Elbows Home To Bacteria Tribes


In the ‘I think I was better off not knowing Dept.’, researchers inform us that the patch of skin for the human elbow contains 6 tribes of bacteria and that you should be thankful for the value they bring.

The research is coming from a paper published a few days ago out of the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the human microbiome project. The project is a government-financed endeavor to catalog the typical bacterial colonies that inhabit each niche in the human ecosystem.

Read the elbow article at Seattle Times.

If you don’t know anything about the Human Genome Project, here’s an overview. Most educated geeks should know at least a little something about it, it’s pretty important to the future of our species and our understanding of how to solve some of the more difficult medical diseases and genetic unknowns of homo sapiens.

Carbon Nanotubes Are Now Ubiquitous and Eerily Similar to Asbestos. Here Comes the Cancer.

carbon nantubes

Carbon Nanotechnology is a billion dollar business, the nanotubes are in everything from facial creams to tiny nanoradios to iPods to tennis rackets and the particles come in a wide variety of ‘flavors’ with different electrical properties. Researchers, experimenting with mice exposed to these different type of nanotubes, are finding that the technology has a lot of characteristics in common with Asbestos…including causing cancer.

Like Asbestos, some carbon nanotubes are thin and multi walled, and, as is the case for people exposed to asbestos, the cancer takes a while to manifest itself (30-40 years).


Here’s additional sources on this story if you’re interested in more: Washington PostInformationWeekCRNComputerworld

Apple Sued Over Mighty Mouse

Let me boil it down for you.

1. CBS owns the rights to the 1940 cartoon show ‘Mighty Mouse’.

2. Apple licenses that name ‘Mighty Mouse’ from CBS and affixes said name to their mouse and markets this pimple of a peripheral in 2005, see exhibit A:

Exhibit A: Apple’s Might Mouse
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3. Unbeknownst to Apple, another computer HW manufacturer (Man & Machine) produced its own industrial grade mouse called ‘Might Mouse’ and has been selling it since 2004, exhibit B.

Exhibit B: Man & Machine’s Mighty Mouse

4. Lawsuit ensues. Man & Machine claims infringement of trademark by Apple.

Question: Who is in the right and the wrong here? We’ll have to wait and see, if you’re interested in more, check the Reg. In this layman’s opinion if M&M is not already infringing on CBS’ trademark for the just the name itself, then clearly the big bad bully Apple must pay.

Wii Fit Day!

Wii Fit

Wednesday was the day the Wii Fit was made available in stores everywhere (at least in the Pacific Northwest). I asked the wife the other day if she would throw herself into the fray, the pack of wolves that would surely descend upon Circuit City’s and Best Buys everywhere to snap up these peripherals.

She did indeed show up 30 minutes before the Circuit City opened today, lined up early in front of the door and was #4 to purchase one (in all 20 people were waiting for the door to open).

I haven’t even put batteries in it yet and I’m feeling fitter already, man Nintendo is good!

So we’re clear, that’s not me above. 🙂

ISS Sighting Opportunities

If you’ve never seen the International Space Station flying 220 miles overhead, this is the week to do so. The station will be in almost constant sunlight from Wednesday through Friday, offering an incredible view to sky gazers across the country.

In order to find out when the station will be visible over your city, visit the NASA Sightings site.

Backstage Passes At Star Trek Las Vegas Convention 2008

ST Convention

Jeez Louise, bidding has begun on official backstage passes for all 5 days at the Star Trek convention this August in Vegas. Looks like the starting price is $1200, which may not be too bad when you consider getting an opportunity to rub elbows with Spock, Data and Captain Janeway. 🙂

Keeping up with fashionable sun glasses is very important. Not all sunglasses come up to the mark, only a few like fendi sunglasses, the revo sunglasses and the serengeti sunglasses are good enough.

However, I’ll pass on the pass, thank you.

Get Smart – Due Out 6/20/08

Get Smart was one of my favorite shows as a kid; it first appeared in 1965 and I started watching it in reruns in the early 70’s (I’m dating myself). It was the brainchild of comedic legend Mel Brooks, while the show revolved around Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) the bumbling secret agent, it was his faithful assistant Agent 99 played by Barbara Feldon that really made the show special for me. She was smart, attractive and always the ‘straight man’ to Don Adams’ goofy antics. She was the one that really saved the day, if they were cartoons he’d be Bart and she’d be Lisa.

