This vintage gold LEGO brick would really be the crown jewel in any LEGO fan's collection. Not only is it 25.65g of 14-karat gold, but it also has a story behind it, and for any LEGO lover that equals "want."
The addictive little game Angry Birds has over one billion users so we're all familiar with the movements required to control the birds on their revenge quest to decimate the green pigs and any of their fortifications. When you think of the mission, you think of complex gameplay to reach your goal and you get pretty darn excited when you achieve a new level.
It's a subject we can't stop exploring — just how are we going to find alien life forms? Will we receive radio transmissions? Could we stumble upon them as we start asteroid-mining and deep space exploration? Or — could it be their use of hairspray, deodorants and other aerosols that could finally give them away?
As the Los Angeles Auto Show gets ready to open its doors next week they've given the public an advance look at their annual design challenge. This year's theme, chosen by the Design Los Angeles Board of Directors, tackles what kind of vehicle we might be seeing in our rear view mirrors in the future — namely the cop car.
Had I been cruising the Internet job sites a little more over the holidays I might have come across a listing that definitely would have intrigued me. I fulfilled at least a few of the criteria:
The amount of data we're talking about is big. A team of high-energy physicists led by those at the California Institute of Technology reached a transfer rate of 339 gigabits per second (Gbps). That is the equivalent of moving four million gigabytes or one million full-length movies per day.
A mystery has unfolded in the South Pacific recently. An island shown on a Google Earth map of the area was nowhere to be found when scientists went looking for it as part of a geological study of the area.
We're big believers in the good of gaming. Gamers have demonstrated that collective reasoning enables them to crack the code of an Aids-like virus, and display incredible hand-eye coordination. Now, scientists gave game-playing students virtual surgery tools and measured their skills against resident doctors.
We all probably do it at least once or twice a day — Googling something. As we get near instant results we probably aren't giving too much thought as to what powers the all-knowing search engine. For the first time, Google has opened the doors to their various data centers so we can take a peek inside. It's all part of their new website 'Where the Internet Lives,' a project showing the people and colorful guts behind its services.
NASA has a huge arsenal of equipment set up to monitor the Earth's atmosphere. Satellites, balloons bearing instruments and ground devices all take up to 30 million observations every day. That alone provides interesting and important data but they are just pieces of the puzzle; a complete picture of all the activity in the Earth's atmosphere is only visible after the various data is layered together through climate modeling.