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Comment: Toxin influences are also multi-generational (Score 3, Interesting) 143 143

As the following article about biologist Michael Skinner's findings describes, the effects of toxins may not be limited to a single generation of offspring. This may be the smoking gun that explains the step rise in such diverse diseases as cancer and ADHD.

Comment: Make your opinion known to the SEC! (Score 1) 366 366

I have participated in 10 crowd funded development efforts so far at Kickstarter and 1 at Indigogo. I am completely comfortable with the risks involved and the rewards I have experienced so far. I want government to stay out of the crowd funding process to prevent the costs always associated with government involvement. If you want to make a difference make your opinion heard to the SEC and your government representatives.

See the full text of the SEC's proposed rule making here:

If you are opposed to this insane over-reach as I am make your opinion known to the SEC through the following methods:
DATES: Comments should be received on or before February 3, 2014.
ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
Electronic Comments:
  Use the Commission’s Internet comment form:;
  Send an e-mail to Please include File Number S7-09-13 on the
subject line; or
  Use the Federal eRulemaking Portal ( Follow the
instructions for submitting comments.

This information is also in the above document.


Satellite-Based Laser Hunts Woodpeckers From Space 53 53

University of Idaho scientists have figured out a more effective way to track woodpecker populations than following the incessant laughter. They're using a laser onboard NASA's Icesat spacecraft to determine where the birds might be living. From the article: "NASA's Icesat satellite was initially intended for measuring glacial surfaces at the Earth's poles but has proven to be quite effective in measuring vegetation also. The satellite's laser bounces off of forest canopies, tree trunks and the ground making important characteristics about the forest easily measurable. For example, forest density is determined by the relative amount of light returned versus that which is returned from the ground. Once ideal woodpecker locations are identified 'we actually conduct ground-based woodpecker surveys in these locations as well to verify it,' says team-member Patrick Adam."

Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140 140

Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." -- John Wooden