Interesting Reading #581 - Impressive robot, Windows 8 preview, Newest Restaurant menus, Coolest PC Designs and much more...

by | Sep 19, 2010 10:43 PM ET

Impressive HRP-4 robot will make you bow in deference

20 World's Coolest PC Designs - "Design-focused PC makers are launching laptops, netbooks, and displays—and upgrading some existing models—to show off Windows 7, which launched on Oct. 22. Many of these products are thinner or lighter than their predecessors while some introduce multitouch capabilities. Here, check out 20 of the coolest new designs, from pricey to more affordable..."

This Next Gen Camera Is Flash-Free, With or Without Light - "NYU researchers create a camera flash that uses invisible illumination, blinding no one, but still taking high-quality pics in low-light situations. Here is how it works..."

X-Prize Winning Car: Like the General Lee but Less Hazardous to Planet With 100-plus MPG - "Half of the $10 million prize fund for the fuel efficiency Automotive X-Prize is being handed to the team behind The Very Light Car--the vehicle has beaten the competition's target of 100 miles per gallon efficiency..." See also: Gasoline Trumps Electricity in Fuel-Efficient Auto Contest

Windows 8 Plans Leaked: Numerous Details Revealed - "Over the weekend, the Italian Windows site “Windowsette” got a hold of some super secret squirrel Microsoft presentations apparently laying around on the internet somewhere. I took a look through every single one of these, slide-by-slide, so I'm quite confident these are the real deal..."

Google Plans to Take a Swing at Apple with New Music Service - "Google is rumored to venture in the world of music by offering a new cloud-based online service aimed at stealing the hearts of artists and music lovers worldwide from Apples and its iTunes music service..."

Thru religion:

12 mad science projects that could shake the world - "Some science projects once only conceivable by mad scientists are now becoming more mainstream as real money is being spent on everything from shape-shifting robots to artificial intelligence-based borgs. Here we take a look at 12 projects Dr. Frankenstein would have loved...."

Your brain lies to you - "False beliefs are everywhere. Eighteen percent of Americans think the sun revolves around the earth, one poll has found. Thus it seems slightly less egregious that, according to another poll, 10 percent of us think that Senator Barack Obama, a Christian, is instead a Muslim. The Obama campaign has created a Web site to dispel misinformation. But this effort may be more difficult than it seems, thanks to the quirky way in which our brains store memories - and mislead us along the way..."

4chan Users Organize Surgical Strike Against MPAA - "The users at 4chan, a popular image board responsible for many Internet memes such as the Rickroll, lolcats, and the “Anonymous” assault on the Church of Scientology, publicly announced a coordinated DDoS attack against the Motion Picture Association of America in retaliation for the hiring of an Indian based software firm, which carried out similar attacks on The Pirate Bay and other file sharing sites..." See also: 4chan DDoS Takes Down MPAA and Anti-Piracy Websites

T-Mobile Censoring Text Message - "A mobile-marketing company claimed Friday it would go out of business unless a federal judge orders T-Mobile to stop blocking its text-messaging service, the first case testing whether wireless providers can block text messages they don't like..."

'Bed Intruder' singer buys house for family - "Antoine Dodson -- who skyrocketed to viral internet fame after a news report of him explaining how he chased a rapist from his sister's bedroom was turned into Auto-tune hit "Bed Intruder" -- has moved his family into a safer home..."

Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France - "France is reeling from a documentary about a psychological experiment disguised as a game show. Researchers staged a fictitious reality show to see how far people would go in obeying authority, especially if television reinforces that authority...."

L.A. Gets World's First Rapid-Charge Electric Bus - "Powering the Proterra bus are lithium titanate batteries from Altairnano, which are said to hold up to repeated partial recharges. After only a ten minute rapid charge, the bus will be able to operate for three solid hours. Luckily, the 291 route also includes a drive-in docking station that will help keep the bus moving without interruption..."

New York City's Strategy for a Greener Future - "New York is in the vanguard of American cities battling climate change and leads the charge on many fronts...."


9 top spots for the savvy luxury traveler - "Looking for fine wine or a luxurious spa visit without a top-drawer price tag? Visit one of these nine destinations where lavish experiences and affordability intersect..."

Top 10 Ways to Organize and Streamline Your Workspace - "Whether you work from home, in an office, or just a cubicle down the hall, you spend most of the day at your workspace. Here are some of the best ways to keep it from becoming a productivity nightmare..."

Now Steve Jobs Is Having An Email Pissing Match with A College Journalism Student - "Long Island University senior Chelsea Kate Isaacs, 22, emailed Jobs Thursday with a complaint: Her journalism professor had assigned her a story on a new initiative at her college to buy iPads for all incoming students. She wanted to get a quote from Apple about the use of iPads in academic settings. But when she repeatedly called Apple's PR department, leaving six voice messages, they never got back to her. Isaacs wasn't expecting a response...."

Scientists Say: The Highway Across the Serengeti Is a Terrible Idea - "Two weeks ago we covered the dust-up between eco-groups and the government of Tanzania over the latter's proposal to build a road through the heart of Serengeti National Park, home to the world-famous annual migrations of wildebeests, zebras, and more. Today in Nature, a group of 27 scientists chimed in on the project. Their verdict: It would be a biodiversity disaster..."

