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« Reply #4650 on: Jul 27th, 2011, 11:36am »

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Gold hits record as U.S. debt fears deepen

By Jan Harvey
LONDON | Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:02pm EDT

LONDON (Reuters) - Gold prices rose to record highs above $1,625 on Wednesday, with silver and palladium also rallying, as concerns over the prospect of a U.S. default prompted investors to buy precious metals as a haven from risk.

Bitterly divided Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to find common ground with less than a week before the government hits its borrowing limit, with chances of a quick resolution receding after a vote on a deficit plan by Republican Speaker John Boehner was pushed back to Thursday from Wednesday.

Failure to lift the debt ceiling by August 2 could trigger a debt default, while a budget plan that flinches from hefty cuts in the deficit could result in a downgrade of the country's top-notch credit rating, analysts said.

Spot gold hit a fresh record high of $1,628 an ounce and was up 0.3 percent at $1,623.36 by 10:11 a.m. EDT.

"There is not only uncertainty about a possible downgrade (for the U.S.) but a possible default if the debt ceiling is not increased. That is reflected in gold prices and people are positioning themselves for a worst-case scenario," said Georgette Boele, head of forex and commodities research at ABN Amro.

Bullion has gained more than 8 percent in July and has hit six all-time highs in the past ten sessions, as U.S. lawmakers were locked in a standoff over dueling debt plans that offered little prospect for compromise.

The dollar sank to a three-month low against a basket of currencies, while stock markets declined in Europe and oil prices fell.

U.S. Treasuries, whose safe-haven status would be undermined by a downgrade, have held up relatively well due to the large size of the market and widespread holdings, but the gap between higher-yielding Treasuries and equivalent German debt expanded to its widest since February.

"If there isn't a last minute compromise (in the U.S. debt talks) then the situation will get more and more critical. Gold is one of the alternatives to U.S. treasuries and therefore there is further upside potential," said Peter Fertig, a metals consultant at Quantitative Commodity Research.

EURO ZONE CONCERNS LINGER

Risk aversion was also stoked by doubts over whether measures to stem the euro zone debt crisis were enough to stop it spreading elsewhere in the bloc, to larger economies such as Italy and Spain.

The prime minister of heavily-indebted Greece told party lawmakers on Wednesday that low interest-rate rescue loans to Greece, agreed at an EU summit last week, amount effectively to a euro bond.

"There is enough uncertainty in both Europe and the U.S., and concerns about increasing inflation to keep investment demand for gold reasonably well supported," said Daniel Major, an analyst at RBS.

"There might be some modest selling in the near term as and when some conclusion (for debt talks in the U.S.) is reached, but I don't think there is going to be a massive turnaround in sentiment."

U.S. gold futures for August delivery were up $9.00 an ounce at $1,625.80.

Other precious metals rallied on gold's coattails, with silver printing a new 2-1/2 month high at $41.42 an ounce, before later stabilizing at $41.12 an ounce.

Palladium meanwhile rose to its highest since early February after advancing 3.6 percent on Tuesday, its biggest one-day gain since late April.

"Platinum group metals staged an aggressive rally into yesterday's close," said UBS in a note. "The platinum: palladium ratio trade has become evident again, with funds liquidating platinum and buying palladium."

"Palladium's advantage over platinum... is that once prices start to move, they don't take baby steps. If the hedge fund community is making a comeback, then the $1,000 target will be back in focus," it added.

"Yesterday's price action highlights the impact of investor flows on the palladium price given that its fundamentals weren't any different yesterday than they were a month ago."

Spot platinum was up 0.7 percent at $1,811.74 an ounce, while spot palladium was up 1.1 percent at $840.97 an ounce.

(Additional reporting by Harpreet Bhal; editing by Keiron Henderson)

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« Reply #4651 on: Jul 27th, 2011, 2:29pm »

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Russia Plans to Sink the International Space Station in 2020
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By Jeremy A. Kaplan
Published July 27, 2011
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Russia's space agency announced Wednesday that the International Space Station -- a space base the world's scientists and billions of U.S. tax dollars helped build and maintain some 200 miles above the surface of the Earth -- will be de-orbited and allowed to sink into the Pacific Ocean in 2020, just like its Russian predecessor, Mir.

