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Photoshop?

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If you remember the Iran's photoshop missile. The image, released on Wednesday, appeared to show Mr Kim in good health while inspecting two military units, to dispel rumors of ill health. 'Fake photo' revives Kim rumours, by BBC. Photoshop?
In the photo, the shadow cast by Mr Kim's calves runs in a different direction to the shadow cast by the soldiers on either side of him, the Times pointed out. In addition, a black line running along the stand on which the soldiers are positioned mysteriously vanishes on either side of Mr Kim - suggesting his picture may have been superimposed onto the image.
Such a suspicion was reinforced when a BBC designer examined a close-up, and discovered apparently mismatched pixels to the right of Mr Kim's legs.
The validity of some of other pictures has been questioned in the past. For example, one image released in October appeared to include lush foliage in the background that was incongruous with autumn.
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[ link ] - North Korea Tries to Show Its Leader Is Healthy and in Control

Honda Unveils the New Walking Assist Device

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We have seen the Honda the first walking assist device, if you remember it? Today Honda unveiled its second experimental walking assist device that helps support bodyweight to reduce the load on the user's* legs while walking, going up and down stairs, and in a semi-crouching position. Honda will now begin testing this device at its Saitama Factory starting this month, but I don't like its weird shoes.
"The new walking assist device with the bodyweight support system reduces the load on leg muscles and joints (in the hip, knees, and ankles) by supporting a portion of the person's bodyweight. The device has a simple structure consisting of seat, frame, and shoes, and the user can put it on by simply wearing the shoes and lifting the seat into position. Moreover, a mechanism that directs the assisting force toward the user's center of gravity and the ability to control the assist force in concert with the movement of the legs C both unique Honda innovations C make it possible for the device to provide natural assistance in various postures and motions." [ link ]
Check out see a demo video.
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100 Billion Zimbabwe Dollars!

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We have seen the 10 Million Zimbabwean Dollars! Now let you see the 100 Billion Zimbabwe Dollars! If you see 100 Billion? I have never see it before. Do you know what you can buy for it? The 100 Billion Zimbabwe Dollars only 3 eggs!!
If you think that the current economic crisis is something that has never happened in history before, you may be wrong! After the collapse of the agriculture sector in Zimbabwe in 2000, the inflation in that country skyrocketed to 231 million percent a year! Just think about it - 231 000 000%! [ link ]
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Armadillo Aerospace Fishbowl Spaceship

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The Armadillo Aerospace is a company in New Mexico, they plan to send this space tourist fishbowl into the sky in 2010. really? According the Newscientist, the state of New Mexico hopes to collaborate with Armadillo Aerospace to create suborbital vehicles for space tourists. This Fishbowl Spaceship concept, which will afford passengers a 360 view of space. Armadillo Aerospace plans to build an initial prototype of the vehicle in 2009 and is aiming for crewed suborbital flights in 2010. The reusable vehicles will take off vertically from Spaceport America near Las Cruces, New Mexico. The ships can take two passengers at a time, and tickets will cost an estimated $100,000. Check out you can see more pictures and a video of testing the concept prototype.
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X-rays from Sticky tape

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Postdoctoral researcher Carlos Camara and researchers have shown that simply peeling ordinary sticky tape in a vacuum can generate enough X-rays to take an image - of one of the scientists' own fingers.
"At some point we were a little bit scared," says Juan Escobar, a member of the research team. But he and his co-workers soon realized that the X-rays were only emitted when the kit was used in a vacuum. "We don't want to scare people from using Scotch tape in everyday life," Escobar adds.
This kind of energy release known as triboluminescence and seen in the form of light occurs whenever a solid (often a crystal) is crushed, rubbed or scratched. It is a long-known, if somewhat mysterious, phenomenon, seen by Francis Bacon in 1605. He noticed that scratching a lump of sugar caused it to give off light.
The leading explanation posits that when a crystal is crushed or split, the process separates opposite charges. When these charges are neutralized, they release a burst of energy in the form of light.
As long ago as 1953, a team of scientists based in Russia suggested that peeling sticky tape produced X-rays. But "we were very sceptical about the old results," says Escobar. His team decided to look into the phenomenon anyway, and found that X-rays were indeed given off, in high-energy pulses.
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Windows 7 is Officially named Windows 7

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I just used the Window Vista at my laptop and I have an old computer uses XP, Now the Microsoft look likes settled on an official name for its next Windows operating system - Windows 7. The Code name is the real name according to Mike Nash on the Vista blog. I searched a Windows 7's video, you can see it after more.
"The decision to use the name Windows 7 is about simplicity. Over the years, we have taken different approaches to naming Windows. We've used version numbers like Windows 3.11, or dates like Windows 98, or "aspirational" monikers like Windows XP or Windows Vista. And since we do not ship new versions of Windows every year, using a date did not make sense. Likewise, coming up with an all-new "aspirational" name does not do justice to what we are trying to achieve, which is to stay firmly rooted in our aspirations for Windows Vista, while evolving and refining the substantial investments in platform technology in Windows Vista into the next generation of Windows." Mike Nash writed. [ link ]
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Gold Kate Moss

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A 50 kilogram (110 pound) solid gold sculpture of British model Kate Moss made by artist Marc Quinn is unveiled at the British Museum, in central London, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. The statue named 'Siren', the largest gold statue produced since Ancient Egyptian times according to the museum. It worths £1.5 million! Model inspiration: Kate Moss was also captured in a yoga pose in plaster.
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Nintendo DSi - Built-in Cameras, Bigger Screen

