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Old 01-30-2012, 07:17 AM   #3126
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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/sc...=1&ref=science

Study Finds Virus to Be Fast Learner on Infecting
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Reptilian Evolution?
by Maggie Sherman

Researchers at the University of Sidney in Australia have concluded that rising global temperatures have increased the brain functions of lizards. Quicker response times in simple learning tests have been recorded when these tiny lizards are exposed to higher temperatures. This has lead to some concluding that as the world continues to warm, so will the cognitive behaviors of our reptilian neighbors.

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Old 01-30-2012, 11:16 AM   #3129
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http://www.disinfo.com/2012/02/the-m...-eats-plastic/

The Mushroom That Eats Plastic

Posted by majestic on February 1, 2012

Mushroom 001Is this the answer to the ever-growing plastic scourge on our planet? From co.exist:

The Amazon is home to more species than almost anywhere else on earth. One of them, carried home recently by a group from Yale University, appears to be quite happy eating plastic in airless landfills.

The group of students, part of Yale’s annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory with molecular biochemistry professor Scott Strobel, ventured to the jungles of Ecuador. The mission was to allow “students to experience the scientific inquiry process in a comprehensive and creative way.” The group searched for plants, and then cultured the microorganisms within the plant tissue. As it turns out, they brought back a fungus new to science with a voracious appetite for a global waste problem: polyurethane.

The common plastic is used for everything from garden hoses to shoes and truck seats. Once it gets into the trash stream, it persists for generations. Anyone alive today is assured that their old garden hoses and other polyurethane trash will still be here to greet his or her great, great grandchildren. Unless something eats it.

The fungi, Pestalotiopsis microspora, is the first anyone has found to survive on a steady diet of polyurethane alone and–even more surprising–do this in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment that is close to the condition at the bottom of a landfill…

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Old 02-01-2012, 08:12 AM   #3132
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http://consumerist.com/2012/01/polit...s-to-them.html

Legislators Totally Cool With Required Drug Testing Unless It Applies To Them
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:03 AM   #3133
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http://www.disinfo.com/2012/02/the-earth-is-alive/

The Earth Is Alive

Posted by phunkychic666 on February 2, 2012

260px-The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17From AstroBiology Magazine:

The Earth is alive, asserts a new scientific theory of life emerging from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The trans-disciplinary theory demonstrates that purportedly inanimate, non-living objects — for example, planets, water, proteins, and DNA — are animate, that is, alive.

Erik Andrulis, PhD, assistant professor of molecular biology and microbiology, advanced his controversial framework in his manuscript “Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life,” published in the peer-reviewed journal, Life. His theory explains not only the evolutionary emergence of life on Earth and in the Universe but also the structure and function of existing cells and biospheres.

In addition to resolving long-standing paradoxes and puzzles in chemistry and biology, Andrulis’ theory unifies quantum and celestial mechanics. His unorthodox solution to this quintessential problem in physics differs from mainstream approaches, like string theory, as it is simple, non-mathematical, and experimentally and experientially verifiable.

The basic idea of Andrulis’ framework is that all physical reality can be modeled by a single geometric entity with life-like characteristics: the gyre. The so-called “gyromodel” depicts objects — particles, atoms, chemicals, molecules, and cells — as quantized packets of energy and matter that cycle between excited and ground states around a singularity, the gyromodel’s center. A singularity is itself modeled as a gyre, wholly compatible with the thermodynamic and fractal nature of life. An example of this nested, self-similar organization is the Russian Matryoshka doll.

By fitting the gyromodel to facts accumulated over scientific history, Andrulis confirms the proposed existence of eight laws of nature…

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Old 02-02-2012, 06:14 AM   #3134
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http://news.yahoo.com/russian-scient...070321311.html

Russian scientist claims signs of life spotted on Venus
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:16 AM   #3135
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http://www.disinfo.com/2012/01/could...t-lax-airport/

Could There Be A FEMA Rendition Site At LAX Airport?
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:27 AM   #3136
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Last century’s guided missile steps aside for this guided bullet




Here’s an image of a bullet’s path to the target. There’s a couple of things to note. First of all, this is not a tracer round, the projectile actually has an LED incorporated which was picked up as a trail in the long (relative to bullet speed) exposure. The second – and most obvious – thing to consider is the non-liner path it took to its objective. That’s because this is a laser guided bullet.


The smart bullet is a about four inches long and carries with it a light sensor, 8-bit processor, and some electromagnetic actuators. The tip is searching for a laser-painted target, with an algorithm calculating course corrections along the way and using the actuators to move fins which alter its path. For us the most interesting part is that this ammo requires a non-rifled barrel. The rifling spins the bullet as it leaves the firearm, which usually results in a straighter and more dependable path. But the microcontroller wouldn’t be able reliably steer if it were spinning.

