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  • 'Warming hole' delayed climate change over eastern United States: study

    04/27/2012 12:47:28 AM PDT · by allmost · 22 replies ^ | 04/026/12 | They're hiding it seems.
    While greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane warm the Earth's surface, tiny particles in the air can have the reverse effect on regional scales. "What we've shown is that particulate pollution over the eastern United States has delayed the warming that we would expect to see from increasing greenhouse gases," says lead author Eric Leibensperger (Ph.D. '11), who completed the work as a graduate student in applied physics at SEAS. "For the sake of protecting human health and reducing acid rain, we've now cut the emissions that lead to particulate pollution," he adds, "but these cuts have caused the...
  • Scientists on trial: At fault?

    09/16/2011 9:42:23 PM PDT · by allmost · 11 replies ^ | 14 September 2011 | Stephen S. Hall
    In 2009, an earthquake devastated the Italian city of L'Aquila and killed more than 300 people. Now, scientists are on trial for manslaughter...When the charges were first aired in June 2010 by public prosecutor Fabio Picuti, the case was likened to a frivolous attempt by overzealous local prosecutors to make scapegoats out of some of Italy's most respected geophysicists..."This isn't a trial against science," insists Vittorini, who is a civil party to the suit. But he says that a persistent message from authorities of "Be calm, don't worry", and a lack of specific advice, deprived him and others of an...
  • Fate of digital assets 'vague' after death

    09/13/2011 12:56:44 AM PDT · by allmost · 15 replies ^ | September 13, 2011 | Rob Lever
    I don't have one.
  • Patent reform bill approved by Senate

    09/09/2011 1:47:30 AM PDT · by allmost · 19 replies
    politico ^ | 9/8/11 6:29 PM EDT | BROOKS BOLIEK
    The Senate gave final approval to the first major overhaul of the nation’s patent law in more than a half century Thursday, sending the America Invents Act to President Barack Obama for his signature. The legislation won overwhelming approval in an 89-9 vote. Continue Reading Text Size * - * + * reset POLITICO 44 Get Adobe Flash player “This bill is an opportunity to show the American people that Democrats and Republicans can come together to enact meaningful legislation for the American people,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). “The time to do that is now.” The America Invents Act...
  • Linux is 20 years old today

    08/26/2011 8:39:07 PM PDT · by allmost · 33 replies
    The Enquirer ^ | Thu Aug 25 2011, 00:09 | Egan Orion
    ONE MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT, a student at the University of Helsinki posted a query to the newsgroup comp.os.minix asking, "What would you like to see most in minix?" The student's name was Linus Torvalds, and that Usenet post was the beginning of the Linux operating system (OS). The date was 25 August 1991, exactly 20 years ago today. Pictured-used-and-licensed-under-the-GNU-Free-Distribution-License-by-linuxmag-com-Martin-StreicherIn 1991 Unix had existed for about 20 years since the early 1970s, Apple had come out with its Mac OS in 1984, and Microsoft had been flogging Windows since 1985. Torvalds' ambitions for his "new (free) operating system" were modest. It was...
  • 500 years ago, yeast's epic journey gave rise to lager beer

    08/22/2011 8:03:21 PM PDT · by allmost · 30 replies ^ | August 22, 201 | Terry Devitt
    In the 15th century, when Europeans first began moving people and goods across the Atlantic, a microscopic stowaway somehow made its way to the caves and monasteries of Bavaria. The stowaway, a yeast that may have been transported from a distant shore on a piece of wood or in the stomach of a fruit fly, was destined for great things. In the dank caves and monastery cellars where 15th century brewmeisters stored their product, the newly arrived yeast fused with a distant relative, the domesticated yeast used for millennia to make leavened bread and ferment wine and ale. The resulting...
  • Strong, tough and now cheap: New way to process metallic glass developed

