Samsung Galaxy’s III Release, American mobile carriers have begun taking pre-orders and setting release dates for the Samsung Galaxy S III’s U.S. arrival.For those wanting to get the phone as soon as possible, Sprint has begun taking pre-orders for the phone and has set a June 21 launch date. The phone will be available in both pebble blue and marble white and will sell in 16GB and 32GB versions, for $199.99 and $249.99, respectively.
Also taking pre-orders are Verizon and AT&T, which plan to sell the phone in both colors as well, but have not announced specific dates when they will begin selling them. Some sites report their phones won’t actually arrive until July.
Those two providers will sell the phone at $199.99 for the 16GB version, but only Verizon will carry the 32GB version, which will go for $249.99. AT&T says it will offer a 16GB micro SD card with the phone for another $39.99, and later this summer it will also exclusively sell red versions of the phone.
As for T-Mobile, it has also set a June 21 launch date and plans to carry both colors, but it has not given details on pricing or which versions it will carry.
And finally, U.S. Cellular will beginning taking pre-orders for the phone in all its colors and versions on June 12, but it will not announce pricing until then. U.S. Cellular will also not sell or ship the phone until July. (Los Angeles Times)
Space Shuttle In Nyc, New Yorkers have lined their city’s waterfront to welcome the space shuttle Enterprise as it sailed up the Hudson River to its new home aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.The prototype space shuttle rode a barge from Jersey City, New Jersey, to the Intrepid, where it was being hoisted by crane on to the flight deck.
A flotilla of vessels including a police boat, a fire department boat and a yellow taxi boat accompanied the Enterprise as it sailed past the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Centre site and other landmarks en route to the Intrepid in central Manhattan.
Thomas Hoffler, 69, said: “I’ve never seen a space shuttle, and I’m looking at one. I’m just spellbound.”
Multimedia producer Tara Gore also took a break from work to watch the shuttle. “There’s so much going on in New York that you can walk out of your office and see the space shuttle floating by,” she said.
The Enterprise’s original move-in date was Tuesday, but organisers said on Monday that bad weather had delayed preparation work.
The shuttle was towed to New Jersey from Kennedy Airport on Sunday. (UKPA)
Live Venus Transit, Transit of Venus is underway right now and you have still time to watch it. This is one of the most talked about issue among not just sky-watchers and astronomers but for even common men and women. The occasion seems to have been given extensive coverage in international media in almost all part of the world.
NASA, like every-time in the past, has made great arrangements to bring the occasion live to you. Even now you can watch the Venus transit live on your computers and laptops if you login to their website. Besides sending astronauts to space and helping Spacex send its small spaceship into space, NASA has tried to ensure that people around the world and especially in the US are able to experience the occasion with as much ease as possible.
But in many areas of the world you have still time to watch the Venus transit yourself too. Just make it sure that you have good quality solar filter glasses before going out and try to watch it. Please remember that the next Venus transit will not occur before 2117. So instead of waiting for eternity make it sure that you watch it from your own eyes.
Experts warn that you should never ever watch the sun when it is being eclipsed. A report says, “Always be aware of the power of the sun. Yes, it obviously can fry your eyes without your knowing it, for your eyeball has no pain receptors within. But there are other burn hazards. Keith Johnson of the Fleischmann Planetarium shares this story: “Just to underscore the necessity of keeping constant watch on your telescope while it’s pointed at the Sun… I was running a basic astronomy class lab in Tucson while I was in grad school one day, and we were observing the Sun with a white-light filter. I had placed a film container over the finder as usual. But apparently not firmly enough: it fell off at one point, and I didn’t notice it”. (Huffington Post)
Goggles See Food Diet, HIGH-TECH “diet glasses” unveiled in Japan trick the wearer into seeing plain snacks as chocolate biscuits.
They also make biscuits appear larger than they are, offering hope to weak-willed dieters everywhere.
Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed devices that use computer wizardry and augmented reality to fool the senses and make users feel more satisfied with smaller – or less appealing – treats.
On one device goggle-mounted cameras send images to a computer, which magnifies the apparent size of the biscuit in the image it displays to the wearer while keeping his hand the same size, making the snack appear larger than it actually is.
In experiments, volunteers consumed nearly 10 per cent less when the biscuits they were eating appeared 50 per cent bigger.
They ate 15 per cent more when biscuits were manipulated to look two-thirds of their real size.
Professor Michitaka Hirose at the university’s graduate school of information science and technology said he was interested in how computers can be used to trick the human mind.
“How to fool various senses or how to build on them using computers is very important in the study of virtual reality,” he said.
Prof Hirose said standard virtual reality equipment that attempts to cater to complex senses like touch often results in bulky equipment. (NEWS.com.au)
Japan Diet Glasses, Can new Japan diet glasses actually trick you into eating less food? Early studies on the prototypes appear to show that the unusual glasses really do work at least on cookies. The University of Tokyo researchers have developed the unusual new goggles.
Basically, the diet glasses actually project a larger image of the food you are eating while keeping the things that are around the food the same size. For instance, if you hold a cookie, the goggles will make it seem 50 percent bigger than it really is, and you are likely to eat 10 percent less according to the Japan research study. This is interesting.
Another thing these diet glasses do is make foods you are eating seem more enticing. For instance, the release smells that make you think you are eating a snack that is much more appetizing than the bland snack you actually eat. Perhaps you could be eating something like a rice cake, but your brain believed it was strawberry shortcake because of the glasses? This could make the food feel more satisfying without indulging in all the extra calories.
Can you believe this? Is weight loss truly an exercise in mind over matter? Perhaps it is for some people, and this new invention could be a huge game changer. Obesity is clearly a problem in the U.S. as well as in other countries around the world, so something like this that is not a pill or invasive surgery could be a good alternative for weight loss. (Examiner)
NASA Transit Of Venus, UPDATE: NASA missed out on some of Venus’s once-in-a-lifetime transit of the Sun because a roadworker severed a Telstra wire in Mataranka.
The incident happened yesterday afternoon near Mataranka, southeast of Darwin, and has cut many Northern Territory Telstra customers south of the town – including Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, the NT News reports.
NASA scientists had set up cameras at Centralian Middle School, Alice Springs for the event.
Teacher Matt Skoss, who helped to organise the event, said he got a phone call from the scientists about 6.45am saying there was no internet.
“We lost about half an hour but it’s back up now,” he said. (Herald Sun)