Interesting Reading #593 - Wave art, Ig Nobel, Space hotels, Digg's death, Marijuana Decriminalization and much more...

by | Oct 3, 2010 10:50 PM ET

This Pool Creates Waves In The Shape Of...Anything! - "have heard of wave making machines for indoor pools and even machines that are able to create 10 foot waves for people to surf on, inhouse. However, never did I think someone would spend so much time on something to make it create waves in the shape of... well, anything! The brilliant minds that thought this up are beyond exceptional, and even though I don't see the point of it more than being commercial entertainment, it's flippin awesome!"

Ig Nobel for 'whale breathalyser' - "A London-based scientist's use of a remote-control helicopter to get breath samples from whales has led to her being awarded an "Ig Nobel" Prize..."

'Space hotel' plan unveiled in Russia - "A Russian company has unveiled an ambitious plan to launch a "cosmic hotel" for wealthy space tourists..."

20 best web apps you've never heard of - "We've trawled the web to uncover these hidden gems..."

The death of Digg is not exaggerated - "Since Digg came out with their much vaunted version 4 at the end of August, the social media blogs have documented in detail the trail of disaster which will surely become a case study in how to screw up a social site in business courses across the land..." See also: Digg in Decline? Here's Some Data

Genes Take Charge, and Diets Fall by the Wayside - "Obese people, he knew, had huge fat cells, stuffed with glistening yellow fat. What happened to those cells when people lost weight, he wondered. Did they shrink or did they go away? He decided to find out..." See also: It's illegal to be fat in Japan

A galaxy of your own - "Last December, we wrote about our immersive Google Earth environment, Liquid Galaxy: eight 55-inch LCD screens showing Google Earth in a unified, surround view..."

Homebrew technology: The $100 airplane - "Take an evening stroll through a park in Brooklyn, New York, and you might spot what looks like a luminous stingray whizzing through the air above. Follow it to its landing spot and you're bound to bump into Breck Baldwin and Mark Harder, two exhibitors from last week's Maker Faire who spend much of their time in an underground workshop building remote-controlled airplanes pretty much from scratch. Their plan is to wean people off shop-bought kits and get them freestyling when it comes to building model planes, getting creative with recycled materials instead..."

F-35s Grounded for Software, Hinge Fixes - "Flight testing of all F-35 Joint Strike Fighter variants has been temporarily suspended until software that controls functioning of the engine's three fuel boost pumps is modified, the Pentagon said Oct. 1..."

The battle for your living room: Apple TV vs. Boxee Vs. Roku

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11 Ways To Live To Be 100

AMD to debut Radeon HD 6000-series in October - "Facing the upcoming Nvidia's Fermi-series GPUs and its entry-level GeForce GT 430, aiming for an October launch, AMD has decided to announce its latest generation Radeon HD 6000-series GPU globally on October 19. As the company has successfully spun off its foundry division and received the US$1.25 billion settlement penalty from Intel, AMD decided to increase its promotion budget and will host its AMD Technical Forum and Exhibition 2010 show along with its Radeon HD 6000-series debut conference in Taiwan. For the event, AMD will send several top executives to visit Taiwan and meet its local partners, as well as explain the company's fourth-quarter product roadmap to the Asia Pacific media..."

Adidas Gives Up On Apple's iAds Because Steve Jobs Is Too Much Of A Control Freak -- Scuttlebutt - "Apple has lost another advertiser for its "iAd" mobile advertising business -- this time Adidas, the athletic apparel giant -- according to scuttlebutt we have heard from two mobile industry execs. Adidas supposedly pulled its $10+ million ad campaign from the iAd program because Apple CEO Steve Jobs was being too much of a control freak. According to one industry exec, Adidas decided to cancel its iAds after Apple rejected its creative concept for the third time..."

Kid's Walker:

You're Stealing it Wrong - "This summer, for DEFCON 18, I gave a talk called “You're Stealing it Wrong: 30 Years of Inter-Pirate Battles”. The proposal was good enough that less than a few hours after I submitted it, Dark Tangent himself tweeted about it. That was enough pressure to ensure I had lots of backup material, lots of items to discuss. The result is pretty far out there..."

New Evidence Suggests Icebergs in Frigid Oceans on Ancient Mars - "Ancient Mars once had surprisingly frigid primeval oceans complete with their own icebergs, new evidence suggests..."

Empathy's failures - "Loran Nordgren and Mary McDonnell wanted to see whether our perception of the severity of a crime was affected by the number of people affected. 60 students were given a vignette to read about a case of fraud, where either 3 people or 30 people were defrauded by a financial advisor, but all the other information in the story was kept the same. In an ideal world, you'd imagine that someone who harmed more people would deserve a harsher treatment. Participants were asked to evaluate the severity of the crime, and recommend a punishment: even though fewer people were affected, participants who read the story with only 3 victims rated the crime as more serious than those who read the exact same story, but with 30 victims...."

Microsoft hopes to bury iPhone, Android - "Microsoft's strange disappearance from the phone market, and its delayed response to the emergence of tablet devices like Apple's iPad, has been seen as a drag on Microsoft's shares, which are down 20 percent this year..."

