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With US election so close, I'm preparing to ...

InvisblePinkUnicorn Re:Libertarian (1010 comments)

I'm not sure how this relates to anything I've said... can you please clarify how politicians disregard certain freedoms when they encroach upon others' freedoms?

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For 3 Years, Scammers Ran Truckless Trucking Company

InvisblePinkUnicorn And, as usual... (244 comments)

The true middle man, Keyser Soze, gets off scot free.

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Internet Co-inventor Vint Cerf Endorses Obama

InvisblePinkUnicorn Re:Obama (713 comments)

Moreover, he's the only candidate willing to make the tough decisions. If you make a mistake, ever, in your life, don't worry. He will rescue you. Get a loan you can't afford? No problem! Make bad decisions that lead to failure? Glad to help! Want a free lunch? Here you go! Short-sighted? Your vision's fine - it's the long-sighted that need glasses!

The only people that have to worry are those greedy bastards who only care about profit, efficiency, and getting good, reliable workers for their money. You don't need an expert to build a bridge - the labor force is the one that does all the work, after all.

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I would no sooner vote for McCain, either. They both would sooner hang your rights in effigy than make a promise that reality says can be kept.

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Judge Tosses Telco Suit Over City-Owned Network

InvisblePinkUnicorn Re:I'm surprised... (281 comments)

Let's not be one-sided now. Those companies may have offered the bribe, but the legislature accepted it, and is now enforcing the monopoly. Who's the bigger offender here?

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Judge Tosses Telco Suit Over City-Owned Network

InvisblePinkUnicorn Re:Missing the main point... (281 comments)

Yes, because it's better to have the government run the service than to have a choice between two, five, ten companies competing to give you the best service possible.

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Judge Tosses Telco Suit Over City-Owned Network

InvisblePinkUnicorn Re:Government could have fought back (281 comments)

That's exactly why these services should not be provided by the government, any government. As soon as you can physically force your competition out of business, your role becomes unjustifiable.

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Judge Tosses Telco Suit Over City-Owned Network

InvisblePinkUnicorn Flamebait??? (281 comments)

Sticking to principles, supporting individual rights - that's flamebait now??

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Judge Tosses Telco Suit Over City-Owned Network

InvisblePinkUnicorn Re:Costly Waste of Time (281 comments)

Because I know if I were a big wig in this city and this company was stopping this project, I would make a point of having their permit applications for fiber installation conveniently "lost" behind various pieces of office furniture.

That's exactly why these services should not be provided by the government - any government. As soon as you can physically force your competition out of business, your role becomes unjustifiable.

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Yoko Ono/EMI Suit Exposes Fair Use Flaw

InvisblePinkUnicorn Re:So sue to recover the losses (409 comments)

Except McCain and the Republicans are just as liberal as the Democrats these days. Conservatism is all but dead, replace with the bogus neocons who think that you can get the benefits of capitalism under a welfare-state system. Check out this very interesting article on the subject:

The Decline and Fall of American Conservatism

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$700 Billion Bailout Signed Into Law

InvisblePinkUnicorn Re:Oh, thaks for the lesson (857 comments)

"How, exactly, is my ideology tied to George W Bush's?"

Any time I've seen your idiotic use of labels, "those damn liberals", it's always a Republican or someone co-opting the word "conservative" to support their own big government pet programs. Are you for the abolition of the Federal Reserve, Fannie Mae, Freddy Mac, the Department of Education, making abortion legal, getting the church out of the state, reducing the role of the government down to its only proper role: to uphold and protect the rights of the citizenry, and that's it ? Are you for all this? That is a conservative. Subscribe to anything else, even a mixed system, and you're merely resorting to principles when it is convenient, and violating/disregarding those principles when it is not convenient - pragmatism, in short. Moral and political pragmatism.

"And how is linking to the LA Times and Wikipedia and the Wall Street Journal "sticking to Fox News Bullet points"?

Any time I see someone label someone else a Liberal or a Conservative, without having a clue about their political stance (in this case, you got me as completely wrong as possible), it's because that individual is a braindead Dem or Rep spewing talking points.

"random story about how Bush is not Reagan."

What does that mean? Reagan was just as big of a joke as Bush. They're both for big government, while paying lip service to capitalism and freedom when it is convenient and politically profitable. When you learn to stop fooling for this idiocy, you'll understand what it means to have inalienable rights.

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$700 Billion Bailout Signed Into Law

InvisblePinkUnicorn Re:Biggest Con Ever (857 comments)

"Bushtards, every single one of them."

