Monthly Archives: July 2005

For the first time ever, water discovered outside Earth

Ice discovered on Mars!

35km wide
2km deep

High resolution JPG here (13MB).

More details at European Space Agency website.

It’s confirmed: we have a 10th planet

“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.

One day, you could get married to a robot

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.

All spammers should read this article

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.

AF3: If you were Felix, what would you want?

….want AFUNDI, or use your AFUNDI allocation to instead help these poor students who’re going for SPM soon?

Pelajar miskin Asrama Desa St Peter, Telipok rayu bantuan

TELIPOK : Sekolah Menengah (SM) St Peter yang dilanda banjir kilat merayu pertubuhan bukan kerajaan(NGO) dan para dermawan supaya membantu pelajar miskin yang tinggal di Asrama Desa, Jalan Timbok, setelah buku dan pakaian mereka msnah dalam bencana pada 17 Julai itu.

Daily Express 27th July 2005

You can safely say the Pope did not attend this event

Nine Roman Catholic women have been unofficially ordained as priests and deacons in North America, risking excommunication by the Vatican. Ceremony took place aboard a tour boat near Canada’s capital, Ottawa.

The women – seven Americans, a Canadian and a German – were ordained by three female bishops, who were also unofficially anointed in 2003. Seven women who were ordained in 2002 despite the Vatican’s ban on female priests were later excommunicated.

Interesting to note how they justified their actions:
“I believe it’s valid even if it’s against the law of the Church, because it is an unjust law,” Germany’s Regina Nicolosi, who was ordained a deacon.

Married with children and grandchildren, she said she did “not fear an excommunication because I don’t feel excommunicated”.

“Our ship will sail through some stormy weather but it will not go down”
Patricia Fresen, unrecognised female bishop

The location for Monday’s ceremony was chosen because it was in the international waters between Canada and the US where no diocese had jurisdiction.

How often does the Vatican approve “miracles”?

Answer: Since 1905, the Vatican has approved only 12 miraculous events and rejected 284. The Vatican very rarely approves miracles, despite an increase in the number reported.

example: In 1995, a Madonna statue in the town of Civitavecchia, north of Rome, was reported to be crying tears of blood, prompting a flood of interest. But, after a lengthy investigation, the Vatican failed to pronounce it definitely authentic.

26th July 2005:
‘Moving Madonna’ draws faithful: A statue of the Madonna reported to cry tears of blood in Civitavecchia, Italy. Catholic faithful from across Italy have been travelling to a small town near Naples to see a Madonna statue believers say has taken human form. Witnesses say the plaster statue in the church of St Peter’s in Acerra turns flesh-coloured and moves.

They describe the Madonna becoming a “pinky colour” and say they captured the event on a mobile phone camera.