Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mitt Romney: Strong. New. Sheep. (News Wrap)

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Been a few days off for the Wrap while I get a little work done. Now I'm just avoiding the line for Valentine flowers at the grocery store. You too? Glad to help.

• Mitt Romney endorses John McCain. We'll take odds that Ron Paul wasn't waiting up for that phone call.

• 16 year olds are closer to being able to donate blood. But the gay teens will have to join us old ladies in the "thanks, but no thanks" corner.

• Hannah Montana will present at the Oscars. I'm not one to start a fight, but can't you just imagine Lizzie Maguire back stage with a lead pipe ready to throw a Tonya Harding?

• A new galaxy has been identified similar to our own by 69 new found members of the 40-Year-Old Virgins Society.

It is based on a trick of Einsteinian gravity called microlensing. If, in the ceaseless shifting of the stars, two stars should become perfectly aligned with the Earth, the gravity of the nearer star can bend and magnify the light from the more distant one, causing it to suddenly get much brighter for a few days.

If the alignment is especially perfect, any big planets attending the nearer star will get into the act, adding their own little bumps to the more distant starlight.

• Star Trek is being pushed back to 2009. Maybe they're waiting for technology to catch up.

"Within five years, we begin to teleport a molecule and perhaps in 10 and 20 years, perhaps a virus," Kaku said. "But teleporting a cell is quite difficult. Teleporting people like Dr. Kirk [on Star Trek] is pretty far in the distance."

Still, Kaku is holding out hope.

"There are many labs looking at this," he said. "This whole process was considered impossible seven to eight years ago, but now we're doing it routinely, so who knows?"

• How about a little Indy while you wait?

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