Angels from Another Pin
I actually got a legitimate hit from someone searching on Google using the hacker language tools.
I guess it's really true that anything can happen on Leap Day. How very, very strange.
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The home belonging to Noel's sister Holly and her husband Joe really is as strange and nifty as the Baltimore Sun makes it out to be. I've seen it.
Two new dinosaurs have been discovered in Antarctica.
Beyond the Big Crunch and the heat death we have the Big Rip, in which the Universe is torn apart by phantom energy.
[A] recent analysis by Dr. Caldwell and his Dartmouth colleague Dr. Michael Doran of the supernova measurements to date, combined with other cosmological data, suggest that w [the ratio between the pressure and density of dark energy] could lie anywhere from minus 0.8 to minus 1.25, leaving open the possibility of phantom energy. The cosmological constant would give a value of minus 1.0, and anything higher would be a sign of quintessence...
Has your house been taken over by tiny villains? Use this very small war robot to severely inconvenience them!
I want to buy this former Blue Angels F/A-18A on eBay, as well as the aircraft carrier that was on sale a few weeks ago, and start the Kilgannongrad National Air Force.
There are news articles about this here and here.
The U.S. Department of Defense is offering a million dollars to the winner of the DARPA Grand Challenge, in which teams will attempt to race from California to Nevada. The catch? They have to build autonomous offroad vehicles.
The goal is to help jump-start the further development of military robots. This is utterly, completely brilliant. I love it.
A Miracle of Science has been updated. That is all. Return to work, citizen.
In honor of triskaidekaphobes everywhere: The thirteenth day of the month falls on a Friday more often than it falls on any other day of the week.
The world is, slowly but surely, becoming a parody of itself. It's now possible to play SimCity inside The Sims.
A relatively small device to create hydrogen from ethanol has been designed, allowing for the wider use of hydrogen fuel cells. What I think we really need, of course, is a small device to convert hydrogen into helium.
Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have announced the discovery of the largest diamond known. It's the core of a burned-out white dwarf star 2500 miles in diameter.
The huge cosmic gem (technically known as BPM 37093) is actually a crystallized white dwarf. A white dwarf is the hot core of a star, left over after the star uses up its nuclear fuel and dies. It is made mostly of carbon and is coated by a thin layer of hydrogen and helium gases.A jeweller contacted for the Harvard press release said a diamond that large is unpriceable, as it would crash the world diamond market.
Jessica takes issue with the characterization of her area of Pennsylvania as "counties you didn't even know existed and which appear to be populated only by birds." Ivy counters that she knows from experience that this is incorrect; there are also deer in their myriads. Jessica wrote a reply to the author, which included the statement:
As a side note, the 'tangible sense of desolation' is one of the area's more popular exports -- we ship it out along with our more capable young people who leave to find work in assorted big cities.
By a road in the town of Prittlewell in Britain, undisturbed for 1400 years, was a tomb chamber of an ancient king that was so pristine some of the grave offerings were still hanging on their hooks on the walls. The Museum of London has a webpage where one can see images of the items, including an unusual folding stool.
A Miracle of Science: volcanoes, volcanoes, volcanoes!
VeriSign is considering reinstituting their Internet-breaking Site Finder.
Site Finder, which was launched in September, redirected people who type nonexistent or inactive Internet addresses to a search page created by VeriSign. The page offered links to similarly named Web sites as well as advertisements from companies that paid VeriSign to be listed on the page. The directory competed with similar search services from America Online and Microsoft.As an analogy, imagine that VeriSign has the exclusive right to maintain all the road signs on the American highway system - and now they're claiming they're allowed to put up signs for exits that don't exist, even though this will cause truckers to run into bridge abutments.
Relativity in words of four letters or less. Sheer poetry.
This was linked from Angels once before, Jessica Gothie reports.
Speaking of fossils, one of my pet peeves is that writers of televised science fiction know of only one way of dating fossils, carbon dating. Just in case one of those losers who write for TV are looking for a detailed chart of fossil dating techniques, one can be found here.
Menace from beyond time! (Or a nifty picture of a fossilized giant spider. Your call.)
Some stuff you just can't make up. Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev won a Grammy.
A Miracle of Science: the ego deliquesced.
The Big Dig project in Boston (which was begun by the ancient Atlanteans who settled Massachusetts in the Hyborean Age and was finished about seven minutes ago) turned up plenty of interesting archaeological information about the city.
Commerce was the lifeblood of Boston's economy, although not all of it was within the law. A brass weight from around 1720 was labeled with a number higher than the actual weight.
This parody of the Mars Rover drill spinning up to test a rock is great. (Warning: large Quicktime movie.)
A mysterious stranger approaches in A Miracle of Science! Oh, and there's some science and some plot, too.
This is pretty neat: photos of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge ("Galloping Gertie") after its 1940 collapse.
This bit of map geekery made me giggle like a five-year-old. Be certain to read the comments.
I just remembered that we're coming up on the tenth anniversary of the first major spam event, the Canter and Siegel green card USENET spam of April 12, 1994. (This wasn't the first spam, that honor belonging to a 1978 DEC email.)
I am probably the only person on Earth geeky enough to dig up three links about this.
Scientists have created a new state of matter called a fermionic condensate, which they hope may lead to new superconductive materials.
We'll see who's the King of Mars!
A fake preserved baby dragon which turned up in England may be a relic of the rivalry between German and English scientists in the late 19th century.
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The sport of Ice Tetris was invented in Russia.
A resident of Lincolnshire in England has discovered that the bit of broken glass from the foundations of her farmhouse is a witch bottle from around 1830.
Witch bottles, often made from stoneware, were most common in the 1600's, at the height of the witchcraft scares.
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