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  • NC Planners May Be Barred From Using Speculative Sea Level Rise Predictions
    By on May 31, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments


    ideonexus writes “Republicans in North Carolina are floating a bill that would force planners to only consider historical data in predicting the sea-level rise (SLR) for the state as opposed to considering projections that take Global Warming into account. NC-20, the pro-development lobbying group representing twenty counties along the NC coast, is behind the effort and asserts that the one-meter prediction would prohibit development on (more…)



  • Mark Webber column
    By on May 31, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    The BBC Sport columnist reflects on his “special” win in Monaco and dismisses accusations of ‘backing up’ Alonso and Hamilton.

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  • Ore-Sniffing Dogs Rediscovered By Mining Industry
    By on May 31, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “In the 60s and 70s Sweden, Russia and Finland were the foremost players in the game of ore dogs, using dogs to sniff out ore deposits for mining. The technique was forgotten in the last century, but this article shows they’re now being used again to discover ore deposits. From the article: ‘The keen noses of sniffer dogs are proving so successful at locating ore that even the mining giants are sitting up and (more…)

  • VIDEO: Greene aims for season’s best
    By on May 30, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Reigning world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene is aiming to “run a season’s best” on Thursday in Rome at the Diamond League event as he builds towards London 2012.

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  • VIDEO: ‘Surge in screenings’ since Muamba
    By on May 26, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    There has been “a surge” in requests for heart screenings from young people following Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie at Tottenham in March.

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  • Bessel Beam ‘Tractor Beam’ Concept Theoretically Demonstrated
    By on May 25, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    cylonlover writes “Last year, NASA revealed it was evaluating three potential ‘tractor beam’ technologies to deliver planetary or atmospheric particles to a robotic rover or orbiting spacecraft. At the time, the third of these, which involved the use of a Bessel beam, only existed on paper. Researchers at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have now proven the theory behind the concept, demonstrating how a (more…)

  • Linux 3.4 Released
    By on May 21, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    jrepin writes with news of today’s release (here’s Linus’s announcement) of Linux 3.4: “This release includes several Btrfs updates: metadata blocks bigger than 4KB, much better metadata performance, better error handling and better recovery tools. There are other features: a new X32 ABI which allows to run in 64 bit mode with 32 bit pointers; several updates to the GPU drivers: early modesetting of Nvidia Geforce 600 ‘Kepler’, support (more…)

  • Wakefield 12-42 Warrington
    By on May 20, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Stefan Ratchford scores two tries on his comeback as Warrington beat Wakefield 42-12 and move to within a point of leaders Wigan.

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  • Triple jump legend Olsson retires
    By on May 16, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Former Olympic triple jump champion Christian Olsson retires, meaning he will not compete at London 2012 Games.

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  • MIT Study: Prolonged Low-level Radiation Exposure Poses Little Risk
    By on May 15, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    JSBiff sends this quote from MITnews:
    “A new study from MIT scientists suggests that the guidelines governments use to determine when to evacuate people following a nuclear accident may be too conservative. The study (abstract), led by Bevin Engelward and Jacquelyn Yanch and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that when mice were exposed to radiation doses about 400 times greater than background levels for (more…)