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Your Own Fortune-Teller

Your Own Fortune-Teller
If you believe in astrology and look forward to the weekly column with cuiosity then inspite of waiting with baited-breath get yourself this amazing Fortune Ball that will tell you what lies in your future anytime. Invented by Dr Ming Fang, a well-known developer of medical and industrial products, the Fortune Ball lets you know your fortune forecast up to thirty days in advance by using the entire Chinese calendar, theories of Astrology,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/7/2006 3:47:34 PM)

If You Buy A Scion, You'll Probably Buy A Toyota

If You Buy A Scion, You'll Probably Buy A Toyota
AutoWeek reports: All in the Family. Yeah, yeah, this does make perfect sense. But, you see, when ever we see the words "All in the Family" in a row like that, we think of the TV show. And then we think of Archie Bunker. And we think of Archie arguing with his son-in-law, Mike Stivic. And then we think of our favorite ending to one of their argument:

Archie Bunker: Do you know how to swim?

Mike Stivic: Yeah.

Archie Bunker: Then why........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/7/2006 3:29:17 PM)

The Cost of Culture

The Cost of Culture
Culture, as a weapon, has been at the forefront of most conflicts involving mass social change. Language, as one of the main proponents of culture, can cleave societies while reuniting them under a new constitution. The remixed culture of a freshly formed society bares both wounds and ideals forged in the smithy of change. Can this inheritance of combustible conscience be regarded as essentially free? If not, and I contest that it cannot, what........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/7/2006 2:55:22 PM)

Bariloche, Patagonia

Bariloche, Patagonia
We're all exhausted - the band more than I, as they stayed on at the club last night to greet friends and well-wishers. Bariloche is a 2 hour flight south - it is a ski town so the shops are all filled with ski outfits, souvenirs and chocolates (German/Swiss influence up here.one of the famous Nazis was hiding out in this region.as were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid and their molls.).

It's drizzling; we grab a bite to eat as the next........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/6/2006 10:44:03 PM)

Electronic Capacitors from seaweed

Electronic Capacitors from seaweed
New materials for advanced electronics are usually expensive, high-tech substances. But a team of researchers in France has shown that energy-storage components called supercapacitors can be made from a remarkably cheap and humble material: baked seaweed.

Francois Beguin of the CNRS Research Centre on Divided Matter in Orleans, France, and his co-workers say that seaweed, when burned to a charcoal-like form, is just the right stuff for........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/6/2006 10:09:40 PM)

How Rising Gas Prices Affect Wallets, Psyches

How Rising Gas Prices Affect Wallets, Psyches
Tallahassee -- The price of gas has doubled over the past three years, hovering around $3 a gallon nationally. Wayne Hochwarter, an associate professor of management in the College of Business at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., recently conducted research to determine how increased gas prices have affected personal finance, as well as behavior at work. More than 300 employees across a wide range of occupations were surveyed.
........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/4/2006 12:13:09 AM)

Direction Of Future Quantum Research

Direction Of Future Quantum Research
Eventhough presently a very young field, Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST) could well have a vital role to play in future information and communication technologies. Quantum computing and communication techniques have the potential to transform the way we think about computing power.

Or so believes Daniele Binosi of the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Innsbruck, Austria, and the European Centre for........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/3/2006 7:08:05 AM)

Shockless Future Spacewalkers' Aim

Shockless Future Spacewalkers' Aim
Space Station crew members Jeff Williams and Thomas Reiter will work to avoid future shocks during a scheduled 6-hour-plus spacewalk Aug. 3.

They also will have a third station crew member for the first time in more than three years. Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov will coach them through their prebreathe exercise program and help them suit up for their outing.

The station crew was reduced to two members in May 2003 in the wake........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 8/3/2006 6:49:17 AM)

Power, Water, And Refrigeration

Power, Water, And Refrigeration
When hurricanes, wars or other emergencies force authorities to respond, three essentials top their list of must-haves: water, electricity and refrigeration.

Now, in a project funded by the U.S. Army, two University of Florida engineers have designed, built and successfully tested a combined power-refrigeration system that can provide all three - and, with further development, be made compact enough to fit inside a military jet or large........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/2/2006 11:51:47 PM)

15 Billion Kms And Counting

15 Billion Kms And Counting
The Voyager 1 spacecraft set off from the Earth in 1977 and has clocked up quite a few miles since. On 16th August it is due to reach a whopping 100 AU - 14,959,787,069 km or 9,295,573,000 miles - from the Sun. Eventhough 15 billion kilometres is peanuts by the standards of our local stars, that is well beyond all the planets in our Solar System and is the furthest that any artificial object from the Earth has ever been.

