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June 23, 2009

LOTD for June 23

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 9:54 pm

Despite suggesting last month that the video would be released, US Central Command apparently will not be releasing the video of the air strikes in western Afghanistan where airbursting munitions were used when civilians were in the vicinity:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/06/afghan-airstrike-video-goes-down-the-memory-hole/

US air strike today reportedly killed 60+ people at a funeral in Pakistan:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/world/asia/24pstan.html?ref=global-home

A battle is brewing between the Army and Stars and Stripes, after the Army barred a Stars and Stripes reporter from being embedded in Mosul:
http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=63426

The Navy wants robots to eventually replace its mine hunting dolphins, but a Navy spokesperson says that it is doubtful that any man-made object will be as good as the dolphins:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/06/navy-wants-bots-to-outsmart-mine-hunting-dolphins/

The Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants the Marines to stop building Ospreys, but the Marines are pushing back hard on that issue:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/06/congressman-stop-building-ospreys/

Israel does not plan to sell Russia its most advanced UAVs after a Russian official revealed that the 12 UAVs Russia recently purchased would be used for study so that Russia could build their own UAVs:
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1245184901269&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

An inventory at the US Army Medical Research Institute found that 9,220 samples left out of the database of items, including the Ebola virus, anthrax bacteria and botulinum toxin, most of them forgotten inside of freezer drawers. Unfortunately, the inaccuracy of the database means that there is no way for officials to know if anything is missing:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/06/17/ST2009061703604.html

The world’s deepest underground science laboratory is being built 4,850 feet below the ground in an old gold mine in South Dakota:
Article link

A mistake made by a researcher led to a discovery that a toxic molecule known to damage cells and cause disease may play a pivotal role in bird migration. The toxicity may also explain why humans do not have the same ability as birds to see Earth’s electromagnetic field:
http://news.illinois.edu/news/09/0622birds.html

US scientists are developing a “synthetic tree” that can collect carbon about 1,000 times faster than a real tree–for every 1,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide processed, the synthetic tree would absorb 800 kg:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/06/22/synthetic.tree.climate.change.ccs/index.html?eref=rss_tech

A software program has been developed to reduce jet lag:
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The Registered Traveler program (250,000 people pay $200 per year to speed through airport security) has ended because the company running it has gone out of business:
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2009-06-22-frequent_N.htm

Verizon and T-Mobile will get Android-based phones from Motorola later this year:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124568278404137309.html

Nearly 40% of smartphone owners who don’t own iPhones plan to switch to AT&T to get an iPhone, and 80% of current iPhone owners will get an iPhone again:
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=108436

Nokia will keep the Nortel worker’s jobs in Canada. Nortel does get to avoid Nortel’s pension obligations and other debts:
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/654972

Nokia is confident that they will be able to win Verizon contracts with their Nortel technology–Nortel might have won the last huge equipment contract Verizon awarded if their finances had been solid:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a5f81a28-5f53-11de-93d1-00144feabdc0.html

Intel has apparently beaten out TI to provide processors for Nokia’s new line of mobile devices:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601204&sid=aGkbpEIuZceY

Feature article on Qualcomm’s 4×4 MIMO 802.11n chips that can provide up to 600 Mbps throughput:
http://mobiledevdesign.com/hardware_design/qualcomm-low-power-chips-0617/

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