    05/12/2011 5:31:38 PM PDT · by allmost · 22 replies
    physorg ^ | May 12, 2011 | Marcus Woo
    metallic glass is an ideal material for everything from cell-phone cases to aircraft parts. Now, researchers at the California Institute of Technology have developed a new technique that allows them to make metallic-glass parts utilizing the same inexpensive processes used to produce plastic parts. With this new method, they can heat a piece of metallic glass at a rate of a million degrees per second and then mold it into any shape in just a few milliseconds. "We've redefined how you process metals," says William Johnson, the Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Engineering and Applied Science. "This is...
  • Syria arrests hundreds, shells Deraa into submission

    05/01/2011 7:20:06 PM PDT · by allmost · 5 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Sun May 1, 6:54 pm ET | Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    AMMAN (Reuters) – Security forces arrested hundreds of pro-democracy sympathisers in cities across Syria after taking control of the city of Deraa, cradle of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's autocratic rule. Looking for men under 40 years old, security forces broke into houses Sunday in the old quarter of Deraa, which a tank-backed force led by Assad's brother Maher shelled into submission the day before, witnesses told Reuters by telephone. Prominent rights campaigners were also arrested in the eastern cities of Qamishli, Raqqa and in suburbs of Damascus, along with scores of ordinary Syrians active in mass protests demanding...
  • Supercomputers crack sixty-trillionth binary digit of Pi-squared

    04/30/2011 12:22:36 AM PDT · by allmost · 57 replies ^ | April 29, 2011 | Linda Vu
    Australian researchers have done the impossible -- they’ve found the sixty-trillionth binary digit of Pi-squared! The calculation would have taken a single computer processor unit (CPU) 1,500 years to calculate, but scientists from IBM and the University of Newcastle managed to complete this work in just a few months on IBM's "BlueGene/P" supercomputer, which is designed to run continuously at one quadrillion calculations per second. Their work was based on a mathematical formula discovered a decade ago in part by the Department of Energy's David H. Bailey, the Chief Technologist of the Computational Research Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National...
  • Shuttle Discovery ends flying career, museum next

    03/09/2011 9:37:33 PM PST · by allmost · 55 replies · 1+ views
    The one. The only. The last
  • Explosion rocks NW Pakistan, 7 dead

    10/12/2009 1:34:55 AM PDT · by allmost · 4 replies · 465+ views
    AP via Google ^ | 10/12/09 | Unattributed
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Seven people are dead after an explosion in a district next to the troubled Swat Valley. Local Mayor Bakhte Alam says many more are wounded in the Monday blast in a Shangla district market. Police official Tahir Khan says it may have been a car bombing. The explosion is the latest in a string of attacks in the country, signaling the Taliban are still strong. Swat has been the focus of an intense military offensive against the Taliban. The army says it has largely cleared the valley of the insurgents, though some were on the run. Many...
  • Embryo's heartbeat drives blood stem cell formation

    05/14/2009 11:04:58 PM PDT · by allmost · 3 replies · 316+ views ^ | May 13th, 2009 | Unattributed
    ( -- Biologists have long wondered why the embryonic heart begins beating so early, before the tissues actually need to be infused with blood. Two groups of researchers from Children's Hospital Boston, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) -- presenting multiple lines of evidence from zebrafish, mice and mouse embryonic stem cells -- provide an intriguing answer: A beating heart and blood flow are necessary for development of the blood system, which relies on mechanical stresses to cue its formation.
  • 'India expects America to show leadership at G-20 summit'

    03/14/2009 5:30:56 AM PDT · by allmost · 9 replies · 345+ views
    The Hindu ^ | Saturday, March 14, 2009 | Unattributed
    London (IANS): India is looking at President Barack Obama to signal renewed US global leadership and engagement by rejecting protectionist pressures at the coming summit of the Group of 20 (G20) countries. The April 2 summit, which will be attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - a respected economist who has dealt with international economic issues for four decades - has been called to combat the global financial crisis. But the success of the summit in coming up with an action plan that will lay the roadmap to a recovery will depend largely on US leadership, according to sources at...
  • Iran says US reporter 'illegally' gathering news

