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  • Australian opposition concedes defeat in tight election

    07/09/2016 10:07:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 10, 2016 12:44 AM EDT | Kristen Gelineau
    Australia’s opposition leader conceded defeat on Sunday in a chaotic national election that has left Australia in a state of political paralysis for more than a week, while officials scramble to sort out who, if anyone, actually won the tight race. Vote counting was still underway from the July 2 ballot, but opposition leader Bill Shorten said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ruling conservative coalition would eventually secure enough seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives to retain power. […] With Shorten’s center-left Labor Party out of the running, just two options remain: Either the coalition will form a majority government...
  • Thruster May Shorten Mars Trip (from six months to a week!)

    09/10/2007 11:31:01 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 79 replies · 1,548+ views
    TUSTIN, Calif., Sept. 7, 2007 -- An amplified photon thruster that could potentially shorten the trip to Mars from six months to a week has reportedly attracted the attention of aerospace agencies and contractors. Young Bae, founder of the Bae Institute in Tustin, Calif., first demonstrated his photonic laser thruster (PLT), which he built with off-the-shelf components, in December. The demonstration produced a photon thrust of 35 µN and is scalable to achieve much greater thrust for future space missions, the institute said. Applications include highly precise satellite formation flying configurations for building large synthetic apertures in space for earth...
  • Bearing Sons 'Can Shorten Mother's Life'

    11/01/2005 6:14:07 PM PST · by blam · 59 replies · 1,404+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-2-2005 | Roger Highfield
    Bearing sons 'can shorten mother's life' By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 02/11/2005) Giving birth to and raising several sons could be bad for the long-term health of mothers but good for fathers, according to a study published today. Scientists suspect that having large families shortens a parent's lifespan, because the effects of reproduction and childcare can take their toll on health. However, in a society without good health care, sons could be especially costly for the mother for several reasons. They are, on average, born heavier and place more physical stresses on the body. They also raise levels of...
  • Justice Kennedy: Shorten Fed Prison Terms

    08/10/2003 12:41:39 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 18 replies · 1,710+ views
    associated press ^ | 8 10 03 | ANNE GEARAN
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said Saturday that prison terms are too long and that he favors scrapping the practice of setting mandatory minimum sentences for some federal crimes. "Our resources are misspent, our punishments too severe, our sentences too long," Kennedy told the annual meeting of the American Bar Association, his remark met by long applause. "I can accept neither the necessity nor the wisdom of federal mandatory minimum sentences," Kennedy said. "In all too many cases, mandatory minimum sentences are unjust." Kennedy is a moderate conservative placed on the court by former President...