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Old 02-27-2009, 03:43 PM   #41
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Yes, according to scientologist types, the moon will appear in a shape roughly represented like this 6 while venus will appear in an imperfect cresent looking something like this 9
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:56 PM   #42
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100m asteroid will pass within 60,000km of earth, which is pretty darn close.

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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/ba...-earth-monday/
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:09 PM   #43
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Canadians make stem-cell breakthrough


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TORONTO — Canadian researchers have discovered a new way to turn skin cells into stem cells with fewer potential risks to patients.

Their work removes major barriers to using stem cells, which have an endless capacity for self-renewal, in new medical therapies for people with spinal cord injuries or diseases such as diabetes or Parkinson's.

“We hope these stem cells will form the basis for treatment of many diseases and conditions that are currently considered incurable,” says Andras Nagy, of Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital. He is the lead author of a groundbreaking paper published online Sunday by the journal Nature.
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Apparently at SPIE's Advanced Lithography Conference, the big story was TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the biggest fab for semiconductor design houses) was TSMC's plans for maskless fabrication, most notably for 22nm technology that it sounds like IBM and AMD are pushing for.
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Old 03-02-2009, 03:09 PM   #45
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Like I said, I know all that stuff. I'm a heart patient and have talked to many doctors about it including my cardiologist.

There are some benefits yes, but recently they've found out they aren't as significant as once thought. Yet the dangers and ill effects are well known.

Like many health issues it's something that doctors go back and forth on, can't completely agree on etc. And the studies being relatively new, there's always more information coming out.

Does it have benefits? Sure. I just don't think people should be fooling themselves on how beneficial it actually is. You can get many if not all of those benefits doing healthier things than drinking.

If you wanna drink, drink! If you wanna get smashed, get smashed! Like I said, I'm not against it. I'm just saying the benefits are small at best from the most recent studies I have heard about. Maybe this will change again in 5 years. Who knows.
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I saw this, very cool indeed! A way to make stem cells without using embryos!

I'm not a religious nut or anything, but I wasn't sure about using embryos for that kind of research and eventually therapy. I mean, I know the ones being used now are already discarded and heck, at least their being used for something. But I could see how it could cause problems and invite bad decisions down the road by some people and cultures perhaps. At least this way, all that moral grey issue is gone, no matter which side of the fence you are on.

This is a GREAT breakthrough for medicine, very exciting!
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Old 03-02-2009, 03:18 PM   #47
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100m asteroid will pass within 60,000km of earth, which is pretty darn close.

)....................o............................ .................................................. ..(
^Earth...............^Asteroid.................... .................................................. ..^Moon


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/ba...-earth-monday/
I always thought it would be cool when an asteroid passes that closely, we could attach some kind of probe and/or camera to it.

BTW, any idea on how long of an orbit something like that has?
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Old 03-02-2009, 03:25 PM   #48
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Second hand smoke increases the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment.
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstr...8/feb12_2/b462
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0212210721.htm

Third hand smoke threatens infants :
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/03/he...h/03smoke.html
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Old 03-02-2009, 03:45 PM   #49
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Absolutely anything that makes scientists and researchers come together and WORK together without dividing the community is huge news in stem cell research. This holds so much promise... I am almost holding my breath, waiting for a 'but...'. Once these people start working on the same thing, who knows what will be done. My girlfriend and I have been keeping our eyes on stem cell research for awhile now in the hopes of further breakthroughs like this that can assist those with SCI.

Also, it really probably shouldn't simply read 'Canadians' make breakthrough, as it was done in partnership with the British. Both communities are to thank for it.
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Water ran on Mars as early humans walked the Earth, study suggests

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Water that melted from ice and snow carved channels through a Martian gully and deposited a fan of mud at its mouth less than 1.25 million years ago — a recent time when early humans were walking upright and making tools on Earth, suggests a new study.
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100m asteroid will pass within 60,000km of earth, which is pretty darn close.
Looks like they changed the article to say 30m asteroid. Which probably wouldn't have done a whole lot.

BTW, OP, thanks for this thread. Very interesting read.
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:57 PM   #52
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A really really exciting launch:

Spacecraft blasts off in search of 'Earths'

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/0...ets/index.html

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(CNN) -- Calling it a mission that may fundamentally change humanity's view of itself, NASA on Friday launched a telescope that will search our corner of the Milky Way galaxy for Earth-like planets.


This image shows part of the Milky Way region of the sky where the Kepler spacecraft will be pointing.

The Kepler spacecraft blasted into space on top of a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida just before 11 p.m. ET.

"This is a historical mission. It's not just a science mission," NASA Associate Administrator Ed Weiler said during a pre-launch news conference.
"It really attacks some very basic human questions that have been part of our genetic code since that first man or woman looked up in the sky and asked the question: Are we alone?"
Kepler contains a special telescope that will stare at 100,000 stars in the Cygnus-Lyra region of the Milky Way for more than three years as it trails Earth's orbit around the Sun.
Nasa's mission website: http://kepler.nasa.gov/
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Its official!

Executive Order Lifting Restrictions on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

http://sharp.sefora.org/issues/execu...cell-research/

10 min video of Obama talking about this executive order.
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Old 03-09-2009, 05:16 PM   #55
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Study: Belligerent chimp proves animals make plans

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According to a report in the journal Current Biology, the 31-year-old alpha male started building his weapons cache in the morning before the zoo opened, collecting rocks and knocking out disks from concrete boulders inside his enclosure. He waited until around midday before he unleashed a "hailstorm" of rocks against visitors, the study said.

"These observations convincingly show that our fellow apes do consider the future in a very complex way," said the author of the report, Lund University Ph.D. student Mathias Osvath. "It implies that they have a highly developed consciousness, including lifelike mental simulations of potential events."
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Hahahahaha wow, this is a chimp I want to meet.
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I read a different version of the chimp story. Apparently he's been the only male in the group for years.

Makes you wonder if he's doing this because he's got no one else challenging his authority, or nobody to take out his aggression on. I know nothing about chimp behaviour and I may be anthropomorphizing the clever critter but it seems reasonable, or at least possible, to me.
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Yeah, they castrated him at one point too.. doesn't sound like a good situation for him at all.

Chimps and dolphins and the like are to the point where I really question the morality of keeping them in zoos. At what point do we say they're self aware enough that they deserve some kinds of rights?
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New Deep Ocean Species discovered:

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Until last December, no one had ever seen the bottom of the Tasman Fracture, a trench that drops more than four kilometers below the surface of the ocean. A group of Australian and American researchers recently spent a month hundreds of kilometers southwest of the Tasmanian coast, exploring the fracture's depths.

At 3,000 meters below sea level, the crew saw thousands of sea spiders. At 3,500, millions of specimens of a new, purple-spotted sea anemone. At 4,000 meters, a single never-before-seen carnivorous sea squirt with a funnel-shaped body that snapped shut like a Venus flytrap around any shrimp unfortunate enough to brush against it.
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http://www.newscientist.com/article/...the-brain.html

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While monitoring signals from these electrodes, Gaillard's team flashed words in front of the volunteers for just 29 milliseconds. The words were either threatening (kill, anger) or emotionally neutral (cousin, see).
The words were preceded and followed by visual "masks", which block the words from being consciously processed, or the masks following the words weren't used, meaning the words could be consciously processed. The volunteers had to press a button to indicate the nature of the word, allowing the researchers to confirm whether the volunteer was conscious of it or not.

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