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  • Worldwide Report Says Amphibians Are in Peril
    10/15/2004 1:58PM
    "Amphibians are experiencing a precipitous decline across the globe, according to the first comprehensive world survey of the creatures, which include frogs, toads and salamanders. As many as 122 species have disappeared since 1980, and 1,900 are in danger of becoming extinct."

    Read the article at Washingtonpost.com.

    It seems there's been an exponential increase in doom lately; which is of course what one is afraid of. At some point a tipping point will be reached. Unfortunately it will be nearly impossible to tell when that moment arrives or if it already has.
  • Male Bass in Potomac Producing Eggs
    10/15/2004 1:00AM
    From Washingtonpost.com:

    "MOOREFIELD, W.Va. -- The South Branch of the Potomac River is as clear as bottled water here, where it rolls over a bed of smooth stones about 230 miles upstream from Washington. But there is a mystery beneath this glassy surface."

    Read the full article over at the post.

    I've been coming across stories like this from all over the world on google news and other places. This evening there was a story on the BBC about the problem with amphibians (i.e. they're deforming in droves).

    We are so doomed.
  • Zero-emission Power Plants Proposed
    10/14/2004 3:28PM
    An article over at Slashdot;

    "Supercompact, superfast, superpowerful turbines called ZEPPS (zero-emission power plants), designed to combat global warming, could help produce the electrical power needed to keep up with 21st century demand. They would consume methane and oxygen and produce liquid carbon dioxide, which could be sequestered underground. The current electricity grid would need to be replaced by a 'supergrid' across the USA, says Jesse H. Ausubel in The Industrial Physicist. Work on such a system should start as soon as possible, since CO2 levels leaped up 2 ppm in the past two years as global warming becomes more of a reality."
  • Study Links Mobile Phones, Benign Tumors
    10/14/2004 2:40PM
    From an article over at washingtonpost.com

    "STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- A new Swedish study suggests that people who use a mobile phone for at least 10 years might increase their risk of developing a rare benign tumor along a nerve on the side of the head where they hold the phone."

    I don't know about you but using the modern cellphones gives me headaches so I stay away from them ... holding gigahertz radiation sources next to my head just makes no sense to me.

  • Copying select files from one heirarchy to another
    10/13/2004 11:03AM
    Let's say you have a two directories, each with the same set of subdirectories under it such as:

    /dir1/src
    /dir1/lib
    /dir1/docs

    and

    /dir2/src
    /dir2/lib
    /dir2/docs

    A situation I run into all the time is the need to copy some files from all subdirectories in dir1 to their corresponding location in dir2 ....
    Let's say you have a two directories, each with the same set of subdirectories under it such as:

    /dir1/src
    /dir1/lib
    /dir1/docs

    and

    /dir2/src
    /dir2/lib
    /dir2/docs

    A situation I run into all the time is the need to copy some files from all subdirectories in dir1 to their corresponding location in dir2. For example let's say you want to copy over any *.txt files that reside somewhere under dir1 to the corresponding location under dir2, you can do this using the find command as in:

    $ cd dir1
    $ find . -name "*.txt" -exec cp {} /dir2/{} ;

    This command says,
    • find all files
    • starting in the current directory
    • that have a filename ending in .txt
    • and for each file a copy the file to the same location in /dir2/
    In the case of a file such as /dir1/src/README.txt, the {} would get expanded to ./src/README so the cp would get expanded to

    cp ./src/README.txt /dir2/./src/README.txt