"We will be forced to sink the ISS. We cannot leave it in orbit as it is a very complicated and a heavy object," Roscosmos' deputy head Vitaly Davydov said in an interview posted on the agency's website.

"We have agreed with our partners that the ISS would function roughly until 2020," he noted.

After sinking hundreds of millions into construction of the space station -- billions if you include the cost of the space shuttle flights that carried the ISS modules into orbit -- knowledgeable government sources and NASA spokesmen were aghast at Davydov's plans to sink the station in the ocean.

NASA agreed to construct the International Space Station on January 29, 1998, in conjunction with representatives from Canada, members of the European Space Agency (ESA), and Japanese and Russian space scientists. And the space agency clearly has a different vision for the station than Russia.

"The partnership is currently working to certify on-orbit elements through 2028," NASA spokesman Joshua Buck told FoxNews.com.

The Roscosmos comments come a day after the U.S. space agency met with the International board managing the ISS -- the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken -- to discuss not the end of the base but how to use it as a test bed for future tech and science projects.

NASA characterized the meeting dramatically differently, noting that potential future projects about the station include supporting voyages to an asteroid or Mars, or assisting in the development of a permanent base on the moon.

Deorbiting the station in 2020 simply hasn't been discussed at all, knowledgeable sources told FoxNews.com.

I have no idea where they came out with that date," a congressional source told FoxNews.com. "NASA would have advised us ahead of time if there were any agreement along those lines."

Meanwhile, China moves ahead with plans for a competing space station of its own. China has an ambitious, decade-long plan beginning with the Tiangong-1 module the country plans to launch this year, which will culminate in a large space station around 2020.

The Mir space station was in operation from 1983 to 1998 before being sunk in the Pacific Ocean in a "spacecraft cemetery" not far from Christmas Island in 2000.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/07/27/russia-plans-to-sink-international-space-station-in-2020/#ixzz1TL0rRsJr
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on Jul 27th, 2011, 2:43pm, philliman wrote:
LoL! Nice. And the good side wins. smiley

Is that little boy that Darth Vader-kid from that add?


Hey Phil!

It is a hoot! I don't know about the little Darth.

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Russia Plans to Sink the International Space Station in 2020
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Published July 27, 2011
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Russia's space agency announced Wednesday that the International Space Station -- a space base the world's scientists and billions of U.S. tax dollars helped build and maintain some 200 miles above the surface of the Earth -- will be de-orbited and allowed to sink into the Pacific Ocean in 2020, just like its Russian predecessor, Mir.

"We will be forced to sink the ISS. We cannot leave it in orbit as it is a very complicated and a heavy object," Roscosmos' deputy head Vitaly Davydov said in an interview posted on the agency's website.

"We have agreed with our partners that the ISS would function roughly until 2020," he noted.

After sinking hundreds of millions into construction of the space station -- billions if you include the cost of the space shuttle flights that carried the ISS modules into orbit -- knowledgeable government sources and NASA spokesmen were aghast at Davydov's plans to sink the station in the ocean.

NASA agreed to construct the International Space Station on January 29, 1998, in conjunction with representatives from Canada, members of the European Space Agency (ESA), and Japanese and Russian space scientists. And the space agency clearly has a different vision for the station than Russia.

"The partnership is currently working to certify on-orbit elements through 2028," NASA spokesman Joshua Buck told FoxNews.com.

The Roscosmos comments come a day after the U.S. space agency met with the International board managing the ISS -- the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken -- to discuss not the end of the base but how to use it as a test bed for future tech and science projects.

NASA characterized the meeting dramatically differently, noting that potential future projects about the station include supporting voyages to an asteroid or Mars, or assisting in the development of a permanent base on the moon.

Deorbiting the station in 2020 simply hasn't been discussed at all, knowledgeable sources told FoxNews.com.

I have no idea where they came out with that date," a congressional source told FoxNews.com. "NASA would have advised us ahead of time if there were any agreement along those lines."

Meanwhile, China moves ahead with plans for a competing space station of its own. China has an ambitious, decade-long plan beginning with the Tiangong-1 module the country plans to launch this year, which will culminate in a large space station around 2020.

The Mir space station was in operation from 1983 to 1998 before being sunk in the Pacific Ocean in a "spacecraft cemetery" not far from Christmas Island in 2000.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/07/27/russia-plans-to-sink-international-space-station-in-2020/#ixzz1TL0rRsJr


Well that stinks!

