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Zeppelin seeks hidden diamonds in Kalahari

zeppelinMoonlight glistens off a huge zeppelin airship as it glides over Botswana's Kalahari desert. High-tech sensors on board probe the arid sands below, looking for buried diamonds. This is De Beers' latest tool in its search for gems in Botswana, the world's leading diamond producer by value.The rigid dirigible…carries classified U.S. technology, first developed for the military and still so sensitive that a photographer was warned not to film the equipment, provided and operated by U.S. firm Bell Geospace.

"This is the cutting edge. We're pushing geophysics to the boundaries," said Brad Pitts, who heads De Beers' airship exploration program, launched last November. "This is the only airship in the world being used for geophysical surveying."

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Titanic Task

A matchstick modeller [in Wales] is a fifth of the way to creating a five million-match replica of the ill-fated liner Titanic. Mark Colling is aiming for a world record with a 19ft-long ship, complete with an 8ft match matchstick titanicmodel of the iceberg which sunk the Titanic in 1912…Mr Colling is making his model of the Titanic to scale using copies of blueprints sent to him by the editor of the Hollywood blockbuster of the same name.

He has already built a 6ft Titanic model [shown in the image] and hopes to have the body of the [larger] liner completed by January.

Mr Colling buys the special model matches in bulk – in batches of 250,000 at a time.


June 6, 2006 Posted by | People | 1 Comment

Thus Solving Two Problems At Once: His And Hers

A Romanian man has handed over his wife to a creditor as payment for his debts. Emil Iancu, from tIghisu Nou, gave his wife Daniela to 72-year-old Jozef Justien Lostrie when he turned up on his doorstep to collect a £1,800 debt.

Iancu said: "I had no money to pay the debt and when I told Lostrie he said he would take my wife instead. I was scared of what he would do and so I signed a document saying Daniela would live with him."

But Daniela says the deal has proved better for her.

"Before I had to clean the house and look after our three children on my own, while Emil did nothing, but now I'm treated like a guest and hardly have to raise a finger," she said.


June 6, 2006 Posted by | People | 1 Comment

Man Shoots Self Putting Handgun In Waistband

A Hoquiam, Washington, man who accidentally shot himself in the groin could face charges of reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm within the city limits [not to mention inside his pants].

Police responded to a report of shots fired Saturday night and found the 21-year-old man bleeding.

He told officers he was upset by personal issues and had fired the gun in the air. While putting the 9 mm handgun back in his waistband it accidentally fired again.

June 6, 2006 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Man Shoots Self Putting Handgun In Waistband

City condemns rat-infested home

Lexington, Kentucky, Code enforcement officials have condemned a run-down house near downtown that became infested with rats because the woman who lives there had fed them, the property's owner said yesterday.

[The resident] thought the rats were gerbils, [the] property owner said.  [He] said he noticed in October that the resident had thrown gerbil food pellets on the floor to feed the rats. He said he repeatedly asked her to stop and to clean up, but she didn't.

[The owner] said he didn't have the heart to evict [her], [because she]  has mental health problems. He feared she would end up homeless.

"I haven't just set back and watched it get this bad," [said the owner.]. "We have been putting poison out ourselves. That's about all … we could do, except evict her."


June 6, 2006 Posted by | People | 1 Comment

Can My Cell Phone Catch A Virus? Yup.

If it’s a smartphone, you bet. In 2004, virus writers released Cabir, the first proof-of-concept virus that could infect smartphones through an open Bluetooth connection. So far, Cabir and the 175 other smartphone viruses in the wild haven’t done enough damage to warrant headlines. But it’s only a matter of time before there’s enough financial up­side for criminal hackers to begin seriously attacking smartphones. And then, watch out.

No smartphone? You’re still not safe. A scam now common in Europe involves sending text-message spam that pretends to be a missed-call notice. Return the call, and you’re unwit­tingly charged several dollars, just as if you’d called a 1-900 number. A similar threat uses malicious code embedded in an innocent downloadable game. Once loaded, it secretly sends multiple text messages to costly premium numbers.


