Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs

Believe it or not, this is not a joke.

“Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark… They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through.”

“The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo… The researchers hope the pigs will boost the island’s stem cell research, as well as helping with the study of human disease.”

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Official “Windows Vista” hardware requirements

Straight from Microsoft… the myths have been dispelled.

– “Designed for Windows XP” 32-bit PC systems with Windows XP OS, or
– “Designed for Windows XP x64 Edition” 64-bit PC systems with Windows XP x64 Edition OS

– A modern processor
– 512MB of system memory or more, and
– A graphics processor that will support Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM)

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Hubble Telescope photographs 10,000 visible galaxies

“Galaxies, galaxies everywhere – as far as NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope can see. This view of nearly 10,000 galaxies is the deepest visible-light image of the cosmos. Called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, this galaxy-studded view represents a ‘deep’ core sample of the universe, cutting across billions of light-years.

“The snapshot includes galaxies of various ages, sizes, shapes, and colors. The smallest, reddest galaxies, about 100, may be among the most distant known, existing when the universe was just 800 million years old. The nearest galaxies – the larger, brighter, well-defined spirals and ellipticals – thrived about 1 billion years ago, when the cosmos was 13 billion years old.

“In vibrant contrast to the rich harvest of classic spiral and elliptical galaxies, there is a zoo of oddball galaxies littering the field. Some look like toothpicks; others like links on a bracelet. A few appear to be interacting. These oddball galaxies chronicle a period when the universe was younger and more chaotic. Order and structure were just beginning to emerge.”

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Video: Flickr CC-licensed pics set to hilarious music and lyrics

Video: Flickr CC-licensed pics set to hilarious music and lyricsCory Doctorow:
Jonathan Coulton made this amazing video in tribute the Flickr: it’s a stream of funny, oddly mismatched Creative Commons-licensed photos with soulful lyrics that describe them in earnest, deadpan irony. For anyone whose ever browser the Flickr Interesting Photos stream, this is weirdly familiar: the hilarious juxtaposition of all these disparate images from all over the world. Setting them to music makes them all make sense, somehow:

17.2MB Quicktime Link

(via Lessig)

“Download Squad Top 10 Web Moments of 2005”

“At Download Squad we’ve posted our Top 10 Web Moments of 2005, the year’s most interesting, momentous, outrageous, and hilarious events. Numa Numa Dance? Check. Sony rootkit? Check. Chronic–WHAT!–cles of Narnia? Check. Check it out.”

From the list…

10. Numa Numa Dance
– “What do you get when you combine a Romanian chart-topper, an American teenager, and a webcam? The Numa Numa Dance. New Jersey 19-year-old Gary Brolsma found Internet fame when he not only lip-synched, but did a slick choreographed routine—albeit without leaving his chair—to “Dragostea Din Tei,” a dance track by Romanian pop trio O-Zone… Though Brolsma ultimately shunned his fame, his performance is among the most-linked, forwarded, and immitated videos of the the year, even earning him a profile in the New York Times.”

Click here to see the Numa Numa Dance

8. “Wizards in Winter” synchronized Christmas lights – When Mason, Ohio’s Carson Williams set up a video camera to record his music-synchronized Christmas light display, I’m sure he knew it was cool… The video, which shows Williams’ 25,000-light display dancing in perfect sync with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s bombastic ‘Wizards in Winter,’ seems so perfect that some people believed it was a series of stop-motion capture rather than real-time. In fact, the setup took the electrical engineer nearly two months and $10,000 to accomplish…. Miller Brewing filmed his spectacle for a Miller Lite commercial (‘Enjoy the Lites’), and the police eventually asked him to shut it down,,.

Click here to see the “Wizards in Winter” display.

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How to make $1 million in 4 months

“If you have an envious streak, you probably shouldn’t read this.

“Because chances are, Alex Tew, a 21-year-old student from a small town in England, is cleverer than you. And he is proving it by earning a cool million dollars in four months on the Internet… He had the brainstorm for his million dollar home page, called, logically enough, www.milliondollarhomepage.com, while lying in bed thinking out how he would pay for university.

“The idea: turn his home page into a billboard made up of a million dots, and sell them for a dollar a dot to anyone who wants to put up their logo. A 10 by 10 dot square, roughly the size of a letter of type, costs $100… (S)oon advertisers for everything from dating sites to casinos to real estate agents to The Times of London were putting up real cash for pixels, with links to their own sites.

“So far they have bought up (977,500) pixels. Tew’s home page now looks like an online Times Square, festooned with a multi-colored confetti of ads. ‘All the money’s kind of sitting in a bank account,’ Tew told Reuters from his home in Wiltshire, southwest England. ‘I’ve treated myself to a car. I’ve only just passed my driving test so I’ve bought myself a little black mini.’

“‘I didn’t expect it to happen like that,’ Tew said. ‘To have the job offers and approaches from investors — the whole thing is kind of surreal. I’m still in a state of disbelief.'”

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Time says “Battlestar Galactica” is “Best Television of 2005”

“Most of you probably think this entry has got to be a joke. The rest of you have actually watched the show. Adapted from a cheesy ’70s Star Wars clone of the same name, Galactica (returning in January) is a ripping sci-fi allegory of the war on terror, complete with religious fundamentalists (here, genocidal robots called Cylons), sleeper cells, civil-liberties crackdowns and even a prisoner-torture scandal. The basic-cable budget sometimes shows in the production, but the writing and performances are first-class, especially Edward James Olmos as the noble but authoritarian commander in charge of saving the last remnants of humanity. Laugh if you want, but this story of enemies within is dead serious, and seriously good.”

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A home robot: a trundling, talking, half-pet, half-friend

“Wakamaru is advertised as part security guard, part secretary. But from the start he was intended to be a member of the family, not just a clever machine… He also has endearing manners, with sophisticated recognition software that enables him to remember up to 10 people whom he greets by name while giving a cheery wave…

“For those worried by rising crime Wakamaru can be a handy house-sitter. Should a stranger enter the house while you are out, he will immediately alert you by sending pictures and messages to your mobile phone… Wakamaru can be programmed to remind people it’s time to take their medicine and to alert you if someone has fallen over or is not responding.

“It may be the quirks that makes Wakamaru so fascinating. ‘One day I found him watching TV, which we never anticipated. Then sometimes he would start dancing. You never get bored because you never knew what he would do next,’ says Mr. Ishihara…

“Odd, unpredictable, loveable and sometimes infuriating, Wakamaru is the most human robot yet.”

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