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September 12th, 2007 - Dan Goodman's journal

September 12th, 2007

September 12th, 2007
09:04 pm


Tuesday September 11, 2007. 9/11 anniversary.

***My back brain came up with this:

He promised to bring me a sentient cabbage,
A large metal golem invented by Babbage,
A spider whose wisdom is well above average,
And other delights that are rare.

***I needed something to keep the cellphone in. I looked among the cosmetics bags at Steeple People thrift store, and found something servicable.

Across the street to the Wedge coop. Palmer was demoing something; I went over to see what it was.

Palmer's retiring. He was serving cake and cider (in small portions) to celebrate.

***Cookery: Made beans in the crockpot, for the first time.

Looked on the web for simple slow cooker potato recipes. What I got: 1) Recipes for various other things, with the suggestion to serve potatoes on the side. 2) Recipes containing potatoes plus a whole lot of other things I didn't want to cook. About half of these said to boil the potatoes before adding them.

rec.food.cooking was more helpful; someone told me what I needed to know.

Current Location: Minneapolis, Alta Iowa

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11:46 pm


From bna.com's newsletter:

Canada's Privacy Commissioner has written to Google and Immersive Media to seek further information and assurances that Canadians' privacy rights will be safeguarded if Google Street View is deployed in Canada. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner is concerned that street level photography, as currently deployed in the United States, may not meet the basic requirements of Canadian privacy laws.

The Australian Law Reform Commission has released a blueprint for a sweeping overhaul of Australia's privacy laws. The Commission has drafted 301 proposals after staging the largest public consultation process in its history. These include abolishing the fee for silent telephone numbers, expanding the powers of the privacy commissioner, and introducing a new law enabling individuals to sue for invasion of privacy.
From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 13-Sep-2007
BA Science Festival
Forensic Science International
How dirty is your money?
Drug dealers found with bank notes contaminated with unusually high levels of drugs are now less likely to get away with their crimes, thanks to new evidence from a team led by the University of Bristol, UK. The research finds that geographical location has absolutely no influence on the distribution of drug contamination on bank notes.

Public Release: 12-Sep-2007
Qubits poised to reveal our secrets
Two research groups have finally built quantum computers capable of running Shor's algorithm -- a mathematical routine capable of breaking the most common encryption systems that protect our banking and business. Cryptographers are split between believing the computers are nowhere near ready to pose a threat to the world's data while others believe that cryptography will now be forced to move on from prime-number-based encryption technologies.

Public Release: 12-Sep-2007
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Thousands of starving children could be restored to health with peanut butter program
An enriched peanut butter mixture given at home is successfully promoting recovery in large numbers of starving children in Malawi, according to a group of researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
UNICEF, World Food Program
The nutrient-rich mixture contains peanuts, powdered milk, oil, sugar, and added vitamins and minerals.

Public Release: 12-Sep-2007
New evidence on the role of climate in Neanderthal extinction
The mystery of what killed the Neanderthals has moved a step closer to resolution after an international study led by the University of Leeds has ruled out one of the competing theories -- catastrophic climate change -- as the most likely cause.

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11:53 pm


From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 12-Sep-2007
BMC Evolutionary Biology
DNA analysis shows true dispersal of protozoa
In contrast to previous findings, it seems that the global distribution of macro- and microorganisms might be similar. A study in the online open access journal, BMC Evolutionary Biology, shows that some protozoa are globally dispersed, while others are geographically restricted -- by looking at a new fast-evolving DNA marker. The study also reveals that the biodiversity of protozoa may be much higher than previously realized.

Public Release: 12-Sep-2007
Bipolar Disorders
Manic phase of bipolar disorder benefits from breast cancer medication
The manic phase of bipolar disorder favors destructive behaviors. Stemming it quickly is important. Tamoxifen's effects were dramatic -- 63 percent of patients responded vs. 13 percent on placebo -- and it kicked in faster than many current medications. Tamoxifen skips some of current drugs' biochemical steps and acts directly on the enzyme protein-kinase C, giving scientists a more direct target at which to aim new medications in their search for faster-acting treatments.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

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