Freshen Up Your Workspace With AromaUSB, For Mini-Funk and Industrial-Funk


This little gadget has been around for over a year now I believe and it’s still being talked about when I thought it would have faded into the background along with it’s scent.

Here we have the AromaUSB, it’s a simple diffuser USB device with small replaceable scented cartridge that can be inserted within the device. The product page claims one week of usage, I’m guessing this is one full week while receiving power, unlike the pic above where it’s plugged into a laptop that surely has a more aggressive power management policy than a desktop that might host the aroma gadget 24×7 with power.

If you need something with a little more industrial strength capability to deliver continuous aroma to rid your space of that awful funk (or if you just don’t believe in bathing), look no further than their DESKTOP version of the device – AromaUSB ARD-10 Desktop:

ARD-10 AromaUSB

Gadgets / Devices

Bacteria Revived From 120,000-Year-Old Ice


A team of Penn State scientists has discovered a new ultra-small species of bacteria that has survived for more than 120,000 years within the ice of a Greenland glacier at a depth of nearly two miles. The microorganism’s ability to persist in this low-temperature, high-pressure, reduced-oxygen, and nutrient-poor habitat makes it particularly useful for studying how life, in general, can survive in a variety of extreme environments on Earth and possibly elsewhere in the solar system.

The researches then filtered the cells from melted ice and incubated them in the cold in low-nutrient, oxygen-free solutions.

Let’s just hope we’re not playing with fire by reviving something that for all intents and purposes should have been dead, dead, dead long ago.


A Brief History of Game Ads

‘Next Generation’ take a look at adverts for PCs and consoles going back to late 1980’s. Some are controversial for many different reasons, some were ground breaking. One thing we’ve learned is that while the industry has grown and matured over the last 2 decades, the more things change the more they stay the same.

History of game adverts


Phoenix Scoops Up Martian Soil

 Phoenix scoop

Why is there a footprint in this photo?

One week after landing on the Mars northern polar region, NASA Phoenix spacecraft lifted its first scoop of Martian soil as a test of the lander’s Robotic Arm.

The practice scoop was emptied onto a designated dump area on the ground after the Robotic Arm Camera photographed the soil inside the scoop. The Phoenix team plans to have the arm deliver its next scoopful, later this week, to an instrument that heats and sniffs the sample to identify ingredients.



Minnesota Town to Google: ‘Go To Hell’


From Information Week: Minnesota town vanishes from Google Street images.

OK, perhaps my title for this post is a little harsh. It appears that the city council for North Oaks, Minnesota saw the Google Maps Street View pics on the net as a violation of the their trespassing ordinance. The city asked Google to take down the photos, Google complied.

I’m impressed.

Google last week filed a motion to dismiss an invasion-of-privacy and trespassing lawsuit brought by a couple in Pennsylvania over Google Maps Street View images of the couple’s house. While Google has removed the images in question, it rejects the couple’s demand for damages, claiming that the couple’s expectation of privacy is too high.