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31 August, 2006

Our Ozone Layer is Recovering

Ozone hole.Contrary to what most might believe, our ozone layer is actually in the process of healing itself. Here's a recent announcement from NASA:

A team led by Eun-Su Yang of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, analyzed 25 years of independent ozone observations at different altitudes in Earth's stratosphere, which lies between six and 31 miles above the surface. The observations were gathered from balloons, ground-based instruments, NASA and NOAA satellites.

The stratosphere is Earth's second lowest atmospheric layer. It contains approximately 90 percent of all atmospheric ozone. The researchers concluded the Earth's protective ozone layer outside of the polar regions stopped thinning around 1997. Ozone in these areas declined steadily from 1979 to 1997.

"These results confirm the Montreal Protocol and its amendments have succeeded in stopping the loss of ozone in the stratosphere," Yang said. "At the current recovery rate, the atmospheric modeling community's best estimates predict the global ozone layer could be restored to 1980 levels — the time that scientists first noticed the harmful effects human activities were having on atmospheric ozone — some time in the middle of this century."

Link & Image: NASA
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Celebrity Weighing Scales

Celebrity Weighing Scales.Find out which celebrity has the same weight as you by getting this Celebrity Weighing Scales from Angry Store. Readings range from Baby Jesus to King Kong. This should make for a unique present!

Link & Image: Angry Store via Arbroath
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Google to allow free downloads of books

An old book.Through a project known as Gutenberg, volunteers have been scanning public domain books and converting them to text files for many years. This is done so that the files can be used for printing, reading or piping into a programme for editing.

Now, Google has acquired this information and is offering users the flexibility of downloading and printing selected books from Google Book Search which is still under beta. If you are interested in exploring and discovering older works, check it out.

Link: Image: Download Squad
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Life explained on film

Videojug logo.Have you ever wanted a DIY manual with the answer to every problem? Check out Videojug. This site contains tons of videos that tell you all sorts of informative things.

Even though Videojug.com is not officially launched, it already contains 1,000 films which are divided into sections such as health, sport, culture and food. These films include "How to eat sushi", "How to get video onto your iPod", "How to assemble a home first aid kit" and "How to relieve a toothache". Check it out on the following link.

Link & Image: Videojug via Daily Mail
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Create your own seal

Spluch seal.Have some fun in creating your own seal from the following site.

Link & Image: Says-it.com via Bits & Pieces
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Femtroopers, the latest trend of Star Wars fandom.What do you think is the latest trend of Star Wars fandom? It is called Femtroopers, basically a female version of the Stormtroopers. While the armored hot pants and bare midriff are both nice touches, the contoured breast plate is definitely the sexiest/funniest part of the costume. You can find more of such pictures by searching for “Femtroopers” on Google.

Link & Image: SFGate
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Using X-ray plates in place of records

X-Ray plates as replacement for records.During the late 1930s and early 1940s, the most prominent sound recording equipment was the wax disk cutter. Since there was a war going on during that time, there was a lack of materials for creating records. As a result, experimentation with new materials begun and by the 1950s discarded X-ray films were used in place of records.
Owing to the lack of recordings of Western music available in the USSR, people had to rely on records coming through Eastern Europe, where controls on records were less strict, or on the tiny influx of records from beyond the iron curtain. Such restrictions meant the number of recordings would remain small and precious. But enterprising young people with technical skills learned to duplicate records with a converted phonograph that would "press" a record using a very unusual material for the purpose; discarded x-ray plates.

This material was both plentiful and cheap, and millions of duplications of Western and Soviet groups were made and distributed by an underground roentgenizdat, or x-ray press, which is akin to the samizdat that was the notorious tradition of self-publication among banned writers in the USSR. According to rock historian Troitsky, the one-sided x-ray disks costed about one to one and a half rubles each on the black market, and lasted only a few months, as opposed to around five rubles for a two-sided vinyl disk.

By the late 50's, the officials knew about the roentgenizdat, and made it illegal in 1958. Officials took action to break up the largest ring in 1959, sending the leaders to prison, beginning an orginization by the Komsomol of "music patrols" that later undertook to curtail illegal music activity all over the country.

