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A “silent” passenger plane

A radically redesigned passenger jet could alleviate a major complaint of people who live near major airports–the deafening sound of planes taking off and landing. A team of 40 researchers from Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spent

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Spiffy photo

From Nasa’s photo of the day website.

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New anti-spam thingy

The funny text anti-spam thingy was a tad unreliable and difficult to read. I managed to find a much better one based on ye olde mathematics – yay. Should make commenting on here a lot easier in future. Thanks

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Samsung’s new mobile phone concept?

Samsung has partnered with Korea University to develop a machine-gun equipped sentry robot, which consists of “two cameras: one for day-time and one for infrared night vision, zooming capabilities, a speaker for notifying the intruder, sophisticated pattern recognition to detect

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Website Explains How To Make A Nuclear Bomb

The US government posted on the Internet Iraqi documents that explain how to build a nuclear bomb, the New York Times reported on its website. The Times said that officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency had complained to US

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Illness

It’s two years to the day since I collapsed outside the office and ended up being carted off to hospital in an Ambulance. And the start of several months of serious ickyness – although in hindsight, I had been ill

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US political ads

They don’t get much better than this (via Digg)

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It is now officially “Christmas”

The local starfucks is packed full of xmasy stuff and they have dragged out the red paper festive cups. I now declare it is officially Christmas.

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Witches are not grisly old hags…

…says, a grisly old hag. Laurie Cabot is a proud witch, and she’s fighting for her civil rights. In between psychic readings and running a shop that sells everything a witch needs to get started, Cabot is mailing letters to

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Speeding up websites

Found (via Digg) this very interesting article about how to optimise the delivery of webpages, written by a Google Geek. http://www.die.net/musings/page_load_time/ I am familiar with most of them at a superficial level, having a while ago, read an equivalent article

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Engrossing magazine = missed train stop

Each morning on the way to work, I read The Economist. This week they have a special about France, and I am afraid to say that I got rather stuck into it. So I managed to miss my underground change

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The OXO cube diet

A Cornwall man has lost 101kg in a year on a diet of Oxo cubes. Stephen Kay, 39, swapped fry-ups, pies, pasties and pints of lager for three bowls of hot broth a day. Within 12 months he had slimmed

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The clocks go back

…or at least they do at home. I come into the office to work, and presume that the clocks on our phone system display would also be correct. I don’t pro-actively make that presumption (as I would have tested this

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I think I just fell in love

One day, I will own something like this… This wave-piercing luxury trimaran may look like something from a Star Trek movie, but it’s no fantasy. In this case, a 148-meter hull has its advantages, with split-level luxury staterooms providing room

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Spiffy Pic

Wonderous photo of the moon crescent about to eclipse Venus, seen as the small crescent next to the moon. Bigger version at http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap061030.html

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