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Stephen Hawking Abuzz over Zero Gravity Experience

Super-genius Stephen Hawking experienced zero-gravity, and reportedly loved every minute of it:

Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking floated free in zero gravity Thursday, becoming the first person with a disability to have the experience. The zero-gravity flight in a modified jet creates the experience of microgravity during 25-second plunges — called parabolas — over the Atlantic Ocean.


Surgeries Performed “using the body’s natural openings”

To avoid scarring from surgical procedures, some surgeons will use the “the body’s natural openings” as their gateway to the innards:

“A 4-year-old boy lay on an operating table in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago with a tumor that had eaten into his brain and the base of his skull. Standard surgery would involve cutting [...]

Iraq Reconstruction Not Going Well

According to Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the special inspector general, in his report to Congress and the Bush Administration: Poor construction, improper design, substandard materials and lack of maintenance have caused the failure of seven of eight U.S.-funded Iraq reconstruction projects that were recently reviewed by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction…

The report [...]

Exposing The Carbon Credit Scam

On Wednesday, the Financial Times published an article about an investigation that they conducted on the carbon credit industry that so many environmentalists have hyped. They concluded that many of the purchased carbon credits saw little to no actual environmental results and many of the green companies were making large profits with little effort.

Companies [...]

Earth-like Planet Discovered?

I don’t know, it seems like too many people are getting way too excited about too little evidence:

Above a calm, dark ocean, a huge, bloated red sun rises in the sky – a full ten times the size of our Sun as seen from Earth. Small waves lap at a sandy shore and on [...]

Hamas Breaks Truce: “It’s not a Palestinian problem, it is an Israeli problem”

Why did Hamas fire rockets into Israel on the day Israelis celebrate their national independence?

Hamas says its Israel’s own fault they got shelled:

“Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, whose Hamas-led government negotiated the cease-fire with its militant wing, said: “We made great efforts at keeping the truce and there was a positive Palestinian position, [...]

From the Mouth of the Tunnel to Somewhere Else Entirely

Very interesting NYTimes story describing the mixed feelings toward opening up a rural town in European Alps to the outside world:

“THE KAISERTAL, Austria, April 19 ? Years from now, if Sarah Leitner ever wants to regale her children with stories about her daily walk to school, she will not have to embellish, even a [...]

Yeltsin dies; Halberstam Dies

Two deaths, not linked:

Former Russian president Yeltsin dies

“Boris Yeltsin, who kicked the props out from under the tottering Soviet empire and then struggled to build a nation from its wreckage, died Monday after seeing many of his democratic reforms rolled back. The former Russian president was 76. President Vladimir Putin spoke to [...]

Not a square to spare

Cheryl Crow and Laurie David have been traveling the country over the past few weeks promoting the fight against global warming. While on this trip, the two have been doing their own diary blog of thoughts and ideas to deal with environmental issues. According to the Washington Post, some of the ideas from these excerpt [...]

NBC’s Defense: “The news-value question is long gone”

NBC defended its use of Seung-Hui Cho’s media package sent the day of the shootings:

“Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, strongly defended the network?s decision to broadcast the material. ?The news-value question is long gone,? Mr. Capus said. ?Every journalist is united on this. You can tell by their actions.? He referred to [...]

Ratings and News Ghouls

Two days after a gunman killed 32 people before taking his own life on the campus of Virginia Tech, we learned that the murderer had sent a video and photos in the mail over to the NBC News studios in New York. A few hours later, the gunman’s thoughts were aired on NBC’s Nightly News [...]

That certainly didn’t take long

One day after the massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech, the European columists have come out of the woodwork to voice their greatly undesired opinion on the subject. In the London Times, Gerard Baker has decided that now would be a good time to castigate the United States on its gun laws, its economic [...]

Shootings at Virginia Tech: National Media Still in Confusion Stage

The horror at Virginia Tech can not be put into words.

The number of people murdered fluctuates between 30 and 33, depending on what you read; the media is still in confusion mode as they try to report before they have all the facts. The recent figures state 33:

CNN: Shootings at two Virginia [...]

Shooting Spree

This is unbelievably horrible:

Students and faculty at Virginia Tech University were in shock Monday after a gunman shot and killed at least 32 people and injured 21 during the most deadly shooting spree in U.S. history.

At least 32 people are confirmed dead at the Blacksburg, Va., campus, federal law enforcement officials told FOX [...]

Please run, please run…

John Kerry dropped out of potentially running for President…before he dropped back in again:

Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) reopened the door to a possible 2008 presidential campaign during a book signing in Denver and then again, in an interview with 9NEWS.

The 2004 Democratic nominee told a crowd of more than 250 at the Tattered [...]