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Brightest Galactic Flash Ever Detected Hits Earth

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"A huge explosion halfway across the galaxy packed so much power it briefly altered Earth's upper atmosphere, astronomers said Friday. No known eruption beyond our solar system has ever appeared as bright upon arrival."

Beginning of the End?

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"Scientists have embarked on a massive project to "barcode" every species of life on earth to create what would be a modern-day Noah's Ark to aid research." Alarmists will say this is the beginning of 'being marked'. Some folks think this is what The Bible refers to when it says those "with a mark on their head or hands". Will panic ensue? Will protests abound?

Diamonds are a girl's best friend

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Oh man, an astronomer at Princeston states that some planets in our galaxy may have a thick layer of diamonds just below the surface. Woohoo! Where's my spacesuit? Oh, none in our solar system though. Figures. Story at Reuters.

Night that the Lights went Out in TN

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We had about an hours down time this morning due to a fight between a 97 Ford Explorer and one of our old power poles. The pole lost. Well, actually you should have seen the other guy too - what a mess. There were splinters and glass everywhere. But our greedy electric company was their usual prompt self and got us back online in record time with little loss of revenue. I apologize for any inconvenience this must have caused. Big Grin Thanks.

Hackers homing in on Cellular Phones

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This story kinda hits home for me as I now work on a computer all day for cingular wireless (formerly AT&T in our branch). I guess this is why call volume has been increasing steadily lately. Here's the full story on Reuter's slow ass site.

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