Sunday, November 28, 2004

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M400 Skycar

List Price $995,000
Passengers 4
Maximum speed 350 MPH
Cruise speed (25,000 ft.) 315 MPH
Range 750 Miles

The history of tmsuk

Red Bull delay Team-USA

Red Bull's ambition for an 'all-American' grand prix team is on ice until an American carmaker takes the Formula One plunge.

Pink Floyd pupils claim royalties

Former schoolchildren who sang on Pink Floyd's 1979 single Another Brick in The Wall have begun action for unpaid royalties.

Building With EBay, Piece By Piece

More than $1.7 billion worth of goods trades hands in eBay's Home and Garden category each year, and the company said there are more than 600,000 active listings in the section at any time. Building supplies and tools are a subset of this category, which also includes furniture and pet supplies.

One could conceivably build an entire house using supplies and tools picked up on eBay.

More images (10,000 Year Clock)

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10,000 Year Clock

I want to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every one hundred years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years. If I hurry I should finish the clock in time to see the cuckoo come out for the first time.

I think of the oak beams in the ceiling of College Hall at New College, Oxford. Last century, when the beams needed replacing, carpenters used oak trees that had been planted in 1386 when the dining hall was first built. The 14th-century builder had planted the trees in anticipation of the time, hundreds of years in the future, when the beams would need replacing. Did the carpenters plant new trees to replace the beams again a few hundred years from now?

Above are image libraries for our prototypes of the 10,000 Year Clock based on Danny Hillis' designs. The first nine foot tall prototype was completed for new years eve 01999. The prototype currently resides on public display at The Science Museum in London England completing the Making of the Modern World exhibit. We are now working on a second prototype that is twice the size and incorporates many functional and aesthetic changes

Chris Evans back on the market

Comedy and tragedy of Chris Evans from BBC 26 June 2003

"When the Terry & Gaby Show was launched last month, Evans said he would quit TV if it was not a hit.

He said it could not go wrong and if they messed it up they would have to go and set up a market stall somewhere."

Chris Evans back on the market from BBC 27 November 2004
Broadcaster Chris Evans has begun selling thousands of his possessions from a stall in Camden Market, London.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Death deluge makes forest mulch

The sudden boost trillions of cicadas dying en masse give to North American forests is apparent from a new study published in Science magazine.
The insects emerge from below ground and swarm over the landscape every 13 or 17 years to briefly sing and mate.

SWIFT to Unravel Energetic Flashes

Imagine an explosion that could emit a million times more energy than the combined output of all the stars in the Milky Way. If you could hear this burst, it would deafen you. If you could see one, it would blind you. Any life within a radius of many solar systems would be annihilated.
When the SWIFT detector looks at the sky using its gamma-ray sensitive view, the chance to unravel the cause of the most energetic stellar events may become possible.

How To Write Unmaintainable Code

Lyrical US judge's poetic ruling

Following up from Talking Heads

Blackspot Sneaker

the world's first global anti-brand: the Blackspot sneaker

What would Alan Turing have done after 1954?

In 1946, at 34, Alan Turing's head was full of the greatest Anglo-American secrets of the war, and full of plans for the computer of the future. But he died on 7 June 1954 at the age of 41. It is an unanswerable question as to what he would have done if he had lived. His life was full of surprises at every turn, and was unpredictable.

Made To Order

Software guru Dan Bricklin says that as solution providers continue to specialize, adding value increasingly means customizing software
CRN | Made To Order
Dick Schory - Supercussion

Code points away from Holy Grail

An inscription etched on a marble tablet at a stately home could be a hidden message from an 18th Century Christian sect, code-breakers say.

Specialists from Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire were asked to decipher the inscription on the Shepherd's Monument at Shugborough, Staffordshire.

BBC NEWS | England | Beds/Bucks/Herts | Code points away from Holy Grail

Shape-shifting robot shows off its moves

A shape-shifting robot comprised of many independently moving components has been demonstrated walking, rolling and slithering for the first time.

French petrol-head reinvents the wheel

Dominique Mottas, a French petrol-head, has created a number of concept vehicles with a difference - well, at least from a technical point of view. In fact, he's reinvented the wheel by creating the hubless wheel, or Orbital Wheel.


The Dream Factory

Any product, any shape, any size - manufactured on your desktop!
When it comes to coining terms of art, few can beat Neil Gershenfeld of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. In the wake of such influential concepts as wearable computing, things that think, and Internet Zero, Gershenfeld and his intrepid grad students are cobbling together mobile manufacturing systems they call fabrication laboratories, or fab labs.
Wired 12.12: VIEW

Jingu Shikinensengu

The Jingu has been rebuilt every 20 years since 04 C.E. The shrines are reborn and look like new shrines, just the way they looked more than a thousand years ago. This may not seem like anything but this method of passing on the culture cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.
This ceremony is called the Shikinensenngu. All the shrines in the Jingu, including the Goshoden, are rebuilt. In other words, the gods can live comfortably in newly built shrines at a cycle of 20 years. This ceremony is the house-moving of the gods.

Robot Guard Dog Unveiled

A prototype of a robot guard dog, which could revolutionise security in homes or offices, has been unveiled in Japan.


Humanoid robot "Posy," jointly designed and developed by Silicon Graphics Inc (SGI) Japan and robot designer Tatsuya Matsui, is unveiled in Tokyo.

Software-Defined Active RFID Readers

Burnaby, BC, November 22, 2004--Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc., today announced a contract with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to jointly develop a suite of multi-purpose software-defined radio frequency identification (RFID) interrogators.

The interrogators, or readers, are being developed for multiple funded programs addressing military logistics, homeland security and commercial transportation applications.

CFAST: The Collaborative Force-Building Analysis, Sustainment and Transportation (CFAST) system is an advanced military information portal being funded by the US Department of Defense. Secure active RFID technologies are expected to facilitate the delivery of real-time logistics and personnel planning information for the CFAST system.

NEMAS: The NGA Emergency Management and Accountability System (NEMAS) is being developed by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) with the objective of monitoring and tracking critical first responders during emergency situations. Secure active radio frequency identification tags and interrogators will constitute key elements of the NEMAS system.

MTS: The Marine Transportation System (MTS) is an intermodal asset security monitoring and tracking system being developed by Navigational Sciences, Inc. in conjunction with ORNL. The active RFID interrogators being developed with ORNL will incorporate the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) to allow them to interoperate with Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) communications devices.

The readers will support multi-waveform operation including the support of complex waveforms designed to optimize the use of available frequency spectrum and to prevent the jamming and spoofing of security-sensitive RFID signals.

Illinois looks at $1 billion plan for stem cell research

A state official in Illinois is proposing a 6% tax on face lifts and other cosmetic procedures to finance $1 billion in stem cell research over 10 years.

Stand on the shoulders of giants

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