Hi Swamprat.

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The Hill

Jell-O, Rubik’s cube, peas: The debt-ceiling debate’s many metaphors
By Debbie Siegelbaum
07/28/11 06:00 AM ET

The debt-limit crisis has attracted a slew of colorful metaphors, with President Obama and lawmakers citing peas, Rubik’s cubes and Jell-O to make their political arguments.

The serious debate has given way at times to over-the-top sound bites the likes of which haven’t been uttered since the 2009-10 healthcare debate.

In contrast to that debate, the debt-limit talks started out on a pleasant tone.

Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in June played a round of golf in what American University political scientist James Thurber described as an effort to “talk and try to know each other as human beings.”

Meanwhile, Vice President Biden publicly praised House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

But the collegiality didn’t last, and shortly thereafter, the metaphors were flying.

On July 11, Boehner told reporters of Obama, “I want to do what I think is the right — the best interest of the country, but it takes two to tango and they’re not there yet.”

That same day, Obama said we should “eat our peas” in not accepting a smaller, short-term deal.

Amid this game of chicken, Boehner likened negotiating with Obama and White House officials to “dealing with Jell-O.”

Members of Congress also weighed in. On July 9, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told supporters in Iowa that it was time for some “tough love” on the issue of raising the federal debt ceiling, vowing never to vote for any increase.

Another White House hopeful, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), said, “Republicans cannot take the bait and get fooled again.”

Cantor chided reporters for seeking to write stories on the “soap opera” of an internal rift he was having with Boehner. Cantor repeatedly said he and Boehner were on the same page, but the storyline didn’t subside until Boehner publicly put his arm around his deputy.

Religion has also played a role in the debate.

During a press conference earlier this month, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) urged citizens to take up the debt-limit issue with religious figures.

“Why don’t you call your pastor? Your rabbi? Your imam?” Rangel said.

Conservative blogger Erick Erickson called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) debt plan the “Pontius Pilate Pass the Buck Act of 2011.”

Members of both parties have clearly expressed exasperation. Boehner likened getting a deal to “a Rubik’s cube that we haven’t quite worked out yet.” He later said the issue was driving him up a wall.

Obama accused Boehner of leaving him “at the altar.” Twice.

Privately, Obama warned Cantor, “Don’t call my bluff.” Publicly, the president has said the potential fallout from the negotiations would be akin to “Armageddon.”

While few could forgive a broken engagement, the debt-limit stakes are simply too high to continue the breakup. And just as in most relationships, it’s not what’s said, but how it’s said that matters.

“It’s sort of the way they say the things, not the particular vocabulary, that for me has been the most interesting side of this,” Ross Baker, professor of political science at Rutgers University, told The Hill.

“Obama seems to address all of these issues with a kind of sense of wounded innocence that somehow he is the honest broker, he is a person who is trying to bring together these irreconcilable parties, and there’s kind of a sense of exasperation,” he said.

“On the other hand, John Boehner kind of sounds beleaguered,” Baker added. “He is basically like a high school teacher in a tough school who is on the verge of retirement and has a particularly unruly class that he has to manage. He has that kind of tone of being under attack and doing the best he can.”

Thurber warned politicians to watch their rhetoric.

“It’s OK to disagree and have hard contrast arguments. But sometimes you can go too far when you add comments about personality,” he said.

Even the principals themselves have recognized they must watch their tongues.

“It’s my hope that everybody’s going to leave their ultimatums at the door, that we’ll all leave our political rhetoric at the door, and we’re all going to do what’s best for our economy and do what’s best for our people,” Obama told reporters at the White House on July 5.


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LA Times

Norway attacks intensify political resolve of many youths

The Norway massacre may shape the views of an entire generation.
Already, youth parties, both liberal and conservative, are reporting membership surges.

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
July 28, 2011
Reporting from Oslo

The sandy-haired young man runs his finger over an orange wristband with the word "Utoya," a leftover ID bracelet from the Labor Party youth camp where 68 people, mostly teenage activists, were gunned down last week.

"I can't take it off," Vegard Groslie Wennesland says softly, seated at a cafe in central Oslo where broken glass was still being cleared from the separate car bombing that terrorism suspect Anders Behring Breivik also admits to committing.