The article goes on to give you some tips for protecting yourself but leaves out the easiest one: Get a cell phone that makes telephone calls—just telephone calls. No text messages, no MP3 player no nothing else. 

June 6, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment


A woman born weighing 6lbs 6oz on 6 June at 0600 BST, and who is 66 on 6/6/06, is refusing to drive on her birthday to help avoid accidents. Retired East Sussex nurse June Dumas said despite her birthday being on the day of "the number of the beast" she had grown less superstitious with age.

"[But] I've had a few nasty accidents in the past," she said.

The 666 phenomenon comes from several popular versions of a disputed passage in the Book of Revelation. The profile of its connection with the Devil was raised by the cult 1976 horror movie The Omen.

Mrs Dumas, born at Brighton General Hospital in 1940, said her late mother, a psychic, had always warned her to "watch herself" when she turned 66. The woman from Hove said she had become less superstitious as she got older, but she still saluted single magpies, and avoided walking under ladders.

She said: "It's a bit eerie and I'm not sure what to make of it all, but I plan to take things really easy."

June 6, 2006 Posted by | People | 3 Comments


This is George Hart's Disk Combobulation I, an assemblage of thirty 3.5 inch floppy diskettes, slotted and slid into each tother such that each diskette is penetrated by diskettes of the other four colors.

June 6, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Hopefully it wasn’t a high security prison

A helicopter landed in the middle of the high security Athens Korydallos prison, picked up two prisoners and flew away in a Hollywood-style escape that has left Greek police stunned.

A criminal on the run hijacked the helicopter Sunday to get his brother out of prison, police said. Vassilis Paleokostas, 40, who was serving a 25-year sentence for kidnapping and bank robbery, and an Albanian convict escaped.

"The guards thought it was a surprise inspection by ministry officials and did nothing," a police official said.

The helicopter pilot, who said he was forced at gunpoint to undertake the mission, flew the inmates to a nearby cemetery and they made their escape on motorbikes. Greek police have launched a manhunt for the convicts.


June 6, 2006 Posted by | People | 1 Comment

’til cops do them part

Ali Aghili, 37, and Marney Hurst, 33, both of Boulder, were to be married Saturday night at the posh Little Nell Hotel. Instead, they got into a fight the night before and police arrested them because both allegedly threw punches, said police Sgt. Steve Smith.The wedding had to be called off because their $250 bond conditions required them to stay away from each other, Smith said. He said it took police three hours to sort out the incident.


June 6, 2006 Posted by | People | 2 Comments

Do planets exist in “dead zones”?

"Dead zones" of very calm gas may prevent planets from falling into their host stars, researchers say. The work may explain why many exoplanets skirt their host stars at extremely close distances and suggests habitable, Earth-like planets may survive at higher rates than expected.

Most of the 180 or so known extrasolar planets are about the size of Jupiter and all lie relatively close to their host stars – within just 5 astronomical units (1 AU is the distance between the Sun and Earth). But the planets probably did not form there because the region cannot have contained enough gas and dust to amass such giant worlds.

So researchers believe the planets formed at distances of 10 to 20 AU, then migrated towards their host stars. This movement resulted from the planets losing energy by gravitational interaction with gas in their natal discs.


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Revolutionary Prosthetics

prosthetics Today’s most driven disabled athletes are revolutionizing prosthetics by turning their limbs into sport-specific power tools. From hands shaped like ice axes to blade runners for feet, these prostheses are smarter, lighter, stronger and sexier than ever before. And talk about extreme athletes—the men and women using them have overcome enormous physical challenges to climb the world’s tallest mountains, cross finish lines with record speeds, and change the world’s perception of what’s possible.


June 6, 2006 Posted by | Medical | Comments Off on Revolutionary Prosthetics