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Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes After All 269

cremeglace writes with this excerpt from ScienceNOW: "You've heard the controversy. Particle physicists predict the world's new highest-energy atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, might create tiny black holes, which they say would be a fantastic discovery. Some doomsayers fear those black holes might gobble up the Earth — physicists say that's impossible — and have petitioned the United Nations to stop the $5.5 billion LHC. Curiously, though, nobody had ever shown that the prevailing theory of gravity, Einstein's theory of general relativity, actually predicts that a black hole can be made this way. Now a computer model shows conclusively for the first time that a particle collision really can make a black hole." That said, they estimate the required energy for creating a black hole this way to be roughly "a quintillion times higher than the LHC's maximum"; though if one of the theories requiring compact extra dimensions is true, the energy could be lower.

Yellowstone Supervolcano Larger Than First Thought 451

drewtheman writes "New studies of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park shows the plume and the magma chamber under the volcano are larger than first thought and contradicts claims that only shallow hot rock exists. University of Utah research professor of geophysics Robert Smith led four separate studies that verify a plume of hot and molten rock at least 410 miles deep that rises at an angle from the northwest."
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Infinity Ward Fights Against Modern Warfare 2 Cheaters 203

Faithbleed writes "IW's Robert Bowling reports on his twitter account that Infinity Ward is giving 2,500 Modern Warfare 2 cheaters the boot. The news comes as the war between IW and MW2's fans rages over the decision to go with IWnet hosting instead of dedicated servers. Unhappy players were quick to come up with hacks that would allow their own servers and various other changes." Despite the dedicated-server complaints, Modern Warfare 2 has sold ridiculously well.

Comment Re:Tax Exempt? (Score 1) 490

Or perhaps it would allow foreign students to work, so that they aren't taking money from financial aid available to them from the University? That would seem to make it just as easy for more American students to be able to afford attendance, which looks like a win for everyone...

But no, Dey took are jorbs!

Comment Re:FIST SPORT (Score 1) 278

But it is projected that in a few years that more kids will be born out of wedlock than in (it is slightly over 40% now).

That doesn't in any way invalidate what has been said. Birth out of wedlock doesn't rule out later marriages, whether to the biological father or some other male to serve as a step-father. As it stands right now, you're just getting up on the soap-box and pulling numbers out of your ass to attempt to justify your position. I won't disagree with your point about parent involvement, however.

Comment Re:One way to get more registered voters (Score 1) 1088

So that large states could drown out the voice of smaller states? Yeah, that sounds like a real bargain! Apathetic voting-age individuals will always come up with another "reason" why they don't bother voting. I suppose on the positive side, though, you'd only have to deal with annoying campaign ads if you lived in New York and California...

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