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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Wednesday August 11, 2004. Ghastly news: my favorite radio station is going down the drain. "With two classical music stations, the Twin Cities area has long worn a cultural badge of honor that few metro areas can claim.

"That is likely to change with the news Tuesday that WCAL (89.3 FM), St. Olaf College's 82-year-old classical station, will be sold for an estimated $10.5 million to Minnesota Public Radio, which owns rival station KSJN (99.5 FM)."
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4921343.htm

WCAL is a very good radio station. Minnesota Public Radio is a big business (technically nonprofit, with profit-making subsidiaries), with the usual big-business stupidities.
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From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 11-Aug-2004
Nano Letters
RNA could form building blocks for nanomachines
Microscopic scaffolding to house the tiny components of nanotech devices could be built from RNA, the same substance that shuttles messages around a cell's nucleus, reports a Purdue University research group.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense

Public Release: 11-Aug-2004
Nano Letters
Nanotechnology to supercharge internet
Canadian researchers have shown that nanotechnology can be used to pave the way to a supercharged Internet based entirely on light. The discovery could lead to a network 100 times faster than today's.
Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, Nortel Networks, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Research Chairs Foundation, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Ontario Innovation Trust

Public Release: 11-Aug-2004
Near-zero-energy buildings blessing to owners, environment
An electricity meter that sometimes runs backwards is just one of the cool aspects of Department of Energy near-zero-energy homes.

A new twist in the Wal-Mart wars
In a nod to small retailers, Los Angeles will make it much harder for 'big box' stores to expand. By Daniel B. Wood
http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0812/p02s01-usec.html?s=hns

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