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NASA

Submission + - Frozen water found on Mercury (gizmodo.com)

Zibodiz writes: NASA has confirmed a surprising, counterintuitive discovery. The inferno known as Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, has water. Frozen water. Three news research papers based on data obtained by the Messenger spacecraft show undeniable evidence—"clear results" as the project's director calls them.

It's not just a little bit of water. It's huge amounts. Enough to cover the capital of the United States.

Mars

Submission + - Mars Curiosity Found Nothing After All? (nasa.gov) 1

iONiUM writes: "In Slashdot's / NASA's original post, it was implied that Curiosity had found something interesting: "Grotzinger says they recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something remarkable. "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good," he says.". However, during NASA's live AGU12 conference, NASA has now said "the instruments on the rover have not detected any definitive evidence of Martian organics", and "Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect.". Is this another NASA flop?"
Medicine

Submission + - A Blood Test That Screens for Cancer (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: People usually find out that they have cancer after developing symptoms or through a screening test such as a mammogram—signs that may appear only after the cancer has grown or spread so much that it can't be cured. But what if you could find out from a simple, highly accurate blood test that you had an incipient tumor? By sequencing the abnormal DNA that a tumor releases into a person's bloodstream, researchers are now one step closer to a universal cancer test. Although the technique is now only sensitive enough to detect advanced cancers, that may be a matter of money: As sequencing costs decrease, the developers of the method say, the test could eventually pick up early tumors as well.

Submission + - Global Warming On Pace for 4C: World Bank Worried (washingtonpost.com)

iONiUM writes: "From the article: "Over the years at the U.N. climate talks, the goal has been to keep future global warming below 2C. But as those talks have faltered, emissions have kept rising, and that 2C goal is now looking increasingly out of reach. Lately, the conversation has shifted toward how to deal with 3C of warming. Or 4C. Or potentially more."
Overall it seems that poorer, less developed nations will be largely impacted negatively, while some countries (like Canada and Russia) will actually experience benefits. Where does that leave the rest of the 1st world countries?"

Comment Re:Facebook Chat killed it (Score 4, Interesting) 213

Uh.. I guess I'm nobody then. And so is my list of about 15 people I chat everyday on it with.

I like Windows Live Messenger.. it's simply, it doesn't suck like Skype, and it doesn't require Facebook. I use gTalk sometimes too, but that seems to be an Android user thing; people with iPhones rarely use gTalk, even when logged into GMail. As it is, this really pisses me off, because I really like Windows Live Messenger. It's going to be a real mess for me to find one way to talk to all these people after it goes away..

Comment Re:VB.NET ? Seriously ? (Score 1) 418

I do both Java and C#/ASP.NET/MVC4 projects, and I have to say, Java is terrible. I never want to touch it again.

Rag on .NET and Microsoft all you want, but I swear, C# is a very powerful and easy to use language, and Visual Studio is an amazing IDE. If you truly disagree with that, I'd love to see a logical and concise argument on the specific points that you hate about it.

Comment I call bullshit on Ars Technica (Score 4, Informative) 446

If this was "made public" today, why is there so many articles from August 20th, when it was submitted? This is total bullshit, posted by Ars, just to try and get publicity with the iPhone 5 release tomorrow.

And for the record, I am not an Apple apologist, and I own a Galaxy S3. But I mean, bullshit is bullshit.

Comment This is great for the USA (Score 0) 622

I've been watching the protests unfold all day, and I have to say, watching (a few) barbaric idiots kill and riot over a video (that I watched) is intensely irritating.

I'm not a US citizen, and I've been pretty hard on the US about their government and decisions, and the wars they have fought. But honestly, as of today, I would strongly support any military reaction they have to these kind of ridiculousness.

Judging by comments I see on all of the west's news posts about these events, I am not alone. The west is finally starting to get pissed off with these cry-babies. Thank you YouTube for leaving this on, and the US should embrace it as a symbol of free speech, and use it as a rallying point to get support for more war. Even if that war is simply to further political and corporate ambition. I mean, why not?

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