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March 12, 2009

LOTD for March 12

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 5:32 pm

Researchers found that they could detect a person’s location in a virtual environment via a brain scan using a fMRI. This could lead to mind-reading and detecting the intentions of someone as they look at something:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16751-brain-scan-reveals-memories-of-where-youve-been.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Breakthrough advance in battery manufacturing could lead to smaller, lighter batteries that can be charged in seconds! This would be an amazing advance for cell phones, cameras, hybrid or electric cars, and so many other devices:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7938001.stm

New type of battery has been discovered by Miami and Tokyo researchers that is charged by magnetic fields that is potentially better than any other battery technology in use today:
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North Carolina State researchers are working to get woodchips into a substitute for coal, using a process that is greener, cleaner, and more efficient than burning coal. North Carolina spends more than $4 billion a year importing coal while woodchips are plentiful. About half of North Carolina’s forest are not adequately thinned and could produce wood products if managed properly, while all coal has to be imported:
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The Honda Insight is hitting the market ahead of schedule, with the base model costing under $20k:
http://automobiles.honda.com/insight-hybrid/blogdetail.aspx?id=151

US fighter jet apparently has shot down an Iranian UAV over Iraq:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/03/us-jet-shoots-d.html

The Reaper UAV may be getting even more lethal, as they plan to add the 500-pound satellite-guided JDAM to it:
http://www.afmc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123139064

The Air Force signed a Memo of Agreement with DARPA over DARPA’s super-sized blimp program ISIS:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/03/air-force-signs.html

The war between the drug cartels and the Mexican government might force Obama to send the National Guard to the Mexican border:
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/63800.html

Classifeye has a really cool way to authenticate cell phone users (such as for mobile banking), with the phone’s camera taking a photo of 2 fingers of the user to verify his/her identity:
http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/2209269/

Roche bought the 44% of Genentech that it doesn’t own for $95/share, a total of $47 billion:
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Sulfuryl Flouoride is being increasingly used for fumigation, but MIT scientists found that it can significantly contribute to greenhouse warming:
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Medical schools are rapidly expanding because there are warnings of doctor shortages and applications to medical schools are way up despite how the economy in general is struggling:
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Article about how WiMAX vendors have very tight margins and a lot of competition to deal with, with a lack of compelling devices because device makers are waiting to see if the market will grow big enough for their products. Pretty sad that WiMAX vendor Telsima had $75 million in VC funding and customers in India, but was sold for just $12 million:
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Instead of restructuring and emerging from bankruptcy, Nortel is considering selling its wireless division and/or its enterprise division to its competitors:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123681371776601701.html

Motorola’s stock was upgraded after an analyst said that Motorola has cut costs faster than expected and may launch 10 new smartphones in the second half of this year after having just 1 new smartphone in the first half of this year:
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/03/11/ap6154930.html

Google is about to launch Google Voice, which would provide free web telephony to users. Free calls within the US, the ability to route calls to selected devices, and the ability to use it on mobile phones could change a lot of things in the wireless industry:
http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?newsid=44648&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10

Two months after Gov. Palin’s daughter had her baby (remember, during the campaign they said that Bristol would marry the baby’s father after she graduated from high school), it has been revealed that she and her boyfriend broke up several weeks ago:
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20264935,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines

Amazing photos about the 2-hour fight that this diver had with a shark, where he fought the shark when it appeared to be about to attack his friend:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1161211/Pictured-The-moment-diver-grappled-12ft-tiger-shark-save-friend.html

Amazing to see how much money some of the richest people in the US lost recently. In one year Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone went from $5.1 billion to $1 billion. Bill Gates lost $18 billion of net worth in one year. Only a few like Oprah (who has the same net worth) and NY Mayor Bloomberg (who went up a lot this year) haven’t been hurt too badly in the past year:
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/189835-Redstone_Murdoch_Fall_in_Forbes_Rankings.php

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