Legalize Bribes and Tax Them

There is only one solution to the endemic corruption strangling Romania’s economy and hurting its chances of joining NATO — legalize bribes and tax them, a leading financial newspaper quipped Monday.

An April Fools spoof in a front-page article in the Ziarul Financiar proposed a sliding scale of taxes on “commissions and supplementary insurance payments for health and a better life,” starting with a five percent levy on bribes of up to one million euros.

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Underground Movement in Wireless Technology

Many recent wireless projects rely on an increasingly popular technology known as 802.11b, or Wi-Fi (short for wireless fidelity), an inexpensive and popular networking standard that uses an unlicensed portion of the radio spectrum. It’s cheap, fast and spreading like a virus, especially in high-tech centers like New York, Seattle and Silicon Valley in particular, where the abundance of early adopters and evangelists has produced the greatest concentration of “hot spots.”
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Internet Porn Sites Loosing Ground

People using Internet search engines are more interested in business, travel and jobs and less interested in sex sites than they were five years ago, according to a study led by a Penn State University researcher.

In May 1997, 16.8% of searches on the Excite search engine were for sex-related or pornographic Web sites. By May 2001, that percentage had dropped almost in half to 8.5%, according to an article in the March edition of IEEE Computer, a journal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Growing Fish Flesh in Space

Bioengineer Morris Benjaminson is figuring out how to create fish on demand, to develop a device that would grow fresh flesh aboard a space ship to feed astronauts.

The researchers cut chunks of muscle from oversized goldfish into pan-sized pieces. They worked quickly to keep the flesh alive. “The fish is dead, but the tissue isn’t,” Benjaminson explains. The chunks were washed in alcohol and stuck in a vat of fetal bovine serum, a nutrient extracted from the blood of unborn calves. After a week, the fish chunks had grown by 14 percent.
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Gene Discovery May Stop Skin Aging

The discovery of a gene involved in an inherited skin disease opens the possibility of treatments for skin aging.

Scientists believe that the body chemical which is produced by the gene acts like “biological glue” holding other skin forming chemicals together.

The protein, called extracellular matrix protein (ECM) may act like a natural sunscreen to prevent sun damage and prevent the skin from aging.

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Inventor Boot Camp – April 20th

The DaVinci Institute is again hosting their critically acclaimed Inventor Boot Camp on April 20th at Denver’s Hyatt Tech Center.

The Inventor Boot Camp is designed for people who are serious about being an inventor. This may include anyone who either has a patent or is thinking about patenting something. The contents of this workshop will apply to everyone from a first-time inventor to someone who is filing their 27th patent. But they’ll make you work for it. This is powerful information for those who are serious about their inventions.

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9 Innovations in Search of Inventors

David Pogue writes: Here are some ideas for new products that should exist, but don’t. These days, though, there seems to be a measurable deceleration in high-tech innovation. Sure, PC’s are getting slightly faster, palmtops slightly brighter, and DVD players slightly cheaper, but where are the big, bold new ideas for consumer products?

“If you’re an inventor, take these ideas with my blessings. I ask nothing in return but a smile, a firm handshake and 10 percent of the net.”

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Painted-On Cheap Plastic Solar Energy Cells

Cheap, plastic solar cells that can be painted onto just about any surface could provide power for a range of portable and even wearable electronic devices, scientists said on Thursday.

A team at the University of California Berkeley said they had come up with a first generation of plastic solar cells, which could someday replace the bulky and expensive silicon-based cells used widely now.

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GPS Wristwatch for Kids

A company called ‘Wherify Wireless’ has created a $400 watch with a built-in pager, GPS unit and wireless data connectivity. It’s targeted at families with kids. According to their website, ‘Wherify’s GPS Personal Locator helps keep loved ones safe by combining Wherify’s patented technology with the U.S. Department of Defense’s multi-billion dollar Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites plus the largest 100% digital, nationwide PCS wireless network.’ It includes a pager, clock, two-button ‘911’ calling (parent can disable this), and remote-control keyfob (to lock and unlock it) for the parents. It is apparently water- and kid-resistant, and can be locked onto the wrist so that it cannot be removed (easily). $400 plus $35 a month… that’s a lot more money than those stretchy wrist-leashes I see at the mall.
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