Google's CEO: 'The Laws Are Written by Lobbyists' - ""The average American doesn't realize how much of the laws are written by lobbyists" to protect incumbent interests, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told Atlantic editor James Bennet at the Washington Ideas Forum. "It's shocking how the system actually works."" See also: Eric Schmidt at the Washington Ideas Forum video

It's put-up or shut-up time for the FCC's net-neutrality advocates - "The issue here is simple: Should the government prevent Internet providers from discriminating for or against legitimate sites, services and applications? "

Public Humiliation: It's Not The Web, It's Us - "Rutgers University freshman jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate secretly taped him having sex and broadcast the footage over the Internet. Public humiliation is nothing new, but the prevalence of the Internet means that what happened to Clementi is going to keep happening, sociologist C. J. Pascoe says..."

Intel ramps up home energy push with control-panel design - "Intel has announced a reference design for a home energy-management device, an attempt to get a foothold in the smart grid business and bring Intel's chips to your kitchen table..."

Pencil Vs Camera: Amazing Photography - "In this post we have gathered some of very different photography by Ben Heine for you inspiration. He could have called it “Drawing Vs Photography” or “Imagination Vs Reality”. Ben Heine is a Belgian visual creator, he was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and currently live and work in Brussels, he has attracted much attention to his awesome pencil vs camera works..."

Multicore may not be so scary - "Research suggests that the free operating system Linux will keep up with the addition of more ‘cores,' or processing units, to computer chips..."

Fears of Chinese land grab as Beijing's billions buy up resources - "China is pouring another $7bn (£4.4bn) into Brazil's oil industry, reigniting fears of a global "land grab" of natural resources..."

China offers to buy Greek debt - "China has offered to buy Greek government bonds, in a show of support for the country whose debt burden pushed the euro zone into a crisis..."

Governator Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Measure! - "California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1449 into law, which reduces many adult marijuana possession charges from misdemeanor to civil infraction charges. This means no jail time, arrest, or anything more than a ticket for thousands of Californians who would otherwise be facing criminal charges, filling up jails, and otherwise useless actions that ruin their lives and clog up the justice system..."

Why CNN totally blew the Rick Sanchez Firing - "This is a classic example as to why CNN is failing and other media outlets are doing so much better. CNN, let me be crystal clear; Grab a sack, and take a stand. Here is what your statement should have said..."

Countries reach tentative anti-counterfeiting pact - "Nearly 40 nations reached agreement in principle on Saturday on an international trade pact aimed at reducing copyright and trademark theft that causes losses of billions of dollars annually..."

Following The Money Behind Mystery Attack Ads - "Earlier this year, the Supreme Court lifted restrictions on how much money corporations could spend on political ads. The decision came about through a case called Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission. As a result of the Supreme Court's ruling, groups such as Americans for New Leadership and Concerned Taxpayers for America have come out to take advantage of the new rules. Some of these groups are known as 501c4's, which is a tax designation; others are simply referred to as "super-PACS." Under the new rules, these groups are not required to say who they are or how they're funded, and it's very difficult to find out any information about them..."

A Fox Presidential Primary? - "Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are all deemed possible 2012 Presidential candidates. They're also all current employees of Fox News. Not only do they draw a paycheck from the network that would cover their presidential campaigns, they've also signed exclusivity deals with Fox. Politico's Jonathan Martin talks about what this means for him and other political reporters..."

New sex ed funding ends decade of abstinence-only - " For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government is funding sex education programs that aren't based solely on abstinence. But they're not just about handing out condoms, either..."

Android caught in a crossfire of patents - "While I've been following patent disputes in our industry for some time, I can't remember that any software platform has ever been under pressure from such a diversity of patents -- held by several powerful competitors -- as Android. This is a uniquely precarious situation for Google and its partners (the vendors of Android-based smartphones and the group I mostly care about: application developers)..."

The moment Woods's Ryder Cup challenge was halted... by a photographer - "The man from The Mail on Sunday didn't flinch, however, and captured this extraordinary picture just before the ball hit his camera, bounced on to his chest and came to rest at his feet...."

Historic 'Mars antenna' in Mojave Desert undergoing repairs - " Deep Space Station 14 has spent 44 years tracking spacecraft and helping to image planets, comets and asteroids. It 'is one of the main contributors to our understanding of the solar system.'.."

Your content is distracting your users from the ads - "It seems we found the reason for the CTR skyrocketing. Since September 23th the app was left without content. When the users opened the app, they saw nothing but the ad. And what did they do? They just clicked on it! This leaves out some interesting conclusions..."

The Firefly's Glow Could Revolutionize Stem Cell Therapy - "For years, researchers have been using fluorescent proteins in bacteria and animals to study everything from gene therapy and neural development to cancer and limb regeneration (and create some very pretty pictures). The concept is fairly simple: by inserting the gene for GFP (green fluorescent protein, originally found in jellyfish) at the end of another gene—say the gene for hemoglobin—its glow can be used to measure how much hemoglobin is produced and where it is produced in the cell..."

Tackling insomnia through Twitter - "Insomniacs will soon be getting help to overcome sleeplessness via social networks..."

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