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First Kathryn Thurber post! (-1)

core10k (196263) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722777)

And as we all know, Rob's ex girlfriend is from Canada. Go Canada!

For the sake of longer pages... (-1)

Retarded_One (518093) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722877)

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Re:For the sake of longer pages... (-1)

KingAzzy (320268) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722979)

That's fucking bad ass, d00d. What does it mean?

Re:For the sake of longer pages... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2723015)

"Grab the next motherfucker marmaduke who refuses to submit to these pelvic ostentations."

"I've stumbled upon a brain fart which melts away your molds!"

LAST POST! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722778)

LAST

Could this be used in weapons development? (1, Troll)

skrowl (100307) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722780)

If a country were able to make this portable enough to use in battle, could this be made into a type of weapon?

The rammifications of a portable supernova are chilling when you put in in Osama or Saddam's hands, no?

Could you please just shut up? (5, Insightful)

nanojath (265940) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722864)

They didn't make a "portable supernova." They created situations where radioactive isotopes were generated at accelerations comparable to those in a supernova, allowing them to make real observations of situation analogous to those occuring in a supernova. We call this science.


It will never cease to amaze me that there is this army of trolls just lying in wait to come up with the stupidest, most knee-jerk, ignorant and uninformed comment on damn near anything withing moments of its appearance. There's almost a sort of genius to it...


Unfortunately it's a really stupid, useless sort of genius.

Re:Could you please just shut up? (1)

millerjl (126046) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722967)

i second that motion...

and for those of you who think that the US could do better etc, and so what, and other such comments take note: the supercollider project was to be 20,000 GeV of potential... perhaps forever lost to scientists like those canadian reasearchers with innovative ideas. hats off to the canadians.

We should ban hands as well (4, Funny)

JMZero (449047) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722969)

Lots of things could end up in Osama's hands. Let's ban hands altogether.

Where's the guy who makes the joke about other people asking about Beowulf clusters of supernova's?
-

Could this be used in weapons development? Sure (2)

Camel Pilot (78781) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722997)

I suppose the perfect antidote to a portable 'Supernova' weapon would be a portable 'Blackhole' weapon. Man the defense industry is going to love this.

I mean, *honestly*.. (1)

ArizonaBay (265782) | more than 12 years ago | (#2723023)

Has everyone forgot that what happened on September 11th was made possible by the everyday technology of airplanes and _box cutters_ ?

Come on.. a few months ago bin Laden was under the refuge of a backwards government that *prohibited* technology.. and now, if you listen to people like this, bin Laden and al Queda are suddenly on the cutting edge of <a href="http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/12/18/ 1450218&mode=thread">computer trojans</a> [slashdot.org] and nuclear astrophysics.

This isn't to say that bin Laden and al Queda aren't dangerous, but let's keep things in perspective, mmkay?

I can see it now! (1)

IIOIOOIOO (517375) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722786)

R1: 'Hey eddie, turn the dial up, let's see what this can do, eh! (get it? eh?) R2: 'Here it goes!' *POOF* R1: 'Where'd nova scotia go?'

WOW! I want one! (2, Funny)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722787)

A supernova in my backyard! Great going Canada!

Now could you make a black-hole for power generation purposes?

Thanks!

Re:WOW! I want one! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722830)

Now could you make a black-hole for power generation purposes?

Yes, please! And install it somewhere near Redmond...

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722949)

fp

Neat? (4, Funny)

saintlupus (227599) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722790)

Canada has done something neat.

Christ, how many dollars is the new coin worth this time?

--saint

Re:Neat? (0, Offtopic)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722835)

You know the coins really are a government way of encouraging savings: I constantly empty pockets of change into a dish/pile/on the washer machine, etc. Every now and then I realize that it actually amounts to hundreds of dollars. When you have $2 coins it's amazing how valuable a coin pile can become.

you are wasting your time with lameness filters (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722794)

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Re:you are wasting your time with lameness filters (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722820)

It looks like a supernova, inside-out...

Ah yes (4, Funny)

mrroot (543673) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722798)

The world has enough Sodium 21. It's about time someone started converting all that crap to Magnesium 22.

Supernovas are neat. FP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722800)

HAH

troll tuesday! (-1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722804)

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Yay...FP? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722809)

WhooHoo!!!

Canada 0wnZ j00r Supernovae ;)

Science for Sciences Sake? (1)

JohnHegarty (453016) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722812)

Is this science for sciences sake, or will there be any praticle uses from this. I can't think of any off the top of my head....