They're not dumb, they're just evil. They have learned that they can get away with anything, and we'll allow it. No interest in principles, no interest in truth. This is the product of modern political and social pragmatism - a free-for-all, every man for himself. Lie, cheat, steal, whatever it takes to maintain your grasp on the teat of the American public tax pool. The alternative is to make it on your own, using your rational mind to survive and fulfill your goals; but, reason is outdated, obsolete.

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$700 Billion Bailout Signed Into Law

InvisblePinkUnicorn Ridiculous (857 comments)

First, let's understand what caused this crisis. Then you'll understand why the bailout won't work.

Economist: Why Bankruptcy is better than bailout

The Trillion-Dollar Bank Shakedown That Bodes Ill for Cities ( written EIGHT YEARS before this crisis, predicting everything down to the dollar amount)


Now, check out the $150 Billion in pork-barrel projects that were added by the Senate to the original 100-page bailout that failed in the House, turning it into a 450-page bailout:

- "Wooden arrows designed for use by children" (Sec 503)
- Wool Research (Sec. 325)
- Film and Television Productions (Sec. 502)
- Litigants in the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill (Sec. 504)
- Virgin Island and Puerto Rican Rum (Section 308)
- American Samoa (Sec. 309)
- Mine Rescue Teams (Sec. 310)
- Mine Safety Equipment (Sec. 311)
- Domestic Production Activities in Puerto Rico (Sec. 312)
- Indian Tribes (Sec. 314, 315)
- Railroads (Sec. 316)
- Auto Racing Tracks (317)
- District of Columbia (Sec. 322)


This is the bill that senators are screaming about, saying "IT MUST BE PASSED OR DOOMSDAY!" Who believes them? And yet the bill easily breezed through Congress.

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New Final Fantasy Game Coming To Wii and DS

InvisblePinkUnicorn Bailout has tax breaks for rum and wooden arrows?! (61 comments)

Why does the Senate bailout bill have tax breaks for:

- "Wooden arrows designed for use by children" (Sec 503)
- Wool Research (Sec. 325)
- Film and Television Productions (Sec. 502)
- Litigants in the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill (Sec. 504)
- Virgin Island and Puerto Rican Rum (Section 308)
- American Samoa (Sec. 309)
- Mine Rescue Teams (Sec. 310)
- Mine Safety Equipment (Sec. 311)
- Domestic Production Activities in Puerto Rico (Sec. 312)
- Indian Tribes (Sec. 314, 315)
- Railroads (Sec. 316)
- Auto Racing Tracks (317)
- District of Columbia (Sec. 322)

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This is the bill that senators are screaming about, saying "IT MUST BE PASSED OR DOOMSDAY!" Who believes them? And yet the bill will easily breeze through Congress.

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Homeland Security Department Testing "Pre-Crime" Detector

InvisblePinkUnicorn Err (580 comments)

Does this sound idiotic to anyone else? Of course it's going to work for people who are told how to act in order to get the device to flag them.

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Feds Tighten DNS Security On .Gov

InvisblePinkUnicorn Now if only... (140 comments)

Now, if only we could be confident about exactly where our taxes are going...

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Spectacular Fossil Forests Found In US Coalmine

InvisblePinkUnicorn Here we go... (197 comments)

Cue the Old Testament historicity debate in 3... 2... 1...

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Mercedes To Phase Out Gasoline By 2015

InvisblePinkUnicorn In other news (908 comments)

In other news, the public will phase out Mercedes purchases by 2015.

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Japan Imposes "Fine On Fat"

InvisblePinkUnicorn Re:Junk food tax? That's a GREAT idea. (1271 comments)

"We don't know how much it would, but studies from cigarette taxes show that increases costs decrease consumption of even highly desirable things."

So fewer and fewer people are getting what they desire, because other anonymous people don't desire it and would like to force them into a position where they can't afford their desires! What an idiotic and indefensible notion.

"Obesity increases fuel consumption -- the obese eat more (more food transport and production fuel use) and weigh more (more transport costs in themselves)."

If they can afford the food, who's to tell them they should be allowed to eat it. What happened to "life, liberty, pursuit of happiness"?

"And yes, their health care costs us -- we should be getting some of that back."

Only if you choose to be part of the system. The difference between that and a publicly-funded system is that you have no choice.

"A small tax..."

It is not the size that matters. Forcibly taking away someone's productivity (in the form of money) is no different from theft.

