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.
This The Born Loser cartoon shows one way to tell others about their past.
This Sci-Tech Today article says the survey, conducted by the British Snoring and Sleep Apnea Association to launch National Stop Snoring Week, found 81 percent of the partners of snorers said they do not sleep enough, with half of those saying they wake up feeling tired. Nearly 70 percent of snoring couples consequently end up sleeping in separate rooms.
Something Awful's current theme of doctored images is "Let's Japanize!". Take something, and make it look like Japan got their magical l
This CNN story is both sad and amusing about the difficulties in living on Dork Street due to jokes.
Engadget reports a story about "Edible UIs" on We Make Money Not Art Web site. Dan Maynes-Aminzade developed two Edible User Interfaces: the BeanCounter and the TasteScreen. The BeanCounter uses jellybean dispensation to track memory usage of computer processes -- taste the rainbow of your fruity memory hogs. The TasteScreen literally drips small quantities of flavoring from a USB device mounted atop an LCD monitor. The flavored chemicals drop down and coat the monitor with a thin liquid residue that dispenses flavor when touched with one's tongue...
According to Broadband Reports' news story, Verizon today announced they are now offering "naked DSL" service (DSL without mandatory local service) in the Northeast. CBS/Marketwatch indicates Northeast customers (ex-NYNEX and Bell Atlantic) can cut or switch their local service with no penalty, starting today.
CBS News has an article, images, and a free streaming video clip of Elwood (Woody) Norris' invention of a working flying machine, AirScooter. He asked one of his test pilots to demonstrate it for 60 Minutes on a hilltop outside San Diego, California. It can fly for 2 hours at 55 mph, and go up to 10,000 feet above sea level.
This New Scientist article says young men will try almost anything to be noticed by the opposite sex. But a study of attitudes to risk suggests that the only people impressed by their stunts are other men. Futile risk-taking might seem to have little going for it in Darwinian terms. So why were our rash ancestors not replaced by more cautious contemporaries?
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StupidVideos has a funny short computer generation animation titled "Bear vs. Penguin". It shows a penguin that keeps the bear from taking a picture.
In Wired News' Furthermore, Jenny McKeel says "Life doesn't exactly fructify on Montana's 5,000-acre contaminated Berkeley Pit federal Superfund site -- or on the nearby mining area. Hardly any plant life can survive on the acidic crust that pervades the area, and the water is lethal. But that hasn't stopped a mysterious mongrel the miners call "The Auditor" from thriving in the wasteland for more than 15 years. "It's unbelievable how it could live in a place that's supposed to be so toxic," said local veterinarian Ed Peretti. "He's one tough dog." The dreadlocked Auditor, who got his name by always showing up "when you least expected it," survives on handouts from the miners, and sometimes sleeps in a shanty doghouse built for him. "God only knows what he does all day," said one miner. Quipped another, "He's kind of like our mascot, huh."
This Yahoo News! article says across the Washington area, thefts of digital music players are rising, police say, putting Scalenghe and others through the emotional trauma of losing something that has become an increasingly important and personal part of their lives. Victims said they felt the thieves got an illicit glimpse at their musical tastes and even their "souls."
This funny Dilbert cartoon strip shows a victim of identity theft for the pointed hair boss (PHB).
This CNN/Money story says some reality television winners apparently got a brutal reality check this tax season. Daily Variety reported Friday that families featured on the ABC hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and Fox's "Renovate My Family" not only are getting their dream homes, but also nightmare tax bills.