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« Reply #615 on: Aug 12th, 2010, 6:28pm »

on Aug 12th, 2010, 5:55pm, WingsofCrystal wrote:
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"Alien Agenda" is a good book. Have you read Bramley's "The Gods of Eden"? That's another good one.
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Nope, can't say I have - thanks for the vid, I'll bookmark it for later listening wink I like to sit outside and listen to podcasts or audio books... I find it easier to concentrate smiley.
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« Reply #616 on: Aug 12th, 2010, 6:41pm »

on Aug 12th, 2010, 6:28pm, CA519705950 wrote:
Nope, can't say I have - thanks for the vid, I'll bookmark it for later listening wink I like to sit outside and listen to podcasts or audio books... I find it easier to concentrate smiley.


And it's just nicer outside. Glad you will enjoy it. cheesy
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« Reply #617 on: Aug 12th, 2010, 6:43pm »

I worked with the public. I'm amazed it took him 28 years to crack!

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« Reply #619 on: Aug 13th, 2010, 08:29am »

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August 13, 2010
China to Build State-Run Search Engine
By DAVID BARBOZA

SHANGHAI — In an apparent bid to extend its control over the Internet and cash in on the rapid growth of mobile devices, China plans to create its own government-controlled search engine.

The new venture would be fresh competition for Baidu.com, a private company that runs China’s dominant search engine. Baidu has seen its market share grow since Google retreated from the mainland earlier this year.

State-owned China Mobile — the world’s biggest cellphone carrier — and Xinhua, China’s official state-run news agency, signed an agreement Thursday to create a joint venture called the Search Engine New Media International Communications Co.

China already has the world’s largest number of Internet users, more than 420 million, and also the largest number of mobile phone subscribers, more than 800 million.

Private startup companies play a big role on the Web in China, but the government maintains tight control over Internet firms and censors what it deems to be dangerous or sensitive content.

Now, though, analysts say Beijing is pushing state-run companies to take a more active role online. China Central Television, the nation’s dominant broadcaster, is trying to develop its own online video site. Xinhua News Agency is trying to build a global platform of news providers using television and the Internet.

At the announcement of the joint venture in Beijing on Thursday, Zhou Xisheng, vice president of Xinhua, said the new company would build a leading search engine platform. But he also said the move was “part of the country’s broader efforts to safeguard its information security and push forward the robust, healthy and orderly development of China’s new media industry.”

Representatives of Baidu could not be reached for comment.

For years, Baidu has dominated Internet search in China holding a sizable lead over Google, which entered the market late. Earlier this year, Google pulled its search engine out of Beijing after complaining about censorship and online attacks that appeared to be coming from hackers in China.

Google now operates its Chinese-language search engine from Hong Kong; it is accessible from China but some results are censored by the government.

Most of China’s other big, private Internet companies are involved in online games and entertainment. But on Monday, Alibaba.com, one of the country’s biggest e-commerce sites, said the company and a fund co-founded by its chairman would acquire a 16 percent stake in the search engine Sogou, which is owned by the Chinese portal Sohu.com.

Yahoo, the U.S. portal, holds a 40 percent stake in the Alibaba Group.

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Darpa’s Butterfly-Inspired Sensors Light Up at Chem Threats
By Katie Drummond August 12, 2010 | 4:08 pm | Categories: DarpaWatch

The Pentagon’s got a new game plan to detect deadly chemical threats: tiny, iridescent sensors that are designed to mimic one of nature’s most colorful creatures.

It’s the latest in a series of Darpa-funded efforts to use insects to spot weapons. Last year, the agency tapped researchers at Agiltron Corporation to implant larvae with micromechanical chemical sensors. In 2005, Darpa-backed scientists started training honey bees to become bomb sniffers.

This time, Darpa’s interested in the chemical-sensing talents of butterflies. The agency’s awarded $6.3 million to a consortium, led by GE Global Research, that’ll develop synthetic versions of the nanostructures found on the scales of butterfly wings.

The project’s lead researcher, Dr. Radislav Potyrailo, likens the nanostructures on the butterfly wing scales, which each measure around 50 by 100 microns, to “tiles on a roof.” The science of chemical response behind the structures is based on photonics. The wings of Morpho butterflies change spectral reflectivity depending on the exposure of the scales to different vapors. As Potyrailo and his team write in a 2007 paper, published in Nature Photonics, “this optical response dramatically outperforms that of existing nano-engineered photonic sensors.”

“This is a fundamentally different approach,” he tells Danger Room. “Existing sensors can measure individual gases in the environment, but they suffer, big time, from interferences. This approach overcomes that hurdle.”

A single sensor would be tailored to detect certain types of chemical agents or explosives, and do so without hindrance from other chemicals, airborne molecules or even humidity. Water molecules, Potyrailo points out, can overload a dangerous gas that’s sparsely distributed but “is still able to have actionable effects in a military setting.” And, much like their biological inspiration, the sensors would do the job with remarkable specificity.

