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by | Apr 14, 2009 12:00 AM ET

China takes giant step with new super rocket - "China has created a new, powerful carrier rocket with military capabilities that can launch multiple satellites into space..."

YouTube Is Doomed - "YouTube, that incandescent tower of video Babel; monument to the sloughed-off detritus of our exponentially-exploding digital culture; a Technicolor cataract of skateboarding dogs, lip-synching college students, political punditry, and porn; has reached the zenith of its meteoric rise; and Icarus-like, wings melting; is spiraling back to earth. Despite massive growth, ubiquitous global brand awareness, presidential endorsement, and the world's greatest repository of illegally-pirated video content, Google's massive video folly is on life-support, and the prognosis is grave..."

The laws of sexual attraction - "Physical attraction may be as old as time, but new studies are beginning to uncover the science behind sex appeal. Unexpected factors -- like biochemical odors, face shape and voice pitch -- just might have more to do with your choice of mate than anyone ever expected..."

Can Twitter Survive What is About to Happen to It? - "I am worried about Twitter. I love it the way it is today. But it's about to change big time, and I wonder whether it can survive the transition..."

Former Area 51 scientists break their decades-long silence - "Former employees of the mysterious and infamous Area 51 are now breaking their decades-long silence and coming forward to talk about their work at the ultra-secret military facility..."

New processor technology promises big boost to consumer-grade SSDs - "SandForce Inc. announced today a new family of solid-state disk (SSD) processors that the company claims will allow lower-cost, commodity NAND flash memory to be used in data center operations. The disks will also be faster and more reliable for use in mobile applications, the company said..."

Attenborough warns on population - "The broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has become a patron of a group seeking to cut the growth in human population..."

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: Three predictions on the future of Iran, and the math to back it up - "Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses mathematical analysis to predict (very often correctly) such messy human events as war, political power shifts, Intifada ... After a crisp explanation of how he does it, he offers three predictions on the future of Iran..."

Destroy the Internet with a hacksaw? - "This morning many people in Silicon Valley woke up without 911 service, Internet, cellular phones, and in some cases TV. Web sites were impacted and Internet traffic between a few major datacenters stopped flowing. Several of our employees were cut off from the Internet and phone service..."

How to use your PC and Webcam as a motion-detecting and recording security camera - "This tutorial will take you step-by-step through setting up your PC and Webcam to act as a motion-detecting and recording security camera system. And the software required to do this is open source (free)..."

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WorldFirst Racing Builds the Earth's Most Delicious Racecar - "What has a steering wheel is made from carrots, has a body made from potatoes, is powered by waste chocolate and vegetable oil, and it goes 125 mph around corners?"

Robot Gardeners: No Green Thumbs, But Could Prove Handy - "Move over, Martha Stewart. Some new gardeners are coming to town, or at least, to Cambridge. Small and produced for $3,000, they were created by a class of undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the hope of aiding farmers in growing their crops..."

GOCE's Electric Ion Propulsion Engine Switched On - "GOCE's sophisticated electric ion propulsion system has been switched on and confirmed to be operating normally, marking another crucial milestone in the satellite's post-launch commissioning phase..."

Why It Makes Sense That a Hacker's Behind Amazon's Big Gay Outrage - "Twitter had a big tizzy yesterday over's supposed censorship of gay and lesbian titles, did you hear? Just one problem: A well-known hacker has come forward and claimed the whole thing was his prank..."

Augmented reality on hand at museum in the Netherlands, threatens to make learning cool - "This is not the most prurient example of augmented reality we've seen, and it may not have an obvious movie tie-in, but we will give it bonus points for being educational..."

Diatoms could triple solar cell efficiency - "Microscopic algae called diatoms could help triple the electrical output of experimental, dye-sensitized solar cells, according to researchers at Oregon State University and Portland State University..."

Kindle 2 users complain of eye strain, mull over possible solutions - "You know how it is: Amazon refreshes the Kindle, makes some upgrades, and everybody's happy. Almost. It seems that a small but vocal minority is really, really not into the way that fonts are rendered on the new device...."

The Pursuit of Laziness - "Finally, after decades of reading in bed, I have reached that stage of perfect relaxation..."

Common misconceptions about science V: Intelligence - "There are two particular misconceptions that poison public discourse about intelligence. The first is that intelligence tests are culturally biased. As Gottfredson's statement points out, intelligence tests are not culturally or otherwise biased against any racial, ethnic, cultural, or social class group. Intelligence tests are among the most accurate and predictive of all psychometric tests; for example, psychometricians can measure individuals' intelligence much more accurately than their personality. And intelligence test scores predict academic and job performance of individuals of all racial and ethnic groups equally well..."

The Poor Mans Notebook - "The company I work for, Silicon Forensics sells a forensic computer system that is built inside a full size pelican case. That gave me the idea for the first case computer I built which I called the Poor Mans Netbook even though it ended up costing quiet a bit more than a netbook to build ~_~..."

Next-Gen Atom Smashers: Smaller, Cheaper and Super Powerful - "Size matters in particle physics: The bigger the machine, the more violently physicists can smash atoms together and break open the deepest mysteries of the subatomic world. But a revolutionary new technology could eventually render some gargantuan particle accelerators passé..."

Catch cuttlefish, drain off the ink, then fillet. Serves five (dolphins) - "Scientists stunned by mammals' elaborate culinary preparations..."

A Cuttlefish is the attacker in this video:

They've got your number - "Every call made, email sent and website visited is now being logged under new regulations. What does that mean for investigative journalists - and their need to protect sources? Charles Arthur reports..."

"The Bio Code" -Is Life Written Into the Laws of Physics? - "Biology A recent mathematical analysis says that life as we know it is written into the laws of reality. DNA is built from a set of twenty amino acids - the first ten of those can create simple prebiotic life, and now it seems that those ten are thermodynamically destined to occur wherever they can..."

Removing Hot Air from Nuclear Power Plants; Scientists Convert Nuclear Energy to Power without Steam - "For years, researchers have been in search of an economically feasible method of converting nuclear energy directly into electricity. Now, University of Missouri researchers are developing an energy conversion system that uses relatively safe isotopes to generate high-grade energy. A system that directly converts nuclear energy into electricity would be cheaper than current nuclear conversion technology..."

Scotland's First People Left Behind Big Game Toolkit - "Archaeologists have just identified the oldest evidence for humans in Scotland, a fairly sophisticated 14,000-year-old toolkit that may have been used to hunt and prepare big game from the region...."

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