Interesting Reading #716 - Amazon's streaming music, Digg's architecture, Facebook's politics, Foremay's tiny SSD and much more!

by | Mar 30, 2011 01:51 AM ET

Amazon beats Apple, Google to music storage, streaming service - "There are plenty of cloud storage services to choose from, but there are few that are particularly good. Amazon hopes to become part of the latter group with the introduction of Amazon Cloud Drive, a consumer-oriented service that allows users to back up their local music libraries and play them remotely from anywhere via the Web or Android device. ..."

How Digg is Built - "At Digg we have substantially rebuilt our infrastructure over the last year in what we call "Digg V4". This blog post gives a high-level view of the systems and technologies involved and how we use them. Read on to find out the secrets of the Digg engineers!"

Why Facebook's Political Moves Should Terrify Us All - "For the most part, it will go unnoticed. It's like the perfect bomb – two components that are benign by themselves but deadly when mixed. While most would say that neither Washington nor Facebook are benign, it should be noted that the potential of combining the entities is more than just dangerous. It will prove to be deadly...."

Windows Phone Could Be Number Two By 2015 -- If Nokia Doesn't Implode First - "Microsoft's Windows Phone platform will move from near-last place today to number two, just behind Google's Android, by 2015, predicts research firm IDC...."

Foremay creates 64GB SSD the size of a quarter - "Such a tiny disk-on-chip can't compete with the speeds of the larger performance SSDs, but it still manages a respectable 70MB/s read speed and 40MB/s write speed. More importantly, such as chip can be soldered directly on to a motherboard meaning on-board storage with no need for a separate hard drive...."

An artificial leaf and a gallon of water could generate enough energy to power your house for a day - "The artificial leaf has been a target of solar research for years — an object that creates fuel sources out of sunlight, mimicking photosynthesis. But this solar energy breakthrough has always been thwarted by the need for rare components... until now...."

Ralph Langner: Cracking Stuxnet, a 21st-century cyber weapon - "When first discovered in 2010, the Stuxnet computer worm posed a baffling puzzle. Beyond its unusually high level of sophistication loomed a more troubling mystery: its purpose. Ralph Langner and team helped crack the code that revealed this digital warhead's final target -- and its covert origins. In a fascinating look inside cyber-forensics, he explains how...."

To the brain the pain of rejection really hurts - "The regions of the brain that respond to physical pain overlap with those that react to social rejection, according to a new study that used brain imaging on people involved in romantic breakups...."

Does the Universe Exist if We're Not Looking? - "Eminent physicist John Wheeler says he has only enough time left to work on one idea: that human consciousness shapes not only the present but the past as well..."

Samsung Galaxy S II shows off motion-zoom option in TouchWiz 4.0 (video) - "The new handset will bring with it a revised version of Sammy's Android skin, TouchWiz 4.0, which will harness the motion sensors inside the phone to allow you to zoom in and out of webpages as well as navigate the UI with the movement of your hands...."

Remarkable Fossil Sea Creature -- 525 Million Years Old -- Shows Soft Parts of Body Including Tentacles - "The 525-million-year-old fossil belongs to a group of tentacle-bearing creatures which lived inside hard tubes. Previously only the tubes have been seen in detail but this new specimen clearly shows the soft parts of the body including tentacles for feeding...."

Interactive 3D model of the solar system

The history of web browsers

Elektra One Electric Plane's First Flight a Success! - "The Elektra One plane by PC-Aero is competing to win NASA's CAFE Green Flight Challenge (there's a 1.6 million dollars prize). The goal is to create an aircraft that can "fly 200 miles in less than two hours using the energy equivalent of less than 1 gallon of gasoline per occupant. Team aircraft include those propelled by gasoline, bio-diesel, hydrogen, and electricity." The Elektra One is 100% powered by electricity..."

Ancient Subatomic Signature Discovered Spanning the Universe (A 'Galaxy' Most Popular) - "An ancient subatomic signature extends across the universe. It seems that some subatomic particles, invisible and untouchable effects of the very creation of reality, might exist simultaneously across all of space...."

