smooth wombat writes: October 29, 1969. A day that will live in infamy. On that day in history, the first known message was sent over a computer network. The person who witnessed the 'birth' of Internet? Leonard Kleinrock, a professor of computer science at the University of California-Los Angeles.
CNN has a short interview with Kleinrock which discusses the importance of his message as well as his take on the pace of modern technology, privacy, his continued work on the development of the internet and other related issues.
That first message sent? It was intended to be l-o-g and sent to a computer at Stanford Research Institute, but at the moment he sent the letter g, the SRI host crashed so all that was officially sent was lo.
smooth wombat writes: As a follow-up to this story, artist Shepard Fairey has now admitted he used the original picture the AP claimed he used as the basis for his iconic red, white and blue image of Obama, underlined with the caption "HOPE" and not a different photo as he initially claimed. Fairey said that he tried to cover up his error by submitting false images and deleting others. As a result, his attorneys have said they intend to withdraw from the case and said the artist had misled them by fabricating information and destroying other material.
At the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh on Saturday night for the opening of an exhibit of his works, Fairey said that the error should not be viewed as "premeditated and sinister."
smooth wombat writes: "It's taken 15 years, but in the October 2nd special edition of the magazine Science, 11 papers by 47 authors from 10 countries reveal their findings on the newest addition to the human evolutionary tree. Officially named Ardipithecus ramidus, but nicknamed Ardi, the potential human ancestor lived 1.4 million before the celebrated Lucy skeleton and is also more complete with 125 pieces of its skeleton found.
An interesting aspect of the skeleton is that it bears little resemblance to humans closest living primate ancestor, chimpanzees. As anthropologist C. Owen Lovejoy states in the article:
"It's clear that humans are not merely a slight modification of chimps, despite their genomic similarity.""