Interesting Reading #742 - You now have digital fingerprints, Transplanting Africa to America, Antinhydrogen lasts 15 minutes and much more!

by | May 2, 2011 09:28 PM ET

Your smartphone knows everything about you, and it tells tales - "In the sexy but increasingly scary world of smartphone forensics, insiders have a name for all the personal information purposely or unknowingly stored inside that iPhone or Android or Blackberry in your pocket. They call it your "digital fingerprints."..."

With Liposuction, the Belly Finds What the Thighs Lose - "THE woman's hips bulged in unsightly saddlebags. Then she had liposuction and, presto, those saddlebags disappeared. Photo after photo on plastic surgery Web sites make liposuction look easy, its results transformative. It has become the most popular plastic surgery, with more than 450,000 operations a year, each costing a few thousand dollars. But does the fat come back? And if it does, where does it show up? "

Astronomy Without A Telescope – Alien Mining - "In what is starting to become a familiar theme, researchers have speculated on what types of observational data from distant planetary systems might indicate the presence of an alien civilization, in this case asteroid mining – but end up concluding that most of the effects of such activity would be difficult to distinguish from natural phenomena...."

Wild Kingdom Proposed for U.S. - "In one of the year's more offbeat suggestions, scientists proposed introducing elephants, lions and camels to create a U.S. Ecological History Park that would return parts of the country to conditions similar to the distant past while also preserving animals that are threatened in Africa...."

First-ever demo of a 3-D invisibility cloak for visible light - "The cloak works for red light at a wavelength of 700 nm—independent of its polarization (orientation). Previous cloaks required longer wavelength light, such as microwaves or infrared, or required the light to have a single, specific polarization...."

The cost of SETI

High-Speed Video Shows How Hummingbirds Really Drink

How hollywood can end piracy once and for all

Antihydrogen Trapped For 1000 Seconds - "The long term storage of significant amounts of antihydrogen should soon settle the question of whether antimatter falls up or down..."

Exclusive: Colorado Built Spacecraft Bound To Jupiter - "Another big design challenge for Juno was to run the electrical instruments. The decision was made to use three 30 foot solar wings. They had to be cleverly fashioned because no other spacecraft has gone so deep into space relying totally on power from the sun...."

When Will Microsoft's Internet Bloodbath End? - "What they don't bother to mention in the release, but they can't hide in the actual numbers, is just how bad the quarter actually was for the division. While revenue may have grown a bit year over year, income — as in the money you actually get to keep — was an entirely different story. It was a bloodbath, really. Yes, again...."

How Big Is Your Limbal Ring? - "Of all the qualities that give an attractive person an edge, here's one you've likely overseen: the limbal ring, the dark circle around iris. The limbal ring is the line that separates the colored part of the eye from the white (the sclera). It's completely unconscious, the way we all judge others' limbal rings. In the 20 milliseconds or so it takes to assess a person's attractiveness, you're factoring in the size and shade of the limbal rings. The bigger and blacker they are, the more attractive the eyes. People with the prettiest eyes have the most prominent limbal rings...."

Self-Powering, Wireless Energy Sensors Join the Internet - "Humans are inherently inefficient creatures. We leave lights on needlessly, keep the home thermostat cranked up with the windows open, forget to turn off our televisions when we leave the house. And despite the advances in computing power over the past few decades, our buildings aren't doing anything to make up for our inefficiencies. “Most buildings today are dumb,” says EnOcean Chairman Graham Martin, “meaning they completely lack automation systems to manage energy use.”.."

Ars Reviews the Quadro 4000 Mac Edition: NVIDIA's sole Mac offering a promising start - "Everyone knows the old Einstein quote about the definition of insanity—it's doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. After a pretty harsh review of the Quadro FX 4800, I was really hoping not to have to slam another potentially great card hamstrung by bad drivers. As a 3D professional, I've known NVIDIA's drivers to be their weakest point and have lost track of how many times I've recommended Radeon cards over NVIDIA for Maya and Mudbox (I frequently get asked to recommend video cards). It seemed that NVIDIA was just phoning it in and praying that CUDA's entrenchment in professional non-linear video editing, known to be heavily Mac-based, would be enough to sell these to Mac users. So when NVIDIA felt confident enough in their new Quadro 4000 Mac Edition to give me a card for review, I know that they'd either fixed it or gone insane...."