We’d bet this ends up as a special sniper tool in video games before we hear about it on the battlefield. Check out a clip of the dart-like bullet leaving the muzzle in the clip after the break.
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:31 AM   #3137
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Reality TV VennDiagram:

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...ry-visits.html

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Union representatives and government inspectors are looking into complaints that managers at a Norwegian call center forbid employees from spending more than eight minutes a day on, uh, personal business:

Managers are alerted by flashing lights if an employee is away from their desk for a loo break or other “personal activities” beyond the allotted time. [...]

A spokesman added: “Surveying staff to limit lavatory visits, cigarette breaks, personal phone calls and other personal needs to a total of eight minutes per day is highly restrictive and intrusive and must be stopped.”

The firm said the aim of the checks was not to measure the breaks taken by individual workers but to assess staffing needs to ensure all calls from customers were answered and it would now be reviewing the policy.

It is the latest example of lavatory rules in Norwegian companies.

Last year the country’s workplace ombudsman said one firm was reported for making women workers wear a red bracelet when they were having their period to justify more frequent trips to the loo.

Another company made staff sign a lavatory “visitors book” while a third issued employees with an electronic key card to gain access to the lavatories so they could monitor breaks.
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This started out to me as sort of a funny story, but there are some little interesting nuggets outlined in it:

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/a...text|FRONTPAGE

Pigs on police cars? Prank by Vermont inmates adorns decals






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State out $780

While some people might find humor in the news story, Sheets and Pallito said, it comes at the expense of Vermont taxpayers.

Pallito said each decal costs $13. He believes 60 defective decals were manufactured.

The $780 printing job will come out of the small profits Prison Industries receives while making license plates, stationery for state offices and wood products for state offices and schools, Pallito said.

He said inmates in the prison industries division who want new computers and better tools to do their jobs will have to wait longer while the state police are reimbursed.


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He said it is possible the inmate is no longer in custody. If he is, he could face internal discipline for misuse of state property.

“I don’t know if there is a criminal charge,” Pallito said.

Attempts to reach Gov. Peter Shumlin for comment were unsuccessful.

“This is not as offensive as it would have been years ago. We can see the humor,” said Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, a former state trooper and state prosecutor who was named commissioner a year ago. “If the person had used some of that creativeness, he or she would not have ended up inside.”
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar....html?ITO=1490

Flesh-eating bug that you can catch on the bus or train is spreading in the UK

Strain of MRSA from the U.S. causes large boils and is resistant to several front-line antibiotics
Survives on surfaces so can be picked up on public transport


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar...#ixzz1lLWt4DxV
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http://io9.com/5880786/biochemist-pu...understands-it

Biochemist publishes a paper solving the mystery of life, but no one understands it
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http://www.disinfo.com/2012/02/the-m...-eats-plastic/

The Mushroom That Eats Plastic

Posted by majestic on February 1, 2012

Mushroom 001Is this the answer to the ever-growing plastic scourge on our planet? From co.exist:

The Amazon is home to more species than almost anywhere else on earth. One of them, carried home recently by a group from Yale University, appears to be quite happy eating plastic in airless landfills.

The group of students, part of Yale’s annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory with molecular biochemistry professor Scott Strobel, ventured to the jungles of Ecuador. The mission was to allow “students to experience the scientific inquiry process in a comprehensive and creative way.” The group searched for plants, and then cultured the microorganisms within the plant tissue. As it turns out, they brought back a fungus new to science with a voracious appetite for a global waste problem: polyurethane.

The common plastic is used for everything from garden hoses to shoes and truck seats. Once it gets into the trash stream, it persists for generations. Anyone alive today is assured that their old garden hoses and other polyurethane trash will still be here to greet his or her great, great grandchildren. Unless something eats it.

The fungi, Pestalotiopsis microspora, is the first anyone has found to survive on a steady diet of polyurethane alone and–even more surprising–do this in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment that is close to the condition at the bottom of a landfill…

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that is so cool.
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http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_.../NA31Dj01.html

How America made its children crazy
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In the past few decades, changes in sentencing laws and get-tough-on-crime policies have led to an explosion in America's prison population. Funding this incarceration binge has been an enormous drain on taxpayer dollars, with some states now spending more to lock up their citizens than to provide their children with education. It's difficult to spin anything positive out of that scenario, but as it turns out, even this blackest of clouds has a silver lining – silver as in dollars, that is, for the private prison industry.
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Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist
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