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November 16, 2008

Paul McCartney wants to release 'mythical' Beatles track

The mythical 14-minute-long Beatles track “Carnival of Light? does exist, Paul McCartney said, and he wants to release it to the public.
Paul McCartney confirmed the songs existence in a radio interview with BBC Radio 4 to be aired this week, the London Telegraph said.
The song was recorded 41 years ago for an electronic music festival. It has only been played publicly once, at the festival, the BBC reports.
The song is said to contain a mix of shrieks, psychedelic sounds, distorted guitars and much more.
About the song Paul McCartney said, "I like it because it's The Beatles free, going off piste."
Before the song could be released, the Telegraph reports that Ringo Starr and the widows of George Harrsion and John Lennon would have to sign on.

November 1, 2008

Diabetes rates growing at staggering pace

The numbers of diabetes diagnoses has nearly doubled over the past ten years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
The Associated Press reports that about 90 percent of new cases are Type 2 diabetes, the form linked with obesity.
There were 1.6 million new adult diagnoses of diabetes last year, bringing the number of affected people nationally at 23 million, the Associated Press reports.
Reuters reports that the diabetes problem is most acute in the south, with nine of the ten states with most new cases coming from that region. Minnesota had the lowest rate of new diabetes diagnoses.
The Associated Press reports that this information will help health officials decide where to focus new prevention campaign.
American Diabetes Association spokesman Matt Petersen told Reuters that the rise in cases is directly tied to the continued increase in obesity rates. He said that once diabetes diagnoses should slow once obesity rates stop rising, but warns that won’t happen for a while. “We won't see the plateau in type 2 diabetes for quite a while."

October 26, 2008

NASA works on repairing Hubble telescope

NASA scientists announced Thursday that the Hubble Telescope is starting to come back to life after they were finally able to boot the backup computer system.
The New York Times reports that a computer that sends data from the telescope to the Earth failed late last month and that scientists had been trying to switch over to another computer system. However, two glitches caused trouble for the telescope when the switch was first attempted last week.
Engineers had been working on the problem over the last week and seemed to have fixed the problems as the backup system slowly came online, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Art Whipple, chief of NASA's Hubble systems management office, told the New York Times that the initial trouble taking the backup system online was probably a result of the system not being used for 18 years. Whipple was quoted in the New York Times saying that there did not appear to be any permanent damage to the telescope.
NASA had planned a shuttle mission to perform more repairs on the telescope for this October, but now say that the mission will likely take place in February, the Los Angeles Times reports.
If all the repairs work as intended, the lifespan of the telescope could be extended by as much as six years.

October 12, 2008

Green jellyfish protein wins Nobel Prize

The discovery of a glowing jellyfish protein has netted the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for two American and one Japanese scientists.
Martin Chalfie, Roger Y. Tsien and Osamu Shimomura will share the $1.4 million prize awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Reuters reports.
The green fluorescent protein was first discovered by Shimomura in the mid-1960s who discovered that it could be made to glow when illuminated under ultraviolet light.
The New York Times reports that Chalfie showed that the protein could be used as a biological identifier tag when inserted into DNA and Tsien was able to develop more colors of the protein to allow for the monitoring of multiple processes simultaneously.
Reuters quotes Bruce Bursten, president of the American Chemical Society as saying, "Green fluorescent proteins allow scientists quite literally to see the growth of cancer and study Alzheimer's disease and other conditions that affect millions of people.?
The glowing effect of the protein allows scientists to track different cells and genes throughout the body and monitor their actions.
A statement from the Nobel Committee for Chemistry stated "This protein has become one of the most important tools used in contemporary bioscience.?

October 5, 2008

Google and Yahoo partnership delayed

Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. announced Friday they were delaying their advertising partnership in order to give the Justice Department more time to examine its antitrust implications.
The controversial deal would allow Google to sell advertising for some of Yahoo's online space.
Many advertisers fear this could lead to higher rates, Reuters reports.
Yahoo told the New York Times that the deal was being delayed to continue talks with federal regulators.
There is much opposition to the deal in the advertising world. The New York Times says that there is fear that the deal would further solidify Google's online dominance and could increase prices further.
Google argues that the deal would allow them to further target ads to consumers, increasing the likelihood that consumers get ads for what they want and buy the advertiser's product.
The deal was first announced in June and was delayed then for about three months in order to allow regulators to investigate.
The New York Times reports that it is unclear whether the Justice Department is seeking to place limits on the deal or block it altogether. They could also allow the deal to continue without any changes.
An antitrust lawyer told Reuters that the fact that the delay was not a good sign for the two companies. "It means that they were not going to get a clean bill of health in time, and perhaps it's much worse than that.?

September 21, 2008

Fans gather to bid farewell to Yankees Stadium

Baseball will be played for the last time in Yankees Stadium Sunday.
The New York Yankees will be leaving the 85-year-old stadium after this season to move into the new state-of-the-art stadium being built across the street, the Washington Post reports.
Fans started lining up outside the stadium fans began lining up early in the day for the chance to get on the field before the Yankees were scheduled to play their last home game against the Baltimore Orioles later that night.
Fans were also treated to a pregame ceremony in which Yankee greats both dead and alive were honored.
An additional 1600 security guards were on duty Sunday afternoon to help police the mayhem, the New York Times reports. The guards were also charged with ensuring fans didn't steal any pieces of the stadium for keepsakes.
After the season is over, the Yankees plan to auction off memorabilia from the stadium.
Asked about the closing of the stadium, Yankee's great Yogi Berra told the Washington Post, “I hate to see it go. It will always be in my heart.?