EmagGeek writes: "Bigger eyes and a corresponding greater allocation of the brain to process visual information is the most recent theory about the reasons that led to the extinction of Neanderthals, our closest relatives. Neanderthals split from the primate line that gave rise to modern humans about 400,000 years ago. This group then moved to Eurasia and completely disappeared from the world about 30,000 years back. Other studies have shown that Neanderthals might have lived near the Arctic Circle around 31,000 to 34,000 years ago."
EmagGeek writes: "Recently Ephemeral Chimera Laboratories (ECL), specialists in commercialization efforts for novel and radical technologies, announced they are in the process of commercializing a radical bioelectromechanical power system that promises to end energy dependence worldwide. ECL’s novel BB/CB-DERS combines a biological organism with electromechanical energy-harvesting technology to deliver what may eventually become a major source of energy for home and industry once the company has completed its efforts."
Bruce Perens writes: "The World Health Organization will no longer refer to Virus A(H1N1) as "Swine Flu", citing ethnic reactions to "swine", for example among middle-eastern cultures who feel that swine are unclean. Or, is it because meat packers are concerned that people might stop eating pork in fear of the virus? WHO suggests that the public select a new name for the virus. I suggest that we all start calling it The Colbert Flu, after the commedian and fake pundit who asked his audience to stuff a NASA poll so that a Space Station module would be named after him. What can we do to make the name stick?"
H316 writes: Rumors are circulating that Apple, the company that brought you the iMac, the iPod, iTunes, and iPhone is entering a new line of business: housing! This will feature environmentally friendly residence units in an energy efficient and robust hemispheric shape. When the inevitable time comes for redevelopment, the unit is biodegradable. Yes, according to this story the iGloo will be Apple's next big success. Has anyone found more details?