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The Apple/Flash fight comes to an end with an app authorization process that's wide open as the end result
Post Date: 2010-09-28 04:33:04 by KellyD
Last spring, everyone saw the Apple-Flash player fight begin, but now it has ended. Apple shocked the app developer world Thursday when it announced the business is soothing controversial restrictions on the tools programmers are allowed to use to create iPhone and iPad apps. App authorization guidelines can be released to the public also. Apple declared this as well. Adobe's common app toolkit is now part of Steve Job's app acceptance process although Apple didn't actually announce Flash was the reason for the change. As soon as news reported Apple's statement, Adobe stock skyrocketed. All about the feud between Apple and Flash Apple made a list of approved languages ...
Computers show how wind could have parted Red Sea
Post Date: 2010-09-24 14:43:53 by Skip Intro
New computer simulations have shown how the parting of the Red Sea, as described in the Bible, could have been a phenomenon caused by strong winds. The account in the Book of Exodus describes how the waters of the sea parted, allowing the Israelites to flee their Egyptian pursuers. Simulations by US scientists show how the movement of wind could have opened up a land bridge at one location. This would have enabled people to walk across exposed mud flats to safety. The results are published in the open-access journal Plos One. The researchers show that a strong east wind, blowing overnight, could have pushed water back at a bend where an ancient river is believed to have merged with a ...
New horned dinosaurs discovered
Post Date: 2010-09-22 21:34:49 by Skip Intro
New horned dinosaurs discovered A bizarre dinosaur with a ''crown of horns'' has been discovered by scientists. Kosmoceratops used their impressive armaments to find mates rather than take on predators Kosmoceratops richardsoni was a cousin of the famous Triceratops, but instead of just three horns it had 15. Horns sprouted from its nose, above each eye, and out of its cheeks. In addition, the creature had a bony frill adorned with an extraordinary array of 10 horns. Dr Scott Sampson, from the Utah Museum of Natural History in the US, said: ''Kosmoceratops is one of the most amazing animals known, with a huge skull decorated with an assortment of bony bells ...
Sarah Palin speech at Gleen Beck 8 28 Restoring Honor Rally Lincoln Memorial [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-08-29 12:36:06 by Skip Intro
Common Virus used to make Fabrics that are also Batteries
Post Date: 2010-08-24 19:35:25 by jwpegler
Scientists report progress in using a common virus to develop improved materials for high-performance, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that could be woven into clothing to power portable electronic devices. These new power sources could in the future be woven into fabrics such as uniforms or ballistic vests, and poured or sprayed into containers of any size and shape, said Mark Allen, Ph.D., who presented the report. He is a postdoc in Angela Belcher's group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). These conformable batteries could power smart phones, GPS units, and other portable electronic devices. "We're talking about fabrics that also are batteries," ...
AMPERE, The First System for Tracking Space Weather in Real Time, Goes Live
Post Date: 2010-08-19 21:28:41 by A K A Stone
The solar flare that slammed into Earth's atmosphere earlier this month was a prescient reminder that solar weather -- though sometimes beautiful -- can have serious impacts on the Earth. So perhaps the timing is right for something like AMPERE, the first space-based system capable of monitoring the Earth's immediate space environment in real-time. The system is the first step in a process that will enable around-the-clock monitoring and eventual prediction of solar and space weather and its effects on Earth. AMPERE -- short for Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment -- is a collaboration between Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics ...
Fossils of Earliest Animal Life Possibly Discovered
Post Date: 2010-08-17 22:42:53 by Skip Intro
Fossils of Earliest Animal Life Possibly Discovered Fossils of what could be the oldest animal bodies have been discovered in Australia, pushing back the clock on when animal life first appeared on Earth to at least 70 million years earlier than previously thought. The results suggest that primitive sponge-like creatures lived in ocean reefs about 650 million years ago. Digital images of the fossils suggest the animals were about a centimeter in size (the width of your small fingertip) and had irregularly shaped bodies with a network of internal canals. The shelly fossils, found beneath a 635 million-year-old glacial deposit in South Australia, represent the earliest evidence of animal ...
