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Submission + - Astronomers find star 300 times as massive as Sun (

sciencehabit writes: Science reports: Using the world's most powerful ground-based telescope, astronomers have identified the seven heaviest stars ever found. One of these "blue supergiants" has a mass equivalent to 300 of our Suns—or twice as much mass as prevailing theory said a star could acquire. All will eventually go supernova, but the type of explosion they will generate is unknown. They could form neutron stars or black holes or obliterate themselves.

Submission + - Facebook: man claiming ownership has no case (

crimeandpunishment writes: Attorneys for Facebook and a New York man claiming majority ownership of the site faced off in a Buffalo courtroom Tuesday, and if Facebook gets its way there won't be too many more days in court. The site wants to get Paul Ceglia's claim thrown out of court. He claims a seven-year-old agreement with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg entitles him to 84 percent of the company. Facebook acknowledges Ceglia and Zuckerberg worked together, but says the contract Ceglia submitted was full of "things that don't make sense".

Submission + - Battling Asteroids, Nanobots, and A.I. (

Maria Williams writes: The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit that seeks to protect people from some seriously catastrophic technology-related events. It funds research that would prevent a situation where technology has run amok, sort of like a pre-Fringe Unit.

The organization has a ton of areas that it's looking into, ranging from artificial intelligence to asteroids. A particular interest for the group revolves around building shields and lots of them, such as Neuroethics Shield — "to prevent abuse in the areas of neuropharmaceuticals, neurodevices, and neurodiagnostics."

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Submission + - Dr. Demento: off the air, online (

crimeandpunishment writes: It's the end of an era in radio. A really funny, off-the-wall era. Dr. Demento is pulling the plug on his syndicated radio show, and will only be heard on the Internet. He's been a Sunday night fixture for nearly 40 years (making a star of "Weird Al" Yankovic and introducing offbeat classics like "Dead Puppies" and "There's a Fungus Among Us") , but he's down to fewer than a dozen radio stations....and says the Web will give him the freedom to play a wider selection of music, including songs too outrageous for radio stations which answer to the FCC.

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