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PostSubject: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Sat 20 Dec 2008, 7:29 pm

I thought that it might be nice to have a place to post neat articles we find, and then we can discuss them in other places in the forums if it comes down to it... So, have at it... news of the weird, science, pop culture.. whatever tickles your fancy!


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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Sat 20 Dec 2008, 7:30 pm

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-sci-dinos20-2008dec20,0,1969652.story

Dinosaurs may have been stay at home dads!
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Sun 21 Dec 2008, 4:03 pm

not really news, but fun nonetheless


http://squid.tepapa.govt.nz/build-a-squid/interactive
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Sun 21 Dec 2008, 4:05 pm

Not News... but you can make your own squid...

Yay!


http://squid.tepapa.govt.nz/build-a-squid/interactive


brought to you by the museum in New Zeland and their new giant squid exhibit...
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Mon 22 Dec 2008, 10:25 am

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/12/22/israel.rare.coins/index.html?eref=rss_tech - archeologists find ancient gold coins!
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They were in a collapsed building that dates back to the 7th century, the end of the Byzantine period. The coins bear a likeness of Heraclius, who was the Byzantine emperor from 610 to 641.


http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/12/22/clown.joy.patients/index.html?eref=rss_health
play is serious business for clowns

http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/homestyle/12/22/mhi.seven.ways.ruin.christmas/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
Seven ways to ruin christmas! C'mon, you grinches, you know you wanna!
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Wed 31 Dec 2008, 6:59 am

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/12/31/leap.second.new.year/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

We all get an extra second on the clock tonight! Make well use of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Fri 02 Jan 2009, 6:12 am

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/01/02/comet.diamonds/index.html?eref=rss_tech

Tiny diamonds found in the soil are "strong evidence" a comet exploded on or above North America nearly 13,000 years ago, leading to the extinction of dozens of mammal species, according to a study.


Diamonds found in North American soil suggest a comet led to the extinction of dozens of mammal species.

The scientific report also suggests the cataclysm also reduced the population of the earliest people to inhabit the region and triggered a 1,300-year-long cold spell that stretched around the world.

The heat generated by the extraterrestrial impact likely melted much of a glacier that once covered the Great Lakes region, sending a massive flood down the Mississippi River, the study said.

According to the report, the cold waves of glacial runoff into the Gulf of Mexico shifted Atlantic Ocean currents, changing climate patterns throughout the world in a cooling period known as the Younger Dryas.

"A rare swarm" of comets rained over North America about 12,900 years ago, sparking fires that produced choking, leading "to the extinction of a large range of animals, including mammoths, across North America," the report said.

The study was conducted by a group of eight archaeologists and geologists from the universities of Oregon and California, Northern Arizona University, Oklahoma University and DePaul University. Their findings were published Friday in the journal Nature.

The prehistoric humans known to have inhabited the continent at the time of the event -- hunters and gatherers dubbed the Clovis culture -- suffered a major decline in population in the aftermath, the scientists said.

The scientists, studying layers of sediment dated to 12,900 years ago at six North American locations, including one directly on top of a Clovis site in Murray Springs, Arizona. Each layer was rich in nanodiamonds, which are produced under high-temperature, high-pressure conditions created by cosmic impacts, the report said.

"The nanodiamonds that we found at all six locations exist only in sediments associated with the Younger Dryas Boundary layers, not above it or below it," said University of Oregon archaeologist Douglas Kennett. "These discoveries provide strong evidence for a cosmic impact event at approximately 12,900 years ago that would have had enormous environmental consequences for plants, animals and humans across North America."

The other sites studied were in Bull Creek, Oklahoma; Gainey, Michigan and Topper, South Carolina, as well as Lake Hind, Manitoba; and Chobot, in the Canadian province of Alberta.



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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Mon 05 Jan 2009, 10:27 am

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/01/05/germany.battlefield/index.html?eref=rss_tech


German battlefield yields Roman surprises

HANOVER, Germany (CNN) -- Archaeologists have found more than 600 relics from a huge battle between a Roman army and Barbarians in the third century, long after historians believed Rome had given up control of northern Germany.

Researchers say the evidence suggests the tribesmen lured the Romans into forest.

"We have to write our history books new, because what we thought was that the activities of the Romans ended at nine or 10 (years) after Christ," said Lutz Stratmann, science minister for the German state of Lower Saxony. "Now we know that it must be 200 or 250 after that."

