Interesting Reading #741 - Really Smart Phone, amazing rescue, talking to animals, Mind-controlled prosthetics and much more!

by | May 1, 2011 10:31 PM ET

Next Snapdragon CPU: 2.5GHz, 75% Less Power - "Samsung made headlines last week when it promised a 2GHz smartphone CPU for 2012. It wasn't long ago that such a thing didn't even seem possible, and the news sparked plenty of conversations about how fast the industry is moving. However, it seems Samsung's lofty promise has already been outdone by Qualcomm, which is planning new single, dual and quad core Snapdragons that will reach clock speeds 2.5GHz...."

Size Matters: The Hidden Mathematics of Life - "Though big and little creatures look very different, below the surface there is a surprising unity. Biologists have compared the heartbeats of mammals and discovered that on average (this won't apply to any individual, just to groups) elephants and shrews and most of the critters in between have a limit of about a billion and a half heartbeats in a lifetime and then they die...."

High-Tech Watches That Do More Than Tell Time, Cause Awkward Tans - "Good for Star Wars fans, Japanese drug enthusiasts, and anyone needing to cover up their wrist scars...."

ARM Flexes First Quarter Results, Reports Highest Profits Ever - "No one's going to argue that Intel's the big man on campus for desktops, notebooks, and servers, but in the mobile device world, well, ARM is the one muscling the competition. ARM Holdings this week announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011, and the numbers have never been better. Riding the mobile wave, ARM's revenue jumped 29 percent to $185.5 million, with profits up 35 percent at $30.5 million. Both are record numbers for ARM...."

The Really Smart Phone - "Researchers are harvesting a wealth of intimate detail from our cellphone data, uncovering the hidden patterns of our social lives, travels, risk of disease—even our political views...."

Elon Musk on Running Tesla Motors and SpaceX - "The PayPal founder wants to develop the technologies necessary to make life multiplanetary—while running two large companies at the same time..."

TomTom user data sold to Dutch police, used to determine ideal locations for speed traps - "We like it when the accumulated speed data from GPS devices helps us avoid traffic incidents and school zones. As it turns out, though, there are some other uses for the same stats. Dutch news outlet AD is reporting that such data captured by TomTom navigation devices has been purchased by the country's police force and is being used to determine where speed traps and cameras should be placed. TomTom was reportedly unaware its data was being used in such a way, but if the police would only agree to sell the data on the location of its speed cameras and traps back to TomTom, why, this could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship...."

Best Buy: PlayBook Sales "Far Exceeded" Expectations - "With a little more than a week's worth of sales figures to analyze, mega electronics retailer Best Buy said that BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC sales have so far been much higher than expected. Whether or not Best Buy is feigning surprise to boost consumer confidence is hard to tell since the chain didn't release any figures, but assuming Best Buy is being sincere, then it would appear that early mixed reviews haven't scared customers away from the PlayBook...."

PlayStation Network: hackers claim to have 2.2m credit cards - "Discussions in hacker forums point to huge numbers of credit card details stolen from Sony's PlayStation Network, while some owners see fraud – but is it just coincidence?"

An amazing rescue: Eight men lift truck out of water-filled ditch to save Flushing Township man's life - "Mark Chase is certain he would have died Wednesday if it wasn't for the efforts of eight men who came to his rescue after his car flipped into a water-filled ditch...."

Nato strike 'kills Saif al-Arab Gaddafi', Libya says - "A Nato air strike in Tripoli has killed the son of Col Muammar Gaddafi, a Libyan government spokesman has said. Saif al-Arab and three of Col Gaddafi's grandchildren died at a villa in the Bab al-Aziziya compound, he said. The Libyan leader himself was there at the time but was unharmed, he added. Nato said it had hit a military target but denied targeting individuals..."

Talk to the animals:

Animals Have Personalities, Too, Bird Study Suggests - "An individual's personality can have a big effect on their life. Some people are outgoing and gregarious while others find novel situations stressful which can be detrimental to their health and wellbeing. Increasingly, scientists are discovering that animals are no different...."

[Hands-On] Minebea's flat Cool Leaf finally gets tested! - "Yesterday Minebea announced that its unique flat Cool Leaf keyboard would finally be available on the market in the middle of March, but the nice people of Minebea was kind enough to give us the possibility to test one of their final and ready to ship Cool Leaf keyboard before everybody else...."

Laser Hole Punch Turns Hair Into Forensic Time Machine - "A new laser-powered chemical analysis technique is so sensitive that it can take dozens of samples from a single strand of hair, distinguishing between the chemical signatures of each...."

Daredevil driver squeezes convertible UNDERNEATH a moving 18-wheel juggernaut in real life The Fast and the Furious stunt - "This is the terrifying moment a reckless motorist risks his life by driving underneath - a moving lorry. The daredevil driver shows no regard for his fellow motorists by calmly manoeuvring his Mazda MX-5 beneath the 18-wheel juggernaut in a scene similar to a stunt movie..."

Hubble's Most Mind Expanding Photos of the Universe - "The just-turned-21 Hubble Space Telescope has spent its entire life taking photographs of such enormous, otherworldly things that words stop working. And the events in its photographs happened so long ago, notions of time stop working too...."

