Sunday, November 29, 2009

ANIMA: a novel about Second Life

Ben Tao is the avatar of a fired programmer who hacks Second Life. As the digital and real worlds merge in his mental interchange, he uncovers a secret that affects all of humanity.

anima (n.) Psychology. Jung's term for the feminine part of a man's personality.

ANIMA: a novel about Second Life
by Dalian Hansen

Friday, November 27, 2009

R&D Investment Scoreboard

The 2008 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard presents information on 2000 companies from around the world reporting major investments in R&D.

European (8.8%) companies outpace American (8.6%) counterparts in R&D investment growth for the first time. The world's biggest investor in R&D in 2008 is Microsoft, with €5.6 billion. the first EU company is Nokia, in 5th place, with an R&D investment of €5.3 billion.

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The pharmaceuticals & biotechnology sector reinforced its top position, accounting for more than 19 % of the R&D investments made by all Scoreboard companies together.

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Watch the best on page 2 of GM Crops: Click the numbered countries on the map and after on all question mark (?) to know about tolerance and resistance of GM crops.

This interactive feature, an accompaniment to Science special issue on plant genomes, explores how advances in plant genome research are contributing to our understanding of plant biology and evolution and translating into tangible benefits for society such as improved crop varieties.

What are some of the arguments against gene patenting?

WHAT ARE WE EATING? Consumers hungry-for more information about Genetically modified (GM) food.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Natural Selection


Darwin, C. R. 1859. On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. 1st edition.

Right click the mp3 links below and select Save for downloading free audio mp3 files of Darwin's works onto a computer or portable mp3 player.

In 21 mp3 files: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Google automatic translate

Google's free online language translation service instantly translates text, web pages or document on the fly.

Hello my friends, enter text, a webpage URL or upload a document (submit your file as a PDF, TXT, DOC, PPT, XLS or RTF)

If you're learning English, you can click the speaker icon to hear a spoken version of your translation. This feature is currently only available for short translations to English.

Google Translate is an automatic translator -- that is, it works without the intervention of human translators, using state-of-the-art technology instead. Most commercial machine-translation systems in use today have been developed using a rule-based approach, and require a lot of work to define vocabularies and grammars.

Google Translate system takes a different approach; feed the computer billions of words of text, both monolingual text in the target language, and aligned text consisting of examples of human translations between the languages. then apply statistical learning techniques to build a translation model.

Google Translate currently supports translation between any of 51 languages.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Virtual Waitress

My virtual bartender is at your service. All you have to do is to type in your commands into the white text box above, sit back and watch. Our virtual bartender does a lot more than just serve you beer.

Mind that the content, as far as I've seen, is decent and family safe.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Onion News Network

The Onion News Network is a daily web with satirical articles and videos.

Ford Unveils New Car For Cash-Strapped Buyers: The 1993 Taurus

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