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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

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Re: Poached Dinosaur eggs

Chicken eggs are dinosaur eggs so wonder no more.

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LOHAN spaceplane's budget minicam punches well above its weight

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Re: Better cheap HD cameras available

Mobius action cam, £40.95 incl. P&P on ebay.

Excellent review here:

http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2013/7/8/the-mobius-camera-the-do-it-all-mount-anywhere-1080p-micro-c.html

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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Re: Theoretically...

Lots of pubs and bars in Tokyo to be reached by elevator.

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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The dug's baws

In Scots.

Hundens balla in Norwegian.

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koiran pallit

Pallit= bollocks

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Get your MOON GEAR: Auction to feature Space Race memorabilia

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Trousers

Are they brown, by any chance?

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Re: Just to be pedantic

Wheeeeeee!

I'll join in with the pedantry.

Plants can be venomous, if they transmit or inject their toxins through a specialised apparatus, e.g. nettles.

The frogs you mention are poisonous, not venomous, as the toxin is delivered passively. Poisonous can refer to a substance or a plant which causes illness, death etc when taken into the body, or to an animal which produces a poison.

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

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Re: The bigger Question is :

Aye, say what you like about Hitler but at least he gave away Mein Kampf for nothing.

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ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris snapped by Earth's Gemini 'scope

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Braw

That is jaw-droppingly cool. In my (not so distant) youth it seemed almost inconceivable that we would be able to really know anything about extra-solar planets, or even be able to prove their existence....now all we need to do is figure out a way to visit them.

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

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Re: Fermi's Paradox was nonsense.

"Which leaves the only real driver of aliens coming here being for the sake of it."

Iain M Banks touched upon this in Transition- if tourism is the only reason for an alien race to visit other planets, and the only thing unusual about Ole Earth is the fact that our moon and star appear almost exactly the same size in the sky, then the best place to look for aliens on Earth would be to watch out for space hippies around the time of a solar eclipse....

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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

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Re: What a strange concept of pleasure you must have

You do realise you're missing out, don't you?

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Anti-food startup Soylent pours sugar daddies' $1.5m into its gloopy mix

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Re: It's not that it's "new"...

Would be ideal for ultralightweight backpacking....

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

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Re: Who will be the Elon Musk of nuclear power?

Bruce Wayne of course

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Boffin blends benevolent beer

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A pint, or possibly 2 pints, of beer is already an excellent post-sports drink. Better than water alone anyway (after 1 or 2 in an hour post exercise the body has absorbed as much carbohydrates as it can use and the diuretic effects of the alcohol will start to have a bigger effect). It contains nutrients and electrolytes as it is.

Maybe what these Aussies have actually discovered is what the rest of the civilised world just calls "beer" already, as opposed to that koala urine Fosters

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First burger made of TEST-TUBE MEAT to be eaten on August 5

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I'd rather not take a centrum thanks;

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/jun/07/vitamins-stop-taking-the-pills

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Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

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Re: Had the UK only invested more generously in this earlier

If you'd bothered to read the article;

"Following testing, the ESA gave the precooling system the thumbs-up in November last year, prompting the British government to stump £60m towards the construction of a full SABRE prototype."

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Things that cost the same as coffee with Tim Cook - and are WAY more fun

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And some beer sacrificed on the stones for lovely malty steam

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry

"Brian Cox is a lecturer in Astrophysics"

No he's not. He's a particle physicist.

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Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

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Re: Anybody want this garbage

""If you have reasonable doubt about their guilt, you MUST find them not guilty." Whether the penalty is death or imprisonment *shouldn't* make a difference in deciding guilty or not guilty"

It shouldn't make a difference in deciding their guilt, however it should make a difference in deciding the punishment if capital punishment is an option. If there is *any* doubt about their guilt, reasonable or otherwise, then they should not be put to death.

For premeditated murder, with zero doubt as to guilt, then they should be fired out of a cannon as soon as sentenced.

