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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Jing Jing and Cha Cha replaced by Sohu and Sina (Chinese Internet Police part 3)

The cute Internet police force Jing Jing and Cha Cha (which started work on January 1 of last year) is displaced by the more official looking but still cute Sohu and Sina. Police in China's capital said Tuesday they will start patrolling the Web using animated beat officers that pop up on a user's browser and walk, bike or drive across the screen warning them to stay away from illegal Internet content. Starting Sept. 1, the cartoon alerts will appear every half hour on 13 of China's top portals, including Sohu and Sina, and by the end of the year will appear on all Web sites registered with Beijing servers, the Beijing Public Security Ministry said in a statement. China stringently polices the Internet for material and content that the ruling Communist Party finds politically or morally threatening. (...) The animated police appeared designed to startle Web surfers and remind them that authorities closely monitor Web activity. Will we see those cops on some of Google's properties as well in the future? is already registered with the Chinese authorities, bearing the Internet Content Provider badge on their homepage.
This was seized 4 u at Google Blogoscoped
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Visit the first hotel in space or be the first private person on an expedition to the moon (it's your choice)

"Galactic Suite", the first hotel planned in space, expects to open for business in 2012 and would allow guests to travel around the world in 80 minutes. Its Barcelona-based architects say the space hotel will be the most expensive in the galaxy, costing $4 million for a three-day stay.
During that time guests would see the sun rise 15 times a day and use Velcro suits to crawl around their pod rooms by sticking themselves to the walls like Spiderman. Company director Xavier Claramunt says the three-bedroom boutique hotel's joined-up pod structure, which makes it look like a model of molecules, was dictated by the fact that each pod room had to fit inside a rocket to be taken into space. "It's the bathrooms in zero gravity that are the biggest challenge," says Claramunt. "How to accommodate the more intimate activities of the guests is not easy." But they may have solved the issue of how to take a shower in weightlessness -- the guests will enter a spa room in which bubbles of water will float around. Read more here...
My favorite travel agency, Space Adventures has a competitive offer:
"The first private expedition to the moon." Price = $100 million.
By joining the Space Adventures Lunar Mission you will contribute to the dawning of a new era in space exploration and enter the history books alongside the great explorers of our time.
Buzz Aldrin stated: "This mission is a unique opportunity for a private citizen to become one of the great explorers of the 21st Century. Read more here...
This makes it your choice: Do you want to explore and experience the far side of the moon or just take a 3 day trip to the "Galactic Suite".
This was seized 4 u at CNN & Space Adventures
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Monday, August 06, 2007

Largest merger of galaxies discovered

Four massive galaxies are colliding in the largest galactic merger ever seen, new observations reveal. The smash-up is shedding light on how the biggest galaxies in the universe form – and why many of them stopped giving birth to stars billions of years ago. Astronomers classify mergers according to the relative sizes of the galaxies involved. Minor mergers unite galaxies of vastly different size – marrying a 'dwarf' galaxy with one the size of the Milky Way, for example – while major mergers join those of roughly equal size.
Now, researchers led by Kenneth Rines of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US, have found the largest major merger ever seen. It involves a quartet of galaxies at the centre of a galactic cluster known as CL0958+4702, which lies about 5 billion light years from Earth. Three of the merging galaxies are the size of the Milky Way, while the other is about three times as massive. "This is the largest major merger in terms of total stellar mass. Read more...
This was seized 4 u at New Scientist
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Brainjogging (or can video games make our brain smarter, younger and sharper?)

A slew of games popping up on Web sites and retailer shelves target consumers seeking a mental boost, not adrenaline. The sudden wealth of mental-workout games is in part a result of recent neuroscience research that has matured and is ready to leave the laboratory.
Most of the interactive brain regimens are based on exercises that have shown an ability to improve mental functions in the laboratory. Those exercises then get wrapped in a more entertaining user interface and moved out of the lab. Brain games are wildly popular in Japan and Europe, the Ninentendo DS Brain Age has sold millions of copies. The delivery of similar functionality online is the logical next step and although they might not be the most engaging games, that's not the goal here.
Lumosity is such a "brain fitness program" which is designed to improve cognitive function through a series of web-based games and exercises. The "game" I love the most (and in which i perform weakest) is birdwatching. The game begins with a static image of meadow grass and wildflowers that fills most of the computer screen. The image of a small bird briefly flashes on the left side of the meadow. At the same time, a letter appears elsewhere on the screen. And then both disappear. Players have to simultaneously click on the spot where the bird appeared and remember the letter. The better you perform, the more difficult the game gets.
I'm addicted - I think its fun, also a bit challenging and certainly a great break. You can try your skills here.
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