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Dr Xiuwen Yan, of the Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University in China, tells us:
“It showed potential antimicrobial activities against wide spectrum of microorganisms including bacteria and fungi, both standard and drug-resistant strains. Under the pressure of increasing microorganisms with drug resistance against conventional antibiotics, there is urgent need to develop new type of antimicrobial agents.”
IN this video a departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory.
Given the muscle atrophying effects of living in space, in the future, the space station might be used as a fat farm, where the super rich go to lose weight:
A 67-year-old Belgian woman set out to drive 38 miles to Brussels under the guidance of her GPS navigation system but arrived in Zagreb two days and 901 miles later.
A FEW words on Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide this week. He was 26. If you’re reading this on RSS, thank him:
At 14, Mr. Swartz helped create RSS, the nearly ubiquitous tool that allows users to subscribe to online information. He later became an Internet folk hero, pushing to make many Web files free and open to the public. But in July 2011, he was indicted on federal charges of gaining illegal access to JSTOR, a subscription-only service for distributing scientific and literary journals, and downloading 4.8 million articles and documents, nearly the entire library. Charges in the case, including wire fraud and computer fraud, were pending at the time of Mr. Swartz’s death, carrying potential penalties of up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines.
HOW to asnwer your iPhone, like a Japanese master. Hands are so last season:
IN every disaster, an opportunity to raise your Facebook friends count. Australia is being melted by bushfires. So, the
good folks at Sellitonline have soem up with a way of helping the striken. Join their Facebook page:
“..the more people we get will determine how many generators we donate.“
It’s a huge fail. Says onr Facebook pal:
“F*ck off with your opportunistic marketing trying to take advantage of other people’s tragedy.”
PRESENTING the worlds largest simultaneous burnout. As a reader writes:
How clouds are made in Australia.
IN space, time moves at a different pace. Jesse McDougall explains:
There are a few dozen GPS satellites floating high above the Earth. Each satellite carries an atomic clock that, when on Earth, is perfectly precise and in sync with Earth time. However, when lifted to the less dense gravity of the upper atmosphere, the satellites’ atomic clocks speed up. Were an observer to fly up to one of these satellites and watch the on-board atomic clock, he would see no difference in the length of a second. It would still be that familiar tick, tick, tick of Earth seconds. At that level of gravity, he, too, would be moving faster through time and would therefore see one second to be one plain old second. But, from here on the Earth’s surface and from within our denser gravitational field, we can see that the seconds pass a little more quickly on the satellites.
Time is slowed by heavy gravity. Just as it’s easier to swim through outer space, than it is through the atmosphere, than it is through water, than it is through rock, time moves more quickly through less dense gravity. Time passes more slowly on Jupiter than it does here on Earth. And, as the impatient clocks on the Mars rover prove, time passes more quickly on Mars due to its lighter gravitational pull.
WHAT did Pakistanis view on YouTube when the site was live for three minutes? The site was banned in Pakistan when some dicks uploaded the ridiculous film the Innocence of Muslims. Banning it might have made the film the must-see smash among Pakistani youth. But the censors were taking no chances. YouTube was banned in September. The experts waited until YouTube was made pure, rid of all and anything that could be deemed offensive to Muslims. Also porn.
The country’s interior minister then ordered that the block be lifted. The world had had plenty to time to comply. Three minutes the site was blocked once more.
JOHN Witherow,editor of The Sunday Times since 1995, was asked by the Leveson Inquiry’s counsel, Robert Jay QC, if the title’s owner Rupert Murdoch influence the paper’s editorial. He replied:
“He doesn’t have any.”
HAVE a good journey. And buy a map. In a book. Apple’s iOS 6 system is mystery ride:
Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura.
Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making this a potentially life threatening issue.
Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception.
THIS is Black Marble, ka Earth. The image was taken by the US’s Suomi spacecraft. There is no weather:
John McAfee: Vice magazine shopped and glorified man wanted in connection with murder of Gregory Faull
HAS John McAfee [above] become the very thing he was famous for erasing? Is he a virus? John McAfee is the McAfee on the free trial software that comes with many Windows-running computers. He’s been arrested in Guatemala. It’s alleged he entered the country illegally.
