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  • Holy water: Congressman steals Pope Francis' glass

    09/26/2015 11:43:12 AM PDT · by Old Yeller · 108 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/25/15 | Chris Spargo
    A congressman stole the water glass Pope Francis was drinking out of during his address at the White House on Thursday. Representative Bob Brady, a devout Catholic and Democrat from Pennsylvania immediately made his way to the podium after Pope Francis finished speaking and grabbed the glass that was still filled with water. He then drank the water, gave some of the water to his wife Debra, and saved the rest for his grandchildren. Representative Brady took photos as well, and had his staff send them out to the press.
  • See this iconic glass beach before it’s too late

    06/02/2013 3:22:31 PM PDT · by bgill · 23 replies ^ | May 30, 2013 | Travis Burke
    There is a beach in Fort Bragg, California, that’s famous for the iridescent sea glass that shimmers on its shores. A dump until the 1960s, Glass Beach underwent massive cleanup projects in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but the glass from bottles and other items remained, worn smooth over time as it tumbled through the ocean... In fact, even though removing sea glass from the beach is prohibited, rangers from California State Parks, which owns the beach, see people taking the smooth, pebble-like glass pieces home in Ziploc bags and buckets all the time
  • Sponges Use Fiber Optics for Interior Lighting (to harvest energy!)

    11/21/2008 8:39:45 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 822+ views
    Sponges are among the simplest of multicellular organisms, but they contain an advanced human technology: fiber optics. In a case of reverse biomimetics, scientists have determined that one of the products of proud human engineering was already at work in a lowly sponge...
  • Scientists: Ocean sponge bests man-made fiber optics

    08/28/2003 9:06:08 AM PDT · by frithguild · 29 replies · 387+ views
    CNN ^ | Sunday, August 24, 2003 Posted: 8:50 PM EDT (0050 GMT) | (AP)
    <p>AP) -- Scientists say they have identified an ocean sponge living in the darkness of the deep sea that grows thin glass fibers capable of transmitting light better than industrial fiber optic cables used for telecommunication.</p> <p>The natural glass fibers also are much more flexible than manufactured fiber optic cable that can crack if bent too far.</p>
  • Researchers Finding Applications for Tough Spinel Ceramic [Transparent Aluminum]

    04/27/2015 6:26:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Apr 24, 2015 | Provided by Naval Research Laboratory
    Imagine a glass window that's tough like armor, a camera lens that doesn't get scratched in a sand storm, or a smart phone that doesn't break when dropped. Except it's not glass, it's a special ceramic called spinel {spin-ELL} that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been researching over the last 10 years. "Spinel is actually a mineral, it's magnesium aluminate," says Dr. Jas Sanghera, who leads the research. "The advantage is it's so much tougher, stronger, harder than glass. It provides better protection in more hostile environments—so it can withstand sand and rain erosion." As a more durable...
  • Scientists: Glass dish unearthed in Nara came from Roman Empire

    11/15/2014 4:26:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | November 13, 2014 | Kazuto Tsukamoto
    -A glass dish unearthed from a burial mound here is the first of its kind confirmed to have come to Japan from the Roman Empire, a research team said... The dish and bowl were retrieved together from the No. 126 tumulus of the Niizawa Senzuka cluster of ancient graves, a national historic site. The No. 126 tumulus dates back to the late fifth century... According to the team’s analysis, the chemical composition of the clear dark blue dish is almost identical to glasswork unearthed in the area of the Roman Empire (27 B.C.-A.D. 395). Measuring 14.1 to 14.5 centimeters in...
  • A Day Made of Glass

    03/19/2014 6:15:04 PM PDT · by rjsimmon · 22 replies
    THE FUTURE OF GLASS - "AMAZING"! If you wonder why HP, Dell and other leading computer manufacturers believe the end of the computer as we know it is near, here’s why. It's not the iPad that has them concerned about the future. It is developments like the ones Corning is working on that are game-changers:
  • Hillary or Bust: How Clinton Buzz Hurts Other Dem Contenders (the glass ceiling cracker)

    02/10/2014 3:02:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/10/14 | Kasie Hunt
    For Democrats, 2016 is the year they hope to shatter the nation's highest and toughest glass ceiling. But so far, the party's self-declared glass ceiling cracker has the party's other women waiting on her. While Hillary Clinton makes up her mind about whether to make another White House bid, other Democratic women with presidential ambitions aggressively insist they're not running this time around. They've signed a letter encouraging Clinton to jump in. They've gone to early nominating states to tout her candidacy — while sometimes turning down their own invitations to those same states for fear of sending signals that...
  • Mystery of Prince Rupert's Drop at 130,000 fps [video only]

