The automobile in question is the incredibly rare FERRARI 456 VENICE STATION WAGON, a painfully limited-edition vehicle designed and built by Ferrari styling house PININFARINA for the royal family of the SULTANATE OF BRUNEI.
Featuring four doors, a proper backseat, a hatchback, and a 20 cm longer wheelbase, this vehicle is similar in size to a BMW 5 series wagon with all the styling and cylindrical ferocity of a dancing horse.
William Benke got tired of jumping in and out of his car to open the gate to his west Texas ranch. So he invented the automatic gate at left. The car pushes down the gate (top photo); rides over it (center); then, after hydraulic checks hold it down, it rises (bottom). Hawley Mfg. Co., Houston, makes the Push-Over Gate.
Far from the ocean waves, past churches and fields, surfers ride the swell of the Severn Bore, one of Britain’s few truly spectacular natural phenomena.
Tidal bores are high, often dangerous, waves formed as incoming tides filter into a narrow channel, increasing the height of the water. The power of the surge is clear in these pictures, taken yesterday near the village of Hempsted, south of Gloucester, where surfers met for three of the biggest bores in recent years.
It's the latest word in Gulf excess - a sprawling £800million resort boasting a £13,000-a-night suite and dolphins flown in from the South Pacific, all atop a palm tree-shaped island.
Environmentalists have long criticised both the island and some of the features of the Atlantis hotel, set to open tomorrow. Analysts wonder, separately, if global financial turmoil could someday crimp Dubai's big tourist dreams.
This is the standalone duplicator that makes up to 25 exact replicas of a DVD in just a couple hours without the need for a PC. Preferred for making copies of family gatherings, recitals, or TV shows, the duplicator can store up to 25 blank DVDs, eliminating the need for you to constantly feed the device a new DVD. It can also make copies of multiple DVDs, providing a quick way to make copies of multi-disc events.
Plastic Oven is the latest use of the wonder synthetic. It offers considerable advantages for the housewife, chiefly in reducing possibility of burnt steaks, roasts, cakes, etc. Model shown is British.
This is the classic desktop slide viewer that allows you to easily preview up to 36 slides. Made by Pana-Vue, purveyors of slide viewing devices since the 1950s, it speeds up previews of boxes of slides before you commit to a large digital conversion project or assists in putting together a traditional slide show using a carousel; it also works easily for casual viewing.
This is the only personal media viewer that provides a private viewing experience equivalent to watching a widescreen 52" television from 9' away. It connects to a video iPod, portable DVD player, or personal video game system and uses two high-resolution LCDs and dual stereo headphones.
Developed from U.S. military technology, the viewer generates 24-bit true color (16 million colors) and a 28º field of view for wide pictures, and the removable headphones produce crisp, clear sound.
Now that the end of The Pirate Bay is in sight, you might be concerned about where to get your Linux distros via BitTorrent. Never fear, the folks at TorrentFreak have posted a handy list of 25 alternatives to TPB that should help you locate that elusive build.
History has shown that BitTorrent users are an adaptive species that simply migrates to the next site when their home bases become uninhabitable. While private trackers certainly have their place and will accommodate those lucky enough to get an invite, for this article we are interested in sites that are open to everyone, ranging from full Pirate Bay replacements to a do-it-yourself setup.
This the only night vision monocular that can take digital pictures, enabling you to capture the nocturnal habits of animals and find your way back to camp after a night of stargazing.
Its proprietary image-processing technology amplifies ambient light up to 10,000X, rivaling the light gathering qualities of Generation 3 devices commonly reserved for the U.S. military.
It automatically adjusts the gain required to see an image in the dark based upon the amount of ambient light available, and you can also manually adjust the gain and frame rate from 2 fps to 30 fps to further optimize its light gathering capability.
With a swipe, this device encrypts your credit card number, enabling online purchases without fear from viruses or malware (a fraudster's spy software) that may reside secretly on your computer. Eliminating the need for manually typing in your credit card number, the swiper plugs into your computer's USB port using its built-in retractable cable.
The included software works with your browser such that when you go to a website and are ready to purchase an item or service, a swipe of your card through the device encrypts your credit card data before it reaches your computer. The software then inserts the encrypted number into the credit card field on the website you are visiting. The software never stores your credit card number on your computer.
Ah, what might have been. NewScientist posted a gallery that looks at other big NASA projects that never, ahem, took off.
