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April 26, 2007

Daily Show Riffs on Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" -Daily Comedy Classic

Daily20show20rockThis is a priceless Daily Show riff on Al Gore and his Academy Award winning documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, in which Gore discusses the risk of the collapse of a major ice sheet in Greenland or in West Antarctica, either of which could raise global sea levels by approximately 20 feet (6m), flooding coastal areas and producing 100 million refugees. Meltwater from Greenland, because of its lower salinity, could halt the Gulf Stream current and quickly trigger dramatic local cooling in Northern Europe. Enjoy, and forward it on. Posted by Jason McManus.

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Chuck the Coffee -Eugeroics is Here...

Coffee_2 Attention all doctors, over-achieving students, and night watchmen: your lives are about to get easier. A new brand of “wakefullness” pills could soon be hitting the mainstream market.

Imagine swallowing a pill at 8:00 a.m. and heading out for 22 hours of work, all the while feeling physically rested and alert. Now imagine that the pill not only keeps you awake and active, but actually enhances your productivity and mental cognizance. Welcome to the world eugeroic drugs.

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Modest Mouse "The Moon & Antarctica" -Today's Hot Playlist Pick

Moon_galJune 13, 2000, marked the major label debut for Washington idie-heroes, Modest Mouse, with their album, The Moon and Antarctica.  This fan favorite reminds us that musically, all was not lost back at the turn of the century when boy and girl pop bands ruled the world.  Drawing comparisons to legendary alt-rockers Radiohead, for some of their trancelike tones and effects, this album was Modest Mouse not just getting their foot into the industry door, it was them kicking the proverbial door down! 

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Isn’t It Ironic? Marijuana May Be the Cure for Lung Cancer

MarijuanausaA U.S. study found that the active ingredient in marijuana may turn out to be an excellent treatment for lung cancer.

Harvard researchers used lab and mouse studies to show that the compound, known as THC, cuts lung tumor growth in half and helps prevent the cancer from spreading. Researchers also demonstrated that THC inhibited the growth and spread of cells from two different lung cancer cell lines and from patient lung tumors.

They injected THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells. After three weeks, tumors shrank by about 50%, compared with tumors in untreated mice, says Anju Preet, PhD, a Harvard University researcher in Boston who tested the chemical.

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Mystery of Ancient Organism Solved

070423_fungus_hmed_3pScientists at the University of Chicago and the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., have produced new evidence to finally resolve the mysterious identity of what they regard as one of the strangest organisms that ever lived (image left is specimen in a Saudi Arabia desert).

It's called Prototaxites (pronounced pro-toe-tax-eye-tees), the organism went extinct approximately 350 million years ago. Originally classified as a conifer, scientists later argued that it was instead a lichen, various types of algae or a giant Godzilla fungus. Whatever it was, it stood in tree-like trunks more than 20 feet tall, making it the largest-known organism on land in its day.

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April 25, 2007

Earth’s Twin Habitable?

Planet_earth_twin_2Scientists have discovered a planet not much bigger than our Earth that may also be covered in oceans and has the right temperature to support life, about 20.5 light years away.

Scientists believe that by 2020, it will be possible for a telescope to take a close look at the planet, which has not yet been named, to search if there are signs of life.

It is the smallest planet yet discovered outside the solar system, and has about twice the gravitational pull of our planet. Creatures on the planet would need thick bones and sturdy legs due to the stronger gravitational pull.

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Kryptonite -Superman's Nemesis Discovered in Serbia

Superman_kryptoniteSuperman, fear not! 'Kryptonite' has been discovered according to a BBC report, but it's definitely not green Kryptonite, the stuff of fiction feared by our superhero icon. A new mineral matching its unique chemistry  described in the film Superman Returns - has been identified from a mine in Serbia.

According to movie and comic-book storylines the glowing green material, usually shown as having been created from the exploded remains of Superman's native planet of Krypton, generally has detrimental effects on Superman, sapping his super-human strength.

( Be sure to check out the Marlon Brando video of the story of the Superman legend and his escape from the planet Krypton and arrival on Earth).

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"Paleo-Future" -German Postcards from 1900 Predicting 2000

North_poleGoogle's Paleo-Future Group is one of my favorite site on the Web. I've linked to a stunning gallery exhibit of German postcards from the year 1900 predicting life in 2000. They nailed the personal surveillance stuff courtesy of Bush Co. and the NSA. And, we might only be a season or two away from "Summer Vacations at the North Pole" show in the image above. Don't miss this! Enjoy, and forward the link...posted by Casey Kazan.

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Robots Rising -Scientists are Worried

Robot_sunThe Japanese, culturally speaking, tend to love robots. Right now in Japan, you can buy a robot “babysitter” known as the PaPeRo. Because it is capable of face recognition, it “remembers” individuals and can tell you if a child is missing from the group. It can talk, sing and dance. More importantly, it can transmit what it “sees” to absent parents through a cell phone. Parents can talk to their children through the robot’s “voicebox”.

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Some Like it Hot -Measuring Sexual Arousal

Sexual_arousalThe latest news coming out of Quebec, Canada may very well impact today's fast-aging Boomers like a swift kick to the groin. Researchers from McGill University have announced a new, infinitely more accurate method for measuring sexual arousal in males and females. Thermography promises to go where no other technology has gone before, and it will make that journey alone, since it does not rely on physical contact between participants, as did its predecessors. Recent findings have been eye-opening to say the least.

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