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Selected news and photo's from the internet for the week prior to 4-27-07.

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  • … Finally Friday … April 27 th 2007
  • Report: China Will Pass U.S. As Polluter Apr 24 01:41 AM US/Eastern SHANGHAI, China (AP) - China will pass the United States as the world's biggest source of greenhouse gasses this year, an official with the International Energy Agency was quoted as saying. China had been forecast to surpass the U.S. in 2010, but its sizzling economic growth has pushed the date forward, the IEA's chief economist, Fatih Birol, was quoted as saying in an interview appearing in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal newspaper. "In the past couple of months, economic growth and related coal consumption has grown at such an unexpected rate," Birol was quoted as saying. China's rising emissions will effectively cancel out attempts by other countries to reduce their own, he said. Those comments follow the weekend release of a Chinese government report detailing the costs of climate change but asserting that the country should focus on development before cutting greenhouse gas emissions . Higher than average temperatures meant spreading deserts, worsening droughts, shrinking glaciers and increased spread of diseases, said the report, compiled by more than a dozen government bodies. It said emission limits were unfair and would constrain China's current energy and manufacturing industries. China is a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gasses, but is exempt from its restrictions because it is a developing country . AP
  • Vanishing honeybees mystify scientists   POSTED: 9:40 p.m. EDT, April 22, 2007   • Billions of bees have mysteriously vanished since late last year in the U.S. • Disappearing bees have also been reported in Europe and Brazil • One-third of the U.S. diet depends on pollination, mostly by honeybees • Some beekeepers are losing 50 percent of their bees to the disorder   WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Go to work, come home. Go to work, come home. Go to work -- and vanish without a trace. Billions of bees have done just that, leaving the crop fields they are supposed to pollinate, and scientists are mystified about why. The phenomenon was first noticed late last year in the United States, where honeybees are used to pollinate $15 billion worth of fruits, nuts and other crops annually. Disappearing bees have also been reported in Europe and Brazil. Commercial beekeepers would set their bees near a crop field as usual and come back in two or three weeks to find the hives bereft of foraging worker bees, with only the queen and the immature insects remaining. Whatever worker bees survived were often too weak to perform their tasks. If the bees were dying of pesticide poisoning or freezing, their bodies would be expected to lie around the hive. And if they were absconding because of some threat -- which they have been known to do -- they wouldn't leave without the queen. Since about one-third of the U.S. diet depends on pollination and most of that is performed by honeybees, this constitutes a serious problem, according to Jeff Pettis of the U.S. Agricultural Research Service.
  • Jimi Hendrix performs in thus undated file photo. A fundraising auction of music memorabilia from Jimi Hendrix, The Edge, Bono, Paul McCartney and others smashed expectations and brought in $2.4 million, some of which will go to a charity that replaces musical equipment lost to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Saturday, April 22, 2007. The guitar owned by Jimi Hendrix was sold for $480,000 .
  • Astronaut Aldrin plans space travel lottery Reuters | Wednesday, 18 April 2007 NEW YORK: Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, has announced plans for a lottery which would send its winner into space in a bid to spread the dream of extraterrestrial travel beyond the super-wealthy. Aldrin, who followed US astronaut Neil Armstrong on to the moon in July 1969, said the lottery would be run through his ShareSpace Foundation, which he set up to promote interest in science and space travel in schools. Details of the competition are still sketchy, Aldrin said at a space investment conference on Wall Street on Tuesday, with the legal status of selling lottery tickets still to be resolved. He said the idea was to offer the top prize of a flight into earth's orbit, but it was not yet decided on what spacecraft. Aldrin added that the winner would have to be over 18 years old and in good physical condition. The prize would not be transferable or saleable on eBay.
