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Badgers Digging Up Ancient Human Remains

Arvisp I for one.. (172 comments)

I for one welcome our new badger overlords

more than 4 years ago
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Town Gets Patent On Being the Center of Europe

Arvisp Re:Doubtful (169 comments)

This is all disputable. There are more than 5 places that claim to be centre of Europe. The strongest candidate being in Lithuania :D After a re-estimation of the boundaries of the continent of Europe in 1989, Jean-George Affholder, a scientist at the Institut Géographique National (French National Geographic Institute) determined that the Geographic Centre of Europe is located at 5454N 2519E.[2] The method used for calculating this point was that of the centre of gravity of the geometrical figure of Europe. This point is located in Lithuania, specifically 26 kilometres (16 miles) north of its capital city, Vilnius. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_of_europe#Lithuania

more than 4 years ago
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LHC smashes beam collision record

Arvisp Smashing brilliant (2 comments)

I bet they can do twice better than that.

more than 4 years ago
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Mobile Game Trojan Calls the South Pole

Arvisp Did penguins answer ? (195 comments)

and what did they say ?

more than 4 years ago
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Commodore 64 Primed For a Comeback In June

Arvisp But! (330 comments)

with a set of hindges (sold separately) you can attach iPad to it and make half decent laptop.

more than 4 years ago

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Diamonds from the Popigai impact crater, Russia

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "The deposits of super solid diamond — impactites — were discovered in the Popigai Basin by Soviet geological expedition in the mid-1960s. The scientists determined that the deposit appeared about 35 million years ago, after an asteroid, about seven kilometers in diameter, rammed into Earth. According to Gazeta.ru, Soviet specialists were busy with producing synthetic diamonds during the 1960s, so the studies of impactites were stopped, the information about their deposit was classified.

In late 1970s, it became known that the abrasive qualities of Popigai diamonds were significantly higher than that of synthetic and natural stones. About three years ago, Russian experts together with their Ukrainian colleagues conducted a series of experiments to study the properties of these minerals. It turned out that impactites differed from conventional diamonds considerably. Moreover, diamonds with such properties have never been found anywhere else in the world. Therefore, experts believe that the Popigai diamonds are of extraterrestrial origin. Nikolai Pokhilenko said that the mineral originated from graphite as a result of a meteorite impact, when pressure reached 1.5 million atmospheres and temperature went up to 3,000 degrees Centigrade.
Diamonds at Popigai Astroblem in Siberia are 'twice as hard' as normal, making them ideal for high-precision scientific instruments and industry"

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NASA records solar blast of epic proportions

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  about 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "As predicted, the a "mega-filament" of solar magnetism erupted on Dec. 6th, producing a blast of epic proportions. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the action as the 700,000-km long structure lifted off the stellar surface and--snap!!--hurled itself into space.
The eruption produced a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) observed by the STEREO-A spacecraft: video. Earth was not in the line of fire; the cloud should sail wide of our planet. Earth-effects might be limited to pretty pictures.

Some nice pictures in the article"

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NASA Sets Extraterrestrial Search Update

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  about 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "A seemingly routine press release issued by NASA is causing a serious stir in the blogosphere today with no small amount of hyperventilation about the possibility that scientists may have something to say about the discovery of extraterrestrial life.
A press conference, which will be streamed on NASA TV, is set for Thursday at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C. According to NASA, the event will discuss "an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe."
NASA has also brought together a geologist, an oceanographer, a biologist, and an ecologist for a panel discussion at the press conference. That's got peoples' imaginations running wild."

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Nokia reaffirms commitment to Symbian

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "Nokia today reaffirmed its commitment to the Symbian platform. Nokia plans to continue to invest its own resources in developing Symbian, the world's most widely used smartphone platform, and expects to deliver a strong portfolio of Symbian-based smartphones to people around the world.

However if you read TFA, you will notice legal footnote called "Forward-looking statements". In fact it is bigger than PR article itself. Makes me think, why do you go such lengths. Are they really as committed as they say they are ? Or just trying to win some time for newly launched devices."

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OHA lead tips Android 2.3 incoming

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "Android 2.3 Gingerbread is fast approaching, according to Open Handset Alliance “Leadership Team” member Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez. According to his (translated) Twitter message, developers should “Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the next few days,” a timescale that fits into previous rumors about the Android SDK.
Meanwhile a recent Flash Player 10.1 update also added fuel to the fire, suggesting that developers should look to installing the software prior to November 11. That date – this coming Thursday – has been heard on several occasions, and it looks like developer Nexus One handsets will be getting a friendly Gingerbread update before the week is out."

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Robotic grip made from ground coffee and balloon

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "The manipulator works by pressing the soft balloon full of loose coffee grounds down on the object to be gripped. Then the air is sucked out of the balloon, causing the coffee granules to press together and lock into a rigid shape — just as they do when vacuum-packed. The object is now securely grasped by the manipulator, and can be released as desired by ending the suction on the granule-filled bulb.

Article contains video of robotic arm in action."

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Background noise affects taste of foods

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "The level of background noise affects both the intensity of flavour and the perceived crunchiness of foods, researchers have found.
Blindfolded diners assessed the sweetness, saltiness, and crunchiness, as well as overall flavour, of foods as they were played white noise.
While louder noise reduced the reported sweetness or saltiness, it increased the measure of crunch.
It may go some way to explaining why airline food is notoriously bland — a phenomenon that drives airline catering companies to heavily season their foods."

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The world's most expensive iphone - £5 MILLI

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "British designer Stuart Hughes, 38, of Liverpool, was commissioned to make two of the bespoke handset by a mega-rich Australian businessman.
The handset is wrapped in more than 500 individual flawless cut diamonds totalling 100 carats.
It features two interchangeable diamonds which fit over the 'home' button — a single cut 7.4 carat pink diamond and a rare 8 carat single cut flawless diamond which are together worth more than £4 million.
The back of the phone is plated in rose gold and the Apple logo glitters with 53 diamonds."

