Read the full report at MSNBC: "Fish swim in space for motion sickness study"
As I type this post, I can hardly see my desk because of the mess of cables. My headphone wires are strewn between my speakers and keyboard, a couple of USB cables are on my left connected to the computer, and more often than not, I'm charging some mobile phone or handheld using the power strip behind my monitor.
Those who find such an arrangement an eyesore (like the colleague who sits beside me) will like the SpaceStation from BlueLounge. This desk organizer for laptop users cleverly hides cables and has an integrated four-port USB hub. Its raised feet … Read more
Wired asked readers to submit their own photographs of last night's lunar eclipse, and they did--from as far away as Santiago, Chile and Waterloo, Ontario. The variety is astonishing, ranging from a haunting red wash to crisply outlined silver craters. The report also includes a lyrical literary clip, which shouldn't be missed.
Read the full report and see the moon's many faces on Wired: "Total Eclipse of the Moon: Your Photos"
Enter your passwords into the brand new Windows application to manage your Facebook and MySpace accounts from the single, nonskinnable interface. Friends are represented by thumbnail images in two columns by default, but a slider enlarges them to fit single file or reduces them to three or four abreast.
There's some nice functionality here--you can retrieve and submit comments and messages, manage friend requests, view buddies' buddies, and flip through photos in a separate slide show pane. You can add contacts too, if you encounter … Read more
Are our friends across the pond getting tired of social-networking sites?
New figures from Nielsen Online, cited by the Guardian in an article Thursday, suggest that they just might be.
Facebook, according to the numbers, experienced a 5 percent drop in U.K. traffic between December and January--as did MySpace.com. Bebo, a smaller presence in the U.S. but wildly popular in the U.K., saw its unique users drop 2 percent in the same period.
If anything, this could mean that after rapid expansion, social networks have reached a saturation point. "It was inevitable that early growth … Read more
MySpace Music is the name News Corp. executives are tentatively using for a proposed music service that they are pitching to record executives, two sources told CNET News.com.
The news that News Corp., MySpace's parent company, has approached the four top music labels was first reported over the weekend by the blog PaidContent. Here are a few new details on what News Corp. is running past the music companies.
News Corp. has tested the record industry's interest in a site that would offer music in several different ways, including ad-supported downloads and streaming to PCs, according to … Read more
Sources told CNN that the U.S. Navy was preparing to launch a missile Thursday from an Aegis cruiser to destroy a failed U.S. spy satellite before it has a chance to reenter the Earth's atmosphere. The 5,000 pound satellite that shut down almost immediately after its launch in December 2006 is filled with rocket fuel that could disperse deadly fumes over the size of about two football fields. Plus, U.S. intelligence could be compromised if the satellite was found by another nation.
Read the full CNN story: "Sources: Navy to shoot down failed satellite Thursday"… Read more
You really have to hand it to the United States. After putting up a remarkable ruckus in November when a Chinese rocket annihilated an old satellite and spread undetermined amounts of debris orbiting Earth, the United States government has decided to do the same to a malfunctioning spy satellite that could rain sizable and toxic debris somewhere on the planet if not destroyed. And China's government urges caution.
The situation is hard to grasp. According to the International Herald Tribune, China and Russia have recently called for a ban on all space weapons, which the United States has opposed. … Read more
Beware, SpiralFrog and Imeem. A powerful new player is eyeing your ad-supported music turf.
MySpace.com is in talks with the four major record labels about starting a free-to-consumer music service, a source with knowledge of the talks told CNET News.com on Monday night. So far MySpace and the labels are just talking, the source said, but PaidContent, the blog that broke the news, reported that the music companies are being offered an equity stake in the News Corp.-backed start-up.
A MySpace spokeswoman declined to comment Monday evening.
There are conflicting reports about whether the new music service … Read more
Which missile is the U.S. planning to use to shoot down that ailing satellite, and how does it work? There's an interesting, technically thorough statement available from the Center for Defense Information. They've posted all manner of details about guidance systems, maneuverability, motors, and explosive mechanisms over on Wired: "Inside America's satellite-killing missile"