For weeks, archeologist Petra Loenne and her team have been searching this area with metal detectors, pulling hundreds of ancient Roman weapons out of the ground. They paint a picture of a highly organized, technologically superior Roman army beset by Germanic tribes in a forest about 80 km (50 miles) south of the modern city of Hanover.

The hillside battlefield was discovered by relic-hunters illegally searching for souvenirs of more recent wars near the town of Kalefeld-Oldenrode. One of them brought some of the items he found to Loenne, who works for the local government.

The artifacts are so well preserved that the scientists can already retrace some of the battle lines.

"We believe the Germans ambushed the Romans here, but the legions quickly fired back with catapults and archers -- and then it came to a massive man-on-man onslaught," Loenne said.

The items unearthed so far include an axe, still sharp after nearly 1,800 years; horseshoes; shovels; spearheads; and dozens of arrowheads for a Scorpio, a cross between a catapult and a crossbow -- the ancient equivalent of artillery.

"With a very high speed, on a very long distance -- about 300 meters -- you can hit targets precisely," said Henning Hassman, of Hanover's archeological institute.

Researchers say the evidence suggests the tribesmen lured the Romans into the forest to keep them from making full use of those long-range weapons and draw them into hand-to-hand combat, outside of the formations the imperial troops had mastered. However, they believe the Romans ultimately prevailed.


Other relics include coins depicting the late second-century Roman emperor Commodus, depicted in the Oscar-winning Hollywood epic "Gladiator" -- a film that opens with a scene of battle against a barbarian horde that scientists say appears to be largely accurate. And Loenne said her team may have only begun to scratch the surface of the forest.

"We hope we might find fortifications and if we are lucky, maybe even battlefield graveyards," she said.
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Sat 10 Jan 2009, 8:37 am

More history, this time Istanbul!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7820924.stm

Yenikapi, Istanbul

Digging through thick mud and an ancient swamp of black clay, archaeologists in Istanbul have discovered a grave that proves the city is 6,000 years older than they previously thought.
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Fri 13 Feb 2009, 6:49 am

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/12/cold.genome/index.html?eref=rss_health

Scientist map the genome of the common cold.

You realize of course that this means we're actually progressing closer to finding a cure for the cold, yes?
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Sun 15 Feb 2009, 3:55 pm

one link to rule them all.......

http://www.fark.com/
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Mon 23 Feb 2009, 7:19 am

http://money.cnn.com/2009/02/23/news/companies/airline_drinks/?postversion=2009022309

free drinks are back!
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Tue 24 Feb 2009, 2:36 am

That's nice and all, but what I want is bigger FRIGGIN' CUPS!!! Is that so much to ask for? I hate having to press the little button like 50 million times on a flight to get drinks over and over again because the cup is so damn small.
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Tue 24 Feb 2009, 6:48 am

psh... wuss. you know you can just ask for the can of soda, right?


http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/02/23/amundsen/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
- neat info on the sub, Hunin
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Tue 24 Feb 2009, 5:38 pm

I don't like carbonated things. And water is healthier.
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Wed 25 Feb 2009, 5:28 am

Not even ban-ade, mono?

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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Wed 25 Feb 2009, 2:37 pm

Psh, you don't drink that stuff... lol
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Thu 26 Feb 2009, 5:28 am

True, true. But it is still good for throwing.

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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Thu 26 Feb 2009, 6:39 am

Indeed it is.
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Fri 27 Feb 2009, 12:16 pm

Going to prom? Need money for College?
http://www.stuckatprom.com/contests/prom/ - make an outfit out of duct tape and win money.

Want blast radii for explosions? want to see it on google maps?
http://www.carloslabs.com/node/16 - asteroid hit is really impressive

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4858855a11.html - girl (well, woman really) gets a friggin-awesome mermaid tail.
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Wed 04 Mar 2009, 6:42 am

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/03/04/saturn.moon/index.html?eref=rss_tech - tiny moon found to be orbiting saturn

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/03/03/asteroid.misses.earth/index.html?iref=mpstoryview - asteroid coming to your neighborhood soon!