Voyager 1 is now........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 8/2/2006 6:43:51 AM)

Threats To Planet's Life

Threats To Planet's Life
In a report released recently, scientists call for a new systematic study of the Earth's "critical zone"--the life-sustaining outermost surface of the planet, from the vegetation canopy to groundwater and everything in between.Understanding and predicting responses to global and regional change is necessary, they say, to mitigate the impacts of humans on complex ecosystems and ultimately sustain food production.

"Development is having a........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 11:37:51 PM)

98 Per Cent Of Gaza's Children Experience Or Witness War Trauma

98 Per Cent Of Gaza's Children Experience Or Witness War Trauma
Most children in the Gaza Strip have been tear gassed, have had their homes searched and damaged, and have witnessed shooting, fighting and explosions. Many have been injured or tortured as a result of chronic war that spans generations, says a recent Queen's University study.

According to the study, there is a pattern of violence against Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip that has serious and debilitating psychiatric and psychological........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 11:23:27 PM)

New Shuffle-lookalike UP3

New Shuffle-lookalike UP3
Do you still remember LG's Shuffle-lookalike UP3? Well, the Korean giant has just another added two members into this series, which are UP3 Flat and UP3 Sharp accordingly.

LG UP3 Flat is a screen-less MP3 player but just LED indicators. It does playback MP3, WMA (DRM supported), OGG, and ASF audio. Its built-in battery allows up to 10 hours of playback continously. The dimension of UP3 Flat is 78 x 24 x 9.5mm.

On the other hand, UP3 Sharp........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 10:14:06 PM)

Grow Your-own Home

Grow Your-own Home
In the future, homeowners may grow their houses instead of building them.

That's the vision of MIT architect Mitchell Joachim of the Media Lab's Smart Cities group. He and his colleagues -- environmental engineer Lara Greden (S.M. 2001, Ph.D. 2005) and architect Javier Arbona-Homar (S.M. 2004) -- have conceived a home that doesn't just use "green" design but is itself a living ecosystem. They call it the Fab Tree Hab.

The basic framework........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 9:42:19 PM)

On The Trail Of Columbus' Sunken Ships

On The Trail Of Columbus' Sunken Ships
As luck would have it, time ran short, and the silt and mud in La Isabela Bay on the north coast of the Dominican Republic ran deep.

Despite these setbacks, Indiana University archaeologists are confident they are closer to discovering some of Christopher Columbus' lost ships -- and the answer to a 500-year-old mystery, "What was on those ships?".

"The discovery of a Columbus shipwreck, let alone the finding of the flagship Mariagalante,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/31/2006 11:03:23 PM)

Cost Of Front-line Reporting

Cost Of Front-line Reporting
UWS Master of Psychology (Forensic) researcher, Ms Beverley Chidgey, says while we rely on journalists to bring us our daily news, we know very little about how journalists handle the emotional effects of covering violence and traumatic events on a prolonged basis.

"Major world events like 9/11, the 2004 tsunami and the continued conflicts in the Middle East have generated an increased interest in the coping ability of journalists and their........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/29/2006 9:00:11 PM)

More Efficient Production Of Electricity, Cold And Heat

More Efficient Production Of Electricity, Cold And Heat
IKERLAN-IK4 is taking part in a European project the aim of which is to design a single installation that will, at the same time, produce electricity, cold and heat for domestic use, while affording a notable reduction in environmental impact. In the PolySMART project, 32 organisations from eight European countries are participating, with a budget of 14.3 million euros and a projected period of four years.

Some large installations - sports........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/29/2006 8:42:02 PM)

Insights Into Scientific Revolution

Insights Into Scientific Revolution
With the "Genesis of General Relativity", the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) has just published the most comprehensive study to date of the structures of a scientific revolution. As per the study, a scientific revolution is not a simple radical new beginning, but the result of a new organisation of transmitted knowledge. The result of 10 years of research, this four-volume, 2000-page work on the origins of Einstein's........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/29/2006 8:25:09 PM)

From Farm Waste To Bio-oil

From Farm Waste To Bio-oil
Samy Sadaka reached into a garbage bag, picked up a mixture of cow manure and corn stalks, let it run through his fingers and invited a visitor to do the same.

It wasn't that bad.

That mix of manure and corn stalks had spent 27 days breaking down in a special drying process. The end result looked like brown yard mulch with lots of thin fibers. There wasn't much smell. And it was dry to the touch.

