Showing posts from September 25, 2011

MOA Tonight

We listen to music and talk to people. Watch on cable channel 11 in the Boise area or on-line at . Watch previous shows here , and check out the backgrounds here . Join us at MOA's Posterous group for discussion throughout the week. :) Band info at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness has sent you a video from FOX News has sent you a video from FOX News What if We Didn’t Live in a Free Country? :) Mm-hm. What if, eh? Very good question. What do we do about it? We do better. It's up to us, they *do* work for us, as a matter of fact, and if they're not doing their jobs we make it a right-to-work nation and fire the slackers. Love it, thanks, Justin. :) Watch This Video: Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Social Media: Air Force ordered software to manage army of Fake Virtual People

These days, with Facebook and Twitter and social media galore, it can be increasingly hard to tell who your "friends" are. But after this, Internet users would be well advised to ask another question entirely: Are my "friends" even real people? In the continuing saga of data security firm HBGary, a new caveat has come to light: not only did they plot to help destroy secrets outlet WikiLeaks and discredit progressive bloggers, they also crafted detailed proposals for software that manages online "personas," allowing a single human to assume the identities of as many [...] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   Global Research Articles by Stephen C. Webster Full article at The only surprise would be if anyone were surprised by this, especially those who've been subjected to it. It should tell us something, though, when 'our' (I mean that facetiously) government needs to create hordes of imaginary friends to discredit people for

BBC NEWS | Technology | Nanowires allow 'power dressing'

"Power dressing" may soon have a very different and literal meaning. Scientists in the US have developed novel brush-like fibres that generate electrical energy from movement. Weaving them into a material could allow designers to create "smart" clothes which harness body movement to power portable electronic gadgets. Writing in the journal Nature, the team say that the materials could also be used in tents or other structures to harness wind energy. [...] Full article at Ask and ye shall receive. :) Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Drug 'aids albino people's sight'

White hair and pale eyes and skin are the hallmarks of albinism Continue reading the main story A drug which is already licensed for use could be used to treat sight problems in some albino people, say US researchers. People with albinism produce little or no melanin, which has a range of health consequences including poor sight and greater risk of skin cancer. Writing in The Journal of Clinical Investigation , doctors said a drug increased melanin [...] Full article at I find it interesting that this was first developed as an herbicide, then in 1991 replaced liver transplant as first-line treatment for a rare condition, and is now discovered to be useful in this application. I wonder when the former patent expires? That said, I hope it really is useful. Just 'cause I don't agree with pharmaceuticals in most applications, or with the practices of most pharmaceutical companies, doesn't mean I don't think pharma tech has it's pla

BBC News - Has the iPod made us anti-social?

Continue reading the main story It's 10 years since the iPod was unveiled, but has the MP3 player turned us all into headphone-wearing, anti-social people? It sounds like a dystopian vision. Half of humankind wired up to a parallel universe that leaves them oblivious to their surroundings and fellow man. Those used to travelling on public transport will recognise the scene - a carriage full of commuters sprouting white wires that plug into the ear with little white buds. In the [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Colorado cantaloupes kill up to 16 in listeria outbreak

Listeria thrives in low temperatures and outbreaks are rarely associated with fresh produce Continue reading the main story At least 13 deaths and 72 illnesses have been linked to a listeriosis outbreak from fruit in the US state of Colorado, health officials say. Three more deaths could be related to the contaminated cantaloupe melons. Eighteen states have reported infections from one of the four strains of listeria involved. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Who, What, Why: How can an American pay extra tax?

The request for a higher tax rate was met with applause at Mr Obama's meeting Amid a robust debate about taxes, the budget deficit and the national debt, a wealthy former Google executive wants Washington to raise his taxes. If Americans want to pay more than they have to by law, how can they go about it? President Barack Obama, at a town hall-style meeting in Silicon Valley on Monday, called on a balding man in glasses and a blue shirt near the back. "I'm unemployed by choice," Doug Edwards, Google's 59th employee, told the [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Dipping tongues allow bees to drink the sweetest nectar

Most bees have a tongue that they dip into sticky, sugar-rich nectar Continue reading the main story US mathematicians have worked out why the flowers pollinated by bees have sweeter nectar than those visited by butterflies. When it comes to drinking nectar, the most important factor is whether the insects dip their tongue in, or whether they suck the liquid up. The sweeter the nectar, the thicker it is, and research found that the dipping method [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Fluorescing bacteria used to encode secret messages

Spots of fluorescent bacteria are printed in a grid to convey messages Continue reading the main story Scientists have developed fluorescent bacteria that encode secret messages, creating a living invisible ink. Simple messages can be encoded by genetically engineering bacteria to produce fluorescent coloured proteins, then printing them in a grid. This method could be harnessed for secret communications as well as for anti- [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Bill Barbour killed wife Anne 'to preserve her dignity'

Bill Barbour and his wife Anne had been married for 61 years Continue reading the main story A coroner has said that an Enniskillen man who killed his wife in 2009 wanted to preserve her dignity at the end of a "devastating illness". Bill Barbour, 89, suffocated his 83-year-old wife Anne, who was in the latter stages of Alzheimer's Disease. He then took his own life by drowning himself in Rossole Lough near their home on [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Cancer's gettin' too expensive...

