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Sound As the New Illegal Narcotic? 561

ehrichweiss writes "The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is warning parents and teachers of a new threat to our children: sounds. Apparently kids are now discovering binaural beats and using them to get 'physiological effects.' The report goes on with everyone suggesting that such aural experiences will act as a gateway to drug usage and even has one student claiming there are 'demons' involved. Anyone who has used one of those light/sound machines knows all about the effects that these sounds will give and to state that they will lead kids to do drugs is nonsense at best. It seems the trend in scaring the citizens with a made-up problem has gone to the next level."

Sticky Rice Is the Key To Super Strong Mortar 194

lilbridge writes "For over 1,500 years the Chinese have been using sticky rice as an ingredient in mortar, which has resulted in super strong buildings, many of which are still standing after hundreds of years. Scientists have been studying the sticky rice and lime mortar to unlock the secrets of its strength, and have just determined the secret ingredient that makes the mortar more stable and stronger. The scientists have also concluded that this mixture is the most appropriate for restoration of ancient and historic buildings, which means it is probably also appropriate for new construction as well."

Submission + - SPAM: Corporate IT just won't let IE6 die

alphadogg writes: Security experts, industry analysts and even Microsoft recommend that IT departments upgrade Internet Explorer 6, yet new research shows that while there may have recently been a mock funeral for the aging browser, IE6 is still around and doing well, especially during standard business hours.

Chitika, a search-based online advertising network, conducted a study recently to learn the hour-by-hour market share of some of the leading Internet browsers. The study showed that IE6 ranked fourth among all browsers, grabbing 13% of usage during what many consider peak business hours. The data suggests that IE6 is being used at work, between the hours of 5 a.m. and 2 p.m., CST. After hours, the browser usage drops to 6% of all Web traffic. The same pattern emerges when comparing weekdays to weekend days, according to the research. The data also reveals that when IE6 usage drops, competitive browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari (as well as Microsoft's IE8) experienced an increase in usage, accounting for a greater percentage of all Web traffic than during work hours on week days.

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Submission + - Pressure Cooker Creates Better Algae Biofuel (

MikeChino writes: The secret recipe for efficient biofuel production may lie in a common household appliance — the pressure cooker. Researchers at the University of Michigan recently found that by cooking up hot pots of algae soup they were able to decrease the amount of time and money needed to turn the slimy substance into biofuels. The high temperatures combined with the pressure breaks the plants down, releasing the native oil and causing proteins and carbohydrates to decompose, adding to the fuel yield. Cooking the “soup” for 30 minutes to an hour yields a crude bio-oil, which can then be converted to fuel.

Comment Re:Single biggest frustration for many coders (Score 1) 274

(b.) Meetings must be limited to information that *everyone* *needs* to know.

I've rarely seen this go well (if ever). Most meetings I have gone to (past tense due to being laid off) have been status meetings. Manager wants to find out what everyone has been doing, and somehow it's good for everyone to know what everyone else is doing. There is perhaps some merit to the latter, but not nearly as much as the manager would like to think. I really don't need to know about the supplier issues that one engineer is experiencing when I'm dealing with FPGA code on a completely different assembly. That engineer doesn't really need to know the trials and tribulations getting the EDA software licenses going. It's not like if either one of us was hit by a bus the other is going to jump right into the cockpit and be able to take off and complete the job -- we have widely varying specialities.

But I sit there and listen to everyone kvetch about what's going wrong with their portion of the project and trundle back to the desk eventually where it takes an hour to overcome the brain numbing.

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