amkkhan (2542482) writes "The Mayan Apocalypse. December 21, 2012. The end of the world. We've been hearing about the Mayan Apocalypse for years now, but to anyone who understands how the Mayan calendar works, it's clear that the Mayans never predicted the end of the world, and they certainly didn't predict that any type of catastrophic event would occur on December 21, 2012.
How the Mayan calendar works may seem daunting at first, but it's really quite simple. The Mayans used three different calendars. The first, the Tzolk'in, lasted 260 days and then started over again, much like our 365 day calendar, and was used to schedule religious ceremonies. The second, the Haab', lasted 365 day, but did not take into account the extra quarter-day our modern calendar does.
The third calendar, and the most important to understand, is the Long-Count Calendar. The Long-Count Calendar, which ends on (or about) December 21, is the one that has stirred up all of the doomsday fears, but understanding how this Mayan Calendar works should put all of that fear to rest." Link to Original Source top
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Will Have An "Unbreakable Screen"
amkkhan (2542482) writes "The Galaxy S4 phone, next in the Samsung Galaxy S line, will likely have an "unbreakable screen," according to new reports, so if you're someone who's planning to get the Galaxy S4 on its release date, but is worried about dropping it, fear no more.
The unbreakable screen of the Samsung Galaxy S4 would be made of a flexible plastic, and would be a major departure from the "Gorilla Glass" screens that Samsung currently uses on its Samsung Galaxy S phones, according to Yahoo! News." Link to Original Source top
Apple CEO Tim Cook To Bring Mac Manufacturing To The United States In 2013
amkkhan (2542482) writes "Apple will begin to manufacture a line of Mac computers in the United States, according to NBC News. Apple CEO Tim Cook broke the news that Apple will manufacture Macs in the USA to NBC's Brian Williams in an interview that will air on NBC's Rock Center tonight at 10 p.m.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that one line of Macs will begin being manufactured in the United States next year, but Apple fans wondering which Mac line will be produced in the USA will have to wait and see. The announcement, however, confirms rumors that have been swirling online, sparked by iMacs seen with the words "Assembled in USA" on the back." Link to Original Source top
Do Not Track: Why You Have No Say In Your Internet Privacy
amkkhan (2542482) writes ""Do Not Track." Most internet browsers have a button hidden deep in their settings that says "Do Not Track," and when you click it, you would expect that you regain some control over your internet privacy, as advertisers must adhere to the "Do Not Track" request. But does it actually work?
Nine months ago, the Obama administration agreed to create a "Do Not Track" mechanism in browsers, and while many already have a "Do Not Track" button in place, until the government and advertisers come to agreement, the "Do Not Track" button will have no effect.
The parties have been meeting regularly to try to agree how the "Do Not Track" button should work, but according to CNN, they can't even agree what the "track" in "Do Not Track" means. While some want the "Do Not Track" button to make targeted ads would be a thing of the past, advertisers won't budge on that." Link to Original Source top
amkkhan (2542482) writes "Elon Musk, founder of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, is has his eye on forming a Mars colony, and you can be part one of the first Martian explorers for only $500,000. The Mars colony would be part of a Mars settlement program, and Must envisions ferrying up to 80,000 people to the red planet as part of the first Mars colony.
The Mars settlement program would start with 10 people, who would journey on to Mars on a reusable rocket created by SpaceX powered by liquid oxygen and methane, according to Yahoo! News.
"At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big," Musk said, according to Space.com." Link to Original Source top
Next Microsoft Gaming System May Be The 7-Inch "Xbox Surface"
amkkhan (2542482) writes "The Xbox 720 may have to wait. Rumors are now swirling that the next Microsoft gaming system won't be the Xbox 720, rumored to be the name of the successor to the immensely popular Xbox 360, but that the next Microsoft gaming platform will be a 7-inch tablet called the Xbox Surface.
If the Xbox 720 is put on hold for the Xbox Surface, it would mark a foray into the world of legitimate mobile gaming — the likes of which have not yet been seen. Hardware finalization for the Xbox Surface is currently underway, according to The Verge, and early rumored specs were leaked back in June." Link to Original Source top
Verizon Windows Phone 8 Cancelled Over Privacy Invasion?
According to a report by the Daily Mobile, Verizon is unhappy over the lack of control it has over HTC's Windows Phone 8X, Nokia's Lumia 920 and Nokia's Lumia 820. Verizon requires the company be able to remotely manage all handsets — a request Microsoft is refusing." Link to Original Source top
amkkhan (2542482) writes "Scientists aiming to create a car that can break 1,000 mph cleared a large hurdle yesterday when they successfully tested their rocket engine. The engine will power the supersonic car known as the Bloodhound SSC — meant to become the fastest car in the world.
