Thursday, July 31, 2008

Team overclocks Core 2 Quad to 5.1GHz, claims world record -- too bad it's not

So we hate to break it to the good guys at Tom's Hardware, but while we're impressed that they managed to overclock a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad 6600 to 5.1GHz using a cryogenic cooling system, it's not nearly close to the world record they're claiming -- we've seen P4's at up to 8.18GHz, and just a couple months ago someone jacked a Core 2 Extreme QX9775 on a Skulltrail board to 6GHz. Still, it's always fun to watch people pour LNO2 over a mobo -- video after the break.

[Via PC World]

Liquid Lakes On Saturn's Moon Confirmed

Posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday July 31, @08:39AM
from the time-for-a-saturn-icon dept.
Riding with Robots writes "Scientists have been using the robotic spacecraft Cassini to explore what looked to be large lakes of hydrocarbons on the surface of Saturn's planet-sized moon Titan. But they couldn't be entirely sure that the features were actually liquid lakes, and not simply very smooth, solid material. Now, new findings seem to confirm that the observations really do show extensive seas of liquid ethane and other hydrocarbons. In fact, Titan seems to have an entire 'water' cycle of ethane evaporation, rain and rivers."

Cholesterol-lowering Drug Boosts Bone Repair

ScienceDaily (July 31, 2008) — Lovastatin, a drug used to lower cholesterol and help prevent cardiovascular disease, has been shown to improve bone healing in an animal model of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). The research, reported today in the open access journal BMC Medicine, will be of great interest to NF1 patients and their physicians.

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Video: Camera-based concept turns any surface into a DJ deck

DJ MoCAP, master of time and white space, has developed a camera-based controller for the TRAKTOR Scratch DJ System. Just sketch the deck onto a piece of white paper and turn any high contrast surface into a mixing table. There seems to be a bit of latency but overall the system looks fairly responsive. Why? Why not, we say. Video demonstration after the break.

[Thanks, Brian]

Air Force Looks To Laser-Proof Its Weapons

Posted by samzenpus on Wednesday July 30, @10:03PM
from the have-you-ever-heard-of-a-mirror dept.
slugo writes "This article has probably the coolest laser destruction video you have ever seen. The video shows the Israeli and US Air Force working on laser defense systems. The US Air Force is starting to look for ways to laser-proof its bombs and missiles with spray-on coatings, no less. They think everyone is going to figure this laser thing out sometime and need a defense against what they are already very good at — shooting things out of the sky with a laser."

US To Launch Military Orbital Spaceplane

Posted by samzenpus on Thursday July 31, @04:35AM
from the you-have-been-recruited-by-the-star-league-to-defend-the-frontier-from-Xur dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Not only is the US readying its first 100% military spaceplane for a November launch, but it's going to push NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission til 2009: 'The USAF and Boeing will launch the X-38B — the first military orbital space plane if you discount the secret military shuttle — on top of an Atlas V rocket in November. They want to test its flying features in space and during atmospheric reentry. And probably its anti-matter rays and nuclear bays and hyperspace engines too (but of course, they are never going to tell you that). However, there seems to be a conflict with the civilian space program which may push one of the Moon exploration missions to 2009.' Screw the moon. We have to defend ourselves against all those alien extremists from Mars!"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New Materials For Microwave Cookware That Heats Faster With Less Energy

ScienceDaily (July 30, 2008) — You may soon be enjoying microwave popcorn and other 'nuked' foods and beverages faster than ever before, while saving on electricity. Researchers in Pennsylvania and Japan report development of new ceramic materials that heat up faster and retain heat longer than conventional microwave cookware while using less energy.

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Neat vid about a Lion

This was on the today show yesterday apparently.

Bull crap: One of America's greatest renewable energy assets

When I think of the term 'bull crap,' my mind immediately turns toward the nation's greatest producer of BS, the 'bull crap Mecca' if you will. Yes, I'm referring to Washington, D.C. Now, if that kind of BS could supplement our power needs, we would have an infinite source of reliable energy. While we've seen that Washington's political manure has delivered few results, researchers from the University of Texas say that literal crap could actually help clean up our stinky energy situation.

According to researchers, the US agricultural industry produces enough manure to supply 3% of the nation's energy needs through biogas production. To put that in perspective, that's equal to all the renewable energy currently produced in the country -- minus hydroelectric. In fact, anaerobic biogas production already has a proven track record. Power companies in California use the renewable -- if not clean -- resource, which can be burned at any normal power plant. Not to mention, the anaerobic processing prevents the cow patties from releasing noxious gases as it decomposes. Bonus.

