Spy Satellite Threatens Earth
According to Wired News: "A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and could hit the Earth in late February or early March, government officials said Saturday." The 20,000 pound satellite contains hazardous materials, and is due to make an uncontrolled reentry in February or March. How nice.
A Blacker Black: Darkest Known Material Created
"In the 1984 film, lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel looks at the album cover for the first time and opines, 'It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none, none, none more black.'"
The creation of the darkest material know to exist in the universe is pretty cool, but National Geographic quoting Spinal Tap in its description is even cooler.
Snickers introduces Charged - a caffeinated bar
According to Junk Food Blog, Snickers is introducing a new candy bar, Snickers Charged, to their lineup. which includes B vitamins, caffeine, and taurine. Now, if they would just make one with caffeine, dark chocolate, and almonds instead of peanuts, I would start buying it by the case.
Startup Says It Can Make Ethanol for $1 a Gallon, and Without Corn
According to Wired.com, an Illinois startup claims to be able to produce ethanol from any organic material, at a cost of only one dollar a gallon. The process combines two of the most common methods of ethanol production, and would allow ethanol to be produced locally, out of whatever material happens to be on hand. Unlike corn ethanol, it has no impact on the food supply. This almost sounds to good to be true, but I hope it is, and I hope these guys make millions of dollars.
Caprica TV Series Gets Second Chance
There is some good news coming out of the WGA strike. According to TV Squad, the all-but-forgotten prequel to Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, which was previously shelved, may end up being broadcast. It appears that only the pilot has already been filmed, but there are a number of scripts already written, and since everyone, including Sci-Fi , is starved for new material, they may give it a shot after all.
Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy Blog brings us Rocketman, an almost indescribable clip of William Shatner's "interpretation" of Rocket Man, from the 1978 Saturn Awards. There are so many interesting things about this. He was introduced by Bernie Taupin, whose reaction we unfortunately do not get to see. There is also a link to a discussion of the clip by William Shatner, during which he explains that it was supposed to be funny. (As Scott Adams would say, "It's not funny if you have to explain it.") It makes me wonder if he was making fun of himself all along, and we just didn't know it, or if his recent foray into self-deprecating humor is causing him to cast some of his other work in another light.
I had Verizon FIOS installed yesterday, and so far, I'm very happy. Here are my speedtest results before, when I was using Road Runner:
Here are my results using FIOS:
I have been thinking of going to an online backup service like Amazon's S3, using Jungle Disk, but the thought of uploading 20 gigs of data at under 500 kbps made my head hurt. I'll be setting up my Jungle Disk account shortly.
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