up a month ago or you sign up tomorrow, can use the service for free for the next two weeks. You still need to add a valid credit card for verification purposes when you setup your account. On March 1, calls will go back to $40. There are no setup or subscription fees now or after February is over.
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Comment Re:They lacked a pitching arm for projectile weapo (Score 1) 290 290

Humans didn't move in and thrive until they had a weapon advantage. It's takes more than a walk around to thrive in a occupied territory. Any competitors would have been hunted down and eliminated over the years or decades. Then with better weapons, the tables were turned.

Comment They lacked a pitching arm for projectile weapons (Score 1) 290 290

They would have been masters of the club and hand spear. Creating a barrier to other migrating humans, until the humans developed a throwing ability for spears and ? Then they became the hunted and lost out from a early arms race.

It is better to never have tried anything than to have tried something and failed. - motto of jerks, weenies and losers everywhere