The Internet's Gone Ap(pl)e
I keep getting whiffs of Apple's tablet computer. See what's cooking after the jump.
Wired has the most recent report. It sounds like Apple is leaking it some info. There is a small list of links at the bottom of the article.
Tech Crunch heard from macrumors.com that Apple bought the domain iSlate.com in 2007.
A British paper reports that electronic books sales, i.e. the Kindle, outsold paper book sales on Christmas Day.
This Tech Crunch article which was syndicated in the Washington Post explains that all the hard work behind iSlate was completed with iPhone. So look for a lot of similarities.
Electronic books, the kind Kindle supports, are already available on iPhone, but a bit strenuous to read on the small screen. iSlate...
Here's the science of black holes, from supermassive monsters to ones the size of ping-pong balls.
- There's more than one way to make a black hole, says NASA's Michelle Thaller. They're not always formed from dead stars. For example, there are teeny tiny black holes all around us, the result of high-energy cosmic rays slamming into our atmosphere with enough force to cram matter together so densely that no light can escape.
- CERN is trying to create artificial black holes right now, but don't worry, it's not dangerous. Scientists there are attempting to smash two particles together with such intensity that it creates a black hole that would live for just a millionth of a second.
- Thaller uses a brilliant analogy involving a rubber sheet, a marble, and an elephant to explain why different black holes have varying densities. Watch and learn!
- Bonus fact: If the Earth became a black hole, it would be crushed to the size of a ping-pong ball.
Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
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