Link & Image: Kevin Kelly via Make
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30 August, 2006

The Envelope Collective - Postal art

An example from The Envelope Collective.The Envelope Collective collects decorated envelopes from all over the world and makes use of its website as an online gallery for the received pieces. So, the next time you opened your mail, don’t throw the envelope away. Rather, create some art on it and post it to them for the whole wide world to see.

As an interesting note, The Envelope Collective has this to say regarding the remark, “You totally stole this idea from PostSecret”:

While we appreciate the comparisons to PostSecret, we actually didn't take Mr. Warren's equally fantastic idea. The only thing we have in common with it is that we receive mail and put it online. Oh, and Garrett and Frank Warren are from the same area in Maryland. But other than that, no similarities. So, to sum it up: PostSecret = much more popular than Envelope Collective, but different.

Link & Image: The Envelope Collective via Drawn
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Shopping cart sculptures

A kingfisher proudly poses with its helpless victim.Previously, I blogged about Edouard Martinet’s sculptures created from scrap metal in junkyards. Now, Ptolemy Elrington, another world renowned artist, pulls discarded trolleys from the rivers and transforms them into beautiful sculptures. Certainly makes for great art pieces in a garden. Check out his amazing creations from the following links.

Link: Sparkyfaisca & Canadian Content via Make
Image: © Drew Gardner
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Japanese toilet pranks

Japanese toilet pranksCan you imagine how a guy will feel when exposed to the public while doing his business in public toilets? These real life pranks are being played out in Japan. Sure reminds me of those found in the series “Just for Laugh Gags”. Never fails to make me laugh. Watch these pranks unfolding in front of your very eyes from the following link to the video.

Video: YouTube via Japundit
Image: YouTube
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BookMooch - Online Book Exchange

This is part of the Kansas City Public Library.Most people have heard of La La (a CD exchange site) and PeerFlix (a DVD exchange site). Now, John Buckman, has created BookMooch, a site for exchanging used books. Other than paying for the postage, no other cost is involved.

This site is easy to use and the exchange process itself is quite simple. If you have a large collection of books seating on the shelves which you will never read, how about giving them away to those that require it on BookMooch.

Link: BookMooch via Download Squad
Image: ZachIsHere / Flickr
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Planet Earth May Have 'Tilted' To Keep Its Balance

Picture that depicts where the continents would be when Earth attempts to balance itself.Can you imagine a shift in the Earth so profound that Alaska would sit at the equator rather than where it is located now? If such a shift occurs, where would you be? At the Earth poles perhaps!

The theory, known as true polar wander, postulates that if an object of sufficient weight -- such as a supersized volcano -- ever formed far from the equator, the force of the planet's rotation would gradually pull the heavy object away from the axis the Earth spins around. If the volcanoes, land and other masses that exist within the spinning Earth ever became sufficiently imbalanced, the planet would tilt and rotate itself until this extra weight was relocated to a point along the equator.

By analyzing the magnetic composition of ancient sediments found in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, Princeton University's Adam Maloof has lent credence to a 140-year-old theory regarding the way the Earth might restore its own balance if an unequal distribution of weight ever developed in its interior or on its surface.

Link: ScienceDaily
Image: © Maloof Laboratory / Princeton University
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29 August, 2006

Underwater Hotel and Restaurant

World's first undersea hotel to be located off the coast of a private island in Fiji.Taking a vacation under the sea sounds like science fiction, doesn’t it? Not according to Poseidon Resorts which is designing a hotel on the ocean floor. More than 60% of the exterior will be constructed using transparent acrylic “windows”. What a spectacular view of the undersea world these windows will provide.

The facilities housed by this luxury complex will include a revolving restaurant, pool, bar, cafe, tennis courts, dive shop/water sports center, library, and luxury spa/hydrotherapy. This hotel is currently under construction off the coast of a private island in Fiji with plans to open next year. Of course, staying at the world’s first undersea hotel will not come cheap. Reservation will start from mid-November, 2006 at a rate of $15,000 per person, per week.

