Category: Science / Technology

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

If this isn’t enough reason for you to get an Apple computer and use Cingular,

then you must just be crazy.

Here is Apple’s planned iPhone.

Posted by SPN on 01/10 at 02:06 PM in Science / Technology
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Saturday, July 08, 2006

This round goes AGAIN to Macintosh and Linux.

Didn’t Microsoft say that XP would be its most secure yet and wasn’t Win2K touted as the most secure back then?  Microsoft has a long way to go in order to convince the world that it is EVER going to be as secure as Linux/Unix.  It may be true that there are more hackers trying to break into Win boxes.  It also may be true that Win boxes are easier to break into.  You don’t hear about Fort Knox getting broken into that often do you?  That’s because it is secure, unlike the generic Windo$e installations all around the world.

Threats prompt Mac switch advice
Security threats to PCs with Microsoft Windows have increased so much that computer users should consider using a Mac, says a leading security firm.

Sophos security said that the 10 most commonly found pieces of malicious software all targeted Windows machines.

In contrast, it said, none of the “malware” were capable of infecting the Mac OS X operating system.

Microsoft has pledged that the latest version of its operating system, known as Vista, will be its most secure yet.

One analyst told the BBC News website that the reason why there are fewer viruses and worms on Mac systems is that the smaller user base makes them a less attractive target for hackers.

Microsoft Windows currently runs on nearly one billion computers worldwide. The latest version will be released later this year.

“It is our goal to give PC users the control and confidence they need so they can continue to get the most out of their PCs,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.

“Windows Vista contains a number of new safety features that, taken together, are designed to make Windows PCs more secure and online experiences safer.”

Posted by SPN on 07/08 at 03:06 PM in Science / Technology
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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Evolution in the bible, says Vatican

Now we are getting somewhere!  Hey, Kansas!  Go listen to the Pope.  He’s got a message for you.

THE Vatican has issued a stout defence of Charles Darwin, voicing strong criticism of Christian fundamentalists who reject his theory of evolution and interpret the biblical account of creation literally.
Cardinal Paul Poupard, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said the Genesis description of how God created the universe and Darwin’s theory of evolution were “perfectly compatible” if the Bible were read correctly.

Posted by SPN on 11/09 at 05:24 PM in Science / Technology
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Friday, November 04, 2005

Researchers reconstruct killer 1918 flu virus

I think the researchers should worry about virus mutation if people are partially immune then there are many at risk for exposure.

Scientists hope discovery will help prevent future global outbreaks
ATLANTA - It sounds like a sci-fi thriller. For the first time, scientists have made from scratch the Spanish flu virus that killed millions of people in 1918.

Why? To help them understand how to better fend off a future global epidemic from the bird flu spreading in Southeast Asia.

Researchers believe their work offers proof the 1918 flu originated in birds, and provides insights into how it attacked and multiplied in humans. On top of that, this marks the first time an infectious agent behind a historic pandemic has ever been reconstructed.

Posted by loni on 11/04 at 03:07 PM in Science / Technology
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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Giant Squid Photographed for First Time


Associated Press Writer

OKYO The giant squid can be found in books and in myths, but for the first time, a team of Japanese scientists has captured on film one of the most mysterious creatures of the deep sea in its natural habitat.

The team led by Tsunemi Kubodera, from the National Science Museum in Tokyo, tracked the 26-foot long Architeuthis as it attacked prey nearly 3,000 feet deep off the coast of Japan’s Bonin islands.

“We believe this is the first time a grown giant squid has been captured on camera in its natural habitat,” said Kyoichi Mori, a marine researcher who co-authored a piece in Wednesday’s issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

The camera was operated by remote control during research at the end of October 2004, Mori told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Mori said the giant squid, purplish red like its smaller brethren, attacked its quarry aggressively, calling into question the image of the animal as lethargic and slow moving.


Posted by loni on 09/28 at 09:03 AM in Science / Technology
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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Sony and Apple On PlayStation 3?

I might know what I want for Xmas.

Some interesting rumors have been surfacing lately surrounding the PlayStation 3. As we all know, Sony has been really tight on who they mention the console too. With the Xbox 360 leaks coming out weeks before its announcement, I highly doubt Sony wants to be in that boat. Although, leaks always happen in some fashion and the latest leak is dealing with Sony and Apple.

An unknown source is confirming that Apple will be working with Sony to link iTunes and iPod into the next console. The iPod connectivity will allow gamers to hook their iPod up to the system and play music straight from the device. iTunes will also be built into the GUI so you can download and purchase online without ever needing a computer. 

Posted by SPN on 05/17 at 10:03 AM in Science / Technology
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Apple has a new desktop computer!!

… and a new Ipod.

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Posted by SPN on 01/12 at 04:34 PM in Science / Technology
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Monday, November 29, 2004

Showdown over medical marijuana

Diud I say that California sucks?  If I did, I’d like to alter that statement.  California sucks… on occasion.  I am glad to see that the State’s Supreme court has stood by the voter’s stand on medical marijuana.

The Supreme Court hears a California case today that could become a signature decision of the Rehnquist era.

By Warren Richey | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
WASHINGTON Angel Raich and Diane Monson know plenty about the failings of modern medicine.

Ms. Raich has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and Ms. Monson suffers from what her doctors say is a degenerative spine disease. Both women have tried virtually every form of medication legally available, but the multiple side effects from prescription drugs have only compounded their difficulties.

In searching for an alternative, and upon their physicians’ advice, the two California residents started using marijuana. Both say it helps them cope with pain.

But, yes, there is a problem. While medical use of marijuana is authorized under a 1996 California law, federal law bans marijuana as an illegal drug.

Monday Raich and Monson’s case arrives at the US Supreme Court where the justices must decide whether California law or federal law should apply.

How the justices decide the case could affect more than just the applicability of medical-marijuana laws in California and a handful of other states with similar provisions. It could redefine the balance of power between Congress and the states and become a signature decision of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Posted by SPN on 11/29 at 08:27 AM in Science / Technology
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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

hey, poke that thingy right there!

Altered brain waves explain some schizophrenic symptoms

The hallucinations experienced by schizophrenic patients could be due to a fault in the brain waves associated with cognitive functions, suggests research that provides support for dysfunctional circuitry as a core symptom of schizophrenia.

Robert McCarley, from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and colleagues found that gamma brain waves, which are involved in the interpretation of information about the environment and formation of mental impressions, are emitted at a slower rate than that for mentally healthy individuals.

Posted by bbeard on 11/23 at 10:27 AM in Science / Technology
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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Lithium reverses bipolar brain abnormality

People with bipolar disorder have volumetric abnormalities in their left anterior cingulate, reveal study findings that also show these abnormalities may be reversed with lithium treatment.

“There is a considerable amount of evidence pointing to a relevant role of the cingulate in both unipolar and bipolar disorders,” observe Roberto Sassi (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania, USA) and colleagues.

To examine the involvement of anatomic abnormalities of the cingulate in bipolar disorder, the researchers measured the volumes of this brain structure in 11 bipolar patients who were not taking any psychotropic medications, in 16 bipolar patients treated with lithium monotherapy, and in 39 mentally healthy control individuals. The average age of the participants was 36 years.

Posted by bbeard on 11/02 at 03:22 PM in Science / Technology
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