Interesting Reading #510 - The best car in the world, the best phone display in the world, the first asteroid dust on earth, and much more...

by | Jun 14, 2010 09:54 PM ET

Scientists retrieve capsule, seeking asteroid dust - "A team of scientists flew to the Australian Outback on Monday and recovered a Japanese space capsule that they hope contains asteroid samples providing clues into the evolution of the solar system..." See also: NASA Aircraft Videos Hayabusa Re-Entry

89,500 Miles In The World's Best Car - " By contrast, the Phaeton was designed without compromise to be the world's finest sedan, and possibly the world's finest car, period. At its introduction, the stories surrounding the Phaeton seemed like hyperbole. The “draftless” ventilation system, the ability to run at 300 km/h in the Arabian desert with all four seats set to different climates, the full air suspension which could raise and lower each wheel at a whim, and the wood-floored assembly facility where cars hung suspended over a giant steel ball while the “marriage” of unibody and drivetrain was accomplished by a massive robot. All of it was true, but it also all paled next to the experience of actually driving the cars..."

iPhone 4's Crystal Clear Retina Display - "According to blogger Robert Scoble, it's the best smartphone display “by far.” This morning, he posted a high-resolution photograph and video of the new iPhone; see below for close-ups. The video is particularly telling..."

Israel plows new ground in exotic crops - "A tomato breeder has created a crop worth more than its weight in gold. The seeds for the yellow cherry tomato, a fruit researchers feared might turn off consumers, now sell for $160,000 a pound..."

PlayStation Move: You Think You Know - "Fast-forward to March 2010, at the Game Developers Conference when Sony unveiled their answer to Mario with Move, a wand-and-joystick combo that pairs with a camera allowing gestural inputs into a variety of PS3 games. At first glance, onlookers criticized Move as a blatant follow-the-leader tactic but the folks behind PlayStation say that they – not Nintendo – were the first to bring motion control to the masses. And they're right. The EyeToy, a motion-sensing webcam that attached to the PS2 debuted in 2003. Peter Dille, Senior VP of Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, says “Playstation was at the forefront of developing new and innovative ways for user input and player experiences with EyeToy. Motion gaming is something that we've always been interested in. There's ample evidence now that it's something that people are interested in. We feel we've got a unique point of difference to bring something new to the table..."

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Boldly going nowhere: Nasa ends plan to put man back on Moon - "Nasa has begun to wind down construction of the rockets and spacecraft that were to have taken astronauts back to the Moon — effectively dismantling the US human spaceflight programme despite a congressional ban on its doing so..."


Are hybrid and electric airplanes ready for commercial debut? - "We don't claim to be experts on airplanes, nor is the physics of flight one of our strong suits, but we do know a thing or two about hybrid and electric-powered stuff. Therefore, we'll focus more on the commercial feasibility and public reception of hybrid and electric airplanes, rather than on the logistics and technical elements that can be sorted out by those with the proper expertise in the respective fields. With that aside, we're ready to jump into the discussion..."

Robots Hunt for Lock Ness Monster - "We just learned about a really cool yearly underwater ROV competition that is put on by APASE (Arizona Promoters of Applied Science in Education). The contest is called NURC (The National Underwater Robotics Challenge) and this year the contest is “Quest For Nessie!” How fun!"

Homemade home automation system - "This is Domestic Automation Network. It is a home automation system I built from the ground up at my house. Features include: Touch screen control, keyboard shortcuts, multi touch trackpad control, remote control control, web control, live ajax feedback, completely self sustained, expandable, network audio streaming, macros, weather, scriptable and many more. This video does not include many features of DAN. This just covers the basics..."

Point: U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan - "The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials..." See also: Report: US finds mineral riches in Afghanistan

Counterpoint: The Mineral Miracle? Or a Massive Information Operation? - "The way in which the story was presented -- with on-the-record quotations from the Commander in Chief of CENTCOM, no less -- and the weird promotion of a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense to Undersecretary of Defense suggest a broad and deliberate information operation designed to influence public opinion on the course of the war."

Microsoft's New Lens Promises 3-D TVs Sans Glasses - "The screen can deliver a 3-D image to two different viewers' eyes at once. In order to do so, its onboard computer has to track their eyes to target the light to each individual. In the past, such systems have been very bulky to account for air space needed between the lens and projector; Microsoft's design, though, uses a lens that tapers from 11 millimeters thick at the top to six millimeters at the bottom. This taper means that the light can travel through the lens instead of thin air, Applied Sciences Group Director Steven Bathiche told Technology Review, meaning the entire setup can substantially shrink in size..."

How to be happy without Internet - "hat's why I decided to write this little guide to teach myself, you and whoever will have the patience to read it, to remind how not to be swallowed by the Internet and its electronic world. The thing we have to keep in mind is that there are really many things we can do apart from playing, posting and chatting..."

The end of the world as we know it - "Forget man-made threats – the catalyst for the apocalypse will come from outer space, warns astronomer Chris Impey..."

What's wrong with the sun? - "SUNSPOTS come and go, but recently they have mostly gone. For centuries, astronomers have recorded when these dark blemishes on the solar surface emerge, only for them to fade away again after a few days, weeks or months. Thanks to their efforts, we know that sunspot numbers ebb and flow in cycles lasting about 11 years..." See also: Nasa warns solar flares from 'huge space storm' will cause devastation - "For biologists, the genome has yielded one insightful surprise after another. But the primary goal of the $3 billion Human Genome Project — to ferret out the genetic roots of common diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's and then generate treatments — remains largely elusive. Indeed, after 10 years of effort, geneticists are almost back to square one in knowing where to look for the roots of common disease..."

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'Grow-your-own' organs hope after scientists produce liver in lab from stem cells - "Scientists have grown a liver in a laboratory, offering fresh hope to hundreds of thousands of patients with diseased and damaged organs..."

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