Pluto : No more a planet !

26 08 2006


The visions of Pluto in its icy form as our solar systems furthest planet no longer holds good. We now have 8 planets officially in our solar system.

Scientists have re-defined what exactly a planet is. According to the new definition, a full-fledged planet is an object that orbits the sun and is large enough to have become round due to the force of its own gravity. In addition, a planet has to dominate the neighborhood around its orbit.

Pluto is a “dwarf planet” and not an exclusive one. There are more than 40 of these dwarfs, including the large asteroid Ceres and 2003 UB313, nicknamed Xenaa distant object slightly larger than Pluto discovered last year.

Source : NatGeo

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Canada’s Medical Marijuana Programme

25 08 2006


The common consensus is that Canada’s med marijuana program has been inefficient. The government contract with Manitoba’s Prairie Plant Systems to supply medical marijuana has expired. So this might be a good time to overhaul the system.

The Canadian government has already spent more than $5.5-million on the program, under 200 Canadians are currently enrolled in the program.

According to official statistics from the Canadian AIDS Society only a meagre 1.7 per cent of Canadian medical marijuana patients use the government program, while 85 per cent of them obtain their marijuana on the black market.

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