... time to cure it: Cancer cost 'crisis' warning from oncologists Alpha radiation treats prostate cancers   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - 'Smart' window switches to dark mode to save energy

"Smart" windows could help save energy costs Continue reading the main story A new type of "smart" window that switches from summer to winter mode has been made by South Korean scientists. The window darkens when the outside air temperatures soar, and becomes transparent when it gets cold in order to capture free heat from the sun. Similar windows already exist, but the researchers say their method allows for an [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Coffee may prevent depression, scientists say

Coffee must contain caffeine to have the effect, say the researchers Continue reading the main story Women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to get depressed, research suggests. It is not clear why it might have this effect, but the authors believe caffeine in coffee may alter the brain's chemistry. Decaffeinated coffee did not have the same effect. The findings, published in Archives of Internal Medicine , come from a study of more [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Twelve-year-old two-faced cat is world's oldest | Reuters

  CONWAY, Mass (Reuters) - Frank and Louie, a gray feline with two mouths, two noses and three eyes, just turned 12 years old and is the world's oldest, living two-faced cat.   Sara Wilcox, a Guinness World Records spokeswoman said he is the "longest surviving Janus cat," referring to the name coined by British zoologist Dr. Karl Shuker, based on the two-faced Roman god of transitions, gates and doorways. Frank and Louie has craniofacial duplication, an extremely rare congenital condition. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

4 Americans get pot from US government - Yahoo! News

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sometime after midnight on a moonlit rural Oregon highway, a state trooper checking a car he had just pulled over found less than an ounce of pot on one passenger: A chatty 72-year-old woman blind in one eye. She insisted the weed was legal and was approved by the U.S. government . The trooper and his supervisor were doubtful. But after a series of calls to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency and her physician, the troopers handed her back the card — and her pot. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Textbook Adoption the New Face of Banning Books - Yahoo! News

Book-banning used to take place most often at a very local level. Even then it would make headlines if a classic work of literature was banned or removed from a school's curriculum or library. In more recent years, curriculum rules for public schools have been established at the state level, often by elected officials or board members appointed by elected officials. Many of them are reluctant to be associated with book-banning or other broad curriculum changes that might attract the attention of the press and more moderate voters, as what happened with the Kansas State Board of Education in the run-up to the 2006 election . Instead, many states have instituted a textbook adoption system in which school [...] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Brad Sylvester is a freelance journalist and writer whose interviews with experts on far-ranging topics are frequently published at Yahoo! News. You can follow him on Twitter @Sly102 . Full article at   Posted via em

New Forecast: Sun's 'Superstorms' Could Doom Satellites | Solar Storms & Space Weather | Geomagnetic Storms & Solar Activity

One of the first images taken by SDO and still a favorite: A solar eruptive prominence as seen in extreme UV light on March 30, 2010. The superimposed image of the Earth gives a sense of just how large these eruptions can be. CREDIT: NASA/SDO View full size image Magnetic storms set off by the sun could pose a bigger threat than thought to weather, communication , military and other satellites close to Earth, with a potentially devastating economic impact, scientists suggest. In the new study, researchers found that solar radiation can energize a belt of high- [...] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Follow contributor Charles Q. Choi on Twitter @cqchoi . Follow for the latest in space science and exploration news on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook . Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Animal rights group says it set Caldwell fur store fire | Treasure Valley Crime | Idaho Statesman

Animal rights activists said they pumped fuel into an Idaho fur and fireworks retailer before setting the place ablaze early Monday, and federal agents said they were taking the claim seriously. Jerry Vlasak, a spokesman for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office in Los Angeles, said he received a message from activists shortly after the fire began at the Rocky Mountain Fireworks & Fur Co. Monday morning. “A hole was drilled into their storage space, and several gallons of fuel were pumped through, as well as multiple other charges being set beneath an adjoining structure,” [...] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Kathleen Kreller: 377-6418 Full article at Argh. How is this helpful? Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Want to be a ‘Master Naturalist?’ Registration opens Oct. 4 for training program | Boise, Garden City, Mountain Home | Idaho Statesman

The Idaho Master Naturalist Program is a statewide program with six active chapters, including the local group: the Sagebrush-steppe Master Naturalists sponsored by the MK Nature Center, the Foothills Learning Center and the Idaho Botanical Garden. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

The Top 10 Star Trek Technologies |

The Top 10 Star Trek Technologies   Credit:   Classic Star Trek contributed more to the modern world than phrases like "Beam me up, Scotty!" Many of the devices we saw decades ago are now available for use in the real world; we thank the engineers who made real these ten Star Trek technologies. - Bill Christensen, Gallery at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Seeking Information

There was an accident around 8:45 Saturday night on Highway 21, a red truck hit a huge  elk in the northbound lane. We didn't see it happen but were among the first to pass the aftermath. The big white truck behind us stopped at the scene and we called 911 as soon as we got into cell range. We're told that if we're not family police can't release information as to the condition of the driver and it didn't make the news. We'd just like to know, if anyone's aware, how the driver and any passengers are, and if you know them please pass along our best wishes for their well-being. That animal was massive and the truck was much the worse for wear. Posted via email from Moments of Awareness