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Posts made in April, 2012

Former ACS President Denies Charges He Plagiarized Himself

Ron Breslow of Columbia University in New York has denied charges he plagiarized...himself.Hey, science is tough.  You have to cite pretty thoroughly. There are lots of instances where entire papers have been sent back from peer review because authors did not cite the reviewers or their friends enough times. It's pretty competitive out there.   read...

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DARPA’s Hypersonic Technology Vehicle – So Fast Its Own Skin Peeled Off

Is 20 times the speed of sound fast?  Yeah, that's fast.  So fast it seems likely that it caused the  unmanned arrowhead-shaped Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) contracted by Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to suddenly crash in the Pacific a few minutes after slicing through the sky at Mach 20 last August.The engineers don't know exactly why but they have an...

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G-Spot Found By Gynecologist Who Was Really Looking

For centuries, women have been reporting engorgement of the upper, anterior part of the vagina during the stage of sexual excitement - but it took an 83-year-old cadaver to prove the existence of a G-spot.That's right, I said 83-year-old cadaver.  If you expected something sexier by that title, you can stop reading now.

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The Internet Is Not A Magic Lantern

The Internet accomplishes a lot of good, especially in politics where opponents can trip up the other side when fake claims or documents are produced.But that doesn't mean it is a substitute for real reporting. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Washington Post reporters behind uncovering the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration, were not all that impressed with students in a Yale...

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10 Percent Of UK Men Who Gamble Prefer iPads To Girlfriends

iPads are apparently pretty sexy.  I don't know, I don't have one. I do have a Kindle Fire, I like to be able to download and read old books I have that are too valuable to me to risk reading in hardback, and I bought an iPad for my wife, but I do most things on a laptop, so an iPad is too small, and my Kindle Fire is about the size of a book, so an iPad is too big.But 10% of Internet...

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