    12/09/2013 11:32:19 PM PST · by servo1969 · 18 replies ^ | 3-22-2013 | Smarter Every Day
    This video involved about 2 months of research, and me reaching out to several individuals. I would like to thank everyone who took time out of their schedule to contribute to my wacky research. A big thanks to the following people: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My wife and kids. I'm sorry this took so long and I wasn't the kind of active father I want to be during the 5 weeks it took to make this. Dr. Martyn Poliakoff for getting me access to documents which details experiments on the Prince Rupert's Drop by the Royal Society http://rsnr.royalsocietypublishing.or... (behind a pay wall) Being...
  • Google glass-wearing customer kicked out of diner

    11/30/2013 5:02:33 PM PST · by rawhide · 141 replies ^ | 11-30-13 | By Adam Falk
    Seattle may be home for tech giants Amazon and Microsoft, but Google Glass isn't welcome in one local diner. Nick Starr, a network engineer, found this out the hard way after wearing Glass to Lost Lake Lounge last week. (Via Facebook / Nick Starr) After being seated, Starr writes, "A woman who works there comes up to us and tells me that the owner's other restaurant doesn't allow Google Glass and that I would have to either put it away (it doesn't fold up btw) or leave." (Via Facebook / Nick Starr) ​ The two then reportedly had a back-and-forth....
  • Driver cited for wearing Google Glass may be first in nation

    11/02/2013 2:40:12 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 15 replies
    Jewish World Review/MCT News ^ | November1, 2013 | Tony Perry
    Excerpt: Yes, you can get a ticket for driving while wearing the new eyewear-like Google Glass wearable computer, which is now being tested nationwide for possible entry into the consumer market. Cecilia Abadie, 44, who lives in Temecula and works at a golf store in San Diego, got just such a ticket Tuesday night after being stopped for speeding by a California Highway Patrol officer. Quickly, Abadie posted a note on the Internet: "A cop just stopped me and gave me a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving! ... Is Google Glass illegal while driving or is this cop...
  • Molten metal solidifies into a new kind of glass

    07/30/2013 6:47:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    07-30-2013 | Provided by Argonne National Laboratory
    ( —When a molten material cools quickly, parts of it may have enough time to grow into orderly crystals. But if the cooling rate is too fast for the entire melt to crystallize, the remaining material ends up in a non-crystalline state known as a glass, with atoms caught in place essentially as a frozen liquid. Recently, a group of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) came across an unexpected reversal of this usual sequence of events. After cooling a molten alloy of aluminum, iron, and silicon, they found that glassy nodules of a non-crystalline solid...
  • Clever Hacks Give Google Glass Many Unintended Powers

    07/17/2013 4:21:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/17/13 | Steve Henn
    At Philz Coffee in Palo Alto, Calif., a kid who looks like he should still be in high school is sitting across from me. He's wearing Google Glass. As I stare into the device's cyborg eye, I'm waiting for its tiny screen to light up. Then, I wait for a signal that Google Glass has recognized my face. It isn't supposed to do that, but has hacked it. "Essentially what I am building is an alternative operating system that runs on Glass but is not controlled by Google," he said. Balaban wants to make it possible to do all sorts...
  • Glass-Steagall II: Elizabeth Warren’s War on Banks (Fannie, Freddie, GM, Chrysler Not Mentioned)

    07/13/2013 9:40:05 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 15 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/13/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    US Senator Elizabeth Warren, the architect of the Consumer Financial Protect Bureau (CFPB), wants to put Glass-Steagall back into place. One of the purposes of the originial Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 was to separate commercial and investment banking. “The four biggest banks are now 30% larger than they were just five years ago, and they have continued to engage in dangerous, high-risk practices that could once again put our economy at risk,” according to Senator Warren. Hmm. The enormous spike in excess reserves may be what she is thinking about. EXCRESNS But Senator Warren forgets a few things. First, the...
  • Model of Stephenson's Steam Engine