If you can’t wait to live in a fishbowl, how about trying out the world’s first undersea restaurant, Ithaa, located at Rangali Island, Maldives (opened on 15 April 2006). It seats at 5 metres below the waves of the Indian Ocean at the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa with a transparent arch that spans the entire room. This offers a 360° view of the surrounding reef and marine life while dinning. This will certainly makes for a romantic and unforgettable dining experience. For those who are rich enough to afford it that is.

Undersea Hotel: Poseidon Resorts via SciFi & Popgadget
Undersea Restaurant: Hilton via Hospitality Net
Image: SciFi
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Yoda Backpack - Want one, you will !

A Yoda plush backpack.Would you like to have a Jedi master who could ride on your back while teaching you the ways of the force? This “Yoda” will now make your wildest dream come true. Except that it not only teaches you the way, it carries your items for you too – a backpack that is 25-inches high and 13.4 inches deep!

Link: ThinkGeek
Image: © ThinkGeek
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Turn Panoramas into Planets

A panorama or landscape photo is transformed into a full-fledged planetPhotojojo has a tutorial on how you can transform a panorama or landscape photo into a full-fledged planet! This amazing transformation is called the “Polar Panorama Effect”. According to Photojojo:

The “Polar Panorama Effect” is one of my favorite ways to process photos into unique pieces of art. It takes a panoramic (or landscape) photo and uses the Polar Coordinates filter of Photoshop CS or The Gimp to create a circular image that seems to wrap the panorama around a planet.

Start creating your own planetary art from the following link.

Link: Image: Dirk Paessler / Flickr
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Star Trek's a thesis

Fans of Star Trek.Are you a fan of Star Trek? How about getting your PhD based on it? That is exactly what Dr Djoymi Baker did. Her 90,000 word dissertation titled ‘Broadcast Space: TV Culture, Myth and Star Trek’ was awarded the University of Melbourne’s Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD.

A total of 624 hours were spent watching over 700 Star Trek episodes in order to investigate the relationship between ancient mythology and today’s popular culture. This thesis is now being converted to academic text.

Link: The Age via Slashdot
Image: Mr. Babyman / Flickr
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DIY USB sticks

DIY USB sticks.Metku Mods has an interesting DIY tutorial on converting your dull and boring USB flash drives into something unique/cute. If you are the adventurous type, you might want to check it out on the following link.

Link & Image: Metku Mods via Popgadget
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Alien fishes sold in Singapore!

Alien fish sold in Singapore.Some "ET" fishes (click on picture for a larger view) were recently being sold in Singapore, each weighting between 700g to a kilogram. This rarely seen species is known as the "Armored Sea Robin" - a type of ground fish, recorded from depths ranging from 50 fathoms down to somewhere between 200 and 235 fathoms. And it seems to be confined to the zone of warm water along the outer part of the continental shelf and upper part of the continental slope for the lowest temperature in which it has been recorded is between 44° and 45°. Would you like to have one for a meal?

Source & Image: Lian He Wan Bao
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28 August, 2006

Frog Juice anyone?

Comic strip on frog juice.

Fruit juices has always been a favourite for most people, but it seems that frog juice is getting popular with working-class Peruvians who believe it can cure illnesses ranging from fatigue to sexual impotency. Below is an list of "health benefits" from drinking frog juice (based on poster ad at Knuttz.net):

  • Frog extract
  • Lungs
  • Bronchial
  • Asthma
  • impotence
  • Exhaustion
  • physical and mental

(Many thanks to Andres for the translation)

More pictures (PS: Not for the faint-hearted!) can be found at the following link.

Link: Knuttz.net via A Welsh View
Image: © Spluch
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Turn Your Head

Pirolette - A carved wooden vessel with a profile that matches yours.Would you like to be part of an optical illusion? A company called Turn Your Head carves your profile on a wooden vessel - Pirolette. It is especially obvious when placed next to your face. Place it next to a wall and its shadow will be your silhouette. It will be a great conversation piece for your next house party.

Link: Turn Your Head via Japundit
Image: © Turn Your Head
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Fire ant raft

Floating fire ant colony.This fire ant colony is approximately one foot across. At this size, there should be millions of ants. Kyle Pias who took this picture wrote:

This raft was seen floating in a flooded portion of the Kissimmee Prarie. Im prettty sure the genus is Solenopsis, but Im not sure which species, and I doubt that its identifiable from this picture. It was taken from about 5 feet above the subject from a swamp buggy, and there was about 3 feet of water on the ground, so there was no getting a closer shot.

