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Submission + - Science? Study about the "virtual nakedness" of female avatars (scienceworldreport.com)

Erwartungswert writes: Another dubious study (but funded by national research money...) oggled at hundreds of Second Life avatars to find that showing skin is indeed sex-dependent, even without "real-world" influences like weather. 3D females are "virtually more naked", it says — and of course a fitting picture is illustrating the article.

Submission + - Osama never charged for 911 - who was responsible (ibtimes.com)

Erwartungswert writes: The FBI apparently didn't want to use the Pentagon's faked Osama confession video, nor the "confessions" under torture from Guantanamo al-Qaedas to formally charge Bin Laden for 911. And there is still no good evidence — which the rule of law in a constitutional state requires to judge. Who organized the complex logistics for the attack after all?

Submission + - Mandatory smart grid meters in Germany add cost (ibtimes.com)

Erwartungswert writes: New calculations show that the promised savings from smart meters are not there yet. It will take many years before there is any efficiency gain from Smart Grids in practice, shows the experience in Germany. Problem for households is: They dont have a choice. Since the beginning of 2010, all new buildings and fully renovated houses in Germany must be equipped with smart meters.

Submission + - ITER Fusion Reactor crisis over, funding secured (ibtimes.com)

Erwartungswert writes: In a major breakthrough on the path towards infinite fusion energy, the seven member countries behind the ITER Experimental Fusion Reactor struck a deal to put additional billions in the immense project. The estimated costs doubled from previous plans. But with the EU alone throwing up to 6.6 billion euros in, the funding is secured and construction will start in the coming weeks. The first component, a superconducting coil for the magnetic confinement field, were recently completed in Japan as well.

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