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S396 SATA 2 Solid State Drive from ADATA

ADATA had released yet another Solid state drive and the company had named it as S396 SSD. There are surely a couple of competing approaches at work as the USB 3.0 flash drive is employing the fastest and also the newest standard, while the new solid state drive is using the more common place 3Gb/sec […]

Nearly A Billion People Go Hungry Every Day – Can GM Crops Help Feed Them?

A protester vandalises a GM crop trial. Qualms about GM food may be a luxury Africa can ill afford. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA

From The Guardian:

Leading scientists met last night to debate whether genetically modified crops can feed the world’s hungry. The issue, it seems, is as divisive as ever

The Science Museum in London is running an exhibition until the end of May called Future Foods. It attempts to give a balanced view of the pros and cons of genetically modified crops, which are back on the agenda in the light of fears over a major food crisis. It does a good job too.

As part of the exhibition, the museum organised a debate at the Dana Centre to give the public a chance to debate GM crops and the food crisis with some key scientists. I chaired the event and picked up on a few issues I thought might be worth sharing.


Building a New Computer – Introduction

Well the time has come for me to retire my Frankenstein computer and start with an updated model. Building a new computer is something new for me and something I would have not considered a few years ago. But after spending the past two years replacing the power supply, adding a new graphics card and upgrading memory, my fears of working with apparent fragile technology pieces have been conquered.

Over the next few months I will chronicle my quest of building a new computer. From decided which parts to use for the new machine and what issues I come across the way. The first post in this series will be submitted by this weekend. If any one out there does have experience with creating a computer from bare parts, feel free to offer any suggestions or problem you came across.

The Politicization Of Global Warming

Photo: Dr. William Happer (Source: Princeton University)

Princeton Physicist Calls Global Warming Science “Mistaken” — Daily Tech

Scientist fired by Al Gore was told, “science will not intrude on public policy”.

Noted energy expert and Princeton physicist Dr. Will Happer has sharply criticized global warming alarmism. Happer, author of over 200 scientific papers and a past director of energy research at the Department of Energy, called fears over global warming “mistaken”.

“I have spent a long research career studying physics that is closely related to the greenhouse effect”, said Happer. “Fears about man-made global warming are unwarranted and are not based on good science.”

Dr. Happer views climate change as a predominately natural process. “The earth’s climate is changing now, as it always has. There is no evidence that the changes differ in any qualitative way from those of the past.”


Black screens in China

PC users in China who have illegal versions of Microsoft Windows, is being met with black computer screens. It is a result of a new initiative, which Microsoft puts muscle behind its threats against piracy in China.

Microsoft launched a so-called black-out program to combat piracy in China, and now Microsoft is trying to clear up misunderstandings over the measure, which has aroused Chinese anger.

When Chinese users download updates and not performing the additional validation test, the screen becomes black. This means that you must restart the computer after which the black screen repeats itself once per hour.

Microsoft emphasizes that there has not been collected personal information via anti-piracy program, and hopes to allay Chinese fears over infringement of privacy.

“The black screen gives us a lesson that works better than warnings,” said Ni Guangnan, a senior researcher at the Institute for computer technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences of the Chinese media.

No Electricity? Island Now Energy Independent

Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway (Photo from Simply Moving)


Three-acre property boasts wind turbine, solar panels and Segways

MYSTIC, Conn. – Energy independence is still only a hypothetical goal for the U.S., but the owner of a tiny island off the coast of Connecticut says he has already achieved that feat and is offering his work as a model.

Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and numerous medical devices, jokingly refers to his North Dumpling Island as an independent nation and himself as Lord Dumpling. Kamen claims to have his own currency and offers visas to visitors to the tiny island a few miles from Mystic, where he is the only resident.

But Kamen, who bought the three-acre island in the 1980s as a retreat, is serious about energy independence and the lessons it offers at a time of volatile gas prices and fears about global warming.


Scientists Discover 21st Century Black Plague That Spreads From Rats To Humans

Black Death: A brown rat, common in the UK, has been found carrying a new strain of bacteria called Bartonella rochalimae, which is deadly to humans

From The Daily Mail:

A new plague which jumps from rats to humans has been discovered by scientists.

Fears are growing that increasing numbers of brown rats – the most common kind in Europe – are carrying a strain of bacteria that can cause serious illness in humans from heart disease to infection of the spleen and nervous system.

The new strain of bacteria called Bartonella rochalimae is spread between rats by fleas, Taiwanese researchers have said.

It was first discovered in an American woman with an enlarged spleen who had recently travelled to Peru.

‘This event raised concern that it could be a newly emerged zoonotic pathogen,’ said Professor Chao-Chin Chang from the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan.