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http://people.csail.mit.edu/rahimi/helmet/

Abstract:

Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government's invasive abilities. We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.





Then again... maybe they're just trying to trick you into taking them off...?
 
 
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04 March 2008 @ 03:29 pm
Here it is! The Rutherford Bar, as seen from the second floor walkway.





Spiffy!
 
 
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03 March 2008 @ 05:00 pm
Guys, you wouldn't believe how they've done up the Rutherford Bar, it looks really, really nice. I'll try and get a pic of it sometime, but it looks great!


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14 February 2008 @ 10:52 pm
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02 February 2008 @ 12:44 pm
http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2007/03/10/andrew_lloyd_webber_announces_plans_for_


Andrew Lloyd Webber Announces Plans for 'Phantom of the Opera' Sequel


Andrew Lloyd WebberAndrew Lloyd Webber has confirmed he's writing a sequel to his hit musical "The Phantom of the Opera." The award-winning composer and impresario has announced the new production will be set in New York on a recent video blog. He says, "I will do 'The Phantom of the Opera' sequel, and have met with a couple of people... who persuaded me to do it, who I will not reveal... I can reveal it will be set in New York."

But Lloyd Webber has more pressing immediate matters on his hands before revisiting the story of Christine and The Phantom - his son Nick gets married later today. The composer adds, "It's a very exciting day for me."

According to theatrical news website BroadwayWorld.com, Webber previously noted the Phantom sequel would follow ideas developed with writer Frederick Forsyth, who released a sequel to the show in novel form with The Phantom of Manhattan in 1999. It's not the only new musical Lloyd Webber is working on - the prolific mogul is also planning a theatrical adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "The Master & Margarita."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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01 February 2008 @ 01:56 am
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Is anyone else really unsettled by this picture?
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14 December 2007 @ 01:09 am
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ITN - Wednesday, November 14 02:03 pm

A football-sized hedgehog weighing a whopping 2.2kgs (5.94lbs) has been put on a strict diet and exercise programme by an animal charity.
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George has been causing a bit of a stir at Surrey-based Wildlife Aid since he was found along with another hedgehog, which staff have named Mildred.

Discovered by one of the centre's volunteers in the garden of some friends, George was initially thought to be suffering from a condition called ballooning - when air gets trapped under the skin and causes the animal to inflate.

But when he was weighed, staff were gobsmacked to find his weight was nearly four times the average 600-700g that most hedgehogs weigh.

Despite being fairly active, the excess pounds are affecting his health and could, like humans, cause obesity-related illnesses such as heart disease, high cholesterol levels and joint and mobility problems.

His weight is also resulting in other problems. George has failed to go into hibernation for the winter as the excess pounds mean he can't feel the cold which triggers the sleep process.

He has now been put on a strict diet of catfood, which contains all the correct nutrients needed for a healthy hedgehog and is akin to the Atkins diet.

Wildlife Aid - www.wildlifeaid.com - currently has 60 hedgehogs at the centre in Leatherhead. Some are sick or injured, and are being nursed back to health.

Many are youngsters, born a little late in the year to successfully survive hibernation as their weight is too low are being cared by staff at the centre, and will be re-homed next spring into the gardens of Wildlife Aid members.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/itn/20071114/tuk-hedgehog-s-a-bit-of-a-porkypine-dba1618_2.html
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18 October 2007 @ 01:32 pm
Does anyone fancy meeting up some time soon? I'm bored and it would be nice to see you guys again.
 
 
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Scientists have confirmed what many cross-country motorists long have suspected: Kansas is flatter than a pancake.

A study published recently in the tongue-in-cheek Annals of Improbable Research compares the geography of Kansas to that of a griddle cake purchased at International House of Pancakes.

"Simply put, our results show that Kansas is considerably flatter than a pancake," wrote the researchers from Southwest Texas State University and Arizona State University.

Blame Brandon Vogt, a doctoral student at Arizona State University, for the topic. Three researchers were eating breakfast when the talk turned to how flat their pancakes really were.

Vogt suggested comparing the pancake to Kansas. While a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Vogt made frequent trips across the state on Interstate 70 to visit friends in Columbia, Mo.

'It's flatness -- there's nothing to see, nowhere to stop," Vogt said.

The researchers used a confocal laser microscope to map the terrain of a flapjack. And then, they compared that data to elevation data for Kansas from the U.S. Geological Survey.

The researchers discovered the pancake is much bumpier than it first appears.
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21 August 2007 @ 09:46 pm
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/itn/20070820/twl-cat-dropping-coffee-is-hit-41f21e0_1.html

ITN - Monday, August 20 10:39 am

Coffee claimed to be made from seeds found in cat droppings has become a delicacy in Indonesia.

Makers claim they gather undigested seeds from ripe coffee cherries, that have passed through the stomachs of civet cats and use them to make the drink.

It has been suggested enzymes in the animal's stomach break down the proteins in the seeds and give them a bitter taste that enhances the flavour.

The cats are not kept as domestic pets, so the makers claim they have to search for the droppings, making the resulting coffee rare and expensive.

However, the packaging and price of the product advertised online varies wildly, raising suspicions about the claims.

Some reports suggest only 500 kilograms of the coffee is produced every year and 450 grams costs up to £40.
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