    04/06/2013 7:00:59 PM PDT · by Doogle · 18 replies
    YT ^ | 10/24/10 | PhillForSale
    his Model of Stephenson's Steam Engine was made in 2008 by master glassblower Michal Zahradník. Highlights: * The crankshaft is glass. The piston is glass. The counterweight that makes the wheel spin evenly is glass. Imagine that everything is made out of glass. * There are no sealants used. All is accomplished by a perfectly snug fit. The gap between the piston and its compartment is so small, that the water that condensates from the steam seals it shut! * Notice the elaborate excessive steam exhaust system next to the piston
  • Your Next Smartphone Screen May Be Made of Sapphire

    03/20/2013 2:47:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 3/20/13 | Kevin Bullis
    Your Next Smartphone Screen May Be Made of Sapphire Manufactured sapphire is incredibly strong and scratch resistant. Now falling costs and technology improvements could make it competitive with glass. Why It Matters Gorilla Glass is great, but iPhone screens can still shatter. Crystal clear: These unpolished, uncut boules of manufactured-sapphire crystal weigh 130 kilograms (left) and 100 kilograms (right). Manufactured sapphire—a material that’s used as transparent armor on military vehicles—could become cheap enough to replace the glass display covers on mobile phones. That could mean smartphone screens that don’t crack when you drop them and can’t be scratched with keys,...
  • Medieval churches stained glass was photocatalytic air purifiers with nanostructured gold catalyst

    12/22/2012 4:38:17 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 21, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    For your Just Too Cool file… a reader alerted me to a post at Daniel Mitsui’s blog.This, if true, really is just too cool: SOLAR-POWERED NANOTECH-PURIFIED AIR in MEDIAEVAL CHURCHESInformation Week:The glaziers who created gold-painted stained glass windows for mediaeval churches in Europe… developed a solar-powered nanotech air-purification system.According to Zhu Huai Yong, an associate professor at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, the gold paint used in mediaeval-era stained glass windows purified the air when heated by sunlight.For centuries people appreciated only the beautiful works of art, and long life of the colors, but little did they realize that...
  • Brazil bridegroom bleeds to death at his wedding

    11/21/2012 12:37:50 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 28 replies
    <p>RIO DE JANEIRO — Media reports say a Brazilian bridegroom bled to death at his wedding reception when he tripped and fell on an empty glass of beer.</p> <p>The G1 news website says the freak accident occurred early Monday morning some six hours after navy sergeant Fabio Jefferson dos Santos Maciel and Geise Guimaraes tied the knot.</p>
  • WWII heroes who served in elite unit reportedly die on same day

    04/03/2012 12:39:35 PM PDT · by DFG · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/03/12 | Fox News
    Two World War II veterans heralded for their service in an elite commando unit reportedly died just 12 hours apart on Sunday. Mark Radcliffe, 94, and Joe Glass, 92, who both lived in Montana, were the last surviving members of the First Special Service Force, or FSSF, a legendary commando unit consisting of American and Canadian soldiers that captured more than 27,000 enemy prisoners during the war, the Helena Independent Record reported. Both men were selected in 1942 for the Plough Project, described as a "suicide mission," and underwent training at Helena's Fort Harrison, according to the newspaper. The accomplishments...
  • Mitt Romney: a glass jaw Candidate

    01/20/2012 1:51:14 PM PST · by publius321 · 24 replies
    After viewing the Thursday night GOP debate in Charleston, I noticed a recurring pattern with Mitt Romney. After virtually every hard hitting, direct question - he responds by saying “I’m going to answer your question - BUT FIRST...” then he rambles on with some canned nonsense having nothing to do with the question. It's pretty obvious that he has these remarks well memorized, having been campaigning for the past six years. What Mitt seems to be doing is thinking of how he's going to answer the poignant question while the torrent of dribble effortlessly spills out of his mouth. You...
  • Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh sued for $100,000 in child support

    07/27/2011 9:26:25 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 51 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 27, 2011 | Abdon Pallasch
    Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh sued for $100,000 in child support BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter/ July 27, 2011 9:59PM Freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, a tax-bashing Tea Party champion who sharply lectures President Barack Obama and other Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife and three children, according to documents his ex-wife filed in their divorce case in December. “I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!” Walsh says directly into the camera...
  • Gunman chased by police runs through glass door, dies

