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Smartphone

Sat, 2010-08-21 16:36 by Hans-Georg

Nachdem hier schon die Hälfte der Familie ein Smartphone hatte, musste ich jetzt nachziehen und habe jetzt auch eines.

Eine witzige Funktion dieser Smartphones, jedenfalls der auf Android basierenden, ist, dass man seinen Freunden (oder Verwandten, wem immer man das zugestehen will) ständig seinen Aufenthaltsort mitteilen kann (durch Google Latitude). Selbstverständlich kann man das jederzeit aus- und wieder einschalten, oder man kann es auf eine sehr ungenaue Variante einstellen.

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Pencil tip micro sculptures by Dalton Ghetti

Thu, 2010-08-12 18:39 by Hans-Georg
The alphabet - click to enlarge How he works

KRonicle  |  by Kidrobot  |  August 6, 2010  |  Published in Featured, Style & Culture

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Laurie Santos: A monkey economy as irrational as ours

Mon, 2010-08-09 20:12 by Hans-Georg

Biology TED Talk

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The Eizo x-ray pin-up calendar

Sat, 2010-06-19 08:55 by Hans-Georg

The German company Butter did this as an advertisement for Eizo, whose screens are used a lot by doctors to look at x-ray images. It certainly will get the attention of the doctors.

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To save Africa, reject its nations

Sun, 2010-06-13 07:04 by Hans-Georg
The New York Times
Opinion
Op-Ed Contributor
By PIERRE ENGLEBERT
Published: June 11, 2010
Claremont, Calif.

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THE World Cup, which began on Friday, is bringing deserved appreciation of South Africa as a nation that transitioned from white minority domination to a vibrant pluralist democracy. Yet its achievements stand largely alone on the continent. Of the 17 African nations that are commemorating their 50th anniversaries of independence this year—the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia will both do so in the coming weeks—few have anything to truly celebrate.

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Views of North Korea show how a policy spread misery

Thu, 2010-06-10 06:12 by Hans-Georg
The Tumen River serves as part of the border between China and North Korea, with the Chinese city of Tumen on the left and the North Korean town of Namyang on the right. The railway bridge in the foreground is a major route for transporting Chinese aid …

The New York Times
By SHARON LaFRANERE
Published: June 9, 2010

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YANJI, China — Like many North Koreans, the construction worker lived in penury. His state employer had not paid him for so long that he had forgotten his salary. Indeed, he paid his boss to be listed as a dummy worker so that he could leave his work site. Then he and his wife could scrape out a living selling small bags of detergent on the black market.

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The Neanderthal genome

Sat, 2010-06-05 09:41 by Hans-Georg
Neanderthal range Human DNA locations used for comparison with Neanderthal DNA

Only recently has it become possible to sequence Neanderthal genes. Scientists were able to obtain DNA from the remains of three Neanderthal women and sequence it. They then proceeded to compare the Neanderthal genome with five different modern people and have arrived at evidence of genetic influences on us.

We now have evidence for some gene flow from Neanderthals to all non-Africans. The most surprising part is that these same genes were not only found in a European, but also in a Han Chinese and a person from Papua, New Guinea.

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KCAA English Language Proficiency Test

Fri, 2010-04-30 15:12 by Hans-Georg

(KCAA = Kenya Civil Aviation Authority)

I took the test today and thought I should let other testees know what to expect. Similar descriptions are already making the rounds in emails and on paper, so it is in the interest of fairness to show one publicly.

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Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth

Thu, 2010-04-01 18:18 by Hans-Georg

Here is again one of his delightful speeches.

Alternatively to playing it here you can also go to the original fora.tv page.

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A Tale of Two Cities

Wed, 2010-03-24 23:14 by Hans-Georg

 

Feed: The Online Photographer
Posted on: Sunday, March 14, 2010 5:00 PM
Author: Michael Johnston
Subject: A Tale of Two Cities

Twenty-six gigapixel Paris: Photographer Arnaud Frich and Martin Loyer have created what is being billed as the highest-resolution gigapicture yet made,