Ice discovered on Mars!
High resolution JPG here (13MB).
More details at European Space Agency website.
“2003 UB313″ is the name. Probably they’ll think of a nicer name soon.
Looks like the school text books will have to be revised again…
The largest object found in our Solar System since the discovery of Neptune in 1846.
The previous last planet discovered is Pluto in 1930.
- picked up using the Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory and the 8-metre Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea.
- first seen on 21 October 2003, but only recently confirmed as a planet.
- aout 3,000km across
- a world of rock and ice (what else?)
- somewhat larger than Pluto
- more than twice as far away as Pluto
- a puzzling orbit, at an angle to the orbits of the other planets.
- currently 97 Earth-Sun distances away – more than twice Pluto’s average distance from the Sun.
Surely to go down in history are its discoverers: Michael Brown of Caltech, Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii and David Rabinowitz of Yale University.
Watch the scene at gorillamask.net.
Take Two, producer of the game initially denied it was part of the game, but later admitted it.
GTA: San Andreas was one of the most popular games of 2004.
fleshbot.com says that they dont condone this “because it sends the message that it?s possible for men to have intercourse without unzipping their flys or taking a single article of clothing off ?”
Japanese scientists have unveiled the most human-looking robot yet – the world’s most beautiful android is seen posing for a pic next to her creator, Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University.
If a robot looks this good, might you take the plunge?
Unfortunately, at this moment, “Repliee Q1″ can only sit and do a few twitches.
- flexible silicone for skin rather than hard plastic,
- sensors and motors allow her to turn and react in a human-like manner.
- can flutter her eyelids and move her hands like a human.
- even appears to breathe!
The law would need to be changed again in the not too distant future.
One word: kotoh!
Russia?s Biggest Spammer Brutally Murdered in Apartment
Vardan Kushnir, 35, notorious for sending spam to each and every citizen of Russia who appeared to have an e-mail, was found dead in his Moscow apartment on Sunday, Interfax reported Monday. He died after suffering repeated blows to the head.
He headed the English learning centers the Center for American English, the New York English Centre and the Centre for Spoken English, all known to have aggressive Internet advertising policies in which millions of e-mails were sent every day.
In the past angry Internet users have targeted the American English centre by publishing the Center?s telephone numbers anywhere on the Web to provoke telephone calls. The Center?s telephone was advertised as a contact number for cheap sex services, or bargain real estate sales.
Another attack involved hundreds of people making phone calls to the American English Center and sending it numerous e-mails back, but Vardan Kushnir remained sure of his right to spam, saying it was what e-mails were for.
Apparently the motive was murder, nothing to do with his internet activities. But he was the most hated person among Russia’s 17.6 million internet users.
Even the Russian media apparently hailed his murder.