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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    Comic Heroes Magazine looking for British small press and web comics to review. This may be of interest to those producing their own comics.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    This looks like real fun science...

    Modified ecstasy 'attacks blood cancers'

    One variant increased cancer-fighting effectiveness 100-fold. It means that if 100g of un-modified ecstasy was needed to get the desired effect, only 1g of the modified ecstasy would be needed to have the same effect.
    Scientists say this also reduced the toxic effect on the brain.
    Lead researcher Professor John Gordon, from the University of Birmingham, told the BBC: "Against the cancers, particularly the leukaemia, the lymphoma and the myeloma, where we've tested these new compounds we can wipe out 100% of the cancer cells in some cases.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011 edited
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    @icelandbob - they needed to hold onto that one for a few weeks, we're still reeling from the whole 'modified HIV virus destroys cancer by delivering DNA rewrite payload' thing.

    HIV being such a strong virus for getting at human biology, I'm suprised they've taken so long engineering it.
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    Insert "Watchmen" joke.



    So...this belongs here, right? Just don't want an arse eel, waking me up during the night.
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
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    I guess this goes here: 30 Years of Music Industry Change
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
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    @Celan - that's bloody brilliant! Blessed be the data visualizers.

    The only thing that would make it better would be if radius or height of the pie reflected total volume of sales, or something.
    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
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    Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists (who seem to be employed to sit around making shit up*):

    It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.

    Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth's atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.


    * and rather low quality shit at that** (unless their job is really to make conspiracy theorists heads explode, if so, job done).

    ** Coming this summer: "The Day The Aliens Came (to tell us to turn our thermostats down a couple of degrees)"
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    @Emperor - Wouldn't aliens who were worried we were getting dangerous, but saw the temperature rising, just leave us alone until they saw some sign that we weren't going to cook ourselves?
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
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    We can just tell them Klaatu Barada Nikto and they'll go again.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
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    Inequality in US
    Stupid people are stupid specially the last woman interviewed.
    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
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    @Ben Klumaster perhaps they like their Earthman meat raw?
    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
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    'Bulletproof Human Skin' Made From Spider Silk -I'm pretty sure the story doesn't live up to the headline (even though the story is impressive), which should be more like "Slow-Moving Bullet Proof Human Skin Cells Made From Goat Silk." OK, it is Fox News but still...:

    Take a pinch of Spider-Man's webbing, add some human skin cells, and you just may end up with skin worthy of Superman.

    A Dutch team created a piece of "bulletproof" skin from special, U.S.-made spider silk and human skin cells and found that it indeed can repel bullets -- as long as they're not traveling too fast.

    ...

    The special brand of spider silk came from genetically modified goats and worms at Utah State University in Logan. U.S. researchers have spent years harvesting the spider silk protein from the goat milk to try to make new types of super-strong fibers.

    ...

    Such skin is still a long way from adding practical protection to humans, but it gives a glimpse of what future soldiers or would-be superheroes might expect. After all, the U.S. military and other armed forces have continually sought new ways to bulletproof their warriors on the battlefield, and also have shown interest in discovering the ultimate warrior genes.


    As long as they aren't looking for Ultimate Warrior genes, we'll be OK.
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    Crazy!

    You would still prolly be not superman if you were hit in the head, though. All the energy would still be like "Yo I'm a bullet's energy" and your skull would all be like "Ahhh this is a problem" (medical term), even without penetration; like how blanks can still punch in a skull in that inch or so before the paper pieces flutter apart, as would-be famous actor Jon-Erik Hexum "learned" :(

    Be good to have, though
    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
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    I have heard you can get hydrostatic shock-style effects without penetration (although it is more likely just to be blunt force trauma, also that article suggest HSS might be cobblers). Blimey the things you find out from clicking around on Wikipedia: Big Hole School, which I thought was a hentai title.
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2011
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      CommentAuthorJehrot
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2011 edited
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    Al Jazeera's live feed is rolling on Libya, where the rebels are in Tripoli and have apparently captured Gaddafi's sons. Looks like Gaddafi is actually on his last legs.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2011
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    Rumours are always going to fly around this sort of situation, but people are saying that Gaddafi fled over the border into Algeria overnight.

    The main concern amongst the rebel leadership now is to avoid descending into infighting as the various factions vie for overall control.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2011
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    From the wiki entry for the chap leading the libyan forces into Tripoli

    Formerly one of Muammar Gaddafi's army commanders in the Chadian–Libyan conflict, he fell out with the regime when Libya lost the war, and sought exile in the United States. Some sources have reported ties with the US Central Intelligence Agency. After falling out with the Gaddafi regime, Haftar set up his own militia financed by the CIA, according to the 2001 book Manipulations africaines, published by Le Monde diplomatique. After entering the United States in the 1990s, Haftar took up residence in Vienna, Virginia, five miles outside of Langley, Virginia.


    Suggestions that the Libyan rebels are being led by a CIA Sock Puppet should be dismissed as mere crazy talk.