“It would be science fiction to say ‘here is my sensor, it can selectively detect 1,000 different chemicals’,” he says. “But what we’re saying is that we can detect and distinguish between several important chemicals — without making mistakes, without false responses.”

At around 1 x 1 cm apiece, the sensors are also small enough to be attached to clothing, installed in buildings or deployed “like confetti” over widespread regions. And they’d have helpful civilian uses, as well, from food safety and water purification tests to emissions monitoring at power plants. So be careful, the next time you swat an insect. It just might save your skin.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/08/pentagons-butterfly-inspired-sensors-light-up-at-chemical-threats/#ixzz0wUbSycXM

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Citizen Scientists Make First Deep Space Discovery With Einstein@Home
By Jess McNally August 12, 2010 | 3:40 pm | Categories: Space

While your computer is running idle, it could be finding new pulsars and black holes in deep space.

Three volunteers running the distributed computing program Einstein@Home have discovered a new pulsar in the data from the Arecibo Observatory radio telescope. Their computers, one in Iowa (owned by two people) and one in Germany, downloaded and processed the data that found the pulsar, which is in the Milky Way, approximately 17,000 light years from Earth in constellation Vulpecula.

“The way that we found the pulsar using distributed computing with volunteers is a new paradigm that we’re going to make better use of in astronomy as time goes on,” said astronomer Jim Cordes of Cornell University. “This really has legs.”

About 250,000 volunteers run Einstein@Home, on average donating about 250 teraflops of computing power — equivalent to a quarter of the capacity of the largest supercomputer in the world, says program developer David Anderson of University of California at Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory, co-author of the Aug. 12 discovery announcement in Science.
Einstein@Home has been searching for gravitational waves in the data from the US LIGO Observatory since 2005, and since March 2009 has dedicated one-third of its power to searching for radio pulsars and black holes in the Arecibo data. As of this week, it will start dedicating half of its processing power to data from Arecibo, the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, physicist Bruce Allen of the Max Plank Institute for Gravitational Physics in Germany and co-author of the study announced a press conference Aug. 12.

The new pulsar, dubbed PSR J2007+2722, is a neutron star rotating 41 times per second. Pulsars are birthed when stars five to 10 times as massive as our sun explode into a supernova and then collapse into stars composed almost entirely of neutrons.

The data from Arecibo was processed on the computer in Iowa June 11, and then also processed on a computer in Germany June 14 for validation. The finding was part of a larger search that returned results on July 10, which was the first time a human being was aware of the discovery.

The person who looked at the results notified Greenbank Observatory in West Virginia, which immediately pointed their telescope at the new pulsar to verify it. Within hours, Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico also pointed their telescope at it.

“This is the first time I’ve worked closely with radio astronomers making a discovery,” said Allen. “It was like watching 5-year-olds tearing Christmas presents. Or like watching someone throw chunks of meat at starving sharks.”

Pulsars are named after the pulsing signals they send to Earth. The pulse comes from the spin and the magnetic field of the neutron star being on two different axes, which acts like an electric generator and creates a beamed signal that rotates like a lighthouse. Cordes says theoretical predictions are that only about 20 percent of the pulsars in the galaxy are detectable on Earth because the beam needs to point directly at us to be detected.

Often, pulsars have a companion star or neutron star that was originally born in the same cloud of gas. But this new pulsar doesn’t and is likely a disrupted recycled pulsar. This means the pulsar once had a companion star that it sucked matter from as the star swelled up into a red giant, which caused the pulsar to cycle faster (recycle). The red giant star then exploded into a supernova and blasted the pulsar away, leaving it alone in space (disrupted).

The new pulsar is one of around 2000 pulsars that have been discovered using radio telescopes in the past 43 years, said Cordes. He estimates there are 20,000 pulsars in the Milky Way that could be detected.

“I see this as a long-term effort where we’re going to find really interesting objects,” said Cordes. “We’d like to find a pulsar orbiting a black hole, or a pulsar orbiting another neutron star so that we can test some of Einstein’s predictions of the general theory of relativity”

You can become part of the effort by downloading BOINC. The program has been used to create 70 different distributed computing projects (almost every one in existence except Folding@Home), and you can decide what fraction of your spare computing power you want to dedicate to each of the 70 projects.

In case you need more incentive, Cordes announced that a second pulsar has been already been discovered in the last month by Einstein@Home users in the United Kingdom and Russia. He’s keeping details to himself for now.

“We have a very large data set,” Cordes added at the press conference. “We just need to cull through it, and Einstein@Home lets us use a much finer comb.”

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New Titi Monkey Species Discovered In Amazon
By Jess McNally August 13, 2010 | 3:19 am | Categories: Animals

A newly discovered species of titi monkey purrs like a cat and looks like a leprechaun.

