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Black Hole is Now a Window July 22, 2004

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Can’t find any detailed sources on this yet apart from a very brief snippet in the Irish Times. Prof. Hawking gave his speech in Dublin yesterday removing the paradox that he was responsible for creating. It now seems as though black holes are no longer a theoretical pinpoint of infinite density in space but rather a window exposing all that has been consumed by them. Quantum fluctuations on the ‘surface’ of the black hole are said to give brief glimpses of all that exists within. What this can tell us about the past, present and future will take some time to discover but it’s damn exciting anyway!

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Bush Bashing July 22, 2004

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Everyone is doing it these days. Bush bashing seems to have become America’s favourite hobby and is starting to take over the shows of big celebreties. The most recent event was that of Linda Ronstadt being thrown out of her own show in a Los Vegas hotel for voicing her opinions on the current president. The hotel defends the action but Michael Moore and others are demanding apologies and the whole free speech thing is cropping up again. The curse of the first ammendment strikes! Again! It’ll be interesting to see the results of the elections with so many big stars voicing their opinions to the public. We all know the kind of influence that big name stars have on their audiences… source: Irish Times

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The Truth About Black Holes July 21, 2004

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Today in Dublin, Ireland, Stephen Hawking will present his latest findings on the science of ‘black holes’. Having read some of Hawking’s material before I can’t wait to hear what his latest findings are. Rumour has it that he has undone most of his previous thinking about the ‘black holes’ and is now ready to dispell certain myths regarding the dematerialisation and extinction of matter beyond the event horizon. Perhaps a title for a new book, “Life After Black Holes”? source: Sky News

Man on the Moon July 21, 2004

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For the sake of remembering history. This day 35 years ago man landed and walked on the moon’s surface according to NASA, denied by many. Either way this historic event will go down as being man’s greatest achievement in gathering all people together in common celebration and memory. source: Celebrating the Past with a Vision for the Future” href=”http://www.nasa.gov/vision/space/features/apollo11_35th.html”>NASA – Apollo 11 at 35

Virus in your Pocket July 19, 2004

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It had to happen at some stage. The first virus to target Pocket PC has just been detected. Codenamed “Duts” it was wirtten by the same people that brought you the mobile phone virus of recent times (probing symbian OS’s). Supposedly the virus is only proof of concept but should it turn nasty and spread then beware all with iPaq, XDA, and many other handheld devices. source: BBC NEWS

Insurance to Move July 16, 2004

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Finally, the major insurance companies in Ireland are set to start reducing premiums after damning reports in recent weeks reflecting the huge profits made by the industry over the last year. We can all start to breathe again after the stranglehold that was placed upon us by these domineering, monopolistic, abusive forces that call themselves insurance companies. However, I’ll wait until I see my next premium to start congratulating them on a move that is some years overdue. source: Irish Times

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The Lost Works of U2 July 16, 2004

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Looks like U2’s latest album has gone missing or to be more accurate was supposedly stolen from a photo shoot for the album artwork in France. Needless to say, the band and the label are very anxious that the music does not appear on the internet before it hits the shelves. A full-scale search is under way. source: Irish Times

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Sugar it Anyway! July 14, 2004

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Sometimes you just don’t expect what you see in breaking news. Today it’s the might of the sugar industry crippling world trade! The EU is planning to bring about serious reform but one has to wonder if this reform will be granular and if the sugar industry will just decide to lump it or will it simply be the icing on the cake. Boom Boom! source: The Irish Times

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Mistaken Identity July 14, 2004

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Thanks to Cian F for this link to what must be the best letter of the year to the Times. Supposedly a Greek tourist in Ireland was travelling between Youghal and Waterford on the weekend that Greece won the Euro championship (also known as the weekend that Waterford won the Munster championship). Anyway this tourist was incredibly proud to see masses of blue and white greek flags along the coast between Youghal and Waterford in support of his country. I have my suspicions about the authenticity of the letter but I have to confess I jokingly thought the same thing myself that weekend. source: The Irish Times – Letters

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Heard it all P4 July 8, 2004

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Intel are set to slash P4 prices. Could this mean that Dell will produce even cheaper machines? It will be interesting to see what effect this price drop has on the AMD market also. source: The Register