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By Miguel Bustillo and Miguel Bustillo,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 12, 2006
HOUSTON -- In this gun-loving state, nearly everyone can enjoy the pleasure of the hunt - even those who can't see what they're shooting at. But now, a Texas legislator is proposing to give legally blind hunters more of a fighting chance by allowing them to use laser sights to target their prey. And no, Vice President Dick Cheney is not a beneficiary of the legislation, although plenty of bloggers and amateur comedians are having a good time joking that he is. Rep. Edmund Kuempel, a Republican from Seguin, east of San Antonio, has introduced a bill to exempt legally blind people from a Texas law that prohibits hunters from using laser sights or lights in hunting.
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By KRISTEN GERENCHER and KRISTEN GERENCHER,MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE | August 20, 2006
Got ink? Sporting a tattoo or two is no longer the taboo counterculture act it once was. But it can still present employment, health and financial concerns, experts said. Once the exclusive domain of bikers, gangs and other rough riders, tattoos have gone mainstream with the help of TV programs such as Miami Ink. Today, brokers and secretaries are just as likely as bartenders and street punks to have one. Advances in tattoo-removing laser technology have driven more people to sample the trade, adding images to their legs, feet, arms, lower backs and other places, said Dr. Bruce Katz, director of the JUVA Skin and Laser Center in New York.
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By DENNIS O'BRIEN and DENNIS O'BRIEN,SUN REPORTER | May 19, 2006
Your breath may tell the world what you ate for lunch or that you had too many margaritas to wash it down. But researchers in Baltimore and elsewhere are collaborating on a new, laser-based breath analyzer that can go far beyond that, picking up hidden clues about your health. "The concept is simple. You can measure in the breath what you measure in the blood," said Dr. Steven Solga, an expert on liver disease at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Breath tests have long been used to identify drunken drivers.
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By KATIE MARTIN and KATIE MARTIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 12, 2006
While songs like Aretha Franklin's "Respect" blared through speakers set up in Manchester Elementary School's gymnasium, Alex Rufe and Ashley Merryman could hardly stay seated on the floor. Instead, the third-graders and their classmates clapped and sang along to the music, which was being featured in a laser light show. "It was awesome," said Alex, 8, after the show. The 45-minute program highlighted how the songs of African-American musicians and the work of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. have influenced musicians today.
ENTERTAINMENT
By DAVID COLKER and DAVID COLKER,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 3, 2005
Buying a printer for your home - whether for work, school or recreation - begins with a basic choice: inkjet or laser. A decade ago, the choice for most home users was an inkjet, which hit the market in 1992. Laser printers existed back then - a desktop model was introduced in 1984 - but were so expensive that they were far outside the grasp of most home users. Then about five years back, black-and-white laser printers plunged in price, becoming affordable for those who wanted fast, professional-looking documents at home.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 9, 2005
DENVER -- As planes mosey 800 feet overhead, on their way to touch down at Denver International Airport, there is a ghostly roar - caused by turbulence left in the engines' wakes, mostly in the form of two horizontal tornadoes, one near each wingtip. On bad-weather days, it is the fear of those tornadoes, called wake vortexes, that determines how close the next airplane can follow. That, in turn, determines how many airplanes can land on a runway in an hour. But in a windblown wheat field two miles north of the runway end, something new is listening to that roar.
BUSINESS
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | June 24, 2005
DETROIT - The wide world of frequent-flier miles just got bigger. Sure, Northwest Airlines Inc.'s frequent fliers can accumulate miles when they buy electronics or clothes online or when they charge a purchase to a WorldPerks credit card. They can even earn points by refinancing a mortgage or getting a loan. Now add laser eye surgery to that list. In what could be the first time frequent-flier miles have been offered with a medical procedure, D.O.C Optics Corp. and Northwest are offering 20,000 miles to patients who undergo laser eye surgery at D.O.C's new laser center in Royal Oak, Mich.
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By David Kohn and David Kohn,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2005
What would you say if a scientist told you she could repair an injured spinal cord by shining a light on it? Juanita Anders would certainly understand if you were skeptical. But she wants to change your mind, and she thinks she has the science behind her to do it. Over the past seven years, the neuroscientist has been studying the healing powers of low-level lasers. She has found that in rats, laser therapy can repair severed spinal cords, allowing once-injured animals to walk again. "It's remarkable," says Georgetown University researcher Kimberly Byrnes, who collaborated with Anders on the research.
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By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2005
As the world marks the 50th anniversary of Albert Einstein's death this week, a team of physicists is madly chasing the ghost of one of his last great unproven ideas: gravity waves. In his 1916 theory of general relativity, Einstein predicted that collapsing stars, colliding black holes and other cosmic train wrecks would unleash ripples of gravitational radiation through space at light speed. Nine decades later, scientists are still trying to find them. Even Einstein wondered whether the subatomic flutters he predicted could ever be detected.
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By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2005
Not long after she had a black crucifix tattooed onto her lower back, Leslie Wagner began asking herself the kind of question you might expect from a curious chemistry major. What's in the ink? Surprised to find almost nothing in the scientific literature - and no comprehensive ingredient lists on the bottles - the Northern Arizona University senior enlisted a classmate and her chemistry professor and set out to solve the mystery. In a handful of laboratories around the world, researchers are starting to put tattoos under the microscope - literally, in some cases - to better understand the science behind one of the world's oldest art forms.
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