    07/12/2011 6:50:00 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 12, 2011 | William Lee
    A gun-toting man running from police died after he suffered multiple cuts running through a glass door, authorities said this morning. Officers saw the man firing a gun in the air just before 8:30 p.m. in a vacant lot in the the 6200 block of South Vernon Avenue in the West Woodlawn neighborhood, police said. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified him this morning as Jonrynn Avery, 24, of the same block.
  • Crews pull out glass panels at W; experts still unsure what's causing breakage

    Crews have started removing almost 1,000 panels of glass from balconies at the 37-story W Austin Hotel and Residences, a job that will likely extend into next week. Replacement work cannot begin, though, until developer Stratus Properties learns what caused panels to shatter and fall three times in just over two weeks. The downtown hotel temporarily closed its doors Tuesday night after a trio of panels rained down on the building's south side. On Monday, three other panels dropped onto nearby streets. No one was hurt in either of this week's incidents, but four people suffered injuries when two panels...
  • A Day Made of Glass... Think we are not too far from this.

    03/29/2011 4:15:30 PM PDT · by Sprite518 · 13 replies
    Watch "A Day Made of Glass" and take a look at Corning's vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it.
  • Glass messing with Texas race

    10/01/2010 7:48:42 AM PDT · by laotzu · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 9/24/10 | DAVID CATANESE
    If former Houston Mayor Bill White is able to prevent Gov. Rick Perry from an unprecedented third term in November, he’ll most likely have received an assist from Libertarian Kathie Glass. Glass, a Houston lawyer who has been keeping a rigorous traveling schedule of tea party events, American Legion venues and radio talk show appearances, is campaigning on a platform of limited government and secure borders. On the stump, her blunt talk, accusing Perry of giving a wink and a nod to President Barack Obama, makes her an immediate presence. And a poll taken earlier this month showed her registering...
  • Frozen Vegetables Sold at Walmart May Contain Glass

    10/16/2010 4:16:57 PM PDT · by FromLori · 51 replies
    kstp ^ | 10/16/10 | Scott Theisen
    A company in Tennessee is recalling some packages of frozen vegetables because they may contain glass fragments. Pictsweet said Friday that 24,000 pounds of packages were distributed to Kroger stores in the southeastern U.S. and Walmart stores throughout the U.S. Recalled are:
  • Virgin Mary appears to Caqueta soldiers

    10/15/2010 6:50:00 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies · 3+ views
    The military garrison in San Vicente del Caguan, in the southern department of Caqueta, has been blessed by a Marian apparition, according to soldiers in the area. In an interview with Caracol TV, one soldier said, "The truth is that she was a marvelous surprise. I realized it was her, without a doubt, because no painter exists here that could make an image as marvelous as her." The "divine manifestation" was seen in the window pane of a building housing a battalion of soldiers. The vision has created a fervor among Catholics who have come to see the Virgin and...
  • iPhone 4 glass breaking 82% more than iPhone 3gs - four months in

    10/12/2010 5:46:59 PM PDT · by PugetSoundSoldier · 58 replies
    SquareTrade ^ | October 12, 2010 | SquareTrade
    Synopsis: SquareTrade analyzed iPhone accidents for over 20,000 iPhone 4s covered by SquareTrade Care Plans and found a 82% increase in reported broken screens compared to the iPhone 3gs. Highlights of the study include: * iPhone 4 owners reported 82% more damaged screens in the first 4 months compared to iPhone 3gs owners. * Overall, the reported accident rate for iPhone 4s was 68% higher than for the iPhone 3gs. * An estimated 15.5% of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone.
  • Even the Romans recycled glass

    10/04/2010 6:50:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Planet Earth Online Planet Earth Online ^ | Thursday, September 30, 2010 | Tamera Jones
    The Romans weren't just dab hands at making beautiful vessels, ornaments and plates from glass; they were also good at recycling the stuff. A new study has found that towards the end of their rule in Britain, the Romans were recycling vast amounts of glass. But the researchers behind the study think this probably had less to do with their concern for the environment, and more to do with the fact that glass became scarcer in the northern fringes of the Roman Empire during the last century of their rule. Glassmaking was a highly sophisticated and successful industry during Roman...
  • Family of N.Y. man killed in bizarre pub incident 'devastated'