Man Wins $5,000 Suing Debt Collectors, Thanks To Google Voice - "Reader PJ sued a bunch of harassing debt collectors and won $5,000, and Google Voice made doing it really easy. Someone had put down his work cellphone number on their credit applications and ran up a bunch of debts and collectors started calling him multiple times per day. He told them he wasn't the guy and asked them nicely to stop, but that only made it worse...."

Erasing a CD with electricity

Cars in a Presidential motorcade

An international school teacher throws aq question

M31 the Andromeda Galaxy

V8 Supercar explodes into flames at startline - "a car explodes after stalling at the startline and being rear ended by another driver. Luckly the driver had no serious injuries":

Home Wind Turbine For Sale At Wal-Mart - "Say you're considering the addition of some form of renewable energy source to your home. When it comes time to shop for a solar power system or perhaps a wind turbine, chances are Wal-Mart doesn't jump to the top of your mind as a destination for such things...."

One Professor's Attempt to Explain Every Joke Ever - "The writer E. B. White famously remarked that “analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies.” If that's true, an amphibian genocide took place in San Antonio this past January. Academics from around the world gathered there for the first-ever comedy symposium cosponsored by the Mind Science Foundation...."

The Return of Big Bell - "At this point, it's clear how AT&T intends to sell its $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile. "Indeed, the wireless marketplace will be more competitive," reads the company's 381-page report filed with the Federal Communications Commission last week, "because this transaction will expand overall output and relieve both AT&T and T-Mobile USA of capacity constraints that would reduce their competitive impact."..."

Chart: Even More Proof We Can't Drill Our Way to Lower Gas Prices - "Yesterday, the office of House Speaker John Boehner posted this graph on their blog, saying that "gas prices have doubled since President Obama took office.".."

Who Was That Little Bridesmaid In The Royal Wedding's Best Photo? - "Just in front of them, at the bottom of the image, a little bridesmaid was covering her ears and looking less than pleased. The noise of a half a million or so people outside cheering, and World War II-era fighters flying overhead, seems to have been a little too much for her...."

Vermont Makes History, Passes Universal Health Care - "President Obama's attempt to reform health care took a massive amount of time and energy, while achieving little. But, as Vermont just showed, there is another way to go about revamping America's corrupt medical system: state by state...."

Chart: Even More Proof We Can't Drill Our Way to Lower Gas Prices - "Yesterday, the office of House Speaker John Boehner posted this graph on their blog, saying that "gas prices have doubled since President Obama took office."..."

Dog Submerges Herself In Bathtub To Survive Fire - "A dog survived a raging house fire for six hours by hiding in a water-filled bathtub, according to firefighters. The house that burned was in the relatively new Beaumont subdivision off State Park Road near Mt. Creek Baptist Church..."

The Destruction of Economic Facts - "Renowned Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto argues that the financial crisis wasn't just about finance—it was about a staggering lack of knowledge.."

U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other nations - "The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners..."

Why the Fat Guy Should Lose His Privilege - "This is a significant question in a country whose debilitating weight problem is more male than female—and “more” means a heckuva lot more. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, almost 70 percent of men are overweight, as compared with 52 percent of women. Yet, somehow, 90 percent of the commercial-weight-loss industry's clients are female and, somehow, this industry hasn't seen males as a viable business. How can that be?"

A Free Net. - "Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, (born 8 June 1955), is a British physicist, computer scientist and MIT professor, credited for his invention of the World Wide Web, making the first proposal for it in March 1989. On 25 December 1990, with the help of Robert Cailliau and a young student at CERN, he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet...."

Which industries and activities emit the most carbon? - ""Carbon" is shorthand for greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2, methane, nitrous oxide and F-gases. These gases are released by many different types of activity – not just the burning of fossil fuels, but also farming, deforestation and some industrial processes...." See also: World Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Most Neandertals were right-handers - "Right-handedness reaches back a half million years in the human evolutionary family, at least if scratched-up fossil teeth have anything to say about it...."

Bacteria have evolved a unique chemical mechanism to become antibiotic-resistant - "For the first time, scientists have been able to paint a detailed chemical picture of how a particular strain of bacteria has evolved to become resistant to antibiotics. The research is a key step toward designing compounds to prevent infections by recently evolved, drug-resistant "superbugs" that often are found in hospitals, as well as in the general population...."

Adult picky eaters now recognized as having a disorder - "Researchers think Krause could be one of thousands suffering from a previously unrecognized illness: selective eating disorder, more commonly known as very picky eating. Instead of having a couple foods they'd rather avoid, the way most of us do, people with selective eating disorder feel there are very few foods they are even capable of eating...."

Mind-controlled prosthetics to help amputees - "ROBOTIC limbs controlled solely by the mind could be available to paralysed people within a year. Monkeys are being trained to control what might be the world's most sophisticated and human-like robot arm. But they never touch the prosthetic limb or fiddle with a remote control: they guide it with their thoughts alone. If trials are successful, in a few months from now people with spinal cord injuries could learn to do the same...."

Video Chat on Your Android Phone - "Sometimes, the expressions on a person's face can mean much more than what they say. To help you stay in touch with your friends and family, we're launching Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones...."

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