Taking A Closer Look At AT&T's Inaccurate Usage Meters - "I had followed the UBB controversy in Canada, and knew that many of the Canadian ISPs were having trouble getting reliable usage numbers from their equipment. It was with that foreknowledge that I logged into AT&T's DSL usage meter (found here, account required) and was shocked...."

Print your very own handheld vacuum cleaner - "Over the past few years the amount of open source software available to use has gone up considerably and many of us now carry a phone running an open source operating system. But software isn't the only thing that can be open sourced, there's a growing base of people producing open source hardware made with 3D printers...."

BrainGate Neural Interface System Reaches 1,000-Day Performance Milestone - "Demonstrating an important milestone for the longevity and utility of implanted brain-computer interfaces, a woman with tetraplegia using the investigational BrainGate system continued to control a computer cursor accurately through neural activity alone more than 1,000 days after receiving the BrainGate implant, according to a team of physicians, scientists, and engineers developing and testing the technology at Brown University, the Providence VA Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)..."

Netflix Prepares For The End Of All-You-Can-Eat Internet Access - "Netflix just rolled out a new streaming system in Canada to help its customers deal with bandwidth consumption, as caps and overage charges are more common there than they are in the States..."

Bug munches plastic trash, possibly cleaning oceans - "Nature may have found a way to dispose of the huge amounts of plastic garbage, which has been increasingly accumulating in the oceans. A small bacteria feeding on it has been discovered. This may be a boon or a bane for the aquatic environment...."

Microsoft spends $7.5m on net addresses - "The 666,624 IP version 4 (IPv4) net addresses were put up for auction as part of the sell-off of Nortel's assets...."

North Carolina House Passes Anti-Community Fiber Bill - "We've discussed in great detail how for four consecutive years North Carolina incumbents Time Warner Cable, AT&T, and CenturyLink have been trying to pass laws that either outright ban, or constrain the ability of individual communities to deploy fiber to local residents and businesses. These bills were very popular a few years ago, with a dozen states passing such laws...."

'Bacterial dirigibles' emerge as next-generation disease fighters - "Scientists today reported development of bacteria that serve as mobile pharmaceutical factories, both producing disease-fighting substances and delivering the potentially life-saving cargo to diseased areas of the body. They reported on this new candidate for treating diseases ranging from food poisoning to cancer — termed "bacterial dirigibles" -- at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, being held here...."

Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor - "The radioactive core in a reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant appears to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel and on to a concrete floor, experts say, raising fears of a major release of radiation at the site...."

Jordan battles to regain 'priceless' Christian relics - "They could be the earliest Christian writing in existence, surviving almost 2,000 years in a Jordanian cave. They could, just possibly, change our understanding of how Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and how Christianity was born...."

Obama on Libya: What Would MLK Say? - "In 1928, the U.S. Senate ratified the Kellogg-Briand Pact, banning all war. The Senate tacked on an exception for self-defense. That ban remains the Supreme Law of the Land under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, and Libya did not attack the United States. No one, not even on Fox News, has claimed that Libya even contemplated attacking the United States. Nor would Americans consider the launching of hundreds of missiles onto U.S. soil something other and gentler than war. The U.S. government, 10 years ago, declared terrorists crashing airplanes into buildings to be an act of war on behalf of a nation that none of those terrorists were from...."

Tax the Super Rich now or face a revolution - "Yes, tax the Super Rich. Tax them now. Before the other 99% rise up, trigger a new American Revolution, a meltdown and the Great Depression 2...."

French vegans face trial after death of baby fed only on breast milk - "Two strict vegans have gone on trial in France charged with "neglect or food deprivation" after the death of their breastfed 11-month-old daughter who was found to be suffering from vitamin deficiency...."

Sources: Flight From Philadelphia Struck By Stray Bullet - "Investigators say they now know what caused a small hole in a US Airways plane that traveled from Philadelphia to Charlotte Monday. Sources say a stray bullet struck the rear of the Boeing 737-400 as it was landing in Charlotte...."

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