Archive for May, 2009

US Lab Debuts World’s Largest Laser System

Posted in Uncategorized on May 31, 2009 by nuKnuK

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – A US weapons lab on Friday pulled back the curtain on a super laser with the power to burn as hot as a star.

The National Ignition Facility’s main purpose is to serve as a tool for gauging the reliability and safety of the US nuclear weapons arsenal but scientists say it could deliver breakthroughs in safe fusion power.

“We have invented the world’s largest laser system,” actor-turned-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said during a dedication ceremony attended by thousands including state and national officials.

“We can create the stars right here on earth. And I can see already my friends in Hollywood being very upset that their stuff that they show on the big screen is obsolete. We have the real stuff right here.”

via US lab debuts super laser – Yahoo! News.

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Sony considers music downloads for PSP

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2009 by nuKnuK

pspSony has spoken with some of the major recording companies about providing music for the PlayStation Portable, music industry sources told CNET News.

The sources said the talks are only preliminary and no deals have been struck. But apparently, Sony is considering offering music on the PlayStation Network, the company’s nascent multiplayer gaming and digital download service. Such a move could place the PSP in direct competition with other multiuse music players, most notably the iPhone.

Spokespeople from Sony and the big recording labels declined to comment for this story.

The PSP is a nifty little handheld that plays games, video, and music, but has never fully lived up to its potential, many say. With a larger screen and superior games, the PSP could have rivaled the iPod. The PSP’s development, however, was partially hobbled by not offering digital content for download.

PlayStation Portable

(Credit: Sony Corp.)

Instead, Sony early on chose a walled-garden approach to content. To watch videos on the PSP, the company stuck with physical media and required customers to buy Universal Media Discs, the mini DVDs that play only on PSPs. UMDs never caught on, and one reason was that Sony didn’t initially offer a means to watch the discs on a television. This meant PSP owners who bought a UMD movie had to pay out again for a DVD if they wanted to watch on a TV.

via Sources: Sony considers music downloads for PSP | Digital Media – CNET News.

Aerogel: See-Through, Strong as Steel & Ligher than Air | dornob

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2009 by nuKnuK

Despite its incredibly low density, aerogel is one of the most powerful materials on the planet. It can support thousands of times its own weight, block out intense heat, cold and sound – yet it is 1,000 times less dense than glass, nearly as transparent and is composed of %99.8 air. The lowest-density silica-based aerogels are even lighter than air.

via Aerogel: See-Through, Strong as Steel & Ligher than Air | dornob.

Even the Model of Shanghai is Huge

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2009 by nuKnuK

Look at this crazy place I found in Shanghai!

This was inside one of the many government buildings. It was a multi-story complex dedicated to the past, present, and future of Shanghai. It was filled with multimedia presentations on the water systems, photo exhibits of the Bund under British control, and video extrapolations of what the city would become in 2020.

Of all these cool things, the best was this gigantic model of Shanghai. I walked around it about five times, trying to get some kind of sense of how to photograph the dang thing. Then, finally, I decided to grab a shot that included a few tourists to show the scale of this monstrosity.

via Even the Model of Shanghai is Huge.

Cat in China grows a pair of wings

Posted in Uncategorized on May 27, 2009 by nuKnuK

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … cat?

A kitty in Chongqing, China, is getting some extra-special attention these days: The furry feline has developed wings! Though born looking completely normal, once the cat hit the age of 1, he began growing wing-shaped appendages on either side of his spine, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reports.

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While some think the bony limbs may be a mutation of some kind — or even a Siamese twin growing inside the cat — others speculate it’s a genetic change perhaps caused by chemicals ingested by the kitty’s mother while she was pregnant.

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According to the cat’s owners, he doesn’t seem to mind his new wings — and he’s loving the attention he’s received because of them!

via Cat in China grows a pair of wings.

iPod nano 5G with a Camera? | iLounge Backstage

Posted in Uncategorized on May 26, 2009 by nuKnuK

As noted in the second image, the screen gets widened to a 1.5:1 aspect ratio, but still retains the Click Wheel of all prior nano models—in other words, no touchscreen controls this year for the iPod nano. The Click Wheel shifts down further on the new nano’s body, shrinks a little, and sees the size of the center Action button decrease as well. Finally, there’s a camera on the back in an unusual location, one which conceivably might be blocked by hands… except when the iPod nano is corner-gripped for photography. It will debut at the same time as the new iPod touch, between July and September. Our gut feeling is September.

via iPod nano 5G, Next-Gen iPhone Design Changes Revealed? | iLounge Backstage.

50mph Electric Jetski – Engadget

Posted in Uncategorized on May 26, 2009 by nuKnuK

Beware Big Oil executives: EVs aren’t content to just take over the morning commute. They’re targeting all motorized leisure activities, and while we’ve already seen how an electric motorcycle can be just as much fun as a petrol-powered version, electric waverunners look to be next. The company is Eco Watercraft, pledging to build its machines in a factory powered by renewable means, thus giving the vehicles twice the green cred. The model in the videos embedded below doesn’t look like it could stand a chance of keeping up with some of the more powerful watercraft on the market today, like Yamaha’s ridiculous FX Cruiser SHO and its supercharger, but it should be good enough to get your kicks whilst earning fewer dirty looks from birdwatching kayakers. Now if only we knew how much that privilege will cost you.

via Engadget.