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/03/03/eod.popsci.species/index.html?iref=mpstoryview - new species found in deep sea trench!
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Mon 16 Mar 2009, 9:59 am

http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-03-16-voa65.cfm

Army Storms Madagascar Presidential Palace
By VOA News
16 March 2009


Under cover of darkness, rebel soldiers loyal to opp. leader Rajoelina attack pres. office in Antananarivo, 16 Mar 2009
Gunfire and loud explosions have been reported in Madagascar's capital, and soldiers have forced their way into one of the city's presidential palaces.

The developments Monday came soon after the country's opposition leader, Andry Rajoelina, called for President Marc Ravalomanana to be arrested on charges of high treason.

Reports from Antananarivo said soldiers drove at least two armed vehicles into grounds of the palace Monday evening and called for any occupants to come out.

Mr. Ravalomanana was not in the building at the time. He is reported to be sheltering at another palace several kilometers outside the city.

Earlier Monday, Rajoelina repeated his earlier demand that the president resign, and rejected Mr. Ravalomanana's offer to hold a referendum on who will lead the Indian Ocean island.

The president has said he will not resign.

The African Union said Monday that the opposition's efforts to remove the president amount to an attempted coup d'etat.

Benin's AU envoy, Edouard Alo-Glele, told reporters that the African body condemns the actions and elements that are threatening Madagascar's constitution.

His comments followed an AU Peace and Security Council meeting Monday in Ethiopia.

Rajoelina has led weeks of protests against the president in the capital. More than 100 people have died in the demonstrations, many at the hands of government security forces.

Rajoelina, who accuses the president of turning into a dictator, has proclaimed himself the island's leader and said he is in control of the country's armed forces.

Last week, he named Monja Roindefo as the new prime minister in his parallel government and promised to hold new elections within two years.






We all knew that Madagascar was up to no good. If there was one thing Pandemic taught us, it was that.
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Wed 25 Mar 2009, 11:38 am

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20127001.300-space-storm-alert-90-seconds-from-catastrophe.html?full=true

Disaster scenario recently released. Basically large-scale plasma burst/EMP wipes out a sizable portion of our infrastructure.



http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/24/science/24armo.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=nature%27s%20arms%20race&st=cse

Neat nature article on various adaptations appearing in the wild.
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Wed 25 Mar 2009, 4:31 pm

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20090325/twl-egypt-tries-to-hang-up-on-killer-sms-3cd7efd.html

A killer text message. You can't make this shite up. Oh, wait. Nevermind, that's just what someone did.
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PostSubject: Re: Neat News! - Links to news articles   Thu 23 Jul 2009, 8:43 pm

http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20090722/sc_livescience/strangehumansglowinvisiblelight


Humans Glow in Visible Light
Charles Q. Choi
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LiveScience.com charles Q. Choi
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livescience.com – Wed Jul 22, 10:32 am ET

The human body literally glows, emitting a visible light in extremely small quantities at levels that rise and fall with the day, scientists now reveal.

Past research has shown that the body emits visible light, 1,000 times less intense than the levels to which our naked eyes are sensitive. In fact, virtually all living creatures emit very weak light, which is thought to be a byproduct of biochemical reactions involving free radicals.

(This visible light differs from the infrared radiation - an invisible form of light - that comes from body heat.)

To learn more about this faint visible light, scientists in Japan employed extraordinarily sensitive cameras capable of detecting single photons. Five healthy male volunteers in their 20s were placed bare-chested in front of the cameras in complete darkness in light-tight rooms for 20 minutes every three hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for three days.

The researchers found the body glow rose and fell over the day, with its lowest point at 10 a.m. and its peak at 4 p.m., dropping gradually after that. These findings suggest there is light emission linked to our body clocks, most likely due to how our metabolic rhythms fluctuate over the course of the day.

Faces glowed more than the rest of the body. This might be because faces are more tanned than the rest of the body, since they get more exposure to sunlight - the pigment behind skin color, melanin, has fluorescent components that could enhance the body's miniscule light production.

Since this faint light is linked with the body's metabolism, this finding suggests cameras that can spot the weak emissions could help spot medical conditions, said researcher Hitoshi Okamura, a circadian biologist at Kyoto University in Japan.

"If you can see the glimmer from the body's surface, you could see the whole body condition," said researcher Masaki Kobayashi, a biomedical photonics specialist at the Tohoku Institute of Technology in Sendai, Japan.

The scientists detailed their findings online July 16 in the journal PLoS ONE.
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