Sep 272007

Chernobyl is an abandoned city in northern Ukraine, in the Kiev Oblast (province) near the border with Belarus.

There has been an exciting(!) new biological discovery inside the tomb of the Chernobyl reactor. Like out of a B-grade sci-fi movie, a robot sent into the reactor discovered a thick coat of black slime growing on the walls.

This slime, a collection of several fungi actually, was more than just surviving in a radioactive environment, it was actually using gamma radiation as a food source. The fungi appear to use melanin, a chemical found in human skin as well, in the same fashion as plants use chlorophyll.

Enjoy the rest of the article on the World Time News Report.


 Posted by at 12:15 pm
Sep 272007


From Reuters:

About 16,000 words have succumbed to pressures of the Internet age and lost their hyphens in a new edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

Bumble-bee is now bumblebee, ice-cream is ice cream and pot-belly is pot belly.

And if you’ve got a problem, don’t be such a crybaby (formerly cry-baby).

Link to the full story.

 Posted by at 8:29 am
Sep 262007


Google Watch on has some very interesting analysis, leaks and rumors of the dancing elephants (MSFT, GOOG, Facebook) entertaining us right now. Sounds like Microsoft is making the right move for once in the advertising market and GOOG looks threatened?

Link to the article.

 Posted by at 10:13 pm
Sep 262007


IronKey is a provider of secure portable computing products and Internet security services, the other day they announced the availability of the IronKey: Enterprise Special Edition. Want to jump right into the good stuff? Then head to the demo.

It’s a secure flash drive designed for use on sensitive government, military and enterprise networks.

The IronKey: Enterprise Special Edition features include:

  • Hardware-Encrypted USB Flash Drive: there is no need to install additional hardware, software or drivers.
  • No Administrator Privileges Needed: does not require Administrator privileges on Windows XP or Vista.
  • Designed for Enterprise Networks: performs dynamic drive letter mapping for use in enterprise environments with network-mapped drives.
  • Tamper-Resistant and Waterproof: cannot be physically tampered with or disassembled by a determined hacker. Has also tested, passed, and exceeded military waterproof standards (MIL-STD-810F).
  • Easy to Inventory: Each UFD has a unique serial number, making it easy for IT managers to inventory the devices.
  • Rugged and Durable: Not plastic!  Has rugged metal casing  and is filled solid with epoxy, making it both tamperproof and waterproof.
 Posted by at 8:55 pm