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March 30, 2009

LOTD for March 30

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 7:17 pm

ONR-funded UAV is powered by fuel cells and can fly for 24 hours with a 5-pound payload. It is also stealthy due to its small size, reduced noise, low heat signature, and zero emissions:
http://www.nrl.navy.mil/pressRelease.php?Y=2009&R=31-09r

Soldier helmet (turning combat helmets into wireless sensor networks) developed that can locate the 3-D location of enemy shooters and even identify the caliber and type of weapon they are using:
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/exploration/text/index.php?action=view_section&id=1484&story_id=366&images=

New device for first responders pinpoints the location (within a few feet) of people inside burning buildings or other structures where there is an emergency;
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/cityregion/s_618345.html

Researchers are studying houses made from straw that could allow for cheaper homes that are more earthquake safe for low-income residents of other countries:
http://hsdailywire.com/single.php?id=7677

The first wideband, high fidelity metamaterial invisibility cloak was demonstrated today:
Article link

One US soldier was blinded and others have been hospitalized by laser friendly fire incidents:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/03/dont-lase-me-br.html

Satellite imagery shows us quite a bit of detail about how North Korea prepared its missile-launching site:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/03/sat-tracks-kore.html

Those worries from 2 years ago that China might be infiltrating government and commercial networks to spy? It looks like they had good reason to worry. The office of the Dalai Lama asaked the University of Toronto to check its computer for signs of malware, and they found a big spying operation that has infiltrated at least 1,295 computers in 103 countries! The malware can even turn on the camera and audio-recording functions of the infected computer, letting people in China see and hear what goes on in the room the computer is in:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/technology/29spy.html?_r=2&hp=&pagewanted=all

The Supreme Court is hearing a case of a 13-year-old girl who was strip-searched at her Middle School because officials thought that she was trying to sneak a bottle of Ibuprophen into school. The student had never broken a school rule and had never gotten into trouble, but the Middle School still says that the strip-search was justified:
http://weblog.infoworld.com/robertxcringely/archives/2009/03/strip_searches.html?source=NLC-NOTES&cgd=2009-03-30

Pres. Obama just signed a landmark land and water conservation bill:
http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE52T72S20090330?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Skype is coming to the iPhone and BlackBerry:
http://www.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUSTRE52T0H620090330?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0&sp=true

AT&T forbids Skype from using the iPhone’s 3G data network, but the iPhone and iTouch can use it via WiFi. iTouch users will need to buy a microphone (or a headphone with built-in microphones) to make calls via Skype:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123836849558067525.html

G1 users can place Skype calls over T-Mobile’s 3G data network, one big advantage for Android over iPhone users:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/162179/sneak_peek_at_skype_for_iphone_available_tuesday.html

Red-light cameras and speed cameras are being increasingly used, but a free iPhone application is one of the ways that drivers are trying to defeat those measures:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123811365190053401.html

Some Ohio people had pink water coming out of their faucets because an equipment malfunction led to a chemical overload:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29956325/

I wonder how Tom Brady’s ex felt when she read this interview…not only did Brady marry a supermodel, the supermodel says that feels that the baby Brady had with her ex is also the supermodel’s child:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/03302009/news/nationalnews/bridget_who__stepma_gisele_says_toms_tot_162002.htm

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