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Comment Quite Amazing! (Score 1) 1

Quite Amazing - take a look at the YouTube video. Essentially he passes extremely high intensity radio waves thru a beaker of salt water, and it ignites and burns Hydrogen at approx 1400 degrees. He's currently looking for a buyer... He is exploring how to use radio waves to target cancer. Somehow he plans on injecting metals into the body and have them migrate to the cancer cells. Then he plans to zap them with the same radio waves and burn them up. Only problem I see with that plan is how to get the metals to migrate to the cancer cells...

Submission + - Cancer Researcher turns salt water into fuel. ( 1

OmniBeing writes: "American John Kansas, was working away in his lab searching for a cure for cancer (and he thinks he might have one) but in the process stumbled upon a method of igniting saltwater! While he acknowledges it's 70% energy efficient, he does have an idea how to boost it as mentioned on CHQR770's radio program located here (Note, the interview starts 35 minutes in to the stream) So hows that for an alternative fuel?"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Identical Twins Battle Over Paternety Test

ziggamon2.0 writes: Twin brothers Raymon and Richard Miller are the father and uncle to a 3-year-old little girl. The problem is, they don't know which is which. Or who is who. Since they are identical twins, and have the exact same DNA they are inseparable in paternety tests. How is one to know? And if their DNA is really the same, in a biological perspective, does it really matter?
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - UPS' Unlabeled Liability Forms: 'Just sign it!'

Rich writes: "A popular blogger on LiveJournal recently posted a hilarious but scary story about UPS' very real practices of sending uninformed drivers to people's doors with unmarked damage liability forms after packages are damaged or lost in transit. You sign this form, and you've just accepted responsibility for the loss. I work at a Geek Squad, and they've tried to do this to me at least twice. Another friend of mine was almost put out of business after he absentmindedly signed one of these and ended up having to pay for two of the same $10K item. This is ridiculous, considering that UPS' insurance deductible is tiny, and they're worth more than $45B. Anyway, here it is: UPS' Form of Mystery"

Submission + - A Truly Inconvenient Truth

mattatwork writes: "I received an interesting email from my mother-in-law, and then had it forwarded again by my wife. According to WorldNetDaily, Compact Flourescent lamps (or CFL's) contain a significant amount of Mercury. While you're saving the world from global warming, you're also putting yourself and other carbon based life forms at risk to mercury poisoning. One of the victims of a CFL's mercury found out the hard and high priced way that removing the mercury couldn't be done with a simple vacuum, but by a specialized enviremental cleanup firm for around $2000. You would think someone like Al Gore, father of the Internet, would think twice before pushing a technology like CFL, still in its infancy, on consumers who don't or didn't know the risks. I know that when I get home tonight, I'm taking out my CFL's and replacing them with good ol' incandescents."

Submission + - Vista, Office Revenues Inflated By Accountants

Overly Critical Guy writes: It turns out Microsoft's previously reported quarter numbers are inflated due to deterred revenues from last quarter. Without the deferred revenue, Microsoft's revenue growth would have been 17%, in line with past growth. Though revenue from last quarter was held back "for accounting reasons," one effect is to make Vista and Office revenues look more impressive.

Submission + - Your Brain Can Grow Larger with Exercise

drmirkin writes: "Regular exercise makes your brain larger, according to a study from the University of Illinois (Journal fo Gerontology, November 2006). With aging, your brain becomes smaller. This study showed that 60 to 79-year-old men who exercised regularly actually had their brains grow larger. Study participants who did only a stretching and toning program had their brains shrink.

If you feel you are losing your ability to reason or think clearly, or if you suffer mood disorders such as depression, ask your doctor to do blood tests for homocysteine, folic acid, pyridoxine and vitamin B12. If these tests are normal, you should get tests for thyroid function, cholesterol and other causes of arterial damage.