Tragedy is transforming the lives of young Norwegians — and in many cases, such as that of the 27-year-old Workers' Youth League member, strengthening their resolve.

A week ago, Wennesland's biggest worry was completing a University of Oslo master's thesis on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and then, perhaps, taking a jaunt around the Middle East to practice his Arabic.

Now, after seeing friends shot point-blank in the head and hiding under a cabin bunk until the massacre was over, Wennesland has put his graduation plans on hold and spends his days consoling traumatized members of the youth league. He's vice chairman of the Oslo chapter; the chairman is among the presumed dead.

Norway's deadliest peace-time attack has traumatized the nation, but is taking a particular toll on the young, the primary targets and disproportionate victims of the attacks. Photo spreads of the dead being published in newspapers unintentionally evoke the look of high-school yearbooks — bright smiles, often accompanied by pimpled faces or spiked hairdos.

In the short-term, the violence appears to have motivated many young Norwegians. Youth parties, both liberal and conservative, are reporting membership surges. Even the Progress Party, which Breivik joined as a youth and later quit in frustration, reported that 30 new members have signed up since Friday.

The interest marks an abrupt shift — in recent years political participation and voter turnout had waned among the young. Now many are expecting record voter turnout during the next nationwide youth election in September.

In Norway, student elections occur on high school and college campuses as they do in the U.S. But here, they are partisan contests in which the nation's leading political parties compete for the youth vote. The polls are seen as an important breeding ground — as are political summer camps such as the one on Utoya — for the nation's future political leaders.

Beyond the firsthand horror experienced by the nearly 700 youths at the camp — unprecedented political violence in a nation where crime-related gun deaths are rare — the massacre may shape the views of an entire generation, influencing politics, priorities and fears for decades to come.

"It's something that will impact their world assumptions, their view of life, their feeling that the world is basically safe and that human beings are good," said Tine Jensen, a child psychologist at the Norwegian Center for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies. "They will never forget."

Jensen points to the massive vigils, memorials and stories of ordinary heroes risking their lives to save others as positive lessons, strengthening the national unity of young Norwegians, who have responded with solidarity and defiance.

"You can't change the event, but you can try to counteract it in the aftermath," Jensen said. "When we see how Norway has responded, with flowers and people helping each other, it may actually end up enhancing the sense of cohesiveness and humanity."

Jensen, whose center is drawing upon the experiences of the Sept. 11 attacks and on decades of gun violence in Los Angeles, said the trauma for Norway is particularly intense. That's because young people here have so little direct experience with violence and because Breivik reportedly told police he intentionally targeted the left-leaning youth retreat, believing he could decimate the future leadership of the liberal Labor Party he despised.

Breivik, who police say has admitted to committing both attacks but has pleaded not guilty, made clear in his pre-rampage writings that he had Norway's youth in his sights. His 1,500-page manifesto claimed the first phase of an anti-Islamic revolution would be the formation of "cultural conservative patriotic youth movements," which would serve as the "backbone" of a right-wing resistance movement.

Wennesland said he's committed to ensuring that Breivik's intentions to crush the Labor Party are not fulfilled.

"Then he wins, and no one in Norway wants him to win," he said. "Those of us left are going to be stronger. We will be tighter. The shared experience will tone down the differences that we've had inside the Labor Party for a considerable amount of time. So yes, this will affect us to a great extent, and I think it will mostly be positive."

In an ultimate act of defiance, Wennesland vowed the youth group will return to Utoya next year for its annual retreat.

"The values and ideals that were attacked Friday will prevail," he said.

Havard Narum, a political columnist for Norway's Aftenposten newspaper, said he expects the Labor Party to enjoy a short-term boost as a gesture of sympathy. In recent years, the Labor Party — historically the dominant party among Norway's young — has been losing support to right-leaning rivals, such as the Conservative Party and the Progress Party.

Breivik may have succeeded in drawing attention to his anti-immigration views, Narum said, but his tactics may have made the climate too sensitive for right-wing parties to even raise the issue in the foreseeable future.

The long-term political impact of the attacks remains unclear. "But one way or another, I believe this will have consequences for the whole political climate for quite a long time," Narum said.