Facing budget and technical concerns, the agency may abandon the development of its Ares rockets – amateur space historian Henry Spencer looks back at other big NASA projects that never got off the ground
Used by NASA astronauts to maintain their upper body conditioning in space, this is the gyroscopic dumbbell that strengthens and rehabilitates muscles in the hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders.
Holding the tennis ball-sized device and rotating your wrist causes the internal gyroscope to spin up to 13,000 rpm and provide up to 38 lbs. of torque resistance to strengthen the wrists, biceps, triceps, and deltoids.
This is the live-action shooting game that lets you hunt a flying duck with a harmless infrared gun. A 10-second charge on the barrel of the gun energizes the mechanical duck for a 30-second flight.
The duck's 6" long mylar wings flap up and down nearly 500 times per minute, and it can be set to fly in an erratic left- or right-turning circle or a level, straight line. Sharp-eyed hunters take aim with the infrared gun--the first two hits merely stun the waterfowl, momentarily interrupting his flapping; the third hit downs the duck for good. The single-shot blaster has a 20' range and makes a loading sound with each pump.
This is the battery-powered heated seat cushion that converts any cold, unforgiving bleacher or chair into a heated seat for up to 10 hours on a single charge.
Powered by a rechargeable, long-lasting 7-volt lithium battery, the seat generates constant heat from a patented system of stainless steel fibers woven around thin heating panels and sealed in a waterproof coating.
These are the glasses with a built-in video camera that allows you to discreetly record all that you see. The 0.3 megapixel pinhole camera is located in the bridge, providing 320 x 240 high-quality resolution for AVI videos.
Up to 2 1/2 hours of videos can be recorded directly onto the built-in 2 GB memory. The left temple's frame houses a slot that accommodates a microSD card for additional memory storage. Videos can be copied to a computer running Windows XP/Vista using the built-in USB port and included cable.
Something unusual is cropping up alongside the tomatoes, eggplant and okra in Scott Byars' vegetable garden — the elephantine leaves of 30 tobacco plants.
Driven largely by ever-rising tobacco prices, he's among a growing number of smokers who have turned to their green thumbs to cultivate tobacco plants to blend their own cigarettes, cigars and chew. Byars normally pays $5 for a five-pack of cigars and $3 for a tin of snuff; the seed cost him $9.
Some seed suppliers have reported a tenfold increase in sales as some of the country's 43.3 million smokers look for a cheaper way to get their nicotine fix in a down economy. Cigarettes cost an average of $4.35 a pack, home growers can make that amount for about 30 cents.
Supercomputers pitted against one another in a high-stakes battle of attack and counterattack over a global network where predatory algorithms trawl the information stream, competing every millisecond to gain an informational advantage over rivals. It sounds like Hollywood fiction, but it's just an average trading day on the stock market.
The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.
Gamasutra sat with Blizzard’s Starcraft II lead producer Chris Sigaty and got a lot of great information about the the game, its development, and what it means to the gamer. If you’re hotly anticipating this game, you’ll want to give this article a look.
To find out more about the story behind StarCraft II, Gamasutra recently sat down with the game's lead producer Chris Sigaty, and with him delved into the practices and pressures that have led to the game that will ship its first chapter in 2010.
On Wednesday Seimens unveiled the first custom electric motorcycle dubbed the “Seimens Smart Chopper.” The bike was designed and built by the prolific motorheads at Orange County Choppers.
The chopper sports the signature OCC style but being electric it lacks the ground rumbling roar. OCC founder Paul Teutul Jr. admits that everyone loves loud pipes but points out that this bike is the future.
We see patent lawsuits all the time. However, the case being brought against Twitter by TechRadium actually seems legit, according to attorneys consulted by Wired’s Threat Level blog. It’ll probably get settled with some sort of licensing deal but it’s still not something the Twitter people want to deal with, considering they’re still trying to figure out a business model.
The company says it didn’t care about Twitter when the Twitterati was watching the tweets of NBA superstars, musicians, politicians and news outlets. But then TechRadium began seeing promotional materials and news accounts of companies, school districts and local governments using, or considering adopting, the microblogging service as their emergency notification system – muscling into TechRadium’s wheelhouse.
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The long-rumored PS3 Slim console and price drop have finally been confirmed today at GDC Europe 09 at Cologne, Germany. The much-maligned console is now available at most retailers for $300 USD for the 80GB version and the Slim will be available on September 1 for the same price.
The PS3 slim looks, as you'd expect, kind of like a diet-PS3, except for the part where it's still full-featured only priced $100 less. Make that 33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter, roughly as tall, but thinner, with a matte finish along the top and glossy sides.
