a_hanso (1891616) writes "(Reuters) — About 400 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky in central Russia on Friday sending fireballs crashing to Earth, smashing windows and setting off car alarms." Link to Original Source top
a_hanso (1891616) writes "Wired and several other sources report: Google intentionally circumvented the default privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser, using a backdoor to set cookies on browsers set to reject them, in the latest privacy debacle for the search and advertising giant. Google immediately disabled the practice after the Wall Street Journal disclosed the practice." Link to Original Source top
a_hanso (1891616) writes "A press release by the National Institute of Health heralds the end of most types of research that use chimpanzees. The announcement does not say why, except "oemost current use of chimpanzees for biomedical research is unnecessary."" top
a_hanso (1891616) writes "Hard drives that combine a traditional spinning platter for mass storage and solid state flash memory for frequently accessed data, have always made sense. They may be slower than SSDs, but they are a lot cheaper gigabyte-for-gigabyte. CNET's Harry McCracken speculates on how soon such drives may become mainstream." top
Climate less sensitive to CO2 than previously thou
a_hanso (1891616) writes "A study by Oregon State University suggests that the effects of rising levels of carbon dioxide on temperature may be less than previously thought.
The new models predict that given a doubling in CO2 levels from pre-industrial levels, the Earth's surface temperatures will rise by 1.7 to 2.6 degrees C. That is a much tighter range than suggested by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s 2007 report, which suggested a rise of between 2 to 4.5 degrees C.
a_hanso (1891616) writes "The Google.org-funded Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) research at the Southern Methodist University has produced a coast-to-coast geothermal potential map of the United States. Having invested over $10 million on geothermal energy, Google seems to believe that it is our best bet at kicking the oil habit (especially now that nuclear power has suddenly become disproportionately unpopular)." top
a_hanso (1891616) writes "According to The Telegraph, Dutch scientists experimenting with in vitro meat are six months away from producing the world's first vat grown sausage. The price tag: US$350,000. But with the world's meat consumption predicted to double by 2050, artificial meat may soon become more economical than farming animals." Link to Original Source top
a_hanso (1891616) writes "With the upcoming appointment of General Petraeus as the head of the CIA and the former CIA head as the secretary of defense, is the US shifting its defense strategy further toward unconventional warfare? Drone strikes have already tripled under the Obama administration and surgical strikes based on intelligence are increasingly replacing brute force assaults, which are not preferred by either man. Begun, have the Drone Wars?" Link to Original Source top
a_hanso (1891616) writes "From the NY Times: On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of fructose biochemistry and human physiology." Link to Original Source top
at least for the next decade and concentrate on Terrestrial Planet Finder and similar projects:
We've already found hundreds of extra-solar planets by indirect methods. Now imagine direct visual observation of an Earth-sized planet within a habitable distance from its star (even as a tiny disk). Imagine we get just enough spectroscopic data to confirm traces of oxygen in the atmosphere. Given the sheer number of planets being found, I'm sure this can be done within a few years, given a project like TPF.
That will do more to re-ignite the world's interest in space than anything else currently being planned, including any Moon/Mars missions. Not only is that the best way for NASA to secure its financial future, but it may also help world peace. Because it will be instantly recognized that humanity is now only one more step away from detecting other life in the Universe and only two steps away from detecting other intelligent life. Such a realization can change the way we look at each other (especially the way we look at each other's differences).