As the identities of more victims are released and funerals take place nationwide, parents are also grappling with how to answer their younger children's questions and ease their fears.

"My son keeps asking me, 'Why?'" said Anita Kleemp, 48, an unemployed mother, standing next to her 5-year-old boy in downtown Oslo. "But I really don't know what to tell him."

She said she thinks it's nonetheless crucial to discuss the tragedy with her youngster. On Monday, she brought him to the downtown Oslo bombing site to observe a national moment of silence. Later, they stood in front of the courthouse and waited for a chance to see Breivik being driven to his initial closed-door judicial hearing.

"I wanted my son to see that [Breivik's] in jail so he won't be afraid," Kleemp said. "But also I just thought we should be here. It's part of the Norway experience. I want him to remember."

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Scotland Yard Busts Suspected LulzSec Spokesman
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July 27, 2011 | 2:40 pm
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The London Metropolitan Police on Wednesday arrested a 19-year-old Shetland Islands man who they say is “Topiary,” the most visible figure in LulzSec.

The police news release doesn’t name the suspect. The bust is the second high-profile arrest of an alleged member of the six-man hacking gang. British police last week arrested a 16-year-old they say is “T-Flow” — another prominent member. In June they arrested 19-year-old Ryan Cleary of Wickford, Essex, who allegedly ran an IRC channel used by the group.

LulzSec’s leader, “Sabu,” remained active on Twitter Wednesday morning, but did not immediately acknowledge the arrest of his purported frontman.

Topiary has served as the public face of LulzSec since it came to prominence in May with an intrusion at the website of PBS Newshour, where it posted a false news story announcing that deceased rapper Tupac Shakur had been found “alive and well” in New Zealand. By then the gang had already hacked Sony’s Japanese website, and before that Fox.com — where the group stole and posted 363 employee passwords, along with the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of 73,000 people who had signed up for audition information for the Fox talent show The X-Factor.

Subsequent hacks included the Arizona Department of Public Safety and other Sony sites, including one where LulzSec obtained and posted the e-mail addresses and passwords of about 50,000 consumers who’d registered for one of three Sony promotional sweepstakes.

By late June, web vigilantes and rival hackers had exposed what they said were the real identities of LulzSec’s members, and the gang announced on June 25 that it was disbanding. The group emerged from its brief retirement last week to deface a Rupert Murdoch–owned newspaper website.

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Pixeet Fisheye Lens Shoots 360 Degree Panoramas With Your iPhone
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We have featured a few different cases and add ons for your iPhone that will add a a range of lenses to your iPhone, the latest one is from Pixeet and it consists of a Fisheye lens and a case for the iPhone 4 plus an app that will let you take 360 degree panoramic photos with your iPhone 4.

The Pixeet app works by taking four different photos with your iPhones camera, the four images are then stitched together to produce a 360 degree panorama.

The case and camera lens will set you back $49 and the app is available for free, and Pixeet will also be releasing a version of the app and the case and lens for Android devices as well as the iPhone 4.

You can find out more information over at Pixeet: http://www.pixeet.com/

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NASA to Launch Spacecraft Towards Jupiter Next Week

By Mike Wall
Published July 28, 2011
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NASA has attached its next spacecraft bound to explore Jupiter to the rocket that will launch the unmanned probe towards the gas giant next week.

Technicians wheeled NASA's Juno probe to its launch pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station this morning (July 27), then mated the craft to its Atlas 5 launch vehicle.

The event marked a key milestone for the $1.1 billion Juno mission, which aims to shed light on the origin and evolution of the solar system's largest planet. The rocket will launch Juno probe toward Jupiter on Friday, Aug. 5, mission scientists said.

Closest-ever look at Jupiter

Juno will get closer to Jupiter than any other spacecraft in history — but not for a while. After its launch, the probe will cruise through the solar system for five years, finally arriving at the gas giant in July 2016.
Once there, Juno will undertake a year-long science campaign, studying Jupiter's structure, composition and magnetosphere, among other things, researchers said. The overall aim is to get a better idea of how, and when, the solar system's biggest planet formed.

"If we want to go back in time and understand where we came from and how the planets were made, Jupiter holds the secret, because it's got most of the leftovers after the sun formed," Bolton told reporters today. "We want to know that ingredient list. What we're really after is discovering the recipe for making planets."