    03/02/2009 3:34:08 AM PST · by allmost · 13 replies · 548+ views
    AFP ^ | 41 minutes ago (03/02/09) | Unattributed
    TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran said on Monday that a freelance US journalist with Iranian nationality who is reportedly being detained in the Islamic republic has been gathering news "illegally." Foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi did not confirm or deny whether Roxana Saberi, 31, was being detained by the Iranian authorities, but said her activities were "illegal". US-based National Public Radio and Fox News, citing Saberi's father, reported last week that the US-born journalist was arrested in late January on charges of buying alcohol, which is prohibited in the Islamic republic. "Ever since her credentials were revoked by Ershad, her activities...
  • Hollywood team comes to Iran

    02/28/2009 2:00:00 AM PST · by allmost · 14 replies · 552+ views ^ | Feb. 28, 2009 | Unattributed
    Hollywood figures from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences arrive in Iran to hold filmmaking and movie marketing seminars. "I can confirm that a group of Academy members ... are currently in Iran" on a "completely private initiative for educational and creative exchange and with no political agenda," Academy communications director Leslie Unger told AFP on Friday. According to Unger, the top-level Hollywood delegation includes AMPAS president Sid Ganis, American screenwriter and film director Frank Pierson, actress Annette Bening and producer William Horberg. "The Academy group did receive visas and is currently in Tehran," she confirmed. The Hollywood...
  • Biden Takes to Airwaves to Defend Stimulus

    02/25/2009 9:03:12 AM PST · by allmost · 13 replies · 415+ views ^ | February 25, 2009; 11:28 AM | By Debbi Wilgoren
    Vice President Biden today defended the Obama administration's massive stimulus package and ambitious policy goals, vowing to "follow the money" and publicly track any missteps among decision makers "to embarrass them into doing what they are supposed to do." Appearing on all three network morning shows the day after President Obama outlined his plans before a joint session of Congress, Biden explained the role he will play as the chief overseer of the government's stimulus plan. He said a simultaneous effort to revive the economy and reform health care, education and energy is a vital part of recovering from the...
  • Looks like a State of the Union, but it's not

    02/24/2009 6:54:53 PM PST · by allmost · 16 replies · 654+ views
    AP ^ | 4 hours ago (04/4/09) | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, following a tradition dating to at least Franklin D. Roosevelt, is calling his first address to Congress simply a speech, not a State of the Union address. Since 1930, the only presidents to deliver a State of the Union speech immediately after taking office were Dwight Eisenhower in 1953, John F. Kennedy in 1961 and Lyndon B. Johnson in 1963. Others have chosen to focus on more narrow topics, such as energy in Jimmy Carter's first speech and the economy shortly after Ronald Reagan took office. Obama is appearing before a joint session of...
  • U.S. plans "substantial" pledge at Gaza meeting

    02/23/2009 12:10:36 PM PST · by allmost · 8 replies · 316+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | Mon Feb 23, 2009 | By Sue Pleming
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to announce a "substantial" pledge of U.S. aid for Gaza and the Palestinian Authority at a donors' meeting in Egypt next week, a State Department official said on Monday. The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said the U.S. Congress still must approve the money and a final figure had not been set, but it could run into hundreds of millions of dollars. "The United States will announce a substantial pledge of humanitarian assistance and support for the Palestinian Authority," said the official. The March 2 donors...
  • Quick: Santelli Gains Rockstar Status Online

