RickRussellTX writes: "Comcast plans to offer 4 megabits/sec WiMAX services to customers in Portland, Oregon starting tomorrow. Branded as "Comcast High-Speed 2go" and "4G", the service will require a $44.99 per month subscription in addition to existing Comcast home service. For $69.99 they will offer a dual-mode card with access to both Comcast WiMAX and Sprint's national 3G wireless network. Future rollouts are planned for Chicago, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.
Say what you will about Comcast (and I know many Slashdot readers have plenty to say about Comcast), this is a daring attempt to bypass entrenched cell phone companies with a direct-to-consumer wireless service."
RickRussellTX writes: "Scientific American's Steve Mirsky presents a humorous look at science fiction movies summarized in a single sentence. See if you can identify such famous films as "Valiant insects try to repel totalitarian invaders", "The future governor of California and the future governor of Minnesota go hiking", and "A feisty cat survives tense times onboard a spaceship"."
RickRussellTX writes: "Sega of Japan has developed E.M.A., or "Eternal Maiden Actualized", a 38 centimeter robot with large, umm, tracts of land that is targeted at single men in their twenties. The robot is programmed to be "sweet and interactive", touching and kissing humans that get nearby. According to the Sega spokesperson, "She's not a human, but can act like a real girlfriend." Video is available. Well, at least it doesn't have an arm cannon."
RickRussellTX writes: "The Discovery Channel reports on a treasure trove of temperature data in Siberia, where three generations of scientists living on Lake Baikal have identified a warming trend. The family has taken consistent temperature measurements since 1946 which show a clear 2 degrees Fahrenheit warming deep in the lake."
RickRussellTX writes: "The BBC reports on a high-power X-ray radiation technique to build extremely detailed 3D models of dinosaur-era insects. The opaque lumps of fossilized amber containing the insects are radiographed 1000 times each. The X-ray source is bremsstrahlung radiation from electrons accelerated through a synchrotron particle accelerator."
RickRussellTX writes: "The UN reports that a variety of the rust fungus originally detected in Uganda in 1999 has already spread as far north as Iran, threatening wheat production across its range. The fungus infects wheat stems and affects 80% of wheat varieties, putting crops at risk and threatening the food sources for billions of people across central Asia. Although scientists believe they can develop resistant hybrids, the fungus is moving much faster than anticipated and resistant hybrids may still be years away.
RickRussellTX writes: "Teachers in a Decatur, IN elementary school awarded dubious titles such as 'Sir Clowns-a-Lot' and 'Most Likely Not To Have Children' to an embarrassed sixth grader in front of his classmates. Although I can imagine an environment where 'Sir Clowns-a-Lot' would be considered good-natured ribbing, I can't imagine making light of a sixth-grader's reproductive prospects. Predictably, the school system has clammed up and will only say that they 'regret the incident.'"