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Giant bizarre deep sea fish filmed in Gulf of Mexico Extraordinary footage of a rarely seen giant deep sea fish has been captured by scientists. Using a remotely operated vehicle, they caught a rare glimpse of the huge oarfish, perhaps the first sighting of the fish in its natural setting

Confusion about fluorescent lighting From homeowners who put up with bulbs that hum and flicker because their electricity bills have gone down, to self-professed environmentalists who won t use CFLs because of disposal problems, one thing is clear: Making the right choice about energy-efficient lighting requires a refined understanding of the choices

In time for Valentine s Day: 10 Ways to a Geeky Girl’s Heart If you’re a geeky guy looking to romance a geeky girl, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been with her forever or if she’s a new interest; realize that conventional romantic overtures won’t always work. Flowers can be construed as boring, since they’ll just …. Chocolates are tasty, but tend to add to our figures. Cards are nice, but unless you’ve written in a fair amount of your own content, they seem like a cop out. For geeky girls, think outside the box.

Do something that will pique our interest, engage our minds. Here is a starter list of things to win (or keep) our hearts. Girls, add more ideas in the comments. Guys, list some things that have worked for you!

Startup to launch after Secret London Facebook group amasses 180,000 today, two weeks after launching, the Secret London Facebook group has 182,010 members and counting and is poised to propel it’s 21 year old creator into her first startup

Excessive Internet use is linked to depression People who spend a lot of time browsing the net are more likely to show depressive symptoms, according to the first large-scale study of its kind in the West by University of Leeds psychologists

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G-Wiz! the Electric Car That Started a Revolution In early 2004, a tiny new car appeared on the streets of London. It confused, surprised and confounded everyone who saw it. It was more compact than a Smart ForTwo, it had cheeky, quirky styling that demanded attention, it could turn around in the width of a narrow street, it squeezed into the tiniest parking space, and it traveled in silence

Genes reveal biological ageing Gene variants that might show how fast people s bodies are actually ageing have been pinpointed by scientists. Researchers from the University of Leicester and Kings College London say the finding could help spot people at higher risk of age-related illnesses

Is America Rooting for a Twitter Downfall? Some Evidence. As a result, reporters are treating Twitter like any other celebrity: when the good news stops selling, pray for a downfall. If Britney Spears has taught us anything, it’s that celebrity downfalls are a media goldmine. When you consider Twitter’s meteoric rise as one of the biggest stories of 2009, it’s no surprise that reporters would salivate over any contradictory news about the company in 2010

What Rotting Fish Reveal About The Fossil Record Anyone with a functioning nose probably wants to stay away from rotting fish, but a team of British researchers braved the stench — and turned something gross into scientific gold. According to a study just published in the journal Nature, fish — and other living creatures — don t decompose in a random order. It s the newly evolved parts that go first

Boat Concept Produces More Energy than it Uses Last year, we told you about Vincent Callebaut s amazing 128-floor vertical farm concept to green the New York City skyline. Now, he s moved his eco-friendly designs to the waterways with the Physalia a floating garden transport vessel that not only produces enough energy to sustain itself, but generates a bit to spare. In addition to being carbon-neutral, the boat is also be capable of purifying its own water and growing its own vegetables, all while educating its passengers on sustainability

High-tech once upon a time Yesterday s gadgets look primitive and yet look very familiar

My own private hydrogen power station? The Hydrofill uses electricity from the outlet (as well as solar panels if you re particularly green), and produces hydrogen that can then be stored in refillable cartridges. The system can pump out 2.5 watts of power

Migrating Insects Fly in the Fast Lane A study published in Science, by researchers at Rothamsted Research (an institute of the BBSRC), the Met Office, the Natural Resources Institute, and the Universities of Exeter, Greenwich and York, sheds new light on the flight behaviours that enable insects to undertake long-distance migrations, and highlights the remarkable abilities of these insect migrants

America Is Not Yet Lost We’ve always known that America’s reign as the world’s greatest nation would eventually end. But most of us imagined that our downfall, when it came, would be something grand and tragic. What we’re getting instead is less a tragedy than a deadly farce.

