This CNN's story says Thomas "Doc" Rowe made a bionic dolphin that is basically a mechanical capsule that would move in and out of waves just as a dolphin does. The concept recently made waves -- literally -- around the world when one of the bionic dolphins, built by Doc's protÃ©gÃ© Rob Innes, appeared at a New Zealand expo named "Big Boys' Toys". The dolphin, described by Doc as the world's first underwater flying machine.
This Yahoo! News story mentioned experts saying the tales of great white sharks developing a taste for human flesh and turning into rogue maneaters are a myth. They also point out that on average more people die in Australia every year from three bumble bee stings than in one shark attack.
Broadband Reports reports that some heavy users, of Shaw cable modem service that recently unveiled "i-Extreme" 5Mbps tier, didn't read the TOS. They are finding their service temporarily shut off if they download more than 50 gigabytes a month. Shaw is the same company throttling BitTorrent traffic for its users.
There is a FiringSquad forum thread about the most devious missions ever in a game.
Blue's News posted an article on the field of culinary evolution faces one great dilemma: why do most cooked, exotic meats taste like cooked Gallus gallus, the domestic chicken? It is curious that so many animals have a similar taste. Did each species evolve this trait independently or did they all inherit it from a common ancestor? That is the burning question.
firstname.lastname@example.org's story says the mystery of 'chirping' pyramid was decoded. Acoustic analysis shows how temple transforms echoes into sounds of nature. El Castillo's strange echoes have fascinated visitors for generations. A theory that the ancient Mayans built their pyramids to act as giant resonators to produce strange and evocative echoes has been supported by a team of Belgian scientists.
Blue's News posted two links today:
A funny cartoon strip showing Santa Claus outsourced.
Skeletal Systems is character study of 22 present and past cartoon characters. Animation was the format of choice for children's television in the 1960s, a decade in which children's programming became almost entirely animated. The artist decided to take a select few of these popular characters and render their skeletal systems as I imagine they might resemble if one truly had eye sockets half the size of its head, or fingerless-hands, or feet comprising 60% of its body mass. Each character resides on a translucent, hinged panel. When the panel is lifted the character's skeletal structure is revealed giving each a certain validity and glimpse into its origins. Each panel is hand-drawn with archival ink and covered with an acrylic/acetate transparency.
Fngsaiyuk shared a 1.3 MB WMV video clip of a crocodile biting someone bigtime. Ouch! At least it wasn't his head.
12/18/2004 7:45 PM PS
UserFriendly's link of the day mentioned an addicting and frustrating Flash game called Reflex. Its description says, "A remake of a great puzzle game called Reflexion. Collect all the gems and get the ball to the exit. You do this by guiding the ball with the 'mirrors'." You use the mouse to click on mirrors that can be flipped.