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Only started with Perl4 and Perl5 in 1995. I was doing AWK etc for 12 years before that, and resisted switching. I've been doing OO since before C++ hit bigtime, with Objective-C and SmallTalk, so I really like the (no longer new) Perl5 OO style; and the Lispish Map style is also an old friend. What do I hack with Perl? All data that passes my way; systems monitoring scripts at $DayJob, weather data at night, and I cheat on NPR word puzzles. Member: Boston.pm.org [pm.org] BLU.org [blu.org] /. LinkedIn [linkedin.com]

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Thursday January 13, 2005
10:22 AM

Science News

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Leonardo's Studio !?
"A Find: Leonardo's Studio "Researchers have discovered the hidden laboratory used by Leonardo da Vinci for studies of flight and other pioneering scientific work in previously sealed rooms at a monastery next to the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, in the heart of Florence." - The Independent (UK) 01/12/05, via ArtsJournal ; More from Google News
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Dinosaur-eating mammal
"Fierce mammal ate dinos for lunch - An astonishing new fossil uncovered in a remote region of China has overturned accepted views of the relationship between dinosaurs and early mammals. " - BBC News; Google News; en Francais a Le Monde
I guess LoonieTunes wasn't as wrong as we thought. Cavemen didn't hunt dinos, but some mammals did!
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Spacetime wave orbits black hole
" Astronomers from MIT and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have seen evidence of hot iron gas riding a ripple in spacetime around a black hole. This spacetime wave, if confirmed, would represent a new phenomenon that goes beyond Einstein's general relativity."
  Also Matter Rides Black Hole's Space-time wave. - MIT + H-S AO, via PhysLink and space.com and SpaceFlightNow
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Chandra Finds Evidence for Swarm of Black Holes Near the Galactic Center
"A swarm of 10,000 or more black holes may be orbiting the Milky Way's supermassive black hole, according to new results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory." - Harvard-Smithsonian CFA Chandra release & NASA/Chandra, via PhysLink ; nother takes at Space.com and SpaceFlightNow
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Euro 'Newton' X-ray Satellite sees matter speed-racing around a black hole
"Using a 'radar-gun' technique, scientists have clocked three separate clumps of hot iron gas whipping around a black hole at 30,000 kilometres per second, about a tenth of the speed of light. The observation, made with ESA's XMM-Newton observatory, marks the first time scientists could trace individual blobs of shredded matter on a complete journey around a black hole."
  "If placed in our Solar System, this black hole would appear like a dark abyss spread out nearly as wide as Mercury's orbit. And the three chunks (each as large as the Sun) would be as far out as Jupiter. They orbit the black hole in a lightning-quick 30 000 kilometres per second, over a tenth of the speed of light." - ESA XMM Newton release w/ press pix, via SpaceFlightNow
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