This ABC News story says a research points to the healing power of a good giggle. A growing body of research supports the theory that laughter has a therapeutic value. A good gut-buster not only helps the spirit, it gets the blood pumping, just like jogging -- only it's a workout that even hospital patients can enjoy. Laugh on a regular basis, and you can even boost your immune system, according to some research.
This MugenBR forum thread shows funny doctored photographs of an angry(?) baby.
ZDNet reports that Microsoft is developing a new version of Windows aimed at companies that want to better secure their older machines. It is code-named Eiger, the product is basically designed to turn older PCs into a thin client, which is a terminal that gets most of its information from a central server. Unlike traditional thin clients, though, a few programs can be run locally, including Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and antivirus software.
The Register reports that women prefer to use text messages to keep in touch with friends, while men like to pick up their phones and make a call. New research from consumer group Mintel found that men are twice as likely as women to talk on their mobile phones. The researchers have classified people according to the type of use they make of their phones, Reuters reports, and say they have identified a new group: social texters, people who keep in touch with friends by text message. A whopping 39 per cent of women fall into this group, compared with 25 per cent of men...
This deviantART article says there are over 50 million Firefox downloads and still going strong. This Web browser can easily be recognized by their logo in a split second with its 'ol firey-fox wrapped around a planet (should be Earth!). The article asks readers about who actually sat down to create the wonderfully clean image that is Firefox's identity. Also, it points out Thunderbird's history.
Worth1000.com's current image theme is to take any number of television/TV shows and mate them together.
Viral Videos & Ads posted a bunch of new television/TV commercials/spots/advertisements today. Four of them were worth noting:
This Forbes article asks if any exploits of Star Wars warriors, of a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, ever have actually happened? Are the fantastical sights--the speeding spaceships, the chattering robots, lightsabers in every imaginable color--even physically possible? The story analyzes lightsabers, hyperdrive, bionic limbs, holographic messages, and clones.
Yahoo! News, The Los Angeles Times (use BugMeNot for a free dummy account), and Wired News say first facial reconstructions of King Tutankhamun, based on CT scans of his mummy, produced images strikingly similar to the boy pharaoh's ancient portraits, with one model showing a baby-faced young man with chubby cheeks and his family's characteristic overbite. That model, a photo of which was released Tuesday, bears a strong resemblance to the gold mask of King Tut found in his tomb in 1922 by the British excavation led by Howard Carter. The beardless youth depicted in the model, created by a French team, has soft features, a sloping nose and a weak chin -- and the overbite, which archaeologists have long believed was a trait shared by other kings in Tut's 18th dynasty. His eyes are highlighted by thick eyeliner.
According to this Discovery Channel article, people smarter and more creative lying down than standing up. A researcher Darren Lipnicki from the school of psychology at the Australian National University (ANU) believes this helps to explain Archimedes' eureka moment. He found that people solve anagrams more quickly when they are on their backs than on their feet.
The Korea Times answers the question on how did the number of Korean broadband subscribers explode from nothing in 1998. It was when the high-speed Internet was first introduced by Thrunet (English site) to the present 12 million. Many experts have pointed to the tech-savvy Korean people, a highly urbanized and dense population, an affordable fixed-rate price and full government support as keys to broadbandâ€™s success.
Viral Videos & Ads posted four new television commercials/spots/advertisements today. Only three were funny and worth noting.