ThanatosMinor (1046978) writes "September's quench at the LHC is going to cost CERN at least $21 million and delay future collisions until at least June of 2009. Enjoy your last year outside of an event horizon." top
Yves Rossy leapt from a plane at more than 8,800 feet (2,500 meters), fired up his jets and made the 22-mile (35-kilometer ) trip from Calais in France. Rossy passed over a thin strip of land in front of South Foreland lighthouse, looped over onlookers and opened his parachute, his wings still strapped to his back.
ThanatosMinor (1046978) writes "Looks like the FUD is hitting the fan when it comes to the Large Hadron Collider. Apparently some people think it could destroy the earth or something. A lawsuit has been filed in Hawaii seeking an injunction that would prevent the LHC from being turned on. The LHC is the most powerful particle accelerator in the world and is scheduled to come online this year and move into full operation by early 2009." top
ThanatosMinor (1046978) writes "Dreamworks recruited school-aged children from Kabul in Afghanistan to play lead roles in the new movie release of The Kite Runner. However, the presence of a brutal rape scene has serious potential to cause problems for one of the boys and his family. 'I want to continue making films and be an actor but the rape scene upset me because my friends will watch it and I won't be able to go outside any more. They will think I was raped,' said Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada. To make matters worse, two of the boys wanted to use their money from the job to move their families to the United States, but the film company paid them less than $20,000 each. Should Hollywood be trying a little harder to be a good ambassador to foreign nations?" top
ThanatosMinor (1046978) writes "Looks like many coral reefs are dying. Reefs that live in close proximity to humans tend to die, and not just from direct pollution, but also as an indirect result of global warming and overfishing allowing coral-hungry microbes to flourish. From the article, "'They're screwed no matter what we do to them,'"" top
ThanatosMinor (1046978) writes "In a 5-4 decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the EPA has the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, saying that the EPA's reasons for not doing so in the past were "arbitrary, capricious or otherwise not in accordance with law." The ruling does not make any statements about whether the EPA will regulate carbon or not, but concerns about global climate change and its ties to human activity did appear to be deciding factors in the case." top
ThanatosMinor (1046978) writes "Are you a bully? Are you into shoving just for the fun of it? Did you kill a man in Reno just to watch him die? Well, researchers at the University of Michigan might have found out why. They have also shown that "while high-testosterone participants showed better learning in response to anger faces, they were unaware of the fact that they learned anything in the first place and unaware of what kind of faces had reinforced their learning."
Apparently, high-testosterone individuals' brains reward them when they see an angry face. Does this mean you can just flip someone off and see how you feel to measure your testosterone levels?" top
ThanatosMinor (1046978) writes "A Berkeley Labs press release discusses a new nickel-platinum alloy that is "10 times better than a single crystal surface of pure platinum(111), and 90 times better than platinum-carbon" to be used in hydrogen fuel cells for consumer vehicles. The prohibitively high cost of platinum is one of the things standing in the way of a practical fuel cell for everyday use in vehicles. "'Although the platinum-nickel alloy itself is well-known, we were able to control and tune key parameters which enabled us to make this discovery. Our study demonstrates the potential of new analytical tools for characterizing nanoscale surfaces in order to fine-tune their properties in a desired direction.'""