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Old 08-24-2009, 07:59 AM   #2026
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:00 AM   #2027
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Bug power makes salt water sweet

It's not often that bacteria make water more drinkable, but a new microbial desalination cell does precisely that. The proof-of-principle system removed 90 per cent of the salt from a seawater-like solution.

"We just wanted to show that it was possible," says Bruce Logan, an electrical engineer at Pennsylvania State University in University Park who helped make the prototype. "We hope that there will be more research going into this and it could lead to a commercial technology," he adds.

Microbial desalination could offer big advantages over the methods currently used to purify seawater, which require enormous pressure to operate, and gobble up huge amounts of energy.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:02 AM   #2028
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Mystery of the missing mini-galaxies

LIKE moths about a flame, thousands of tiny satellite galaxies flutter about our Milky Way. For astronomers this is a dream scenario, fitting perfectly with the established models of how our galaxy's cosmic neighbourhood should be. Unfortunately, it's a dream in more ways than one and the reality could hardly be more different.

As far as we can tell, barely 25 straggly satellites loiter forlornly around the outskirts of the Milky Way. "We see only about 1 per cent of the predicted number of satellite galaxies," says Pavel Kroupa of the University of Bonn in Germany. "It is the cleanest case in which we can see there is something badly wrong with our standard picture of the origin of galaxies."

It isn't just the apparent dearth of galaxies that is causing consternation. At a conference earlier this year in the German town of Bad Honnef, Kroupa and his colleagues presented an analysis of the location and motion of the known satellite galaxies. They reported that most of those galaxies orbit the Milky Way in an unexpected manner and that, taken together, their results are at odds with mainstream cosmology. There is "only one way" to explain the results, says Kroupa: "Gravity has to be stronger than predicted by Newton."
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:04 AM   #2029
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Transformers Takes Baby Step Into Augmented Reality Video



To help promote next week’s summer movie behemoth Tranformers 2, Paramount recently launched a web site using augmented reality, in which real-world data is merged to a virtual overlay. That’s a fancy way of saying the site uses your web camera to capture video of your face, then plop Optimus Prime’s robot head onto yours. (If you don’t feel like installing the required Active X plug-in, here’s a video of it in action.) Now you can pretend to be a Transformer without having to legally change your name, like a National Guardsman famously did before going to Iraq. I accidentally left the site up during my lunch break, then glanced at my laptop to see Optimus Prime in my living room, noshing on chow mein.
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Augmented Reality Under Water

ScienceDaily (Mar. 24, 2009) — The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT just presented an Augmented Reality system for use under water. A diver's mask with a special display lets the diver see his or her real submarine surroundings overlaid with computer-generated virtual scenes.

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Old 08-24-2009, 08:29 AM   #2031
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Augmented Reality: RjDj

* By Bruce Sterling Email Author
* August 17, 2009 |
* 6:24 am |
* Categories: Augmented Reality

*”Very similar to the effect of drugs.” It composes a private ambient soundtrack for you as you walk around, based on the noise level in your environment.

*This is especially funny because I am now in an Amsterdam coffeeshop. I mean, one of the ones that actually sells some coffee. And wifi, of course.

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Old 08-24-2009, 08:38 AM   #2032
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Radical Rent-a-Bikes Generate Eco-Friendly Energy



If you thought power-generating bicycles were brilliant by themselves, imagine if you could turn the energy you produce while bicycling into credits you can use anywhere else in the public transit system. Essentially, users are reimbursed for riding, emissions are reduced and everyone wins.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:57 AM   #2033
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http://mashable.com/2009/08/19/augmented-reality-apps/

A lot of excitement has been building around a category of iPhone and Android (Android) apps, most of which have yet to be approved or released. They are known as augmented reality apps.

These applications combine virtual data into the physical real world by utilizing the iPhone 3GS or an Android phone’s compass, camera, and GPS system. The result is that you can see things like the location of Twitter (Twitter) users and local restaurants in the physical world, even if they are miles away.

Some of these reality-bending mobile apps are already available on some Android phones and it’s rumored that they will start becoming available on iPhone with the 3.1 OS update. Facial recognition, assisted directions, augmented reality tourism … it is all coming soon.

