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Ottawa River HDR
by *D-K-MK on deviantART

Merge of three exposures (2/0/-2 EV) using Picturenaut, followed by post-processing in GIMP.
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FactCheck: Climategate Doesn't Refute Global Warming - Newsweek.com

Newsweek untangles the mess that is the "Climategate" email disclosure, placing many of the statements back in proper context.
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I'm finally getting around to putting these up here, although they've been sitting on deviantArt and Fotki for about a month.

     
     
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Viable Paradise : The Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop

For those interested in learning how to sell SF and fantasy, Viable Paradise is a one-week workshop in Martha's Vineyard focused on how to write and sell your work. Submissions for the October 3-8 course open January 1st and close June 10th. This year's instructors are Elizabeth Bear, Debra Doyle, Steven Gould, James D. Macdonald, Laura J. Mixon, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, and John Scalzi. Tuition, if your submission is accepted, is $880(US).
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City of Ottawa - City of Ottawa's Approved Sledding Hills

For those looking to do some sledding in Ottawa, the link is a list of hills that are now open for use, as well as a description of the hill.
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Nanotech ink turns paper into batteries - News - Windows for Devices

Researchers at Stanford University have created a battery by baking paper onto which has been applied an ink containing a mixture of carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires. The battery can be crumpled or even soaked in acidic or basic solutions without performance degradation, and can be charged and discharged an order of magnitude more often than lithium batteries. The battery also discharges quickly so the technology could also be used to make cheap supercapacitors.


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From Minnie to Mickey (and all they did was turn off a gene) - Science, News - The Independent

Scientists have discovered that switching off a single gene, FoxL2, causes the ovary cells of adult mice to spontaneously develop into testosterone-producing cells. They speculate that research like this might one day may eliminate the need for surgical removal of the ovaries in gender reassignment treatment; however, much work is needed to determine if the results are applicable to humans.
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Sumerians Look On In Confusion As God Creates World | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Members of the earth's earliest known civilization, the Sumerians, looked on in shock and confusion some 6,000 years ago as God, the Lord Almighty, created Heaven and Earth.


Dinosaurs Sadly Extinct Before Invention Of Bazooka | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

"Over the years, we've learned a great deal about their physiology, their dietary habits, and even their migratory patterns," Diffey said. "Unfortunately, however, nothing in the fossil record can reveal what it would be like to blow apart the massive front leg of a charging diplodocus and then watch it crash violently to the ground, sending a spray of dirt and dinosaur blood several stories into the air."
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MIT gestural computing makes multitouch look old hat -- Engadget

The display consists of alternating LCD and visual sensor elements. Each LCD element alternates between displaying an image and emitting a pattern which reflects off any nearby surface (such as a hand) and is detected by the sensing elements. Using this approach, the group was able to develop a demonstration of gesture-based computing.



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Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes - US News and World Report

A recent Australian study noted that increased consumption of coffee and tea, with or without caffeine, correlated with a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Earlier studies had linked coffee consumption to decreased risk of prostate cancer, liver disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease. Unlike previous studies, however, this one discovered that the health benefits of coffee and tea include decaffeinated versions.
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ID Thief Tries to Get Witnesses Whacked - Security Watch

While under investigation for ID theft and other related crimes, Pavel Valkovich has plead guilty to one count of attempting to hire hitmen to kill the witnesses to his crimes; however, he has not yet plead guilty to an alleged second attempt to hire a hitman, this time to kill both the original targets and the person he had previously tried to hire to make a hit.As an interesting side not, the bank fraud would net him 30 years in prison but attempting to hire someone to commit murder is only worth 20 years.
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Lobsters to Be Supersized by Climate Change?

A recent study has shown that increasing CO2 levels could result in larger crustaceans (lobsters, crabs, shrimp, etc.), but species like clams and coral on which these creatures depend would get weaker, adversely affecting crustacean populations.
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Plastic bags recycled into nanotubes - tech - 11 December 2009 - New Scientist

A technique has been developed to convert discarded plastic bags into nanotubes for use in batteries, generating a product more valuable than the original waste material. The bags are "cooked" at above 600C in the presence of cobalt acetate catalyst, causing the bonds to break down and carbon nanotubes to grow on thesurface of the catalyst. The cobalt acetate then becomes the anode of a lithium battery.

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