Re:Science for Sciences Sake? (2, Informative)

vinnythenose (214595) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722843)

The idea is that by recreating a supernova we can possibly see how the universe was formed. The theory I believe suggests that the big bang was essentially a really large supernova. It said this in the article (although I've been known for not reading every single little word, sort of like in Army of Darkness)

Not to give away my age too much... (2, Insightful)

aquisgrana (533155) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722945)

...But I can remember people saying things like this about the laser. It was called "a solution looking for an application."

The better we understand how the universe works, the closer we get to that hyperdrive.

Also this shows that the same physics applies here as applies many light years away. That might seem like an obvious assumption to make, but it is good to confirm these things.

Bragging rights. (4, Funny)

exceed (518714) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722813)

"Canada is now leading the world in the field of nuclear astrophysics.

"We have bragging rights."


Finally... I was wondering when we would. ;-)

Re:Bragging rights. (1)

DrMaurer (64120) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722895)

Footer on the bottom of the slashdot's story page (at least when I opened the it first):

"Don't get to bragging."

heh

Alchemy? (0, Funny)

Starship Trooper (523907) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722816)

If they can turn sodium(21) into magnesium(22), they're only two steps away from transforming Lead(82) into Gold(79)! Go Canada! :-)

Re:Alchemy? (1, Informative)

bourne (539955) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722907)

If I read the article right, it decomposed back into sodium(22). We can create lots of elements with super science gadgets, but none that I've heard of are stable.

However, I have to wonder what would happen to radioactive waste that was modified this way. We've got to figure out some way to make that stuff less dangerous, at least until we can create black holes to dump it into.

Re:Alchemy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2723009)

they're only two steps away from transforming Lead(82) into Gold(79)!
Look buddy, if you'd read the damn article you'd know that they need smurf(66) for that.

Help... Please? (1)

The Great Wakka (319389) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722818)

The way the author describes this, they make it sound like something impressive. But, um... could someone fill me in here? And for all the other clueless out there?

Re:Help... Please? (2, Interesting)

nerdlyone (539405) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722916)

In a star, the massive outward pressure from the nuclear reaction is balanced by the inward pressure of gravity. The bigger the star, the more gravity. The more gravity, the closer the individual atoms inside the star have to be. Once the star gets big enough, some of the atoms are literally mashed together to form a new element. Example: a hydrogen (one proton) gets added to a helium (two protons), creating whatever element #3 is. This is alchemy. New elements. All the heavy elements (i.e., anything greater than atomic number 2) were supposedly made this way. We are all stardust. Every atom in our bodies went through a supernova, or so the theory goes.

In this experiment, they apparently used a particle accelerator to add a proton to sodium 21. This made magnesium (?), a new element. But it didn't last long, the proton decayed into a neutron, converting the atom back into sodium, this time with 22 nucleons (one extra neutron than before).

The reason this is news: we have never converted one element into another before (at least not this way).

Melt Snow ? (0, Troll)

JohnHegarty (453016) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722832)

They could use it to melt snow ? ... or something else , i am sure there is other things in canada... mabey melt snow ?

Heh, UBC is Cool (1)

PK_ERTW (538588) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722837)

Well, I always new that UBC was cool, but I kind of wondered what the hell they did with that big 'ol atom smasher at the corner of the Campus. (Yeah, I know it has a real name, but come on, I go to the school, I can call it what I want)

PK
"Where are we going... and why are we in this handbasket?"

Slippery Slope (4, Funny)

adamy (78406) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722838)

THere seems to be wuite a bit of bragging in the article, but I guess that is to be expected. Something big like this sounds like it took a lot of effort, so these guys were psyched. Can't say as I blame them.

But it does kindof worry me that Canadians ccan now create there own elements at will. What is to prevent them from creating tons and tons of gold and flooding the gold market? Or How about creating their own Plutonium. Uh oh, I think Canada just got the bomb...Or Carbon. If canada can create it's own Carbon, what can keep them from creating diamonds and flooding the diamond market. And Carbopn is the basis for life. they can create their own stem cells. George Bush ain't going to be happy about that one...Wait, I just relized this means they can create their Hydrogen. My god, they cancreate their own sun. My god, Canada must be stopped.

Congrats goes out to these guys.

Re:Slippery Slope (1)

vinnythenose (214595) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722876)

(I know you're being sarcastic but for those that might not think so...)
Well one thing to prevent making tonnes and tonnes of gold would be, well, the cost? To make it would cost tonnes more than the gold is worth.

