1. Dense fog settling in

    jake on 2003.08.08
    at 07:45 pm

    Two fog stories, completely unrelated, that are pretty cool.

    The first one is about a camera technology that removes fog from film. Dubbed Dmist, the technology "can be plugged straight into a normal video camera."

    The device works by taking out the light scattered by water particles so the picture can be recovered in colour, as if it were being shot on a clear day.

    Professor Nigel Allinson, from UMIST, said it had potential for airports - where fog can shut down operations, costing thousands of pounds in delays.

    The second reminds me of one of the shows in DisneyLand/World where they project images onto a mist of water. In this case a thin film of "dry" fog is projected onto.

    The basic components of the screen are a laminar, non-turbulent airflow, and a thin fog screen (or any particles) injected into and inside a laminar flow. Created this way, the fog screen is an internal part of the laminar airflow, and remains thin, crisp, and protected from turbulence. When the screen is formed, images can be either rear- or front-projected onto it. The screen can be translucent (as in the images below) or fully opaque. Our current fog screen prototype already proves the operating principle with excellent results. The quality, size, and other features of the screen will be enhanced in the coming weeks.

    The Walk-thru Fog Screen

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  2. Biostar has released a SFF PC

    jake on 2003.08.08
    at 07:22 pm

    I'm surprised this flew under my radar considering all the tech sites I go to regularly, not to mention Anandtech and Blues News didn't have any coverage that I remember. Biostar released a SFF PC line recently that leaps to the front of the pack with Shuttle. There are four configurations, two based on AMD processors, and two based on Intel processors.

    The one I'm most interested in is based on the Nforce2 chipset. It not only comes with basically everything my Shuttle has, it also provides a roomier case design, and SATA. Beautiful! This machine just jumped to the head of the pack for me, especially beause it's close in price to the Shuttle.


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  3. Fuzzy Science?

    jake on 2003.08.08
    at 06:34 pm

    According to a report by the minority staff of the House Committee on Government Reform is accusing the Bush Administration of fudging scientific studies to push their agenda. While I'm sure the report (Democratic) is a biased document they do make some good points.

    On agricultural pollution, the Agriculture Department has issued tight controls on government scientists seeking to publish information that could have an adverse impact on industry, the report said. It cited the case of a microbiologist, James Zahn, who was denied permission to publish findings on the dangers of antibiotic-resistant bacteria near hog farms in the Midwest.

    The web site that is related has a list of the major points.

    The New York Times (free registration required)

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  4. Tobacco firm courting celebrities toward brand

    jake on 2003.08.08
    at 06:17 pm

    Freedom Tobacco is making an attempt to push its new cigarettes with adult celebrities. If you are to believe the study(1) recently concluded, this is a side step to advertising to a young audience.

    I can see where activists have a problem with this. If the study's results are accurate then teens watching celebrities smoke onscreen will emulate them. And what are you most likely to smoke if you learn from a celebrity. Whatever they're having.

    Posted in: Movies · Politics · Television

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  5. Giant Panda = Bizarro-Bunny

    jake on 2003.08.08
    at 06:07 pm

    After many years of being unsuccessful two giant pandas have gotten pregnant. A new male was brought in after the first proved unsuccessful. Bai Yun is actually pregnant with twins. Zoo officials are not positive when she will give birth. They also stated that they're not sure who the father is because after Gao Gao and Bai Yun mated a couple of times, they tried to artificially inseminate with Shi Shi's sperm. Looks like the topic for a future talk show.

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