McAfee, 67, was pinched in a Guatemala City hotel. He was with his 20-year-old girlfriend Sam Venegas. Police wanted to question the US national over the murder of a man in Belize. Gregory Faull was shot in the head on November 11. Faull was McAfee’s neighbour on the island of Ambergris Caye.
Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize, and the main destination for travellers to this western Caribbean nation. San Pedro is the only town on the island.
Faull [pictured below] had written letters complaining that McAfee’s dogs were “vicious” and security guards were aggressive. He feared such behaviour was harmful to the tourism industry. So keen is Belize ro prmote itself as idyll, that the website Ambergris Today features not one mention of Faull’s death.
Oddly, before going on the lam, McAfee, reportedly, shot his four dogs.
HITTING someone in the face with a water balloon is tremendous fun. I think we can all agree on that. Being hit in the face is less fun. Will Smith set up a slow-mo camera to record Norm Chan being hit in the face with water balloons. Not all of them break on impact.
HEY, gamers. Square Enix are marketing their Hitman: Absolution game with the opportunity insult people on Facebook. The email declares: “SWUATE ENIX “WANTS YOU TO PUT A HIT ON YOUR FRIENDS.”
A hit? As in murder them?
SNAPSHOT: Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard Jr. showed same flashing smile and engaging personality as a midshipman as when he climbed from Mercury capsule after historic ride into space. This is the way he appeared in 1945 in his Naval Academy yearbook:
THE Leveson Inquiry report has been criticised for not addressing the impact of the internet on the press, and the way it was published today was symptomatic of old-fashioned print publishing that doesn’t put user need at the centre, writes Martin Belam.
There were a lot of jokes on Twitter today that you could pay £250 to get the Leveson Inquiry report in print, or download it for free on the internet, which served as some kind of analogy for the state our newspapers find themselves in.
HAPPY 40th Atari! Amber Frost reminds us that “40 years ago today, with only a $500 out-of-pocket investment, engineers Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney introduced PONG to the market on the Atari game system. From those two humble lines and a single, noble dot came a great pioneer in computer, arcade, and console gaming. Atari is even where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple got their start.”
LEXXA Ridley, 20, (real name?) is the mo-del helping dad Kim flog a 1977 Datsun 280Z on eBay. Says Kim Ridley: ”If I felt bad about it, I wouldn’t do it.” He owns Ridley’s Rides in Eugene, Oregon. ”Girls and dogs attract people’s attention.” Dogs with Girls is the dream – see the Ridley advert of Max, the family’s golden retriever, riding in a sidecar while Lexxa straddles a bike.
IS this the world’s best ever voicemail message:
He Bible fell. Oh…She just hit him over the head with a Bible
SPACE. The idea is that if you don’t know what you’re looking at (we don’t) you get experts to call it soemthing. So you have dark matter. You have dark energy. You have…SPACE. A new study says the universe is not making anything new right now. Stars are not in vogue. The big machine operated by whales that makes them is breaking down. Caleb A. Scharf notes:
First, 95% of all the stars we see around us today were formed during the past 11 billion years, and about half of these were formed between roughly 11 and 8 billion years ago in a flurry of activity. But the real shocker is that the rate at which new stars are being produced in galaxies today is barely 3% of the rate back 11 billion years ago, and declining. This indicates that unless our universe finds a second wind (which is unlikely) it will only ever manage to produce about 5% more stars than exist at this very moment.
This is, quite literally, the beginning of the end.
DEAL of the day: Richer Sounds is selling a 103 inch-screen telly – Full 3D. Professional quality. The Panasonic TH103VX200 is a dream screen that’s simply without rival – for £75499.95. The advert promises “Lowest price Guaranteed”.
Typo? Probably. But it’s also believable pricing. And we wonder: can a TV be too big?
WHEN student Andrea Hernandez from John Jay High School’s Science and Engineering Academy in San Antonio, Texas, was told to wear a tracking device to check on her movements, she declined. She said the radio frequency identification (RDIF) tracking device was akin to wearing the mark of the Beast.
The beeper is part of the “Student Locator Project”. The school needs to prove students are in attendance to get funding. It need to prove to the treasurers that bums are on seats. Students show the chipped lanyard at all times. If they want to vote, use the cafe or the library, students must show their chipped ID. It’s the same technology used to track prison inmates.