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When it comes to warm-up, less is more

May 28, 2011

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University of Calgary Faculty of Kinesiology researcher Elias Tomaras says the idea came to him while watching track and field sprinters warm-up for a race. “If you watch sprinters, short distance speed skaters or cyclists before their race, they will often warm-up for one to two hours, including several brief bouts of high intensity exercise. […]

How long is a day on the moon? Lunar Day: 29 days of sun

May 28, 2011

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A lunar day is the length of time it takes for the Moon to make one complete rotation on its axis compared to the Sun. This is important because the Moon is tidally locked with respect to the Earth. So it always points the same face towards the Earth as it goes around the planet. […]

Congressman questions Patriot Act “autopen” signature – Political Hotsheet – CBS News

May 28, 2011

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Republican Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia sent President Obama a letter today questioning the constitutionality of the president’s use of a device called an autopen to sign into law an extension of the Patriot Act. Congress passed the bill Thursday night, shortly before certain provisions of the Patriot Act were set to expire. However, Mr. […]

Fukushima Now Ten Chernobyls into the Sea?

May 28, 2011

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New readings show levels of radioisotopes found up to 30 kilometers offshore from the on-going crisis at Fukushima are ten times higher than those measured in the Baltic and Black Seas during Chernobyl. … The health impacts on workers at Fukushima are certain to be devastating. After Chernobyl, the Soviet government sent more than 800,000 […]

Senator Rand Paul trashes the Patriot Act + Ron Paul on new Bill Authorizes Perpetual Worldwide War

May 28, 2011

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PayPal sues Google over mobile wallet technology

May 28, 2011

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Google is being sued by PayPal, which claims that the internet search giant stole its technology for turning smartphones into digital wallets. PayPal alleges that Google obtained trade secrets from Osama Bedier, a former PayPal executive who is now Google’s vice president of payments. The lawsuit came hours after Google unveiled its plans to allow […]

Anchor from Blackbeard’s ship raised after 293 years off North Carolina coast

May 28, 2011

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Archaeologists on Friday raised an anchor from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship that pirate Blackbeard and his crew intentionally grounded off the North Carolina coast in 1718. The nearly 3,000-pound anchor is the largest artifact yet recovered from the wreck of the notorious pirate’s flagship. The anchor was atop a pile of debris, which […]

Toronto couple defend move to keep baby’s sex secret

May 28, 2011

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A Toronto couple are defending their decision to keep their infant’s sex a secret in order to allow the child to develop his or her own gender identity. Kathy Witterick and David Stocker have been widely criticised for imposing their ideology on four-month-old Storm. The family were the subject of a recent profile in the […]

Want to catch a lady’s eye? Don’t smile, study says

May 28, 2011

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A note to single dudes: If you’re looking to pick up a woman at a bar, whatever you do — don’t smile at her. Women are actually less sexually attracted to smiley, happy men, suggests a new University of British Columbia study, published online today in the journal Emotion. If that’s surprising to you — […]

Dental x-rays dramatically increase cancer risks, and I had 19 x-rays in the past week

May 28, 2011

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I’m going to try to get braces as an adult.  This requires an exam, cleaning, and x-rays. So, I had the pano x-ray, then I had a whole frigging skull x-ray at the orthodontist, then today during the mandatory check up at another dentist they took 17-xrays and found nothing of any value in them. […]

Mark Zuckerberg Starts Killing Animals for Self Improvement

May 28, 2011

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Earlier this week Mark Zuckerberg [Facebook founder] announced to the world that his self-improvement challenge of the year is to only eat animals he kills himself. … Although we’d say murder is a little different than committing to wearing a tie every day (his 2009 challenge), we commend his involvement in the entire farm-to-plate process. […]

Japanese Scientists: Solar Panels on the Moon to Supply all of Earth’s Energy

May 28, 2011

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It sounds like something out of science fiction – a huge swathe of the moon covered with solar panels to beam captured energy back to Earth. But plans to turn the moon into a gigantic mirrorball manned by robots to provide all the Earth’s energy came a step closer to reality today when they were […]

‘The Hobbit’: Legolas and Galadriel are back, whether Tolkien purists like it or not

May 28, 2011

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Orlando Bloom is ready to slide back in the saddle as the elf-prince Legolas from the “The Lord of the Rings” movies for Peter Jackson’s upcoming two-part adaptation of “The Hobbit.” It’s a move that may irk some die-hard fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien novels — Legolas does not appear in the bookshelf version of […]