Anti-cancer compound in beer gaining interest

“A compound found only in hops and the main product they are used in – beer – has rapidly gained interest as a micronutrient that might help prevent many types of cancer.

“Researchers at Oregon State University first discovered the cancer-related properties of this flavonoid compound called xanthohumol about 10 years ago… (M)any other scientists in programs around the world are also beginning to look at the value of these hops flavonoids for everything from preventing prostate or colon cancer to hormone replacement therapy for women.

“‘Xanthohumol is one of the more significant compounds for cancer chemoprevention that we have studied,’ said Fred Stevens… ‘We can’t say that drinking beer will help prevent cancer,” Stevens said. ‘Most beer has low levels of this compound, and its absorption in the body is also limited… It clearly has some interesting cancer chemopreventive properties, and the only way people are getting any of it right now is through beer consumption.'”

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Ass photocopying causes 25% hike in Christmas season service calls

“Photocopier supplier Canon is warning customers to take better care of their office equipment during the Christmas period, claiming that the festive season traditionally leads to a 25 percent hike in service calls due to incidents such as the classic backside copying prank.

“Such a stunt, a mainstay of the office party, often results in cracked glass on the copier, with 32 percent of Canon technicians claiming to have been called out to fix glass plates during the Christmas period after attempts to copy body parts went wrong.”

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“Aeon Flux” to be released on December 2

From IMDB – “The sci-fi actioner is set 400 years in the future, when disease has wiped out the majority of the earth’s population except for one walled, protected city-state, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. The story centers on Aeon Flux, the top operative in the underground ‘Monican’ rebellion, led by The Handler. When Aeon is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, Trevor Goodchild, she uncovers a world of secrets which make her doubt her mission and question everything she thought she knew.”

The trailer is available on the official movie web site at http://www.aeonflux.com/.



iTunes outsells traditional music stores

Apple“Apple’s popular iTunes online music store edged out three traditional music retailers during the July through September time frame to leap into the number seven spot of top U.S. music retailers–and it’s likely to displace more stores by the end of the year, according to the NPD Group, a market research company.

“The iTunes Music Store beat out Tower Records, Sam Goody, and Borders in NPD’s third quarter ranking to crack the top ten for the first time ever, said the NPD Group in a Monday report. The steep climb of the online music service to seventh place from fourteenth during the same time last year reflects the speed at which users are turning to music online.

“‘With the growing interest in digital music, forecasts of more iPod demand this holiday, plus the stocking-stuffer appeal of iTunes gift cards, we can expect Apple to increase its share even more by year’s end,’ said Russ Crupnick, music and movies industry analyst for the NPD Group, in the report.”

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“Superman Returns” movie trailer online

From IMDB: “Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns , a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world’s most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman’s bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.”

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“Talking” camera tackles city crime

“(AP) The city’s newest breed of surveillance camera will do more than keep an eye on vandals, litterbugs and other miscreants.

“The cameras will also give the crooks a talking-to. Baltimore’s Board of Estimates has approved five talking cameras – armed with motion detectors, a bright flash and a recorded warning, as part of an effort to curb quality-of-life crimes, especially illegal dumping.

“When the solar-powered cameras detect motion, they will issue a scolding: ‘Stop. This is a restricted area. It is illegal to dump trash or spray graffiti here. We have just taken your photograph. We will use this photograph to prosecute you. Leave the area now.’

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Non-Lethal “Laser Rifle” temporarily blinds enemies

“No this is not a movie prop nor will it be marketed by Mattel for the bigger boys this Christmas– it is one of two working prototypes of a non-lethal laser gun built by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate. The non-lethal illumination technology weapon was developed by the laboratory’s ScorpWorks team.

“Dubbed the PhaSR (who needs a Madison Avenue creative team when you can come up with names like this – an acronym for Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response), it is the first man-portable, non-lethal deterrent weapon and is intended for protecting troops and controlling hostile crowds.

“The weapon employs a two-wavelength laser system and is a hand-held, single-operator system for troop and perimeter defense. The weapon’s laser light temporarily blinds its targets.”

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Huge solar power plants bloom in desert


“Two Southern California utility companies are planning to develop a pair of sun-powered power plants that they claim will dwarf existing solar facilities and could rival fossil-fuel-driven power plants.

“Instead of using panels of photovoltaic cells — solar power’s mainstay technology for decades — Stirling Energy Systems uses 40-foot-tall curved dishes that focus the sun’s energy onto Stirling engines.

“Also called an external heat engine, the Stirling engine is a completely sealed system filled with hydrogen. Its design dates to 1816, and it’s named for its inventor, a Scottish minister named Robert Stirling. The focused solar energy, which can reach 1,350 degrees Fahrenheit, heats the hydrogen, making it expand and drive the engine’s four pistons.

“The first phase of the SoCal Edison project will be to build a 1-megawatt test site using 40 dishes, which should be complete by spring 2007. Construction on the full, 500-megawatt facility is expected to begin in mid-2008, and should take three to four years. Each dish can produce up to 25 kilowatts, and the site will eventually have 20,000 dishes stretching across 4,500 acres of desert.”

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