Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Buffalo grocer gives away millions

The Buffalo News has the story about a grocer who anonymously gave away millions of dollars while living quietly in a small apartment above his store. He died recently so the charities have gone public with his name.

The numbers aren't as large as those in Warren Buffet's recent announcement but the idea is the same.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The end for Top of the Pops

The Guardian reports that after 42 years the British music show Top of the Pops is being cancelled. I never really watched the show myself but I did like the idea of it having been around forever.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Thailand offers to replace Afghan statues

The Thai government has offered to rebuild the ancient Bamiyan Buddha statues that were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

Robo-roach

According to this article in the New Scientist, scientists have developed a robotic cockroach that can convince real roaches to follow it out of hiding into the light.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Google map pics: Diego Garcia

Some interesting pictures on Google Maps of the US base on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. If you zoom in you can see the B-52s parked on the runway.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Email management

Lifehacker has an article on how to manage and keep on top of your email using only three folders.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Living a carbon neutral life

An interesting blog post about the various options for offsetting the carbon you use in your life. There seems to be a lot of variation in the price of a ton.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The deepest hole

It turns out that the Soviets drilled a hole over 12 kilometers deep.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Liquid armour

According to this article, scientists have developed a substance that acts like a liquid under low-energy conditions, but when agitated or hit, stiffens and behaves like a solid. They plan to use this in body armour.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Life at the top

Have you ever wondered how practical those super stretched limos made from SUVs are? Well this picture may have an answer for you.
via RobotWisdom

Friday, June 16, 2006

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Travelling light

An article on SF Gate about travelling with just one carry on bag. There are several other articles in the series about travelling light.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Organised shoplifting

An article with some amazing numbers for the losses to stores from organised shoplifting gangs.

via robotwisdom

Monday, June 12, 2006

Baseball playing robot

According to this article in the New York Times, engineers at Arizona State University have built a robot that can intercept ground balls on a baseball field. It doesn't actually catch them at the moment it just manoevers into the path of the ball and stops it with a rubber bumper.

In case the NYT article goes away there is a summary, also with photo, on Robot Gossip.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Digger hits bridge

Some amazing photos of what happens why you drive a truck carrying a digger (aka an excavation hoe) under a highway bridge at full speed with the digger arm partly raised.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Beerhunter

Beerhunter.ca is a website that overlays a database with the locations of Ontario liquor and beer stores onto Google maps.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Why are there so many startups in the US?

An article by Paul Graham explaining what you would need to start your own Silicon Valley and why it would be difficult to do in various countries.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Online function grapher

This is one for the math geeks. This page lets you enter a function and then displays a graph for you. The whole thing is written in javascript and it will let you graph multiple functions at the same time.