Instead of fraying under the strain of imperial overstretch, we’re … by procedure. Instead of re-enacting the decline and fall of Rome, we’re re-enacting the dissolution of 18th-century Poland

What Came Before the Big Bang? Leading Physicists Present a Radical Theory In their view of the universe the complexities of an inflating universe after a Big Bang are replaced by a universe that was already large. flat, and uniform with dark energy as the effect of the other universe constantly leaking gravity into our own and driving its acceleration. According to this theory, the Big Bang was not the beginning of time but the bridge to a past filled with endlessly repeating cycles of evolution, each accompanied by the creation of new matter and the formation of new galaxies, stars, and planets

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An end to frivolous patents may finally be in sight DO PATENTS help or hinder innovation? Instinctively, they would seem a blessing, especially for backroom tinkerers. Patenting an idea gives its inventor a 20-year monopoly to exploit the fruit of his labour in the marketplace, in exchange for publishing a full account of how the new product, process or material works for all and sundry to see.

For the inventor, that may be a reasonable trade-off. For society, however, the loss of competition through the granting sole rights to an individual or organisation is justified only if it stimulates the economy and delivers goods that change people’s lives for the better

Another moon may be home to life Space scientists have found clues that a fresh place in the solar system may be home to life. They analysed ice volcanoes on a moon of Saturn called Enceladus and discovered powerful new evidence for liquid water beneath its surface

Tale of a Would-Be Spy, Buried Treasure, and Uncrackable Code When officials searched the aspiring spy, they found a paper tucked under the insole of his right shoe. On it were written the addresses of several Iraqi and Chinese embassies in Europe. In a trouser pocket they discovered a spiral pad in which Regan, who had been trained in cryptanalysis by the Air Force, had written 13 seemingly unconnected words — like tricycle, rocket, and glove.

Another 26 words were written on an index card. In his wallet was a paper with a string of several dozen letters and numbers beginning “5-6-N-V-O-A- I …” And in a folder Regan had been carrying, they found four pages filled with three-digit numbers, or trinomes: 952, 832, 041, and so on. The spiral pad, the index card, the wallet note, and the sheets of trinomes: The FBI suddenly had four puzzles to solve

Google s Next Venture: Universal Translator Google wants to pioneer the first smartphone technology to translate foreign languages almost instantly, the search giant told British daily The Times. The technology will be able to convert spoken words into a different language in real time, and could be ready within a few years

Google analyst: U.S. Internet needs to get faster Slater did offer insights about increasing today s sluggish Internet speeds and why a unified Web can change peoples lives

Smaller, Distributed Solar Projects are Gaining Momentum While the BLM is facing a virtual clog of large, desert-based solar project proposals, smaller, distributed solar projects are popping up at an impressive rate. In just the past few weeks, 1,300 MW worth of these projects have been announced or approved, which could equal about the same energy output of a big nuclear power plant

We might err, but science is self-correcting If claims about climate change need to be debunked, you can rely on scientists to do it. Scepticism is what we are all about

The role of computers in planning chess strategy In the chess world of the 1990s, humans and computers were rivals. IBM’s Deep Blue, a supercomputer designed specifically to play chess, defeated reigning world champion Garry Kasparov. (Check out Geek Trivia: Deeper than deep.) Today, men and machines work together. There is a form of chess called advanced chess or cyborg chess, introduced by Kasporov, in which a human and a computer play as a team. A variation, called freestyle chess, allows consultation teams.


Electronic assistance isn’t allowed during a conventional match, but that doesn’t mean chess champs can’t use digital devices when assessing the opponents they may encounter in a tournament and when plotting their strategies. Many chess players at the international tournament level now utilize the processing power of today’s powerful — but much less costly — computers to help them prepare for matches

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