ScienceShot: Worlds With Two Suns May Sport Black Plants

6:40:54 PM, Tuesday, April 19, 2011

-- "Plants that evolve on planets in a multisun solar system might look quite different from Earth’s mostly green foliage, researchers will report tomorrow at a meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society in Llandudno in the United Kingdom. To maximize energy absorption for photosynthesis, especially when the suns have vastly different colors or if at least one of the suns is dim, plants—or, more correctly, their extraterrestrial analogs—may use one or more types of light-absorbing pigments that absorb across a broad range of wavelengths, which would tend to make the plant appear black or gray (main image). Although the idea that planets that could host such life may sound far-fetched, such orbs may not be so rare: The team’s computer simulations indicate that Earth-like planets can exist in several types of stable orbits in multistar systems (inset). More than one-fourth of the sunlike stars in our galaxy and about half of the long-lived but dim, cool stars called red dwarfs are found in solar systems containing two or more stars, the researchers note."

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Why Would Anyone Want To Go To Heaven?

2:49:50 PM, Tuesday, April 19, 2011

*NSFW LANGUAGE*

-- Just remember, you were warned. In Heaven... no one can hear you scream! Watch this!

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Jamiroquai - Deeper Underground

2:45:45 PM, Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Architecture 101 - Aled Lewis

11:14:56 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011
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The Cost of Combat Stress: a Billion Dollars a Year

10:56:10 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011

"In a war, death comes in many forms: jury-rigged bombs, sleek fighter jets, assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades. But a stealthier killer lingers long after the fighting is done, in the psychological toll that combat exacts. More than 6,000 veterans take their own lives every year — about 20 percent of the 30,000 American suicides annually.

In an effort to quantify the psychological cost of war, a recent report from the National Bureau of Economic Research has come up with the magic numbers. They estimate that lower-bound costs of mental health problems from the global war on terror are between $750 million and $1.35 billion annually.

Despite trying everything from portable weatherproof brain scanners to drug treatments with ecstasy and MDMA, service members are still suffering with post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues.

In fact, 26 percent of returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan are depressed, drug and alcohol-dependent, homeless or suicidal, says the NBER report. This quoted number was independently calculated in a study done by the Rand Corporation, a non-profit policy and research think tank.

The NBER report brings some fresh insights to the table. Rather than assessing the mental impact of war through a measure of soldiers’ deployment length as other studies have done, this report assesses trauma through the type of combat soldiers have been involved in.

Although the results are pretty intuitive, the report establishes that those soldiers who “engage in frequent enemy firefight or witness allied or civilian deaths are at substantially increased risk for suicidal ideation, psychological counseling, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

So, when the military decides which soldiers to deploy for active combat, they should be cognizant of where and not necessarily for how long, the soldier has been deployed before..."

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Now In Production: Human Skin Grown In a Robot-Controlled German Skin Factory

10:06:02 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011

"Back in 2009, we told you about the skin factory concept at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, where scientists hoped to mass-produce skin at low cost for clinical testing and other uses. Now it’s come online, with robots squeezing pink solution into pipettes and turning out sheets of human flesh. Der Spiegel took a look inside.

Science, Rebecca Boyle, factories, factory, Fraunhofer, health, human skin cells, human tissue, robots, skins, tissue engineeringThe factory can produce 5,000 penny-sized discs of whitish translucent tissue every month. The designers say it can also come in shades of brown. Each disc will cost about $72, a bit more than expected when the project was in its planning stages two years ago. The German newspaper Der Spiegel took a tour of the facility with its director, Heike Walles; check out their coverage here.

Robots and computers control the skin-making process, which takes place in a sterile, climate-controlled setting. The skin broth is closely monitored for any signs of infection and computers guide the lasers and blades that cut swatches of skin. The goal is to pave the way for factory-produced human tissue, complete with blood vessels, that could be used to treat injuries or various medical conditions.

As Der Spiegel puts it, Walles believes factories like this one will be the only way to efficiently produce new tissue like bladders, tracheas, cartilage and even human organs. She and others have successfully produced engineered tissue for human transplantation, but the process is hugely expensive and labor-intensive. An automated manufacturing facility could make it cheaper and simpler, she says.

For now, the tissue is being used in animal testing and could even be used for products like cosmetics, but it is still a long way from being transplanted. European Union regulations require several stages of animal testing before it could be used in a clinical setting, Der Spiegel reports."

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Bobcat on a Cactus

8:39:59 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011

-- That is all.