Gallery: Naked activists protest bull fighting

Women End Up Less Happy Than Men

ScienceDaily (July 30, 2008) — Less able to achieve their life goals, women end up unhappier than men later in life – even though they start out happier, reveals new research by Anke Plagnol of the University of Cambridge, and University of Southern California economist Richard Easterlin.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Alaska Looks To Volcanos For Geothermal Energy

Posted by kdawson on Tuesday July 29, @12:05AM
from the don't-stamp-so-hard dept.
Iddo Genuth writes "Alaskan state officials have recently announced their intention to begin funding the exploration and surveying of Alaska's largest volcanoes in hopes of utilizing these as a source of geothermal energy. They say this volcano could provide enough energy to power thousands of households, and according to some estimates, Alaska's volcanoes and hot springs could supply up to 25% of the state's energy needs."

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tesla #6 crash disturbs the sound of silence

The Tesla roadster goes from 0 to 60 in 3.9-seconds (by December anyway) and costs $100,000 if you're lucky enough to get dibs on the 10 or so electric cars delivered so far. Come to find out, it also goes from 30 to 0 in a nausea-filled second when ground to a halt of twisted carbon-fiber beneath a Mercedes. The image above was snapped by Alex Volkov at the scene of a Friday evening accident in San Francisco. Of course, this isn't the first wrecked Tesla we've seen. According to Fortune, ousted Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard saw his car rear-end a truck while on router for delivery to Eberhard's home. While the cause of this new accident isn't official, a few eye-witnesses said that Tesla #6 had gone "unnoticed" as it went "bumper-to-bumper between the cars." Interestingly enough, the Tesla's air-bags never deployed. One thing seems obvious: we expect to see more crashes from the silent, ultra-low-profile Tesla street-racer as it attempts to compete for space on roads dominated by SUVs, Hummers, and Testosterone.

Read -- SF Tesla Crash
Read -- Fortune

Tenise Barker Takes On RIAA Damages Theory

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Monday July 28, @01:17PM
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Tenise Barker, the young social worker from the Bronx who took on the RIAA's 'making available' theory and won, has now launched a challenge to the constitutionality of the RIAA's damages theory. In her answer to the RIAA's amended complaint [PDF], she argues that recovering from 2,142 to 428,571 times the actual damages would be a violation of Due Process. She says that the Court could avoid having to find the statute unconstitutional by construing the RIAA's complaint as alleging a single copyright infringement — the use of an 'online media distribution system' — and limiting the total recovery to $750. In the alternative, she argues, if the Court feels it cannot avoid the question, it should simply limit the plaintiffs' damages to $3.50 per song file, since awarding more — against a single noncommercial user, for a single upload or download of an MP3 file for personal use — would be unconstitutional."

$1,000 Spray Makes Gadgets Waterproof

Posted by CmdrTaco on Monday July 28, @12:34PM
from the well-thank-god-for-that dept.
Rio writes "A new $1,000 spray claims to protect notebook computers, iPods, cell phones and other electronic gadgets from liquid, making them completely waterproof, a report says. A creator of the technology said it could be used for emergency first-responders, bio-medical devices and historic preservation." This might be a bit of a flashback from last year.

Breast Cancer Detection: A Simpler Alternative To Mammograms?

ScienceDaily (July 28, 2008) — Whether a painless, portable device that uses electrical current rather than X-ray to look for breast cancer could be an alternative to traditional mammograms is under study at the Medical College of Georgia.

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Kinzua Song

Found the lyrics to the Song by Stan Austin that Grandma Watson was looking for.
I still cannot find the actual song but this guy says that it was released in '82
on a 45 for the 100th anniversary.


Among the valleys
In Northern Pennsylvania
20 miles from the Kinzua Dam
In just three months
They built a wonder
The wonder was that mighty railroad span


The Kinzua Bridge (The Kinzua Bridge!)
Something to behold
Built about a hundred years ago
The Kinzua Bridge (The Kinzua Bridge!)
There for all to see
It’s become a part of our history

Bridge: (no pun intended)

You’ve got the golden gate bridge in Frisco
Chattanooga in Tennessee
The Rainbow Bridge in Canada
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York Ci-ty
You’ve got the Yorktown in Virginia
MacArthur in old St. Lou
Homestead Bridge in Pittsburgh
But then you have Kinzua


Now if you go there
Someday to see this wonder
I know that you
Will be amazed
That such a feat
Could be accomplished
With 40 men in just 94 days

Repeat Chorus:

The Kinzua Bridge (The Kinzua Bridge!)
Something to behold
Built about a hundred years ago
The Kinzua Bridge (The Kinzua Bridge!)
There for all to see
It’s become a part of our history

Repeat Bridge
Repeat Chorus

News: Nukes Not the Best Way To Stop Asteroids, Says Apollo Astronaut

Posted by timothy on Sunday July 27, @07:40PM
from the thin-coating-of-flubber dept.
MajorTom writes "Right now, we are not tracking many of the asteroids that could destroy earth. But within the next decade, new telescopes will make that possible, and leave us with the tough decision of what to do about objects with an alarming chance of hitting our planet. Last year, NASA said that the best option is to nuke them. This week, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart, explained that there are far better options, and he has started an organization to prove that they can work."