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Comment Re:eh hum.... (Score 1) 287

Population is not necessarily the same as market size. I am not up enough on Iran economics to know how many printers they have in use or would have demands for. I doubt however that they would come close to the per capita hardware expenditures that we have in the United States. Add into that equation the fact that I would think Iran would have an anti-West bias and I don't know that Iran is that attractive of a market given the penalties associated with trying to tap it.


The Smell of Space 70

According to NASA scientists, space smells a lot like my uncle's workshop. One can detect hints of fried steak, hot metal, and the welding of a motorbike. They have hired Steven Pearce, a chemist and managing director of fragrance manufacturing company Omega Ingredients, to recreate the smell in a laboratory. NASA will use his research to help train potential astronauts. Steven said, "I did some work for an art exhibition in July, which was based entirely on smell, and one of the things I created was the smell of the inside of the Mir space station. NASA heard about it and contacted me to see if I could help them recreate the smell of space to help their astronauts."

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MyLongNickName writes: According to Reuters, cares could be fitted with a device to substantially reduce their emissions. A box can be inserted into the existing exhaust of virtually any car, trapping and storing the greenhouse gases in a stable form. These gases could then be reprocessed, using genetically modified algae, to create biofuel. The team of developers has worked on this for a couple years and has performed 130 tests, demonstrating an 85-95% capture rate. While I am somewhat skeptical, they are not making outlandish claims. If true, and it has no negative impact on gas mileage, this would be an incredible breakthough. Reduced emissions without requiring everyone to buy specially engineered cars.
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Submission + - Nuclear Power and Iran Today

blue234 writes: "On Iran's nuclear ambitions, some have suggested an approach which mirrors our policy vis-a-vis N. Korea. In other words, if they really insist on the need for a peaceful nuclear infrastructure, then the world should help them build nuclear power plants which do not produce the kind of nuclear byproduct which can be used to produce nuclear weapons. The trouble is N. Korea and Iran clearly have ambitions of possessing nuclear weapons. In fact, most experts believe Pyongyang already has several such weapons in its inventory. This approach, nonetheless, may be worth pursuing with Iran — if only to call Tehran's bluff. So far, however, the U.S. and Europeans continue to pursue this issue in the UN context. url: -Power-and-Iran-Today/31163"

Submission + - Is the Iranian bomb evidence real?

Phobos writes: "Evidence has been presented to the world by the US purporting Iranian involvement in the Shia insurgency. Specifically that explosions contain Iranian fingerprints is hailed as an airtight case. Yet inside Zarqawi's safe house a document was found with this specifically on the list.

"4. By executing exploding operations in the west and accusing Iran by planting Iranian Shi'a fingerprints and evidence."

The letter specifically questions how to draw the US into a war with Iran in order to weaken them in Iraq.

"...The question remains, how to draw the Americans into fighting a war against Iran? ... Hence, it is necessary first to exaggerate the Iranian danger and to convince America and the west in general, of the real danger coming from Iran..."

Are we being duped into triggering war with Iran? This could call into question how sound the evidence is against Iran. The USA Today carried this letter in June of last year, but it appears to have been forgotten by the intelligence community."

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