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Prediction Markets and the 2008 Electoral Map

InvisblePinkUnicorn Dolt (813 comments)

"1. Value of the Dollar"

And how exactly is printing more money (in the form of "tax rebate" checks funded through deficit spending) going to increase the value of the dollar? (Source) Doesn't it do the exact opposite?

"4. Percentage of bankruptcies caused by lack of health care coverage"

And Obama would replace that number with the "percentage of Americans completely losing their property rights to socialism", which of course would be 100%. McCain is of course doing the same thing, though possibly to a lesser degree (or maybe he's just better at hiding it).

"5. Number of houses lost to predatory lenders."

I have no sympathy for people who sign contracts without reading them, nor for banks that associate with such shady sources. Companies and individuals that purposely do not investigate the risk of such endeavors will fall. It is not our responsibility to provide a safety net for bad practices - doing so brings the whole system down, because everyone starts thinking they can make mistakes and someone will protect them from the consequences (for free at that!)

As for Iraq, all I see is a lot of empty talk from the candidates. I doubt either has a viable plan that is without dangerous consequences; they will instead elect to do nothing.

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Search For RMS Titanic Was a Cover Story

InvisblePinkUnicorn In other news (277 comments)

Bush's search for WMDs in Iraq was actually a cover story for the real search: Where's Waldo?

more than 5 years ago

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What do Bird Feathers and Beer Foam Have in Common

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Rational Egoist writes "Researchers at Yale University have found that some of the brightest colors in bird feathers are created through structures similar in origin and composition to that of beer foam. Unlike with most colors in nature — which are produced by pigments — the bright blue colors of Bluebirds and Blue Jays are actually produced by sponge-like nanostructures. These structures are formed in quite the same way as beer foam. From the article: "[Researchers] compared the nanostructures to examples of materials undergoing phase separation, in which mixtures of different substances become unstable and separate from one another, such as the carbon-dioxide bubbles that form when the top is popped off a bubbly drink. They found that the color-producing structures in feathers appear to self-assemble in much the same manner. Bubbles of water form in a protein-rich soup inside the living cell and are replaced with air as the feather grows.""
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Afghan Student Gets 20 Years for Blasphemy

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "Despite nationwide public support for his initial death sentence, a three-judge appeals court has reduced the sentence of Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh to 20 years in prison. Kambakhsh was charged with circulating an article on women's rights that he found online. From the article: "Family members have said Kambakhsh was beaten and threatened with death until he signed a confession and that local journalists who expressed support for him were warned they would be arrested if they persisted.""
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Gamma Ray Burst Visible at Record Distance

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "A gamma ray burst detected on March 19 by NASA's Swift satellite has set a new record for the most distant object that could be seen with the naked eye. The burst had a measured redshift of 0.94, which translates into a distance of 7.5 billion light years, meaning the explosion took place 7.5 billion years ago. The optical afterglow from heated gas was 2.5 million times more luminous than the most luminous supernova ever recorded, making it the most intrinsically bright object ever observed by humans in the universe. The previous most distant object visible to the naked eye is the nearby galaxy M33, a relatively short 2.9 million light years from Earth."
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Worst Example of False Tech Advertising?

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "In several of the NCAA football bowls that aired this postseason, the DLP technology developed by Texas Instruments was advertised in a particularly misleading way — by plastering a bunch of "DLP" logos on a generic camera, they implied that this camera somehow utilized the DLP technology that's used in televisions and projectors. Several blogs complaining about the over-advertising of the "DLP Cam" mistakenly believed it was some sort of new technology. We also recently saw James Randi offer $1M to anyone who can prove that a pair of $7,250 Pear Anjou speaker cables do anything out of the ordinary. What other particularly egregious examples of false advertising in technology have other readers encountered?"
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Most Absurd Example of False Tech Advertising?

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "In several of the NCAA football bowls that aired this postseason, the DLP technology developed by Texas Instruments was advertised in a particularly misleading way — by plastering a bunch of "DLP" logos on a normal camera, they implied that the camera somehow utilized the DLP technology that's used in televisions and projectors. We also recently saw James Randi offer $1M to anyone who can prove that a pair of $7,250 Pear Anjou speaker cables do anything out of the ordinary. What other particularly egregious examples of false advertising in technology have other readers encountered?"
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Subliminal Messages Manipulate Political Attitudes

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "As the US gets ready for the political ad onslaught, a potential new factor influencing voters — without their knowledge — may be right around the corner. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have repeatedly and conclusively shown that exposure to subliminal messages — that is, messages that are processed by our brains but never reach our consciousness — can indeed influence explicit attitudes and real-life political behavior. In three separate studies, half of the subjects were subliminally exposed to their national flag, while the other half were not. The results were the same in every study: the subliminal presentation of their national flag drew right wing, as well as left wing, individuals towards the political center."
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Solar System Date of Birth Determined

