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Old 2nd Jan 2005, 14:20   #41
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Breathtaking - and often very informative - pictures of our universe...

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/
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Old 2nd Jan 2005, 14:51   #42
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Fabulous, NottyImp. Thank you very much.
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This is an interesting one. Two chaps, Robert Scoble (some sort of Microsoft bigwig) and a chap called Shel Israel are writing a book about, of all things, the use of blogs as a publicity tool for business.

Fascinating.

But they are doing the whole thing on a blog themselves. All of it. They talk about content, planning and stuff, and respond to comments from readers, sometimes even abandoning a title on the project because commenters didn't like it.

The blog is called The Red Couch and the link is here.
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Carl Zimmer's BLOG is an excellent popularisation of modern biology. His latest entry might be of particular interest to computer techies:

http://www.carlzimmer.com/articles/2...005_Avida.html
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The ultimate goal of the instructions in DNA is to make new organisms that contain the same genetic instructions. “You could consider a living organism as nothing more than an information channel, where it's transmitting its genome to its offspring,” says Charles Ofria, director of the Digital Evolution Laboratory. “And the information stored in the channel is how to build a new channel.” So a computer program that contains instructions for making new copies of itself has taken a significant step toward life.
Right. And a computer scientist has taken a significant step toward becoming god. Woe, woe, the end is nigh.
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The first British sacking for a blogger, and they worked for Waterstones!

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Well, thank goodness we don't have any Waterstone's bloggers here, eh kumquat?
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Looks like Evil Boss took a lot of offence.
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With Keyhole, you can fly like a superhero from your computer at home to a street corner somewhere else in the world - or find a local hospital, map a road trip or measure the distance between two points," said Jonathan Rosenberg, vice president, Product Management. "This acquisition gives Google users a powerful new search tool, enabling users to view 3D images of any place on earth as well as tap a rich database of roads, businesses and many other points of interest. Keyhole is a valuable addition to Google's efforts to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."

With an Internet connection, users enter an address or other location information and Keyhole's software accesses the database and takes them to a digital image of that location on their computer screen. The interactive software then gives users many options, including the ability to zoom in from space-level to street-level, tilt and rotate the view or search for other information such as hotels, parks, ATMs or subways. Unlike traditional mapping technologies, Keyhole creates a dynamic 3D interface for geographic information.
They have a one-week free trial. It's fun. Find it in 'Google Tools'.
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