Oh, and sure Canada hasn't been making any nukes, but we've had the materials for a long time. Ever heard of the Can-Du reactor? (safest reactor in the world I believe) It outputs perfect nuclear waste for a nuke (hence all the fuss by the US when a few were sold to China)

It's kinda cool for nifty sake as well. Hmm, maybe we can create more elements with stupid names!
(do I hear that song blame canada on the horizon?)

Re:Slippery Slope (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722881)

the energy required to make tons and tons of Gold would be pretty extreme. Liquid He might become as valuable as gold, though, at the rate it would have to work to do it in a reasonable amount of time.

It would probably be better to get it out of sea water by electrolysis.

Re:Slippery Slope (1)

cadfael (103180) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722937)

Nah, we're just using this as a step to create beer. Canadians looooove beer, especially Canadian beer. If only beer were an element, we'd be so much closer to the perfect society. We'd close the borders, turn on some hockey, start up the Beer maker, and have a few friends over...

Re:Slippery Slope (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 12 years ago | (#2723029)

Canada in truth doesn't have alot of things to be proud of, sure we have the neutrino detector, I've been there that damn thing is neat, been to a few particle accelerators but intresting none the less.

Well gold could be a problem but that could be regulated. Plutonium hell we burn that in our power plants. Canada is considered a non-nuclear power but as the ability to build the bomb, in canada there is no stratigic importance to build them, after all we have the states to protect us...I hate saying that but 99% of canadaians think that way.

Well you can go talk to russia about the diamonds, they have 40-50 billion US dollars worth sitting in store rooms they have an agreement with the diamond cartel not to sell them though, and they get some money from them every year. On another note, when they were doing some geo-surveying up north(in the territories), they found that the concentration of diamonds makes the finds in africa look like a pin in a pin box.

Regardless, there are lots of good things that can come from this, after all maybe we can crack the understanding of the universe or something from it.

Blame Canada (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722841)

Canada has done something neat

There's a first.

black hole near you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722853)

So the physicist was right after all. Someone just created a black hole!

We get it, Canada (1, Troll)

Levine (22596) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722856)

"Canada is now the world leader in this research," TRIUMF director Alan Shotter said after the breakthrough experiment
...
"We are pushing this technology to the absolute limits of what's possible."
...
With the completion of ISAC in 1999, TRIUMF became unequalled in the world in its ability to study nuclear astrophysics and element synthesis in the universe. The only other facility of its kind, in Geneva, sent congratulations Monday to the ISAC team that beat it to the finish line.
...
"The Americans are planning a similar facility and they expect it to cost $800 million US and take 10 years to build. So we're 10 years ahead," Schmor said.
...
"Canada is now leading the world in the field of nuclear astrophysics.
...
"We have bragging rights."
I swear, this article had more to say about Canada than the actual process or what it means. Okay, Canada! We get it! You guys rock! Next time we want some space magnesium, we'll know where to look. In the meantime, keep planting those trees.

Cheers,
levine

Re:We get it, Canada (1)

aredubya74 (266988) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722870)

Aw, give em a break. After all, they already apologized for Brian Adams on numerous occasions...

Re:We get it, Canada (1, Offtopic)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722982)

Okay, Canada! We get it! You guys rock! Next time we want some space magnesium, we'll know where to look. In the meantime, keep planting those trees.

Ya, being Canadian means we might be better than our American neighbours when it comes to nuclear astrophysics, but when it comes to satellite TV, you guys kick ASS! (GO DTV!!!) :)

My Mac did this 5 years ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722857)

I cannot believe how lame this is!

Supernova? (4, Funny)

Rupert (28001) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722858)

What has this to do with stars exploding?

I mean, yes, this is a nuclear reaction that occurs in supernovas, but it's only one of many. If you come to my house and I sell you a book, I have not recreated Barnes and Noble in my study.

Still, it's a cool trick.

Funny... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722859)

I didn't know scientific research was about "braggin rights."

I can hear Isaac Newton now: "Suck dis m*therF*#$^@ Michaelangelo. You be illin & I be chillin."

d@

Re:Funny... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2723022)

Yeah - they should have done it as a rap.

That's how you get through to da kidz.

I'm usually proppin' canucks.... (4, Funny)

loraksus (171574) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722866)

But the next thing ubc wants to do is ignite the "supernova".

Next for the lab is what Shotter describes as one of the thorniest problems for nuclear astrophysicists, duplicating the reaction of the isotope oxygen 15, which is believed to be the spark that ignites nova explosions and x-ray bursts.

