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Aquarium Uses Eel Powered Christmas Lights Screenshot-sm 96

A Japanese aquarium is using the greenest energy possible to power the lights on its Christmas tree, an electric eel. From the article: "Each time the eel moves, two aluminum panels gather enough electricity to light up the 2-meter (6 ft 6 in) tall tree, decked out in white, in glowing intermittent flashes."
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Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life 486

scottbomb sends in this feel-good story of an engineer-hero, calling it "one of the coolest stories I've read in a long time." "A manager of Boeing's F22 fighter-jet program, Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast. Without consulting the passengers in his minivan — 'there was no time to take a vote' — Innes kicked into engineer mode. 'Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together,' Innes explained."
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How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted Screenshot-sm 259

Lord Byron Eee PC writes "Newsweek is carrying a navel-gazing piece on how wrong they were when in 1995 they published a story about how the Internet would fail. The original article states, 'Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.' The article continues to say that online shopping will never happen, that airline tickets won't be purchased over the web, and that newspapers have nothing to fear. It's an interesting look back at a time when the Internet was still a novelty and not yet a necessity."
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Submission + - Google counter easter egg 1

vrkid writes: From time to time I to test extreme cases of how certain software behaves (I'm a sysadmin not a QA guy) just for the kicks of seeing how engineers write software, what they expect as input and what they don't expect as input. I don't know why, but today I decided to test Google's home page and I pressed the "I'm feeling lucky" button without inputting anything in the search bar. Much to my surprise at the bottom of the page popped up a counter that is slowly inching down. From the speed I gathered that it's counting down seconds. From a couple of quick calculations I found out that it's counting the seconds to the end of the year 2009... Right now there are: 882000 and a few seconds to the end of the year :-)

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