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Killers laugh in face of death penalty threat, say US experts

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@ Jake

Balls to your sweeping statement Jake.

Drugs have always been an option, throughout human history, and across human cultures. From a champagne reception to a shaman's hut in the rainforest, people have always, and will always, like to get off their tits. . It's the prohibition of drugs that is new and is the problem, not the drugs.

Drugs are never going to go away, no matter what kind of social utopia you imagine you want to live. Me, my utopia would be one in which individuals are allowed to make their own life choices, to the extent that they don't harm others with those choices.

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James Cameron back from dive to world's deepest point

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Portholes?

Does the thing have portholes to look out of, or does the pilot just watch everything on viewscreens?

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Showgirls

Has certain redeeming features

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Re: outfield

I quite enjoyed Gnomeo and Juliet.

But then I was kind of high...

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The Cat in the Hat

Starring Mike Myers.

Awful, just awful.

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Re: Anything

A Scanner Darkly is good....

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Royal astro-boffin to MPs: Stop thinking about headlines

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You obviously *don't* know.

We have a parliamentary democracy in the UK. It is not a Repubic (sic), but a constitutional monarchy.

I would also argue that there was no pure, direct, democracy in Ancient Greece either. Certainly not "everybody" voted on every decision- you didn't get a say if you were female, or a slave, for instance.

Imagine if all the Daily Mail readers in this country had a say in every single decision o_O

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Mars attacks! Morocco pelted with rocks from the Red Planet

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And the nomads got?

How much were the nomads who found the rocks paid?

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Former coder, NASA 'naut to lead DARPA starship dream

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2 most irritating?

More irritating than Wesley Crusher???

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China outraged by US cyberspying fingering

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Moldovia?

Spelled Moldova, surely?

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Mighty trash-bag balloon cluster soars above Nevada

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Trash bags, I want some trash bags! traaash baaaags, I want some traaash baaags!

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Reebok used 'very fit woman' in buttock-related deception

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Pedant

"claimed......could fight the flab on leg and buttock muscles"

No. they don't claim that. They do claim that they tone the muscles. Toning and fighting flab are different things (and targeted fat loss is a complete myth). Although try telling that to women that attend thighs bums and tums classes at the gym to develop magnificent abs and arses which then remain hidden under a big pile of flab.

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Google+ bans real name under ‘Real Names’ policy

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Stop being a pedant

He probably didn't mean UK, as law is not consistent across the UK.

You have English Law in England and Wales, Scots Law in Scotland and Northern Ireland Law in Norn Iron.

In Scotland for example you do not require a deed poll to change your name, you pretty much just have to inform others (banks etc) of the name you will henceforth be known as.

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A-level results accidentally put on interwebs a week early

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No.....

Not sure about England but studies in Scotland have shown that exam standards have remained constant and pupils are just getting better at passing exams.

Also, you should Google the Flynn Effect- IQs are increasing steadily over time too. In a couple of centuries you would be considered an imbecile. Or perhaps you already are?

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Obama gets personal V-22 Osprey tiltrotor

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....what have they done to it?

Fuelled it maybe?

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Mexico demands apology for Top Gear outrage

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Cheese eating surrender monkeys

Napoleon was Corsican

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Unarmed Royal Navy T45 destroyer breaks down mid-Atlantic

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"the French........have been waiting a long time to get their own back"

Get their own back for what exactly?

Mounting a successful invasion of England back in 1066?

Winning the 100-years war?

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Flakey scales brand Commonwealth boxers bunch of blobs

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professional pugilists

Amateur, at the commonwealth games I would have thought. Answer is still not me though.

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HABITABLE ALIEN WORLD discovered 20 light-years away!

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Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Fire up the Orion- let's go!

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Flying gyrocopter jump-jeep gets $3m from DARPA

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FAIL

@ Devil Dog

Nope.

