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    Using dark matter to fix the rotation curve...

    Using dark matter to fix the rotation curve problem isn't the only solution to the problem. Rather, it's the best way to preserve favoured theories (i.e. general relativity, of which Newtonian...
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    It's incorrect to say that dark energy is...

    It's incorrect to say that dark energy is effectively mass (E=mc^2 doesn't mean that all energy *is* mass, just that there is an equivalence). Furthermore, dark energy affects the expansion of the...
  3. Thread: The Scotland Vote

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    It's "Nae!" for Scotland (10pm Pacific). The UK...

    It's "Nae!" for Scotland (10pm Pacific). The UK will persist.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/events/scotland-decides/results
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    SNL gets a new voice for its 40th season, and...

    SNL gets a new voice for its 40th season, and it's a familiar one.


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    Unfortunately for Toronto, it runs in the...

    Unfortunately for Toronto, it runs in the family...
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    Rob Ford drops out of Toronto mayoral race,...

    Rob Ford drops out of Toronto mayoral race, citing "unknown" health problems. His brother Doug is taking his place on the ballot....
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    Guilty of culpable homicide (aka manslaughter): ...

    Guilty of culpable homicide (aka manslaughter):

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2014/09/12/oscar-pistorius-found-guilty-of-culpable-homicide/
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    Judge says Pistorius can't be held accountable...

    Judge says Pistorius can't be held accountable for murder, but doesn't rule out culpable homicide:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/12/world/africa/oscar-pistorius-south-africa-verdict.html
  9. Thread: LHC

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    A few corrections: 1. "Stephen Hawking" didn't...

    A few corrections:

    1. "Stephen Hawking" didn't say that the Higgs might be metastable (at least, he wasn't the first to say it). This has long been known, and wasn't predicted by him.

    2. It...
  10. Thread: Gatlin's comeback

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    First lesson of trolldom: don't feed them! It...

    First lesson of trolldom: don't feed them! It doesn't matter what Bolt or Blake or whomever did X number of years ago. What we'd all give to get a couple years back on the clock...

    What matters...
  11. Top 10 Greatest Athletic Achievements (Canuck style)

    The Canadian Olympic Committee has compiled a list of what they deem to be the top 10 individual athletic achievements of all time. Track gets about half of them (and Bolt fans will be pleased):
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    Always count on Andy Borowitz to provide...

    Always count on Andy Borowitz to provide perspective:

    http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/nation-debates-extremely-complex-issue-children-firing-military-weapons
  13. I'd love someday to watch a race where Bolt races...

    I'd love someday to watch a race where Bolt races people who have a chance of really challenging him. The circus acts begin to wear thin.
  14. The real evidence is the wind speeds in the...

    The real evidence is the wind speeds in the concurrent jump events (parallel to the straight), most of which were well in excess of 2m/s the entire day. What the wind is doing behind the start line...
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    Although I agree the parents grossly negligent...

    Although I agree the parents grossly negligent for encouraging her, it's the gun range that is ultimately responsible. They could simply have said "A nine-year old girl? You're crazy!", but instead...
  16. Thread: Canadian invasion

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    The deed is done, $11 Billion later! The company...

    The deed is done, $11 Billion later! The company -- 3rd largest fast food service in the world -- will be based at Tim Horton's HQ in Oakville, Ontario (outside Toronto), but will retain its "global...
  17. But your conclusion goes against a large number...

    But your conclusion goes against a large number of the eyewitness testimonies in the article.

    Also, I don't think the flag is blowing perpendicular to the track. It's the angle of the photo.
  18. "The Wind Read Zero": An oral history of Flo Jo's 10.49

    Found this interesting article on Flo-Jo's "historic" run at the 1988 US Olympic Trials in Indianapolis. A slew of personalities give recollections of the race and the surrounding conditions. The...
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    Of course he would do whatever it takes to make a...

    Of course he would do whatever it takes to make a world final as an up-and-coming sprinter. But what he did before 2008 is irrelevant in terms of his current earning potential. No one was going to...
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    They will clone his DNA and he will live again......

    They will clone his DNA and he will live again... until he tries to eat Jeff Goldblum (be it for the best or for the worst).
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    Yeah, doesn't pass the smell test. Those who...

    Yeah, doesn't pass the smell test. Those who have lots of money, will gladly do whatever it takes to have more... especially if it doesn't take much.

    I think the real reason is the likely loss...
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    I think the press release was edited from its...

    I think the press release was edited from its original form. It should read:
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    Security video during the quake, showing four...

    Security video during the quake, showing four different vantage points (the cat in the top left wasn't too happy):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyCgttQynAM

    Also, someone's home security...
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    This is probably because the main shaking from an...

    This is probably because the main shaking from an earthquake is from (secondary) S-waves, which don't travel through water. So, the length of the SF Bay probably saved all the southern cities from...
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    In such a large enclosed venue, the largest...

    In such a large enclosed venue, the largest fluctuations in air flow will be at the boundaries -- that is, near the doors. So, what you saw isn't really a surprise. The wind gauge placed as far in...
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