Linux Baby Rocker

Boy drops DS in gorilla cage, inadvertently creates the best photo op ever

How to keep people from stealing your iPod

Niall Ferguson: Empires on the Edge of Chaos

Intel wants to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU can already do

Gene limits learning and memory in mice - "Deleting a certain gene in mice can make them smarter by unlocking a mysterious region of the brain considered to be relatively inflexible, scientists at Emory University School of Medicine have found...."

Obama's Problem With Business - "Barack Obama is the most anti-business president in a generation, perhaps in American history. Thanks to him the era of big government is back. Obama runs up taxpayer debt not in the billions but in the trillions. He has expanded the U.S. government's control over home mortgages, investment banking, health care, autos and energy. The Weekly Standard summarizes Obama's approach as omnipotence at home, impotence abroad. The President's bizarre actions mystify critics and supporters alike..."

Tax Increase Would Hit Few Small Businesses - "As Congress and President Obama wrestle over whether to let the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest Americans, one of the most heated aspects of the debate, in Washington and in neighborhoods across the country, is how a tax increase would affect small businesses..."

U.S. Home Prices Face 3-Year Drop as Inventory Surge Looms - "The slide in U.S. home prices may have another three years to go as sellers add as many as 12 million more properties to the market..." See also: A housing rebound? Yes, it's possible.

Two-photon walk a giant stride for quantum computing - "The photonic chip next to a UK penny. The chip contains micrometer and sub-micrometer features and guide light using a network of waveguides. The output of this network can be seen on the surface of the chip..."

UN scientists say ozone layer depletion has stopped - " The protective ozone layer in the earth's upper atmosphere has stopped thinning and should largely be restored by mid century thanks to a ban on harmful chemicals, UN scientists said on Thursday. ..."

Kill Whitey. It's the Right Thing to Do - "A couple years ago, David Pizarro, a young research psychologist at Cornell, brewed up a devious variation on the classic trolley problem. The trolley problem is that staple of moral psychology studies at dinner parties in which you ask someone to decide under what conditions it's morally permissible to kill one person to save others..."

Bacterial Bonanza: Microbes Keep Us Alive - "Gordon's research shows that these microbes living in our bodies aren't just there for the ride — they're actively contributing to the normal physiology of the human body. He points to the trillions of microbes that live in our gut, doing everything from encoding enzymes to serving as pathways for vitamin production to digesting the parts of food we can't digest on our own..."

To Triple World Nuclear Power, MIT Calls for Research to 'Preserve Our Options' - "There's plenty of uranium in the world to power a massive increase in new, efficient nuclear reactors of the traditional type, says a new report out today. That supply gives the United States sufficient time to study new types of reactors that could reduce the need for long-term storage of nuclear waste by burning up more of their fuel...."

Physicists Are Close to Uncovering the Fundamental Rules of Reality - "My great hope is that we will figure out how to meld gravity and quantum mechanics, realizing a dream that can be traced back to Einstein and that, in its more modern form, has captivated two generations of theoretical physicists. Such a theory might provide us the tools for gaining a clear understanding of the origin of the universe..."

Portable Laser Backpack Revolutionizes Interior 3D Mapping - "A portable, laser backpack for 3D mapping has been developed at the University of California, Berkeley, where it is being hailed as a breakthrough technology capable of producing fast, automatic and realistic 3D mapping of difficult interior environments...."

Minimolecule may explain how antidepressants work - "Scientists have uncovered a new chemical process that may explain how antidepressants like Prozac work. The newly found mechanism also suggests why the drugs take weeks to start helping and may one day point to new therapies for depression..."

Is Narcissism Good for Business? - "Narcissists, new experiments show, are great at convincing others that their ideas are creative even though they're just average. Still, groups with a handful of narcissists come up with better ideas than those with none, suggesting that self-love contributes to real-world success..."

Obesity epidemic simply caused by eating too much, claims academic - "Despite appearances, overall physical activity levels have remained constant for the last quarter of a century during which time weight levels have rocketed, Professor John Speakman said. He claimed that the average man burned 1380 calories per day in the 1980s and continues to do so today. The average woman has burned 950 calories a day during the same period. What has changed is that calorie intake has increased by at least a third to on average 3,500 calories a day, he said. "

Your computer as an earthquake sensor - "he laptop that might be in front of you is an unused earthquake sensor. If properly employed -- and connected to a large network of similar computers -- it could be used to map out the aftermath of an earthquake quickly, speeding up the work of emergency responders and potentially saving lives..."

London restaurant claims fame with touch-sensitive tables, colorful menu projectors - "A chic London restaurant and bar called Inamo is making patrons' dining experiences digital by projecting colorful menus and aesthetic patterns onto touch-sensitive tabletops..."

Ex-child prostitute sues Village Voice over sex ads - "A teenage child trafficking victim has filed a lawsuit against Village Voice Media, for knowingly allowing her pimp to post ads for her "services" on the popular The pimp, Latasha Jewell McFarland, has already pleaded guilty to prostitution charges, but the victim (going by M.A. in the complaint, as she is still a minor) says that Village Voice knew that the photos being posted of her were illegal but "failed to investigate for fear of what it would learn." "

Intel confirms HDCP key is real, can now be broken at will - "Earlier this week a key claiming to be the HDCP master key was posted to the Internet. If real, the key would allow anyone to construct hardware to decrypt HDCP-protected content. Intel, inventors of HDCP, has confirmed that the key is indeed real, and can be used in just this way..." See also: Intel Threatens to Sue Anyone Who Uses HDCP Crack

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