Gongol.com Archives: August 2007
Brian Gongol

August 23, 2007

Graphics Graphic of the day: Cell Culture

Humor and Good News Porn star says Ronco put her into bankruptcy
Yes, that Ronco, maker of the Veg-O-Matic

News Update to the Future Scale
90 predictions about the future, all on one page

News China's one-family, one-child policy is catching up to them
The demographic instability of a country in which there will be soon be many retirees for every worker is not to be overlooked

Threats and Hazards Georgia: No, really, the Russians really did fire a missile at us
Russia still denies that's what happened

Humor and Good News It used to be much easier to get excited about in-flight meals

News Will NJ execution-style murders turn around social pressure against "snitching"?

Weather and Disasters Tougher rebar could mean safer skyscrapers in seismic zones
Next to nothing seems to have been done to prevent calamity when the New Madrid fault eventually shifts, releasing a magnitude 6.0 or stronger quake on places like Memphis and St. Louis. Missouri's 1997 strategic plan for dealing with earthquake preparedness reads like a litany of ways in which things will probably go wrong when a quake actually strikes. Really, the entire Midwest should be scared about just how bad the results of a strong earthquake will be.

Science and Technology Comparing bridge disasters: China vs. US
Secrecy follows the Chinese disaster, while the in the US, an open and public investigation is underway, even as plans for a replacement bridge are underway

Water News Iowa rainfall in August approaches record

The American Way August 20, 2007 Carnival of the Capitalists

Business and Finance Shanghai stock market hits record high
The scary part will be watching how the people and the government react when the bubble bursts

Health Cell-therapy treatment for Type I diabetes could work
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found a way to protect transplanted cells by embedding them in a protective coating made from seaweed and iron. It's worked so far in mice and swine, and they think it could be a way to help diabetics replace the insuling-producing cells that don't work in their bodies

News Students riot against military rule in Bangladesh

Aviation News Flight of the machines
DARPA claims it's programmed computers that can auto-pilot an in-flight refueling more skillfully than human pilots. Related: Human pilots from Britain had to intercept a Russian bomber over the North Atlantic using the Eurofighter last week.

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