  • Dutch escort agency to service geek virgins 'A lot of demand' from IT sector   Published Friday 20th April 2007 13:22 GMT God alone knows it's going to be difficult, but we promise we will keep an absolutely straight face as we report that Dutch escort agency Society Service has set up a special service for geek virgins looking for that elusive first sexual encounter. Sociology student Zoe Vialet set up the agency last year, Ananova reports, and admits she's had "a lot of demand from virgins" - most of them from the IT sector. She explained to De Telegraaf: "They are very sweet but are afraid of seeking contact with other people. They mean it very well but are very scared."   Zoe has a crack team of five girls "specially trained" to pop geeks' cherries. However, those readers tempted to avail themselves of their charms are warned it's not just a case of stump up the cash, insert your floppy in the drive, eject and then off for a pizza. Au contraire, you'll be expected to hone your skills over a extended period, as Vialet insisted: "Every booking lasts three hours minimum. Longer is possible, shorter not. We take the time to take a bath together, do a massage and explore each others body. When the date is over, you will have had a fantastic experience, and you will be able to pleasure a woman." And just in case you thought you might just try and get a real squeeze for a bit of mutual body-exploration, think again. Vialet warned: "You better practise before having a girlfriend. Woman expect men older than 30 having had some experience. Some men need a little bit of help. But it makes them happy and they are glowing .There is nothing more terrible than dying as a virgin."
  • Teacher's Aide Arrested In Special Ed Sex Case April Robertson Worked At Sobesky Academy In Lakewood POSTED: 10:56 am MDT April 20, 2007 LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A 32-year-old teacher's aide was arrested in Lakewood Thursday for investigation of sex assault on a child and other charges. Lakewood police said Friday that April T. Robertson worked at Sobesky Academy, a day-treatment program for special education students. It is operated by the Jefferson County Public School system. Robertson had been a teacher’s aide at the academy since approximately November of last year, according to police. The alleged sexual assaults occurred in December of last year and did not take place on academy property. She was arrested for investigation of several felony charges including sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust”, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust with a pattern and enticement of a child.. Investigators said she is alleged to have inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year-old male student from the academy. The DenverChannel.com
  • Woman jailed for sex with boy, 14 A woman is starting a 15 month jail sentence for having sex with a 14-year-old boy. Linda Jane Jones, 34, a mother-of-two from Mold, became pregnant by the teenager, who the judge said had been left "considerably traumatised." Mold Crown Court heard that shortly after she was interviewed by the police, she lost the baby. She admitted three counts of sexual touching involving intercourse and must register as a sex offender. She must now register as a sex offender for 10 years and is banned from working with children for life. The court heard that Jones and the boy had sex three times. The judge said the victim had been "considerably traumatised" by what she had done. Story from BBC NEWS:
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  • Old School Horsepower Hero: 12.9-litre V8 Cobra Motoring Channel Staff - 24/Feb/2006 Now this is something for the horsepower heroes out there: an AC Cobra replica assembled in Germany that features a 780 cubic inch V8. That's a truly huge engine, and the Weineck Cobra 780CUI Limited Edition is no slouch - the company claims the vehicle is the "world’s most powerful car is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine with the highest power output and torque of all road-legal cars". In the metric scale, the engine measures 12.9-litres, or more than twice the size of the latest Holden Commodore 6.0-litre V8, and features internals that have been precision machined to Formula 1 standards. Air scoops can be seen on many vehicles to show off, but here it is a technical necessity since this air scoop and the engine bonnet make room for the huge engine that Weineck says will slurp half a litre of fuel just by depressing the accelerator momentarily as the  high-performance carburetor system feeds the engine. The German tuning company has not released 0-100km/h performance numbers because apparently they are not relevant. Instead, the Weineck Cobra 780CUI will rocket from 0-200km/h in 4.9 seconds, and does the 0-300km/h dash in 10 seconds flat. The 12.9-litre V8 engine can rev to 8000rpm, developing peak power of 809kW or 1100hp @ 7000rpm, which would be enough energy to power a small village in Iceland. Torque levels for the old-school engine are even more stunning - 1760Nm @ 5600rpm.
  • The goat news story that just won't die James Silver Tuesday April 24, 2007 The Guardian Goats tend to get scant coverage in the mainstream media. However, one unfortunate creature has bucked the trend, garnering lasting infamy in cyberspace in the process. In February 2006, BBC News Online's "trusted" Sudanese stringer filed a story with the following headline: "Sudan man forced to 'marry' goat". It told how the goat's owner, a Mr Alifi, from Hai Malakal in Upper Nile State, was woken one night by "a loud noise" and raced outside - only to discover a man entangled with his goat. The goat-lover in question, Mr Tombe, was hauled before a council of elders who ordered him to pay "a dowry" of 15,000 Sudanese dinars [about £37] to Mr Alifi, as he had "used [the goat] as his wife".   Displaying a notable flair for one-liners, Mr Alifi said: "We have given him the goat, and as far as we know they are still together." A staggering 14 months later, the tale still regularly tops the site's list of most popular stories, refusing to slip quietly into the archive section. Indeed, only last week it beat reports on flammable toilets and "how chocolate is better than kissing" to the top spot.