Fossil Bone Markings Show 'Lucy' Species Used Stone Tools 3.4 Million Years Ago
Post Date: 2010-08-11 13:44:16 by Brian S
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Two ancient animal bones from Ethiopia show signs of butchering by human ancestors, moving back the earliest evidence for the use of stone tools by about 800,000 years, researchers say. The bones appear to have been cut and smashed some 3.4 milion years ago, the first evidence of stone tool use by Australopithecus afarensis, the species best known for the fossil dubbed "Lucy," says researcher Zeresenay Alemseged. "We are putting stone tools in their hands," said Alemseged ("Uh-lems-uh-ged") of the California Academy of Sciences, who reports the finding with colleagues in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. Some experts urged ...
Space Station Drama As Cooling System Fails
Post Date: 2010-08-02 12:20:26 by Brian S
WASHINGTON A failure of the cooling system on the International Space Station forced astronauts to re-route power Sunday as NASA planned emergency spacewalks to fix the problem. One of two cooling loops shut down Saturday night, triggering alarms throughout the orbiting station, which is manned by three Russian and three American astronauts. NASA said the crew is not in any danger, but an attempt overnight to close the circuit breaker and restart the pump module that feeds the vital ammonia to the cooling system failed. Astronauts closed down two of the gyroscopes that position the station as they re-routed power from the Destiny Laboratory research module to keep the temperature ...
Scientists Inch Towards Finding "God Particle"
Post Date: 2010-07-27 10:59:01 by Brian S
PARIS (Reuters) - Scientists working with particle accelerators in Europe and the United States said on Monday they may be closing in on the elusive Higgs Boson, the "God particle" believed crucial to forming the cosmos after the Big Bang. Researchers from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project near Geneva said in just three months of experiments they had already detected all the particles at the heart of our current understanding of physics, the Standard Model. Rolf Heuer, director-general of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) which runs the LHC, told the International Conference on High Energy Physics in Paris experiments were progressing faster than expected ...
No need for manned spaceflight, says astronomer royal Martin Rees
Post Date: 2010-07-26 21:43:41 by Skip Intro
No need for manned spaceflight, says astronomer royal Martin Rees Martin Rees believes sending people into space is pointless and a waste of money Forget manned moon bases, forget a Mars colony most future space travellers will be robots, according to astronomer royal Martin Rees. Rees, professor of cosmology and astrophysics at Cambridge University, thinks sending people into space is a waste of money, given recent advances in unmanned space technology. He said European space scientists should focus on miniaturisation and robotics to remain competitive in a space sector dominated by Russia and the US. Rees, who is coming to the end of his five-year term as president of the ...
I-Dosing: How teenagers are getting 'digitally high' from music they download from internet
Post Date: 2010-07-20 20:22:57 by jwpegler
They put on their headphones, drape a hood over their head and drift off into the world of digital highs. Videos posted on YouTube show a young girl freaking out and leaping up in fear, a teenager shaking violently and a young boy in extreme distress. This is the world of i-Dosing, the new craze sweeping the internet in which teenagers used so-called digital drugs to change their brains in the same way as real-life narcotics. They believe the repetitive drone-like music will give them a high that takes them out of reality, only legally available and downloadable on the Internet. The craze has so far been popular among teenagers in the U.S. ...
Climate Data Shows June 2010 To Be Earth’s Hottest Month On Record
Post Date: 2010-07-16 11:59:49 by Brian S
Last month was the hottest June ever recorded on Earth, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday, amid global climate warming worries. The combined global land and ocean surface temperature data also found the January-June and April-June periods were the warmest on record, according to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, which based its findings on measurements that go back as far as 1880. In June, the combined average for global land and ocean temperatures was 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit (16.2 Celsius) -- 1.22 degrees Fahrenheit (0.68 Celsius) more than the 20th century average of 59.9 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 Celsius). Temperatures warmer than average ...
