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Interesting Reading #419 – breaking the squid record, cloning neanderthals, recreating the big bang, saving your own kid, eliminating the 12th grade, becoming frugal and much more…

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Lots of Snow! – Unbelievable photos of unbelievable amounts of snow

911 dispatcher helps save his own son – “A Thurston County 911 dispatcher helped save his own son’s life. On February 4, Chris Scott’s wife Janna called 911 because their 6-month-old son Jacob was choking. He was unconscious and had stopped breathing…”

In Brookhaven Collider, Scientists Briefly Break a Law of Nature – “Physicists said Monday that they had whacked a tiny region of space with enough energy to briefly distort the laws of physics, providing the first laboratory demonstration of the kind of process that scientists suspect has shaped cosmic history…” See also: Big Bang Conditions Created in Lab

Ricky checks out a 3D school – “Ricky’s been checking out a school in Reading where learning is less textbook and more hi-tech 3D technology…”

Haiti Earthquake: Who’s given what – A different way to look at donations to Haiti…

Entrepreneurs in Haitian tent cities – “One month after the devastating earthquake — tent cities in Haiti have become something of an incubator for entrepreneurs…”

Great Olympic comebacks by Wescott, Miller & Vonn – “omebacks make for great Olympics stories, and they come in many forms. Just look at what Seth Wescott, Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn pulled off Monday…”

In Utah, a plan to cut 12th grade – “The sudden buzz over the relative value of senior year stems from a recent proposal by state Sen. Chris Buttars that Utah make a dent in its budget gap by eliminating the 12th grade…”

Intel and Nokia’s MeeGo Join a Brewing OS War – “Nokia and Intel have become allies in a new clash of the operating systems with the joint creation of MeeGo. MeeGo is an operating system that blurs the line between a robust mobile phone OS and a lightweight netbook OS…”

Facebook Driving More Traffic Than Google – “Facebook is now the top source of traffic for major news and entertainment portals such as Yahoo and MSN, according to traffic analysis firm Compete, and is “among the leaders” for other sites as well. Although far from conclusive, this is just another sign of how the “social web” is becoming an increasingly dominant force in terms of driving traffic flows on the Internet — and that in turn makes it a growing threat for major web players such as Google, MSN and Yahoo. If your core business depends on controlling and/or getting a piece of the web’s traffic flow, as it does for all of those companies, the social web is something you ignore at your peril (which helps explain the launch of new services like Google Buzz)…”

Mobile firms unite to offer applications – “Twenty-four of the largest phone operators have banded together to challenge the dominance of mobile app stores, such as that operated by Apple…”

The problem with rogue waves:

SANDISK DOUBLES STORAGE CAPACITY FOR MOBILE PHONES AND PORTABLE DEVICES WITH INTRODUCTION OF 64GB INAND EMBEDDED FLASH DRIVES – “SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today introduced the new SanDisk® iNAND™ Embedded Flash Drives (EFD) with support for the e.MMC 4.4 specification. Based on 3-bit-per-cell (X3) NAND flash technology, the drives offer up to 64 gigabytes (GB)1 of capacity in a single device, and can be used for boot, system code and mass storage functions…”

MagSafe for the Rest of Us: A DIY Magnetic Power Adaptor – “We all know that one of the most common places for a laptop to break is its power adaptor. The combination of being directly attached to the motherboard, heat, and constant moving and shifting leads the connector to become loose and sloppy. Eventually the connection stops working altogether. Apple has solved this problem on their laptops by use of a magnetic power adaptor, unfortunately for us they also patented the idea…”

Fastmac’s USB-enabled wall outlet – “Fastmac has developed the U-Socket, a power outlet you can buy to replace the existing power outlets in your home. That doesn’t sound particularly noteworthy until you note its one very enticing feature: two USB ports built right into the sides of the outlet…”

Switch That Turns on the Spread of Cancer Discovered – “Reporting in Nature Cell Biology, researchers describe the discovery of a specific protein called disabled-2 (Dab2) that switches on the process that releases cancer cells from the original tumor and allows the cells to spread and develop into new tumors in other parts of the body…”

The Story of the PING Program – “Yes, it’s true! I’m the author of ping for UNIX. Ping is a little thousand-line hack that I wrote in an evening which practically everyone seems to know about. :-)

5 Reasons Silicon Valley Might Stumble Coming Out of Recession – “Cisco CEO John Chambers’ optimism on tech’s rebound from the lagging economy was tempered this week by the findings of a group of Silicon Valley nonprofits. A report by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Joint Venture concluded that The Valley will enter a “new phase of uncertainty” coming out of the recession due to high unemployment, global competition and curtailed investment…”

Seattle Wants Google Fiber – “The City of Seattle, Microsoft’s home turf, says it will push to become one of the first locales in the country to tap ultra-fast Internet service…”

Real frugality means carefully using your limited resources – ” Frugality. That’s been the buzzword of the Great Recession. Sliding home values, stumbling stock portfolios and a shaky job market brought with them a consciousness about spending that many of us had misplaced during years of consumer overindulgence. Americans responded to the crisis by buying less, clipping more coupons and increasing savings to 4.8 percent of disposable income in December, up from near zero before the recession…”

Hydrogen is Not The Miracle Fuel of the Future – “ is reporting today on a tabletop “hydrogen power station” that produces hydrogen from water using a standard power outlet and costs around $200. While this may sound wonderful on the surface, it merely illustrates how the notion of a “hydrogen economy” is mostly a myth, especially as it pertains to powering vehicles…”

We May Soon Be Able to Clone Neanderthals. But Should We? – “Last year DISCOVER asked the question, “Did We Mate With Neanderthals, or Did We Murder Them?” Now, Zach Zorich at Archaeology magazine is asking another big question about our hominid siblings: Should we bring them back?”

Scientist aims to break squid record – “An Auckland scientist is attempting to break his own world record for rearing deep sea squid in captivity…”

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