Thursday, January 31, 2008

Not Your Ordinary Retail Site . . .

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

'Super' scanner

LungsHow cool is this stuff?

A new scanner has been unveiled which can produce 3D body images of unprecedented clarity while reducing radiation by as much as 80%. 

The new 256-slice CT machine takes large numbers of X-ray pictures, and combines them using computer technology to produce the final detailed images.


'Super' scanner shows key detail
Scanner animation


Because the images are 3D they can be rotated and viewed from different directions - giving doctors the greatest possible help in looking for signs of abnormalities or disease.

All images also can be accessed on any computer in a hospital or by colleagues and researchers remotely, to make it easier for the whole team to share information.

The scan is much quicker than current technology, as the machine's X-ray emitting gantry - the giant ring-shaped part that surrounds the patient - can rotate four times in a single second - 22% faster than current systems.

The cost of the equipment - known as the Brilliance CT - is unclear.

"It is so powerful it can capture an image of the entire heart in just two beats."

"This is a quantum shift from the first CT scanners as it gives a lot more detail," says Dr Keith Prowse, Chairman of the British Lung Foundation.

"It seems to be another step beyond what we were previously able to do. The high resolution enables you to see smaller things in both the lungs and the airways and then decide whether there is anything there and how best to get at it.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Adriana Francesca Lima, Brazilian Supermodel

Monday, January 28, 2008

SOTU Address




Winning the war on
Mike Luckovich

State of the Union
Pat Oliphant   

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World's First Weed ATM


Avms AVMs are 24/7 machines housed in standalone rooms, abutting two dispensaries and protected by round-the-clock security guards -- like ATMs for people combating psychological withdrawal with a physical one. After cinching up your doctor's consultation, hit an AVM location to get your prescription approved, fingerprint taken, and a prepaid credit card loaded with your profile: dosage (3.5 or 7 grams, up to 1oz a week) and strain preference (choice of five, including OG Cush and Granddaddy Purple, the mildly hallucinogenic forebear to Prince).

World's First Weed ATM, THURSDAY JAN 24, 2008

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Beatles We Can Work It Out

We Can Work It Out:

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Top 10 Extinct Animals



1) Carcharodon megalodon
Last seen 1.6 million years ago.

2) Arthropleura armata
Last seen At the beginning of the Permian period (290 million years ago)

3) Meganeura monyi (Not shown)
Last seen The Permian extinction (250 million years ago).

4) Aepyornis maximus
Last seen In the 16th century.

5) Elasmotherium sibiricum
Last seen 800,000 years ago.

6) Gigantopithecus blacki
Last seen 300,000 years ago

7) Jaekelopterus rhenaniae (Not shown)
Last seen 248 million years ago.

8) Shonisaurus sikanniensis
Last seen At the end of the Norian stage (204 million years ago).

9) Doedicurus clavicaudatus
Last seen 15,000 years ago.

10) Ceratogaulus rhinoceros
Last seen 5 million years ago.

The Best: Extinct Animals, From an Elephant Bird to a 10-Foot-Long, 4-Eyed Spider
Daniel Dumas   
Wired, 01.18.08 | 6:00 PM

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Downfall of the Cowboys

Freakin' hysterical:

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Top Fifty Atheist T-Shirts

Scienceblogs (via Metasurfing) gives us this list of the top 50 Atheist t-shirts

Top Fifty Atheist T-Shirt and Bumper Sticker Aphorisms

  1. Abstinence Makes the Church Grow Fondlers

  2. Honk If Your Religious Beliefs Make You An Asshole

  3. Intelligent Design Makes My Monkey Cry

  4. Too Stupid to Understand Science? Try Religion.

  5. There's A REASON Why Atheists Don't Fly Planes Into Buildings

  6. "Worship Me or I Will Torture You Forever. Have a Nice Day."­ God.