Can you imagine what would happen if something walked into one of these rafts? I cant even think about what to do if that happened, I doubt even dunking underwater would accomplish anything...

Eesh, scary little buggers.

Link: BugGuide
Image: © Kyle Pias
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27 August, 2006

Fish n' Flush aquarium

Two-piece aquarium toilet tank by AquaOne Technologies.Here is a toilet bowl with lots of fish to keep you company while you are doing your… er, business. Hey, Fish n' Flush is a real aquarium.

Designed by AquaOne Technologies, the two-piece aquarium toilet tank fits most toilets. The site says that all you need to add is fish (they recommend small ones), gravel and water. It comes with a 12-volt dual filter system which makes it safe for children, two 9-inch plastic plants and LED lighting from the top, fill valve, flush valve and flushing system. Fish ‘n Flush even has a built-in feeder door.

You can get this fish-friendly aquarium for $450 at the following site.

Link & Image: FishNFlush via Popgadget
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Play Station 3 tackles world ills

A Sony play station 3 on display.Sony is collaborating with US biologist by introducing PS3 into the field of distributed computing. This project will examine how the shape of proteins, critical to most biological functions, affects disease. The performance of a network of PS3’s will be on par with that of a supercomputer.
Distributed computing is a way of solving large complex problems by dividing them between many computers.

With 10,000 machines joined together the researchers calculate they should be able to do a thousand trillion calculations per second.

If that was achieved it would be nearly four times as fast as the world's most powerful supercomputer, IBM's BlueGene/L System, capable of 280.6 trillion calculations per second.

Link: BBC
Image: TrojanDan / Flickr
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Nukuoro Atoll

Nukuoro is one of 607 islands that make up the Federated States of Micronesia, a UN Trust Territory under US administrationNukuoro atoll is located just north of the equator (click on picture for a bigger view). It is one of 607 islands that make up the Federated States of Micronesia, a UN Trust Territory under US administration.

About 900 people live on Nukuoro, whose lagoon is 6 kilometers (about 3.7 miles) in diameter. Fishing, animal husbandry, and agriculture (taro and copra) are the main occupations. Nukuoro is remote. It has no airstrip, and a passenger boat calls irregularly only once a month. The tiny population speaks its own unique language.

Link: Earth Observatory
Image: NASA
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26 August, 2006

Ninja Chipmunk vs Cat

Kung fu chipmunk fight against a huge cat.Fights between cats and dogs are common. Now, how about a Kung-fu chipmunk versus a huge cat - who will prevail? Find out more from the video below.

Video & Image: Yahoo Video
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Sudoku crop circle

Crop circle with numbers located near Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, UK.This crop circle is located near Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, UK. Click on picture for a bigger view. I wonder if aliens play Sudoku too?

Link & Image: Neatorama
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More on Steorn energy technology

Steorn CEOPreviously, I mentioned that Steorn has come up with a new technology to produce limitless amounts of clean, free energy. More information about the technology are as follows:
There is a test rig with wheels and cogs and four magnets meticulously aligned so as to create the maximum tension between their fields and one other magnet fixed to a point opposite. A motor rotates the wheel bearing the magnets and a computer takes 28,000 measurements a second. The magnets, naturally, act upon one another. And when it is all over, the computer tells us that almost three times the amount of energy has come out of the system as went in. In fact, this piece of equipment is 285% efficient.

Link: Guardian via Boing Boing
Image: Steorn
Related post: Steorn technology
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25 August, 2006

Treachreous travel in Lebanon

Lebanese people traveling home using damaged bridges.These pictures (click on it for a larger view) show the Lebanese people traveling home using damaged bridges. It seems extremely treacherous to me – the support column is already severely damaged.

Link & Image: Bits & Pieces
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Tongue made from buttocks

A tongue.Jarislav Ernst who had undergone surgery to have his tongue removed after he was diagnosed with cancer, is now doing well. His new tongue is made from tissue taken from his buttocks. Dr Poltorek said

"We removed the tumour-filled tongue, checking that there were no remaining cancerous cells around the patient's mouth, then collected skin, fat and nerve tissue from the man's buttocks and modelled that into a new tongue, which we sewed into his mouth."

