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18 results for 'GreatMinds'

TVA Nuclear Reactor Shut Down 2 Days ... And 22 Years

By GreatMinds, published on May 24, 2007

Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens, Alabama, once the world's largest, suffered a setback today (5/24/2007) after its Unit 1 reactor was shutdown due to a hydraulic fluid leak. All three of the units at Browns-Ferry were shut down in 1985 after one of the nation's worst nuclear accidents in history. The Tennessee Valley Authority, which owns the plant, spent six years refurbishing one reactor under strict scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and reopened a second in 1995; Unit 1 was approved for restart on May 15, 2007 by the NRC. The restart of Unit 1 has been hailed as a triumph... (more)


Giving SAT The Finger

By GreatMinds, published on May 23, 2007

According to the LiveScience website today (5/23/2007), professor Mark Brosnan has concluded that students with longer index-fingers-than-ring-fingers can expect to score higher on the verbal/reading/writing portions of the SAT than on the verbal/reading/writing portions, and children with longer ring fingers than index fingers will likely score higher on the math sections of the exam. Professor Brosnan teaches psychology at the University of Bath; that begs the question what was he doing when he decided such a topic deserved study. It is not particularly news that the difference in length between... (more)

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Georgia Dome To Host 'Bama v. Duke in 2010?

By GreatMinds, published on May 22, 2007

The NFL plays a preseason game abroad once a year. In the 2007 season, the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants will square off in London's Wembley Stadium, the first NFL regular season game abroad; it sold 40,000 tickets in the first 90 minutes after ticket sales began last week. That same day, Duke University announced that it is looking at playing the University of Alabama in the Georgia Dome in 2010, the second game of a home-and-home series that began in 2006 when the Blue Devils traveled to Tuscaloosa in one of the Crimson Tide's few wins last season. Duke and Alabama share a common heritage:... (more)

Tags: new york, atlanta, miami, football, nfl

Attack of the Benign Tomatoes

By GreatMinds, published on May 21, 2007

Last week, a study was published that disavows any preventative chemical in tomatoes that would help protect men against prostate cancer. I am quite certain it will not stop those companies who hail such benefits from continuing the practice. Entrepreneurs with sharp senses for opportunity jumped all over the antioxidant craze and began selling them in every form imaginable. Many of those products were designed with lycopene, the now also ran element found in tomatoes. It was as if someone had launched an attack of lifesaving tomatoes. Turns out they were a bit more benign than previously... (more)

Tags: baseball, iraq, michael moore, medicine

Precious Moments on the Redneck Riviera

By GreatMinds, published on May 18, 2007

Last week, my wife, daughter and I spent a few days on the beach in Destin, Florida. It was true to its reputation as the "Redneck Riviera". We've enjoyed Destin before, and it never disappoints us. This time was no exception. Beautiful sunrises over the Gulf of Mexico. Emerald waters, white sands. And, to top it off, Gen-Y parents. With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, this was my parting sentiment as we left: "If you have to put down your beer to breast feed your 18 month old son, you might be a redneck." We rested on our rented beach loungers under large umbrellas while we watched our... (more)


Hold The Ju: Trains Won't Keep A-Rolling Soon

By GreatMinds, published on May 17, 2007

In 1968, the members of what became Led Zeppelin played their very first song together in a jam session, a classic called "Train Kept A-Rollin'." Rock heroes Jimmy Page and Robert Plant realized they had found a special sound, one that made Led Zeppelin a touring and recording giant. Yesterday (May 16), a train rolled out of North Korea and kept right on rolling through the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and 15 miles into South Korea, a feat that happened last only months after the original release of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" in 1951. A train from South Korea rolled into North Korea as well. Celebrations,... (more)

Tags: new york, religion

When Harry Could've Met Paris

By GreatMinds, published on May 17, 2007

The British army has decided not to send Prince Harry to the Iraqi war after all; specific threats against him by terrorists in Iraq were deemed to put the prince and his fellow soldiers at undue risk of harm. Paris Hilton should hire Chief of the General Staff of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt as her lead counsel in her effort to avoid being sent to a Los Angeles jail. He pulled the rug on Harry's trip to Baghdad. The editor of Sky News described Dannatt's reasoning as fears that Prince Harry would be a "magnet for jihadists". As if Paris would not be a magnet for some... (more)

Tags: iraq, paris hilton, los angeles, fashion

Senator Obama Declares War On Privacy; Republicans Shrug

By GreatMinds, published on May 16, 2007

Senator Obama justified the tax-and-spend tactic on the wealthy because, as he said, the wealthy do not need the money as much as middle class people do and can better afford to pay the higher taxes. Federal tax policy has not historically developed around the wealthy's need for their money. In fact, the entire "pay their fair share" theory of graduated income taxation was never based on need; the fairness issue was rooted in comparative ability to pay. In 1895, the United States Supreme Court struck down a law that would have imposed a two percent annual income tax on personal incomes... (more)

Tags: obama, tax the wealthy

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