    02/20/2009 12:35:32 PM PST · by allmost · 40 replies · 1,603+ views ^ | 20 Feb 2009 | Becky Quick
    "Dear CNBC, Santelli is the man. good day, aston p.s. The rest of you are morons." That's an actual e-mail that a viewer just sent us, at 11:22 this morning. There are about 5,000 others just like it that have flooded our e-mail box since yesterday morning, when Rick Santelli issued the shot heard round the world. And that's just in the Squawk e-mail box. Close to 1.4 million people have relived the moment on ... hundreds of thousands more have checked out bootleg copies on YouTube and other Web sites. One viewer sent us a special "Santelli For...
  • Obama warns mayors not to waste stimulus money

    02/20/2009 9:41:41 AM PST · by allmost · 36 replies · 702+ views ^ | Friday, February 20, 2009 | Unattributed- AP
    WASHINGTON -- Invoking his own name-and-shame policy, President Barack Obama warned the nation's mayors on Friday that he will "call them out" if they waste the money from his massive economic stimulus plan. "The American people are watching," Obama told a gathering of mayors at the White House. "They need this plan to work. They expect to see the money that they've earned _ they've worked so hard to earn _ spent in its intended purposes without waste, without inefficiency, without fraud." In the days since the White House and Congress came to terms on the $787 billion economic package,...
  • Kyrgyz Parliament Votes to Close Base

    02/19/2009 5:07:56 AM PST · by allmost · 5 replies · 290+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 19, 2009 | ELLEN BARRY
    MOSCOW — The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan voted on Thursday to terminate the American military’s eight-year lease on an air base outside the capital, Bishkek, complicating President Obama’s plans to deploy as many as 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan over the next two years. The bill was approved by 78 of the 81 deputies present, with two voting against it and one abstaining. President Kurmanbek Bakiyev will now send official notification to Washington, giving U.S. forces six months to vacate the base. The facility is a key logistical hub for American forces in Afghanistan, particularly at a time when Taliban attacks...
  • Obama government is keen to reach Muslim world: Panel

    02/16/2009 8:29:24 PM PST · by allmost · 25 replies · 694+ views ^ | 2/17/2009 6:56:31 | NASSER AL HARTHY
    Obama government is keen to reach Muslim world: Panel Web posted at: 2/17/2009 6:56:31 Source ::: THE PENINSULA / By NASSER AL HARTHY Panelists at a session on the Obama Administration and the Muslim World. Abdul Basit Doha: The new US Administration is making efforts to reach out to the Muslim World and with an ‘interventionist’ President and a ‘non-obstructionist’ Congress it is expected to be more proactive. This was at least the overall consensus among the panelists who addressed a session on the ‘Obama Administration and the Muslim World’ at the US-Islamic Word Forum which concluded here yesterday. The...
  • Scientists: Pace of Climate Change Exceeds Estimates

    02/14/2009 7:48:55 PM PST · by allmost · 41 replies · 985+ views ^ | Sunday, February 15, 2009 | Washington Post Staff Writers
    CHICAGO, Feb. 14 -- The pace of global warming is likely to be much faster than recent predictions, because industrial greenhouse gas emissions have increased more quickly than expected and higher temperatures are triggering self-reinforcing feedback mechanisms in global ecosystems, scientists said Saturday. "We are basically looking now at a future climate that's beyond anything we've considered seriously in climate model simulations," Christopher Field, founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University, said at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Field, a member of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel...
  • January retail gain of 1 percent surprises experts

    02/12/2009 11:37:52 AM PST · by allmost · 27 replies · 677+ views
    Phoenix Business Journal ^ | Thursday, February 12, 2009 | Unattributed
    The beleaguered retail sector got a glimmer of good news Thursday with U.S. Department of Commerce data showing sales up 1 percent in January 2009 versus December 2008. That’s the first rise in month-over-month retail sales in seven months, the department said. Economists surveyed by on average had forecast a decrease of 0.8 percent for January. More discount retailers such as McDonald’s and Wal-Mart posted same-store sales increases in January even as consumer spending and confidence continue to be down hitting other retail chains and restaurants.... “We expect the first half of the year to present challenges while giving...
  • Constitutional Amendment Barring Appointment of Senators Sought

