don9030582 writes: After Google announced it would permanently shutter its Google Videos collection, dozens of volunteers from around the world sprung unto action in a massive attempt to make a copy of the entire site. Originally slated to go dark on April 29th, now they have eliminated any such deadline and furthermore they will be migrating the collection to YouTube. We wish Google would have planned to do that from the beginning, but ultimately this is a victory for the preservation of user-generated content on the Internet. Link to Original Source
fangmcgee writes: A "bionic" leg designed for people who have lost a lower leg is undergoing clinical trials sponsored by the US Army. The researchers hope the leg will be able to learn the patient's nerve signal patterns and be able to move in response to the patient's own muscles and nerves. Link to Original Source
m0rphin3 writes: A Norwegian bank, DnBNOR, has a special Christmas campaign going on. For every signature they get on "the world's longest gift-label" they will donate 1 Norwegian Krone to a children's charity. They also have a webcam so you can see the label being printed. Could we use the Slashdot effect for something good this Christmas? The Norwegian buttons and input fields are "Skip Intro", followed by "Your name" and a captcha.
An anonymous reader writes: The Associated press and the Philadelphia Inquirer are reporting that the Lower Merion School District has settled in the suit it has face for eight months after it was discovered that laptops issued to students were recording students in their own homes. We have covered this previously on 2010-08-17 (and earlier?) Link to Original Source
Thinkcloud writes: Microsoft unveiled its Windows Phone 7 lineup, including handsets from nine manufacturers and support fro over 60 carriers. In the wake of the announcements, you can also expect many new mobile applications to be announced for Microsoft's mobile platform. Microsoft has struggled in a mobile market that increasingly comes down to an Apple vs. Android face-off, though, and there is every reason to believe that Android will continue to be the mobile platform that shows marked growth over time. How might Microsoft stave off the open source threat that Android represents? Link to Original Source
RogueyWon writes: Now that the massively-multiplayer Final Fantasy XIV has been on the shelves for a couple of weeks, the reviews are starting to arrive; and it appears that the game is the subject of a critical battering unprecedented in the history of the main Final Fantasy series. First it was the Amazon user reviews, then Gamespot weighed in, describing the game as a "step backwards for the genre" and now IGN has described it as "an arduous experience that, in its current state, isn't worth playing". Given the general dissatisfaction that surrounded the release of the (offline) Final Fantasy XIII earlier in the year, many long-time fans of the series must now be wondering whether the magic hasn't departed.
Pickens writes: "It wasn't easy being Isaac Newton because he didn't like wasting time: Newton didn't play sports or a musical instrument, gamble at whist or gambol on a horse. Newton was unmarried, had no known romantic liaisons and may well have died, at the age of 85, with his virginity intact. But, as Natalie Angier writes in the NY Times, it is now becoming clear that Newton had time to spend night upon dawn for three decades of his life slaving over a stygian furnace in search of the power to transmute one chemical element into another. "How could the ultimate scientist have been seemingly hornswoggled by a totemic psuedoscience like alchemy, which in its commonest rendering is described as the desire to transform lead into gold," writes Angier. Now new historical research describes how alchemy yielded a bounty of valuable spinoffs, including new drugs, brighter paints, stronger soaps and better booze. "Alchemy was synonymous with chemistry," says Dr. William Newman, "and chemistry was much bigger than transmutation." Newman adds that Newton's alchemical investigations helped yield one of his fundamental breakthroughs in physics: his discovery that white light is a mixture of colored rays that can be recombined with a lens. “I would go so far as to say that alchemy was crucial to Newton’s breakthroughs in optics,” says Newman. “He’s not just passing light through a prism — he’s resynthesizing it.”" Link to Original Source
from the explosions-for-all-ages dept.
The bomb suit relay and the robot obstacle course are just two of the events you can enjoy at the Bomb Squad Olympiad. Over the next three days squads from across South Carolina will compete and showcase their bomb defusing capabilities for the public. I hear the deep fried dynamite is especially good.