writes: Google is rolling out a program to supply free broadband, in a beta program called TiSP. Users can sign up and Google will send them a TiSP self-installation kit, which includes setup guide, fiber-optic cable, spindle, wireless router and installation CD.
The TiSP network will make use of existing municipal sewerage infrastructure to provide housing for the fibre optic cables.
report that the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists intend to move the hands of the Doomsday Clock on Wednesday 17 January.
The clock was started at seven minutes to midnight during the Cold War and has been moved forwards or backwards at intervals, depending on the state of the world and the prospects for nuclear war. Midnight represents destruction by nuclear war.
It is not said in which direction the hands of the clock will be moved, but it should be safe to assume that it will be closer to midnight. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists cite "worsening nuclear, climate threats" as the reason for the move.
The clock was at two minutes to midnight, when both the United States and the Soviet Union tested nuclear weapons in 1953. The farthest away from midnight it ever was is seventeen minutes to midnight, in 1991 when both superpowers signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. It is currently at seven minutes to midnight.
writes: news24.com has a story about a paper published in Hormones and Behaviour. The study found that women take greater care over their appearance when they are at peak levels of monthly fertility.
The researchers showed photographs of women to observers, and the observers had to report which of the women were trying to look more attractive. The observers chose the "high fertility" subject nearly 60% of the time.
writes: CNN reports that Britain's domestic spy agency MI5 has launched a new email alert service on Tuesday to warn the public about changes in the security threat level.
Users will be able to register with MI5 to receive emails detailing the changes in security threat levels.
writes: The Indonesian volcano Talang on the island of Sumatra had been dormant for centuries when, in April 2005, it suddenly rumbled to life. A plume of smoke rose 1000 meters high and nearby villages were covered in ash. Fearing a major eruption, local authorities began evacuating 40,000 people. UN officials, meanwhile, issued a call for help: Volcanologists should begin monitoring Talang at once.
Little did they know, high above Earth, a small satellite was already watching the volcano. No one told it to. EO-1 (short for "Earth Observing 1") noticed the warning signs and started monitoring Talang on its own.
Indeed, by the time many volcanologists were reading their emails from the UN, "EO-1 already had data," says Steve Chien, leader of JPL's Artificial Intelligence Group.
writes: The BBC reports that the complete works of one of history's greatest scientists, Charles Darwin, are being published online. The project run by Cambridge University has digitised some 50,000 pages of text and 40,000 images of original publications — all of it searchable.
There is no charge to use the website. Most texts can be viewed either as colour originals or as fully formatted electronic transcriptions. There are also German, Danish and Russian editions.
Users can also peruse more than 150 supplementary texts, ranging from reference works to contemporary reviews of Darwin's books, obituaries and recollections.
writes: An ex-police officer, claims to have developed a method for locating missing persons using DNA from hair or toenail clippings. His method uses the GPS satellite network and a box of some sort, into which he places a DNA sample of the person he wishes to locate. He claims to even be able to locate dead bodies.
This was broadcast yesterday on a usually respectable television show. According to the discussion on randi.org, the South African Minister for Safety and Security has "unreservedly hailed the invention as a significant breakthrough for crime prevention".
Can someone please give this guy a sample of Osama's DNA?