Interesting Reading #651 - Huge UFOs approaching, 10 Tech Disasters, World's First Aircraft Carrier, Surprising blizzard and much more!

by | Dec 27, 2010 06:26 PM ET

Point: 3 Very Large Objects In Space Flying To Earth - "SETI Astrophysicist Craig Kasnov ( not to be confused with Craig Kasnoff ) has announced the approach to the Earth of 3 very large, very fast moving objects. The length of the "flying saucers" is in the range of tens of kilometers. Landing, according to calculations of scientists, should be in mid-December 2012. Date coincides with the end of the Mayan calendar...."

Counterpoint: Giant spaceships to attack December 2012? - "Are there three giant spaceships on their way to Earth, dooming us to extinction when they arrive in — gasp! — December 2012? Duh. No."

Is This China's First Stealth Fighter? - "They could be the products of a Chinese government misinformation campaign. They could be clever Photoshop jobs by Chinese aviation fanboys. Or they could be the real thing: the first hard evidence of the long-rumored Chengdu J-20, China's first stealth-fighter prototype...."

December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse - "December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse. Canon DLSR on tripod with remote timer taking a photo once every five minutes. Approximately 20 hours in 40 seconds...."

Claim of Superconductivity Above 0 Celsius - "Superconductors.ORG (Joe Eck) claims the first observation of superconductivity above zero degrees Celsius...."

Ancient Human Metropolis Found in Africa - "They have always been there. People noticed them before. But no one could remember who made them -- or why? Until just recently, no one even knew how many there were. Now they are everywhere -- thousands -- no, hundreds of thousands of them! And the story they tell is the most important story of humanity. But it's one we might not be prepared to hear...."

Facebook vs Twitter: By The Numbers Facebook vs Twitter: By The Numbers - "Though the overall users bases are substantially different, the rest of the numbers concerning the two services are strikingly similar. What is interesting to note is, as we wrote about a couple of weeks ago, many more people tend to log in to their Facebook account regularly...."

2010: A year in review - "...when it comes to intrigue, suffering, absurdity, power politics......2010 has had plenty to offer for us journalists..."

ISPs Look To Make Money With Mined Data - "Computer security expert Joshua Wright says over the past five years or so, a lot of ground has been lost when it comes to online privacy. Wright tells Linda Wertheimer that Internet service providers, ISPs, are realizing there may be some new business opportunities with collected user information...."

Top 10 Tech Disasters That Haven't Happened... Yet - "Congratulations: You've survived another year, and 2010 was quite an eventful one. For all the technological advances we made his year including iPads and colored e-readers, we still fear the day where our electronics and inventions will rise up against or fail us, rendering the human race extinct. In honor of the book A is for Armageddon by Richard Horne, which is on sale today, we're counting down the top technological disasters that we feared were going to happen, but never did - although we're not ruling out the possibility that they still might occur...."

Cambridge university refuses to censor student's thesis on chip-and-PIN vulnerabilities - "After the UK banking trade association wrote to Cambridge university to have a student's master's thesis censored because it documented a well-known flaw in the chip-and-PIN system, Cambridge's Ross Anderson sent an extremely stiff note in reply..."

NASA's Ares rocket dead, but Congress lets you pay $500 million more for it - "Thanks to congressional inaction, NASA must continue to fund its defunct Ares I rocket program until March — a requirement that will cost the agency nearly $500 million at a time when NASA is struggling with the expensive task of replacing the space shuttle...."

Ka-Sat net-dedicated spacecraft lifts off - "The second European satellite dedicated to delivering broadband internet connections has launched successfully...."

High tech mosquito repellent. - "The guys at Columbia's idea though is for something more like a barrier. The mosquitoes won't cross the infra red beam so anything enclosed by the beam, say a bed or even an entire house, could become a mosquito free zone. Maybe I could get one attached to a hat to keep myself safe?"

The Genome's

Dark Matter - "Evidence is growing that your DNA sequence does not determine your entire genetic fate. Joseph Nadeau is trying to find out what accounts for the rest..."

Google may have told Logitech to stop the Revue - "Google really isn't happy with its TV operating system. In addition to telling companies not to mention their Google TV products at CES next month, now it looks like the search company is actively stopping production on a device that's already been released...."