This breathtaking picture captures the seconds before a daring surfer is engulfed by a monster wave. The spectacular shot was taken by surfer-turned-photographer Clark Little, who captured the incredible scene on Ke Iki beach, in Hawaii.
The massive shorebreak was more than 10ft tall but luckily the surfer survived unscathed.
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I know most of you are capable of coming up with a strong password that you won’t forget but, in case you need help (or want to pass this on to a family member), here is an article that can be helpful. I guess it is time to upgrade that 123456 password I use for everything.
One way to create a password that's hard to guess but easy to remember is to make up a phrase. You could type in the entire phrase (some sites let you use spaces, others don't) or you can use the initials of each word in the phrase, for instance, "IgfLESi85" for "I graduated from Lincoln Elementary School in '85." An even better one would be "MbfihswE&S" for "My best friends in high school were Eric and Steve." You get the idea--upper case numbers, letters, and symbols that are seemingly meaningless to everyone but you.
If you’re wondering what’s the deal with Apple’s next OSX release, version 10.6 AKA Snow Leopard, then CNET’s got the hookups for you. Click on through to get a run down on what’s coming and why it matters.
According to rumors, the release of Mac OS X 10.6, Apple's operating system also known as SnowLeopard, might arrive a bit early. Though Apple announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June that Snow Leopard would hit stores in September, tech blogs became overly excited when it was whispered that it might be ready to debut on or about August 28.
“Bertie is in a coma whilst his wife enjoys the high life. Witness the rise and fall of this couple living under the Heathrow airport flight path. Based on a real phenomenon airlines would rather we didn’t know about, this film is a little thing with a lot of impact.”
How do you construct the most massive boat ever? One piece at a time. With the world’s next generation of mega cruise liners taking shape in a Finnish shipyard, PM sends one of the world’s top photographers to watch metalworkers muscle it together, part by colossal part.
What happens when you combine a Lamborghini Superleggera with fancy china? High-speed tea. With the help of a really gentle crane, William Ashley China of Toronto has placed a new Lamborghini on a set of tea cups as the centerpiece of an unavoidable and clever piece of advertising for the store.
The Italian exotic is resting only on those four cups and nothing else. This isn't the first time the store has attempted such a feat. Previously, they used a base Gallardo. We think the choice of the lighter Superleggera version is inspired, and next to a $225,000 Lambo, a $4,300 gravy boat seems much more reasonable.
Most jobs require employees to work on multiple projects simultaneously. Gamers are multitasking tanks, capable of capturing flags, watching Japanese tentacle pRon, tea-bagging n00bs, snacking and chatting with friends online all at the same time.
Translate those abilities to the office and you have the perfect employee: focused, yet flexible enough to handle shifting assignments without losing sight of their goals.
If the pricing in this catalog can be believed, the Xbox 360 Elite will drop to $299 on August 30th. This spy pic adds a little more credibility to last week’s rumor that the $299 Pro model was being phased out.
It will count calories as you pedal, play music and use a solar-powered motor when you get tired - welcome to the commuter bike of the future.
Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman was today unveiling a design that he believes will be an everyday product within 20 years. The 40-year-old said the technology was already available, it just needed the will to put it all together.
The famous sequence that shows the evolution of man from knuckle-dragging ape to an upright human may be flawed, a new study has revealed. Researchers who examined the wrist bones of several primate species believe our early human ancestors never used their knuckles to walk like gorillas.
Instead they evolved from other apes who spent most of their time in trees and descended to the ground upright.
Yes, you read that right…General Motors is claiming the upcoming Chevy Volt will get 230 miles per gallon in the city. Sure it is based on a "new methodology" from the EPA that probably includes fairy dust, unicorn sweat and rainbow power but that 230 mpg is an attention getter.
The EPA has released a new methodology for determining a draft fuel economy standard for extended-range EVs like the Volt, and under this new procedure, the Volt will have a composite urban fuel economy rating of 230 mpg! On the electric side, the Volt will consume 25 kW/hours per 100 miles. That makes the Volt the first car ever to get a triple digit fuel economy rating.
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Apple has applied for a patent on a consumer abuse detection system? No, it isn’t a system to protect you from their prices and products, it is a system that spies on you to see if you are abusing your Apple product. No, really.
