Archive for December, 2010

HP – Thanks A Lot! [pic]

Today, while checking for new drivers for the worst printer that I’ve ever owned (HP Photosmart D5460), I found this little gem on HP’s site. The offending software is simply crapware from HP Marketing, it is not involved with printing. Way to go, HP!

HP site

Julian Assange Threatens To Name Arab Leaders Owned By US Government

According to BusinessInsider –

Julian Assange has set the ultimate dead man’s switch: Arrest or kill him and thousands of files will be automatically released, including documents that out CIA-backed Arabs. The Wikileaks leader had previously claimed to have files on auto-release. That he had info on CIA ties was first-mentioned in an interview yesterday with Al-Jazeera.

The business blog then proceeds to explain how Mr. Assange is the problem because he dares to expose the dirty deeds done by world leaders. I would think that the CIA and their helpers should be held responsible for their actions. As the TSA says – “If you got nothing to hide, what’s the problem?”

Why The US Needs Healthcare Reform [comic]

What Does Your State Do Best? [infographic]

This infographic is interesting and informative.

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TSA Coming To A Mall Near You? – WTF

ABC Australia reported –

A year ago the administration was contending with a failed attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit by a man allegedly trying to ignite explosives sewn into his underwear. US authorities responded by installing new screening machines and initiating draconian body searches at airports. Homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano says other measures were also taken, citing increased security of “soft targets” like hotels and shopping centres. She says authorities are continually trying to stay one step ahead as terrorist organisations become more creative in their tactics. “The overall message is everything is objectively better than it was a year ago,” she said. “One of the things we look at is what other avenues might they select as a target. “We look at so-called soft targets – hotels, shopping malls, for example – all of which we have reached out to in the past year and done a fair amount of training for their own employees.”

Continue reading HERE.

 

 

Study to Investigate “Pacemaker” For Sleep Apnea

CBS News reports –

What sounds like science fiction might prove to be a cure for obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans. Scientists are starting to test a device designed to stop apnea by zapping the tongue during sleep. The idea is to stop the tongue and throat muscles from relaxing so much that they collapse and block breathing. For people with apnea, that can happen for 30 seconds or so, causing them to jerk awake and gasp – a cycle that repeats itself 30 or more times an hour. The repeated awakenings deprive apnea sufferers of crucial deep sleep, raising their risk for car crashes and potentially deadly diseases. Apnea is also associated with loud snoring, which can disrupt the sleep of an apnea sufferer’s bed partner. By the end of January, Minneapolis-based Inspire Medical Systems plans to begin enrolling 100 apnea patients in a study to see if so-called hypoglossal nerve stimulation really works. Two competitors are developing similar implants: San Diego-based ImThera Medical and Apnex Medical of St. Paul, Minn.

Continue reading HERE.

 

 

Urchin Teeth May Lead To Tools That Never Need Sharpening

ScienceDaily reports –

To survive in a tumultuous environment, sea urchins literally eat through stone, using their teeth to carve out nooks where the spiny creatures hide from predators and protect themselves from the crashing surf on the rocky shores and tide pools where they live. The rock-boring behavior is astonishing, scientists agree, but what is truly remarkable is that, despite constant grinding and scraping on stone, urchin teeth never, ever get dull. The secret of their ever-sharp qualities has puzzled scientists for decades, but now a new report by scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and their colleagues has peeled back the toothy mystery. Writing in the journal Advanced Functional Materials, a team led by UW-Madison professor of physics Pupa Gilbert describes the self-sharpening mechanism used by the California purple sea urchin to keep a razor-sharp edge on its choppers. The urchin’s self-sharpening trick, notes Gilbert, is something that could be mimicked by humans to make tools that never need honing. “The sea urchin tooth is complicated in its design. It is one of the very few structures in nature that self-sharpen,” says Gilbert, explaining that the sea urchin tooth, which is always growing, is a biomineral mosaic composed of calcite crystals with two forms — plates and fibers — arranged crosswise and cemented together with super-hard calcite nanocement. Between the crystals are layers of organic materials that are not as sturdy as the calcite crystals. “The organic layers are the weak links in the chain,” Gilbert explains. “There are breaking points at predetermined locations built into the teeth. It is a concept similar to perforated paper in the sense that the material breaks at these predetermined weak spots.”

Continue reading HERE.


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