In order to get a better understanding of this new trend and phenomenon, we’ve brought together six of our favorite augmented reality mobile apps. Note that this is only the beginning; we can only imagine what entrepreneurs will imagine and developers are going to build in the next few years.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:58 AM   #2034
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12 stunning rooftop gardens

Plants and flowers are the lifeblood of the Earth, providing oxygen for animals and humans alike. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a space to plant a garden. New Yorkers and other city dwellers haven’t let that stop them. These are some of the world’s most beautiful rooftop gardens, ranging in various size, shape, color and lifeforms.
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Borrowing an idea from nature could lead to technology capable of producing full-colour A4 prints in a fraction of a second, according to South Korean engineers.

Many insects and birds owe their bright colours to the interaction of light with finely-patterned surface textures, rather than relying on pigments. The iridescent colours of a peacock's tail are largely a result of the interaction of light with just one biological material – melanin rods.

Engineers have long experimentedMovie Camera with replicating these so-called structural colours in synthetic materials, and now Sunghoon Kwon's team at Seoul National University in South Korea has managed it.

Their M-Ink can be used to produce any colour in the visible spectrum and could lead to a new method of cheap and fast full-colour printing, Kwon says.
Just add nanoparticles

M-Ink contains three ingredients: magnetic nanoparticles 100 to 200 nanometres across, a solvation liquid, and a resin.

The nanoparticles disperse throughout the resin, giving the ink a brown appearance. But when an external magnetic field is applied, the nanoparticles immediately snap to the magnetic field lines, forming chain-like structures.

The regularly-spaced nanoparticle chains interfere with incoming light, so that the light reflected from the surface is of a particular colour. Adjusting the magnetic field strength shifts the spacing of the field lines and changes the colour, says Kwon.

"If you want to control the angle of the magnetic field [to create curves in the image, for instance] you can combine multiple electromagnets," he says.
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:51 AM   #2037
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See if this link works for you guys - i'm looking at transitioning to a global reader when i shut this thread down.
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The Crapification of Everything is Just Beginning
August 27th, 2009

Becky did lots of research into finding a handheld blender that wasn’t crap. She eventually found an article in a consumer magazine that said that there are no handheld blenders that aren’t crap and to just buy the cheapest one available, expect it to crap out, and when it does, buy another one or use the warranty.
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Swiss Bank: The U.S. Overestimates its Attraction as a Financial Center; Advising its Clients to Get Out of All U.S. Securities
August 27th, 2009

Crackpot, foilhead , lunatic fringe Swiss banks! *snort*

Via: SwissInfo:

Swiss private bank Wegelin announced on Tuesday that it is to stop doing business in the United States.

The St Gallen-based bank, Switzerland’s oldest, said the decision had been taken in response to stricter measures introduced in the US against tax dodgers and planned changes to estate tax, which would make some non-US citizens liable to tax if they inherited US securities.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:18 AM   #2040
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The Crapification of Everything is Just Beginning
August 27th, 2009

Becky did lots of research into finding a handheld blender that wasnít crap. She eventually found an article in a consumer magazine that said that there are no handheld blenders that arenít crap and to just buy the cheapest one available, expect it to crap out, and when it does, buy another one or use the warranty.
That was the same kinda crap that happened during the Gilded Age, so it sounds par for the course.
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Homeless man bursts into flames after being Tasered by U.S. police

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...#ixzz0POI3VBbF




Daniel Wood burst into flames after police tried to subdue him with a Taser gun. He had been sniffing from an aerosol can

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...#ixzz0POI8gGPo
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Police are taking valuables from unlocked cars to teach drivers to be more careful.

Motorists have been returning to vehicles to find that handbags, laptops and sat-navs have been replaced with a note telling them they can retrieve their belongings from a police station.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz0POMSbpQ0
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If an autonomous machine kills someone, who is responsible?


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009...ts-afghanistan

US Air Force prepares drones to end era of fighter pilots

The Pentagon aims to robotise 15% of US armed forces by 2015
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MONTREAL (AFP) - After years spent hunting for the buried remains of prehistoric animals, a Canadian paleontologist now plans to manipulate chicken embryos to show he can create a dinosaur.
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Attending a virtual conference—and what it tells us about the future of scientific communication.
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