Fibers That Can Hear and Sing Could Power Electronic Textiles
Post Date: 2010-07-13 19:34:09 by A K A Stone
The clothing of the future could be more than just fashion. MIT researchers are working to develop fibers that can hear and produce sound, and someday those could take the form of wearable electronics.
“The ancients used clothes for the same reason that we do, which is thermal insulation and aesthetics,” Yoel Fink, associate professor of materials science and principal investigator at MIT’s Research Lab of Electronics, told Wired.com. “What we have done is start thinking how fibers go beyond that and change their properties.”
Fink and his team hope their latest research will result in fibers that can be fashioned into clothes capable of capturing speech, textiles that can ...
Poking holes in Apple's iPhone 4 antenna explanation
Post Date: 2010-07-06 15:01:17 by Skip Intro
Poking holes in Apple's iPhone 4 antenna explanation Apple now blames reception issues that many new iPhone 4 customers are experiencing on a software miscalculation rather than on hardware design. But will a software update really fix the problems that many customers are reporting? I'm not sure I am buying Apple's explanation. Since the iPhone 4 launched last week, thousands of consumers have complained that when gripping the phone around the lower left-hand corner of the device, the signal degrades or calls are dropped. Apple acknowledged the problem, and explained that customers were simply covering up the antenna with their hand. CEO Steve Jobs told consumers the best ...
AGAviator has finally figured out the Alaskan phenomenom
Post Date: 2010-07-03 13:06:31 by mininggold
Project HAARP: Possible Cause Why Certain Alaskan Posters & Political Poseurs Continuously Make Idiotic Statements Source: HAARP.NET URL Source: http://www.haarp.net/haarpoverview.htm Published: Jul 3, 2010 Author: HAARP.NET Staff Post Date: 2010-07-03 12:00:15 by AGAviator Ping List: *Escape From ElPee* Subscribe to *Escape From ElPee* Keywords: None Views: 23 Comments: 4 Project HAARP: Overview The Pentagon's provocative plan to superheat the earth's ionosphere The HAARP phased-array transmitter zaps the earth's ionosphere with high-frequency radio waves. In an Arctic compound 200 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska, the Pentagon has erected a powerful transmitter designed ...
Apple's iPhone Mea Culpa: We're 'Totally Wrong'
Post Date: 2010-07-02 14:10:26 by Skip Intro
Apple's iPhone Mea Culpa: We're 'Totally Wrong' Company admits it uses the wrong formula to compute iPhone signal strength For two weeks, Apple dismissed rumors of a faulty antenna in the new iPhone 4 as nothing more than scuttlebutt. Any phone has these problems, Apple officials said. Buy a case to fix it. Friday, Apple came clean: The antenna works just fine. But the software that displays signal strenth doesn't. The company has been using a faulty formula to determine signal strength in its phones for years. "Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong," ...
Not So Crazy? Reuters Probes Idea Of Nuking BP Oil Well
Post Date: 2010-07-02 12:07:03 by Brian S
MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - His face wracked by age and his voice rasping after decades of chain-smoking coarse tobacco, the former long-time Russian Minister of nuclear energy and veteran Soviet physicist Viktor Mikhailov knows just how to fix BP's oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. "A nuclear explosion over the leak," he says nonchalantly puffing a cigarette as he sits in a conference room at the Institute of Strategic Stability, where he is a director. "I don't know what BP is waiting for, they are wasting their time. Only about 10 kilotons of nuclear explosion capacity and the problem is solved." A nuclear fix to the leaking well has been touted online and ...
Joe Lieberman And The Myth of The Internet Kill Switch
Post Date: 2010-06-27 09:56:45 by go65
It's no secret that Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) isn't the most popular guy in the Senate, or that his rather conservative positions on national security have left many people suspicious of his motives when it comes to national security legislation. So it should have come as no surprise when CNET chief political correspondent Declan McCullagh wrote that Lieberman intended to give the President the power of an "Internet kill switch" in the event of a national emergency -- and sparked an uproar. But, surprising it was -- especially to Lieberman and his staff on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. They argued that, in fact, the bill limited the ...
