Some Whale Conversations Deciphered


Aussie scientists analyzing the audio recordings of humpback whales claim they have begun to decode their mysterious communication system. Among other things they have identified male pickup lines and motherly warnings.

Squeaks, pops, womps and gurgles are part of the vast whale repertoire recorded by scientists from the University of Queensland working on the Humpback Whale Acoustic Research Collaboration project.

Recording whale sounds over a three-year period, scientists have deciphered at least 34 different types of whale calls.

Link to the Sydney Daily Telegraph for the story.


The gPhone Is Doomed


When I see a bunch of joiners jumping on some unknown, unreleased unfinished pipe dream, I actually laugh. The peak of this nonsense occurred during the initial announcements for the Intel Itanium processor. Why is it going to be great? Because Google said so.

Read the rant on PCMag.

Gadgets / Devices

One SimCity Per Child


The original SimCity from Electronic Arts will be included in every laptop in the “One Laptop per Child” initiative.

According to EA, the idea to incorporate 1989’s SimCity into the low-cost laptops didn’t come from the publisher itself, but rather OLPC advisor John Gilmore, a self-professed entrepreneur and civil libertarian.

More from Next-Gen.


MIT Sues Architect Of $300 Million Computer Science Building

Stata Center

Architect Frank Gehry’s celebrated design for the Stata Center (view pics of the horror) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is making headlines again — this time because of a lawsuit claiming deficient design work is the cause of leaks, cracks and mold in the 730,000-square-foot building.

I gotta ask though, with a monstrosity like the Stata, what the hell did you expect? This Old House toured the facility a couple years ago when they worked on the ‘Cambridge House’ and I was just aghast that a technical institute would think this structure fit with their rep.

Link to the article on Network World.

Just geeky

Time To Lay Rubber

If you like racing games, you’re going to love Burnout Paradise. Check out their trailer:  

It’s going to hit stores in Jan 22 of 2008, so be prepared.  Console of choice is the XBox 360, but I anticipate a larger following with the PS3 version.  The demo will include a look at the game’s new stunt mode, as well as the chance to race through the game’s streets in search of the fastest route to a set destination. Gamers will also get to check out the new multiplayer emphasis by competing in three challenges online, or make use of the system’s camera peripherals to see the look on the face of a rival racer being rubbed into a guardrail.

Heh, I’m all for some forceful car destruction like the next guy.  Lets see if the new Burnout offering fits the bill, and can satiate my hunger for a decent racing game ;)