Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
It's only 20 light years away!
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US astronomers said Wednesday they have discovered an Earth-sized planet that they think might be habitable, orbiting a nearby star, and believe there could be many more planets like it in space.
The planet, found by astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington, is orbiting in the middle of the "habitable zone" of the red dwarf star Gliese 581, which means it could have water on its surface. Read more here.
The seven year toll (2001~2007) is 16,000 deaths.
Sending text messages while driving led to accidents that killed an estimated 16,000 people from 2001 to 2007.
An analysis of federal data on road fatalities, in the American Journal of Public Health, concluded that deaths due to "distracted driving" surged...Read more here.
Texting while driving bans don't seem to work.
The researchers calculated rates of collision claims for vehicles in California, Louisiana, Minnesota and Washington, immediately before and immediately after those states banned texting while driving.
My guess is the bans don't work because people ignore them. It is difficult to enforce these laws when people can hid the phone out of sight. Hiding the phone while texting may actually distract the driver more.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Raytheon has unveiled its second-generation powered exoskeleton, the XOS 2, coinciding with the release of Iron Man 2 on DVD. The XOS 2 is ligher, faster and uses 50% less power than the XOS 1 proof-of-concept robotic suit. Powered by an internal-combustion engine driving hydraulic actiations, the exoskeleton allows its wearing to lift 200lb repeatedly without tiring, says Raytheon, but is agile enough to climb stairs, kick a ball etc.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Click screen capture to visit Quake Prediction.
I guess they won't be using this in their advertising.
A wealthy British businessman who owns the company that makes the two-wheeled Segway has been found dead in a river in northern England after apparently falling off a cliff on one of the vehicles, police said Monday.
The body of 62-year-old Jimi Heselden and a Segway personal transporter were found in the River Wharfe and he was pronounced dead at the scene, West Yorkshire Police said.
Via ABC News:
Giant George and Boo Boo are both amazing animals in their own right, but in very different ways. At 245-pounds and 7' 3" from nose to tail, Giant George is the world's biggest dog-- and, at 4 inches tall, Boo Boo is the world's smallest.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
New computer simulation indicates the biblical story could have a basis in scientific fact.
Fox News reported:
Computer simulations, part of a larger study on how winds affect water, show wind could push water back at a point where a river bent to merge with a coastal lagoon, the team at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado at Boulder said.
"The simulations match fairly closely with the account in Exodus," Carl Drews of NCAR, who led the study, said in a statement.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
'DTV Shredder' offers new take on all-terrain vehicle
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
A Shetland pony prompts smiles at nursing homes in New Jersey.
Friday, September 10, 2010
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Sunday, September 5, 2010
First Lady Michelle Obama reveals some requirement of the new Health Care law that seemed to have been hidden in its 2,000+ pages. Nancy Pelosi famously said "We have to pass the bill to see what is in the bill." Well, now we are finding out little gems like this.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Recycle or else...
ABC News reported:
Big Brother has gotten down and dirty to make sure Cleveland residents recycle.
As part of a $2.5 million waste-collection system, the city plans to give residents high-tech trash carts embedded with RFID (radio frequency identification) tags that monitor how much they recycle.
If Clevelanders don't recycle enough of their garbage, the city now has the power to issue $100 fines.