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Comment Re:Another art made useless (Score 1) 53

What could possibly happen in sports that hasn't happened a million times, already? What could be so interesting as to require a human to explain it? Listening to people "report" about sports is already mind-numbing, because people just say the same stuff over and over. The players "really wanted to win"? The team "gave 110%"? The coach is "disappointed that they lost"? The person kicked/threw the ball really far? I would argue that there isn't any "art" in reporting on sports at all, because there's virtually no creativity involved in sports.

Comment Nope (Score 1) 160

Nope. The solution is simple: Newspapers need to sell and publish their own ads again, like they did with the paper versions. Their advertising revenue will come back, and they'll be fine. I know that we stopped advertising in our local newspapers because we know that most people won't see the ads, and those that do are the ones too dumb to use ad blockers, so they're not people we want as customers, anyway. Newspapers need to hire back their ad salespeople, and publish their own ads on their own sites. The model works fine, but the publishers broke it when they got too greedy, and thought they could replace their advertising departments with Doubleclick.

Submission + - Fukushima to get "ice walls" to stop ground and sea water contamination (nytimes.com)

KindMind writes: The New York Times reports that Japan is freezing the ground around the Fukushima nuclear plant to stop the flow of groundwater and seawater contamination. From the article: "Built by the central government at a cost of 35 billion yen, or some $320 million, the ice wall is intended to seal off the reactor buildings within a vast, rectangular-shaped barrier of man-made permafrost. If it becomes successfully operational as soon as this autumn, the frozen soil will act as a dam to block new groundwater from entering the buildings."

Submission + - Stretchy graphene sensor feels the strain (acs.org)

ckwu writes: Strain sensors that detect subtle body motions can be used in health monitors or other wearable electronics. Researchers have now built a simple, inexpensive strain sensor by layering graphene atop a piece of stretchable adhesive tape. The graphene layers resemble fish scales, with larger pieces on top of smaller ones. As the device is stretched or bent, the graphene layers slip, and the contact area between overlapping layers changes. Measuring the change in electrical resistance reveals the change in strain. The device can measure a strain increase between 0.1 to 82% and is sensitive enough to measure a pulse from a person’s wrist or the throat vibrations of a person speaking.

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