Microsoft Corp. has taken the wraps off "Surface," a coffee-table shaped computer that responds to touch and to special bar codes attached to everyday objects.
A routine day cutting turf on the bog ended in a significant discovery for Louisburgh farmer Owen McNally last week, when he unearthed a perfectly intact 2,500-year-old Iron Age cauldron.
A movie fan got the shock of her life when she found herself watching a giant image of her boyfriend propose to her on a cinema screen.
A glittering bathtub made of pure gold worth nearly $1 million has been stolen from a resort hotel, an official said yesterday.
To make cookies chewable again after becoming stale, just add bread.
Place a slice of fresh bread in with your cookies a day or two after you've baked them, or whenever you find their texture has deteriorated. The moisture from the fresh bread will migrate to your cookies (through cookie osmosis, see diagram above), rendering them soft and chewable again.
Sometimes both heaven and Earth erupt. In Iceland in 1991, the volcano Hekla erupted at the same time that auroras were visible overhead. Hekla, one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, has erupted at least 20 times over the past millennium, sometimes causing great destruction. The last eruption occurred only six years ago but caused only minor damage. The green auroral band occurred fortuitously about 100 kilometers above the erupting lava.
In this photo made available by Legoland, a giant pirate ship mast made of Lego blocks stands outside of the theme-park on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 in Carlsbad, Calif. The structure was made over the Memorial Day weekend by park visitors with more than 465,000 bricks that measured 94.3 feet (28.7 meters) in height which broke a previous record set in Denmark in 2006.
Labels: Feats and Record
While millions of women are snapping up age-defying skin creams, the latest miracle cure for a sagging face has just arrived – nightingale poo.
An 89-year-old woman took a £2,000 ($3,968) taxi trip to Greece - because she can't stand waiting in airports.
The Seattle-based company, which employs seven lead builders, crafts 10 to 15 modern and sophisticated tree-top abodes each year, some outfitted with bathrooms, fireplaces, second stories, and suspension bridges.
Using mostly with reclaimed wood and recycled materials, from the flooring and doors to the paneling and windows, the company uses primarily recovered lumber and timber from old homes, as well as salvaged building products from Second Use Building Materials in Seattle.
"Our eco-friendly approach is to work with as many reclaimed materials as possible," said Jake Jacob, TreeHouse Workshop's co-founder. "It's not too difficult to make use of reclaimed or wonderful found materials that others don't want to use."
The ABC's prized virtual reality island in the online game Second Life has been devastated in an act of digital vandalism.
Today every living organism—every person, plant, animal and microbe—can trace its heritage back to that first cell. Earth's extended family is the only kind of life that we've observed, so far, in the universe.
This keyboard is a victim of suspected arson in a lumber mill a couple years ago. The keyboard itself was not on fire, and the underside of it is still in perfect shape...basically the heat of the fire above it melted all the plastic in interesting ways.
A couple has finally tied the knot - after 49 years, nine children, 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
PBS has compiled a list of the 7 highest peaks in the world. Here’s one on the Vinson Massif Mountain located in Antarctica:
Vinson dominates a landscape of stark purity, where nothing other than ice, snow, and barren rock stretch as far as the eye can see. Antarctica, with Vinson at its ceiling, is the coldest and driest desert on Earth, receiving less than two inches of precipitation per year. Most of the snow on the mountain arrived there on the wind, blown from other parts of the continent.
Location: Sentinel Range, Ellsworth Mountains
Elevation: 16,067 feet
A Dutch TV station says it will go ahead with a programme in which a terminally ill woman selects one of three patients to receive her kidneys.
A 71-year-old Japanese man has become the world's oldest person to climb Mount Everest, topping a feat set by a compatriot last year.
Labels: Feats and Record
Glyn Bowden, a 55-year-old British coach driver got so fed up with German tourists bagging every sunbed that he set fire to their towels.
It may sound potty but border collie Blue is right on cue when it comes to playing pool.
Miracle boy Gregg Warburton can deliver a killer karate kick and cutting blow on his opponents - despite having two artificial legs and a small, deformed hand.
A band of light was clearly marked between the ground and the sky at 5:38pm on Monday, May 28, 2007, in Ri Zhao City, China. The bright day suddenly turned into a dark night on Monday afternoon in downtown Ri Zhao. People were amazed by the spectacle which lasted for several minutes.
Cigarettes that stop burning within two minutes of being put down are to replace conventional brands in an attempt to reduce the number of casualties from fires started by smouldering butts.
Italian archeologists have found in Egypt what may be the world's oldest indoor bowling alley, Egyptian media said Monday.
An Indian zoologist said Monday he has found a new species of limbless lizard in a forested area in the country's east.
A British explorer and endurance swimmer is to attempt to swim in the freezing waters of the North Pole.
A scientific study of the teamwork of army ants has discovered how they are prepared to let their fellow ants walk all over them to get the job done. The technique provided the rest of the group, which can number 200,000, with a faster route between prey and nest.
Arthur Du Mosch has averted a cat-astrophe. The 49-year-old nature guide was fast asleep Monday, his family and pet cat dozing beside him, when a larger feline hopped in his bed for a latenight visit — a wild leopard, to be exact.
Baby transport has undergone something of a revolution in recent years with designers capitalising on the “yummy mummy” market to offer sportier versions of the pushchair. Now one company has taken the idea one step further with the trioBike, a carrierbike, pushchair and bicycle all in one.
The world's largest beverage maker on Friday kicked off the holiday weekend by creating a 10-ton ice cream float to break a world record the company set nearly a decade ago.
On Friday, the Kennedy Space Center will open the Shuttle Launch Experience, an amusement-ride-cum-astronaut-flight-simulator designed to mimic the 17,500-mph (26,249 km/h) liftoff of a NASA shuttle orbiter.
The pistol shrimp snaps a specialized claw shut to create a cavitation wave that generates noise in excess of 200 decibels and is capable of killing small fish. This sea creature blasts bubbles at over 60 mph (97 km/h) with a temperature comparable to that of the sun.
Sangaria started their line of fake alcoholic drinks for kids with Kodomo no nomimono (Children’s drink), and has been successful enough to offer it in bottles, cans, and even six-packs. They also expanded the product line to include children’s versions of wine, champagne, and cocktails. The beer, flavored like apple juice, even foams at the top when poured into a glass!
Believe it or not: Scientists have bred cows that produce skimmed milk and hope to establish herds of the cattle to meet the demands of health-conscious consumers.
“This is not my day job.” So begins Michel Barsoum as he recounts his foray into the mysteries of the Great Pyramids of Egypt. As a well respected researcher in the field of ceramics, Barsoum never expected his career to take him down a path of history, archaeology, and “political” science, with materials research mixed in.
A new health scare erupted over soft drinks last night amid evidence they may cause serious cell damage. Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA.
A young man returning home from a church mission in Mexico found his family's home completely wrapped in newspaper.
Turning science fiction into science fact, American doctors are preparing to chill volunteers into a state of suspended animation that could keep them asleep for months.
A five-tonne shark, 10 meters (32.8 feet) in length and 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) in width, is seen after being caught by fishermen on the outskirts of Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu province, May 23, 2007. The shark has been bought by a businessman at a price of 100,000 RMB ($13,066 ), local media reported.