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Today Nintendo announced a new handheld gaming console that they updated a new version of the Nintendo DS - Nintendo DSi. Announced in Japan Thursday morning. This DSi measures in at 0.1 inch less than than the DS Lite(12% thinner); the 17% bigger(3.25 inches) than original 3" LCD; and packed a 0.3 megapixel(640x480) camera on the exterior of the case, with another camera on the interior hinge. It also included a SD memory card slot. A new Internet browser will also be installed on the machine, allowing people to browse the Web and the DSi Shop to download games and applications to SD cards. The DSi will launch in Japan on November 1 for JPY 18,900 ($179). International releases will follow in 2009. Check out see more pics.
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The Worlds Biggest Cruise Ship - Celebrity Solstice

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The Celebrity Solstice Solstice-class cruise ships, the largest ever passenger ship, which has just left port for the sea. She is one of five Solstice ships launching between now and 2012. Weighing approximately 134,000 tons, the Solstice is over 1,000 feet long and can hold 4,350 people (or about 3,000 paying customers). This cruiser is the first one to boast an authentic grass lawn on its top deck. It will host its first passengers next month. Wow, a super huge ship! [ link ]
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'Human jet' crosses the English Channel

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Below video from yesterday, image from jet-man.com.
Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy successfully crossed the English Channel using his homemade jet-propelled wing Friday, the first man to perform the feat. Yves Rossy makes a safe landing after successfully crossing the English Channel. Rossy leapt from a plane more than 8,800 feet or a mile and a half from the ground, before firing up his jets. He made the 22-mile trip from Calais in France to Dover in England in a little under 15 minutes. He began the Friday flight just before 1207 GMT; by 12:15 GMT, Rossy was above British soil and looped over onlookers before opening his parachute, with his wings still strapped to his back.
He touched down in a field near the famous white cliffs of Dover. [ link ]

Stephen Hawking Unveils Scary $1.8 Million Clock

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An extraordinary New type of Clock was unveiled at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge by Professor Stephen Hawking - even if it was 14 minutes and 55 seconds late. This £1 million ($1.83 million) timepiece took seven years to completely construct, it was led by inventor John Taylor who designed the timepiece as a tribute to English clockmaker John Harrison, the world's greatest clockmaker, who solved the problem of longitude in the 18th century.
" The bizarre Corpus Clock visually explains that it relies on grasshopper escapement to function, and to let you know that time can never be regained once lost, that beast on top actually gobbles down time every 60th second. Oh, and every hour, on the hour, the sound of a "chain dropping into a wooden coffin" is played to really pound home the 'time is a destroyer' concept."
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The baby turtle born with two-heads

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It looks cute! It is the baby turtle that proves two heads really are better than one. While its siblings grow at a the usual steady pace, this tiny creature is speeding ahead. The reason for its extraordinary growth spurt is simple: having two heads mean it eats twice as fast. Staff could have been forgiven for thinking they were seeing double when the turtle turned up at the Water World aquatic farm at Wuwei town in Anhui, eastern China. [ link ]

Spray-On Condoms to Fit All Sizes

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A German condom expert has developed a "spray-on condom" system in the form of a pump that squirts out liquid latex through a multitude of nozzles that cover the erect member with a latex sheath in a matter of seconds. The idea that by Jan Vinzenz Krause (Pic).
"If you go into a drug store to buy condoms, the ones they sell are mainly suited to men with the average penis length of 14.5 centimetres (5.51 inches), but a lot of people have penises that are smaller or larger than that," Jan Vinzenz Krause said.
Although he is aiming for a drying time of 10 seconds, it currently takes 20-25 seconds for the latex to dry. 25 second!!
As for cost, the spraying chamber will cost around EUR 15 to EUR 25 ($22-$36) and the liquid latex refills, which produce between 10 and 20 condoms depending on size, will be priced at between EUR 7 and EUR 10 ($10-$14).
My Quest? Build a better condom - Time Magazine
Spray-On condoms - still a hard sell - Time Magazine
Revolution in the bedroom - Spiegel Online

Lance Comeback to Cycling in 2009

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Through an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair and Supertouch news, 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has confirmed that he will return to professional cycling in 2009 to compete in the Tour de France, really ?!
I am happy to announce that after talking with my children, my family and my closest friends, I have decided to return to professional cycling in order to raise awareness of the global cancer burden. This year alone, nearly eight million people will die of cancer worldwide. Millions more will suffer in isolation, victims not only of the disease but of social stigma. After the passage of Proposition 15 in Texas, a $3 billion investment in the fight against cancer which is helping to make this disease part of the national dialogue in America, its now time to address cancer on a global level. Lance Armstrong
Watch his video announcement HERE...
I just can't believe this news, I very like the Lance, I want to more info and from his word to confirm he will try for an eighth Tour title - at age 37.
Photos from Vanity Fair and Elizabeth Kreutz.

The 30ft mechanical spider terrorising Liverpool

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The 37-ton artwork has been billed as the largest and most spectacular piece of street theatre ever staged in the UK.
Created by French company La Machine, the installation cost £1.8million to bring to Liverpool C and all but £250,000 of this was funded by the taxpayer.
The story behind the artwork is that French 'scientists' have arrived in the city to investigate it. They will use cranes to remove the animal off the tower block, before taking it to their 'research base' in Liverpool's new concert venue, the Echo Arena.
There, the creature will undergo a series of experiments, allowing the team to show off special effects using water, fire and artificial snow.
Organisers hope the spider will attract huge crowds, but onlookers appeared more bemused than enthralled. [ link ]