LHC Doomsday Fear Sparks Lawsuit

March 30, 2008


The builders of the world’s biggest particle collider are being sued in federal court over fears that the experiment might destroy the planet. The Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, is due for startup later this year at CERN’s headquarters on the French-Swiss border. It’s expected to tackle some of the deepest questions in science. Some folks outside the scientific mainstream have asked darker questions as well: Could the collider create mini-black holes that last long enough and get big enough to turn into a matter-sucking maelstrom? Could exotic particles known as magnetic monopoles throw atomic nuclei out of whack? Could quarks recombine into “strangelets” that would turn the whole Earth into one big lump of exotic matter?

Site – http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com

The Arthur C. Clarke Gamma Ray Burst?

March 28, 2008


Larry Sessions, a columnist for Earth & Sky, has suggested in his blog that the gamma-ray event whose radiation reached us a few hours before Arthur C. Clarke died, and which occurred 7.5 billion light-years away, be named the Clarke Event. Even the faintest stars visible to the eye are merely hundreds or thousands of light-years distant, all well within our own Milky Way Galaxy. But staring toward the northern constellation Bootes on March 19th, even without binoculars or telescope you still could have witnessed a faint, brief, flash of light from this gamma-ray burst. The source of that burst has been discovered to lie over halfway across the Universe. The Gamma Ray Burst now holds the distinction of the most distant object that could be seen by the unaided eye and the intrinsically brightest object ever detected, the cosmic explosion is estimated to have been over 2.5 million times more luminous than the brightest known supernova.

Site – http://science.slashdot.org

Verizon’s open access may not be that open

March 26, 2008


All hope for Google cross country wireless faded when Verizon Wireless picked up coveted wireless airwaves in the 700MHz spectrum at a recent auction held by the Federal Communications Commission, which imposed certain consumer-friendly provisions on how that network can be used and what it will it eventually look like. The open-access rules don’t exactly guarantee open access to anyone with a phone, so here a few questions consumers might have about what the network does mean to them.

Site – http://www.cnn.com

Masamune Shirow

March 25, 2008


Masanori Ota (Masamune Shirow) is an internationally renowned manga artist. Masamune Shirow is a pen name, based on a famous swordsmith, Masamune. He is best known for the manga Ghost in the Shell, which has since been turned into three anime movies. While in college, he developed an interest in manga, which led him to create his own complete work, Black Magic. His work caught the eye of Seishinsha President Harumichi Aoki, who offered to publish him. The result was Appleseed, a full volume of densely-plotted drama taking place in an ambiguous future. The story was a sensation, and won the 1986 Seiun Award for Best Manga. Many of his works follow a common form: a strong female law enforcement officer/warrior battles external threats while facing difficulties from internal politics, in a near-future setting with strong cyberpunk and postcyberpunk influences.

Site – http://en.wikipedia.org

Endeavour on way to international space station

March 13, 2008


In a rare middle-of-the-night launch, the shuttle blasted off with an almost blinding flash. But the darkness meant fewer pictures than usual to look for signs of possible damage to the spacecraft during the climb to orbit. NASA knew the nighttime launch would come at a photographic cost. But past successes at preventing the shuttle’s fuel tank from losing big chunks of foam insulation during liftoff and the accuracy of heat shield inspections convinced managers the night launch was a good choice. Putting together Dextre, the robot, will be one of the main jobs for the seven Endeavour astronauts, who are scheduled to blast off in the wee hours of Tuesday, less than three weeks after the last shuttle flight. They’re also delivering the first piece of Japan’s massive Kibo space station lab, a float-in closet for storing tools, experiments and spare parts. For the first time, each of the five major international space station partners will own a piece of the real estate. At 16 days, the mission will be NASA’s longest space station trip ever and will include five spacewalks, the most ever performed while a shuttle is docked there. Three of those spacewalks will feature Dextre, which is sure to steal the show.

Site – http://www.cnn.com

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Yoshitaka Amano

March 9, 2008


Yoshitaka Amano is a Japanese artist known for his illustrations for Vampire Hunter D and for his character designs, image illustrations and title logo designs for the Final Fantasy video game series developed by Square Enix. Amano was born in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan; as a young adolescent, he was fascinated with drawing. In 1967, he began working for Tatsunoko Productions in the animation department, where he was introduced to the early Japanese anime movement. His first paid project was for the Speed Racer anime franchise. In the 1960s, Amano was exposed to Western art styles through comic books and their Japanese Western-influenced counter parts. Amano was also fascinated by the art styles of psychedelic art and pop art of the West, particularly the work of American Pop artist Peter Max. In 1987, he was introduced to a newly developed art department with a promising future for conceptual design for video games. He joined Square to work on what was expected to be their last video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System: Final Fantasy. This task opened a new realm for Amano to work in.

Site – http://en.wikipedia.org

Cabo San Lucas & Riu Palace

March 9, 2008


Cabo San Lucas (popularly known as just Cabo) is a small city at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in the municipality of Los Cabos in the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico. As of the 2005 census, the population was 56,811 people. It is the largest community in Los Cabos municipality, and the second-largest in Baja California Sur, after La Paz. Cabo San Lucas has become an important vacation and spa destination, with a great variety of sites of interest, and timeshares that have been built on the coast between San Lucas and San José del Cabo. The distinctive El Arco de Cabo San Lucas is a local landmark. In the winter, pods of whales can be observed in the ocean. In 1990, California based Rocker Sammy Hagar of Van Halen and Montrose fame, opened his own nightclub and restaurant, The Cabo Wabo Cantina with the three other members of Van Halen.

Riu Palace is a hotel chain jointly owned by tour operator TUI AG and the Riu family. The business was founded in 1953 by the Riu family when they bought a modest 80-bed hotel in Majorca. The company, in 2007, is Spain’s second largest hotel chain with 45,000 beds in 110 hotels in 18 countries. There are RIU Hotels in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde Islands, Europe and Africa, including Cabo San Lucas.

Site – http://en.wikipedia.org

Site – http://en.wikipedia.org