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Ghost ship discovered in the Italian waters August 30, 2006

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They might ask Johnny Depp or Orlando Bloom if they are aware of this.. 😛

ghostship.jpgA Ghost Ship was discovered in the Italian waters near the shore. Coastguards spotted a double-mast 22-meter sailing ship cruising around near the Porto Rotondo resort but not giving any signs of life.Ghostship The vessel had no name and no flags. It also appeared to be free of any crew members, or any living thing at all for that matter. To add to the mystery Italian media sources reported that ships of this kind are not registered anywhere in Sardinia. And besides, no one has seen anything like it in all Italy. After searching the ship’s cabins coastguards discovered French maps of North African seas, a flag of Luxembur, Egyptian food leftovers and a wooden tablet in bad Italian that said “Bel’ Amica” (with only one “l” instead of two), which translates into English as “Beautiful Friend.” The ship’s appearances point to the fact that it is very old but it seems to maintain ideal condition nonetheless. However, there is no indication that anyone had tried to rebuild the ship.

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Cool Table That Reacts To Touch (Video) August 29, 2006

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How To Build A Solar Powered Generator August 28, 2006

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This is amazing! for those of you guys who were electronic hobbiest, try to build this one.. and don’t forget to inform me coz I want to see if it really works 😀

Solar power generator how-to

This how-to will help you make a solar power generator for around $350 dollars or less depending on the materials that you buy.

What will this generator do, you ask? If the 20 watt solar panel received 5 hours per day of full sun, then you would have generated 100 watt-hours of energy.16vpanel.gif

If you are using something that draws 25 watts, then you could power it for about 4 hours with the energy that the solar panel collected that day.

Since this project involves a battery, you have the ability to store over 400 watts of energy. This solar power generator will be the coolest project that you do all year.

1. Pick up a solar panel rated at 12V. You should be able to find a good, durable solar panel for about $175.

2. Next, get a SunGuard 4 amp charge controller. You can find them on the web by doing a search on Google. These should run about $25.
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3. Next get a 32 amp-hour sealed battery. They run about $60 or so.

4. You’ll need a DC to AC power inverter. I would recommend a 175W power inverter. You are looking for a power inverter such as this. $30 or so will land you this simple, yet effective inverter.

5. Grab a inexpensive voltage meter to monitor the load on your generator.

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Meet Virtuoso – The Worlds First Self-Playing Violin August 27, 2006

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Everyday, advancement in technology is slowly replacing the need for humans themselves to perform tasks. People that used to station at carpark entrances are now replaced by machines. And heaven forbid, robots performing unassisted heart surgery. The latest invention that is also replacing a human’s task is Virtuoso. It is an amazing violin that is capable of playing by itself. But instead of creating a sophisticated robotic hand to control the pitch, the inventor used an electromagnetic system to achieve the same results. So what we’ll see is the bow bowing magically all by itself in mid-air. Getting one for your home will surely amaze every guest in the house. But not without a hefty price tag of course. A set will cause a damage of $17,500 to your bank account.

The World’s Smallest Personal Helicopter (Another Japanese Invention) August 26, 2006

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Sean Connery using a Jet Pack to escape from the bad guys in the 007 flick “Thunderball” was cool, after seeing something like that everyone of us must have thought if only….

Here is a more practical and comfortable alternative, the GEN H-4 from Gene corporation – Japan is your personal helicopter. It comes with a seat and landing gear so all you have to do is strap on and you are ready to go. Unlike traditional helicopters it has 2 sets of coaxial, contra-rotating rotors (KA-52 Hokum for all you military buffs) which eliminates the need of a tail rotor for balancing. The rotors have a length of only 4 meters (118 inches) so no parking problems too. It is powered by 4 lightweight 125 cc 2 cylinder engines which use standard gasoline. The GEN H-4 can fly to a maximum altitude of 1000 meters at a top speed of 90 km/hr (59 mph) for upto 30 minutes. You dont require a license to fly the GEN H-4 in Japan and the inventors claim it is easy as riding a bicycle and with just 2 hours of practice you can master it. The controls also resemble a bicycle handle.