What can I say, America better not try and invade... :)

Ummmm.... (1)

Brat Food (9397) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722868)

While this is all facinating and incredible and stuff, im just wondering when these guys are gonna blow up he planet =)

First-hand account (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722871)

Chalmers: Good Lord, what is happening in there?
Skinner: Aurora Borealis?
Chalmers: Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?
Skinner: Yes.
Chalmers: May I see it?
Skinner: Oh, erm... No.

Interesting how "journalists" get it wrong (2, Informative)

T-Punkt (90023) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722879)

If you go through the quotes you will notice that the scientiest never said they created "a supernova". For some reasons - saying so is really stupid, a supernova is something million times brighter than a star (more precise: around 10^10 times as bright as our sun). Even if our sun goes up in a nova it won't even come close to that - how do you want to build that in a lab?

Black Holes? (1)

cliffy2000 (185461) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722882)

Artifical supernovas? Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't supernovas the cause of black holes? I mean, it seems unlikely to occur, considering the small mass involved in the experimental samples... but if the matter is compressed enough, won't we get a "mini" black hole -- the idea that escape velocity from a single point would be that great is not (completely) insane.

DOH! IGON! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722886)

Is *that* what you meant by "don't cross the streams"?

Alchemy is acheived (1)

Boli (13752) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722898)

If they could only convert Pt78 into Au79 then the Alchemist's Dream will be realized!

Oh, wait a minute. The price for Platinum is 1.7 times the price of gold.

nevermind...

Say What? (1)

jhines0042 (184217) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722899)

Using a proton beam from the university's TRIUMF cyclotron directed by giant electromagnets, the team accelerated the radioactive isotope sodium 21 in a recreation of the explosive death of a star eight times the size of our own sun.

So let me get this straight. They made a small supernova? They made a supernova the size of a sodium isotope?

Would that be a Supernovetta?

Re:Say What? (3, Funny)

ArsSineArtificio (150115) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722944)

So let me get this straight. They made a small supernova? They made a supernova the size of a sodium isotope?

Would that be a Supernovetta?



I think the term is "nanonova".

Oh, please! (1)

Karellan (521276) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722904)

If this was a supernova, the earth and the moon would be a plasma wave in a few seconds and the rest of the planets and the sun would be next. Hell, Alpha Centuri would be toast in about 4.5 years!

What a load of hype!!!

Damn Canuks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722910)

They just needed some way to keep warm.

What? (2)

Zen Mastuh (456254) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722911)

I went outside a little while ago and didn't see any bright flashes. I was looking northward too (from Florida). Are you sure this wasn't made up, like the lunar landings?

Well now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722914)

So you can turn salt in to Mg

All you have to do is light it, add a tough of rust and Al to it and boom...

You can have a new way to have salt melt snow....

Whatever (1)

dthor (197191) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722921)

Project director Paul Schmor noted, "We have satellite detectors in space called observatories, studying the effects [of stellar explosions] long after the event.

"Now we can re-create the event itself."


BS. You may be able to emulate the effects or the reactions of supernovae, but studying the facsimile will avail us nothing in the realm of physics.

That would be like me saying that I could create a black hole in my bathtub with a few particle accelerators and a little needle to punch a hole in the STC, and then saying I knew how they formed in space.

The very fact that you could do such a thing is impressive, but the creation is based on your limited, earth-based observations nonetheless.

--
dthor

Canada is doomed! (1)

filbo (147228) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722923)

One can see any number of science fiction books coming out in which Canada manages to suck itself into a black hole or blow itself into orbit.

Article is misleading (5, Informative)

LMCBoy (185365) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722924)

It's a huge stretch to say this is the first man-made supernova. Maybe it's the first man-made r-process nuclear reaction, but that's a far cry from a supernova. The reaction they've reproduced involves trace elements, not the iron/nickel that are really important in a SN.

Basically, a SN happens when a massive star has converted all of its core fuel into iron by nuclear fusion. The star's gravity compresses and heats the iron until it can fuse also. However, iron is the most tightly bound element, so fusing iron nuclei doesn't release heat energy, it removes it. The thermal pressure that was holding up the star's core disappears in a fraction of a second, and the whole thing comes crashing down in a huge implosion. The implosion causes the core material to form a neutron star or a black hole, and the rebounding shock wave blows the rest of the star apart.

Doesn't sound much like what they did. I don't mean to downplay their achievement; it's still very impressive. I'm just lamenting the sorry state of most science reporting...

Interesting.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722938)

What is more interesting than the article, is the fact that most of the slashdot comments are nothing more than vaguely anti-canadian blither. Good stuff.

