By Gregory MonePosted 07.12.2007 at 6:24 pm 0 Comments
This must have been a strange surprise. Late yesterday, an Australian who went for a walk on a remote beach on the western coast of Tasmania came across one of the largest giant squid ever found lying in the sand. Scientists rushed to the site to start examining the rare creature, which, thanks to dramatic reports from fishermen and books like Peter Bentley's Beast, has long had a kind of mythical quality. Scientists believe that these giant squid can grow to 33 feet long. They live primarily in deep waters, as far down as 2,300 feet below the surface, which explains the scarcity of sightings, and the reason for all the excitement over yesterday's find. The total length of the beached squid could not be determined because its tentacles had been damaged, but one of the scientists on hand called it, "a whopper."—Gregory Mone
By M HarbisonPosted 07.12.2007 at 6:24 pm 1 Comment
Although its existence has long been suspected, scientists have finally found evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere of an exosolar planet. The feat was accomplished by looking at the spectum of the Sun-like parent star (which is located in the constellation Vulpecula) as the light filtered through the planet's upper atmosphere on its way to Earth. Water vapor in the planet's atmosphere selectively absorbs certain frequencies of infrared radiation, and the tell-tale absorption spectrum was recorded by the Spitzer Space Telescope. The planet itself is one of a class called "Hot Jupiters"—large gaseous planets that orbit especially close to their parent stars—so chances are slim that it harbors any life. One of these days, though, we'll find evidence of life outside the solar system. For PPX players out there, keep an eye out for an upcoming IPO about Earth-like planets... this knowledge might come in handy. —Martha Harbison
Looking like Kermit the frog—if he were a Transformer instead of a muppet—the Street Triple is a genetics experiment gone oh-so-right. This beastie boasts the DNA of the race-bred Daytona 675 melded with the more aggressive skin of the naked Speed Triple. Extracting the award-winning engine, aluminum frame and swingarm from the sport bike, the Street benefits from the Daytonas braking system as well. The front two Nissin calipers come in extremely handy considering those 675 cubic centimeters churn out 107 bhp and 51 foot-pounds of torque. Not to be outdone, the Speed Triples genes contribute strikingly to the overall look and more importantly, the feel, of the Street. A low dual-seat, new foot pegs and handlebars have sired an exceptionally comfortable riding position.
Available this September, the Street Triple seems poised to become the market leader in naked middleweights. Knowing how much fun the Daytona 675 and Speed Triple are to ride leads me to believe living organisms arent the only things to benefit from Darwins theory of evolution. -MotoMatt Cokeley
By Gregory MonePosted 07.12.2007 at 6:17 pm 0 Comments
After announcing that it will take a $1 billion hit due to Xbox 360 repairs, Microsoft spun some good news at this week's E3 Media and Business Summit. The company broke news of a new slate of games, including the much anticipated Halo 3, due out September 25th. But another interesting newcomer, the original yes, that means its not a sequel, and not based on a movie game Lost Odyssey has also been grabbing attention.
By Gregory MonePosted 07.12.2007 at 6:15 pm 0 Comments
Oh, those silly Wall Street research analysts. First, dot-com bubble inflater Henry Blodget brings ruin upon the Internet economy with his buoyant predictions, and now his kind are causing trouble in the gadget world. After one JP Morgan analyst suggested that Apple may be developing a simpler, slimmer model of its much-touted iPhone - a kind of Nano version - several of his colleagues are trying to douse his claims. In a note released yesterday, and posted on the Unofficial Apple Weblog, the three analysts say that while a lower-end iPhone is inevitable, it wouldn't be wise to expect it to some out anytime soon. In other words, don't get excited just yet.—Gregory Mone
New cameras can spot a face in a crowd—and focus on it
By Aimee BaldridgePosted 07.12.2007 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
The goal of autofocus is to make something in the picture come out sharp. But if you're taking a photo of people, it's not their hands you want in focus. Recently, camera makers have been adding the ability to detect faces in a scene, track them if they move, and optimize both focus and exposure to make everyone look their best. But not all face-detection systems are equal, as I discovered after testing several compact cameras
on patient friends who posed by indoor light, as well as on passersby rushing through Times Square.
Pretend you're part of the peloton with pro-level cycling gear
By Dan KoeppelPosted 07.12.2007 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Road-bike innovation comes down to one simple pursuit: speed. A lighter bike moves faster. Mechanically efficient components-faster. Less futzing in the saddle-faster still (and safer). Add any of these six new pieces of Tour-ready, time-trimming equipment to your pedaling setup, and you'll move to the front of the pack, whether you're climbing the Pyrenees or zipping around the local park.
To see the latest pro-level cycling gear, click here
By M HarbisonPosted 07.11.2007 at 8:16 pm 1 Comment
A cloud of Internet buzz is forming around an as-yet-unnamed JJ Abrams film (the project currently has the working-title "Cloverfield") concerned with monsters destroying New York City. Details are scarce, although the rumors declare it's either a new Godzilla film, a Gears of War film, an alien-invasion film or (I'll freely admit, I'm hoping for this last one), a Cthulhu film. (Lovecraft fans will be cheered to hear that another Cthulhu film is set to be released sometime this fall.)
Of course, no hep flick worth its celluloid would launch without a viral marketing scheme— in this case a series of websites with puzzles, videos of various stripes on YouTube and loads of other stuff that will make you feel like an utter schmuck if you spend too much time on it. So watch the trailer, futz around on the sites if you must, and try to ignore the hype until the actual film comes out. Cthulhu fhtagn! —Martha Harbison
By M HarbisonPosted 07.11.2007 at 10:12 am 3 Comments
Forget the cloak and dagger. You want to be at the forefront of the spy game? Just load up Google Earth. A couple of days ago, the Federation of American Scientists posted images and an interesting analysis of a new kind of Chinese nuclear-propelled ballistic missile submarine, the picture of which cropped up in late 2006 on Google Earth. Check out the pictures and proposed layout of the so-called Jin-Class sub, and revel in the irony: people used to get thrown in jail for looking at this kind of data without a security clearance. Progress, indeed. —Martha Harbison
When thereâ€™s no safe escape, call in the Mules: These unmanned aerial vehicles could save lives on the battlefieldâ€”and off
By David AxePosted 07.11.2007 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
U.S. troops are pinned down in a crowded city center. Several are wounded and need immediate evacuation. There are miles of labyrinthine roads and thousands of enemy gunmen between them and the nearest base. The threat from rocket-propelled grenades has grounded the big helicopters.