    02/11/2009 12:51:58 PM PST · by allmost · 29 replies · 616+ views ^ | Feb. 11, 2009 – 3:20 p.m. | By Seth Stern, CQ Staff
    A bipartisan group of House members joined Senator Russ Feingold Tuesday in endorsing a constitutional amendment barring governors from appointing senators. John Conyers Jr. , the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, along with ranking member Lamar Smith , R-Texas, former Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., R-Wis., and David Dreier , R-Calif., all spoke in favor of requiring direct elections to filling vacancies in the Senate. “These decisions should be in the voters’ hands,” said Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, at a House press conference. The question of how best to fill Senate vacancies has been debated recently due to the...
  • The Biden Distraction

    02/09/2009 4:43:28 AM PST · by allmost · 15 replies · 547+ views ^ | 2009-02-08 | Kevin Jackson
    Are you getting the feeling that when things are looking bad for Obama, he uncages Biden to scare us? As I wrote in The Biden Experiment , Biden is 100% effective in his role of …being stupid. The perfect distraction. So Biden is in Europe doing what he does best…pontificating, adding to his title of VP the role of, “Master of the Obvious“. Just recently he said that “…we must improve our relations with Russia.” As opposed to what, degrading our relationship with Russia? Don’t we strive to improve our relations with everybody? I have yet to hear a politician...
  • Obama finds the world won't wait for him

    02/08/2009 12:32:06 AM PST · by allmost · 24 replies · 842+ views
    fresnobee ^ | Sunday, Feb. 08, 2009 | By WARREN P. STROBEL
    WASHINGTON -- In the midst of the presidential campaign last October, Barack Obama's running mate, Joe Biden, warned that within six months of Obama's election, "We're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy." The prediction hasn't come true yet, but unfriendly nations and international competitors already are stepping up their efforts to challenge the young new president or at the very least get his attention. During the past week, North Korea threatened South Korea and prepared a long-range missile launch. Iran rocketed its first satellite into orbit without outside help. As Taliban...
  • Iran will not compromise on N-issue, says envoy

    02/01/2009 2:11:57 PM PST · by allmost · 13 replies · 422+ views
    The Nation (Pakistan) ^ | submitted 2 hours 13 minutes ago | By NISAR MEHDI
    KARACHI - Syed Rasool Moosavi, Director General of the Iranian foreign ministry Political and International Studies Centre, Tehran, said that United States did not have the courage to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. Talking to newsmen at Iranian Consulate here on Sunday, he said that Israel should be held accountable for the massacre and bloodshed of innocent Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. He said it was a barbarous act and called it murder after Israel managed to kill 1,300 civilians in its 22-day ordeal including more than 400 children. He said that the Palestinian struggle was the struggle for freedom...
  • Gaza militants fire rockets into Israel

    02/01/2009 1:28:43 AM PST · by allmost · 21 replies · 735+ views
    CNN ^ | Feb 1 2009 | Unattributed-8 minutes ago
    JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Palestinian militants fired four rockets that landed in southern Israel Sunday, the Israeli military said. The attacks were another breach in a tentative cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, a city still smoldering in the aftermath of a three-week military operation. A spokesman with the Israel Defense Forces said he did not know whether the rockets that landed in or near villages in southern Israel wounded anyone. He also did not say whether Israel was planning a retaliatory strike.
  • Water conservation is storing up health problems

    01/30/2009 12:03:30 AM PST · by allmost · 25 replies · 445+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 14:47 29 January | Rachel Nowak
    Doing your bit to conserve water supplies could be detrimental to your health, new research suggests. In Australia, water-restrictions in response to drought have forced people to collect rain in tanks, but this has been predicted to boost the spread of the mosquitoes that carry dengue fever. Meanwhile in the US, efforts to limit the use of household water mean that water is stagnating in pipes, allowing bacteria to multiply and possibly leading to lead poisoning, according to a recent report.... The human response to water shortages is also causing problems with potable water in the United States, according to...
  • Hearing With Your Face

