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Friday Evening (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-December-2007  20:23:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a pile of interesting oddities from Mindy:

A team of Italian scientists think they've found the crater from the 1908 Tunguska event. On June 30, 1908, a ball of fire exploded about 6 miles (10 kilometers) above the ground in the sparsely populated region, scientists say. The blast released 15 megatons of energy—about a thousand times that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima—and flattened 770 square miles (2,000 square kilometers) of forest.

Engadget report on a kit to let the cops move a PC without shutting it down first. The investigator simply plugs the HotPlug into the computer's powerstrip, and then unplugs the strip and plugs it into the UPS -- and takes the whole system away. Video here.

Here's some cool wet lamps. Dip the silver rod deeper into the water to brighten the bulb; less submerged silver means less light. It's a wonderful contradiction in reason, and a beautiful lamp.

Wikipedia are no longer being charged for displaying Nazi logos on pages about Nazis. "Filing charges is obviously the wrong path to go down in this dispute so I am today withdrawing them after intensive discussions with Wikimedia," Schubert said in a statement on the Left party's web site.

There's a cool animation from 24h of U.S. air traffic on npr.org. Designer Aaron Koblin composited a day's worth of FAA data to make some pretty fascinating (and deeply beautiful) animations.

The UK is rolling out broadband via sewer ducts. It cost Napier University in the order of £80,000 to have a 1.2km fibre network. With a traditional fibre network these costs would have been in the region of £400,000 to £1.2m, said Mr Thomas.

Here's one reason why it's a bad idea to chew your hair. According to NEJM, the young woman in this case had her hairball removed successfully. One year later, we're told, "She has regained approximately 9 kg of body weight and reports that she has stopped eating her hair." Which is nice.



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