Friday, December 21, 2007

Mars in the Path of Asteroid D Day January 30

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Mars could be in for an asteroid hit.
A newly discovered hunk of space rock has a 1 in 75 chance of
slamming into the Red Planet on Jan. 30, scientists said Thursday.
"These odds are extremely unusual. We frequently work with
really long odds when we track ... threatening asteroids," said
Steve Chesley, an astronomer with the Near Earth Object Program at
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
In 1994, fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smacked into
Jupiter, creating a series of overlapping fireballs in space.
Astronomers have yet to witness an asteroid impact with another
The asteroid, known as 2007 WD5, was discovered in late November
and is similar in size to an object that hit remote central Siberia
in 1908, unleashing energy equivalent to a 15-megaton nuclear bomb
and wiping out 60 million trees.
If the asteroid does smash into Mars, it will probably hit near
the equator close to where the rover Opportunity has been exploring
the Martian plains since 2004.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Epix Soars 50% On Alzheimer's Data

Alzheimer's Reading Room: Epix Soars 50% On Alzheimer's Data

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Start-Up Sells Solar Panels at Lower-Than-Usual Cost

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Nanosolar, a heavily financed Silicon Valley start-up whose backers include Google’s co-founders, plans to announce Tuesday that it has begun selling its innovative solar panels, which are made using a technique that is being held out as the future of solar power manufacturing.
The company, which has raised $150 million and built a 200,000-square-foot factory here, is developing a new manufacturing process that “prints” photovoltaic material on aluminum backing, a process the company says will reduce the manufacturing cost of the basic photovoltaic module by more than 80 percent.
Nanosolar, which recently hired a top manufacturing executive from I.B.M., said that it had orders for its first 18 months of manufacturing capacity. The photovoltaic panels will be made in Silicon Valley and in a second plant in Germany.
Nanosolar has focused on lowering the manufacturing cost
claims to be the first solar panel manufacturer to be able to
sell solar panels for less than $1 a watt
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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Would You Marry for Money? (And If So, How Much?)

Tell the truth, would you marry for money?
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Robert Frank’s wealth column
ooks at the growing number of men and women who want to tie the knot for assets, rather than love.
According to a survey by Prince & Associates, a Connecticut-based wealth-research firm, the average “price” that men and women demand to marry for money these days is $1.5 million. The survey asked people nationwide: “How willing are you to marry an average-looking person that you liked, if they had money?”
The column sites an infamous personal ad posted on Craigslist this summer, in which a twentysomething New Yorker who described herself as “spectacularly beautiful” wrote that she was looking for a man who made at least $500,000 a year. She’d tried dating men earning $250,000, but that wasn’t “getting me to Central Park West,” she said. (One investment banker replied that since his money would grow over time but her beauty would fade, the offer didn’t make good business sense.)
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Hot Christmas Toys #1 Hannah Montana In Concer

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Hannah Montana
Analysts expect the Hannah Montana In Concert Collection Doll from Play Along, a division of JAKKS Pacific, Inc., to be at the top of the sales list this holiday season.
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

A New Way for Doctors to Get Sued?

I would be interested in hearing comments to this one.
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A man taking several prescription drugs passes out at the wheel, drives off the road and hits and kills a 10-year-old boy. Can the boy’s mother sue the doctor who prescribed the drugs?
The answer is yes
at least according to a ruling made yesterday by Massachusetts’s Supreme Judicial Court, reported in the Boston Globe.
The mother’s lawyers allege that the doc failed to warn his patient about the side effects of the medications and the potential danger of driving while taking them.
The patient was reportedly 75 years old and had emphysema, high blood pressure and metastatic lung cancer.
He had prescriptions from his doctor for a handful of drugs whose side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, and fainting
He reported no side effects in the months before his accident
In a dissent, Justice Robert J. Cordy wrote that the ruling “introduces a new audience to which the physician must attend — everyone who might come in contact with the patient.”
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

America's Best High Schools

Rankings for more than 18,000 public high schools in the United States.

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Yoga for Your Face

Go ahead and laugh. This really works. After seven times you will be amazed at how much stronger and tighter your face feels. The workout will also relax you like you won't believe. It's like the stress just comes right out of you via your face. It takes some getting use to but is more then worth the effort. TRY IT!

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Monday, November 26, 2007

6,000 apply for 300 Wal-Mart jobs

Reflection on economy?

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Friday, November 23, 2007

20,000 vets' brain injuries not listed in Pentagon tally

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At least 20,000 U.S. troops who were not classified as wounded during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have been found with signs of brain injuries, according to military and veterans records compiled by USA TODAY.
The data, provided by the Army, Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs, show that about five times as many troops sustained brain trauma as the 4,471 officially listed by the Pentagon through Sept. 30. These cases also are not reflected in the Pentagon's official tally of wounded, which stands at 30,327.
Fort Hood, Texas, home of the 4th Infantry Division, which returned from a second Iraq combat tour late last year. At least 2,700 soldiers suffered a combat brain injury
Fort Carson, Colo., where more than 2,100 soldiers screened were found to have suffered a brain injury
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, where 1,737 Marines were found to have suffered a brain injury
More than 150,000 troops may have suffered head injuries in combat
Marine didn't recognize signs of brain injury
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Official Black Friday 2007 Web Site

