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Re: Interesting Science/Technology news articles

Unread postby A_theist » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:08 pm

I'm not exactly sure if this article belongs here, but I found this and thought it was really interesting! CNET deals with technology... sooooo... I decided this is fitting. Didn't want to start a new thread.

Study: Wikipedia as accurate as Britannica

Awesome. Although, it is a older (2005) - it's still interesting.

From the article:
Wikipedia is about as good a source of accurate information as Britannica, the venerable standard-bearer of facts about the world around us, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature.
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Re: Interesting Science/Technology news articles

Unread postby H3RM3S78 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:09 pm

"I have very great respect for Britannica," Wales said. But "I think there is a general view among a lot of people that it has no errors, like, 'I read it in Britannica, it must be true.' It's good that people see that there are a lot of errors everywhere."

That's a nice quote. The rest is meh.

What is "Nature"? How did they find those mistakes? And how thorogh were they?
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Re: Interesting Science/Technology news articles

Unread postby A_theist » Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:31 pm

lol


South Koreans use sausages as an inexpensive Stylus that works with screens such as the iPhone.


The entire article (it's short):

In order to detect when and where you tap, capacitive touchscreens, like the one found on the iPhone, rely on the ability of the human finger to conduct electricity. Unfortunately, that means whenever you don gloves, the device becomes useless. Companies like Ten One Design sell specially designed styli for use with such screens, but some might not want to spend $15 on what amounts to a tube with a sponge on it.

People in South Korea have come up with a cheap and unique, if somewhat repulsive, solution: a sausage. Apparently, sales of snack sausages from CJ Corporation have skyrocketed since people discovered that the meat tube can function as an iPhone stylus (literal 'sausage fingers', if you will).

Above is a photo of commuters, sausages in gloved hand. (If you're intrigued, you're more than welcome to try and make sense of this poorly translated Korean news article.) We imagine the same trick would work with meat snacks more readily available here in the U.S., like Slim Jims for instance, but we'll stick with our non-food-related hacks, like dialing with our noses and wearing bum-gloves. [From: Cluster Flock, via: Kottke]
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Re: Interesting Science/Technology news articles

Unread postby TheBlueFalconX » Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:01 am

Hard to tell what it is their using, sausage or not. What kind of sausage (wrapping) looks like that?
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Re: Interesting Science/Technology news articles

Unread postby UnwantedSunbeam » Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:05 am

I am simply stunned that all of you are so mature that you have avoided the o-so-obvious double entendres.

Well who am I to lower the tone.
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Unread postby HalloweenWeed » Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:22 pm

UnwantedSunbeam wrote:entendres


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Re: Interesting Science/Technology news articles

Unread postby UnwantedSunbeam » Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:35 pm

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Re: Interesting Science/Technology news articles

Unread postby A_theist » Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:21 am

From the Discover blog about an amazing new fuel cell, which has recently garnered lots of attention from debuting on 60 Minutes.

http://mblogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/02/22/bloom-energy-teases-its-power-plant-in-a-box-many-doubts-remain/

"The idea is to one day replace the big power plants and transmission line grid, the way the laptop moved in on the desktop and cell phones supplanted landlines."

- CBS reported

http://earth2tech.com/2010/02/21/the-bloom-box-what-all-the-fuss-is-about/

Perhaps the 2nd is a better link.
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Re: Interesting Science/Technology news articles

Unread postby UnwantedSunbeam » Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:44 am

Looks interesting. I was curious how much oxygen is used compared to burning fossil fuel in a normal power station. Their super secret ways seem to not help google searches.
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