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February 3, 2009

LOTD for February 3

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 10:09 pm

Iran has apparently launched a satellite…and this new capability means that Iran has the capability to send nuclear bombs (if/when they get them) into Israel and Europe:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/02/video-iran-laun.html

The satellite launch by Iran means that an attack may be imminent by Israel on Iran’s nuclear facilities:
http://hsdailywire.com/single.php?id=7368

It looks like the US will lose its base in Kyrgyzstan, a major problem because that is a key for supplying the troops in Afghanistan:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/02/us-to-get-the-b.html

Robotics engineers at Iowa State are teaching robots how to learn:
http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/2009/0130/alex.shtml

The smallest ever planet outside of our solar system has been found–it is only about twice the size of Earth:
http://www.rdmag.com/ShowPR~PUBCODE~014~ACCT~1400000101~ISSUE~0902~RELTYPE~PSC~PRODCODE~00000000~PRODLETT~AK.html

Singularity University is opening in Mountain View (at the NASA Ames base), looking to solve the world’s biggest problems:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/02/02/BUQO15LUGH.DTL&type=tech

India unveiled the world’s cheapest laptop–when it comes later this year it will cost between $10 and $20:
http://www.rediff.com/money/2009/feb/03india-unveils-10-dollar-laptop.htm

New IBM supercomputer called Sequoia will be 15 times faster than the faster computer right now (a Cray supercomputer)–20 petaflops! The Department of Energy will put it at Livermore Labs:
http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/02/ibm-supercomputer-sequoia-technology-enterprise-tech_0203_ibm.html

China has found that coal pollution is linked to birth defects. It is good that the Chinese government seems serious about reducing their dependence on coal, which could have a big effect on global pollution. It is sad that it is estimated that coal pollution kills about 750,000 people in China each year:
http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2235523/china-links-coal-birth-defects

Cholera cases in Zimbabwe have exceeded the WHO’s worst-case scenario of 60,000. With the collapse of their health care, water, and sewage systems under Mugabe, it will soon be impossible to get this under control in Zimbabwe:
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-01-30-voa28.cfm

The tech layoffs are a big problem for H-IB holders:
http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/02/03/Tech_layoffs_leave_H1B_holders_in_vulnerable_position_1.html?source=NLC-DAILY&cgd=2009-02-03

Apple is looking to go after the premium game market that the DS and PSP are in…their App store will sell $20 games for iPhone and iTouch devices:
http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?newsid=44470&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10&view=news

Toshiba unveiled their new smartphone–this review says it has more power, a better screen, and a slimmer shell than any other phone in the world!
http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2009/02/03/toshiba-tg01-hands-on-photo-fest/

http://www.t3.com/news/toshiba-stuns-with-the-new-tg01-touchscreen-mobile?=38013

TCU has a great selling point to recruits–4 to 1 female to male ratio! As an Engineering student, the ratio was 5 to 1 or worse the other way! I remember when I entered Stanford graduate school there were about 250 new Electrical Engineering graduate students and only 24 of them were women:
http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/columnists/jennifer_floyd_engel/story/1180440.html

Bryn Mawr has 1300 female students and *1* male student!
http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20090202_Lone_male_student_rooms_at_Bryn_Mawr.html

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