Apple already includes liquid submersion indicators in its MacBook Pros, iPhones and iPods. They irreversibly change color once they come in contact with a liquid, thereby offering the company's retail store staff and authorized repair specialists an easy way to determine if a customer caused damage to their product with liquids -- incidents that aren't covered under Apple's standard warranties. Rather than the physical indicator, the new system would save information of damage digitally into memory.
Rather than being an all out green warrior however the Lamborghini hybrid will utilise a small electric motor in slow moving urban traffic but will allow full use of either a 10 or 12 cylinder engine (yet to be decided) when in full flight.
This is a combination recorder and stereo system that allows you to preserve your classic vinyl records and cassette tapes by recording them to CDs.
It takes only three steps to faithfully transfer an LP or cassette to a digital audio CD-R or CD-R/RW, and at any time during recording you can pause to select only certain songs, turn the album or cassette over, and change albums or cassettes to make compilation recordings.
More than just a recorder, the system plays 33s, 45s, 78s, and cassettes through a 70mm full-range speaker, and has a built-in AM/FM stereo with digital tuner and single CD playback tray, all in a footprint less than 2' sq. Two RCA inputs in the rear enable you to connect the device to another stereo system or external speakers.
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In the comics of fifties onwards, among the myriad of adverts for sea monkeys, X-Ray specs and other such dubious products the likes of Charles Atlas and Joe Weider exhorted the youth of the day to exchange with their cash in exchange for muscles, girls and getting their own back on the bully boy.
New TV ads are encouraging Brazilians to save water – by urinating in the shower. Brazilian environmental group SOS Mata Atlantica says the campaign, running on several television stations, uses humor to persuade people to reduce flushes.
The group says if a household avoids one flush a day, it can save up to 4,380 liters (1,157 gallons) of water annually.
In use by the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs at the South Pole, this Canadian-made garment meets the challenges of subnormal temperatures and severe cold weather. Rugged and supple, the durable outer shell is treated with Teflon fabric protector for long-term water-repellency.
It is filled throughout with high-insulation, duck down for unequalled warmth. Additional features seal in body heat and secure its wearer against convective heat loss: inner nylon cummerbund, inner adjustable drawcord at waist, pile-lined internal beard guard, three-piece hood with drawcord and coyote-fur ruff.
Winner of the Popular Science Best of What's New award, this is the device that stores up to 160 electronic books and displays them on a patented screen that replicates the contrast of black ink on light-gray paper, resulting in high-contrast and a reading experience that is similar to a page in an actual book.
The 6" screen uses E-Ink technology, an award-winning electronic paper that reflects light like ordinary loose-leaf and is capable of maintaining displayed text without drawing electricity. Unlike typical backlit LCDs, the screen will not cause eye fatigue and it is visible in direct sunlight, allowing for convenient use outdoors.
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Ron Arad who has created this incredibly unique luxury bath concept, which turns the traditional bath on its head, literally. Aside from its obvious aesthetic appeal - it's like a giant art installation for your bathroom - its also multi-purpose, transforming from bath to shower as the whole unit revolves.
Arad worked with Italian bathroom design brand Teuco to bring the concept to life. At this stage it's still a prototype but Arad is confident that with Teuco's production expertise his bath dream will soon be a reality in our own homes.
“More women are wearing higher heels, and for longer, and experts are increasingly concerned about the long-term damage they are doing to their feet. Recent research suggests that up to a third of women suffer permanent problems as a result of their prolonged wearing of ‘killer heels’, ranging from hammer toes and bunions to irreversible damage to leg tendons.
A government report released Tuesday says a middle-income family with a child born last year will spend about $221,000 raising that child through age 17.
The report by the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion identified housing as the largest single expense, followed by food and child care/education costs. The $221,000 in expenses rises to about $292,000 when adjusted for inflation.
Google has launched a Themes Gallery for Chrome users but, at least so far, there are less than three dozen themes to choose from. Installation is as easy as clicking the "apply theme" button under the corresponding theme and you are all set.
“Did you know that the current US flag was designed by a high school student for a class project? (He got a B, though his teacher changed it to an A after Congress accepted it as the national flag!). Did you know that the Libyan flag is green (and nothing but green) or that the precursor to the Philippines flag had a Jolly Roger? Read on…”
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Naturally, we have no confirmation from Sony on all this, but if the near constant spate of rumors is any indication, it appears we're getting very close to the launch of a new PS3. Whether Sony will start shipping units the day that any announcement is made remains to be seen. It's also unclear which region--or regions--will get the new console first.
