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Submission + - No electric bill in a year!

budgenator writes: Researchers at UNLV's Center for Energy Research Have a low/zero energy house built in the Los Vegas Area that not only doesn't have a bill for electricity used for the year, it has four months worth of credit!
Right now, Nevada Power technically owes UNLV for power it generated for the year, but while the utility acknowledges the credit, Boehm said there will be no refund check in the mail. "But they will bring it (the power bill) down to zero, except for the $6 a month access fee" for using the utility's grid
The house is a test bed for energy conservation and is highly monitored and compared to a near identical but conventional house. Researchers hope to identify the most cost-effective techniques and be able to build low/zero energy home for only 10% more than convention structures. The experiment has finished phase one with limited occupancy and is planned to be treated more like a real home in phase 2. The home used 58% less energy than the baseline home which had $200.00 a month electric bills.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Why can't I get a laptop with Linux on it?

An anonymous reader writes: I'm in the process of shopping for a new laptop; I want Linux pre-installed, and I especially don't want to have to pay for a Windows license I'll never use. Why is it impossible to get a laptop with Linux pre-installed? Why am I forced to pay for Windows? It makes no sense.
The Courts

Submission + - Saddam Hanged for War Crimes in Iraq

jimbojw writes: "According to an article in the Canadian National Post :
Saddam Hussein, the former dictator of Iraq who came to be known as the Butcher of Baghdad, was hanged at dawn today in Baghdad for crimes against humanity committed during a 24-year reign of brutality that ended with the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
The 69-year-old former president was executed at about 6 a.m. in Iraq, marking a violent end to a man notorious for massacring thousands of his people.
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Biotech

Submission + - 3-D images of a flu virus

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Last week, The Lancet released a study stating that an influenza pandemic similar to the so-called Spanish flu pandemic that killed between 50 and 100 million people between 1918 and 1920 would kill about 62 million people today, with 96 percent of the deaths occurring in developing countries (details here, free registration required). It is reassuring to learn that researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have succeeded in imaging one of the viruses that causes influenza. So far, they've studied the H3N2 strain, but they could soon image other ones. This finding could help to discover how antibodies inactivate the virus — and maybe save millions of lives. Read more for additional references and an image of the three-dimensional structure of the H3N2 flu virus."

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