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    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2011
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2011
    Between this, PETMAN and stuff like Siri and Kinect, domestic all-purpose humanoid robots are probably only 10-15 years away from widespread adoption.


    Engineered Arts Ltd.'s Robothespian is probably one of the first professional robotic actors who made it into the real world (sorry, T-1000). Its elegant movements, extraordinary body language and emotion-conveying skills make it a great communicator. It may not be capable of helping the elderly, it's not nearly as agile and athletic as Boston Dynamics' PETMAN, and it's unlikely to be of any use during eye surgery. But that's OK. Robothespian is an artist. A robot burdened with the task of exploring the ephemeral territory of the arts and claiming it for his robotic brethren. And it seems it is extremely well equipped to get the job done.
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2011
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    For all of you war history buff iPad hipsters:

    Frozen Hell is the first enhanced book to describe the dramatic early battles of the Second World War between the Soviet Union and Finland in the winter of 1939-1940. This unique interactive book includes stunning photographs and film material that demonstrate how the small nation of Finland overcame an enemy many times bigger in unbearably cold conditions.
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2011 edited
    ...and this is why the old media is dying. In most of the bigger disasters and news even here in Finland, such as school shootings etc, the news and the probable identity of the people involved was known online hours before it was on any official news channels.

    Associated Press Staff Scolded for Tweeting Too Quickly About OWS Arrests
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2011
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2011
    @Vornaskotti - I do kinda see what they're getting at though. AP's entire method of making money is breaking the stories, so to have their own employees break a story themselves via twitter is kind of like me selling copies of the game I'm working on the day before it makes it to the shops. There's a line between 'get it out there quick' and 'make sure you've damn well verified it before you get it out as we'll be culpable if it's bullshit', and this is to stop their employees crossing it.
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    The music industry is actually succeeding pretty well in what they're trying!

    Over 200 labels to have their releases pulled from Spotify

    Oh, they're not trying to make themselves totally obsolete and reviled, and drive people to piracy? Okay but... what is this shit, then?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2011
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    "Data from a NASA planetary mission have provided scientists evidence of what appears to be a body of liquid water, equal in volume to the North American Great Lakes, beneath the icy surface of Jupiter's moon, Europa."
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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2011
    Frozen Planet is a 7 episode wildlife documentary made as a partnership between in the BBC and the Discovery Channel.

    Apart from in the US, where it's only 6 episodes cause the one on climate change isn't going to air...

    Ok, that's a Daily Mail link, for which I apologise as it may mean it's complete arse.
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    @Vornaskotti: Not that bad if you don't use Win XP though. And if you are, and someone's gone to the trouble of getting your password hashes, do you really care if it takes 5 seconds or a couple of hours to break?
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    @Kay: That is the EXACT plot of Jaws. People learn nothing!
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    Shark water for all!

    Shark to call desalination plant home

    For added lulz/creepiness it's a wobbegong shark - which looks like this.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2011
    Two 1.9 million year old Australopithecus fossils from South Africa show signs of what may be mummified skin.

    If it is, it may be possible to recover DNA.

    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2011
    IBM is looking to build a "pocket-sized" chip as powerful as the Watson supercomputer.

    A Canadium redox flow battery (which uses liquids as the electrodes) will serve as both powr source and as the coolant system, this is expecyed to radically reduce both the power and cooling requirements.

    The prototype is due by 2014.