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First STAR WARS Miniland Models Arrive to LEGOLAND California

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The Millennium Falcon was spotted flying over Washington D.C. today at LEGOLAND California as the first wave of LEGO models for the new STAR WARS Miniland area arrived. Master Model Builders unloaded crates containing several models including the Millennium Falcon, an Imperial AT-AT, an AT-ST and an X-wing fighter. The models are the first of 2,000 arriving to be installed in the new STAR WARS Miniland area opening in March at the family theme park in Carlsbad.
LEGOLAND California will be the first of three parks to launch the Star Wars Miniland, including six scenes from the movie series, and one from The Clone Wars, comprised of about 2,000 individual models, over 1.5 million bricks and and built in 1:20 scale.  

Starbucks new Logo: An Illustrated History

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Starbucks just unveiled a new logo to commemorate its 40th anniversary and, judging by the look of things, it seems to have nailed it. The image of the siren is so iconic that the text itself had become redundant. Simplifying the image and distancing the brand from the word “coffee” enables the company to expand its portfolio into new arenas such as ice cream and bottled beverages without cannibalizing the brand’s cache.

The world's smallest solar powered cinema

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The Sol Cinema is a micro movie house powered entirely by the Sun. The cinema can accommodate 8 adults comfortably for a unique cinematic experience. They have a full library of comedy, quirky, music videos and short films with inspiring environment themes.

Apple releases iOS 4.2.1

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On Monday, Apple will release iOS 4.2 today (the company says by 10 a.m. Pacific Time), a free software update that brings the features of iOS 4 - including multitasking, fast app switching, and a unified mail inbox.

Zombie walk Chile 2010

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zombie walk in Santiago. 2.5k.
music from "the nigth of the living dead"

Original Darth Vader costume for sale

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Christie's auction house says it is selling an original Darth Vader costume from the "Star Wars" movie franchise.
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 ]

I am on vacation this week.

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I am on vacation this week, so I can not dig many cool gadgets...
And the website will be shut down on Thursday(from PM 11:00 to AM 8:00 for maintenance).
Photos via photoradar

Art for Aidan

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Aidan is five years old and undergoing chemothereapy. He also draws great monsters. Help pay his medical bills by buying his artwork at Etsy.

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Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic

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This is a project of Google, which has developed a self-driving car, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver.
"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.
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NASA wants to send a robotic plane to study Mars

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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."

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Leaked Photo of the New Facebook Phone

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Facebook is secretly building their own phone((they deny it), Sean Percival has posted a leaked photo of the new Facebook phone.

Wine Filling Station

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In select supermarkets in France, customers can now fill up containers with gas station-style pumps(Keg wine and wine vending machines):
"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.
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Apple iOS 4.1 Now Available To Download

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Apple has just launched the latest version of their iOS for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and it is now available to download from iTunes. The new features in iOS 4.1, include HDR Photos on iPhone 4, the ability to upload HD video over WiFi, TV show rentals for your iOS device and also Game Center, plus a proximity sensor fix to the iPhone4. Game Center adds a range of new featrures to iPhone Gaming, including achievement, worldwide leader boards and the ability to play online with other players from around the world.  iOS 4.1 is now available to download from iTunes, more here.

World's largest swimming pool

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This pool is located at the San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo, Chile. It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, has a 115 ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water.  It costs around $2 billion to build and another $4 million/year for maintenance.
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Keanu Reeves marks his 46th with a solitary cupcake outside a warehouse

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Keanu Reeves celebrates his 46th birthday with a single-candled cupcake outside a film prop warehouse in New York.
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 ]