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The bionic eye : Light-curving camera that may help the blind to see

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For years, scientists have set their sights on creating bionic eye transplants to help the blind see. Yesterday they came a step closer after announcing they had made a camera that can reproduce human vision. Teams from Illinois University and Northwestern University, Illinois, cracked the problem by creating a hemispherical elastic membrane. This was flattened so the delicate electronics could be built on to it before it was allowed to spring back to its original shape. When the flexible mesh of silicon pixels joined by tiny wires springs back, the wires take the strain, leaving the delicate pixels intact. The mesh is transferred from the membrane to a curved glass lens to produce a fully-operational camera which can then be linked to a computer so its images can be viewed. [ link ]

GTA IV For PC in Nov

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The rumors have been circulating for months, but today Rockstar officially confirmed that Grand Theft Auto IV will be hitting the PC on Nov. 18 in North America and Nov. 21 in Europe. "We are very excited to be releasing the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "The whole team is dedicated to bringing an amazing gaming experience to the PC. The game looks and plays beautifully on PC and we can't wait for people to play it."

Shanghai 2020 is the Largest City Scale Model In the World

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At over 1,000 square feet, a room-sized city scale model depicts what Shanghai is supposed to look like in 2020 and every single building planned. It's on the third floor of the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum, and it is in fact the largest scale model of a city in the world. Photo1, Photo2, Photo3, photo4. Check out see more pics.
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Chuck Aaron at the AirVenture show

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Happy weekend! Chuck Aaron, the only FAA-certified helicopter stunt pilot at the AirVenture show in Oshkosh, near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He's showing off his skills this week at the air show. Aaron is scheduled to perform during the afternoon air show Thursday and Friday. "Yes, it does back flips. It is a Eurocopter BO-105 CBS 4 Twin engine helicopter. Stock model with a Rigid Rotor system, the fixed rotor is why it can do aerobatics." [ link ] Watch the video, Cool!

The robots with 'emotions' who like a cuddle and can recognise faces

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Heart Robot, who has been programmed to react 'emotionally', depending on how he is treated, has brought out the bully in many of the visitors to a science event. The electronic puppet, created by scientists at the University of the West of England in Bristol, visibly relaxes in response to soothing, low sounds or a gentle touch. 'Heart Robot looks like a cross between ET and Gollum (from Lord Of The Rings)and is about the size of a small child. 'Different children react to him very differently. They either want to hug and cuddle him, and look after him like a doll or baby, or they just want to scare him.' The Pic: Cuddle me: Designer David McGoran and his creation Heart Robot which has a breathing belly and beating heart. And I just want to say that, it is not good-looking. [ link ]
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Emirates Airline Provide Shower Service for New A380 Airbus

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From Friday, the Emirates Airline's first class passengers on board the new superjumbo A380 Airbus will be able to indulge in 'shower spas'. But they will be limited to a five-minute dousing to ensure that all 14 first class passengers can enjoy the luxury. For a mere £4,737 first class passengers will be able to enjoy a five-minute shower during a flight between Heathrow and Dubai. But on the delicate matter of potentially intimate and amorous encounters, the airline is swift to point out that each shower has been designed to accommodate just one person at a time: 'They are designed for single usage' said a spokesman. First class also boasts 14 flat-bed, massage-equipped 'Private Suites' which include remote controlled doors, a work desk, an electrically controlled mini-bar and the most advanced in-flight entertainment system available to travellers. The plane will have to take on board an additional 500kg of water, an increase of some 25 percent - adding to fuel. [ link ]
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Have age and stress launched a shocking attack on Madonna's face?

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The latest photo of Madonna. Wow! I have no word to say it. Have age and stress launched a shocking attack on Madonna's face? [ link ]

White Knight 2

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Have you remebered the Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Mothership. Today Virgin Founder, Sir Richard Branson and SpaceShipOne designer, Burt Rutan, pulled back the hangar doors on the new WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft. It is the world's largest all carbon composite aircraft. The vehicle has a maximum altitude over 50,000 ft and its U.S. coast-to-coast range will allow the spaceship to be ferried on long duration flights. Powered by four Pratt and Whitney PW308A engines. This will be scheduled once WK2 is at the appropriate stage in its extensive test program, which has already begun with ground tests; it is expected to take its first flight in the fall of 2008. The flight test program will be comprehensive even before SpaceShipTwo is carried as a payload for the first time in 2009.
Space.com Virgin Galactic Unveils Space Liner Mothership, link.
CrunchGear live photos, link.
The Gizmodo live photos, link.
[ Update ] More photos from Dave Malkoff of CBS News. After more, add a event video.
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Olympics 2008 Monkey Movie - BBC Sport

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The Olympics BBC Sport's marketing campaign and titles for the forthcoming Olympic Games are based upon the traditional Chinese folklore 'Journey to the West'. The animation and music were specially produced by Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn. [ link ]

Nikon D700 DSLR On Sale Now!

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Update the Nikon D700 news, Nikon D700 DSLR on sale now! D700 features with Nikon's original 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, 51-point AF system with 3D Focus Tracking and two Live View shooting modes, Base ISO range from 200-6400. At the Amazon, $2,900 for the body only. Nikon has scene recognition which relies 1,005-pixel RGB light sensor for use in auto exposure, auto white balance and autofocus calculations. Other features 0.12-second start-up speed, 5fps continuous shooting; Capture images to CF I/II cards and 3-inch VGA color.
Price: $2,900   |   BUY

Shipping Containers Become Distinctive Housing On Land

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If will you consider Shipping Containers to build your house, It looks no bad. An outside-the-box idea has some architects and home-buyers turning to inside-the-box eco-friendly, affordable housing that uses as building blocks the 8-by-40-foot steel containers often left vacant at seaports. The homes, which use anywhere from four to eight containers, can include add-ons such as solar panels, green roofs, radiant heating and other environmentally friendly or energy efficient features, DeMaria says. And I have a good reason, the house will be earthquake resistance. [ link ]

Xbox 360 goes 60GB, and 20GB now at $299

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Microsoft Xbox 360, Available in retail stores in the U.S. and Canada starting in early August, upgraded Xbox 360 will include a 60GB Xbox 360 console for $349. Microsoft today dropped the price of its 20GB Xbox 360 console in the U.S. and Canada to just $299(U.S.) (ERP) while supplies last, a savings of $50.
[ UPdate ]: Available on Amazon now, shipping from August 4. [ link ]
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Iran State Media Used Photoshop Made a Missile

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Iran state media used photoshop to make missile tests look more impressive! The original at the below. And I want to say a nice work with Photoshop! [ link ]

China Debuts 10-Yuan Olympic Notes

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The People's Bank of China (PBOC), the country's central bank, is to issue a commemorative bank note with a face value of 10 yuan ($1.46) from Tuesday to mark the Beijing Olympic Games.

Batmobile at F1

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What's faster, the Batmobile or a race car? Toyota F1 Racing with Batmobile at Silverstone during the run-up to this past weekend's British GP. Check out see the video.
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