Clip: Internet auction website eBay on Monday withdrew an unusual second-hand sale item, the country of Belgium, which had attracted an offer of 10 million euros (13.9 million dollars). "Belgium, a kingdom in three parts" was posted on the Belgian ebay site as offering "plenty of choice" despite the caveat that it comes with "300(…)
The mystery of how an animal has survived for 80 million years without sex has been solved by UK scientists
There could be some benefit to millions of years without sex after all—Dr Alan Tunnacliffe, University of Cambridge Clip from article: A Cambridge team says the creature owes its existence to a genetic quirk that offers some recompense for its prolonged celibacy. Many asexual organisms have died out because they cannot adapt to changes in(…)
My favorite: What the heck is electronic mail? That’s the question posed in this Honeywell ad, which explains: “Simply put, it means high-speed information transportation. “One of the most advanced methods is terminals talking to one another. “Your mailbox is the terminal on your desk. Punch a key and today’s correspondence and messages are displayed(…)
Will the San Francisco Chronicle be the first newspaper to kill print in favor of its online sfgate.com?
photo: in2jazz From article: Why the San Francisco Chronicle is a candidate to exit print Play with me on this one: Which major American newspaper should be the first to throw up its hands and stop publishing a print product? It’s a question worth asking. This could be the worst year for newspapers since the(…)
This underground data center has greenhouses, waterfalls, German submarine engines, simulated daylight and can withstand a hit from a hydrogen bomb. It looks like the secret HQ of a James Bond villain. And it is real. It is a newly opened high-security data center run by one of Sweden’s largest ISPs, located in an old(…)
I like that Ted Kennedy is 'Sunburn'! Secret Service codenames are a throwback to the period before electronic transmissions were encrypted. Although they serve no practical security function today, the US Army Signal Corps still assigns codenames (mostly out of tradition). John Anderson Miracle, Starburst, Stardust Keke Anderson Scarlet Howard Baker Snapshot (…)