Costner cleanup device gets high marks from BP
Post Date: 2010-06-26 10:29:01 by mininggold
Costner cleanup device gets high marks from BP It was treated as an oddball twist in the otherwise wrenching saga of the BP oil spill when Kevin Costner stepped forward to promote a device he said could work wonders in containing the spill's damage. But as Henry Fountain explains in the New York Times, the gadget in question an oil-separating centrifuge marks a major breakthrough in spill cleanup technology. And BP, after trial runs with the device, is ordering 32 more of the Costner-endorsed centrifuges to aid the Gulf cleanup. The "Waterworld" actor has invested some $20 million and spent the past 15 years in developing the centrifuges. He helped found a ...
New Details on Blowout Preventer
Post Date: 2010-06-21 19:40:32 by Brian S
Lee Celano / Reuters The rig's failsafe device, which should have stopped the spill, was approved despite being vulnerable, a new report showsand now BP estimates up to 100,000 barrels can be leaking each day. In a riveting story, The New York Times reports that the so-called last resort for oil rigs, blowout preventers, may not be the failsafe that the oil companies pretend they are. A 2000 report found that a jam or leak in a single valve could shut down the entire preventer, and a 2001 study by Transocean, which operated the Deepwater Horizon rig, found a failure rate of 45 percent. More details from the shocking report below. Ultimate Failsafe ...
South African Doctor Invents Female Condoms With 'Teeth' to Fight Rape
Post Date: 2010-06-20 13:02:39 by Murron
South African Doctor Invents Female Condoms With 'Teeth' to Fight Rape Dr. Sonnet Ehlers shows a spiked female condom, whose hooks she says stick on a man during rape. Doctor distributes anti-rape female condom during World Cup Jagged rows of teeth-like hooks attach on man's penis Device can only be removed by a doctor "It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it's on," doctor says (CNN) -- South African Dr. Sonnet Ehlers was on call one night four decades ago when a devastated rape victim walked in. Her eyes were lifeless; she was like a breathing corpse. "She looked at me and said, 'If only had teeth down there,'" recalled Ehlers, who was a ...
New Space Station Crew Blasts Off on Soyuz Spaceship
Post Date: 2010-06-15 18:06:02 by Brian S
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft lit up the sky above Central Asia today as it soared into space to ferry two Americans and one Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station. The Russian Soyuz TMA-19 vehicle blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:35 a.m. Wednesday local time, though it was still Tuesday afternoon in the United States, where NASA flight controllers watched from Mission Control in Houston. "It's going to be a great show tonight ... with clear skies, it's going to be beautiful," American astronaut Douglas "Wheels" Wheelock of NASA told reporters before climbing aboard the Soyuz capsule alongside his two crewmates. Wheelock ...
Japanese Space Probe Returns To Earth After 7-Year Journey To Collect Asteroid Material
Post Date: 2010-06-13 19:44:19 by Brian S
ADELAIDE, Australia - A fiery burst of light over the Australian Outback marked the return of a Japanese space probe that scientists hope carried samples from an asteroid that could offer insights into the creation and makeup of the solar system. It is the first time that a spacecraft has successfully landed on an asteroid and returned to Earth. After travelling 4-billion miles (6 billion kilometres) in seven years, the Hayabusa explorer incinerated on re-entry just before midnight Sunday, after jettisoning a capsule expected to contain the first asteroid dust ever collected. "We just had a spectacular display out over the outback skies of South Australia," said Trevor Ireland, ...
Obama: Skimmers? We don't need no stinkin' skimmers
Post Date: 2010-06-12 19:53:49 by Happy Quanzaa
Obama Turned Down Oil Skimming Ships From The Dutch Government Three days after the spill, the Dutch government offered oil skimming ships and booms to assist with the clean up. The Obama administration turned down the request. President Obama's stumbling response to this ecological disaster has been shameful and proves he lacks the executive experience to be President. In late May, President Obama said, "Those who think we were either slow on the response or lacked urgency, don't know the facts..." The excerpt posted below proves that statement wasn't true. The Houston Chronicle reported: Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of ...
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