Although it was first spotted in 1976 by biologist Martin Moynihan in the southern Caqueta province of Columbia, frequent armed conflict in the region has prevented scientists from being able to confirm its existence until now.

The new species, named the Caqueta titi monkey or Callicebus caquetensis, is one of about 20 species of titi monkeys, which all live in the Amazon basin, according to primatologist Thomas Defler, who led the expedition that made the discovery announced August 12 in Primate Conservation.

“The titi monkey genus is so speciose that it is likely there are many species that we don’t know now,” Defler added.

The Caqueta titi monkey is being recommended for classification as Critically Endangered. The population size has been estimated at less than 250 individuals, and its habitat has been fragmented by clearing for agricultural land.

Titi monkeys are one of the only species of primate that are monogamous, gibbons being one of the only other ones.

“Even human beings aren’t all that monogamous,” Defler said.

Defler raised a couple titi monkeys once, and says that their monogamous behavior leads them causes them to be endearing. He called one of their behaviors “space saving,” where they encourage the other monkey to get closer to them.

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Runaway Northern Line train travels through six stops without driver
A runaway Northern Line train went through six stops on a 13-minute journey on the Tube this morning, with other Underground trains having to be cleared out of its path.

Published: 11:57AM BST 13 Aug 2010

The unmanned engineering train, used for maintenance, began to move southbound from Archway station on the Northern line.

London Underground (LU) staff took an operational decision to let the train continue and diverted trains on to another branch of the Northern line while clearing trains from the Charing Cross branch on which the runaway train had been diverted.

Investigators are still trying to establish how fast the train travelled, but it is believed to have reached speeds of up to 30mph.

The train eventually came to a stand at Warren Street station. LU and the Rail Accident Investigation Bureau have launched an investigation into the incident and LU has suspended the use of all engineering trains of this type.

LU said the train had become defective at 5.25am today as it approached Archway. Engineers began to move the train northbound by coupling it to an out-of-service Northern line train.

LU went on: ''However, for reasons that are now under investigation, at around 6.44am the engineering train became detached from the Northern line train and began to move southbound.

''LU staff undertook a swift assessment of the incident and an operational decision was made to allow the train to continue, until it came to a stand at Warren Street on the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line, which it did at 6.57am.''

LU continued: ''Throughout the incident, LU staff monitored the situation, including the position of passenger trains. LU staff moved to divert passenger trains to the City branch, and direct the engineering train to the Charing Cross branch where passenger trains had been cleared. Services on the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line were then suspended.

The incident involved the suspension of the Northern line between Finchley Central and Archway and Camden Town to Kennington via Charing Cross – a suspension that was still in place by late morning.

LU director Richard Parry said: ''Safety is our top priority, and we have of course launched an immediate and thorough investigation into this incident to establish the cause.

''Once that investigation is complete, we will publish the report, making its conclusions and recommendations clear. In the meantime we have prohibited the use of this design of engineering train on the Underground.

''From the start of this incident, an immediate assessment was made and operational decisions taken to minimise the safety risk to our customers and staff.

''Our engineers are working to restore full services as soon as possible, and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers while we investigate this incident.''

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UFO Digest

Washington skeptic observes 'black triangle' UFO blocking out stars
Submitted by Roger Marsh on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 23:59

A Washington skeptic reports watching a "black triangle" UFO the size of a gas station hovering in the sky overhead on August 11, 2010, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database

While the witness admits to not believing in extraterrestrials, he's chalking this one up to the unknown.

As the object passed overhead, the witness says it was rotating.

"As it passed over my head, it was also rotating. The rotation was quite slow, not even completing a full revolution before it passed beyond my view."

The convincing moment for the witness is when it was noticed that the stars were blocked out behind the object.

"However, stars were blocked out in the middle of the assumed formation, which led me to believe it was a UFO. Upon some research, it would appear that this 'black triangle' UFO is a common sight. However, most sightings include a large light in the center of the object. This is not the case in my sighting."

No town name was provided in the public portion of the MUFON report. One illustration was provided.

Article continues at: http://www.examiner.com/x-2363-UFO-Examiner~y2010m8d12-Washington-skeptic-observes-black-triangle-UFO-blocking-out-stars

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« Reply #626 on: Aug 13th, 2010, 10:04am »

Morning Crys.... grin

Wow! that break dancing granny is really something!! shocked

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« Reply #627 on: Aug 13th, 2010, 10:05am »

My Mom just told me about a special forces soldier that died from heat exhaustion in Phoenix yesterday. He was homeless. I can't find anything on it. Poor soul. This is how we treat our soldiers. We should be ashamed.
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Wow! that break dancing granny is really something!! shocked

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Hey Pen! cheesy
She is something isn't she?
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Yeah she sure is.... ummmm time to get back on the tread mill and cross trainer.... laugh

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