Source: The Regus
Last week's piece on the rediscovery of the first smiley produced a predictably bumper response from our busy and serious-minded readership. For starters, Biran Culvey would like us to "correct an obvious error. Discussion of Star Trek was only a short diversion from the more serious and lengthy discussion of short, cute aliens holding power tools. Will you correct this or must we get ET and his chainsaw involved?"
In the name of homeland security, University of California scientists have developed tiny silicon "smart dust" flakes for detecting poison gases, along with ultra-tough carbon fibers that can blast-proof buildings.
Tiny "smart dust" particles can detect biological and chemical agents like anthrax or sarin dissolved in drinking water or floating in the air.
The wonders of the ancient world don't give up their secrets easily. But the most advanced modern technology is being put to use in Egypt to answer questions about the most advanced ancient engineering -- Egypt's Great Pyramid.
The National Geographic Society, using the same kind of robot used to search for survivors in the ruins of the World Trade Center, is trying to solve a mystery that lies deep in the bowels of the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza.
Have you ever tried to share your contact list with someone who uses a different data format, or tried to migrate your address book to another application? If so, you know it can be a headache. Import and export schemes, if they exist at all, are often too clunky and unsatisfactory to use even once, much less on a regular basis. Enter the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol.
Commuters in many cities are used to sharing space on the train or subway with bicycles. But there still are stares from onlookers making room for Segways, the much-hyped "human transporter" developed by inventor Dean Kamen and unveiled in December 2001.
While it will still be a year to 18 months before consumers can purchase the Segway, those marketing the commercial version say they're pleased with what they're hearing from companies and industries doing pilot testing.