Lightning Captured by X-Ray Camera - A First - "The first x-ray images of a lightning strike have been captured by a, well, lightning-fast camera, scientists say. The pictures suggest a lightning bolt carries all its x-ray radiation in its tip...."

Structure deep within the brain may contribute to a rich, varied social life - "The researchers asked 58 participants to report information about the size and the complexity of their social networks by completing standard questionnaires that measured the total number of regular social contacts that each participant maintained, as well the number of different groups to which these contacts belonged. Participants, ranging in age from 19 to 83 years, also received a magnetic resonance imaging brain scan to gather information about the structure of various brain structures, including the volume of the amygdala...."

Photographs of the World's First Aircraft Carrier Resurface - "On November 14, 1910, Eugene Ely became the first pilot to successfully launch a plane from a stationary ship. The Curtiss pusher airplane, one of the first models in the world to be built in any significant quantity, flew for two miles before Ely landed on a beach. Using the same aircraft, Ely landed on the USS Pennsylvania on January 18, 1911, while the ship was anchored at the San Francisco waterfront. He had to use a braking system made of ropes and sandbags, but he was able to quickly turn around and take off once again, proving that ideas proposed in Clement Ader's 1909 L'Aviation Militaire could work...."

Microfluidic device rapidly orients hundreds of embryos for high-throughput experiments - "Researchers have developed a microfluidic device that automatically orients hundreds of fruit fly and other embryos to prepare them for research. The device could facilitate the study of such issues as how organisms develop their complex structures from single cells -- one of the most fascinating aspects of biology...."

1024cores - "My name is Dmitry Vyukov (aka Dmitiy V'jukov, dvyukov and remark), and I'm going to share here various information about lock-free, wait-free, obstruction-free, atomic-free synchronization algorithms and data structures, scalability-oriented architecture, multi-core/multi-processor design patterns, high-performance computing, threading technologies and libraries (OpenMP, TBB, PPL), message-passing systems and related topics...."

AMD Radeon HD 6950 to HD 6970 Mod - "Just like on all other similar products, AMD's two Cayman variants, called Cayman Pro and Cayman XT, are based on the exact same GPU silicon. The model variant a GPU chip becomes is decided after the die is produced, at some point before it is put on the card. Creating new SKUs from the same silicon by locking features has been common practice in the industry since at least the Radeon 9500 in 2002...."

Tenacious DNA

The worsening journalistic disgrace at Wired - "For more than six months, Wired's Senior Editor Kevin Poulsen has possessed -- but refuses to publish -- the key evidence in one of the year's most significant political stories: the arrest of U.S. Army PFC Bradley Manning for allegedly acting as WikiLeaks' source. In late May, Adrian Lamo -- at the same time he was working with the FBI as a government informant against Manning -- gave Poulsen what he purported to be the full chat logs between Manning and Lamo in which the Army Private allegedly confessed to having been the source for the various cables, documents and video that WikiLeaks released throughout this year. In interviews with me in June, both Poulsen and Lamo confirmed that Lamo placed no substantive restrictions on Poulsen with regard to the chat logs: Wired was and remains free to publish the logs in their entirety...."

Strangest telescope on earth is complete

Honeybees are found to interact with Quantum fields - "How could bees of little brain come up with anything as complex as a dance language? The answer could lie not in biology but in six-dimensional math and the bizarre world of quantum mechanics...."

Ceiling lights in Minn. send coded Internet data - "Flickering ceiling lights are usually a nuisance, but in city offices in St. Cloud, they will actually be a pathway to the Internet...."

Bluejay: Getting to Know the Mind of a Child Prodigy - "Child prodigies have always been a favorite story target for "60 Minutes" but as a producer who covered "harder" stories, I wasn't looking for one. In fact, I had just about wrapped up my first "soft" story, a profile of opera star Placido Domingo, when I found out about a little twelve year old boy who was making a big splash up the street from our offices at The Julliard School, a world famous music conservancy in Manhattan...."

Microsoft Tablet Aimed at Fighting Apple IPad Faces Long Odds in Las Vegas - "Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, said to unveil new software for tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, will face skeptics who say his company won't soon narrow Apple Inc.'s iPad lead..."

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