"That's about 20 percent moisture,"........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/28/2006 10:09:16 PM)

Recording License Plates A Snap

Recording License Plates A Snap
Keeping an eye on travelers in approaching vehicles while locating and manually entering license plate numbers is a especially challenging task for Customs inspectors. Correct entry of these plates is critical in ensuring they are crosschecked in the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) databases for possible matches with potential criminal suspects. While inspectors have an........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/26/2006 10:20:25 PM)

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External Link

External Link
Providing users with a simple way to choose whether to follow a link by opening a new window or not is a tricky problem, and most solutions aren't easy to implement. Not so with External Link. Include our script in your blog or web page and just add classes to your links, and you give users convenient icons to open new windows, while maintaining the text links for continuing in the current window. No hassle, no fuss and no more problem.
........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/7/2006 3:44:34 PM)

And Now Something More Refreshing

And Now Something More Refreshing
We have to hand it to our friend Phil. He plugs along on his site, posting daily about old cars. He's got everything we don't:

No ads.

Big, pretty images.

Good writing.

If you're a fan of old cars and good writing, you owe it to yourself to check out the Classical Drive site. What's especially interesting (to us, anyway) is that Phil knows a number of of these old cars firsthand, but he's still reviewing cars today.

Anyway, we........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/7/2006 3:33:14 PM)

Chrysler PT Cruiser

Chrysler PT Cruiser
Give your PT Cruiser an eye-catching upscale look with the Chrome Accent Package and turn heads no matter where you are.

The available PT Chrome Accents Group sparkles. Inside and out, your customized PT will reflect the "style" in your lifestyle.........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/7/2006 3:26:08 PM)

Station Crew to 'Kick It Up a Notch' With Chef

Station Crew to 'Kick It Up a Notch' With Chef
The crew of the International Space Station will indulge next week in the ultimate "take-out" food, a meal delivered by a NASA space shuttle and designed by chef Emeril Lagasse of the Food Network's "Emeril Live." After tasting several of Lagasse's creations, the three-person crew will talk to the chef at 1:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 10 in a special hookup carried live on NASA TV.

Lagasse sent NASA some of his special recipes for potential use in........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 8/7/2006 7:40:46 AM)

Split The Network Upside Down

Split The Network Upside Down
My neighbours are stealing my wireless internet access. I could encrypt it or alternately I could have fun.

Split the network.

I'm starting here by splitting the network into two parts, the trusted half and the untrusted half. The trusted half has one netblock, the untrusted a different netblock. We use the DHCP server to identify mac addresses to give out the relevant addresses.........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/6/2006 9:43:36 PM)

Answer To A 20-year-old Metal Question

Answer To A 20-year-old Metal Question
What happens to metals when you bend them? The question isn't as easy as you may think. A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the University of Southern California, using a unique X-ray probe, has gathered the first direct evidence showing that, on average, a 20-year-old model is a useful predictor of stresses and strains in deformed metal.*.

But the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/4/2006 12:22:22 AM)

Brownfields May Turn Green

Brownfields May Turn Green
Growing crops for biofuels summons images of fuel alternatives springing from the rural heartland. But a Michigan State University partnership with DaimlerChrysler is looking at turning industrial brownfields green.

Kurt Thelen, MSU professor of crop and soil sciences, is leading the investigation to examine the possibility that some oilseed crops like soybeans, sunflower and canola, and other crops such as corn and switchgrass, can be grown........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/3/2006 11:54:18 PM)

Greater Bandwidth From Alternative Semiconductors

Greater Bandwidth From Alternative Semiconductors
With demand for greater bandwidth in communication networks steadily increasing, existing optical transmission and amplification technologies are fast reaching their limits. However simulations of a new type of semiconductor technology show promise in overcoming current bandwidth restrictions, and doing so more cheaply.

In recent years demand for greater bandwidth capacity in telecommunications, especially for fast-growing metro networks,........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/3/2006 7:03:47 AM)

One Atom At A Time

One Atom At A Time
By observing events at the scale of single atoms, Cornell scientists have found evidence that the mechanism in high-temperature superconductors may be much more like that in low-temperature superconductors than was previously thought.

"This came as a huge shock," said J.C. Seamus Davis, Cornell professor of physics, who with colleagues reports the findings in the Aug. 3 issue of the journal Nature.

Superconductors are materials that........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/2/2006 11:47:22 PM)

Hazy And Hot

Hazy And Hot
All over campus, people ate their lunches indoors and hopped from one air-conditioned building to the next in an attempt to beat temperatures that climbed into the upper 90s in Boston and Cambridge on August 2.