UBC website (1)

ndevice (304743) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722942)

Offtopic, but it's interesting to know that the University of British Columbia has the ubc.edu domain too as the article links to. As a former UBC student, I always thought that it was just ubc.ca... Always thought that .edu was just for the american universities. Simon Fraser University - also in Vancouver, BC is just sfu.ca, not sfu.edu.

25 years ago... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722953)

My Mom created a Cassanova.
I Am God's Gift To Women

Bad timing (2, Funny)

Grape Shasta (176655) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722963)


All this bragging aboot Canada makes me want to go download that Molson beer commercial from AdCritic...

Canada constructs the Death Star! (0)

CrazyJim0 (324487) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722965)

I hate starwars buffs, but I honestly misread this:
"A University of B.C. research team has recreated the death of a star"
as
"A University of B.C. research team has recreated the death star"

Rats, I wanted beer to be involved... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722966)

I must be tired. The first time I read this headline, I read:

Canadian Researchers Create Supernova In-Pub

I think my first reading would have made a more interesting story.

Breakthrough (2, Informative)

quantaman (517394) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722973)

By the way there is a slight inaccuracy in the post.

the sodium 21 was transmuted into magnesium 22, which decays into the radioactive isotope sodium 22

as opposed to remaining as magnesium 22. That being said this is still a huge breakthough. With the exception of hydrogren and helium all the elements in the universe are believe to have been formed in Novas or Supernovas. These researchers now has the ability to observe this process directly. Up till now all our knowledge on the subject in based on theories based observations of distant (super)Nova. Who knows the possible extensions of this technology? Transmutation of elements? Fission reactors? Not to mention the huge betterment of our understanding of these processes which will undoubtedly lead to new fields of research which may lead to other breakthroughs in themselves.

Is it just me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722974)

Or does anyone else hope that aliens are monitoring us and we accidentally make a blackhole that sucks in the world they'll just step in and save us?

Just me?

competition (2)

rossjudson (97786) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722975)

Scientific groups RUSH and SAGA were disappointed to learn of TRIUMF's success, but swore to produce even bigger explosions next time.

Incubus (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722983)

"Grab the next motherfucker marmaduke who refuses to submit to these pelvic ostentations."

"I've stumbled upon a brain fart which melts away your molds!"

Canada, soon to be the richest nation in the world (1)

siliconvortex (235693) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722984)

Now that they have conquered the tricky sodium to magnesium problem, they can begin work on the classic lead to gold problem. We must annex Canada (no, its not a state yet despite what most Americans think) before its too late!

Re:Canada, soon to be the richest nation in the wo (2)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722989)

.. what about the classic water to wine? I'd be far more interested in that - good thing I've got a vote in this country!

well, this is what you do with 40 MILLION dollars? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2722994)

There goes the funding, they created a super nova, using fourty million, which is like $90 in US dollars. What does this mean for humanity? Ohhh, just another nightlight for Johnny.

supernova?? (1)

dollargonzo (519030) | more than 12 years ago | (#2722995)

NOT QUITE!!! sure its one of the reactions in one...but if they created a supernova...we wouldnt need canada.com (of all places) to report....the shock wave would deliver the news a little faster!

QED

Gold? (1)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 12 years ago | (#2723017)

What happens when they figure out how to cheaply turn an element into gold? I guess it would be some strange isotope of gold that would then decay into a new isotope of the original element?

Apparently they forgot to mention... (2)

doorbot.com (184378) | more than 12 years ago | (#2723018)

A University of B.C. research team has recreated the death of a star and subsequent birth of elements that form the universe, the first time this has been done by mankind.

The statement following was left out for some unknown reason. In the interest of preserving the true integrity of journalism, it is included below:

The team, along with the University of B.C., became the first humans and university, respectively, to be instantly vaporized by a supernova. Bystanders were awed at the sight before receiving intensive doses of gamma- and x-rays. Despite their injuries, some requested prior notification of future tests, in hopes of capturing the event on film.
University of B.C. officials were not commenting on the event, but bystanders were eager to recount their version of the story: "It went boom," said one man, who claimed to be in his early forties and said he had been attending the school for over 20 years, "and I think I had a class in that building once! It's things like this which make me try that much harder to graduate."

They are lined up to do more. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2723031)

If you look at their Vision Statement [sixsixfive.com] you can see they have some pretty ambitious plans. I'm not sure if this is on the order of cold fusion but I certainly made a bookmark of it.

-Sean Pepes
UNCLV
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