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    Hydramycin: New Antibiotic Compound from Hydra
    A new antimicrobial compound has been isolated from the freshwater animal Hydra. The compound, called hydramacin-1, shares virtually no similarity with any other known antibacterial proteins except for two other antimicrobials found in leech, and has been shown in laboratory studies to be highly potent.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
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    @Cat

    Both your links have "http://" on the end of them, so they don't link correctly. You probably didn't delete it from the box after you hit the 'link' button.

    Also, that IUD thing is 100% wrong, and I hope that nurse gets 100% fired, if she hasn't already.
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    rickiep00h:
    Thanks mate - now fixed. (That's what I get for trying to post from my pocket machine.)
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
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    Tom Cruise signs an Anonymous mask with a peace sign in Germany:

    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
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    Smallest known exoplanet may be only 1.4 times as massive as the Earth.
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    Juarez Citizens Council's (CCJ), a "citizen's militia" formed to counter narco-guerrillas, announce "Our mission is to terminate the life of a criminal every 24 hours ... The hour has come to stop this disorder in Juárez." "They are even setting up an e-mail/text line for tips from citizens on who they should target." notes John Robb.

    I guess that's what happens in a country where your police chiefs heads start turning up in coolers...
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    AQ Black Death outbreak update - Washington Times is reporting it as a bioweapon experiment failure...
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
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      CommentAuthorTanuki
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
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    It'll be a pity if he is the Stig and loses the job because of this. You'd think a presumption of client confidentiality would be in place.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
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    Google lies to its ad customers and fudges numbers to boot.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
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    Bush booed at Inauguration

    My favorite part is when they're singing "hey hey hey, goodbye"
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    iPod Touch mounting system for the M110 sniper rifle

    At first sight, this looks like an brilliant piece of satire, but there's a ballistics program for the Touch on the iTunes store, giving the designated marksman on the go the targetting computer of a scout-sniper team for less than $50. But you couldn't make it up. If (e.g.) Warren had stuck a combination Walkman/gunsight into Transmetropolitan then I'd have found it ridiculous. Once again, reality is weirder than fiction

    On the other hand, I'm sure Helm went through phase of singing show tunes during combat, so there is a precident
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
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    Top Gear's The Stig identified


    Kinda but not really.

    There are a few drivers employed by the BBC to test cars on the track, and initially it was mostly one guy, Perry McCarthy, but the main conceit of The Stig is for insurance purposes.

    Most of the time, when 200mph+ supercars are being driven around a track, it would be impossible to get insurance for in-house BBC drivers, and also some of the car manufacturers are reluctant to let hugely expensive prototypes or pre-production models into their hands anyway, so the car company test guys do the driving instead.

    As they don't really want their mugs on camera, and also to maintain the illusion that Top Gear is really doing the testing, company drivers wear the Stig outfit during the track run filming.

    The way I know this, is because I used to work for the local council where the Top Gear test track is located, which had to deal with all the noise complaints from local residents. As the council had to investigate the complaints, it also had to find out who was actually doing the driving. Turned out that the answer was 'lots of different people', for the above reasons.
    • CommentAuthordbspin
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
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    @Cat Vincent re: al qaeda black death. I guess in retrospect it was obvious the west would use biological weapons first.

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