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Comment Re:No incentive to lower costs (Score 4, Insightful) 827

And don't forget that government support of public universities has been cut dramatically over the years. Many large public research institutions ceased being "state supported" universities and instead became "state located" universities in the past two decades. It's only going to get worse as the tea baggers insist on deeper and deeper cuts to everything but the defense budget.

Comment access to knowledge != "smarter" (Score 1) 629

The author conflates access to information with being smarter and in the process invalidates his own theory. I'm not necessarily smarter just because I can look up a set of facts quicker now than in the past. Just because we have access to the latest physics research papers via the preprint archive doesn't mean we're all magically more intelligent. Besides, since when does knowing more about the universe translate into LESS of a sense of wonder?

The Courts

Submission + - Judge dismisses case against Steve Jobs et al

Andy_R writes: "On Wednesday, a california judge dismissed the lawsuit brought against Steve Jobs and others over the long-running backdated stock options saga that caused the resignation of Apple's CFO Fred Anderson and general counsel Nancy Heinen. The judge ruled that as Apple's share price did not fall, investors could not prove they lost out, so there was no basis for a case."

Submission + - Greenhouse gases rising faster than UN forecasts (

An anonymous reader writes: SYDNEY (AFP) — Greenhouse gas emissions are rising faster than worst-case predictions by the United Nations' top climate change body, said a new Australian report issued Thursday.

The report by the independent Climate Institute found emissions were rising faster than forecast by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with possibly devastating effects.

"Greenhouse emissions are rising faster than the worst-case IPCC scenarios," it said.

The UN body may be "underestimating the risks of adverse impacts due to increased warming during this century," it said, meaning events previously considered relatively unlikely were now more likely.



Submission + - A nanotechnology award for NASA

Roland Piquepaille writes: "NASA is rarely associated with nanotechnologies. But one of its researchers working at the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center just received a Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 award for a manufacturing process for high-quality carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Because of its ability to produce bundles of CNTs without using a metal catalyst, this method is simpler, safer, and cheaper than current ones. The CNTs produced by this process are also purer and well suited for medical applications. But read more for additional details and a picture showing the CNTs manufactured at NASA."

Submission + - Silverlight on Linux? We're in, says Mono founder

AlexGr writes: "By Martin LaMonica (CNET blog) Miguel de Icaza, VP and head of Mono at Novell has said that the Mono open-source project will create a Linux version of Silverlight by the end of year. At the Mix '07 conference on Monday, Microsoft announced the ability to write Silverlight Web applications that run on Internet Explorer, Firefox and the Safari browser on Mac OS. The port will allow someone to use .Net languages to create Web applications that run on any Linux device or other platforms that Mono supports. Mono is an open-source implementation of portions of Microsoft's .Net Framework for building cross-platform applications."

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