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Feb 02,2007
Eureka! Daily discoveries for the scientifically bent
by Scott LaFee

WHAT IS IT? ANSWER

This is one of the first images of the sun's surface caught by NASA's STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatories) telescopes. The images were taken Dec. 4, 2006.

VERBATIM - 'It is a bit like if your kidneys fail and you go on dialysis. Who would refuse dialysis if death is the alternative?' -- James Lovelock, father of the Gaia hypothesis, on efforts to halt global warming. CNS Photo.
WHAT IS IT? - This is one of the first images of the sun's surface caught by NASA's STEREO telescopes (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatories). The images were taken Dec. 4, 2006. CNS Photo.
TRUE FACTS - A Japanese company has developed a robot capable of chemically analyzing and identifying foods and drinks. However, when presented with human flesh, the robot thought it was prosciutto. CNS Photo.
MAYBE IT WAS THE RICH FOOD - Researchers contends that Napoleon Bonaparte's ultimate Waterloo wasn't an 1815 battle in Belgium. It was stomach cancer. CNS Photo.
Highly charged loops of protons and electrons rise and fall on the roiling solar surface, where temperatures reach 1.8 million degrees Fahrenheit. The particles form loops due to a strong magnetic field that pulls them back toward the sun. Over time, magnetic stress builds in the sun's atmosphere until the energy is released in a massive explosion of particles and X-ray solar flares.

This release, called a coronal mass ejection, has a force comparable to a billion megaton nuclear bombs. When the charged particles and X-rays bombard the Earth, they can disrupt communications and power systems and pose a threat to satellites and astronauts in space.

'TRUE FACTS'

A Japanese company has developed a robot capable of chemically analyzing and identifying foods and drinks. However, when presented with human flesh, the robot thought it was prosciutto.

BRAIN SWEAT

Can you identify the phrases below?

1. Guyyyy

2. smupoke

3. contol

VERBATIM

"It is a bit like if your kidneys fail and you go on dialysis. Who would refuse dialysis if death is the alternative?"

- James Lovelock, (pictured) father of the Gaia hypothesis, on efforts to halt global warming. The Gaia hypothesis posits that all life on Earth is connected, forming a single, complex system that, if healthy, keeps the planet habitable.

JUST ASKING

Why do days break but never fall, while nights fall but never break?

BRAIN SWEAT ANSWER

1. Wise guy

2. Up in smoke

3. In complete control

PRIME NUMBERS

75 - Years that elapsed between the awarding of U.S. patents No. 1 and No. 1 million

6 - Years that elapsed between patents No. 6 million and No. 7 million, awarded in 2005

2.5 - Factor by which male life-scientists are more likely to patent their findings than female counterparts

Sources: Harper's Index; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

ELECTRON INK

www.diseno-art.com/encyclopedia/strange_vehicles/strange_vehicles.html

Check out some really cool, really strange vehicles, from jet-powered water skis to chairs that walk.

MAYBE IT WAS THE RICH FOOD

Napoleon Bonaparte's ultimate Waterloo wasn't an 1815 battle in Belgium. It was stomach cancer.

American, Canadian and Swiss researchers believe they may have finally put to rest the persistent conspiracy theories about how the famous French emperor died. Applying modern pathological and tumor-staging methods to historical accounts, they conclude that Napoleon died of gastric cancer caused by an ulcerous bacterial infection in his stomach.

The analysis, the researchers say, refutes persistent rumors that Napoleon died in 1821 from arsenic poisoning. His immediate cause of death, they say, was probably internal bleeding.

Writing in the journal Nature Clinical Practice Gastroenterology & Hepatology, lead author Robert Genta of the University of Texas said Napoleon's cancer was so advanced that even if he had successfully escaped from exile (again), he wouldn't have lived long enough to further affect European history.

"Even today, with the availability of sophisticated surgical techniques and chemotherapies, patients with gastric cancer as advanced as Napoleon's have a poor prognosis," said Genta.

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