Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface
I guess this isn't exactly The Andromeda Strain (1969), by Michael Crichton, but it was my first thought.
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception
Atheists can't readily be classified beyond not believing in a god. That single thing doesn't categorically lead to much else. I'm an atheist and I think abortions are pretty much murder. But then, I'm not necessarily against murder, especially in this case.
DNA Study: First Farmers Were Also Sailors
I certainly don't agree with any claims to great land masses based upon some vague genetic connection. Now watery tarts throwing swords, I understand that!
Chicago Robber Caught By Facial Recognition Sentenced To 22 Years
So why the heck can't they show his face in a story about facial recognition? Why the picture of a train? That has nothing to do with facial recognition! For all we know he has some incredibly unique face or maybe a tattoo across his forehead.
UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate
Really bad headline, "Saving Climate" does not equate to "limit a global rise in mean temperatures". I'm all for manipulating the environment to give the best possible outcome for humans. If we could all agree on what climate is best I'd be really amazed.
Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk
Just waiting for Microsoft's "Goto Fail" bug to surface. It may be too early to thank Snowden, but I'm starting to think I will have to at some point.
Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?
Clearly Bitcoin's downfall was the cannibalization of gamer video cards for bitcoin mining and the related price increases of those cards. Gamer's know alternative currencies and bitcoin wasn't one they liked.
Death By Metadata: The NSA's Secret Role In the US Drone Strike Program
"...Whether or not Obama is fully aware of the errors built into the program of targeted assassination, he and his top advisers have repeatedly made clear that the president himself directly oversees the drone operation and takes full responsibility for it."
The press making up excuses for all that tee time? Fuck That!
Britain's Eastern Coast Yields Oldest Human Footprints Outside Africa
"the early explorers died out in the ice ages or other calamities"
You human centric slob! The earth is what is important and an ice age or anything else (except human occupation) was NOT a calamity for the earth. The earth is OK with almost everything including asteroid hits, ice ages, super volcanoes and plate tectonics. But humanoids burning hydrocarbons? No way!
What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?
If you know the history of megafauna mammals then the end of them is obvious.
"Subsequent to the Cretaceous - Paleogene extinction event that eliminated the non-avian dinosaurs about 66 Ma ago, terrestrial mammals underwent a nearly exponential increase in body size as they diversified to occupy the ecological niches left vacant. Starting from just a few kg before the event, maximum size had reached ~50 kg a few million years later, and ~750 kg by the end of the Paleocene. This trend of increasing body mass appears to level off about 40 Ma ago (in the late Eocene), suggesting that physiological or ecological constraints had been reached, after an increase in body mass of over three orders of magnitude. However, when considered from the standpoint of rate of size increase per generation, the exponential increase is found to have continued until the appearance of Indricotherium 30 Ma ago."
So, they got bigger because there was a sudden niche to exploit. The niche ended and eventually they died off as the advantage was lost. Did humans effect the timescale of this, maybe. Did humans change the course of nature, almost certainly not, as if humans aren't part of nature.
BTW, when did the avian dinosaurs go extinct? I can't find that fact.
Scientists Glue Sensors To 5,000 Bees In a Bid To Better Understand Them
I sure hope they run the test with different types of glue. Too many variables to trust the results.
Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional
Mommy, Mommy, Look what I got today! My very own Twitter Account Owner's Identification Card. Now I can tweet three times a week, whatever I want, as long as it doesn't offend anybody or disparage the police or incite violence or discontent or encourage people to queue up for things they don't really need. Isn't the First Amendment wonderful?
Scientists Forced To Reexamine Theories In Light of Massive Gamma-Ray Burst
Yep, we may be looking at the results of a long ago war or terrible accident. Of course, maybe we don't know Jack.
As Hurricane Season Looms, It's Disaster-Preparedness Time
Actually, in the Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beach area the Atlantic is rather deep and not going to produce a big storm surge. You need shallow water for the water to pile up. They have shallow water in most places in the Gulf but not all of Florida is susceptible to major storm surge issues.
How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action
Maybe Cass can use the same explanation to explain our $16 Trillion debt.
Twitter-Based Study Figures Out Saddest Spots In New York City
I really hope everyone stops reading and reporting arbitrary but easy statistics that don't prove Jack.
NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website
I lived in Missouri, MO, for a while and had noticed that the place is full of lead deposits. I think it's pretty common for the ground to contain large deposits of lead without harming the children. You need more than just lead in the ground to have a problem.
Microsoft Will Have To Rename SkyDrive
Just add Microsoft in front. That is the only way they got away with Windows.
Psychopathic Criminals Have "Empathy Switch"
Where have we seen this before...
Anonymous Source Claims Feds Demand Private SSL Keys From Web Services
I would think that SSL certificates are much less interesting than the certificates used to sign drivers and programs.
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