Making a new tongue out of tissue from the buttocks! That’s odd.

Link: Ananova
Image: CinnabarTears / Flickr
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Spider-Man 4 Confirmed

The Giant Spiderman inside the Sony Building.Good news for the Spidy fans. Looks like Spider-Man 3 won’t be the last of the Spider-Man installment.

"There will be many more Spider-Man films to come," Marvel Studios' Producer Kevin Feige told MTV. "We already have stacks of ideas for the next one because of the wealth of stories in the comics. We could be making Spider-Man movies for the next 20 years, based on the 50 years of Spider-Man history we have."

Link: /Film
Image: Sciamano / Flickr/ Spiderman © DC Comics
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We make 'snap judgements' of others

Face.New research indicates that the first one-tenth of a second is all that is required for our brain to make a decision as to whether we like the person or not.

According to US psychologist, Alex Todorov, people respond intuitively to faces so rapidly, that their reasoning minds may not have time to influence the reaction.

"The link between facial features and character may be tenuous at best, but that doesn't stop our minds from sizing other people up at a glance. We decide very quickly whether a person possesses many of the traits we feel are important, such as likeability and competence, even though we have not exchanged a single word with them", Mr Todorov explained.

"We still don't know the physical features of a face that lead to a particular trait inference. We know generally what makes a face attractive, such as its symmetry, the proportions of its parts and the like. But what is it about a face that makes you think its owner is an essentially competent person? That's the subject of another study, one that needs to be done", Mr Todorov added.

So I guess people who underwent plastic surgery will make a big difference in influencing the likeability factor after all.

Link: IrishHealth.com
Image: Kate Andrews / Flickr
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Ask.com explains smileys

Donut with a smiling face.Ever wonder what a particular emoticon means? Now, you can find its meaning by simply searching for it on Ask.com. For example, search for :D and you’ll get this definition

“:D is an emoticon that typically means laughing, big smile.”

You can also search for acronyms like BTW and get the result

“BTW is chat shorthand that typically means By The Way... “.

Link: Ask.com via Google Blogoscoped
Image: Dipurinku / Flickr
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Apple to recall 1.8 million notebook batteries

Damaged Apple laptopApple is following Dell footsteps in recalling 1.8 million laptops affected by the recent Sony battery problem. This decision was made after a total of nine complaints of “overheating” were lodged by users. Apple's is the second-largest consumer electronics recall in history, behind only Dell's.

The affected laptop models are sold from October 2003 to August 2006 and include the 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook g4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. The newly released MacBooks and MacBook Pros are unaffected by this recall. If you are an owner of the affected Apple laptop, check out the following site to determine if you require a battery exchange.

Sony has just released a statement regarding Sony’s support of Apple’s recall of lithium ion battery packs used in Apple notebook computers. In it, Sony explains the cause of its battery problem as follows:

On rare occasions, microscopic metal particles in the recalled battery cells may come into contact with other parts of the battery cell, leading to a short circuit within the cell. Typically, a battery pack will simply power off when a cell short circuit occurs. However, under certain rare conditions, an internal short circuit may lead to cell overheating and potentially flames. The potential for this to occur can be affected by variations in the system configurations found in different notebook computers.

Link: Image: Engadget
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Flaming Sony Vaio laptop

A damaged Sony Vaio laptopLooks like Dell is not the only one having the flaming laptop problem after all. Sony’s laptop has just burst into flames too. According to TheKansasCityChannel,

The laptop was turned off but left charging at the time of the incident. The first time it burst into flames, it was quickly put out by the owner’s fire extinguisher. However, it was on fire for a second time, a couple of minutes later. Nevertheless, the owner managed to extinguish the fire on the driveway shortly before the arrival of the firemen. The only damage to the house was a smudge on the wall and fire extinguisher dust on the furniture. Nobody was hurt in this incident.

Link & Image: TheKansasCityChannel.com via Engadget
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Pluto - Planet No more

PlutoThe debate is now over. Leading astronomers have declared that Pluto is no longer a planet. Hence the current solar system that we are familiar with has downsized from nine to eight planets.