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BestBuy has just released their list of Secret Black Friday Doorbuster Items that are good in-store only. Among the items are Toshiba Laptop w/ Canon Printer Package for $229 and a Sony Cybershot 7.2MP Digital Camera for $99.99. Once again, these are extra Black Friday deals that do not appear in the Best Buy Black Friday ad and are only available in-store.
It's been a long 20+ days, but we have just posted the 202-item Walmart Black Friday Sale Information and the 46-page Walmart Black Friday Advertisement Scan which is available on our advertisement scans page.
Currently, 30 of the Walmart Black Friday items are currently available online at for their Black Friday price.
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Monday, November 19, 2007

World Toilet Day facts

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An average person visits the toilet 2,500 times a year. About 6-8 times a day.
You spend about three years of your life on the toilet.
Contrary to popular lore, Thomas Crapper didn’t invent the toilet.
Seated toilets with drainage systems date back to 2500 B.C.
The flush toilet was invented in 1596 by John Harrington.

about the 2.6 billion people — half the planet — who don't have basic sanitation, according to sponsor WaterPartners International.
The group estimates that 1.8 million children die each year from water– and sanitation-related diseases — one child every 15 seconds.
the 2007 World Toilet Summit was held in New Delhi from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3
Last year in Moscow, an expo that Mansukov helped organize featured a terrorist-proof toilet. The Times says it was strong enough to withstand a suicide bomb attack.
Alexei Maksunov, deputy head of the Russian Toilet Union,
as driven the Oka car outfitted with a waterless, eco-friendly porta-potty more than 7,000 miles throughout Europe and Russia
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Home Invaders Prey on Wealthy

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In the past year, billionaire investors Warren Buffett  and Ernest Rady, socialite Anne Bass and professional basketball players Eddy Curry and Antoine Walker all have joined a group to which they would rather not belong: victims of home invasion.
Being extremely wealthy is not immediately protection from home invasions, as Warren Buffett found out in September, when an intruder tried to get into his house in Omaha but was thwarted by a security guard.
One particularly gruesome case in July underscored the dangers for many, when a home invasion in Cheshire, Conn., ended in the deaths of a doctor's wife and his two daughters.
In home-invasion robberies -- unlike burglaries -- thieves hope to confront the occupants, often intending to force victims to open a safe or divulge bank-card PIN numbers.
According to San Diego police, Mr. Rady was stunned with the Taser, bound with duct tape, and cut with a sharp object as the intruder tried to force the couple to produce cash and valuables.
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Sunday, November 18, 2007

4,698 U.S. Army soldiers have deserted

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Army desertions skyrocket
This year, 4,698 U.S. Army soldiers have deserted, an increase of 42% from last year and 80% since the 2003 Iraq invasion, the Pentagon says.
Soldiers who are absent without leave for more than 30 days are declared to be deserters and discharged.
The Army Times and the Associated Press have filed the most detailed stories so far.
The Army Times calls the 2007 desertions "the highest annual total since fiscal year 2001, when 4,399 troops deserted."
Regardless, for those among the AWOL looking for a safe haven, scratch Canada off the list. Yesterday, that country's Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from two deserters seeking asylum. They now face deportation.
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Estimates on Iraq-War Costs

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How much has the war in Iraq cost the U.S.?
The most-basic estimate covers only spending to date, and is limited to budgetary items of military and diplomatic operations in Iraq. The Congressional Budget Office put those costs at about $400 billion in testimony last month before a House panel.
But start projecting forward 10 years
and you get a wide range of figures, all the way up to $3.5 trillion.
The latest estimate came this week from Congressional Democrats. The Joint Economic Committee’s majority staff released a report estimating the costs incurred so far in Iraq and Afghanistan at $1.6 trillion, and pegs costs through 2017 at $3.5 trillion. The report received widespread press coverage, including on CNN and in the Washington Post.
Republicans responded by criticizing the report for “errors and poor methodology,” but didn’t offer their own estimate.
estimated total budget costs through 2017
between $1.2 trillion and $1.7 trillion
interest costs between $600 and $700 billion
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

How do we beat the bitch?

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Eight-Figure Property Hits the Foreclosure Auction Block

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It’s rare to see an eight-figure property hit the foreclosure auction block, but it’s happening. In Australia, a 30,000 square-foot waterfront mansion will be for sale at a Dec. 1 receiver’s auction.
Located on Hope Island, an affluent gated community in the Gold Coast, a resort area about 530 miles north of Sydney, the recently built sprawling estate with marina views is one of the largest homes and lots in the area,
The house was listed for a few months at AU$25 million or about U.S.$23.5 million.

The three-level home has multiple balconies and roof terraces, as well as seven bedroom suites, four bars, a movie theater, an elevator, a cigar room and gold-plated bathroom taps.
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A photo of the property from the Christie’s brochure
The brochure cover shows a photograph of the home with a yacht parked in back. (Here’s the listing.)
The auction will have a reserve price,
Mr. Jacobs says. Furnishings are not included. Michael Vettoretto, of Knight Frank, is also handling the sale.
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