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July 8, 2009


The estimable Improbable Research regularly publishes photos of new inductees to the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists. Latest recruit is Noah Gray, a former graduate student in molecular neuroscience. Former postdoctoral researcher in synapse and circuit biology. Current neuroscience editor for Nature. "This is the second time in my life I have grown luxuriant flowing hair and definitely represents my targeted professional look."


Melanie Creamer, Portland Press Herald
- About 10 years ago, [William] Burnham and Cheryl Atherton, his partner of 10 years, bought a 3-acre farm on Sebago Lake Road in Gorham. . . Mr. Burnham, who died Saturday at 69, loved working on his farm. Atherton said he liked to keep busy and enjoyed working on new projects. In the past couple of years, Mr. Burnham's back began to bother him. He came up with an idea to continue his passion for farming without the pain. He created his "Garden in Heaven," cutting large PVC pipes in half and putting them on metal posts that stood 4 feet tall. He then used flexible pieces of plastic to cover the pipes and protect the seedlings. In the pipes, he grew onions, Swiss chard, radishes and green beans. Atherton said it was his last project and a great achievement.


Guardian, UK [A] stunning solar powered blimp is poised to take flight by harnessing sunlight for fuel. Dubbed Nephelios, the solar-powered helium blimp was designed and built by high school engineering students in France. The history making blimp will begin test flights in the next 2 weeks, and by summer's end the designers hope to fly Nephelios across the English Channel, "just to show that it's possible." Nephelios will be the first manned solar airship in existence, and its inaugural flight will prove that CO2-free air travel is now a reality. Part of the Sol'R Project, Nephelios consists of a lightweight aluminum frame with an outer wrap of nylon and polyethylene, which is filled with helium. Stretched out on top of the blimp are flexible solar panels that collect energy from the sun and convert it to power a small motor, which turns two large red propellers. The solar panels are capable of generating 2.4 kW of power and provide enough energy to propel the 18 foot in diameter blimp at 25 mph.


Guardian, UK
- Two titans of the British museum world, Sir Nicholas Serota and Neil MacGregor, sketched out their visions for the museum of the future. Both said that the relationship between institutions and their audiences would be transformed by the internet. Museums, they said, would become more like multimedia organizations. "The future has to be, without question, the museum as a publisher and broadcaster," said MacGregor, director of the British Museum. Serota, director of the Tate, said: "The challenge is, to what extent do we remain authors, and in what sense do we become publishers providing a platform for international conversations? I am certain that in the next 10 to 15 years, there will be a limited number of people working in galleries, and more effectively working as commissioning editors working on material online.". . .


Guardian, UK
- A new kosher search engine called Koogle has been launched for orthodox Jews living in Israel, allowing them to surf the net without compromising the religious standards set by their rabbis. Koogle, which is a pun on search engine behemoth Google and a popular Jewish noodle dish, will filter out forbidden material, such as sexually explicit images or pictures of women deemed to be immodestly dressed, and restrict purchases of taboo items including television sets, which are banned in orthodox households


Yeas & Nays, Washington Examiner
- [Rep Sheila Jackson Lee] appeared in Los Angeles to present the Jackson family HR 600 - a bill she and Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif., introduced to honor the singer's contribution to the arts and humanitarian efforts. Problem was, she treated the stage in the Staples Center as she would the House floor. She took up more time speaking than others there who knew the singer more personally, speaking minutes longer than Al Sharpton, Queen Latifah, Magic Johnson and Brooke Shields. In fact, a well-placed source at the service told Yeas & Nays that the teleprompter flashed to her, "Please end your comments," and said everyone was "groaning" over how long it went. . . The framed bill she presented to the family in itself is quite rambling as well, containing 44 "whereas" clauses.

Heard On the Hill - The Texas Democrat - who, according to her spokesman, was asked to speak at the star-studded service by Jackson's brother Jermaine - has a history of making cameo appearances at funerals. The Houston Chronicle reported in September 2008 that Jackson had staffers "cull the obituaries" to find funerals at which she then requested to speak. "One told friends of taking her to five funerals in one day, and of hating to have to ask the families if they would allow her to speak," reporter Rick Casey wrote. "The request pleased some, he said, but angered others.". . . Jackson Lee said during her Jackson tribute that she was at the service "on behalf" of Congress






Anonymous Mairead said...

USB chainsaw? Bit late for April Fools, innit?

July 8, 2009 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Boffin said...

The USB cabling on the saw side is wrong. On a real device it would be a squarish "B" type, rather than the rectangular "A" type. Thus, probably a fake.

July 8, 2009 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Koogle "spit" and "sabbath" and you get this story:


July 9, 2009 6:56 AM  
Anonymous robbie said...

If you're too Orthodox for the Internet...STAY THE FRAK OFF OF IT! Call on your god when you need to find something.

July 10, 2009 5:06 PM  

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