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  • The Technology Behind Last.fm
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    CNET’s Crave has up a detailed interview with Last.fm’s Matthew Ogle, the company’s head of Web development. Reader CNETNate notes that Last.fm has streamed 275,000 years of audio around the world. From the interview: “We stream all music directly off our servers in London. We have a cluster of streaming nodes including a bunch of powerful machines with solid-state hard drives. We have a process that runs daily which finds the hottest music and pushes (more…)



  • Disabled jockey set to make debut
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    A teenager who was born with one ear has won a year-long battle for a racing licence and makes his debut at Wolverhampton on Monday .

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  • Businessman Opens Marijuana School in Michigan
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    A 24-year-old aspiring businessman says he’s teaching Michigan residents how to grow medical marijuana at his new “Med Grow Cannabis College.”

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  • Thermochromic Ink Swine Flu Mask Helps Alert Others
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    Inspired by the swine flu pandemic, Hoorshnia’s early warning systems—for other people, at least—span the design gamut, from the traditional medical mask to a rather fetching wrap-around scarf. In addition to full-face sinus masks that detect temperature increases around the forehead or mouth.

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  • West Ham 5-3 Burnley
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    West Ham beat Burnley with goals from Jack Collison, Junior Stanislas, Guillermo Franco and a penalty each from Carlton Cole and Luis Jimenez.

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  • Herschel Spectroscopy of Future Supernova
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    davecl writes “ESA’s Herschel Space Telescope has released its first spectroscopic results. These include observations of VYCMa, a star 50 times as massive as the sun and soon to become a supernova, as well a nearby galaxy, more distant colliding starburst galaxies and a comet in our own solar system. The spectra show more lines than have ever been seen in these objects in the far-infrared and will allow astronomers to work out the detailed chemistry (more…)