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Old 11-21-2008, 09:44 AM   #926
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How Time-Traveling Could Affect Quantum Computing By Lisa Zyga, Physics / Physics (PhysOrg.com) -- If space-time were constructed in such a way that you could travel back in time, it would create some pretty strange effects. One of these oddities, as many people know, is the “grandfather paradox.” Here, a person travels back in time to kill their grandfather before the person’s father is born, thus preventing their own birth.
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Old 11-21-2008, 09:45 AM   #927
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Invisibility Cloak "Feasible Now"
Richard A. Lovett
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November 20, 2008

The latest milestone in the quest for a Harry Potter-like invisibility cloak has been reached: a way of bending the geometry of space so that light from all directions travels around an object, rather than hitting it.
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Old 11-21-2008, 09:45 AM   #928
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History's greatest conspiracy theories
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IBM has announced it will lead a US government-funded collaboration to make electronic circuits that mimic brains.
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:34 AM   #930
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Magical Nihilism
Who Stole My Volcano? Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dematerialisation of Supervillain Architecture.
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:38 AM   #931
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Nearly 20 years of stagnant to falling wages, threadbare social safety nets, and no returns on savings has produced a retiree class in Japan struggling to make ends meet. Good reason to worry at the sight of the US cribbing heavily from the Japanese playbook.


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Gangs of men are hunting wild deer for sport and may be selling the meat to people on Teesside.
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:40 AM   #932
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/17/wo...o.html?_r=2&hp

For More of Mexico’s Wealthy, Cost of Living Includes Guards

Rich Mexicans spend more on bodyguards as security deteriorates. Excellent quote by a Mexican businessman: “One bodyguard, two bodyguards, even three of them can’t do anything with these criminals, who come in groups of 20 with high-powered arms. If they want to hunt you down, they will get you.” This is going to be a gold mine of an industry in the US by early in the next decade.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:16 AM   #933
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:17 AM   #934
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U.S. report predicts decline for Al Qaeda
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:19 AM   #935
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New Report: CIA Lied About Missionary Plane Shot Down Over Peru
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:20 AM   #936
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TAZ History: Kowloon Walled City
November 21st, 2008 by Justin Boland

“There were only two rules for construction: electricity had to be provided to avoid fire, and the buildings could be no more than fourteen stories high, because of the nearby airport.”

When I was 17, I started constantly re-reading Hakim Bey’s TAZ, or as I like to call it, “His Only Good Book.” I had no problem with Jonathan Kozol, but Peter Lamborn Wilson builds a sentence like Turkish Muslims build a shrine. Before I discovered the playground of “Academic Critical Theory,” from Marshall McLuhan to Manuel de Landa, TAZ was the most dense language artifact I’d ever seen.

Even then, though, I wondered why Hakim Bey didn’t discuss the only real “TAZ” I could think of - the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. “Kowloon” means “Nine Dragons,” and you can only visit the ruins today. After an eviction process that took years and cost billions of Hong Kong dollars, the city was destroyed in 1993 and only a park remains. While it lasted, though, it was the closest thing to Pure Anarchy the world has seen outside of a war zone.

At it’s most overgrown peak in early 1987, Kowloon Walled City was home to 50,000 inhabitants. From 1899, these tenacious squatters had repelled the British, the Japanese and every would-be landlord and “property owner” in the history of Hong Kong. So why not make them the centerpiece of the book?

I’ve since come to realize it’s because he was writing a personal historical fantasy, not a tactical or practical guide. Although Kowloon truly was a Temporary Autonomous Zone, and it’s a cool idea to read and think about, it truly sucked to live there. This is best summed up by Coilhouse’s conclusion:

Yes, the anarchistic types out there are correct when they say that the Walled City is evidence that humans can co-exist, and even thrive, without laws constantly piled on them. But it’s not that simple. After all, without massive police raids (government incarnate), the place would have probably become a mob-run tyranny. Its residents had a degree of freedom that anyone who comes home to piles of bills or endless forms can’t help but envy. They also had darkness, a lower life expectancy, filthy living conditions and huge numbers of drug addicts.

But if the Walled City is a reminder that lawlessness isn’t quite as cleanly romantic as some might think, it also reminds us that a staggering number of societies are possible “� and that every one of them has a price.

It’s also worth meditating on how Kowloon came to achieve their “hands-off” status: by kicking up such a profound ****-storm of noise and problems, every single time someone tried to exert their authority, that everyone in power simply gave up. As David Robinson puts it in his great Tofu Magazine piece, “British policy came to regard Walled City as something of a hornets nest “� best not to be kicked unless absolutely necessary.”

Perhaps the lesson here is that there are no little things when it comes to defending your freedom. If either of those words are supposed to mean something, there are no acceptable tradeoffs or reasonable comprimises.

