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The New Microphone?

There have been major advances in sound storage (mp3, m4a, etc.) and sound reproduction over the last decade, but sound recording has been relatively stagnant. A new microphone technology based on lasers and smoke could shake things up, offering higher quality recordings--once the technology is refined. It's a little rough right now...

by Christopher Heiser on September 27 16:49

Paging Dr. Strangelove

What do you know, the Russian do have a doomsday device. And it's still running. Isn't that exciting? Let's hope the code reviews were thorough.

Also: why is it when conspiracy theories are proved right (e.g., Watergate, ECHELON, domestic spying, etc.) there isn't some kind of ceremony where those who gleefully mocked these ideas are publicly shamed?

by Christopher Heiser on September 27 16:44

Progress in Crashing

To celebrate 50 years of crash testing, the Independent Institute for Highway Safety performed an offset crash between a 1959 Chevy Bel Air and a new 2009 Chevy Malibu. They weigh about the same, but you can see from the video that the Bel Air sustains massive damage compared to the Malibu. A lot of people consider vintage cars like the Malibu to be "tanks" that are impervious to damage, but modern engineering has clearly changed the equation:

by Christopher Heiser on September 27 16:34

Red Bull Almost As Bad As Red Bull Vodka For Driving

Turns out that caffeine can impair you driving in a similar manner as alcohol.

by Christopher Heiser on September 27 16:26

PSA

Courtesy of Victor:

by Christopher Heiser on September 27 16:24
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