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Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Faster More Stable Chrome

Google has taken the wraps off of a new version of their Chrome browser, fixing some 300 bugs and making the rendering of javascript intensive pages up to 30% faster. A few new features have been added such as the ability to remove thumbnails of your most visited sites and auto-fill for forms. Guess it's time to give Chrome another try...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Eagle Cam Watchers Witness Death Of Eaglet

Nature can be a wonder to observe and a wildlife foundation in British Columbia has attempted to educate and promote the conservation of wild habitats through the installation of a webcam focused on an eagle's nest high atop of a tree. Visitors to the site that hosts the webcam have watched as a female eagle produced 2 eggs which hatched into eaglets. Unfortunately on Monday thousands of viewers watched helplessly as one of the eaglets got caught in it's mothers feathers resulting in it's fatal fall to the ground.

Karen Bills of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation told the CBC that "Something black, we could see, got entwined around the eaglet's left wing [and] upper back," and that "At one point, she even flew up … and then flew back down into the nest with the baby still attached. Meanwhile, everybody is watching and crying and all upset, and then she tried shaking it loose again. … Finally, she got up and flew off and that is when we saw the little body drop."

Source: CBC
Hancock Wildlife Foundation

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

47-million-year-old Primate Fossil Displayed

Scientists put on display a 47-million-year-old fossilized primate on Tuesday calling it one of the oldest and most complete skeletons of an early primate found to date. Called Darwinius masillae, the primate estimated to be about 9 or 10 months of age, died at the margin of a volcanic lake in a rain forest about 20 kilometres south of modern-day Frankfurt, Germany, near the town of Messel. "We do not interpret Darwinius as anthropoid, but the adapoid primates it represents deserve more careful comparison with higher primates than they have received in the past," the scientists who are studying the fossil wrote in the scientific journal PLoS One. "She tells so many stories. We have just started the research on this fabulous specimen,"said researcher Jorn Hurum of the University of Oslo Natural History Museum.

Source: CBC

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"... Dating Service For Parking Spots"

Two entrepreneurs from Montreal have extended a university project into a business matching drivers up with parking spots and reserving these spots via the internet. "It's a new tool and people have largely been happy with the service, and they like the [website] idea in general." said Philippe Guevremont, who founded with his partner Dominic Chartrand. The website allows users to sign up and enter the particulars of where and when they need a parking spot. The software then finds a spot, reserves it and takes payment by credit card. I wonder what happens when you get to your spot and it's been taken?

Source: Globe and Mail

Monday, May 18, 2009

Hubble Repairs

NASA is pleased thus far with testing performed on the upgraded Hubble Telescope after 4 days of difficult space walks performed by shuttle astronauts. Check out this video from the Telegraph