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Thursday, July 12, 2007

HP develops color matching technology

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hewlett-Packard Co. has long helped people pick computers and printers. Now the company wants to help consumers pick the right makeup.
The computer maker has developed a technology that helps match colors that complement each other. It is targeted -- at least initially -- for use in the sale of cosmetics.
H-P's technology relies on snapping a picture of a person's face next to a specially designed color chart, typically using a cellphone camera as a customer is visiting a cosmetics counter. That picture is then sent electronically to special servers operated by the Palo Alto, Calif., company.
There the color of the person's skin is adjusted for variations caused by lighting and camera differences to a standard color chart, and then compared to a database of skin tones. In seconds, H-P says, the system responds with a text message suggesting what shade of make-up would look best on them based on their skin tone.

Pics from Sox private jet to all star game

This is the way to do it. Papelbon and Lowell with the Bud and Manny and Okajima with the crystal.

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Arnold's First Flick

Blass at camp

Bernardo's Father Figure

Trailer for Zardoz (1974)

Chihuahua has heart-shaped pattern on coat

A male long-coated chihuahua named "Heart-kun" with a heart-shaped pattern on his coat sits at Pucchin Dog's shop in Odate, northern Japan July 10, 2007. The one-and-a-half-month-old chihuahua was born on May 18, 2007 as one of a litter. The shop owner Emiko Sakurada said that this is the first time a puppy with these marks has been born out of a 1,000 that she has bred. She also said that she has no plans to sell the puppy. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN). EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO SALES. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS.

Hello Minority Report

Never be late again: Street-legal Dallara Indy Car

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Blood Simple -A new machine that makes any blood type universal could lessen the risk of fatal transfusion mix-ups

Google Earth Reveals Secret Chinese Submarine

Forget the cloak and dagger. You want to be at the forefront of the spy game? Just load up Google Earth. A couple of days ago, the Federation of American Scientists posted images and an interesting analysis of a new kind of Chinese nuclear-propelled ballistic missile submarine, the picture of which cropped up in late 2006 on Google Earth. Check out the pictures and proposed layout of the so-called Jin-Class sub, and revel in the irony: people used to get thrown in jail for looking at this kind of data without a security clearance. Progress, indeed. —Martha Harbison

New Nano Weapon against Cancer

Gold nanoparticles with branching polymers could attack tumors in multiple ways

A new class of specially engineered nanoparticles that can target, image, and kill tumor cells could be a potent weapon against cancer. The new nanoengineered system, designed by physician and researcher James Baker and his colleagues at the University of Michigan, contains gold nanoparticles with branching polymers called dendrimers that sprout off the nanoparticle's surface.
The particles could be used to launch a multiprong attack against tumors. The dendrimer arms can carry a number of different molecules, including molecules that target cancer cells, fluorescent imaging agents, and drugs that slow down or kill the cells. Once enough of the nanoparticles have gathered inside cancer cells, researchers could kill the tumors by using lasers or infrared light to heat up the gold nestled inside the dendrimers. The nanoparticles could thus kill tumors "by combining chemical therapy and physical therapy," says University of Michigan researcher Xiangyang Shi, who was involved in the work.

The Evolutionary Brain Glitch That Makes Terrorism Fail

Correspondent Inference Theory

Like most cognitive biases, correspondent inference theory makes evolutionary sense. In a world of simple actions and base motivations, it's a good rule of thumb that allows a creature to rapidly infer the motivations of another creature. (He's attacking me because he wants to kill me.) Even in sentient and social creatures like humans, it makes a lot of sense most of the time. If you see someone violently hitting someone else, it's reasonable to assume that he's a violent person. Cognitive biases aren’t bad; they’re sensible rules of thumb.
But like all cognitive biases, correspondent inference theory fails sometimes. And one place it fails pretty spectacularly is in our response to terrorism. Because terrorism often results in the horrific deaths of innocents, we mistakenly infer that the horrific deaths of innocents is the primary motivation of the terrorist, and not the means to a different end.
I found this interesting analysis in a paper by Max Abrams in International Security. "Why Terrorism Does Not Work" (.PDF) analyzes the political motivations of 28 terrorist groups: the complete list of "foreign terrorist organizations" designated by the U.S. Department of State since 2001. He lists 42 policy objectives of those groups, and found that they only achieved them 7 percent of the time.
According to the data, terrorism is more likely to work if 1) the terrorists attack military targets more often than civilian ones, and 2) if they have minimalist goals like evicting a foreign power from their country or winning control of a piece of territory, rather than maximalist objectives like establishing a new political system in the country or annihilating another nation. But even so, terrorism is a pretty ineffective means of influencing policy.

Fractures in a Frozen lake

by Gene Pembroke Philadelphia
Location where moment was experienced:Western Mongolia

Lion Fight

by Amy Sturkey Charlotte, North Carolina
Location where moment was experienced:Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

New School Singing in the rain!

Giant Squid Washes Up on Australia Beach

BMW M5 Ring Taxi

One lap in the Ring-Taxi costs about $250.