  7. God Doesn't Kill People. People Who Believe in God Kill People.

  8. If There is No God, Then What Makes the Next Kleenex Pop Up?

  9. He's Dead.
    It's Been 2,000 years.
    He's Not Coming Back.
    Get OVER It Already!

  10. All religion is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.  -Edgar Allen Poe.

  11. Viva La Evolución!

  12. Actually, If You Look It Up, The Winter Solstice Is The Reason For The Season

  13. I Wouldn't Trust Your God Even If He Did Exist

  14. Cheeses Is Lard. Argue With THAT If You Can.

  15. People Who Don't Want Their Beliefs Laughed at Shouldn't Have Such Funny Beliefs

  16.   Jesus is Coming? Don't Swallow That.

  17. Threatening Children With Hell Is FUN!


  19. Jesus Told Me Republicans SUCK

  20. God + Whacky Tobacky = Platypus

  21. God Doesn't Exist. So, I Guess That Means No One Loves You.

  22. When the Rapture Comes, We'll Get Our Country Back!

  23. Q. How Do We Know the Holy Ghost Was Catholic?
    A. He Used the Rhythm Method Instead of a Condom.

  24. You Say "Heretic" Like It Was a BAD Thing

  25. I Love Christians. They Taste Like Chicken.

  26. Science: It Works, Bitches.

  27. "Intelligent Design"  Helping Stupid People Feel Smart Since 1987

  28. I Found God Between The Sheets

  29. I Gave Up Superstitious Mumbo Jumbo For Lent

  30. My Flying Monkey Can Beat Up Your Guardian Angel

  31. Every Time You Play With Yourself, God Kills a Kitten

  32. If God Wanted People to Believe in Him, Then Why Did He Invent Logic?

  33. Praying Is Politically Correct Schizophrenia

  34. ALL Americans Are African Americans

  35. I Forget - Which Day Did God Make All The Fossils?

  36. I Was An Atheist Until The Hindus Convinced Me That I Was God

  37. The Spanish Inquisition: The Original Faith-based Initiative

  38. If we were made in his image, when why aren't humans invisible too?

  39. JESUS SAVES....You From Thinking For Yourself

  40. How Can You Disbelieve in Evolution If You Can't Even Define It?

  41. Q. How Can You Tell That Your God is Man-made?
    A. If He Hates All the Same People You Do.

  42. Every Time You See a Rainbow, God is Having Gay Sex

  43. I Went to Public School in Kansas and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt and a Poor Understanding of the Scientific Method.

  44. WWJD = We Won. Jesus Died.

  45. The Family That Prays Together is Brainwashing the Children

  46. Oh, Look, Honey Another Pro-lifer For War

  47. Another Godless Atheist for Peace and World Harmony

  48. God is Unavailable Right Now. Can I Help You?

  49. When Lip Service to Some Mysterious Deity Permits Bestiality on
    Wednesday and Absolution on Sundays, Cash Me Out.  Frank Sinatra.

  50. No Gods. No Mullets.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A $20,000 Cup of Coffee

Ahhh, that's the good stuff!


WITH its brass-trimmed halogen heating elements, glass globes and bamboo paddles, the new contraption that is to begin making coffee this week at the Blue Bottle Café here looks like a machine from a Jules Verne novel, a 19th-century vision of the future.

Called a siphon bar, it was imported from Japan at a total cost of more than $20,000. The cafe has the only halogen-powered model in the United States, and getting it here required years of elliptical discussions with its importer, Jay Egami of the Ueshima Coffee Company.

“If you just want equipment you’re not ready,” Mr. Egami said in an interview. But, he added, James Freeman, the owner of the cafe, is different: “He’s invested time. He’s invested interest. He is ready.”

Professionals have long been willing to pay prices in the five figures for the perfect espresso machine, but the siphon bar does not make espresso. It makes brewed coffee, as does another high-end coffee maker, the $11,000 Clover, which makes one cup at a time. Together, they signal the resurgence of brewing among the most obsessive coffee enthusiasts.

At Last, a $20,000 Cup of Coffee
January 23, 2008

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