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Lost Next-Gen iPhone Returned to Apple

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY

Watching Apple’s every move is a spectator sport. And the spectators have been agog this week over reports that tech blog Gizmodo was in possession of a lost prototype presumed to be the next generation iPhone. Apple lent credence to the reports when Apple Senior Vice President and General Counsel Bruce Sewell sent a letter to Gizmodo Editorial Director Brian Lam formally requesting the return “of a device that belongs to Apple.”

Reports circulating online say that Steve Jobs himself called Gizmodo asking for the phone back. Apple would not comment for this story. Gizmodo returned the phone to Apple Monday night.

Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen, who examined the prototype and took it apart, told USA TODAY that “what I saw inside is as final as you can get without putting actual serial numbers on it. But Apple is known for doing a couple of final prototypes…and Jobs can change his mind at the last minute. Even if this isn’t the final one it’s darn close to what you’re going to see.”

Tech analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies concurs: “It’s mostly likely that was truly a next generation iPhone....

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Large Solar Prominence, Blow to Earth’s Magnetic Field Today

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 in - NASA / Space Exploration

Source: Boing Boing & SpaceWeather

Space Weather reports that one of the largest solar prominences in years erupted from the sun’s northwestern limb yesterday, April 13. “The massive plasma-filled structure rose up and burst during a ~2 hour period around 0900 UT on April 13th.” Observers in Europe had the best view, and this photo was shot by Jo Dahlmans of Ulestraten, Netherlands, using his Coronado Personal Solar Telescope. “The eruption hurled a bright coronal mass ejection (CME, movie) into space. The expanding cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field around April 15th. NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of polar geomagnetic activity when the CME arrives.”

 

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MMORPG Tactics: How To Mine For Gold And Minerals On Six Computers At Once

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Geekologie & Gizmodo

 

You can never have enough gold, amirite?  I am.

Zhek Kromtor’s “Frankenstein” setup lets him play several EVE Online accounts at the same time so he can farm for gold and minerals more efficiently. 

You see, he was temporarily banned for running multiple accounts on one computer at the same time. It’s against the rules! But doing this, apparently, is not.

 

That’s some serious dedication to the gold right there, Zhek. Say, uh, you wouldn’t happen to be selling any, would you? My avatar needs a grill, son! 

Insane MMORPG Rig Lets You Farm For Gold with Six Computers at Once...

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Hidden Wall Safe

Posted on Apr 08, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Hidden Wall Safe

Because the best place to hide something is in plain sight, this unique safe ensures your stuff is protected by hiding it behind an ordinary looking wall outlet.

Because the best place to hide something is in plain sight, this unique safe ensures your stuff is protected by hiding it behind an ordinary looking wall outlet. Made of strong, durable plastic and metal, the safe comes with cutout saw and template for quick, simple installation. To fill, it opens on a pivot for access to the secret safe. You can even switch and standard plug cover with this one to disguise the safe further, by making sure it matches all your other wall outlets. You won’t find a more affordable or innovative safe anywhere else. Size: 7″H x 3 1/2″W x 2 1/2″D.

 

Find it for $7.95 at several locations and websites.  (Here’s one and I have no affiliation to them)...

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New Australopithecus Fossil May be a Human Ancestor

Posted on Apr 08, 2010 in Science & Technology

Source: ARS

It’s a busy time in the study of human origins. Hot on the heels of a potential new species found entirely via DNA sequence, we have the announcement of a new species of Australopithecus, discovered in a cave in South Africa. The authors of a paper describing the species, Australopithecus sediba, make the bold claim that it’s likely to be the direct ancestor of the entire Homo genus, placing the species on a direct line to modern humans. We’ll describe the fossils themselves before returning to these claims.

The site is called Malapa, and is located in South Africa. Other sites nearby have yielded significant early hominin finds, and the area is preserved as the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site. Miners had evaluated the caves earlier, and had dumped some of their contents outside. It was apparently in one of these waste piles that an author’s son found a hominin clavicle. Excavations of the cave revealed two partial skeletons: a juvenile male, and a mature female.

The fossils appear to have been preserved when water created a sedimentary deposit in an earlier version of the cave....

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EMP Attack Would Decimate America

Posted on Apr 06, 2010 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Science & Technology

Source: NewsMax

Hayden’s Note:

Understanding the effects of an EMP are critical.  An electromagnetic pulse attack is a very real possiblity and one that many, many countries could conduct right now.  Imagine a large freighter positioned off the Gulf Coast in International waters.  Those at the helm of this ship needn’t have Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) or even a very sophisticated nuclear device.  All that it would require is an air-blast at roughly 250 miles in the atmosphere over Kansas and the entire United States, from Maine to California, would go down in seconds.  A simple missile, that exists in most developing country’s arsenals, could deliver this payload easily.  Instead of worrying about Israel security (who are guilty of war crimes) and what’s happening in Yemen or Pakistan, we should be focusing on our own national defense.  Too many of our precious, failing dollars are being funneled into war-mongering projects that do not protect our borders and shorelines.

