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Comment Re:Just for the record, only UK subjects (Score 1) 366

That's why we have medals. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is given to people who have enriched America through their works. Yeah it's a bit political, but Fred Rogers, Frank Sinatra and a mess of other folks.

Although I don't have a problem with constitutional monarchy, with a bit more power than the British do. It seems to me there's some merits when you have a decent Royal line that needs to think on a much longer scale than election cycles


Submission + - Serendipitous eclipse allows black hole estimate

An anonymous reader writes: Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, researchers observed NGC 1365 six times over a course of two weeks in April 2006. During five of the observations, high energy X-rays generated by swirling material in the accretion disk was visible. However, in the second observation-which corresponded to the eclipse-no radiation could be detected. 'Thanks to this eclipse, we were able to probe much closer to the edge of this black hole than anyone has been able to before,' said study team member Martin Elvis. The researchers now think the black hole's accretion disk is about seven AU in diameter. One AU is equal to the distance between the Sun and Earth. This suggests the disk is about 2 billion times smaller than NGC 1365 itself, and only about 10 times larger than the estimated size of the black hole's event horizon, the sphere inside which everything is trapped. The finding is consistent with theoretical predictions. 'For years, we've been struggling to confirm the size of this X-ray structure,' said study team member Guido Risaliti of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and the Italian Institute of Astronomy (INAF). 'This serendipitous eclipse enabled us to make this breakthrough.'

Submission + - GC 2007: Bigger than Ever Before

Dr. Eggman writes: According to, This year's Game Convention, GC 2007, held annually in Leipzig, Germany, is sent to be their biggest show yet. With more exhibitors (390), 28% more area, and open even longer, GC 2007 may well become a new E3. The article also describes some of the activities, including a computer game music concert and developer conferences.
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Submission + - Joost gets a boost from CBS

thefickler writes: Programming from the US CBS television network will be available on the Joost Internet television service when it is launched later this year. The only catch is that the CBS content will only be available to US viewers.

Content to be made available includes new and previously-aired, full episodes from current CBS programs, including:
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: NY and CSI: Miami
  • NCIS
  • Survivor
  • Showtime
  • Showtime Championship Boxing
  • Jericho
  • Fat Actress
  • Free for All
  • CSTV, CBS Evening News With Katie Couric and
  • CBS Sportsline.

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