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The jet-black helmet, mask and armor worn by the intergalactic villain are expected to sell for between 160,000 pounds and 230,000 pounds ($250,000 and $365,000) at a sale of pop culture memorabilia next month. The costume is made for "The Empire Strikes Back," the second film in George Lucas's sci-fi series, released in 1980. [ link ]
"Robot drivers react faster than humans, have 360-degree perception and do not get distracted, sleepy or intoxicated, the engineers argue. They speak in terms of lives saved and injuries avoided — more than 37,000 people died in car accidents in the United States in 2008. The engineers say the technology could double the capacity of roads by allowing cars to drive more safely while closer together. Because the robot cars would eventually be less likely to crash, they could be built lighter, reducing fuel consumption. But of course, to be truly safer, the cars must be far more reliable than, say, today’s personal computers, which crash on occasion and are frequently infected...
During a half-hour drive beginning on Google’s campus 35 miles south of San Francisco last Wednesday, a Prius equipped with a variety of sensors and following a route programmed into the GPS navigation system nimbly accelerated in the entrance lane and merged into fast-moving traffic on Highway 101, the freeway through Silicon Valley.
It drove at the speed limit, which it knew because the limit for every road is included in its database, and left the freeway several exits later. The device atop the car produced a detailed map of the environment. " [ link ]
It is the ARES (Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental Surveyor) - NASA's new plan: a rocket-powered, robotic plane that screams over the Martian landscape at more than 450 miles per hour, exposing hundreds of miles of unexplored country. It will spend its two hours surveying nearly 1,000 miles of Mars, taking atmospheric measurements, looking for signs of water, collecting chemical sensing data, and studying crustal magnetism.
"Enveloped in an aeroshell similar to the ones that deployed the rovers, ARES would detach from a carrier craft about 12 hours from the Martian surface. At about 20 miles up, the aeroshell would open, ARES would extend its folded wings and tail, and the rockets would fire. It sounds somewhat complicated, but compared with actually landing package full of sensitive scientific instruments on the surface deploying ARES is relatively simple."
"Bring your own resealable bottles, Poland Spring containers, jerrycans, whatever. Or you can get one at the store. Select your grade (red, white, or rosé). Pump. Print receipt.
Astrid Terzian introduced this concept that hearkens back to a bygone era when wine would arrive in Paris shops in tonneaux and consumers would bring their own flagons to fill. But today, Terzian says, she started this scheme in fall 2008 to fill a niche, tapping into two key themes, environmental awareness and the economy. "
Happy birthday: Keanu Reeves, who turned 46 today, was pictured cutting a solitary figure outside a film prop warehouse in New York, with a cupcake and candle. [ link ]
List of supported devices:
iPod 1G on 3.1.2
iPod 1G on 3.1.3
iPod 2G on 3.1.2
iPod 2G on 3.1.3
iPod 2G on 4.0
iPod 3G on 3.1.2
iPod 3G on 3.1.3
iPod 3G on 4.0
iPad on 3.2
iPad on 3.2.1
iPhone 3G on 3.1.2
iPhone 3G on 3.1.3
iPhone 3G on 4.0
iPhone 3G on 4.0.1
iPhone 3G[S] on 3.1.2
iPhone 3G[S] on 3.1.3
iPhone 3G[S] on 4.0
iPhone 3G[S] on 4.0.1
iPhone 4 on 4.0
iPhone 4 on 4.0.1
Amazon has started a program in which you can get your packages delivered to the Seattle area in these reusable tote bags. But the Amazon totes are only delivered once per week(your all orders from the last week will be delivered in a tote bag), so if you’re in a hurry to get your item, this isn’t the best option. The best past is that this is free. [ link ]
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[ Note: ] The AG-3DA1 is Panasonic's existing semi-professional camcorders that records to SD card media. At less than 6.6 pounds, the AG-3DA1 is equipped with dual lenses assembly in place of the normal single lens.
Have you bought a new iPhone 4 in this weekend? Now Apple today said that it has sold over 1.7 million iPhone 4 handsets through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24. 600,000 pre-orders turned into its 1.7 million iPhone 4 sales through this Saturday. Steve and company look smug! “This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs in an Apple press release. Jobs said. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.” [ Press ]
"The infinity pool on the roof is in the 'SkyPark' which spans the three towers of the hotel. The platform itself is longer than the Eiffel tower laid down and is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Infinity pools give the effect that the water extends to the horizon. In reality, the water spills over the edge into a catchment below, and is then pumped back into the pool. The pools have two circulation systems. The first functions like that of a regular pool, filtering and heating the water in the main pool. The second filters the water in the catch basin and returns it to the upper pool. "