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NYT: Mounting Costs Slow the Push for Clean Coal.

"Plans to combat global warming generally assume that continued use of coal for power plants is unavoidable for at least several decades. Therefore, starting as early as 2020, forecasters assume that carbon dioxide emitted by new power plants will have to be captured and stored underground, to cut down on the amount of global-warming gases in the atmosphere.

"Yet, simple as the idea may sound, considerable research is still needed to be certain the technique would be safe, effective and affordable."

Art. Lebedev Studio: Defendius door chain.

"Defendius door chain guard helps you to protect your home against unauthorized entry."

> ... and keeps you in when you're too inebriated to go out.


USA Today: Inflation concerns rise with prices. Dow Chemical signals 20% boost.

"Midland, Mich.-based Dow said that its raw materials and energy costs have soared to $32 billion this year from $8 billion in 2002. Those costs soared 42% the past 12 months alone, Dow said. The higher cost of energy is ‘putting a strain on the entire value chain and is forcing difficult discussions with customers,’ Dow CEO Andrew Liveris said in a statement. "


Here's a teenager who's facing some pressure --

LA Times: Paparazzi have their lenses on Miley Cyrus.

"How much is Miley Cyrus' first kiss worth? Anywhere from $30,000 to $150,000, depending on which paparazzo you ask."


Slate: Gasoline Is Cheap.

"American gasoline is also dirt-cheap compared with gas in other countries. British motorists are currently paying about $8.38 per gallon for gasoline.... In 2007, out of the 32 industrialized countries surveyed by the International Energy Agency, only one (Mexico) had cheaper gasoline than the United States."

USA Today: Bill for taxpayers swells by trillions.

"The federal government's long-term financial obligations grew by $2.5 trillion last year, a reflection of the mushrooming cost of Medicare and Social Security benefits as more baby boomers reach retirement.... The $2.5 trillion in federal liabilities dwarfs the $162 billion the government officially announced as last year's deficit, down from $248 billion a year earlier.

"‘We're running deficits in the trillions of dollars, not the hundreds of billions of dollars we're being told,’ says Sheila Weinberg, chief executive of the Institute for Truth in Accounting of Chicago."


Science News: Galaxy's Youngest Supernova.

"Hidden behind a thick veil of gas and dust toward the center of the galaxy, the supernova wasn't visible to observers back in the 1860s. But researchers report that they have detected radio waves and X-rays, which can penetrate the veil, from the remnant of the supernova, dubbed G1.9+0.3."

Things of Interest: An Admin Password For The Universe.

"‘You remember last year when I found a second layer of reality below this one?’"


YouTube: Molecular Visualizations of DNA.


Science News: Flooring the cosmic accelerator.

"If cosmologist Will Percival of the University of Portsmouth in England is right, the universe will end about 60 billion years from now, when every molecule and atom will be torn asunder by a mysterious entity that opposes gravity's pull and turns it into a cosmic push."

> The redesign of the Science News website is a huge improvement.

> I'm having trouble getting used to the reformat of the physical magazine, though. I've been reading Science News for over 30 years, so in this case, change is hard.

Sonny Radio: When Helmets Make No Sense.

Living World: The Milky Way galaxy suspended in a glass cube.

> 80,000 yen.


LA Times: This bud's for you, and you, and you too.

"I always wondered what would happen if marijuana were legalized for anyone over 18. It seems it already has been, and nothing happened."

Walter Kessinger

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