For now, membership will be restricted to the eight "classical" planets in the solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Much-maligned Pluto doesn't make the grade under the new rules for a planet: "a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a ... nearly round shape, and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit."

Pluto is automatically disqualified because its oblong orbit overlaps with Neptune's.

Instead, it will be reclassified in a new category of "dwarf planets," similar to what long have been termed "minor planets." The definition also lays out a third class of lesser objects that orbit the sun — "small solar system bodies," a term that will apply to numerous asteroids, comets and other natural satellites.

Link: CNN
Image: NASA
Related post: Pluto might be demoted, Bigger solar system?
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Frog juice Bug Repellent?

A frog in Bloomfield River rainforest area, Queensland, Australia.Australian researchers have discovered that one of the most effective natural mosquito repellents comes from an unlikely source: smelly frog skin.

According to Craig Williams, an ecologist at the University of Adelaide in Australia who led the research team:

"Because frogs have delicate skins designed for absorbing water from their environment, they are vulnerable to things like infections, predators, and [parasites that live in skin]," he said.

But human tests for a frog skin-based repellent haven't been carried out, and Williams and his team already foresee—or foresmell—some obstacles to making a commercial product.

"We tried putting some of the chemicals from frog skin in a lotion," he said, "but the odor was too strong."

Some of the frogs' secretions smell of rotting meat, the team reports. Others give off aromas of nuts or thyme leaves. The researchers say the strong smell is what repels biting insects.

Link: National Geographic
Image: Twinpeaks / Flickr
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Tea – A healthier Choice?

A cup of teaMost of us drink more water than tea. However, recent studies by UK nutritionists have shown that drinking tea has more benefits than drinking water. For instance, they have discovered that drinking three to four cups of tea a day can cut the chances of having a heart attack. Other health benefits seen included protection against tooth plaque and potentially tooth decay, plus bone strengthening.

Dr Ruxton said: "Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water. Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so its got two things going for it."

Hmmm… maybe it’s time that I cut down my coffee intake and have more tea instead?

Link: BBC
Image: Ti.mo / Flickr
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Missing Austrian girl found – after 8 years

A bench in the garden.Police have rescued a woman found staggering in a garden nearby a house in Strasshof, in the Gaenserndorf area on Vienna's northeastern outskirts. Based on the passport found at the house where she was allegedly imprisoned and that she had the same distinctive scar as the Austrian girl, it is highly possible that she is Natascha Kampusch – an Austrian girl who went missing at the age of ten and sparked a huge manhunt.

Her suspected kidnapper, Wolfgang Priklopil, died after throwing himself in front of a train. He had been chased by police earlier on Wednesday evening and his red BMW car was later found abandoned. Apparently, this poor girl has been kept in a garage that had a cavity measuring four by three metres (yards), with an entrance measuring 50cm by 50cm. The police believe it was blocked with a sound-proof safe whenever the kidnapper left the scene. A bed and bookshelf with children's books were reportedly also found there. It is still not clear what the kidnapper‘s motives were as police said that he had no connection to the girl’s family and there had been no ransom demand.

Psychologists believe that the woman suffered from "Stockholm Syndrome" – a psychological condition in which captives begin to sympathise with their kidnappers. Austrian police are waiting for her DNA test results due later on Thursday which will confirm the woman's identity.

She is indeed lucky to be well and alive after been abducted for so many years. Many abducted girls throughout the world were either raped and killed, or even forced into prostitution, and can only pray that someone can save them from their kidnappers.

Link: BBC
Image: Di / Flickr
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24 August, 2006

The future of paper

Image showing some uses of nanowire paperThe researchers at the University of Arkansas have claimed a breakthrough in nanotechnology by being able to create paper made from long titanium oxide nanowires. According to FM89 Newsroom,

The material can be bent, trimmed, and folded like paper made from natural fibers, but it's chemically inert and can withstand temperatures up to 700 Celsius (almost 1300 degrees Fahrenheit).

Tien says the material could have many applications, including filters against airborne bacterial spores, protective armor, and media for controlled drug release. But another application could be the future of printed paper. "We can, using ink, write things on [the nanowire paper], and when we shine a UV light on that, we can erase it. We can write, erase, re-write, re-erase," says Tien.

