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After105 days in a human-sized hamster Habitrail, four Russians, a Frenchman and a German (walk into a bar) announced it was no big deal to be cooped up for so long without access to updates on Paris Hilton. Heck, these guys might not even know yet that The King of Pop has died.
While they were monitored constantly to help us better understand the impact the cramped conditions had on them, they were also kept very busy.
A monotonous regime was applied to us, every minute was full of work. There were some periods in which we could relax, but you cannot really relax, you think about being far from your loved ones, far from your family.
The delay in communications for actual astronauts meant the volunteers also had to problem solve for themselves and make decisions without the help of ground control. And because they knew how important the mission was, they didn’t fall apart bickering with each other. It’s not like the Russian space program pulled five guys off a bus and told ‘em to stick it out for 3 months, either.
One significant stress absent from the simulated ride to Mars, however? The crew knew they could leave if there was an emergency.
This unfortunately wasn’t the case for the Apollo 1 astronauts working on putting a man on the Moon. Read more →
Michael Jackson’s apparent attempts at cheating death have failed: he missed the deadline to be cryogenically frozen. The British newspaper The Daily Mail is reporting German doctor Gunther Von Hagens, the man behind the process known as “plastination” has an agreement in place to do what he’s already done to Bubbles the Chimp: pump polyurethane into the veins of Michael Jackson and dip him in a plastic coating.
Apparently this has been “plan-b” for months. Read more →
When Apple confirmed it’s latest iPhone would sport an auto-focus 3MP camera, I was thrilled: finally I could jump onboard the iPhone bandwagon and leave my Sony Ericsson k790a behind. I take a tonne of photos of my baby girl, and want a cameraphone I can rely on to reasonably document her world. I’ve since had a chance to put the camera to a real world test: a quick snap using both cameras under the same lighting conditions. Thanks to CTV technology reporter Kris Abel and hand model Lois Lee for the help.
From time to time BNN viewers take me to task for what they feel is my “constant RIM bashing.” This is what I tell them about why I’ve spent the past five years asking knowledgeable guests scary questions about the technology, the competition, and the management behind Canada’s only remaining technology hero.
The Estate is now fully wired for wireless Internet access, with multiple points handing-off service to mobile devices to ensure seamless high speed access at all times.
Real world snap reveals my 3 year old Sony Ericsson still beats the iPhone 3GS. Check out the photo and tell me if you think it’s enough to warrant a purchase.