Egypt to Move Famous 3,200+ Year-Old Ramses II Statue in Cairo Today August 25, 2006

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The Pharaoh Ramses II statue, suffering from the ravages of pollution, stands in downtown Cairo, (in this June 28, 2006 file photo) . The giant statute of Pharaoh Ramses II will be moved today (Aug. 25, 2006) from a congested downtown square to a more serene home near the Great Pyramids, in a bid to save it from damaging pollution and traffic gridlock

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Pluto: No Longer A Planet… August 24, 2006

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Capping years of intense debate, astronomers resolved Thursday to demote Pluto in a wholesale redefinition of planethood that is being billed as a victory of scientific reasoning over historic and cultural influences. But the decision is already being hotly debated. Officially, Pluto is no longer a planet.. (more)

A Joint Mission to Mars August 23, 2006

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China and Russia are planning a joint mission to Mars that will bring back samples to earth and land on one of the red planet’s tiny moons, state media quoted a Chinese scientist as saying Wednesday.
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Ye Peijian, of the Chinese Research Institute of Space Technology, made the announcement at a forum on the nation’s space technology development, Xinhua news agency said.

Ye said Russia will launch the spacecraft in 2009 and it will carry China-made survey equipment. The mission will collect samples on Mars and the planet’s nearest moon, according to Xinhua. (more)

August 22: Doomsday? August 22, 2006

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While no extra safeguards are in place, U.S. law enforcement are not ignoring the possible significance of tomorrow’s date, August 22, a date that marks an important historic event on the Islamic calendar.

Internet websites have been full of speculation that it could be a target date for terrorists in commemoration of the return of the 12th imam, a supposed day of reckoning for Shiites. August 22 was rumored by intelligence experts to be a possible date that the London plotters would blow-up passenger planes headed towards the United States, though it is not known if the suspects were Shiite extremists.

This year, August 22 marks the holy day on the Islamic calendar august22.jpgthat is the day of reckoning for Shiites. Some Shiite sects believe that August 22 could correspond to the end of the world.
And just today, after much hype, Iran has announced that it will continue to develop its nuclear program. To followers of Iranian President Ahmadinejad, this is a well-timed affront to Israel, the United States and the world. The United Nations had given Iran until the end of the month to respond, but Ahmadinejad had made it clear to all Iranians and the world that he intended to respond on the eve of August 22.
Whether or not this announcement is the end of Ahmadinejad’s plans for August 22, one expert says we will have to wait and watch.

“The only thing we can know is that the date was not chosen by accident,” said Robert Spencer, Director of Jihadwatch.org and an adjunct fellow at the Free Congress Foundation, a conservative think tank. “It does seem very likely, very probable,

that he has something major in mind, whether only a major announcement or a major attack, we will soon see.”

Good bye DVD..Hello Blu Ray August 21, 2006

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A Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a next-generation optical disc format meant for high-density storage of high-definition video and data.

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The Blu-ray standard was jointly developed by a group of consumer electronics and PC companies called the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), spearheaded by Sony. It is currently competing with the HD DVD format for wide adoption as the preferred next generation optical standard, similar to the videotape format war between VHS and Betamax. As of 2006, neither format has succeeded in supplanting the present home video standard, the DVD.

The name Blu-ray is derived from the blue-violet laser it uses to read and write to the chalcogenide disc. A Blu-ray Disc can store substantially more data than a DVD, because of the shorter wavelength (405 nm) of the blue-violet laser (DVDs use a 650-nm-wavelength red laser and CDs an infrared 780 nm laser), which allows more information to be stored digitally in the same amount of space. In comparison to HD DVD, which also uses a blue laser, Blu-ray has more information capacity per layer (25 gigabytes instead of 15), though the ability to effectively manufacture dual-layer Blu-ray pre-recorded media is still in dispute.

The Blu-ray Disc Association unveiled their plans for a May 23, 2006 release date at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2006. Since then, Blu-ray was delayed, but eventually shipped in the U.S. on June 20, 2006.