    01/29/2009 9:51:59 PM PST · by allmost · 2 replies · 203+ views
    redorbit ^ | Sunday, 25 January 2009, 08:45 CST
    The movement of facial skin and muscles around the mouth plays an important role not only in the way the sounds of speech are made, but also in the way they are heard according to a study by scientists at Haskins Laboratories, a Yale-affiliated research laboratory. "How your own face is moving makes a difference in how you 'hear' what you hear," said first author Takayuki Ito, a senior scientist at Haskins. When, Ito and his colleagues used a robotic device to stretch the facial skin of "listeners" in a way that would normally accompany speech production they found it...

    12/26/2008 4:31:16 AM PST · by allmost · 1 replies · 254+ views ^ | Man in Santa suit kills 8, self on Christmas Eve Dec 26 01:14 AM US/Eastern |
    COVINA, Calif. (AP) - Stinging from an acrimonious divorce, a man plotting revenge against his ex-wife dressed up like Santa, went to his former in-laws' Christmas Eve party and slaughtered at least eight people before killing himself hours later. Bruce Pardo's ex-wife and her parents were believed to be among the dead. Investigators planned to return to the scene Friday and sift through the ashes of the home, which Pardo set ablaze using a bizarre homemade device that sprayed flammable liquid.
  • Merry Christmass

    12/25/2008 8:59:53 PM PST · by allmost · 15 replies · 364+ views
    One vanity, one time.
  • Evolution's new wrinkle: Proteins with cruise control provide new perspective

    11/11/2008 8:30:57 PM PST · by allmost · 61 replies · 283+ views
    Princeton University ^ | November 10, 2008; 10:00 a.m. | by Kitta MacPherson
    A team of Princeton University scientists has discovered that chains of proteins found in most living organisms act like adaptive machines, possessing the ability to control their own evolution. The research, which appears to offer evidence of a hidden mechanism guiding the way biological organisms respond to the forces of natural selection, provides a new perspective on evolution, the scientists said....
  • A Quiet Windfall For U.S. Banks

    11/10/2008 6:30:12 AM PST · by allmost · 5 replies · 135+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, November 10, 2008 | By Amit R. Paley
    The financial world was fixated on Capitol Hill as Congress battled over the Bush administration's request for a $700 billion bailout of the banking industry. In the midst of this late-September drama, the Treasury Department issued a five-sentence notice that attracted almost no public attention. But corporate tax lawyers quickly realized the enormous implications of the document: Administration officials had just given American banks a windfall of as much as $140 billion. The sweeping change to two decades of tax policy escaped the notice of lawmakers for several days, as they remained consumed with the controversial bailout bill.
  • Iran warns U.S. military after Obama win

    11/05/2008 9:37:03 AM PST · by allmost · 31 replies · 1,688+ views
    Reuters via Drudge ^ | Wed Nov 5, 2008 10:18am EST | Parisa Hafezi
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran warned U.S. forces in Iraq on Wednesday that it would respond to any violation of Iranian airspace, a message analysts said seemed directed at the new U.S. president-elect more than neighboring American troops.
  • ADL Commends Federal Agents for Preventing Killing Spree and Obama Assassination Attempt

    10/27/2008 5:29:09 PM PDT · by allmost · 17 replies · 461+ views ^ | 7:49 p.m. EDT Oct. 27, 2008 | PR Newswire.
    NEW YORK, Oct 27, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today congratulated law enforcement for uncovering and preventing what the League called "potentially the most deadly racist shooting spree in many years, including an assassination attempt on presidential candidate Barack Obama." The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Crockett County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office opened an investigation that resulted in the arrest on October 22 of Daniel Cowart, 21, of Jackson, Tennessee, and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of West Helena, Arkansas. The white supremacists were charged with suspicion of possessing an unregistered firearm, conspiring to...