Wow, imagine the amount of paper this technology can save. Life will never be the same again when nanowire paper becomes commonplace in the future.

Link & Image: FM89 Newsroom
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Fight Man - excellent game/animation

An online game called Fight ManIn this game called Fight Man, you control a stick figure in fighting other stick figures with several interesting moves – punch, kick and throw.

Watch as your character performs various stunts such as climbing up shelves, hanging on to a lamp shade while kicking the enemies and much more. Oh, and catch an enemy peeing by surprise too!

All these action takes place around computer monitors and accessories. In addition to being able to kick ass, the animation is so cool and fun to watch. Click on the following link to start kicking ass.

Link & Image: Fight Man
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Animal sculptures made from junk

Frog sculpture made from scrap metalEdouard Martinet sees art in other people’s junk. He created an amazing assortment of beautiful animal sculptures from scrap metal in junkyards – an excellent way of recycling metal. The most incredible aspect of his work is that the parts are fixed without being welded. Take a look at his various collections from the following link.

Link & Image: Edouard Martinet Sculptures
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Dells on a plane

Picture of Qantas airlines 747-400 at San Francisco international airportWith regard to the recent Dell flaming laptop incident, Qantas, the Australian airline has just gone to the extreme by disallowing Dell laptop users (not even those unaffected by the recall) to run on battery power whiles onboard their plane. At one point, Qantas even enforce the rule that all passengers must remove their batteries at the gate and tape up the contact points. Imagine the inconvenience it would cause to business travelers.

Link: TUAW
Image: Pbo31 / Flickr
Related post: House fire, Dell recalls batteries
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23 August, 2006

Cakes that will blow you away

Most unusual, creative, wild and uniqu cakesThese are things for daily use, right? No, they aren’t. In fact these photos are from RealCakes.com where the most unusual, creative, wild, and unique cakes from bakeries worldwide can be found. Look amazing and delicious don’t they? Speaking of delicious, I am salivating already!

More of these creative cakes along with links to the respective bakeries can be found from the following site.

Link: RealCakes.com
Image: Novelty Cakes (knitting), Jane Asher Party Cakes (checkbook), I Dream Of Cake (Handbag)
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Mt Everest Ordeal

Mt Everest and the high HimalayasLincoln Hall was rescued by Mount Everest guide Dan Mazur and his team after being left for dead when he suffered from brain swelling due to the high altitude. According to National Geographic,

Hall, a veteran mountaineer in the Himalaya, was hallucinating but alert when Mazur's team found him on a narrow ridge at 28,000 feet (8,534 meters). The rescue occurred only days after a reported 40 climbers passed ailing Brit David Sharp, who later died of exposure at around 27,500 feet (8,382 meters).

Listen to Mazur describe the event from the following link.

Link: National Geographic
Image: Orclimber / Flickr
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Trojan horse trick in modern times?

The Trojan Horse from the 2004 film Troy, preserved on the seafront at Canakkale, TurkeyThe Greeks defeated the Trojans through the introduction of the Trojan Horse. Will the same trick work in modern times? Watch the following video to find out.

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Play Pacman online

Pacman gameWow! This site features 177 version of the classic game Pacman which can be played online. Check it out.

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Could the house fire be caused by Dell laptop?

House severely damaged by fireLouis Minner was awoken by the smell of an electrical fire but after a quick survey of his house, nothing was found and he went back to bed. Forty-five minutes later, he was awoken again and shocked to discover that his couch was on fire.

His house was severely damaged by the fire which took fire-fighters 10 minutes to extinguish. In addition to an uninhabitable house, the family had lost all of its possessions. However, nobody was hurt in the fire.

Recent reports of Dell laptop bursting into flames led Louis Minner to believe that his wife’s Dell laptop which was sitting on the couch at the time of the incident must have started the fire.

It is still unknown as to whether the fire was sparked by a Dell laptop. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation and it is still too early to jump into conclusion. Nevertheless, it is better to be safe than sorry. If you are still holding on to an affected laptop, you should exchange your battery as soon as possible.

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