    08/16/2010 2:39:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | August 16, 2010 | Alex Katz & Brian Ballou
    The sister of a 23-year-old New York man killed in a bizarre incident at a Boston pub spoke out today, saying the family is “a mess” in the wake of their loved one’s death. “We don’t know what to do with ourselves,” said Jennifer DiMaria, 25, whose brother Michael died after he was hit in the neck with flying shards of glass at The Lansdowne pub Saturday. “My parents are walking around like zombies, my grandparents are devastated… We’ll miss him so much.” Jennifer DiMaria spoke to the Globe from her family home in Hicksville, N.Y., a few hours after...
  • 1962 glass could be Corning's next bonanza seller

    08/02/2010 2:48:22 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 47 replies · 3+ views
    YAHOO FINANCE ^ | 02 AUGUST 2010 | AP
    CORNING, N.Y. (AP) -- An ultra-strong glass that has been looking for a purpose since its invention in 1962 is poised to become a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Corning Inc. The 159-year-old glass pioneer is ramping up production of what it calls Gorilla glass, expecting it to be the hot new face of touch-screen tablets and high-end TVs. Gorilla showed early promise in the '60s, but failed to find a commercial use, so it's been biding its time in a hilltop research lab for almost a half-century. It picked up its first customer in 2008 and has quickly become a $170...
  • Transparent Digital Keyboard

    05/06/2010 4:06:23 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 2 replies · 2,097+ views
    Associated Content ^ | May 5 2010 | Alice Winters
    When it comes to computer technology, thin is always in. It's indisputable that the thinner, lighter, clearer, the better when dealing with the latest computer gadget. This keyboard is the epitome of the high standards expected of the technological version of the fashion industry. It's based on image as well, that is, image recognition technology. It judges clicking depending on the image of the size and where your finger touches the keyboard.
  • Bill Clinton Is Responsible For Our Current Mess (repealed Glass-Steagall Act)

    02/17/2010 6:01:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 58 replies · 1,525+ views
    Chattanoogan ^ | 2/17/10 | Joel Walker
    Bill Clinton Is Responsible For Our Current Messposted February 17, 2010 Just as I have been saying all along, this current economic mess in which we find ourselves lies at the feet of Bill Clinton. While I have known this for some time from evidence found through various sources, the fact was driven home last night on a television special. Was it on Fox News? Far from it. It was on the PBS show, "Frontline." Long story short is that the deregulation of the financial industry under Clinton and his Treasury Secretary, Robert Rubin, along with their complete refusal to...
  • Spray-on liquid glass is about to revolutionize almost everything

    02/02/2010 7:40:24 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 98 replies · 2,697+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | 2/2/10 | Lin Edwards
    ( -- Spray-on liquid glass is transparent, non-toxic, and can protect virtually any surface against almost any damage from hazards such as water, UV radiation, dirt, heat, and bacterial infections. The coating is also flexible and breathable, which makes it suitable for use on an enormous array of products. The liquid glass spray (technically termed “SiO2 ultra-thin layering”) consists of almost pure silicon dioxide (silica, the normal compound in glass) extracted from quartz sand. Water or ethanol is added, depending on the type of surface to be coated. There are no additives, and the nano-scale glass coating bonds to the...
  • Ancient Atomic Bombs

    11/02/2009 10:17:50 AM PST · by BGHater · 58 replies · 3,111+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | 31 Oct 2009 | Leonardo Vintiñi
    "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." —The Bhagavad Gita Seven years after the nuclear tests in Alamogordo, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, was lecturing at a college when a student asked if there were any U.S. atomic tests before Alamogordo. “Yes, in modern times,” he replied. The sentence, enigmatic and incomprehensible at the time, was actually an allusion to ancient Hindu texts that describe an apocalyptic catastrophe that doesn’t correlate with volcanic eruptions or other known phenomena. Oppenheimer, who avidly studied ancient Sanskrit, was undoubtedly referring to a passage in...
  • New World Trade Center's Chinese Glass Is Adding to Trade Furor

    10/11/2009 9:37:58 AM PDT · by BGHater · 76 replies · 2,762+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 10 Oct 2009 | Peter Whoriskey
    The new World Trade Center, now under construction, is often considered a symbol of American enterprise. But to some union members and U.S. businesses, it represents what's wrong with the nation's economy. The contract to manufacture the blast-resistant glass wrapping the main tower's first 20 stories was awarded earlier this year to a Chinese firm that underbid U.S. competitors. Now the trade tensions between the United States and China that have arisen recently over tires, steel and paper are spreading to glass. "This new tower is going to be made out of subsidized Chinese glass, putting factory workers out of...
  • Glass Cockpits for Maintainers: Looking Behind the Screen

