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Submission + - A close call of 0.8 light years

t4ng* writes: A group of astronomers from the US, Europe, Chile and South Africa have determined that 70,000 years ago a recently discovered dim star is likely to have passed through the solar system’s distant cloud of comets, the Oort Cloud. No other star is known to have ever approached our solar system this close – five times closer than the current closest star, Proxima Centauri.

What was happening on Earth 70,000 years ago? For one thing, Homo Sapiens were almost completely wiped out by the effects of super volcano Toba.

Submission + - You're Not Special! 1

t4ng* writes: Several news sources are reporting about a Wellesley High English teacher David McCullough Jr. that told graduates "You are not special. You are not exceptional."

Quoting empirical evidence he said, "Across the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are graduating about now from more than 37,000 high schools. That's 37,000 valedictorians ... 37,000 class presidents ... 92,000 harmonizing altos ... 340,000 swaggering jocks ... 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs," he said in the speech published in the Boston Herald.

Submission + - 4 of 7 in Megaupload arrests denied bail (

t4ng* writes: Kim Dotcom and three others arrested in New Zealand appeared in court Friday afternoon and were denied bail.

The police said the other three arrested in New Zealand were Finn Batato, 38, a German citizen and resident; Mathias Ortmann, 40, a German citizen who is a resident of Hong Kong; and Bram van der Kolk, 29, a Dutch citizen who is a resident of New Zealand. Three others remain at large.

The charges could result in more than 20 years in prison.

Were there fewer fools, knaves would starve. - Anonymous