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'Kryptonite' Discovered in Serbian Mine 272

Rubinstien writes "A mineralogist at London's Natural History Museum was contracted to help identify an unknown mineral found in a Serbian mine. While he initially thought the miners had discovered a unique compound, after its crystal structure was analyzed and identified the researcher was shocked to find the material already referenced in literature. Fictional literature. Dr. Chris Stanley, from the BBC article: 'Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral's chemical formula — sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide — and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luthor from a museum in the film Superman Returns ... I'm afraid it's not green and it doesn't glow either — although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange.'"

Submission + - The Slashdot effect simulator

Emmanuel Cecchet writes: "Research groups at EPFL in Switzerland are building a Slashdot effect simulator. It reproduces the impact of a Slashdot post on a web site by generating a real distributed load using machines distributed over the planet. This can also replay existing Apache access.log files and extrapolate the workload to evaluate the scalability of web sites.
What about using Slashdot as the next metric for availability: 'How many Slashdots can your web site sustain?'"

Submission + - Green Tea good for you due to Quantum Tunneling

Frumious Wombat writes: Green tea is supposed to be good for you, but the antioxidants are available in such low quantities why has been a mystery. Now a team of researchers at Autonomous University of Barcelona have used high-level computational studies to demonstrate the antioxidants make complexes which enhance quantum-mechanical tunneling, thereby speeding the reaction enough to compete with damaging peroxide-radical reactions.

Feed Green homes going mainstream (

Built in a factory with energy efficiency in mind, these sunlit homes challenge the notion that living green means living in a hut.
Photos: Building a foundation for green living
Linux Business

Submission + - Linux's target: 1Bn users by 2015 writes: Microsoft's business plan is to double the number of Windows users by 2015. What is stopping Linux winning these new users instead and breaking Microsoft's monopoly?

Most of these users will be from markets where Microsoft's current monopoly is easier to overcome, and have a large incentive to keep there money in the local economy rather then flowing out to a US firm. The growing tend for copyright protectionism is making even pirate copies of Windows less attractive.

Surely Linux evangelists could do more could here then fighting on Microsoft's home ground.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Has Leopard fallen into a Copland-Vista Conundrum? writes: Is Apple's delay of Leopard turning into a new Copland/Vista style catastrophe? RDM presents the events behind Apple's Copland problems in the mid 90s and Microsoft's more recent Vista crisis and compares them to today's delay of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. The factors that held up both Copland and Vista had many parallels, including excessive legacy baggage and a reliance on closed, proprietary development. Has Leopard fallen into a similar Copland-Vista Conundrum?

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