    03/27/2009 6:22:08 AM PDT · by Rubicks13 · 10 replies · 498+ views
    AVIATION WEEK posted an article about aircraft upgrades, new glass cockpits are at the top of the list for many owners. Since the earliest days of aviation, pilots have been staring at gauges to help ascertain the condition of their machines and the world around them. Orville and Wilbur had three instruments on their first Flyer: a stopwatch, an anemometer for measuring wind speed and a tachometer. Subsequently and especially since the introduction of instrument flight and the development of the standard T cluster, engineers managed to cover every available inch of cockpit real estate with some type of instrument,...
  • Obama: 'Sober meeting' with business leaders

    01/29/2009 11:23:19 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 55 replies · 1,802+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 1/28/09 | Richard C. Gross
    President Obama held a "very sober meeting" about the economy with 10 of the nation's business leaders at the White House Wednesday as the House debated his proposed $825 billion economic stimulus package. "They understand when it comes to rebuilding our economy, we don't have a moment to spare," Mr. Obama said of the chief executive officers attending the meeting. "They are looking for action from Washington, bold and swift." Mr. Obama characterized them as being "on the frontline of people who are seeing enormous problems in the economy right now" and said the economic difficulties were a reason for...
  • The Nature of Glass Remains Anything but Clear

    08/03/2008 6:56:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies · 241+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 29, 2008 | KENNETH CHANG
    It is well known that panes of stained glass in old European churches are thicker at the bottom because glass is a slow-moving liquid that flows downward over centuries. Well known, but wrong. Medieval stained glass makers were simply unable to make perfectly flat panes, and the windows were just as unevenly thick when new. The tale contains a grain of truth about glass resembling a liquid, however. The arrangement of atoms and molecules in glass is indistinguishable from that of a liquid. But how can a liquid be as strikingly hard as glass? “They’re the thickest and gooiest of...
  • Canada Ready to Deport U.S. Deserters

    07/02/2008 7:08:13 PM PDT · by antiunion person · 57 replies · 207+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 2, 2008 | By RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    Since deserting his unit in Iraq and fleeing to Canada two years ago, Corey Glass has become the poster boy of the war resisters movement. Thursday in Toronto, supporters are planning to protest his scheduled deportation back to the United States. Corey Glass, 25, who deserted the U.S. Army while his unit was in Iraq and fled to Canada has become a cause celebre there. The American's impending deportation has led to protests and a parliamentary resolution. (ABC News Photo Illustration)But it turns out Glass has had little reason to be on the lam, ABC News has learned. Unknown to...
  • Daily Glass Of Wine Could Improve Liver Health

    05/21/2008 6:50:11 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 449+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-22-2008 | National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health
    Daily Glass Of Wine Could Improve Liver HealthFor individuals who reported drinking up to one glass of wine per day, as compared to no alcohol consumption, the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease was cut in half, according to a new study. (Credit: iStockphoto)ScienceDaily (May 22, 2008) — Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine are challenging conventional thinking with a study showing that modest wine consumption, defined as one glass a day, may not only be safe for the liver, but may actually decrease the prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). The study, which appears in the...
  • Enlightenment, wrought in glass

    04/15/2008 10:25:35 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 113+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Mar 29, 2008 | Christopher Hume
    The story of Western architecture is one of darkness giving way to light. Europe's dour medieval fortresses were replaced by airy Gothic structures and for the modernists, light was an end in itself. Has this tale run its course? From the beginning, architecture has been embarked on a journey to the light. That we have arrived is something we now take for granted. But it wasn't always thus. Indeed, of all the elements that comprise architecture, light was historically the most elusive. For millennia, we lived in shadow. Anyone who has wandered through those 1,000-year-old Romanesque churches around Barcelona in...
  • Parents Switching to Glass for Baby's Bottle; Plastic Fears Affecting Sales

    12/26/2007 6:18:55 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 74 replies · 534+ views
    JSOnline ^ | December 26, 2007 | Susanne Rust
    Local moms are playing it cautious when it comes to their babies' bottles. Retailers throughout southeastern Wisconsin say they have seen a swell of interest in glass and bisphenol A-free baby bottles in the past few weeks. So much so that a store manager at USA Baby in Brookfield said manufacturers have been unable to keep up with his customers' demands. "We've really seen a surge in the last month," said Tom Blackmore, manager of USA Baby. "It's been hard to keep glass bottles in stock." A growing body of research indicates that bisphenol A - a chemical used to...
  • Cray Supercomputer... Discover Origin Of Mysterious Glass Found In King Tut's Tomb

