Thursday, March 24, 2005
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Inmarsat has purchased three I-4 spacecraft to provide its Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN), a new service that will bring seamless mobile voice and broadband Internet connectivity around the world.
"Software called instant Scene Modeler (iSM) re-creates an interactive 3D model from a few hundred frames of a scene captured by a special video camera. Users can zoom in on any object in the 3D model, measure distances between objects and look at scenes from different angles."
"Since no teams completed the 2004 race, DARPA decided to run it again, this time for $2 million."
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
"The first Methuselah Foundation Rejuvenation 'M Prize' for Reversing Aging in Middle-Aged Mice Using Techniques Applicable to Human Beings has been awarded to Dr. Stephen Spindler, who lead an experiment to make mice biologically younger while extending their lifespans."
Saturday, March 12, 2005
"With surprising and mysterious regularity, life on Earth has flourished and vanished in cycles of mass extinction every 62 million years, say two UC Berkeley scientists who discovered the pattern after a painstaking computer study of fossil records going back for more than 500 million years."
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
"Imagine an OS that you can load in nearly no time, and if it crashes, you can simply throw it out, and quickly load a new one. If you have several of these running at the same time, you can shut one down and shunt the work off to the other ones while you are loading a fresh image. If you have five copies of Redhat running Apache, and one goes belly up, no problem. Simply pass incoming requests to the other four while the fifth is reloading."
Monday, March 07, 2005
Sunday, March 06, 2005
"It has been the thing the last several years for universities to pass speech codes in the name of diversity, that when pushed in courts of law almost always fail because they are infringements of the first amendment."
Saturday, March 05, 2005
"This tiny disposable Gilligan can take up to 50,000 photos on its eight-hour tour through your innards, and report back wirelessly to a hard drive worn on your belt"
"It was pointed out a while back (on Kos or Atrios, I think) that according to whitehouse.gov, nothing has happened in Iraq since 10/21/04. Now it seems the White House doesn't want any information about Iraq on its site to be in Google's index."
"The US military is funding development of a weapon that delivers a bout of excruciating pain from up to 2 kilometres away. Intended for use against rioters, it is meant to leave victims unharmed. But pain researchers are furious that work aimed at controlling pain has been used to develop a weapon. And they fear that the technology will be used for torture."
Thursday, March 03, 2005
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
" the next generation of biosensors will consist of small holograms costing only fractions of a cent. Prototypes developed by a U.K. company, aptly named Smart Holograms, include contact lenses that monitor glucose levels or thin badges that detect alcohol levels. Not only these holograms used as sensors will be cheap to produce, they'll also require less training for nurses or police officers. This is because these holograms can be designed to show results graphically, such as morphing into an image of a green car if someone subjected to breath analysis is sober and can drive."
"The venerable newspaper is in trouble. Under sustained assault from cable television, the Internet, all-news radio and lifestyles so cram-packed they leave little time for the daily paper, the industry is struggling to remake itself."
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
This lightbulb has been burning since 1901 at a fire station in Livermore making it the oldest known working lightbulb. This bulb has it's own website, webcam, visiting hours, committe, bbq with bands playing on it's centennial and tee-shirt sales. It's doing better than I am. I have to say that wiring does not look safe, could start a fire; someone should be told...