This time-lapse video of the Panama Canal [Google Video] compresses one week into 11 minutes. Pretty cool, albeit a bit monotonous after a while…
This person’s Pac-Man Tattoo is slightly NSFW… 😉
New Scientist reports that a “living camera” has been developed from bacteria:
A dense bed of light-sensitive bacteria has been developed as a unique kind of photographic film. Although it takes 4 hours to take a picture and only works in red light, it also delivers extremely high resolution.
The “living camera” uses light to switch on genes in a genetically modified bacterium that then cause an image-recording chemical to darken. The bacteria are tiny, allowing the sensor to deliver a resolution of 100 megapixels per square inch.
To make their novel biosensor, Chris Voigt’s team at the University of California in San Francisco, US, chose E. Coli, the food-poisoning gut bacterium. One of the reasons for that choice is that E. Coli does not normally use light – photosynthesising bacteria could have used light to prompt other, unwanted, biological processes.
The researchers used genetic engineering techniques to shuttle genes from photosynthesising blue-green algae into the cell membrane of the E. Coli. One gene codes for a protein that reacts to red light. Once activated, that protein acts to shut down the action of a second gene. This switch-off turns an added indicator solution black.
As a result, a monochrome image could be permanently “printed” on a dense bed of the modified E. Coli.
In response to the threat of a lawsuit by Kazakhstan (previous post here), Borat (AKA Sasha Baron Cohen) has appeared in this hilarious video. 🙂
Something Awful “Forums user kalocin started up a thread a little while ago asking people for songs that he would then cover using a synthesizer based on the classic nintendo entertainment system’s psg audio system.” The result is 16 retro synthesizer covers available as downloadable MP3s:
- REM – Losing My Religion
- Europe – Final Countdown
- Radiohead – Karma Police
- Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
- Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
- Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
- Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
- Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
- Slayer – Angel of Death
- David Pomeranz – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now
- Coldplay – Yellow
- Rick James – Superfreak
- Semisonic – Closing Time
- Hidden NESmix Intro
- Zero Wing (Opening Theme) (4×4 Remix)
- Tetris (Music A) (Piano Practice)
Definitely worth the download… 🙂
In its latest software update (7.2.1, which I have not yet received), TiVo is finally adding Overlap Protection, which will allow you to combat the networks’ extremely annoying practice of making shows run a couple of minutes longer. In the event of a conflict, TiVo used to just refuse to record the next show, but now you will be able to set Overlap Protection options to clip the lower priority program. It’s about damn time…