WhiteDragon writes: The Telegraph is reporting that there is a possibility of building the Analytical Engine, the steam-powered computer designed by the 19th century mathematician Charles Babbage that would have been the world's first general-purpose (perhaps even Turing Complete) computer.
WhiteDragon writes: "Google has acquired Bump Technologies Inc., better known as the creators of BumpTop--a freeware application that transforms one's generic, two-dimensional desktop into a walled, three-dimensional, navigable display. In addition, the software is fully compatible with multi-touch gesturing as well, provided one's hardware supports such technology."
WhiteDragon writes: "Engadget is reporting on Tanya Vlach, a San Francisco-based artist, who lost her eye in a 2005 car accident, and now keeps a blog chronicling the "monocular life." She's got a real-enough looking prosthetic peeper, but Tanya's a self-described "sci-fi geek," and, with the approval of her doctor, she's put out a call for engineers to build her a camera... for her fake eye."
WhiteDragon writes: "Researchers in a remote jungle in Indonesia have discovered a giant rat and a tiny possum that are apparently new to science, underscoring the stunning biodiversity of the Southeast Asian nation, scientists announced Monday. More information at the National Geographic story"
WhiteDragon writes: "According to IT Wire, pro-golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is suing a consulting firm after allegedly defamatory language about him that had been placed on the Wikipedia article was traced to their IP address."
WhiteDragon writes: Accordign to this gizmodo article, Toshiba has created a hybrid disc that can play in a standard DVD player and in a HD-DVD player. The disc has one layer of DVD on the bottom, a middle layer that can be either DVD or HD-DVD content, and HD-DVD on the top.