  • Fort Myers Beach woman arrested after reportedly flashing 5-year-old Monday, April 23, 2007 A 40-year-old Fort Myers Beach woman was arrested Sunday after she allegedly stood in front of her neighbor's yard and flashed his 5-year-old daughter, authorities said. The Lee County sheriff's office said Nancy C. Grasso, of the 700 block of San Carlos Drive, had nothing on beneath her t-shirt when she lifted it up and "jumped around" in front of 45-year-old David Bertels and his daughter. Bertels reported an indecent exposure to the sheriff's office and Grasso was arrested at about 4 p.m. on a charge of exposing sexual organs. napelsnews.com
  • Scientists unearth Superman's "kryptonite" Mon Apr 23, 7:08 PM ET Kryptonite, which robbed Superman of his powers, is no longer the stuff of comic books and films. A mineral found by geologists in Serbia shares virtually the same chemical composition as the fictional kryptonite from outer space, used by the superhero's nemesis Lex Luther to weaken him in the film "Superman Returns." "We will have to be careful with it -- we wouldn't want to deprive Earth of its most famous superhero!," said Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London's Natural History Museum. Stanley, who revealed the identity of the mysterious new mineral, discovered the match after searching the Internet for its chemical formula - sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide. "I was amazed to discover that same scientific name written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luther from a museum in the film Superman Returns," he said. The substance has been confirmed as a new mineral after tests by scientists at the Natural History Museum in London and the National Research Council in Canada. But instead of the large green crystals in Superman comics, the real thing is a white, powdery substance which contains no fluorine and is non-radioactive. The mineral, to be named Jadarite, will go on show at the London's Natural History Museum at certain times of the day on Wednesday, April 25, and Sunday, May 13.
  • U.S. unloads record bust of 20 tons of cocaine Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:05PM BST By Adam Tanner ALAMEDA, California (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded nearly 20 tons of cocaine with a retail street value of $600 million (300 million pounds) into a California port on Monday following what they called the largest drug bust ever at sea. The armed Coast Guard cutter Sherman stopped the Panamanian cargo ship Gatun about 20 miles off a Panamanian island on March 17. On Monday dozens of Coast Guard officials under heavy armed protection hauled bales of tightly wrapped packs of cocaine onto a pier at the service's West Coast command centre near Oakland, California. "It was the largest bust in U.S. history. It's the largest interdiction on the ocean," Lt. Brock Eckel, one of the officers from the Sherman who discovered the illegal drugs, said in an interview. "It was very exciting, of course. Fifteen guys moved 20 tons of contraband in five hours, so it was very exhausting." The find aboard the Gatun, which was heading from Panama to Mexico in the Pacific Ocean, came late at night following a tip from an intelligence source, officials said. Coast Guard Petty Officer Keith Alholm estimated the U.S. street value of the record bust at $300 million wholesale, $600 million retail. REUTERS
  • Virginia Tech Killer's Bizarre eBay Buys Gunman bought 37 rubber duckies in 2006 online auctions APRIL 22--In addition to purchasing ammunition clips on eBay, Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui last year bought an assortment of rubber duckies via the online auction giant. That's right, the mass murderer paid a total of $21.50 in two February 2006 auctions that netted him three dozen small squeaking toy ducks and one giant rubber duck. Cho, using his eBay handle "blazers5505," purchased the items on successive days from an Illinois dealer who appears to specialize in the yellow bathtub items. On the following pages are screen captures of the eBay duck auctions won by Cho. Both pages remain archived on the auction site, though most of the killer's eBay activity--which apparently began in 2004--has, over time, been deleted from the site. It is unclear, of course, why the sullen lunatic needed the novelty items. Smoking Gun
  • Tsar Bomba Russian: Царь-бомба, literally "Emperor Bomb" is the Western name for the largest, most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. Developed by the Soviet Union, the bomb of about 50 megatons was codenamed Ivan by its developers. The bomb was tested on October 30, 1961, in Novaya Zemlya, an archipelago in the Arctic Sea. The device was scaled down from its original design of 100 megatons to reduce the resulting nuclear fallout.
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