FURTHER READING: The best narrative summary is from Coilhouse, and the Wiki is surprisingly dense. My Father Lived in Kowloon City, and the hilariously mis-translated but quite interesting story of a Japanese expedition into the city the week before it was demolished in 1993. If you’re interesting in more photos, more information, and more pages to scroll through, then say hello the Skyscraper Forum, who have collected pretty much all there is to know in one thread.
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Obama Haters: You’re Missing the Opportunity of a Lifetime
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Brain worms...yes...brain worms

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Claire Bates, Daily Mail: A spectacular and almost blindingly bright meteor sparked a flurry of emergency calls to the police after it lit up the skies over western Canada. Onlookers across the province of Alberta watched in awe, describing a kaleidoscope of colours as the rock rapidly descended.

'At first I thought it was fireworks,' farmer Marcel Gobeil said. 'I've never seen anything like it; it was green and blue and then turned to bright red. It was pretty big.'

Emergency services across the region began receiving calls from 5.30pm on Thursday, with some also reporting hearing a distant 'boom.' And the police had no reason to doubt the claims. A video camera on one of their local patrol cars had captured the whole dramatic episode.

As the vehicle cruises down a street the footage shows a small bright light appearing in the sky before hurtling towards the Earth disappearing in an explosion of light just five seconds later.
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Dalai Lama Unleashes Revolutionary New Reincarnation Techniques
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The standard model of physics got it right when it predicted where the mass of ordinary matter comes from, according to a massive new computational effort. Particle physics explains that the bulk of atoms is made up of protons and neutrons, which are themselves composed of smaller particles known as quarks, which in turn are bound by gluons. The odd thing is this: the mass of gluons is zero and the mass of quarks [accounts for] only five percent. Where, therefore, is the missing 95 percent? [AFP]

The answer, according to theory, is that the energy from the interactions between quarks and gluons accounts for the excess mass (because as Einstein’s famous E=mc˛ equation proved, energy and mass are equivalent). Gluons are the carriers of the strong nuclear force that binds three quarks together to form one proton or neutron; these gluons are constantly popping into existence and disappearing again. The energy of these vacuum fluctuations has to be included in the total mass of the proton and neutron [New Scientist]. The new study finally crunched the numbers on how much energy is created in these fluctuations and confirmed the theory, but it took a supercomputer over a year to do so.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:13 AM   #942
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Rat Poison Chemical Found in Ingredient List For HPV Vaccine
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Black and white Masonic groups officially recognize each other




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Police investigated allegations schoolgirl was ritually sacrificed by White Knights Templar
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Discovered: Cosmic Rays from a Mysterious, Nearby Object
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Premiere: NASA [ft. Tom Waits and Kool Keith]: "Spacious Thoughts" [Stream]

Kool Keith and Tom Waits, together at last. The pairing between the rapper and the brawler/bawler/bastard doesn't sound much more natural than you'd expect on "Spacious Thoughts", the first track from the forthcoming debut album by Squeak E. Clean (aka director Spike Jonze's brother Sam Spiegel) and DJ Zegon (aka Ze Gonzales) as NASA. But it's an intriguing experiment nonetheless. Kool Keith shares some colorful reminiscences about the stars-- "I was up there watchin' James Brown's pockets/ Stuffed with Jolly Ranchers/ When the NFL had the Rams in Los Angeles"-- over a haunted, horn-bolstered psych-funk groove. Waits' ragged howl interjects in between Keith verses, carrying in its gale some archetypally Waitsian stuff like, you know, strangling a monkey with a clock, boarding a night train, or how "they say the moon, it smells just like a cherry bomb." It's well worth a listen even if just to hear Waits utter the words "ghetto booty."
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1,300-year-old Islamic note may solve mystery
Inscription could answer Qur'an question vexing historians for centuries
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Helicopter in dramatic near-miss with 'sinister' UFO 1,500ft above Birmingham
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Sofia Archaeologists are working on a Thracian bronze chariot, which they unearthed near the village of Karanovo in southeastern Bulgaria. More than 10,000 Thracian burial mounds are scattered across central and southeastern Bulgaria, which is considered to have been the home of the ancient society that lived in the region between 4000BC and AD300.

Digging in the mound near Karanovo was begun because local authorities feared looting. The chariot had probably been buried in the tomb of a rich man in line with the Thracian belief that belongings accompanied the dead into the afterlife, archaeologists said. “It is an ancient four-wheel chariot with a richly ornamented framework and a yoke of figured bronze,” Veselin Ignatov told national radio. (AFP)
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New Wind Turbine Generator Ditches Mechanical Transmission, Ups Efficiency 50 Percent
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