The British team tested the engine in an aircraft shelter in Newquay Cornwall Airport, originally designed to protect fighter planes from bombs. Although the data hasn't fully been analyzed, the researchers said the engine reached 30,000 horsepower during the 10-second burn. Given enough time, they expect the engine to reach 80,000 horsepower and 27,500 pounds of thrust." Link to Original Source top
amkkhan (2542482) writes "The key to helping robots be more autonomous may lie in bees, according to new research from the University of Sheffield, in the United Kingdom. Researchers said that future robots mimic the sensory systems of a bee, which would allow it to act autonomously, instead of carrying out a set of instructions.
Researchers anticipate using such robots for a wide range of applications, such as search and rescue missions and crop pollination.
Until now, research into the recreation of biological brains has focused on larger animals, such as monkeys and mice. However, the researcher said the bee brain is surprisingly complex, and would be a good target to recreate." Link to Original Source top
Largest Moon Rock Ever Auctioned Expected To Sell For $380,000
amkkhan (2542482) writes "One lucky space-lover with some extra cash could become the proud new owner of the largest moon rock ever to be auctioned, according to the auction house Heritage Auctions. The moon rock, known as Dar al Gani 1058, is part of a lunar meteorite that was found on Earth in 1988 and is expected to fetch as much as $380,000 at auction." Link to Original Source top
Penny-Sized Thrusters Developed To Propel Satellites [VIDEO]
amkkhan (2542482) writes "In the near future, satellites could be powered by tiny thrusters the size of pennies, according to new research presented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Joint Propulsion Conference. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a tiny propulsion engine they say can power the smallest satellites in space.
The devices are a departure from current satellite thrusters, which are a jumble of valves, pipes and tanks. Instead, the thrusters are small, flat squares — much like a computer chip — which are covered with 500 microscopic tips that emit tiny ion beams. When all of the tips are fired at the same time, the thrusters can power a shoebox-sized satellite." Link to Original Source top
Did The Fukushima Meltdown Create Mothra? Japan Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Cause
amkkhan (2542482) writes "Researchers from Japan found the first evidence of long-term repercussions from the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Butterflies in the area are showing signs of severe mutations, signaling that the disaster is affecting the ecosystem." Link to Original Source top
amkkhan (2542482) writes "Researchers surveying Google Earth stumbled upon what appears to be two hidden Egyptian pyramids located only 90 miles apart. Researchers became intrigued by an unusual grouping of mounds and after further scrutiny, and said they appear to be two lost pyramids. They are mounting a ground expedition to confirm their findings." Link to Original Source top
Perseid Meteor Shower: When ,Where And How To Watch The August 2012 Show
amkkhan (2542482) writes "The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend, and stargazers can catch the August 2012 shooting star show Saturday and Sunday night. The Perseid meteor shower will shooting stars streaking across the night sky, so if it is dark enough in your area, expect a great show.
"We expect to see meteor rates as high as a hundred per hour," Bill Cooke, with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, told Space.com. "The Perseids always put on a good show."" Link to Original Source top
NASA Rover Curiosity Lands: Wheels Down On Mars [VIDEO]
amkkhan (2542482) writes "Curiosity, NASA's largest and most advanced rover ever to be sent to another planet, touched down on Mars early Monday morning without any incidents. Upon touchdown, the control room erupted into fits of jubilation that their project survived the landing, which officials called "seven minutes of terror."" Link to Original Source top
Watch NASA's Curiosity Rover Touch Down On The Red Planet Here
amkkhan (2542482) writes "NASA's Curiosity rover is slated to touch down on Mars late Sunday or early Monday, depending on where you live. On the East Coast, you can see the Mars rover land at 1:31 Monday morning. For those on the West Coast, it will be 10:31 p.m. Sunday night. While the rover will touch down before that, there is a 14-minute delay as the signal travels 154 million miles from the red planet." Link to Original Source top
amkkhan writes "Medication is going high tech, and your next pill may contain something that it hasn't before. A new "digital pill" was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, which experts say will allow doctors to better track patient usage habits." Link to Original Source top
Are Chickens Spreading Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria?
amkkhan writes "A recent spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing hard to treat bladder infections in women may be caused by chickens, according to a new report by ABC News. Researchers found that the drug resistant E. coli in chickens may be transferred to humans, resulting in bladder infections, mainly in women." Link to Original Source