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T-killah - Забираю

2:52:30 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011
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Failed Teenage Suicide Bomber Describes Deadly Mission

2:14:47 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011

"Umar Fidai survived when his explosive vest failed to detonate properly. His family has not been in touch since he was found lying in the street.

In early April a suicide blast ripped though a Pakistani shrine packed with thousands of devotees, leaving scores dead. Both attackers were schoolboys in their early teens. But one survived and told the BBC's Aleem Maqbool what made him want to take his life and the lives of others.

"All I was thinking was that I had to detonate myself near as many people as possible. When I decided it was the right time, it was a moment of happiness for me," said 14-year-old Umar Fidai.

"I thought that there would be a little bit of pain, but then I would be in heaven."

Umar did not make it to paradise. Instead, we find him in custody.

His left arm is missing, his right arm entirely strapped up, and there are bandages around his torso. But he is alert, polite and disarmingly frank.

"The plan was that Ismail would blow himself up near the shrine. I would wait for the ambulances to come and detonate myself near them to kill more people. I had no doubts at all beforehand."

But Umar's suicide jacket failed to explode properly.

He blew off his own arm, tore open his abdomen and was knocked unconscious. When he came round, Umar reached for a grenade in his pocket.

"We had been taught that if the belt does not go off, we should kill ourselves with the grenade. There were three policemen standing close by, and I thought if I killed them too, I would still make it to heaven."

As Umar raised the grenade to his mouth to pull out the pin with his teeth, a police officer shot him in the arm.

Extraordinary mobile phone footage shows Umar lying on the ground as police then went about defusing the remains of his suicide jacket..."

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Grime and Crime in New York 1970s - Public Transportation Issues

12:52:00 AM, Monday, April 18, 2011

-- Good stuff! Some great footage, check it.

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Nyusha - I Howl At The Moon / Нюша - Вою на луну

4:50:27 PM, Sunday, April 17, 2011
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Brave New World Among Top 10 Books Americans Most Want Banned

4:50:13 PM, Sunday, April 17, 2011

"Banned in Ireland when it first appeared in 1932, and removed from shelves and objected to ever since, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is still making waves today. The novel of a dystopian future was one of the most complained about books in America last year, with readers protesting over its sexually explicit scenes, "offensive" language and "insensitivity".

The American Library Association (ALA) has just released its list of the 10 books which Americans tried hardest to ban last year. Topped yet again by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell's And Tango Makes Three, a picture-book telling the true story of a chick adopted by two male Emperor penguins at New York's Central Park zoo, the list is a compilation of complaints made to libraries and schools requesting a book be banned because of its content. Dozens of attempts were made to remove And Tango Makes Three from library shelves, said the ALA, with those seeking to ban the title protesting at the "homosexuality" of the two penguins and its "religious viewpoint".

Parent protests in Missouri over masturbation scenes in Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian helped the award-winning young adult novel into second place in the most-challenged list. Brave New World – ironically, set in a world in which books are banned – made it into the top 10 in third place. Huxley's novel is no stranger to complaints: in 1980 it was removed from classrooms for making promiscuous sex "look like fun", and it has been the subject of frequent challenges in the US over the years.

Brave New World is the only classic title in 2010's list. In 2009, JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, Alice Walker's The Color Purple and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird all provoked complaints from angry parents, but last year it was modern bestsellers that caused the most trouble. From Suzanne Collins's post-apocalyptic hit The Hunger Games to Stephenie Meyer's vampire bestseller Twilight, American parents have been making it their mission to complain about some of the most popular books published in recent years.

"[It's] a dubious honour", said novelist Natasha Friend, whose book Lush – about a teenage girl with an alcoholic father – made the list in sixth place for its mentions of drugs, its "offensive language" and "sexually explicit" scenes. "[But] as my editor at Scholastic says, this is 'just a part of being a Judy Blume for a new generation!' I guess I'll take it...""

-- Really, America?!? LOL at "Twilight" making the list though! Follow the link to see the rest.

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Freddie Mercury Interview - Musical Prostitute

12:49:25 PM, Sunday, April 17, 2011

-- Perhaps the most famous interview of Fred. Filmed in Munich as the band were about to release the works album in 1984. Freddie was interviwed by Rudi Dolezal at Musicland Studios.

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Bob's Burgers - Health Inspection

4:29:39 PM, Saturday, April 16, 2011

-- Why haven't I heard of this show until now!?

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Notorious B.I.G and Miley Cyrus - Party And Bullshit In The USA

1:01:39 PM, Saturday, April 16, 2011

-- Because nothing is sacred in this world.

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