New Scientist reports that Beagle 2, the British lander lost on Mars in 2003, should never have been built. That is the damning conclusion of the official investigation into the loss of the probe in a report that the UK government and the European Space Agency (ESA) attempted to hide. The probe was carried to Mars on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft and released towards the Red Planet in December 2003. It was never heard from again.
New Scientist report that dyslexia can impair a driver's reactions as much as a moderate drinking session. That is the conclusion of a small study which compared how quickly dyslexic and non-dyslexic drivers react to traffic signs.
Blue's News posted an interesting and amusing Ananvoa link (with two black and white photographs) about a Chinese man who patented his technique for growing his own wooden chairs. Mr. Wu, from Shenyang City, Liaoning province, moulds branches into shape while the tree is still growing. He uses elm trees which are pliant and do not break easily, reports the China Morning Business View.
The New York Times (no registration to read) reported on price-comparison sites that do the legwork:
"The conventional wisdom a few years back was that the Internet would erase price differences among retailers by giving consumers instant access to the best deals. Merchants who charged more would be driven out of business.
UserFriendly posted a link of the day on The Budget Traveller's Guide to Sleeping in Airports show people's experiences, tips, and comments of sleeping at airports around the world.
The New York Times talks about Homaro Cantu's maki look a lot like the sushi rolls served at other upscale restaurants: pristine, coin-size disks stuffed with lumps of fresh crab and rice and wrapped in shiny nori. They also taste like sushi, deliciously fishy and seaweedy. But the sushi made by Mr. Cantu, the 28-year-old executive chef at Moto in Chicago, often contains no fish.
This Yahoo News article says half of all U.S. bankruptcies are caused by soaring medical bills and most people sent into debt by illness are middle-class workers with health insurance, researchers.
Jakob Nielsen wrote and posted a Alertbox on the usability of websites for teenagers. Its summary says "When using websites, teenagers have a lower success rate than adults and they're also easily bored. To work for teens, websites must be simple -- but not childish -- and supply plenty of interactive features."
Planet of the Apes 4 -- If the apes really did take over. 21 entries of the high users' ratings. I forgot to post this last night. DOH! Keep your filthy paws off of me, you apes!
ZDNet UK News report an amusing worm that sings when a user open its EXE attachment. The story includes a MP3 link to listen to the "You are an idiot" accompanied by chorus of people singing the words clip.