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Interesting Reading #475 – Cheap + thin night vision goggles, the world’s biggest optical telescope, An Amazing Journey to The Centre of The World, Effects of Upsized Wheels and much more…

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A Cheap, Thin Film Gives Portable Night Vision to Cell Phones and Eyeglasses – “What we regularly refer to as “night vision goggles” are actually less like goggles and more like heavy, bulky (and outrageously expensive) pieces of machinery. But DARPA funded research at the U. of Florida has adapted technology regularly found in flat-screen OLED televisions to create a thin film that turns any infrared signal into visible light, which could integrate cheap night vision tech into car windshields, cell phone cameras and even regular eyeglasses…”

Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope – “Europe has chosen the place it wants to build the world’s biggest optical telescope. The observatory will be constructed on Cerro Armazones, a 3,000m-high mountain in Chile’s Atacama Desert…”

Robot takes on battle of the bulge – “Imagine something between a computer game and a pet that helps makes you slim. One inventor did just that and came up with Autom — a robot that will look dieters in the eye and tell them what they need to hear…”

Unbelievable video showing Europe’s air traffic coming back to life – “A visualisation of the northern European airspace returning to use after being closed due to volcanic ash. Due to varying ash density across Europe, the first flights can be seen in some areas on the 18th and by the 20th everywhere is open….”

Everyone in the United States who uses the Internet should read this message from Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google) and take action

An Amazing Journey to The Centre of The World: Investigating The World Below – “The thickness of the earth’s crust ranges from 50 miles in mountainous areas to just six miles beneath the ocean floor; the average around the world is 21 miles. The borehole, therefore, has already eaten its way through one-third of the earth’s surface…” See also: Excursion to the Center of the Earth

Intel launches new version of its Classmate PC for kids – “The Classmate PC is a clamshell (opens and closes like a clam) and can be converted into a touchscreen tablet computer. It has the Intel Atom processor and a 10.1-inch liquid crystal display; the new model has more memory and storage to run education applications. It has up to 8.5 hours of battery life and can connect via Wi-Fi, 3G and WiMAX, and has integrated global positioning system (GPS) navigation…”

How to make strong, conductive fibers hundreds of meters long. – “In a Rice University lab, a black fiber the diameter of a human hair spools into a beaker of ether. Made up of pure nano­tubes, the strand is the culmination of nearly a decade of experimentation. Chemical engineer Matteo Pasquali and his colleagues have spun nanotubes into fibers several hundred meters long, proving that commercially useful manufacturing techniques can be developed to produce macroscale materials from these cylindrical molecules of pure carbon…”

iPad users targeted by hackers – “Security experts have warned that Apple iPad users are being targeted by cyber criminals. Hackers are trying to dupe iPad owners in to downloading a fake iTunes update on their Windows computer, which, when installed, creates a backdoor for cyber criminals, allowing them to remotely access the machine or even use the computer to send spam messages…”

James Cameron interview:

Could you live without electricity? – “Earth Day has come and gone, but it’s a fact of daily — and especially nightly — life that 1.6 billion people around the globe have no electricity in their homes. Instead, most use wood, coal or even dung to heat and cook their homes — resulting in indoor air pollution that kills 1.6 million people a year…”

Net neutrality numbers don’t add up – “A new study suggests regulating the Net will cost millions of jobs. A closer look reveals the study’s main ingredient is manure, Cringely concludes…”

5 Lessons for Google From Nexus One’s Sluggish Start – “When we asked Google for a comment, a company spokesperson said, “We’ve said from the beginning that Nexus One is the first of many Google-branded Android handsets. Today’s announcement (steering Nexus One customers to the HTC Incredible on Verizon) doesn’t mean any change on that front.””

Congratulations Comcast; You’re The Worst Company In America! – “After four rounds of bloody battle against some of the most publicly reviled businesses in America, Comcast can now run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and hold its hands high in victory — it has bested everyone else to earn the title of Worst Company In America for 2010….”

US Senator wants FTC to regulate privacy on Facebook, other social networks – “Like many of us, US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) was none too pleased about Facebook’s recent changes to how user data is shared with third-party companies (and made searchable online). But the senator announced today that he believes social network privacy is a task for the Federal Trade Commission to tackle with Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and all other online social networking services…”

Amazing Underwater River : Cenote Angelita in Mexico – ” If you are a professional diver you should visit Cenote Angelita Mexico. These amazing pictures were taken by Anatoly Beloshchin in the cave Cenote Angelita, Mexico…”

Lessons from the Brain: Toward an Intelligent Molecular Computer – “A team of researchers from Japan and Michigan Technological University has built a molecular computer using lessons learned from the human brain…” See also: Molecule-Sized Computer Mimics Human Brain At Work

Authorities Seize Gizmodo Editor’s Computers – “According to Gizmodo, the police entered Mr. Chen’s “home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers.” The authorities were using a warrant issued by a judge from the state Superior Court in San Mateo…”

Google Street View shoots same woman 43 times – “Well Wendy Southgate, 52, might have become the most photographed person in a medium that is enjoyed by so many people around the world. Yes, the next best thing to “Vogue”–Google Street View…”

‘Hot’ substance in chilli peppers key to killing pain – “A team at the University of Texas says a substance similar to capsaicin, which makes chilli peppers hot, is found in the human body at sites of pain. And blocking the production of this substance can stop chronic pain, the team found…”

Effects of Upsized Wheels and Tires Tested – “The aesthetic appeal of larger wheels and tires is undeniable, but what about the alleged performance benefits? In general, larger wheels are heavier, and additional weight hinders performance. To examine the effects of installing larger wheels and tires, also known as “plus-sizing,” we tested five wheel-and-tire combinations—ranging from 15 to 19 inches—on a 2010 Volkswagen Golf and got a good sense of what is gained and lost in the process…”

Gene silencing prevents its first human disease – “The discovery over a decade ago that snippets of RNA can be used as gene silencers in worms garnered a Nobel prize in 2006. Now, for the first time, RNA interference (RNAi) has been proven effective against a human disease – a common respiratory virus…”

Chocolate lovers ‘are more depressive’, say experts – “Research in Archives of Internal Medicine shows those who eat at least a bar every week are more glum than those who only eat chocolate now and again…”

Macbook Pro helps Core i7 hit 100 Degrees – “During our review of the new 17in Macbook Pro we noticed that the chassis became very hot. Further testing shows that the Core i7 CPU is hitting temperatures over 100 Degrees Celsius..”

Netflix on it’s way to Android – “There have been many listings popping up for experts on Android video playback straight from Netflix lately. They have been eagerly hunting down people to fill the positions of “Android Playback Expert” as well as an “Android Platform Application Manager.” We have recently seen Netflix streaming over a Windows 7 Phone prototype when it was first announced, perhaps we could see the stream coming to Android handsets in the near future as well…”

Ocean Acidification Hits Northwest Oyster Farms
– “Oceans act as sponges. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the oceans soak up one-quarter to one-third of all CO2 from fossil fuels. About 500 billion tons have been absorbed by the seas. Close to 22 million tons of C02 a day mix with the natural carbon of the ocean. But too much carbon and water makes the ocean too acidic…”

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