America is totally unprepared for an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack that would set civilization back to the 1800s, Dr. William Graham, who was chairman of the bipartisan congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from EMP Attack, tells Newsmax....

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Physicist Creates Most Magnetic Material on Earth, Might Overturn Laws of Physics

Posted on Apr 05, 2010 in - Physics & the Universe

Source: PopSci

 

A more powerful magnetic material may have emerged to topple previous record-holder iron cobalt, until now the most magnetic material on Earth. The new iron and nitrogen compound might also force physicists to revise their understanding of magnetism, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The iron and nitrogen compound proved 18 percent more magnetic than iron cobalt in tests done by Jianping Wang, a physicist at the University of Minnesota. There also appears to be a “new physics” at work in the substance, but physicists at other labs must replicate the experiment and verify the work.

Wang reportedly found localized electrons in his iron and nitrogen compound, which have never shown up before in magnetic materials. Localized electrons are electron-pair bonds shared by nonmetals, as opposed to the free-flowing electrons typically related to magnetism and electric current.

Some physicists suspect that localized electrons, rather than free-flowing electrons, are more responsible for magnetism in materials. The discovery also appears to overturn traditional theories that set limits on the strength of magnetism in substances.

Japanese researchers at the Central Research Laboratory of Hitachi also created a magnetic iron and nitrogen compound in 1996, but no other scientists were able to get the same results....

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US Finalizes New Auto Fuel Economy Standards

Posted on Apr 03, 2010 in Science & Technology

Source: Physorg

 

The US government Thursday finalized new automobile fuel economy standards starting with 2012 models, a move officials said would save billions of barrels of oil and reduce greenhouse emissions.

The rules announced by the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency “will significantly increase the fuel economy of all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the United States,” the agencies said.

“The rules could potentially save the average buyer of a 2016 model year car 3,000 dollars over the life of the vehicle and, nationally, will conserve about 1.8 billion barrels of oil and reduce nearly a billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the lives of the vehicles covered.”

Starting with 2012 model year vehicles, the rules require automakers to improve fleet-wide fuel economy and reduce fleet-wide greenhouse gas emissions by roughly five percent every year.

By 2016 the industrywide standard will be 34.1 miles (54.9 kilometers) per gallon (3.8 liters), taking into account improvements in efficiency of car air conditions.

The standards also require that by the 2016 model-year, manufacturers must achieve a combined average vehicle emission level of 250 grams of carbon dioxide per mile....

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Large Haldron Collider Smashes Protons at Highest Energies Ever Recorded – 99% the Speed of Light

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 in - Physics & the Universe

Source: PopSci

It took 16 years and $10 billion dollars, but on the day the Large Hadron Collider was supposed to begin trying to cross its high energy proton beams it didn’t take very long at all for researchers to create the highest-energy particle collisions ever witnessed in an experimental setting. At just after 1 p.m. local time beneath the French-Swiss border, CERN scientists smashed two proton beams moving at 99 percent of the speed of light together at total energies of 7 trillion electron volts.

The result was a soundless proton explosion that heralded a new period of scientific discovery as physicists from around the world try to recreate and study the conditions immediately after the Big Bang, understand the nature of dark energy and dark matter and determine whether the hypothetical Higgs boson really does exist.

The LHC will collide the beams at 3.5 TeV each for the next 18 months before shutting down for a year for repairs, after which it will begin colliding protons at twice that energy.

The Webcast – and celebration – is ongoing at the LHC....

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EM Field, Placed Behind Right Ear, Suspends Morality

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 in Science & Technology

Source: Blast Magazine & MIT

via BlackListed News (great site!)

 This new finding, from MIT, should cause scientists to more closely examine the risks to human health posed by mobile phones and other wireless, personal technologies. 

MIT neuroscientists believe they have isolated the brain region — just behind the right ear — where moral judgements take place. 

And they can suspend someone’s ability to judge right from wrong, simply by generating a magnetic field near the same spot where many of us hold our cellular phones and wireless, Bluetooth, headsets.

 The researchers’ findings, announced today:

“In both experiments, the researchers found that when the right TPJ (right temporo-parietal junction) was disrupted, subjects were more likely to judge failed attempts to harm as morally permissible.”

Also: Moral judgments can be altered.

The technique used by the MIT scientists, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), has been described as one that creates “virtual lesions” on the brain.

 And although TMS’s long term effects on health are not well understood (similar amounts of electromagnetic radiation have been linked to increased cancer risk), the treatment is becoming increasingly popular for everything from tinnitus to depression....

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World’s Cleverest Man Turns Down $1Million Prize After Solving One of Mathematics’ Greatest Puzzles

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Reuters and DailyMail

A Russian awarded $1million (£666,000) for solving one of the most intractable problems in mathematics said yesterday that he does not want the money.