You can suffer from B12 deficiency even if your blood levels are normal. When you body lacks B12, your red blood cells do not mature properly and are much larger than normal, and homocysteine accumulates in your bloodstream, damaging your arteries and brain cells. Having low levels of B12 can damage every nerve in your body including your brain, to make you forgetful and impair your ability to reason and solve problems. If you are low on B12, taking folic acid supplements or eating food heavily fortified with folic acid may cost you IQ points. A study from Tufts University showed that people who have low blood levels of B12 can suffer nerve damage, and those who also had high blood levels of folic acid had far more nerve damage than those with normal levels (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, January 2007).

Your doctor should also check for diabetes, which can damage blood vessels that supply the brain, heart and other organs. Diabetics may suffer loss of memory long before they are diagnosed as having diabetes. While we await further studies, protect your memory with a lifestyle that will help you avoid diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. Control your weight, eat a wide variety of plants, limit refined carbohydrates and get plenty of exercise. See"

Submission + - Ohio audit reveals more Diebold problems

armb writes: From ote_da.html "Problems found in an audit of Diebold tabulation records from an Ohio November 2006 election raise questions about whether the database got corrupted during the tabulation of election results" They were using the Microsoft Jet engine, which Microsoft do not recommend for serious use with concurrent updates. Perhaps most surprising of all, Diebold initially claimed that the raw election results were a protected trade secret.
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Journal Journal: A Modest Proposal: Prevent Copycats 12

Everyone from Hugh Hewitt to Sarah Brady have said that the news should not have published the pictures and audio and video from Cho, the VT shooter, because it might encourage "copycats."

I think this principle should be generalized. All news about crazy people harming others should be suppressed, that others do not follow in their footsteps.

Hence, from this day forth, I propose that the news media do not report on anything government is doing.


Nanotubes May Improve Solar Energy Harvesting 93

eldavojohn writes "Scientists are hoping that the 'coaxial cable' style nanotube they developed will resolve energy issues that come with converting sunlight to energy. The plants currently have us beat in this department but research is discovering new ways to eliminate inefficiencies in transferring photons to energy. Traditional methods involve exciting electrons to the point of jumping to a higher state which leaves 'holes.' Unfortunately, these electrons and holes remain in the same regions and therefore tend to recombine. The new nanotubes hope to route these excited electrons off in the same way a coaxial cable allows a return route for electrons. End result is fewer electrons settling back into their holes once they are elevated out of them yielding a higher return in energy."

Submission + - Food Ingredients Rarely Checked

An anonymous reader writes: "The same food safety net that couldn't catch poisoned pet food ingredients from China has a much bigger hole. Billions of dollars' worth of foreign ingredients that Americans eat in everything from salad dressing to ice cream get a pass from overwhelmed inspectors, despite a rising tide of imports from countries with spotty records, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal trade and food data." il.html

Submission + - 'Kryptonite' discovered in mine

keeboo writes: According to the this article:
A new mineral matching its unique chemistry — as described in the film Superman Returns — has been identified in a mine in Serbia.
Researchers from mining group Rio Tinto discovered the unusual mineral and enlisted the help of Dr Stanley when they could not match it with anything known previously to science.
Once the London expert had unravelled the mineral's chemical make-up, he was shocked to discover this formula was already referenced in literature — albeit fictional literature.
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Submission + - Sabotage at Calif. Power Grid's Data Center

miller60 writes: "A disgruntled system administrator intentionally pressed the Emergency Power Off (EPO) button in the data center that manages the electric grid for most of California, crashing the facility for hours, according to law enforcement accounts. The grid was unaffected, primarily because the event took place late on a Sunday night, rather than on a high-load weekday, according to power industry officials. The sysadmin worked for a third-party contractor which had warned its client, the California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO), that the employee should be denied access to the facility. Inquiries are focused on why he was still able to get into the data center, which had several levels of access security."

Submission + - Software Developer Rights

led_belly writes: "I work as a contract Web Developer which often takes me into creating entire applications for clients. Usually in my prospectus I make a note that I retain the rights to all the code written for the client during the project. Is this enough? What laws are in place (in the U.S. & Canada) outlining the right and obligations in this kind of relationship? I have been told that the developer retains the rights to his/her work unless they sign these rights away to some other party, usually in the form of a financial transaction, but I wanted to hear what the slashdot crowd had to say about this."

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