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "UC Davis researchers have dated the earliest step in the formation of the solar system — when microscopic interstellar dust coalesced into mountain-sized chunks of rock — to 4,568 million years ago, within a range of about 2,080,000 years. In the second stage, mountain-sized masses grew quickly into about 20 Mars-sized planets and, in the third and final stage, these small planets smashed into each other in a series of giant collisions that left the planets we know today. The dates of these intermediary stages are well established. The article abstract is available from Astrophysical Journal Letters."
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Gamma Ray Burst From the Middle of Nowhere

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "A team of astronomers has discovered a cosmic explosion that seems to have come from the middle of nowhere — 88,000 light years from the nearest galaxy-sized collection of stars, gas, and dust. This "shot in the dark" is surprising because the type of explosion, a long-duration gamma-ray burst (GRB), is thought to be powered by the death of a massive star. The question is, how did such a massive star develop in a region completely devoid of gas or dust? One possibility is that the star formed in the outskirts of an interacting galaxy, as seen in the famous Hubble Space Telescope picture of the 'Tadpole' galaxy."
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The Immune System can Deliver Cancer-Killing Virus

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "Mayo Clinic researchers have designed a technique that uses the body's own cells and a virus to destroy cancer cells that spread from primary tumors to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system. This procedure triggered an immune response to cancer cells, which means that it could be used as a cancer vaccine to prevent recurrence. They combined infection-fighting T-cells with the vesicular stomatitis virus that targets and destroys cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed. To deliver the virus, researchers removed T-cells from a healthy mouse, loaded them with the virus and injected the T-cells back into the mouse. Researchers found that once the T-cells returned to the lymph nodes and spleen, the virus detached itself from the T-cells, found the tumor cells, selectively replicated within them and extracted tumor cells from those areas."
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Deep Impact Probe to Look for Earth-sized Planets

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "NASA has given University of Maryland scientists the green light to fly the Deep Impact probe to Comet Hartley 2. The spacecraft will fly by Earth on New Year's Eve at the beginning of a more than two-and-a-half-year journey to Hartley 2. During the first six months of the journey to Hartley 2, they will use the larger of the two telescopes on Deep Impact to search for Earth-sized planets around five stars selected as likely candidates for such planets. Upon arriving at the comet, Deep Impact will conduct an extended flyby of Hartley 2 using all three of the spacecraft's instruments — two telescopes with digital color cameras and an infrared spectrometer."
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Artificial Blood Vessels Grown on a Nano-Template

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "Researchers at MIT have found a way to induce cells to form parallel tube-like structures that could one day serve as tiny engineered blood vessels. The researchers found that they can control the cells' development by growing them on a surface with nano-scale patterning. The work focuses on vascular tissue, which includes capillaries, the tiniest blood vessels, and is an important part of the circulatory system. The team has created a surface that can serve as a template to grow capillary tubes aligned in a specific direction. The cells, known as endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), not only elongate in the direction of the grooves, but also align themselves along the grooves. That results in a multicellular structure with defined edges — a band structure. Once the band structures form, the researchers apply a commonly used gel that induces cells to form three-dimensional tubes."
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Nanotube-Excreting Bacteria Allow Mass Production

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "Engineers at the University of California, Riverside have found semiconducting nanotubes produced by living bacteria — a discovery that could help in the creation of a new generation of nanoelectronic devices. According to the lead researcher, 'We have shown that a jar with a bug in it can create potentially useful nanostructures.' This is the first time nanotubes have been shown to be produced by biological rather than chemical means. This research began when they observed something unexpected happening while attempting to clean up arsenic contamination using the metal-reducing bacterium Shewanella. In a process that is not yet fully understood, the bacterium secretes polysacarides that seem to produce the template for the arsenic-sulfide nanotubes. These nanotubes behave as metals with electrical and photoconductive properties useful in nanoelectronics. The article abstract is available from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."
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YouTube Breeding Harmful Scientific Misinformation