The Spanish town of Castrillo de Murcia doesn't need running bulls or even booze to have fun. Just give them some mattresses, a bunch of babies and a handful of fun-loving guys -- dressed up like devils -- and you've got yourself a fiesta.
Since the launch of Street View in May 2007, it has consistently been one of Google Maps' most popular features. We've also found that it has been one of the features that folks are most curious about, so we have given our Street View overview site a refresh that puts everything you wanted to know about Street View in one place.
Thinking about selling modified consoles? I’ll bet this article changes your mind. The man is facing ten years in prison if convicted...for modding consoles.
The California State University, Fullerton student who lives in Anaheim is accused of modifying Xbox, PlayStation and Wii consoles in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents got a tip from the Entertainment Software Association and searched Crippen's home in May.
The average man will spend almost 43 minutes a day staring at 10 different women. That adds up to 259 hours - almost 11 days - each year, making a total 11 months and 11 days between the ages of 18 and 50.
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Now that summer has finally arrived after a very April-like June, my thoughts have turned to water. In my book, there’s nothing like a dip in the ocean but when that’s not a possibility there’s almost always a pool somewhere nearby. But what about when that’s not the case?
Like Girls from Mars Are These "Top Women" at U.S. Steel's Gary, Indiana, Works. Their Job Is to Clean Up at Regular Intervals Around The Tops of Twelve Blast Furnaces. As A Safety Precaution, the Girls Wear Oxygen Masks., 1940 - 1945
Drop your iPod and have it blow up? Apple will replace it….only if you sign an agreement that says something along the line of this:
The letter also stated that, in accepting the money, Mr Stanborough was to "agree that you will keep the terms and existence of this settlement agreement completely confidential", and that any breach of confidentiality "may result in Apple seeking injunctive relief, damages and legal costs against the defaulting persons or parties".
England has a new program that puts "problem" families under 24 hour surveillance in their own homes to make sure the kids, among other things, do their homework and go to bed on time.
The Children’s Secretary set out £400million plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes. They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.
Shock and awe hardly begin to describe my reaction to this video of Toyota’s humanoid robot running a 7kmh. Sure, that’s only a few points short of 4mph, but given its life like ability to move and to sustain balance after a slight push, I’d say all in all it’s pretty impressive.
The suit is being brought by Justin D. Gawronski, a 17-year-old high school student who had purchased Orwells 1984 to complete a summer homework assignment. When Amazon deleted the book from his Kindle, it rendered the electronic notes he had taken worthless.
Sunbeds are as great a cancer threat as cigarettes, global health chiefs have declared. The dangers of ‘binge tanning’ are so significant that sunbeds have been placed on the World Health Organisation’s list of the most cancer-causing substances and habits, alongside arsenic and asbestos.
Before this, sunbeds and sunlamps had been classified as ‘probably carcinogenic’, placing them one rung below the most dangerous products.
With an explosive force 13,000 times the power of the atomic bomb that annihilated Hiroshima, the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa killed more than 36,000 people and radically altered global weather and temperatures for years afterwards.
The eruption was so violent and catastrophic that no active volcano in modern times has come close to rivalling it, not even the spectacular eruption of Mount St Helens in the U.S. in 1980. Now, almost a century-and-a-half on, are we about to experience the horrors of Krakatoa once again?
'Volcanic prediction is getting better,' says Professor Jon Davidson, chair of Earth Science at Durham University and a volcanologist who has studied Krakatoa first-hand. 'But we are never going to be able to fully predict big and unusual eruptions, precisely because they are unusual.'
Yet there is little doubt that if Krakatoa were to erupt again with such force and fury, the impact would be far more devastating than that which was experienced in the 19th century.
Dentistry got its start in the Indus Valley of India and Pakistan. These industrious would-be dentists were master beadmakers who used bow drills to cure tooth problems. This is also the first appearance of dental assistants, whose duties consisted of restraining the flailing arms and legs of patients during the undoubtedly excruciating procedures. Still, this obviously beat a life without teeth.
1.Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something. 2.Super-8 movies and cine film of all kinds. 3.Playing music on an audio tape using a personal stereo. See what happens when you give a Walkman to today’s teenager. 4.The number of TV channels being a single digit. I remember it being a massive event when Britain got its fourth channel. 5.Standard-definition, CRT TVs filling up half your living room. 6.Rotary dial televisions with no remote control. You know, the ones where the kids were the remote control. 7.High-speed dubbing. 8.8-track cartridges.