Said to be the world’s cleverest man, Dr Grigory Perelman, 44, lives as a recluse in a bare cockroach-infested flat in St Petersburg. He said through the closed door: ‘I have all I want.’

The prize was given by the U.S. Clay Mathematics Institute for solving the Poincare Conjecture, which baffled mathematicians for a century. Dr Perelman posted his solution on the internet.

Four years ago, the maths genius failed to turn up to receive his prestigious Fields Medal from the International Mathematical Union for solving the problem.

At the time he stated: ‘I’m not interested in money or fame. I don’t want to be on display like an animal in a zoo. 

‘I’m not a hero of mathematics. I’m not even that successful, that is why I don’t want to have everybody looking at me.’

Neighbour Vera Petrovna said: ‘I was once in his flat and I was astounded. He only has a table, a stool and a bed with a dirty mattress which was left by previous owners – alcoholics who sold the flat to him.  ...

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Breakthrough Low-Power Desalination and Purification Technology Brings Clean Water To Remote Villages

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 in Science & Technology

Source: PopSci & Technology Review

Water Desalination Chip via Technology Review]

High costs, in money and energy, limit the usefulness of desalination as a way to provide drinkable water in disaster areas. However, a new method could lead to portable desalination devices simple enough to run off solar power or a battery, but powerful enough to supply a family, or even a small village, with clean water. Additionally, the new desalination device also cleanses water of biological contaminants.

Developed by scientists at MIT, the desalination device is about the size of a postage stamp, and can be fit together into larger daisy chains. An eight-inch-wide array of the desalination chips can produce four gallons of clean water every hour, while only using as much electricity as a light bulb. Plus, when tested with water mixed with plastic bits, human blood, and miscellaneous proteins in addition to salt, the unit pumped out 99-percent-pure water.

The desalination chips separate water from contaminants by repelling the foreign particles electrically. Since this method does not use filter, the system can operate without high pressures....

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Augmented Reality Meets Driving – GM’s Heads Up Display

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: PopSci

GM’s display system might point to upcoming road signs and help outline the road in dark or foggy driving conditions. General Motors

Distracted drivers may soon get some warnings from their windshield displays about road hazards such as children playing in the street or vehicles in the driver’s blind spot. General Motors has teamed up with university researchers to bring the concept to market around 2016, the New York Times reports.

The enhanced vision system would monitor a driver’s eye and head movements via sensors located both inside and outside the vehicle. The display would then overlay enhanced views of the road on top of the actual scene visible through the windshield. GM hopes that the augmented reality (AR) windshield display can allow drivers to view GPS directions without looking away from the road, and cope with difficult driving conditions in fog or at night.

Preliminary tests with an overlay screen showed that driver safety performance improved, as opposed to a head-down navigation system. Future versions of car windshields might have transparent phosphor coatings.

Other companies such as Light Blue Optics has also tinkered with head-up displays for rear-view or wing mirrors as well as windshields, including a nifty holographic version....

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Twenty Year Study Yields Precise Model of Tectonic-plate Movements

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 in Science & Technology

Source: PhysOrg

A new model of the Earth, 20 years in the making, describes a dynamic three-dimensional puzzle of planetary proportions.

Created by University of Wisconsin-Madison geophysicist Chuck DeMets and longtime collaborators Richard Gordon of Rice University and Donald Argus of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the model offers a precise description of the relative movements of 25 interlocking that account for 97 percent of the Earth’s surface.

“This model can be used to predict the movement of one plate relative to any other plate on the Earth’s surface,” explains DeMets. “Plate tectonics describes almost everything about how the Earth’s surface moves and deforms, but it’s remarkably simple in a mathematical way.”

Tectonic plates are in constant motion, sliding past one another as they float atop the planet’s molten interior. The collisions and shifts can create mountain ranges or cause earthquakes like the ones that struck Haiti and Chile this year.

“We live on a dynamic planet, and it’s important to understand how the surface of the planet changes,” Gordon says. “The frequency and magnitude of earthquakes depend upon how the tectonic plates move....

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World First Superconducting DC Power Transmission System a Step Closer

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Physorg

A group of researchers in Japan have succeeded for the first time in superconducting power transmission of direct current over two hundred meters.

The researchers, from Nano-Optonics Energy Inc., and Chubu University’s Superconductivity and Sustainable Energy Center conducted their experiment as part of Nano-Optics Energy’s Superconducting DC Power Transmission Project.

The transmission loss of superconducting DC (alternating current) power transmission is ten times less than that of superconducting AC power transmission, and thirty times less than the transmission loss of ordinary AC power transmission. Since superconducting DC power reduces transmission loss, it could significantly reduce the amount of electricity that needs to be generated, if it could be used to replace normal AC power.

With the current emphasis on lower carbon emissions, the idea is attracting a great deal of attention, not only because less electricity would be needed, but also because alternative electricity generation methods such as solar and wind power generate direct current, which in the present system has then to be converted to alternating current. Using direct current would also reduce the losses that occur during the conversion process.

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