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "University of Toronto researchers have uncovered widespread misinformation in videos on YouTube, related to vaccination and immunization. In the first-ever study of its kind, they found that over half of the 153 videos analyzed portrayed childhood, HPV, flu and other vaccinations negatively or ambiguously. They also found that videos highly skeptical of vaccinations received more views and better ratings by users than those videos that portray immunizations in a positive light. According to the lead research, 'YouTube is increasingly a resource people consult for health information, including vaccination. Our study shows that a significant amount of immunization content on YouTube contradicts the best scientific evidence at large. From a public health perspective, this is very concerning.' An extract from the Journal of the American Medical Association is available online."
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'Flying Fish' Plane Takes Off and Lands in Water

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed an autonomous 'flying fish' sea-plane with a 7-foot wingspan — the first such plane that can initiate and perform its own takeoffs and landings on water. According to the article, the plane 'drifts until its onboard GPS tells the craft it has floated too far. That triggers the takeoff sequence, which gets the plane airborne in just 10 meters. Other GPS coordinates trigger the landing sequence.' The project homepage includes photos of the plane taking off and landing."
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Violent Media Suppresses Aggression Inhibitors

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "We all knew the link probably existed, but feared the inevitable legislative result of finding conclusive evidence that exposure to violent media makes a person more likely to act aggressively. Now, researchers at Columbia University's Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Research Center have shown that a brain network responsible for suppressing behaviors like inappropriate or unwarranted aggression (including the right lateral orbitofrontal cortex, and the amygdala) became less active after study subjects watched several short clips from popular movies depicting acts of violence. These changes could render people less able to control their own aggressive behavior. The authors found that less activation in this network was characteristic of people reporting an above average tendency to behave aggressively, as measured through a personality test. None of these changes in brain activity occurred when subjects watched non-violent but equally engaging movies depicting scenes of horror or physical activity."
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World's Most Powerful MRI Offers Metabolic Imaging

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "The world's most powerful medical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, the 9.4 Tesla at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has successfully completed safety trials, and may soon offer a real-time view of biological processes in the human brain. From the article: 'Currently, physicians often must wait weeks to see if a tumor is shrinking in response to therapy. With the 9.4T, it will be possible to see if individual cells within the tumor are dying long before the tumor has begun to shrink. MRI's currently visualize water molecules to track biochemical processes. By visualizing the sodium ions involved in those processes instead, the 9.4T permits researchers to directly follow one of the most important energy-consuming processes in the cellular machinery in the brain.' The research group has provided a photo gallery showing off the MRI and its capabilities."
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Spintronics Research Makes Major Breakthrough

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "Spintronics is the field of research into developing devices that rely on electron spin rather than electron charge. A major advance has been made by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), where they have for the first time generated, modulated, and electrically detected a pure spin current in silicon, the semiconductor used most widely in the electronic device industry. Progress in this field is expected to lead to devices which provide higher performance with lower power consumption and heat dissipation. Basic research efforts at NRL and elsewhere have shown that spin angular momentum, another fundamental property of the electron, can be used to store and process information in metal and semiconductor based devices. The article abstract is available from Applied Physics Letters."
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First Stars Powered by Dark Matter Annihilation

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "According to researchers at the University of Utah, the earliest stars in the newborn universe did not shine, but instead were invisible 'dark stars' 400 to 200,000 times wider than the sun, and maintained by the annihilation of dark matter. From the article: 'The findings suggest that dark matter neutralinos interacted so they annihilated each other, producing subatomic particles called quarks and their antimatter counterparts, antiquarks. That generated heat. As a proto-stellar cloud of hydrogen and helium tried to cool and shrink, the dark matter would keep it hot and large, preventing fusion from igniting the star.' This would have occurrerd some 80 million to 100 million years after the big bang."
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Forests Migrating Northward Due to Climate Change

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "The most extensive and detailed study to date of 130 North American tree species concludes that the climate change occurring over the next century could shift tree ranges northward by hundreds of kilometers, and shrink the ranges by more than half. According to the study, if the trees were assumed to respond to climate change by dispersing their progeny to more favorable locations, "ranges of the studied species would move northward by some 700 kilometers and decrease in size by an average of 12 percent." However, if the species were assumed unable to disperse, "the average expected range shift was 320 kilometers, and 'drastic' range reductions of 58 percent were projected.""
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Superhydrophobic Material is Totally "Unwettab

InvisblePinkUnicorn InvisblePinkUnicorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "Oak Ridge researchers have developed an inexpensive super-water-repellent material that will maintain a microscopic layer of air on surfaces even when submerged in water. From the article: "The process for making superhydrophobic glass powder is based on differential etching of two glass phases from phase-separated glass. Differential etching makes the powder porous and creates nanoscale sharpened features. [These features] amplify the effect of water's surface tension and cause the powder to become 'unwettable'."
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