As I expected, this CBC News story says people, who have been suspected seasonal allergies, are becoming more common. Now some tissue samples confirm the 25-year trend to more sneezes and itchy eyes... In each decade, the number of samples testing positive for allergies jumped nearly five per cent, the team reported in this week's issue of the British Medical Journal -â€“ a smoking gun showing the increase in allergies.
MSNBC story reports The Associated Press' story on Yahoo! being ordered to give the family full access to the account, and isn't fighting a court request. The dead marine's parents went to court in order to gain access to late son's account. The family received a CD containing more than 10,000 pages of material, but only e-mails his son received and nothing he had written, even e-mails the younger Ellsworth had sent home.
This Broadband Reports' news piece says: "Despite last minute bidding efforts by Cablevision, Comcast and Time Warner Cable will be the new owners of Adelphia, according to press reports. Comcast will gain 1.8 million cable subscribers as part of the deal, Time Warner Cable looks to add 3.5 million cable subscribers. Adelphia users: the deal should be closed within 9-12 months.
Viral Videos and Ads posted a bunch 24 new television/TV commercials/spots/advertisements today after a long delay in updating. Only three of them were worth seeing and sharing on AQFL.
/. mentions a Business Week article on voice verification in future debit and credit cards. Here's how it works: A special sensor on the credit card stores its owner's previously recorded voiceprint in digital form. When the owner receives a new card, he or she speaks a password into the sensor on the card. If the voiceprint matches, the card is activated.
Compfused.com posted a 1.5 minutes video with various clips/scenes showing a super police dog doing its job.
This old BBC News' article says it takes about 30 people to get a Mexican Wave going in a football stadium. Scientists from the University of Budapest in Hungary studied video tape of the crowd phenomenon that caught on during the 1986 World Cup and built a mathematical model to describe how it works. Tamas Vicsek and colleagues discovered that a critical mass of people is required to get the wave underway and predict that waves are more likely to occur when spectators are not already over-excited -- such as during flat periods in the game. The team believes similar studies on crowd behaviour could help the authorities predict when spectators are about to lose control, such as during riots or post-match brawls.
According to Broadcasting & Cable's news article, former ABC News reporter/anchor Sam Donaldson is ready to say the last rites for network news because it will soon lose its dominant position as Americans' primary source of news. "I think it's dead. Sorry," he said during a breakfast panel Tuesday at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)'s convention in Las Vegas, Nevada (NV). "The monster anchors are through." Even though 30 million viewers still turn to networks news each night and garner ratings well above CNN and Fox News, networks news operations long ago lost their role as the sources Americans rely on during time of major breaking news, said Donaldson.
Two video clips of the day from Blue's News today that involves a cat that drums and a DDR kid as a juggler:
- Wow, this cat is really good in drumming with this toddler. See this short Google Video. Seen on VideoSift.
- Boing Boing has a downloadable video clip (WMV; 4.6 MB; almost 1.75 minutes long) of a high-speed Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) kid juggling three pins. Wow. There needs to be a contest of this!
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This MSNBC story says Albert Einstein's theories buttress every facet of modern life. It's all Einstein's fault. Many of Einstein's other theories, which began pouring out in a burst of incandescent creativity 100 years ago, turned physics and our understanding of the natural world on their heads, giving scientists the tools to mold almost every observable aspect of life as we live it in 2005.
According to this Yahoo! News story (with photographs), a robot -- dubbed Kamel -- rode a racing camel for 1.5 miles, reaching speeds of 25 miles per hour in a non-competitive trial run. By 2007, rulers of this energy-rich emirate say all camel racers will be mechanized. In Qatar, ruling sheiks have responded to calls for banning the use of boy jockeys by embracing robots as the best solution.