Monday, March 9, 2009

Star Wars Live Action TV Series is coming

MTV is reporting that the casting for a live-action TV series based on the Star Wars universe is underway. The show will focus on minor characters and be set in the period between Revenge of the Sith (Episode III) and the original Starwars. But don't get too excited yet because according to Lucas no Jedi or Darth Vader will appear in the show. George Lucas will write and shoot an entire season before the show will be air.

If you want to know more then hop over to MTV:

7 Dinosaurs which you could fight

So did you ever dream of brawling with dinosaurs? Even if you don't then you might want to be prepared in case that some mad scientists revive those ancient giants. Jump over to this article from Cracked which gives you combat tips for fighting dinosaurs.

Via Cracked

Saturday, February 2, 2008

PetLoo – the backyard in a box

Apartment dwellers don’t have the luxury of doggie doors and spacious yards, so their canine companions usually have no way to relieve themselves between their morning and evening walks. Simone Iglicki was a dog owner in this predicament so she created the Pet Loo, a simulated natural environment that allows your dog to take care of business while you're away at work. This “backyard in a box” features synthetic grass, treated to eliminate odors, and an angled drainage system that collects urine in a tray beneath the turf, to be emptied by the owner. The whole unit is washable in warm water.


Girls can be cruel

Watch what happens to this poor kid. At the end he cries out "NANDE?!?! in Japanese which means "WHY!?!?" by the way.

Friday, February 1, 2008

The rabbit and the eagle - Unlikely best friends

Unlikely best friends

A rabbit and an eagle have become unlikely best friends in China.

The owner of the eagle put the rabbit in its cage at Beizhamen Bird Market, Zhengzho City, for the bird's dinner.

But instead of following its predatory nature, the eagle made friends with the startled but fortunate rabbit.

"The rabbit very humbly combs the eagle's feathers with its mouth," the surprised owner told Oriental Today.

"The eagle is four-months-old, and I threw him the rabbit for food, but apparently he doesn't know how to enjoy his meals."

via [Ananova]

Is E.coli an energy source of the future?

Most people associate E.coli with food poisoning and the resulting product recalls but a professor of the Texas A&M University envisions it as a source of energy in the future which will be able to power our homes and cars.

From EurekAlert:

By genetically modifying the bacteria, Thomas Wood, a professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, has “tweaked” a strain of E. coli so that it produces substantial amounts of hydrogen. Specifically, Wood’s strain produces 140 times more hydrogen than is created in a naturally occurring process, according to an article in “Microbial Biotechnology,” detailing his research.

Though Wood acknowledges that there is still much work to be done before his research translates into any kind of commercial application, his initial success could prove to be a significant stepping stone on the path to the hydrogen-based economy that many believe is in this country’s future.

Renewable, clean and efficient, hydrogen is the key ingredient in fuel-cell technology, which has the potential to power everything from portable electronics to automobiles and even entire power plants. Today, most of the hydrogen produced globally is created by a process known as “cracking water” through which hydrogen is separated from the oxygen. But the process is expensive and requires vast amounts of energy – one of the chief reasons why the technology has yet to catch on.

Wood’s work with E. coli could change that.

While the public may be used to hearing about the very specific strain that can cause food poisoning in humans, most strains are common and harmless, even helping their hosts by preventing other harmful bacteria from taking root in the human intestinal tract.

And the use of E. coli in science is nothing new, having been used in the production of human insulin and in the development of vaccines.

But as a potential energy source?

That’s new territory, and it’s being pioneered by Wood and his colleagues.

Read the rest of the article on EurekAlert

Hawaii Chair! Take the work out of your workout!

You can hardly call this work. With the Hawaii Chair it takes the work out of your work day!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Amazing Archer Girl

Watch the archer skills of this amazing girl

Mech Animals of Nantes

Dark Roasted Blend reported about an exhibition of massive mechanical animals in Nantes, France. François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice designed those beauties which can be seen at the "Les Machines de l'Ile Nantes" exhibition.

via [Dark Roasted Blend]

Asus prepares 500$ iMac "killer"

Asus is getting ready to launch a 500$ PC as part of the Eee line. There are still not all the details available but the computer will ship with a TV card and a 19" to 21" screen. They are also planing an E-DT which will be a headless desktop for about 200$ to 300$

A third system which will called the E-TV will include the basic Eee PC but with a 42 inch LCD TV. The price will be about 200$ cheaper than a TV of comparable size.

The E-DT will ship in April or May at about the same time as the enhanced Eee PC notebook.

More details can be found here:

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Money as debt - Where does money come from?

Puppy vs Roboquad