Hottest stuff on Earth

LiveScience reports, "Scientists" have set a new record for "Hottest temperature on Earth." No, I’m not referring to a chili cook-off. Scientists "superheated" some "gas" to 2 billion degrees Kelvin, or 3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit! That is hotter than the center of the sun. Pretty hard to believe, I know. They didn’t believe it either:

They don’t know how they did it.

The feat was accomplished in the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories.

"At first, we were disbelieving," said project leader Chris Deeney. "We repeated the experiment many times to make sure we had a true result."

The story continues in detail. By the time you finish, I promise, you will not believe it.

Furry Lobster

KiwaidaCNN reports that this ugly beast, named Kiwa hirsuta, was discovered over a mile deep in the ocean. Apparently it is so neat that they created a new family AND genus for it. But it prefers to go by Furry Lobster. While 66% of adult males are sure to be jealous of this creature’s sinuous, hair-like strands, they can take comfort in knowing that it is blind.

More spying for NSA

Wiretapping, emails, search results… not good enough. The National Security Agency wants data mining software. Be sure to visit BugMeNot if you don’t have a username/password to read the article.

Singles Awareness Day (SAD)

Happy Singles Awareness Day? Yea, I guess it’s a day set aside for single people to cry and complain together about being single. It is SAD indeed.

Patriot Act e-mail spying approved

Illegal wiretapping… bad, bad. How could they. "Everyone look, illegal wiretapping – that’s right, eat it up, it was wrong, you were being spied on illegally."

"Quick, while no one is looking, legalize e-mail spying! We already do it, we don’t want another situation when the public finds out."


What: The Justice Department asks a judge to approve Patriot Act e-mail monitoring without any evidence of criminal behavior.
When: Decided Feb. 2, 2006 by U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan in Washington, D.C.
Outcome: E-mail surveillance approved.
What happened: As part of a grand jury investigation that’s still secret, the Justice Department asked a federal magistrate judge to approve monitoring of an unnamed person’s e-mail correspondents.