For example, the spacecraft will measure the amount of water contained in Jupiter's thick, swirling atmosphere. Relatively large amounts of water might suggest that Jupiter first formed farther out in the solar system, then migrated into its present position, Bolton said.

And scientists still aren't sure if Jupiter has a solid core of heavy elements, or if it's made entirely of gas. Juno will look into that question as well, by measuring Jupiter's magnetic and gravity fields.

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Juno will settle into a highly elliptical polar orbit around Jupiter in 2016, coming as close as 3,107 miles (5,000 kilometers) from the gas giant's cloud-tops.

This proximity will afford great looks at the giant planet, but it's dangerous for Juno, too. Jupiter possesses the strongest radiation environment of any solar system body beyond the sun. So mission planners have encased Juno's sensitive instruments and electronics inside a titanium "vault" for protection.

Jupiter's strong radiation also dictated the particulars of Juno's orbit, requiring mission managers to slot the spacecraft precisely between several dangerous belts on its laps around the planet.

Juno weighs about 8,000 pounds (3,627 kilograms), but about half of that is fuel, researchers said. For power, the spacecraft relies on three huge solar arrays, each the size of a tractor-trailer.

The arrays' 18,698 solar cells will generate about 400 watts of power out at Jupiter, which sits about 400 million miles (644 million km) farther from the sun than Earth does. Out there, sunlight is 25 times less intense than it is here on our home planet.

Juno will make 33 orbits of Jupiter over its year-long operational life, then be crashed intentionally into the giant planet. Researchers want to make sure Juno doesn't slam into — and contaminate — any of Jupiter's moons, some of which scientists think may be capable of supporting life.

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Could Black Holes Help Treat Cancer Patients?

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Astronomers studying stars and black holes have made a discovery that could lead to safer, more effective cancer treatments down the road.

Heavy metals emit low-energy electrons when exposed to X-rays at specific energies, the researchers found. This raises the possibility that implants made of gold or platinum could allow doctors to destroy tumors with low-energy electrons, while exposing healthy tissue to far less radiation than is possible today, researchers said.

"As astronomers, we apply basic physics and chemistry to understand what's happening in stars," said astronomer Sultana Nahar of Ohio State University in a statement. "We're very excited to apply the same knowledge to potentially treat cancer."

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The researchers' computer simulations suggest that hitting a single gold or platinum atom with a small dose of X-rays at a narrow range of frequencies produces a flood of more than 20 low-energy electrons.
These ejected electrons can kill cancer kills, shredding their DNA, researchers said. So doctors could embed many heavy-metal nanoparticles inside and around tumors, then hit them with a tailored shot of radiation.

The resulting electron shower could obliterate a tumor. And the process would greatly reduce a patient's radiation exposure compared to most current radiation treatment methods, researchers said.

Inspired by the heavens

The researchers came up with the new potential cancer treatment after studying the heavens. Specifically, they were trying to understand what different stars are made of, based on how radiation flows through them and emanates from them.

The team constructed complex computer models to simulate these processes. The models clued them into how heavy metals such as iron behave when they absorb different types of radiation.

Iron plays the dominant role in controlling radiation flow through stars. But it is also observed in some black hole environments, which produce some types of X-rays that can be detected from Earth, researchers said.
"That's when we realized that the implications went way beyond atomic astrophysics," Pradhan said. "X-rays are used all the time in radiation treatments and imaging, and so are heavy metals — just not
in this way. If we could target heavy metal nanoparticles to certain sites in the body, X-ray imaging and therapy could be more powerful, reduce radiation exposure and be much more precise."

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Russia Backtracks on Plan to Sink International Space Station

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A watery fate may have to wait.

Russia’s space agency backpedaled Thursday from an international outcry over comments by deputy head Vitaly Davydov, who said Russia planned to sink the International Space Station into the Pacific Ocean in 2020.

Indeed, NASA claimed they were in talks to extend the station's services: "The partnership is currently working to certify on-orbit elements through 2028," NASA spokesman Joshua Buck told FoxNews.com.

Russian officials now claim the focus was always on the method of disposal and not about setting concrete deadlines.

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"NASA to Launch Spacecraft Towards Jupiter Next Week"

Well at least there are still some people at NASA with a job.

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