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Comment Adbusters (Score 1) 363

Once a year, the "Big Ideas" issue. I was a little proud when they organized those 99% protests, even though I didn't 100% agree with them.. I never even thought to check for it online... I guess I prefer it as a stocking stuffer. Kinda hypocritical of me when one of the first ads is for "Buy Nothing Day"....

Submission + - Anti-Incest App Built By Icelandic College Students (nbcnews.com) 1

Kozar_The_Malignant writes: Students at the University of Iceland have written an Android app that helps you avoid dating your cousins. The app accesses the Icelandic national genealogical database that contains information on all living citizens and their ancestors going back 1,100 years. Tapping two phones together will bring up an alert if you share a common grandparent.

Submission + - Small doses of 'sewer gas' could greatly boost food, biofuel production (washington.edu)

vinces99 writes: Low doses of hydrogen sulfide, which has been implicated in some of Earth's mass extinctions, could greatly enhance plant growth, bringing a sharp increase in global food supplies and plentiful stock for biofuel production. In the new research reported April 17 in the journal PLOS ONE, University of Washington biologist Frederick Dooley set out to examine the toxic effects of hydrogen sulfide on plants, but he mistakenly used only one-tenth the amount of the toxin he had intended. The results were so unbelievable that he repeated the experiment. Still unconvinced, he repeated it again – and again, and again. In fact, the results have been replicated so often that they are now “a near certainty,” he said.

Submission + - Rock Snot Genomics

aarondubrow writes: Using supercomputers and gene sequencers, researchers are answering a number of basic questions about the evolution of single-celled diatoms: What were the earliest diatoms like? How has the organism moved from a single site to every body of water in the world? And how have some species developed the ability to produce prodigious amounts of snot?

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