Dan Goodman's journal - July 10th, 2006

July 10th, 2006

July 10th, 2006
04:53 pm


From bna.com's newsletter:
The FBI has drafted sweeping legislation that would require ISPs to create wiretapping hubs for police surveillance and force makers of networking gear to build in backdoors for eavesdropping. The draft bill would place the FBI's Net-surveillance push on solid legal footing. Now, it is ensnared in a legal challenge from universities and some technology companies that claim the FCC's broadband surveillance directives exceed what Congress has authorized.
From http://eurekalert.org:
Public Release: 10-Jul-2006
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Researchers identify energy gains and environmental impacts of corn ethanol and soybean biodiesel
The first comprehensive analysis of the full life cycles of soybean biodiesel and corn grain ethanol shows that biodiesel has much less of an impact on the environment and a much higher net energy benefit than corn ethanol, but that neither can do much to meet U.S. energy demand. The study was conducted by researchers in the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences and College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
University of Minnesota's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment

Public Release: 10-Jul-2006
Practice builds brain connections for babies learning language, how to speak
Experience seems to play an imporltant early role in how infants learn to understand and produce language. Using new technology that measures the magnetic field generated by the activation of neurons in the brains, researchers tracked what appears to be a link between the listening and speaking areas of the brain in newborn, 6-month-old and one-year-old infants, before infants can speak.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Talaris Research Institute, Apex Foundation

Public Release: 10-Jul-2006
11th International Deep-Sea Biology Symposium
Journal of Biogeography
Midgets and giants in the deep sea
Biologists have long observed that when animals colonize and evolve on isolated islands, small animals tend to become larger while large animals tend to become smaller. Recent research lead by MBARI Postdoctoral Fellow Craig McClain suggests that a similar trend affects animals as they adapt to life in the deep sea.

Public Release: 10-Jul-2006
Archives of Internal Medicine
Women still get lower-quality heart attack care than men, despite hospital improvement efforts
A new study shows that a puzzling gap between the sexes persists in hospital care for heart attack patients, despite specific efforts by hospitals to improve the way they treat all patients immediately after a heart attack. The difference may help explain why women in the study were much more likely than men to die within a year of being hospitalized for a heart attack.
American College of Cardiology

Public Release: 10-Jul-2006
World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
Science captures the essence of fruit
New scientific understanding of fruit genes could revolutionize the way foods, cosmetics and perfumes are created. Researchers at New Zealand-based HortResearch say they can now accurately determine which genes create the individual flavors and fragrances found in fruits and flowers. Combined with traditional biofermentation techniques, this means that it should be possible for the natural tastes and aromas of fruit to be recreated for use in a wide array of products.

Public Release: 10-Jul-2006
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Live wires
A series of experiments by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., and published online in PNAS show that a wide variety of bacteria, including species involved in fermentation and photosynthesis, can form nanowires under a various environmental conditions. Yuri Gorby and colleagues produced bacterial nanowires as small as 10 nanometers in diameter and in bundles as wide as 150 nanometers. They can grow to be tens of microns to hundreds of microns long.
US Department of Energy

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09:11 pm


His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.
It's a kite. It's a model airplane. It's ... the sheriff!
Tiny drones could become indispensable tools for law enforcement, but privacy advocates worry they peer too far into private lives. By Daniel B. Wood

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10:05 pm


Monday July 10, 2006. Not one of my better days.

I went to Office Depot in Downtown.

Then to Walker Library -- where I forgot to return the books I'd brought.

At Rainbow Foods, I bought what I had come for and left. Usually, I will look around the supermarket. See if there's anything new in the Hispanic section, which has an odd combination of foods from Mexico, spaghetti and other products from Texas with labels partly in Spanish, and American products at the Taco Bell level of Mexican authenticity. Or look for odd sodas.

Actually, since encountering the Jones Soda Thanksgiving assortment (turkey flavor, etc.), I've been less eager to learn of new flavors.

As of 10 PM, I'm feeling rather better. For one thing, I've just souped a whole cut-up chicken.
Admit it. Every time you tell a cute story about your kitten, complain about your job, or read McShep, God gives a teenager an AK-47.
I usually get these in English. It was sent from the Czech Republic, which seems odd for an American writing in French:

Mon nom est BEVERLY MURRAY, je suis sourde et muette et je suis une citoyenne des Etats-Unis d'Amérique, Ma jeune soeur Agnes Reeves Murray est mariée à l'ancien président du Liberia Mr Charles Taylor et maintenant elle est connu sous le non de Mme Reeves Taylor.j'ai hérité une somme de $20Million(vinght millions d'U.S.Dollars)de ma jeune s?ur ,qu'elle à dysmélie dans une malle metallique,et qu'elle a déposé au sein d'une compagnie de sécurité diplomatique en Cote d'Ivoire et à mon nom comme étant la beneficiaire.Et la malle a été déclarées comme contenant des biens personnel. Ceci revient à dire même la compagnie de sécurité ne sais pas que le contenu réel de la malle est de l'argent ,pour préserver la sécurité des fonds dysmélies dans la malle. Le but principal pour lequel je vous ai ontacté,c'est d'obtenir votre assistance pour la récupération de cette malle d'argent de la compagnie de securité.Car j'ai entièrement perdu le contacte avec ma s?ur depuis le commencements de la crise politique du Liberia....
Writing: "Not Strange From the Inside" -- I now have a first paragraph: "This is not an illegal mindnote. This is a legitimate money-making opportunity...."

Self-help information:

Selfwork: More walking than usual, carrying more weight than usual.


Current Location: Minneapolis, MN

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