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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

In the News: June 29, 2010

Let's start it off right!

Back to the kitchen ladies!
Housework cuts breast cancer risk
(Just kidding... You can work in the factories while the men are at war.)

Just another mildly sexist 'clip'-art (get it?!) from the BBC.

"Women who exercise by doing the housework can reduce their risk of breast cancer, a study suggests.

The research on more than 200,000 women from nine European countries found doing household chores was far more cancer protective than playing sport.

Dusting, mopping and vacuuming was also better than having a physical job.

The women in the Cancer Research UK-funded study spent an average of 16 to 17 hours a week cooking, cleaning and doing the washing."
(BBC)


High-School Students Plan Hypothetical NASA Mission, Discover It's Real
Ender's Game, anyone?



"In 2009, science teacher Ron Dantowitz gave three of his students a project, asking them to plan a mission to record the disintegration of a spacecraft. It was presented as a hypothetical situation to the kids—James Breitmeyer, Brigitte Berman, and Yiannis Karavas, all from Brookline, Massachusetts—but Dantowitz, an expert in "optical observations, tracking, and spectroscopy," had actually been asked by NASA to participate in the real deal: The Hayabusa Re-entry Airborne Observing Campaign, a mission to record video of the Japanese spacecraft, which had been out gathering material from an asteroid, as it re-entered the atmosphere.

After six months of work, Dantowitz let them in on the secret—and in June, the three high schoolers took off in a DC-8 and recorded the video themselves."
(gizmodo)


X Prize's multimillion-dollar challenge for Gulf oil solutions
We all knew this would happen. But I do prefer this to asking random Hollywood celebrities.


"The X Prize Foundation announced today that it is developing a multimillion-dollar “oil spill cleanup X challenge” to come up with solutions to cleaning up shorelines and open water fouled by oil leaking from the BP Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaking at the TEDxOilSpill conference in Washington, Frances Beland of the X Prize Foundation asked the audience of 300, and many more watching the conference’s videostream, “What do you prize?” Beland told CNN after his appearance that the oil-related challenge will probably offer about $3 million in prize money for a cleanup solution."
(CNN)

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Suspect leads cops on high-speed chase
This is kinda awesome.



"A Framingham man is scheduled to be in court today after leading state police on a wild chase from Boston to Framingham. SKYFOX captured the chase on the Massachusetts Turnpike yesterday.

Police say it began after Alejandro Serrra was told to turn down his music by a man walking with his grandson. The driver then allegedly tried to run them down and then took off."
(Fox25 via Barstool Sports)


Finger length 'key to aggression'

Man or woman?

"The length of a man's fingers can reveal how physically aggressive he is, Canadian scientists have said.

The shorter the index finger is compared to the ring finger, the more boisterous he will be, University of Alberta researchers said.

But the same was not true for verbal aggression or hostile behaviours, they told the journal Biological Psychology after studying 300 people's fingers.

The trend is thought to be linked to testosterone exposure in the womb."

"In women, the two fingers are usually almost equal in length, as measured from the crease nearest the palm to the fingertip. In men, the ring finger tends to be much longer than the index.

Other studies looking at finger length ratio have suggested that, in men, a long ring finger and symmetrical hands are an indication of fertility, and that women are more likely to be fertile if they have a longer index finger.

One study found boys with shorter ring fingers tended to be at greatest risk of a heart attack in early adulthood, which was linked to testosterone levels."
(BBC)


Former F1 engineer unveils new city car
Looks a lot like the Smart car, but apparently smaller.



"At less than eight feet long and a little over four feet wide, the T.25 is smaller than Daimler AG's popular Smart car, and a petrol engine model will retail for around $9,000."


"The centralized driving position -- also a feature of Murray's McLaren F1 -- and central instrumentation and controls are perhaps its most obvious traits borrowed from Formula One.

Others might not be so easy to spot, but they are no less important to the overall design.

The T.25 is light, weighing in at just 550 kilograms, helping it achieve a fuel efficiency of around 74 miles per gallon."
(CNN)


Sitting straight 'bad for backs'
So, mom was wrong?

Pretty dramatic angle, but I guess it's good fodder to get the company to buy me a new chair.

"Scottish and Canadian researchers used a new form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to show it places an unnecessary strain on your back.

They told the Radiological Society of North America that the best position in which to sit at your desk is leaning back, at about 135 degrees.

Experts said sitting was known to contribute to lower back pain."
(BBC)


Military-Designed "Bat Hook" Lets You Charge Your Phone from Overhead Power Lines


"When you think about it, it's ridiculous to spend the effort lugging around spare batteries, hand-cranked chargers, piezoelectric gadgets, and all the other half-baked solutions we depend on to resuscitate a dead phone. There's a potent supply of free power just waiting to be tapped, right above our heads. No, not the sun -- overhead power lines.

The Bat Hook is as simple as any plug-in charger, but it's great for on-the-go. It's just a weighted hook with a razor blade in it, strung on the end of a cord: you toss it over the nearest power line. Its blade pierces the live wire, neatly and safely conducting electric current down to you, for convenient charging of gadgets, jumpstarting cars, or powering your roadside business. It even works in the rain!"

I know they say it's safe, but years of conditioning have told me never to mess with powerlines.
Also, it's that just stealing power? I guess if you're Special Ops you can do anything you want.

Follow the link to see a video on how it works.
(PopSci)

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