The Observer (UK News) talks about a spoof advertisement that opens with the suicide bomber leaving his home and jumping into his VW Polo. The bomber parks at a busy London restaurant where carefree diners crowd the pavement. Cut to the terrorist sitting in his car as he pushes the button to detonate his bomb. The blast is contained within the car, saving the diners. The ad ends: 'Polo. Small but tough'.
Dark Horizons reports a San Fransisco Chronicle article about Arnold Schwarzenegger largely dropped references to his movie career. He has taken on a more serious, gubernatorial tone, but Hollywood is still calling. The governor said he had been approached about making a brief appearance in "Terminator 4" movie, but has told producers
This BBC News article reports that U.S. scientists have discovered a way to make plastics from orange peel, using the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Cornell University researchers created a novel polymer using CO2, an oil present in orange peel and a catalyst that speeds the reaction along. The team hopes CO2 could one day be collected for making plastics instead of being pumped into the atmosphere.
The New Yorks Times (no registration required) says the space shuttle's skin is turning out to be even more fragile than NASA engineers thought, its scientists and engineers say. Impact tests and analysis performed as part of the return-to-flight effort show that pieces of insulating foam that weigh less than half an ounce can cause small cracks and damage to the surface coating on the heat-resistant panels on the leading edge of the wing, agency officials said in interviews this week.
This Yahoo! News article says there are an estimated 54 million digital cameras in American hands, and digital sales have outstripped sales of film cameras for the past two years. An estimated 10 million digital cameras were shipped in the USA just for the holidays, with millions upon millions of pictures snapped at parties and family gatherings in the past month alone. As growing numbers of amateur photographers are discovering, digital technology allows you to delete an unwanted image while it is still in the camera... The International Data Corporation, which conducts industry surveys, estimates that about 23% of all digital images captured by cameras are deleted. That still leaves a lot of images captured -- a projected 28 billion in 2004, up from 12.7 billion in 2003.
Compfused.com posted some cool videos today, but two of them were worth noting:
A Yahoo! News story says heart disease has been the nation's top killer for decades. Now, cancer has taken its place for Americans 85 and younger.
Voodoo Extreme reported a Boomtown story of a jilted Japanese girlfriend logged onto her ex-lover's Lineage account with his username and password. Once there, she deleted his game data including all the items, weapons and clothes he had collected. Although the boyfriend did not suffer financially he reported the misuse of his account to the police. Police then reported the woman of Toyama Prefecture, to the Fukushima District Public Prosecutors Office accusing her of violating a law banning illegal access to someone else's online accounts.
I saw this story last night on a local news station about a puffer fish getting a brand new smile thanks to modern dentistry! The poor puffer's teeth were so overgrown, it was an ordeal to get food in its mouth. In the wild, puffers feast on coral to wear their teeth downâ€¦but aquarium food is just too soft. An Arizona dentist saved the day for the puffer by filing his teeth down. And minutes later, the happy puffer is back in the swim of things with a brand new set of smaller choppers!
A co-worker found this Broadband Reports thread about Microsoft's AntiSpyware Tool Removes Internet Explorer article. Basically, it said "Many Microsoft Windows users who downloaded the recently released AntiSpyware program from Microsoft, or had it installed through an automatic Windows update, woke up to a surprise. Unintentionally, the heuristics of the software detected Internet Explorer as spyware, and removed the program from their systems."
This Yahoo! News article says Thai handlers are now toilet-training Thailand's elephants beside painting, dancing, and playing musical instruments.
BBC News says failing to make your bed in the morning may actually help keep you healthy, scientists believe. Research suggests that while an unmade bed may look scruffy it is also unappealing to house dust mites thought to cause asthma and other allergies. A Kingston University study discovered the bugs cannot survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed.