Posts in February, 2013

Abandoned Russian “ghost ship” in North Atlantic is adrift and looking for a home

// February 23rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment News

The Lyubov Orlova, a Russian cruise ship that had been abandoned in Canadian ports for over two years, has been adrift in the North Atlantic for two months, floating from coast to coast while authorities turn their heads refusing to accept responsibility for securing the floating “ghost ship”. The Lyubov Orlova left Canada’s shores on […]

Largest known cyber attack targeting Apple computers – vulnerable machines used to attack Facebook, Twitter

// February 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Apple announced yesterday (2/19/13) that hackers had infected Macintosh computers of employees using an exploit in Oracle’s Java software stack. The attack is largest known cyber attack targeting Apple computers. The malware is believed to have originated from an iPhone developer website and was later used to launch massive attacks against Facebook, Twitter, and “other […]

North Korea follows through and carries out its third nuclear test yesterday triggering 5.1 magnitude artificial tremor

// February 12th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

North Korea followed through with its plans announced last month and carried out its third nuclear test yesterday. Initial reports of a 5.1 magnitude artificial tremor in the northeast section of the country began to trickle out late yesterday evening with confirmation of the nuclear test coming out an our or so later. United Nations […]

Stephen King’s Under the Dome mini-series to appear on CBS June 24 followed by Amazon Prime 3-4 days later

// February 12th, 2013 // No Comments » // Moves, TV, and Music News

Under The Dome, a 13-episode adaptation of a Stephen King novel that’s being produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television will tell the story of a small New England town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The series’ first episode should air June 24 […]

World’s largest battery, capable of delivering 36 megawatts of electricity, goes online in Texas

// February 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Texans indeed do know how to go big. Located in a remote section of west Texas, Xtreme Power and Duke Energy have switched on the world’s largest battery, a battery capable of delivering a whopping 36 megawatts of electricity over the grid in a little over 15 minutes.

Mars Curiosity rover drills hole in Mars for the first time – powder samples collected for testing

// February 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

The Mars Curiosity Rover has drilled a hole in Mars for the first time yesterday. Curiosity used the drill at the tip of its robotic arm to drill a small .8 inch (2 centimeter) hole into the Martian rock affectionately named “John Klein”. The so-called “mini-drill test” marked the first time Curiosity used both the […]

Facebook earns title of “Greatest Hacker Alive” after bringing much of the Internet to its knees via Facebook Connect bug

// February 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

Yesterday, many, if not most, major websites including CNN, MSNBC, Yelp, New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, Gawker, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Slate, Kickstarter, and many others were taken down by a Facebook Connect bug that redirected users to an error page upon loading, effectively bringing much of the Internet to its knees. Users who were not […]

New impact debris measurements nail Giant Asteroid impact to within 11K years – precisely when dinosaurs disappeared

// February 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Paul Renne, a geologist at the Berkeley Geochronology Center (BGC), along with colleagues from U.C. Berkeley as well as researchers from the UK and Netherlands, has resampled radio-isotope measurements from impact debris. It has been over two decades since the debris was analyzed to determine the impact date that theoretically doomed the dinosaurs. The new […]

Biologist to tag 1,000 wood ants with tiny radio receivers in order to track and map ant behavior

// February 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Samuel Ellis, a biologist from the University of York, is about to begin a mufti-year project which will involve the radio tagging of over 1,000 hairy wood ants with tiny radio receivers. The project will be one of the largest radio-tagging experiments of insects in the wild. Each hairy wood ant, which are about one […]

Amazon announces “Coins” – its own “virtual currency” to be introduced in May 2013

// February 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

It’s going to be interesting to see what direction Amazon takes with its newly announced virtual currency – “Coins”. The new concept could be promotional in nature, or possibly used to Amazon’s benefit by promoting customer loyalty and/or reeling in app developers and locking them in to Amazon’s App Store platform. Amazon Coins are a […]

Antarctic research station with extendible legs and giant skis allows facility to “ski” across the ice shelf

// February 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Halley VI Antarctic research station on skis

Yesterday, the $40.6 million Halley VI Antarctic research station opened its doors to 52 research scientists intent on studying the frigid Antarctic region. The facility is designed to “ski” on the ice. Weather elements on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf can dump up to three feet of ice on permanent structures. In addition, the ice […]

Federal Reserve announces breach of internal website by hackers

// February 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The Federal Reserve has openly stated that “one of its internal websites had been briefly breached by hackers, though no critical functions of the central bank were affected by the intrusion.” This comes after Anonymous announced via Twitter (@OpLastResort) that they had struck the Fed on Sunday accessing personal information, which included phone numbers, login […]

Incredibly detailed, complex maze took Japanese man over seven years to draw by hand

// February 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment News

Incredibly detailed, hand-drawn maze

Japanese twitter user @Kya7y recently unearthed an incredibly detailed maze that her father created. After questioning him, she found that he create the maze over 30 years ago and that it took him 7 years to complete. The maze was created on A1 size paper, which is about 33 x 23 inches. The pictures below […]

Moles smell in stereo – but the coolest part of this story is how they tested the mole’s sense of smell

// February 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Almost all mammals hear in stereo, the benefit of having two opposing ear canals, but scientists have long debated whether some animals smell in stereo. Animals’ unique ability to find food based on odor is uncanny at times and now neuroscientist Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University has determined that moles at least, do indeed smell […]

New largest prime number found – 17 million digits would fill 28 novel-length books

// February 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

It was announced yesterday that a new prime number, the largest to date, has been discovered by Dr. Curtis Cooper, a professor at the University of Central Missouri. The new prime number, which is also the 48th Mersenne prime (an extremely rare prime that is a prime number that can be written in the form […]

Uh, Iran, if you introduce a new “advanced” fighter plane to the world, it should at least be capable of flying

// February 5th, 2013 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

Iran has taken the wraps of their new Qaher-313, a “super modern fighter plane” but rather than oohs and aahhs, they’re getting some rather puzzled reactions from the U.S. In fact, many are laughing about it. The plane appears to be a joke of some sort and by all appearances, is likely unable to even […]