    08/02/2007 10:47:08 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies · 2,416+ views
    Cray Supercomputer at Sandia Helps Researchers Discover Origin of Mysterious Glass Found in King Tut's Tomb Released : Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:26 AM Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that researchers running simulations on the Cray supercomputer at Sandia National Laboratories have re-created what could have happened 29 million years ago when an asteroid explosion turned Saharan sand into glass. The greenish natural glass, which can still be found scattered across remote stretches of the desert, was used by an artisan in ancient Egypt to carve a scarab that decorates one of the bejeweled breastplates buried...
  • KFC Japan Finds Glass, Pulls Cabbage

    06/01/2007 6:22:27 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 12 replies · 370+ views
    Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan pulled four cabbage products from 228 stores in Tokyo and neighboring areas after two customers damaged their teeth on glass found in their cole slaw, the company said Friday. KFC received the complaints Thursday, the company said in a statement. One customer, a man, said he chipped his tooth on the glass, and the other, a woman, said she lost a filling, company spokesman Kiyotaka Mura said. An internal investigation has determined that the glass came from a thermometer that broke earlier this week in a refrigerator for cut cabbage at a factory near Tokyo, the...
  • DIA, feds yet to crack windshield mystery

    02/22/2007 3:08:57 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies · 1,012+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | February 21, 2007 | Jeffrey Leib
    Safety officials remain mystified why windshields cracked on at least 14 planes at Denver International Airport on Friday. "We are not discounting anything," said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer, whose agency is among those investigating the incidents. "We believe it is very remarkable to have this number of events in the same area at the same time." The National Transportation Safety Board will have a glass specialist from its structures division examine 22 damaged front and side windshields that were removed from the affected planes, said NTSB air-safety investigator Jennifer Kaiser. The cracking occurred over a 1 1/2 hour...
  • Mysterious Egyptian Glass Formed By Meteorite Strike, Study Says

    12/22/2006 11:19:39 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 1,558+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 12-21-2006 | Stefan Lovgren
    Mysterious Egyptian Glass Formed by Meteorite Strike, Study Says Stefan Lovgren for National Geographic News December 21, 2006 Strange specimens of natural glass found in the Egyptian desert are products of a meteorite slamming into Earth between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago, scientists have concluded. The glass—known locally as Dakhla glass—represents the first clear evidence of a meteorite striking an area populated by humans. At the time of the impact, the Dakhla Oasis, located in the western part of modern-day Egypt, resembled the African savanna and was inhabited by early humans, according to archaeological evidence (see Egypt map.) "This meteorite...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, December 3-9, 2006: Where Lightning Strikes

    12/06/2006 1:58:40 PM PST · by cogitator · 7 replies · 460+ views
    Fulgurites! The second is the world record holder.
  • AWOL Soldiers Reconsider Return to U.S.

    11/05/2006 5:01:25 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 57 replies · 1,458+ views ^ | Nov 4, 2006 | BRETT BARROUQUERE
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. Nov 4, 2006 (AP)— Since going to Canada to avoid another deployment to Iraq, Corey Glass has considered returning to the United States. But after hearing that a fellow former soldier who surrendered to the military and was ordered to return to his unit instead of being discharged, Glass may not return at all. "They're not going to win the hearts and minds like that," said Glass, 24, who signed on with the Indiana National Guard in 2002. Kyle Snyder, a one-time combat engineer who joined the military in 2003, disappeared Wednesday, a day after surrendering at Fort...
  • (Field) Poll finds Californians' glass half full

    07/25/2006 9:24:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 128 replies · 1,084+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/25/06 | John Marelius
    As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger embarks from San Diego County on a campaign bus tour this morning, he will be greeted by good news in the form of a poll showing his re-election prospects brightening. A new statewide Field Poll shows that 45 percent of the likely voters in the Nov. 7 election would vote for the Republican incumbent and 37 percent for Democratic state Treasurer Phil Angelides. Three percent would vote for minor-party candidates and the remaining 15 percent were undecided. Although that does not represent a statistically significant change from May, when Schwarzenegger led Angelides 46 percent to 39...