Sporting shorts, tank tops and flip-flops, most of those who ventured outside carried some kind of beverage with them. "We have been selling a lot of iced coffees and iced teas," said Claudette Luis of Bosworth's Coffee Shop off of........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/2/2006 10:37:23 PM)

Underwater Robots Work Together

Underwater Robots Work Together
This August in Monterey Bay, Calif., an entire fleet of undersea robots will for the first time work together without the aid of humans to make detailed and efficient observations of the ocean.

The oceanographic test bed in Monterey is expected to yield rich information in particular about a periodic upwelling of cold water that occurs at this time of year near Point Año Nuevo, northwest of Monterey Bay.

But the project has potentially........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 11:33:25 PM)

Locating Storm-Fueling Moisture

Locating Storm-Fueling Moisture
People planning ball games, picnics, and other outdoor events may soon have more precise short-term forecasts of rainfall, thanks to an observing strategy now being tested by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). An NCAR field project this summer is, for the first time, using multiple Doppler weather radars to track water vapor in the lower atmosphere. Measuring the low-level moisture is expected to help forecasters pin down the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 11:14:55 PM)

'vertically Oriented Nanoelectronics

'vertically Oriented Nanoelectronics
Engineers at Purdue University have developed a technique to grow individual carbon nanotubes vertically on top of a silicon wafer, a step toward making advanced electronics, wireless devices and sensors using nanotubes by stacking circuits and components in layers.

"Verticality gives you the ability to fit more things into the same area, so you can add more and more layers while keeping the footprint the same size or smaller," Fisher said.........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 11:09:45 PM)

A Splash With Robots

A Splash With Robots
A rousing game of underwater Quidditch brought this year's Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science program to a close on July 28.

High school students who had been working and living together at MIT for six weeks maneuvered their underwater robots through the Alumni Pool, picking up weighted markers and delivering them to a goal.

The event was just one in a daylong program that rounded out Minority Introduction to Engineering and........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 9:29:59 PM)

Species unique to tidal marshes face extinction

Species unique to tidal marshes face extinction
Tidal marshes occur in mid to high latitudes, along coasts that are protected within estuaries or behind barrier islands. They are most common in North America and China. Some tidal marsh species are protected from high salinity by relatively impermeable skin, and others have kidneys that can concentrate salts from large volumes of water or specialized glands that exude salt. A number of are gray or black in color, which is thought to bean........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 7:13:49 AM)

Summer Program For Young Researchers

Summer Program For Young Researchers
Celina Dozier, a chemical engineering major from Florida A&M University, has always known she wanted to come to MIT. This summer, thanks to the MIT Summer Research Program, she put her plan into action.

"There are so a number of resources here at MIT that we do not have at my university," said Dozier, who is spending her summer working on a research project in chemical engineering with Professor Paula Hammond and graduate student Marianne........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/31/2006 10:28:17 PM)

Insights Into Granicus And Tinjar Valles

Insights Into Granicus And Tinjar Valles
These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, show the regions of Granicus Valles and Tinjar Valles, which may have been formed partly through the action of subsurface water, due to a process known as sapping.

The HRSC obtained these images during orbit 1383 at a ground resolution of approximately 23.7 metres per pixel. The images have been rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise, so........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/29/2006 8:34:16 PM)

The Myth of the Security Mom

The Myth of the Security Mom
Recent studies of the 2004 election data by political scientists assess the role and impact of major sets of differences in the voting behavior of Americans--known in popular parlance as "voting gaps." Based on differences in support for George W. Bush and ranked in descending order, the studies confirm the largest voting gaps in the electorate were race and ethnicity, religion, class, region, gender, age, and education.

The research is........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/28/2006 10:32:31 PM)

Making Clearer Pictures

Making Clearer Pictures
Software makes pictures clearer.

Software helps astronomers see what's hidden in noisy and blurred images of stars and galaxies. Metropolis Data Consultants uses the same techniques to give doctors and the police clearer pictures to work on.

Astronomers use all sorts of telescopes to explore outer space. Some are optical telescopes - bigger and better versions of those you might have at home. Using lenses and mirrors, they make distant........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/28/2006 9:47:06 PM)

Some People Sure Are Trusting

Some People Sure Are Trusting
OK, this wasn't in America. I sometimes think I'd put our knuckleheads up against anybody's, but maybe not. If they had an Olympics for flagrant hazards, we'd be out of the medals if this is the competition.

On the plus side, he is wearing a hard hat. Also, if you look carefully at the boulder's 4 o'clock, you'll see a plastic drink bottle propped on another rock, so he is also staying hydrated. And maybe that boulder is actually 20 feet........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/26/2006 10:11:20 PM)

   
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