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BSE discovered in cow @ Surrey Leader
Agriculture Minister Pat Bell said the case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered last week, and confirmed with additional test results revealed Wednesday. It's the second case for B.C., following the discovery of an infected cow on a Chilliwack-area farm in April 2006.

Imus Lawyer: We'll Sue for Full Contract @ Forbes.com
Imus, 66, was barely three months into the five-year deal with CBS (nyse: CBS - news - people ) when he was dismissed April 12 after describing the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" on his nationally syndicated radio program.

Garbus cited a contract clause where CBS acknowledged that Imus' services were "unique, extraordinary, irreverent, intellectual, topical, controversial." The clause said Imus's programming was "desired by company and ... consistent with company rules and policy," according to Garbus.

The First Amendment vs. Patents in Web 2.0: Whose Job Is It to Moderate the Web? @ ABC News, Philadelphia
For those of you who haven't been tracking the story, it went like this: Two days ago someone anonymously posted on Digg the secret code numbers (more precisely, thirteen combinations of letters and numbers) that unlocked the copy protection on HD-DVDs. As Pajamas Media noted, "To the movie industry it is a number worth untold millions of dollars if people don't know it, and one that could cost the industry untold millions of dollars if people do know it."

AAN: Alcohol's Effects Tough on the Brain @ MedPage Today
Even light drinking had no beneficial effect on brain aging, unlike an often-reported cardiovascular benefit found from mild levels of alcohol, reported Carol Ann Paul, M.S., a senior instructor at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass.

The cross-sectional study of more than 1,800 patients was designed to determine whether the cardiovascular benefits associated with light-to-moderate alcohol consumption could also be seen in the brain, said Paul at the American Academy of Neurology meeting here.

Those who reported more than 14 alcoholic drinks per week had a significantly smaller brain volume compared with non-drinkers.

Biodegradable Plastic: The quest for impermanence @ Interesting Thing of the Day
Suppose you put a piece of plastic in a compost heap and found no visible trace of it six months later—does that mean it has biodegraded? And if so, can we safely say we’re talking about an environmentally safe product? The answer to both questions is “not necessarily.” Some so-called “biodegradable” plastics, for instance, are made of a blend of starch derivatives and conventional petroleum-based polymers. The action of bacteria in warm, moist soil breaks down the starches in these materials, but leaves countless tiny particles of plastic that have a mass only slightly less than that of the original product. And all those parts that don’t break down continue taking up space without contributing any nutrients to the soil—in fact, they may actually contribute toxins.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 3rd, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Those millions of dollars lost to the movie industry aren't going to mean a blasted thing as long as they keep making movies NOBODY WANTS TO WATCH!
May. 3rd, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
Very, very true.
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