Teufel Hunden- which the US marines allege was a nickname given to them by Zie Germans, meaning "Devil Dog"

Almost certainly made up by either the marines or a US reporter. There are no references to the term in German language sources (even today). It isn't even in grammatically correct German as any schoolkid will tell you.

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Star Wars set for 3D rehash

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Hmmmm

I don't see how this is going to be good. The 3 prequels are utter drivel to begin with (esp Phantom Menace) and I'm not sure how much I want to see 3D Ewoks either.

As I understand it proper made for 3D films are shot with cameras with little focal length (or animated) so that everything is in focus. Converted to 3D films don't really work (and bring on headaches) because everything looks almost 3D but you can't focus on everything on the screen because the camera wasn't focused on everything. I don't see any techniques which could bring everything into focus in the original films other than CGI....

I would hope also that they would use the original films rather than the "special edition" with added shit CGI....but it is Lucas..

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Recession drives pies sky high

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PIES!

Pie in Chorlton, Manchester. Great ales, lovely pies.

Lots and lots of lovely pies!

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NZ woman pays motorised tribute to A RYAN 1

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Title

From my experience watching the Wire;

187= US police code for murder. As tattooed on many a gangsta rappa.

50 = police. Apparently (and amusingly) this comes from the Yank cop show Hawaii 5-0

so I guess when you put 2 & 2 together.....

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Organ banks on horizon as boffins prep tissue-freeze tech

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Fruit flies holding the secret....

...I doubt that there's anything special about fruit flies, they're just a standard organism for this type of research, with very well understood genetics, like lab mice

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Possibly the world's most pointless review

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pointless (but fun) reviews

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B000JTOYLS/ref=sr_1_5_cm_cr_acr_pop_hist_all?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&qid=1279887464&sr=8-5

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Plucky Finn attempts to drive length of Finland in small digger

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pedant alert

I think Export to Scandinavia got their definition from Wikipedia (and presumably prefer the name "Export to Scandinavia" to "Export to Scandinavia and Finland").

Finland isn't part of Scandinavia but it is one of the Nordic countries along with Norway, Sweden etc.

And the Moomin books were written in Swedish. This is a useful fact if you ever need to really annoy a Finnish person.

And I dread to think what El Reg would be like if it was actually written in Common English. A bit like The Sun I guess......

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Humanity evolved to cope with 30°C+ heat, says prof

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Wolves

I was going to mention dogs/ wolves but another poster already has, and your answer sounds reasonable.

Human ancestors were bipedal long before they ate meat at all, never mind hunted, so I don't see being able to run down prey as a valid reason for the evolution of bipedalism, although it could certainly be a reason for humans being mostly hairless (one of my ex girlfriends being an alarming exception).

TBH I don't think there's any one reason why we are the way we are (although the aquatic ape theory tries to explain a whole bunch of human features) . I don't know if bipedal locomotion is any more/less efficient for walking than walking on all fours the way a dog/cat/horse etc does, and in any case that's a false comparison, the point is probably that it's more efficient than knuckle-walking on the ground the way other apes do, and has other benefits which would/ could have been an advantage and led to the increased fitness of bipedal proto-humans (leaves hands free, etc etc etc).

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Question..

Why aren't other mammals in hot(ter?) environments not (relatively) bald too? Only other bald mammals I can think of are either aquatic, burrowing or really big...

And, if we evolved certain physical characteristics to cope with an extremely hot and dry environment, getting rid of lots of water in the form of sweat doesn't seem like a particularly good survival trait....it makes us ming too.

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Expedition to seek out 'alien' ocean-abyss life sets sail

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don't ultimately draw their energy from the sun

They do require the oxygen from the ocean water though, produced by photosynthesis/ energy from the sun.

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Bill Gates goes (mini) nuclear

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Newclear

Can i copyright this, do you think?

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US Marine robot supply skyhook compo: Enter the A160T

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out of ground effect

..........or up a mountain

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