Sunday, May 31, 2009

One-two Punch In Battle Against HIV

One-two Punch In Battle Against HIV: New HIV Microbicide, And A Way To Mass Produce It In Plants, Developed: "ScienceDaily (May 30, 2009) — In what could be a major pharmaceutical breakthrough, research published in The FASEB Journal describes how scientists from St George's, University of London have devised a one-two punch to stop HIV. First the report describes a new protein that can kill the virus when used as a microbicide. Then the report shows how it might be possible to manufacture this protein in quantities large enough to make it affordable for people in developing countries."

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Free Fishing Weekend - Fishing Wisconsin - WDNR

Free Fishing Weekend - Fishing Wisconsin - WDNR: "Saturday and Sunday, June 6th-7th, 2009

Every year, the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June is designated as Free Fishing Weekend throughout the state of Wisconsin. All the waters of the state are open, including state waters of the Great Lakes and rivers bordering Wisconsin. Residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a fishing license (or trout or salmon stamps) over these two days. However, all other fishing regulations (length limits, bag limits, etc.) apply.

Pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water. Fishing clinics and special activities are planned at state and local parks throughout Wisconsin. No fishing pole? No worries! Contact a Tackle Loaner site at one of several state parks and DNR regional offices to borrow one.

Because children under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license to fish on any day of the year, the motto for Free Fishing Weekend could be, 'Take a grown-up fishing!'"

Friday, May 22, 2009

How do I reset Windows Update components?

How do I reset Windows Update components?

We've seen the minor vbs that triggers windows updates, but this will help troubleshoot problems too.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What is Vortex2?

Vortex2: "VORTEX2 is by far the largest and most ambitious effort ever made to understand tornadoes. We expect over 100 scientists and crew in up to 40 science and support vehicles to participate in this unique, fully nomadic, field program in May/June 2009-2010."

The cow that was zapped by lightning - and survived!

The poor creature was struck by lightning and left with blistering burns. You would expect it to have been cooked alive.

But the cow miraculously survived, apparently unperturbed by the ordeal, and is already back roaming the meadows.

Flame grilled cow

Pictured: The cow that was zapped by lightning - and survived | Mail Online

I want one..

Sunday, May 10, 2009

New nanocrystals show potential for cheap lasers, new lighting

For more than a decade, scientists have been frustrated in their attempts to create continuously emitting light sources from individual molecules because of an optical quirk called "blinking," but now scientists at the University of Rochester have uncovered the basic physics behind the phenomenon, and along with researchers at the Eastman Kodak Company, created a nanocrystal that constantly emits light.

New nanocrystals show potential for cheap lasers, new lighting | Science Codex

I'm mad at Tivo and Fox

Some of my favorite show recordings are being cut short. They have been running long and my tivo is not smart enough to know it. Specifically the show "Fringe".

Luckily Hulu has this show. And also what is really interesting is that you can click to the end of the show and only watch the part you missed!!

Until Tivo smartens up or Fox stops showing long, I'll be able to hook up with Hulu.


'09 Swine flu outbreak dashboard

Another H1N1/Swine flu dashboard with up to date information, also airtravel db.

'09 Swine flu outbreak dashboard

Friday, May 08, 2009

Enormous Shark’s Secret Hideout Finally Discovered!

After half a century of searching, scientists have finally discovered what happens to the world’s second largest shark every winter: It has a Caribbean hideout.

Basking sharks, which can grow up to 33 feet long and weigh more than a Hummer H1, spend the late spring, summer and early fall in the temperate regions of the world’s oceans. But then they pull their great disappearing act, eluding scientists throughout the winter months.

“It’s been a big mystery for the past fifty years,” said Greg Skomal, an aquatic biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and lead author of the study in Current Biology May 7. “For a while people thought they were hibernating on the sea floor, even though hibernating is not really something sharks do.”

Enormous Shark’s Secret Hideout Finally Discovered | Wired Science