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Secret and Lies of the Bailout

January 12, 2013

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It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you’d think the bailout was […]

DNA pioneer James Watson takes aim at cancer establishments

January 12, 2013

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… “Everyone thought antioxidants were great,” he said. “But I’m saying they can prevent us from killing cancer cells.” ‘ANTI-ANTIOXIDANTS’ Research backs him up. A number of studies have shown that taking antioxidants such as vitamin E do not reduce the risk of cancer but can actually increase it, and can even shorten life. But […]

Metal robot metal band

January 12, 2013

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Did you ever wonder what Danny Carey would sound like if he had 4 arms? How about if Angus Young had 78 fingers? Imagine what Robert Trujillo would sound like if he was actually made of metal? Well, wonder no more, meatbags. Compressorhead is the worlds heaviest metal band. Stickboy, fingers, and bones are guaranteed […]

‘Doomsday’ asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

January 12, 2013

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Astronomers following the so-called doomsday asteroid Apophis, which will be whizzing past Earth on Thursday morning, have found the rock is much larger than had previously been assumed. Since the asteroid could hit Earth in 2036, that’s a problem. The asteroid, named after an Egyptian god of chaos, darkness and destruction, had been thought to […]

Perspective: the Biggest Stars in the Universe… so far

January 12, 2013

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Centralia Mine Fire, at 50, Still Burns With Meaning

January 12, 2013

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Hours after plunging into the Earth, Todd Domboski stares at the abyss that briefly swallowed him—a hole swirling with toxic gases from an underground mine fire. On February 14, 1981, 12-year-old Domboski sank into a cave-in that ruptured the soil in his grandmother’s backyard in Centralia, Pennsylvania, where an abandoned coal mine had smoldered for […]

U.S. Cities Relying on Precog Software to Predict Murder

January 12, 2013

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Who needs the freaky precogs of Minority Report to predict if someone’s likely to commit murder when you have an algorithm that can do it for you? New crime-prediction software used in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and soon to be rolled out in the nation’s capital too, promises to reduce the homicide rate by predicting which […]

A rock is a clock: Physicist uses matter to tell time

January 12, 2013

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Ever since he was a kid growing up in Germany, Holger Müller has been asking himself a fundamental question: What is time? That question has now led Müller, today an assistant professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, to a fundamentally new way of measuring time. Taking advantage of the fact that, in […]

Hearing loss partially reversed in noise-damaged ears of mice

January 12, 2013

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Drug treatment caused regeneration of sound-sensing cells in the inner ears of noise-exposed mice. On the left, damaged cells not treated with the drug. On the right, cells that were treated. Hair cells are shown in green. (Kunio Mizutari et al. / Neuron) Anyone who’s gone to too many rock concerts or worked with loud […]