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  • A New Exoplanet — With Pictures to Prove It
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    For almost a decade and a half, astronomers have been finding new planets orbiting distant stars — first a trickle and, more recently, a flood of alien worlds, with the tally now well above 400, and climbing every day.

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  • The 10 most awkward NHL Draft rookie glamour shots
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    The wonderfully strange “glamour shots” taken of the draftees in their spiffy new sweaters, with hilariously awkward poses. This year, there were prominent themes: The “jersey lift,” modeled here by No. 1 overall pick Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers, the “darkened spotlight,” the “darkened spotlight,” and finally, there’s the “curtain splitter”.

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  • RIAA Calls YouTube-Viacom Decision Bad Public Policy
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    adeelarshad82 writes “The Recording Industry Association of America voiced its opposition to the recent decision in the YouTube-Viacom copyright infringement case, stating that ‘the district court’s dangerously expansive reading of the liability immunity provisions of the [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] upsets the careful balance struck within the law and is bad public policy.’ Cary Sherman, RIAA president, also wrote in a blog post, ‘It will actually (more…)

  • The World Cup Needs Instant Replay… Now
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    Sunday’s blown goal call in the Germany and England match, the US shot that should have been a goal against Slovenia, Argentina’s offsides goal…these should all be telling FIFA something much be changed.

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  • Nadal hits back to beat Soderling
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    Rafael Nadal recovers from a set down to beat Robin Soderling in four sets and reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.

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  • Automated Language Deciphering By Computer AI
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    eldavojohn writes “Ugaritic has been deciphered by an unaided computer program that relied only on four basic assumptions present in many languages. The paper (PDF) may aid researchers in deciphering eight undecipherable languages (Ugaritic has already been deciphered and proved their system worked) as well as increase the number of languages automated translation sites offer. The researchers claim ‘orders of magnitude’ speedups in deciphering languages (more…)