cowtamer writes: According to a National Geographic Article certain fungi can use ionizing radiation to perform "radiosynthesis" using the pigment melanin (the same one in our skin that protects us from UV radiation). It is speculated that this might be useful on long space voyages where energy from the Sun is not readily available.
Tom Haines writes: "Anyone with a verizon fios business account w/ static IPs will love to know that their account name and address are in the ARIN database associated with their IP address(es). maybe it's just me, but as a residential customer who only signed up for the biz service to get static IPs, this sucks. I didn't want my home address linked with my IPs. Not to mention, you can query ARIN using the term "FTTP" and get back a list of fios customers, including addresses. Hooray verizon!"
MightyE writes: "I have an extensive collection of DVD's of television show seasons. It is ultimately dangerous to the disks to always be swapping them around, in and out of DVD drives, and general abuse arising from not always taking as good of care of them as I ought. I've bought a series of large capacity hard drives, set up a MD device (RAID) and have been using DVD::Rip to back up my DVD's to this space. (And boy is this so much more convenient when I want to watch a certain episode than it is to read many DVD cases looking for which disk an episode is on). I'm finding it's slow going though, and one thing that could speed this up dramatically is if there was an online DVD database similar to what FreeDB and CDDB are for audio disks. Is there such a thing? If not, may I recommend someone start one? Since I'm ripping my DVD's, I'd be happy to contribute my own data to it!"
eldavojohn writes: "A group of scientists are disembarking right now to study an open gash in the ocean floor where earth's mantle lays exposed without any crust covering it. The scientists describe these as similar to stretch marks that a person might experience on their skin from a growth spurt. Either that or the mantle was never covered by the crust and just has always been like this. From the article, "Regardless of how they formed, the exposed mantle provides scientists with a rare opportunity to study the Earth's rocky innards. Many attempts to drill deep into the planet barely get past the crust.""