Thursday, September 15, 2011



BBC News - Dinosaur feather evolution trapped in Canadian amber

Samples of amber in western Canada containing feathers from dinosaurs and birds have yielded the most complete story of feather evolutionever seen. Eleven fragments show the progression from hair-like "filaments" to doubly-branched feathers of modern birds.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 to charge for mobile radio

So, they build a radio station based on my taste and then charge me $3 a month to listen on my phone?  I think not. Moves to Paid Content Model, Largely Abandons Free Mobile Service | Fast Company

Starting next Tuesday, February 15th,'s "radio service" in its mobile apps, and some home entertainment devices will "become an ad-free, subscriber-only feature" according to an official blog posting. It'll remain free-to-access on its website in the U.S., U.K., and Germany and for U.S. and U.K. Xbox and "Windows Mobile 7 phones" and through its desktop app.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Bring Back the Mammoth

The new procedure allowed for successful cloning of a frozen mouse ... so there is a way to go.

Mammoth could be brought back to life |

Akira Iritani, a professor at Kyoto University, said the same technique could be used to resurrect the woolly mammoth, which died out about 5000 years ago.

"Now the technical problems have been overcome, all we need is a good sample of soft tissue from a frozen mammoth," he said.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Oldest Wine Pess Discovered

Analysis indicates they were making a dry red.   

Archeologists toast world's oldest wine press • The Register

Carbon dating on one desiccated grape vine showed it had grown around 4,000 BC, meaning the press was "1,000 years older than any other wine-making facility discovered".

Music Price Fixing Allegations to be Probed

US Supreme Court declines to intervene, allowing a civil suit to proceed against Big Music.

Alleged music price-fixing will be probed- The Inquirer

These included the 'big four' music labels - Sony, Warner Music, EMI, and a unit of Vivendi SA, the company behind Universal Music Group. They were accused of making an agreement with each other to make sure that prices wouldn't be any lower than 70 cents a tune, even though some of their rivals were selling tracks for much less.