Interesting reading #638 - Netflix competition, New fighter planes, invisible bike helmets, better fusion power and much more!

by | Dec 9, 2010 12:18 AM ET

Amazon Movie Streaming Service Undercuts Netflix Price - "Amazon will be pursuing a different pay model than Netflix, and charge on a yearly basis. Netflix currently charges subscribers $7.99 per month (approximately $96 per year) for its online streaming service...." See also: FCC's pay-as-you-go Internet plan raises video, access questions

Coming Soon: Rent Movies on Your USB Thumb Drive - "Blockbuster might want to put some extra polish on that new advertising campaign. There's apparently a new service around the corner called “Flix On Stix” that uses a kiosk model similar to Redbox, only instead of getting a DVD, you simply plug in a USB thumb drive and download the movie rental in seconds. Maybe Redbox should start planning a new advertising campaign too? Or is this new technology destined to go obsolete almost as soon as it begins? Let's weigh the pros and cons...

Top 5 Fighter Planes Under development - "The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine stealth multirole fighters. After entering service it would be considered as the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world, performing ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions...."

A step toward fusion power - "MIT advance could help remove contaminants that slow fusion reactions, and may bring practical fusion power plants a bit closer to reality..."

Trash the Bike Helmet; Try an Airbag for Your Head Instead - "No matter how stylish, bicycle helmets have the nasty habit of mussing up hair while making you look like a dork. That often keeps cyclists from wearing helmets altogether--a habit that prompted Swedish designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin to design Hövding ("Chieftain"), a bike helmet that doesn't look much like a helmet at all..."

Europe's Plan to Simulate the Entire Planet - "The 'Living Earth Simulator' will mine economic, environmental and health data to create a model of the entire planet in real time..."

If Apple Were A Search Engine Company...

If you see something suspicious...

Abandoned on Everest

Browser Game Pick: One Chance (Awkward Silence Games)

Why Your Income Is So Important - "A few weeks ago, I shared a monster list of ways to make more money. These weren't cheesy chores or slimy scams, but legitimate ways a person could earn extra income if they needed. Most of the suggestions were drawn from GRS reader stories, from my friends' lives, or from my own experience. They're ways real people make real money when times are tough..."

DARPA Works to Perfect Self-Forging, High-Velocity 'Spears' - "In his 1955 novel Earthlight, science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke thought of an incredible superweapon that used giant electromagnets to shoot a stream of molten metal at lightning speed. Now, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants one for America's military..."

Tooth Decay to Be a Thing of the Past? Enzyme Responsible for Dental Plaque Sticking to Teeth Deciphered - "The Groningen professors Bauke Dijkstra and Lubbert Dijkhuizen have deciphered the structure and functional mechanism of the glucansucrase enzyme that is responsible for dental plaque sticking to teeth. This knowledge will stimulate the identification of substances that inhibit the enzyme. Just add that substance to toothpaste, or even sweets, and caries will be a thing of the past..."

Internet Explorer 9 Will Protect Web Users from Being Tracked - "Microsoft's next-generation Web browser will see a release candidate "early next year," and it will include a unique, just announced privacy protection called Tracking Protection. The feature will give users control over which sites can send and receive data from their browser, which might arouse the ire of some Web marketing operations that use browser tracking as part of their business model..."

Japan's Robot Picks Only the Ripest Strawberries (video) - "A typical berry field one square kilometer in size takes about 500 hours to harvest. With its speedy evaluation, the strawberry picking robot could cut this down to around 300 hours. Not only that, but every berry would have a quantifiably similar level of ripeness based on color, and would be harvested with a minimum of bruising. Robots will also be able to harvest during the night (as shown in the videos below) allowing for the fruit to reach market closer to optimum freshness. These improvements in speed and quality will likely translate to millions of dollars saved each year for the industry as a whole. Even if we focus on strawberries alone, robots like this one make a lot of sense..."

The car that drives itself - future of technology - "How long will it be before high-technology aids such as those used in the new Ford Mondeo take responsibility for the whole driving process? Andrew English examines the science behind the thinking car that can drive you home..."

Evidence for ET is mounting daily, but not proven - "In the past several days, scientists have reported there are three times as many stars as they previously thought. Another group of researchers discovered a microbe can live on arsenic, expanding our understanding of how life can thrive under the harshest environments. And earlier this year, astronomers for the first time said they'd found a potentially habitable planet..."

SpaceX commercial craft heads into space - "paceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched from Florida Wednesday morning, marking what could be a significant step toward commercial space travel..."

Hello Britain, time for your superfast "Digital Hub" - "The next phase of the United Kingdom's campaign to get everybody hooked up to "superfast" broadband is out of the bag. The plan was announced on Monday by Secretary of State for Olympics, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt in a new report titled Britain's Superfast Broadband Future...."

Aaron Sorkin brands Sarah Palin TV show 'a snuff film' - "West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin today gave Sarah Palin both barrels over her US TV reality show, accusing the contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination of shooting an animal "for political gain". Sorkin, writer of the recent Facebook movie The Social Network, also accused the Fox News contributor of making a "snuff film" after the latest episode of Sarah's Palin's Alaska featured the politician going hunting with her father and shooting a caribou..."

Cloud Computing: Top 25 Myths Busted - "There are a lot misconceptions floating around about the cloud. If you're considering moving to the cloud, here's some clarity on the top 25 myths surrounding the cloud and the truths behind them..."

Email is turning us into Rats - "What makes digital messages all the more compelling is their uncertainty. There's always the possibility that something important is waiting for us in our inbox which overwhelms our knowledge that most online missives are trivial, he said..."

List of facilities 'vital to US security' leaked - "A long list of key facilities around the world that the US describes as vital to its national security has been released by Wikileaks..."

Frog bladder holds a surprise - "Australia's desert frogs are famously able to store up large amounts of water in their bladder to last them through the drought. But now researchers from Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory have found that frog bladders can hold another, even more bizarre surprise..."

Scientists Discover Solar Powered Hornets - "The oriental hornet is more active during the day, and tends to become even more active as the temperature rises. And now scientists have discovered the reason: the hornets are solar powered..."

Theoretical physics breakthrough: Generating matter and antimatter from the vacuum - "Under just the right conditions -- which involve an ultra-high-intensity laser beam and a two-mile-long particle accelerator -- it could be possible to create something out of nothing, according to University of Michigan researchers..."

Antimatter - "Discover what antimatter is, where it is made and how it is already a part of our lives..."

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