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Airborne Bacteria Make It Rain, Snow, Researchers Find

February 29, 2008

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The sky is not an ethereal, sterile realm. It’s teeming with bacteria, and scientists say that the microbes play a powerful role in producing rain and snow.While the idea that bacteria could prompt precipitation was previously known, a paper published this week in Science shows that they’re more important than anyone expected. Researchers led by […]

Man in Critical Condition in Ricin Case

February 29, 2008

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A man who stayed in a Las Vegas hotel room where ricin was discovered on Thursday has been hospitalized in critical condition since Feb. 14 with symptoms consistent with exposure to the deadly toxin, Las Vegas police said Friday. The man’s identity, age and hometown were being withheld on Friday as investigators tried to determine […]

Test post from Google Partner web page

February 29, 2008

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Google allows you to set up your own web pages now if you are a company. Similar to wordpress, you can add widgets to your page. Check out the Xenophilia Google page for an example of something created quickly. The UFOMaps – sightings as they happen only shows up for me when I’m logged in…

Bats Use Magnetic Substance As Internal Compass To Help Them Navigate

February 28, 2008

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They may not be on most people’s list of most attractive species, but bats definitely have animal magnetism. Researchers from the Universities of Leeds and Princeton have discovered that bats use a magnetic substance in their body called magnetite as an ‘internal compass’ to help them navigate. Dr Richard Holland from Leeds’ Faculty of Biological […]

Sea reptile is biggest on record

February 28, 2008

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A fossilised “sea monster” unearthed on an Arctic island is the largest marine reptile known to science, Norwegian scientists have announced. The 150 million-year-old specimen was found on Spitspergen, in the Arctic island chain of Svalbard, in 2006. The Jurassic-era leviathan is one of 40 sea reptiles from a fossil “treasure trove” uncovered on the […]

Employee’s suit: Company used waterboarding to motivate workers

February 28, 2008

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A supervisor at a motivational coaching business in Provo is accused of waterboarding an employee in front of his sales team to demonstrate that they should work as hard on sales as the employee had worked to breathe. In a lawsuit filed last month, former Prosper, Inc. salesman Chad Hudgens alleges his managers also allowed […]

Accountant Found Dead of Suicide in Brooklyn Hotel Room

February 28, 2008

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An accountant was found dead in a hotel bathtub with his face covered by duct tape in what authorities say was a suicide.Paul Mento, 52, worked for The Associated Press for 26 years, including more than 15 as budget director. His body was discovered Monday afternoon at a Best Western in Brooklyn by a hotel […]

Sicily Mafia ‘restoring US links’

February 28, 2008

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Sicily’s Mafia is rebuilding its networks in the US, according to an Italian parliamentary report. The report says Cosa Nostra has been sending people to the US to form alliances with families with which it had lost contact in the 1980s. It says that while the mob maintains a foothold in the lucrative drugs trade, […]

Record-high ratio of Americans in prison

February 28, 2008

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For the first time in U.S. history, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report documenting America’s rank as the world’s No. 1 incarcerator. It urges states to curtail corrections spending by placing fewer low-risk offenders behind bars. Using state-by-state data, the report says 2,319,258 Americans […]

‘Bird Boy’ Found In Russia

February 28, 2008

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A young boy is close to being more bird than human because he was never spoken to while living in a virtual aviary. Authorities say the 7-year-old boy’s only form of communication was “chirping” after spending his life in a bird cage-filled apartment with a mother who treated him like one of her pets.The “bird-boy” […]

Son’s Tooth Helps Man Gain Vision

February 28, 2008

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A man has regained partial sight after surgeons inserted one of his son’s teeth into an eye socket. Robert McNichol, 57, from County Sligo on Ireland’s west coast, was injured in an explosion at his waste recycling business two years ago.Doctors said nothing could be done, but he found an expert in the UK performing […]

Earth’s Final Sunset Predicted

February 28, 2008

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“Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice,” wrote the poet Robert Frost. Astronomers, it turns out, are in the former camp. A new calculation predicts that Earth will be swallowed up by the sun in 7.6 billion years, capping off a longstanding debate over whether the sun’s gravitational pull will […]

Rise of the machine: Terminator-style robot war ‘could be a reality within 10 years’

February 28, 2008

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Robot soldiers that can decide who to attack will soon be roaming the world’s battlefields if something isn’t done about the global ‘robot arms race’. That is the stark warning from a leading robotics expert who spoke today of the dangers of allowing increasingly sophisticated robots to make decisions of life and death. Professor Noel […]

Nokia Morph Concept (long)

February 28, 2008

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Sex-Change Inmate Says Treatment Stopped

February 28, 2008

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Fark headline: “Prisoner who had sex change suing because she’s turning back into a man. Specifically, she’s turning into Geddy Lee” (Link to google image search added.) Being quite the Rush fan, I had to look: A killer who sued to have a sex change claims her body is becoming more masculine again because she’s […]

A strange invention from Turkey

February 28, 2008

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Ron Paul Schools Ben Bernanke Yet Again

February 28, 2008

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Ron Paul talks about the problems with the value of our money and the need to switch back to money backed by gold. I’m no economist, but my gold investments are doing much better than anything else lately. (Not good enough to offset the $100K in equity I’ve lost in my home, however.)

Star Trek vs. Star Wars

February 28, 2008

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I’m really geeking out tonight. This one is choppy and a bit sloppy,  but fun nevertheless.

Star Trek Meets Monty Python

February 28, 2008

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Star Trek + Nine Inch Nails = Closer

February 28, 2008

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WARNING: Strong Adult Language and situations in the song. YouTube didn’t censor it and has it posted in the non-adult area, but this one is not safe for work. With some creative editing the producers of this video raise the absurd question: Was there something going on betwen Spock and the Captain?

White Rabbit – Star Trek Version

February 28, 2008

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This one is pretty funny. I’m surprised that YouTube still has so much music available to download for free to anyone with a Firefox Add-in like Download Helper and the Audio Extractor.

Cloverfield Movie Review

February 28, 2008

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I was not planning on seeing the monster movie Cloverfield but I found it on a free Asian web site. I’m not sure how it works exactly, but I suppose tv-links.cc paid for the movie rights so we can all watch the jerky web version of it. Cool.

Streaming Video

February 28, 2008

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QuickSilverScreen Test post from ScribeFire blogging system which allows me to post info from pages I browse.

‘Harry Potter’ Is Addictive, Study Concludes

February 28, 2008

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Survey finds that 10 percent of participants showed signs of addiction, withdrawal after finishing ‘Deathly Hallows.’ No more trips to Hogwarts. No more will-they-or-won’t-they for Ron and Hermione. No more theorizing if Snape is good or evil. Has the magic gone from your life? Many Potter fans would say yes, that ever since the culmination […]

Mass trance afflicts Indonesian women, factory workers

February 28, 2008

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Lina, a former worker at a cigarette factory in Indonesia, says she was 17-years-old the first time she was possessed by an evil spirit. “My older sister went down first. She was screaming and her body went rigid and she couldn’t move. Then the spirit came into my body too,” said Lina, who like many […]

Lorenzo’s Oil for Autism

February 28, 2008

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Rob Nijssen sits hunched over a set of scales in his homebuilt laboratory. He’s weighing out herbs, oils and powders, and combining them with the skills of a practiced craftsman. With the mischievous look in his eye, he could be a gifted academic, a drug peddler or an alchemist. He is, in fact, a man […]