Single atom stores quantum information - "A data memory can hardly be any smaller: researchers working with Gerhard Rempe at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching have stored quantum information in a single atom. The researchers wrote the quantum state of single photons, i.e. particles of light, into a rubidium atom and read it out again after a certain storage time. This technique can be used in principle to design powerful quantum computers and to network them with each other across large distances...."

President Obama vanquished the terrorist who murdered innocent Americans in 2001. Can we have our country back now? - "Eight years to the day after President Bush stood before a banner announcing "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq, prematurely declaring the end of combat operations there, President Obama announced Sunday night that an operation he authorized had killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. The spoiled son of privilege, who thought it his birthright to dispatch thousands of innocents to their death for the crime of not sharing his twisted vision of Islam, is dead...."

W.H. offers new details on bin Laden's death - "Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee,said that more than one DNA sample was used to identify the person killed as a member of the bin Laden family and that is “clear beyond a shadow of a doubt” that bin Laden was killed, the Associated Press reported...."

"USA! USA!" is the wrong response - "Bin Laden's death is a great relief, but by cheering it we're mimicking our worst enemies..."

The Little Red (Face)Book - "When I spoke at Facebook about In The Plex recently, rumors were swirling that the social networking giant was about to enter China, supposedly in a partnership with the search engine Baidu. So I made sure that my talk to a dining hall full of FB'ers included the cautionary tale of what happened when Google met China...."

Wikileaks Founder: Facebook is the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented - "Russia Today (RT) interviewed Assange, getting his viewpoint on political unrest in Egypt and Libya, particularly probing what the Wikileaks founder makes of social media's roles in the recent revolutions in both countries. In his interview, Assange focuses particularly on Facebook calling it the “most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented”..."

Tropical Peat Forests in Trouble - "Southeast Asia boasts nearly 250,000 square kilometers of peat swamp forests, which host creatures such as orangutans and the world's smallest fish, and store vast quantities of carbon. But these peat swamps are in trouble, according to a new study of deforestation in the region. If people continue to chop, drain, and burn at current rates, researchers report, by 2030 no native swamps will remain and billions of metric tons of carbon will be lofted into the atmosphere...."

Make Wall St. Pay for the Catastrophe They Caused: New Bill Would Fine Banks $20,000 for Each Forclosure - "Wall Street's predatory lending practices are responsible for the mess we're now in. Why make severe cuts to state budgets even as Wall Street keeps making bank? "

A Computer That Knows When To Say “That's What She Said” - "It's somehow appropriate that in the same week that Michael Scott leaves The Office that two computer scientists at the University of Washington announce their particular breakthrough in natural language programing — a computer program that knows when to say “That's what she said” to a double entendre...."

Army Corps Will Blast Birds Point Levee To Prevent Cairo, IL Flooding - "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to move forward with a plan to blast open a Mississippi River levee in an attempt to protect Cairo, IL from rising floodwaters. Actual demolition is expected to begin after 9:00pm Monday night and continue into Tuesday morning...."

91-Year-Old Grandma Sells Suicide Kits To Help Terminally Ill Die With Dignity - "Meet Sharlotte. Like a lot of grandmothers, she likes to keep busy. But while some grannies sit and knit scarves and afghans, this 91-year-old has a decidedly different hobby. She makes suicide masks. Sharlotte started making and selling these suicide kits out of her cozy Southern California home after watching her husband die a slow and painful death from colon cancer. She blames doctors for keeping him alive..."

Miracle of Alabama: Parents watch as eight-year-old boy is sucked into tornado at 200mph... but LIVES to tell tale - "He is the boy who got sucked up into a tornado – and lived to tell the tale. Eight-year-old Reginald Epps Jr was picked up off his feet and pulled into the swirling darkness when one of the Alabama twisters tore through his home. As his family cowered beneath him he was carried through the air some 30ft before being set down again with just cuts and bruises...."

Cells Send Signals Via Membrane Nanotubes - "Most of the body's cells communicate with each other by sending electrical signals through nano-thin membrane tubes. A sensational Norwegian research discovery may help to explain how cells cooperate to develop tissue in the embryo and how wounds heal...."

Bacteria can grow under extreme gravity: study - "A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that bacteria is capable of growing under gravity more than 400,000 times that of Earth and gives evidence that the theory of panspermia could be possible...."

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