Interesting Reading #305

by | Jun 24, 2009 04:55 PM ET

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Did Steve Jobs' wallet help cut transplant wait? - "Apple CEO Steve Jobs' recent trip to Tennessee to pick himself up a new liver has raised some sticky questions about what money can buy..."

Doctors Baffled, Intrigued by Girl Who Doesn't Age - "Brooke Greenberg is the size of an infant, with the mental capacity of a toddler. She turned 16 in January..."

World's Rarest Insect found on Rocky Spire - "Yet in 2001 the scientists found a colony of the huge Lord Howe Island stick insects living under a single bush, a hundred feet up the otherwise entirely infertile rock..."

Cable TV's Big Worry: Taming the Web - "Like newspaper owners, media moguls are looking for new ways to protect their investment from the ravages of the Internet. And, as with the newspaper industry, the answer remains elusive."

Hi-tech helps Iranian monitoring - "As protests continue in Iran, details are emerging of the technology used to monitor its citizens..."

AOL's AIM iPhone App Is Getting Awesome, Disruptive To AT&T - "While our government scratches its chin over the evils of overpriced cellphone text messaging, technology is fighting the battle faster..."

iPhone battery life complaints flood in - "Complaints have poured in to Pocket-lint about the iPhone's battery life since the 3.0 update was applied. Some users are reporting that their phones are getting hot and draining as fast as 20% per hour with zero use..."

Kindle's DRM Rears Its Ugly Head... And It IS Ugly - "“Oh that's the problem,” he said “if some of the books will download and the others won't it means that you've reached the maximum number of times you can download the book.”"

Two NASA space probes reach moon's orbit - "Two unmanned NASA spacecraft reached the moon's orbit Tuesday morning and began the process of mapping its surface for future missions..."

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - ""Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments. One of these involves a dog-like robot humping the leg of the heroine. Such are the meager joys. If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination..."

As opposed to "a near perfect movie" (according to Time):

Most detailed map of nearby Universe completed - "Researchers from Australia, the UK and the USA have just completed the most detailed survey of galaxies in the nearby Universe, which will reveal not only where the galaxies are but also where they are heading, how fast, and why..."

12 Tricks To Increase Your Firefox Speed By A Noticeable Amount - "With this tutorial you will be able to explore the hidden speed of Firefox which will boost the speed of Firefox and make your Firefox much more faster..."

Four crowdsourcing lessons from the Guardian's (spectacular) expenses-scandal experiment - "Okay, question time: Imagine you're a major national newspaper whose crosstown archrival has somehow obtained two million pages of explosive documents that outed your country's biggest political scandal of the decade. They've had a team of professional journalists on the job for a month, slamming out a string of blockbuster stories as they find them in their huge stack of secrets. How do you catch up?"

Cancer: shock breakthrough - "Patients with inoperable prostate disease recover after single dose of drug..."

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