Rear-projection TVs are big, beautiful and bewildering. Which kind is right for you?
By Gary MersonPosted 09.24.2003 at 1:32 pm 0 Comments
When buying a big-screen TV, you can go flat or you can go fat. Flat (with a plasma or direct-view LCD screen) means you can hang your TV on the wall, but you'll feel the pinch in the checkout lane. In the fat camp are the rear-projection screens, which offer larger screen sizes, great resolution and more affordable prices. Rear-projection TVs will also be the first to be
digital-cable-ready, eliminating the need for a digital-cable box. And the best news of all-they're not even that fat anymore.
By Catherine HarrisPosted 09.19.2003 at 4:10 pm 0 Comments
Spammers, scourges of your inbox, have proven to be elusive and cunning adversaries, fairly mocking the latest anti-spam shields employed by giants such as Hotmail and Yahoo. How gratifying, then, to see them suffer at the hands of their victims.
By Gregory MonePosted 09.19.2003 at 2:11 pm 0 Comments
Over the past decade, astronomers have become convinced that normal matter-stuff like atoms, electrons, and everything else we have ever observed-makes up only 4 percent of the universe. And the other 96 percent, you ask? Well, they're not so sure. Part of it is called dark matter,
If the experiment doesn't work, it must be a miracle.
By Michael MoyerPosted 09.19.2003 at 1:23 pm 0 Comments
Earlier this year a debate broke out on the listserv of the National Association of Science Writers. Discussion centered around a certain Web site purporting to be the work of creation scientists. The group argued whether the site was real or a hoax. Some believed that even the most reactionary groups couldn't be so ignorant; others couldn't imagine who would have the time to create such an elaborate satire. Here's but a tiny sample from the site:
Partial transcript of a recent interview with ex-astronaut Sidney Gutierrez, veteran of two shuttle missions and leading advocate of a shuttle escape system (see "Get Out Now").
Sidney Gutierrez: On an earlier flight a window was hit by a little piece of something, and they concluded afterwards it was a piece of chicken the Russians had ejected and was just floating around in space.
Popular Science: How'd they know that it was chicken?
Though the Data Age has barely begun, the amount of information we wade through in a day is already nearly unmanageable. And while technology has given us massive memory storage, its true potential has barely been explored. This was the idea behind our first design challenge: when e-memory is ubiquitous, how will it enhance our wetware memory systems?
Is flesh-eating bacteria really as scary as the new movie makes it seem? Popular Science investigates.
By Tahalia BarrettPosted 09.11.2003 at 6:46 pm 0 Comments
Cabin Fever, a thriller that explores the fear associated with necrotizing fasciitis—more commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria—is hitting theaters this week. In the movie, teens in a remote cabin (where else?) begin to turn on each other after one of them contracts the bacteria, with predictable results. But is the truth of the disease as scary as the movie?