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UFO's tampered with American nukes

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "Witness testimony from more than 120 former or retired military personnel points to an ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial objects at nuclear weapons sites, as recently as 2003. In some cases, several nuclear missiles simultaneously and inexplicably malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object silently hovered nearby. Six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man will break their silence about these events at the National Press Club and urge the government to publicly confirm their reality."
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U.S. Nuclear Weapons Compromised by UFO

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "Witness testimony from more than 120 former or retired military personnel points to an ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial objects at nuclear weapons sites, as recently as 2003. In some cases, several nuclear missiles simultaneously and inexplicably malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object silently hovered nearby. Six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man will break their silence about these events at the National Press Club and urge the government to publicly confirm their reality."
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Galactic Supervolcano Erupts From Black Hole

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "Volcanic eruptions can wreak as much havoc in space as on Earth, a new image of galaxy M87 reveals. The black hole at the galaxy’s center is spewing gas and energetic particles in what researchers call a “galactic supervolcano,” and suppressing the formation of hundreds of millions of new stars.
The new photo shows clouds of gas that glow in X-ray light (blue) surrounding the galaxy from observations taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and jets of radio emission (red) from observations from the Very Large Array of radio telescopes in New Mexico."

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Hurricane formation linked to sea color

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "A change in the color of the ocean could dramatically impact the number and intensity of hurricanes, according to US researchers. The main factor is the green tint ocean water takes when there are large concentrations of chlorophyll, a pigment that helps tiny organisms known as phytoplankton convert sunlight into food for the rest of the marine ecosystem.
Without chlorophyll, sunlight penetrates deeper into the ocean, leaving the surface water cooler.
Cold water in turn causes changes in air circulation patterns, forcing strong winds aloft, "which tend to prevent thunderstorms from developing the necessary superstructure that allows them to grow into hurricanes," the researchers said."

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Sun's 'quiet period' explained

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "Solar physicists may have discovered why the Sun recently experienced a prolonged period of weak activity.
The most recent so-called "solar minimum" occurred in December 2008.
Its drawn-out nature extended the total length of the last solar cycle — the repeating cycle of the Sun's activity — to 12.6 years, making it the longest in almost 200 years. The new research suggests that the longer-than-expected period of weak activity may have been linked to changes in the way a hot soup of charged particles called plasma circulated in the Sun."

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New process doubles efficiency of solar cells

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "Engineers at Stanford have developed a process which can harness the light and heat of the sun simultaneously, which could lead to solar cells that are twice as efficient as those currently available. Called photon enhanced thermionic emission — or PETE for short — the process differs from traditional cells which lose efficiency as temperatures rise, and the materials needed to build the cells are cheap and widely available. The engineers got around the lower efficiencies by coating a piece of semiconducting material with a thin layer of the metal cesium, which enables the material to use both heat and light simultaneously. While the materials as currently demonstrated work best in very high temperatures, the researchers indicate that in the near future, the materials could have wide enough application to make them competitive with traditional forms of energy."
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Car run on human waste is launched

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "Excrement flushed down the lavatories of just 70 homes is enough to power the car for 10,000 miles — the equivalent of one average motoring year.
This conversion technology has been used in the past but the Bio-Bug is Britain's first car to run on methane gas without its performance being reduced.
It can power a conventional two litre VW Beetle convertible to 114mph."

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'Sea monster' fossil found in Peru desert

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "Researchers scanning the Peruvian desert for whale fossils have stumbled upon the remains of a "sea monster" three times the size of a modern day killer whale.
The teeth of "Leviathan Melvillei" were so large it was initially assumed they were elephant tusks.
"There were no elephants in South America before 3 million years ago, and the specimens found have an age of 12 to 15 million years, so that was impossible," said Professor Jelle Reumer, one of the team of scientists who found the fossil in the Pisco-Ica desert in coastal Peru."

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Spitzer telescope pictures star being born

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "Astronomers at the American Ivy League universities discovered the youngest known star in the Perseus star-forming region, about 800 light-years or more than 4700 trillion miles away from the Milky Way. Despite its tiny size, scientists believe they caught the precise moment the star, called L1448-IRS2E, was formed born. It is the most detailed glimpse of a star’s birth to date.
They took an extraordinary image of it using Nasa’s Spitzer Space Telescope. It has “just begun pulling in matter from a surrounding envelope of gas and dust” and only detected the faint light after it was emitted by the dust surrounding it."

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Ballmer announces new mobile OS from Microsoft

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "Microsoft has added yet another mobile operating system to its OS smörgåsbord: Windows Embedded Handheld, to be released sometime in the next six months.

Designed for what Redmond defines as the "enterprise handheld device market", Windows Embedded Handheld — which, for convenience, we'll shorten to WiEmHa, pronounced "weem-hah" — was announced by Microsoft headman Steve Ballmer in conjunction with Motorola's Thursday launch of its ES400 Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA), a handheld that Moto marketeer Sheldon Safir touted for "the capability it has for moving workers from merely informed to truly empowered.""

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FTC to investigate photocopier security risks

Arvisp Arvisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Arvisp (1626837) writes "According to the FTC, which is looking into the issue, the majority of photocopiers store all scanned images, forever. The technology could potentially enable thieves to view Social Security numbers, private medical and bank records and other sensitive documents when old photocopiers are thrown away or leased ones are returned.

"Many of these machines do not just copy sensitive documents; they store them as well, providing a treasure trove for identity thieves. In short, these machines are not merely document copiers, they are document keepers," says Representative Edward J Markey (D-Mass), who first raised the issue with the FTC."

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