Old School

New Hotness

Old Get Smart New Get Smart

The remake to Get Smart is released to theaters in about 4 weeks and from the trailers I think there’s a good chance it’ll do the original show justice. Though I’m completely sold already on Steve Carell as Smart, I’m not so sure about Anne Hathaway as Agent 99. We’ll just have to bide our time for the next month and see, but while you wait you can visit the official Get Smart site for some KAOS/Control fun.

The trailer poster is at the bottom, instead of providing the remake’s trailer on Geeknews we’ll go old school and reminisce about the original from 40 years ago by watching the intro sequence to the first season of Get Smart…it’s classic:

Plot to the remake of 2008:

Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is on a mission to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency Control is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief (Alan Arkin) has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson).

Smart is partnered instead with the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). Given little field experience and even less time, Smart—armed with nothing but a few spy-tech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm—must thwart the doomsday plans of KAOS head Siegfried (Terance Stamp).


Get Smart Movie Poster

Tech News Links – 5/18/08

 News for Geeks

Monkeys genetically modified to have Huntington’s [Reuters]
Scientists have created monkeys genetically modified to have Huntington’s disease in an effort to gain a deeper understanding of the fatal ailment and uncover clues to possible new treatments.

Style and Design Important for Bluetooth Headsets [PC Magazine]
New Bluetooth headsets, including the just-announced Aliph New Jawbone, are likely to appeal to Californians as the state prepares to adopt a hands-free driving law.

Wii Fit’s workouts are fun, if not entirely motivational [Seattle PI]
Anything that gets people up off their couches and moving probably is a good thing. And it seems Nintendo is hoping to do exactly that with its much-publicized Wii Fit — a new game for the Wii that insists we get off our keisters.

MySpace Suicide Case Leads To Tougher Laws [eFluxMedia]
After the troubling suicide commited by a Missouri teenager due to an Internet related incident, state lawmakers voted and gave final approval yesterday to a bill which will deal with cyber-harassment.

Orange to help Apple expand iPhones overseas [San Francisco Chronicle]
In the latest agreement to put the iPhone in the hands of international users, France’s Orange said Friday that it has signed a deal to offer the popular smart phone in parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Looking For Mars Polar Lander

mars lander

The University of Arizona is looking for a few good eyeballs and science geeks.

They have very high res photos of the targeted landing location for the ill fated Mars Polar Lander that disappeared in 1999 when it entered the Mars atmosphere. You may be the first person in years to see the lander since it left earth by helping to pour over some of their photos and possibly even solve one of NASA’s mysteries.

Probably our best chance of identifying the landing site is via the backshell and parachute. With the exception of Viking Lander 2, all of the successful landers‘ parachutes are bright objects in the HiRISE images. It is likely that the MPL parachutes would also be bright, if they deployed, due to their relatively short time on Mars.

Here’s a PDF that teaches you how to distinguish rocks from landers and heat shields or parachutes from dust devil tracks.

If interested, here’s the JPL report on the lost lander.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get cracking.

May 25 Will Be A Nail Biter For NASA

Phoenix is another Mars lander, it’s specifically targeting the northern polar region of the red planet to probe dirty ice for signs of life during its own 3 month life span.

Oh, and this landing will be a nail biter because it won’t be using the airbags. It’ll use rockets to slow itself down, right itself to the correct attitude and cross it’s robotic fingers it doesn’t land on a rock.

Here’s a cool NASA video describing the entry and landing at the planet: Phoenix Mars Lander: Entry Descent and Landing

X-Files: I Want to Believe Movie Trailer

It’s great to hear the old X-Files theme again. Here we have the first trailer for the latest X-Files movie that is due out on July 25th, just one week after Dark Knight is released (July 18th). The trailer itself isn’t that great, doesn’t whet your whistle but it’s enough to get me looking forward to renting the movie when it comes out next Winter 🙂

The X-Files: I Want to Believe is directed by X-Files creator Chris Carter.

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