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    Cool

    Were all going to die in a Borgtron explosion

    (there isnt a http://www..../article on it yet that I could find)
    but when there is and I find it I will put its link
    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

    ..Chess is all about fear and psychology

    ..Chess is like an exam..... you havent studied for

    ..If you're good at Chess it means you are very intelligent and could potentialy do great things
    ..... but that you might have wasted that playing way too much chess

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    A disturbing set of numbers


    MATHEMATICS is critical to modern life and it will be essential for formulating a response to the present economic crisis. Yet Australian school children are coming out of schools not knowing that doing a calculation with pencil and paper is the way to learn mathematics. While the federal Government is ploughing money into infrastructure, we are staring at the vista of shiny new classrooms and rows of laptops with no mathematics teachers.

    ...

    Nalini Joshi is the president of the Australian Mathematics Society.
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    Thanks very much to AR for mentioning this one in the shoutbox:

    Evolution study focuses on snail

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7971200.stm

    This concerns the snail Cepaea which is one of the most studied of all land snails and spawns endless research papers and debates. One of my Utas colleagues now works on crustaceans but did his PhD on Cepaea in England.

    The purpose of the study is to determine whether there have been changes in the distribution of different snail colour patterns over time, as a result of (i) climate change and (ii) apparent decline of a predator.

    There is a full website here: http://www.evolutionmegalab.org/

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    Spattering 11-9 conspiracy theorists

    Proof that burning fuel can soften steel until it bends and a structure collapses. Where has this video been the past 7½ years? 11-9 conspiracists beware!

    Discovery Channel Videos: Destroyed in Seconds: Tanker Truck Inferno
    “If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.” — Abba Eban on the UN general assembly

    “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi on the UN kakistocracy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Proof that burning fuel can soften steel until it bends and a structure collapses. Where has this video been the past 7½ years? 11-9 conspiracists beware!

    Discovery Channel Videos: Destroyed in Seconds: Tanker Truck Inferno
    It has been hidden by the conspiracists in a conspiracy to keep their conspiracy theory from being shown to be just another conspiracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver
    It has been hidden by the conspiracists in a conspiracy to keep their conspiracy theory from being shown to be just another conspiracy.
    you conspirator !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver
    It has been hidden by the conspiracists in a conspiracy to keep their conspiracy theory from being shown to be just another conspiracy.
    no no no, that's just what they want you to think.
    meep meep

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    Japanese researchers this week report the passing of a transgene from a primate to its offspring (see Nature 459, 515–516; 2009, and Nature 459, 523–527; 2009). The work could establish marmosets as a model research organism to rival the more commonly used rhesus macaque, and usher in a new era of primates as human-disease models.

    BBC coverage:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8070252.stm

    Nature news item:

    http://www.nature.com/news/2009/0905...l/459492a.html

    Although the Nature news item did display a sense of humour, employing the subtitle "Monkey magic?"
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    Doctors Baffled, Intrigued by Girl Who Doesn't Age


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    How very strange! Is that story for real? If so, would certainly lend support to the idea that it is possible for humans to live for much longer than their current life span. But it seems much more likely to me that it is some kind of breakdown in the normal development process, not a slowdown in the aging process. (especially given the other medical abnormalities that are mentioned in the article, something seems to be 'broken', not 'improved')
    Last edited by Spiny Norman; 26-06-2009 at 05:06 AM.
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    Hey boys...boys, you may have heard of Simon Singh. He's a bloke in Britain who's been sued by some chiropractors association in the UK for his article in the Guardian.

    Read here: http://gimpyblog.wordpress.com/2008/...chiropractors/

    As far as I am concerned, the goddamn chiropractors should leave this bloke alone. Libel laws have no place in scientific debate.

    On that note, what do youse all reckon of chiropractors? Is it science or quack?

    Cheers,

    AR

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    Hey boys...boys, you may have heard of Simon Singh. He's a bloke in Britain who's been sued by some chiropractors association in the UK for his article in the Guardian.

    Read here: http://gimpyblog.wordpress.com/2008/...chiropractors/

    As far as I am concerned, the goddamn chiropractors should leave this bloke alone. Libel laws have no place in scientific debate.
    The bizarre thing is that under British libel law, a professional organisation of specialists is able to actually claim legal person status and sue for loss of reputation. Completely ridiculous. In Australia a group or company of any size cannot sue for defo in this manner anymore.

    On that note, what do youse all reckon of chiropractors? Is it science or quack?
    Have not studied it at all closely but I get the impression there's a bit of both in there - some of it probably works, some doesn't but the underlying philosophy is often nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    On that note, what do youse all reckon of chiropractors? Is it science or quack?

    Cheers,

    AR
    On balance it may be science or quackery , but i can testify first hand, to an instantaneous cure from a quick(i won't say "snappy") spinal manipulation .

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    Hey boys...boys, you may have heard of Simon Singh.
    He has written at least two very good books. One on cryptography and another on Fermat's last theorem. I hope he has the money to take on these chiropractors. Yes they might be able to help with a stiff back. However some of the wackier claims should not be allowed to be made without evidence to back it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    He has written at least two very good books. One on cryptography and another on Fermat's last theorem. I hope he has the money to take on these chiropractors. Yes they might be able to help with a stiff back. However some of the wackier claims should not be allowed to be made without evidence to back it up.
    I heard him interviewed and I think he is going to fight this, largely because he has enough money to do so because of the sales of those two books.
    Scott

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