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Trademark it quickly Lewis
Hands up everyone who wants to see Lewis and Lester pitch a paper and bendy straw Pussy Slurper(TM) on 'Dragons' Den'.
Warmer temperatures might be good for rainforests, but the important bit is how long did it take for those temperatures to become established, and did rainfall patterns match those expected from the current warming?
One thing we do know from pollen cores is that the Amazon has repeatedly dried out in the past and been replaced by savannah-like landscapes dominated by grasses. The climate models suggest the Amazon is going to become more dominated by a wet and dry season which would encourage the die-off of trees.
What I'd like to see
Is Lewis give a quick run through some countries he thinks are doing things right vis a vis their militaries. Obviously none are a precise match for the UK, but it'd be interesting to know if the Germans, Swedes and the like are doing better and spending less.
It's reasonably well known the US provided the UK with Sidewinder missiles and satellite pictures of the area.
I really hope the practical work involves constructing a wicker man in woodwork classes.
Ah I think I know what's wrong
You seem to have bought the model of Crestmobile that has an espresso maker rather than an engine under the bonnet.
Honestly - that thing's an engine? And I thought miniaturisation was a new thing, this must have been built by elves - incompetent elves I grant you, but elves all the same.
BTW. Is it just me who suspects that Lester has realised that 'Top Gear' is a bit (and this is something the Crestmobile could only dream of) 'over the hill' and is setting himself up as chief purveyor of daring japes and tomfoolery to the nation? Think about it - Playmobil in space and an unreliable car race. Next, a daring crossing of Lake Baikal on an amphibious traction engine!
LZ129 wasn't the last
The Hindenberg had a later sister ship, the LZ130, the second Graf Zeppelin; the LZ131 was also under construction when war broke out and Zeppelin switched to aircraft production.
Awesome - and what of the Playmobilnaut
The brave toy who mounted PARIS and took her to heaven and back hasn't yet been seen in public. Surely there's a juicy kiss and tell story to be told?
More seriously, if you're not appallingly attached to the little piece of plastic - how about running a fund-raising competition - say a tenner a ticket - to win the pilot. All money to the charity (preferably registered) of your choice or to the LOHAN construction project.
'deliveries are expected next summer'
If this is a Sinclair delivery time then it'll be closer to 2015 when it will ship alongside the ZX Microdrive.
That would be columbite-tantalite, a mixture of two related minerals; columbite ((Fe, Mn)(Nb, Ta)2O6) and tantalite (Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6).
Coat for obvious reasons - 2lb geological hammer in the right pocket.
The question only the Mail can answer
Does using Street View give you cancer?
I'm sure it's going to be all right
After the Dubai murders, the Israeli government promised never to copy the passports of friendly nations ever again.
Just like they promised never to copy the passports of friendly nations ever again in 1987 - after Mossad was caught copying British passports.
Generally you calculate the height of features by how much they diverge from the imaginary spheroid that most closely matches the Moon's shape. On the Moon that's a spheroid with an equatorial radius of 1,738.14 km and a polar radius of 1,735.97 km.
Why platinum and iridium
They're pretty unreactive elements so unlikely to accumulate mass by grabbing oxygen atoms from the atmosphere. The iridium is probably there to harden the platinum.
There is a project to calculate the kilogram as the mass of a certain number of atoms of a crystalline substance such as silicon:
Cameras don't need to be taken out of your bag. Nor do eBook readers.
It's a complete farce and sadly it's spreading. Until now Iceland has been entirely sane about screening passengers, but last week it was shoes off and laptops out at Keflavik.
High camp theatre
A couple of weeks ago I was passing through Heathrow's Outer Circle of security hell when the arch went 'bing'. A very polite officer said would I be prepared to be patted down. I said yes. After a good rummage he said he wasn't sure why the machine was going 'ping' so would I accept a body scan.
In the interests of novelty I said yes, so I was taken through to the pervatron. En route I found a couple of things, including a pack of gum and a pack of wet wipes tucked into a pocket and passed them to the security guy. He put them on the table without examining them further, irradiated my produce section and said I was free to go.
But the two objects I took out of my pocket that might have triggered the arch were never rescanned.
Had to go in his silver space suit whilst Freedom 7 was stuck on the pad. But he was only given permission after the people at mission control were sure it wouldn't cause a short circuit and fatal fire.
By the way where was Rui? That image is sadly lacking the air of sultry glamour he brought to earlier photoshoots.
You know - it might be a good idea
For politicians to consult successful businessmen. To find out exactly how Apple came back from the dead to become one of the biggest companies on the NYSE. Steve Jobs might have the vision but he relies on a lot of highly educated people to make it happen. More of that sort of working would give American industry a real boost.
And by comparison, when the last government wanted industrial experience to form policy who did they get? Alan bloody Sugar.
It's the brand that matters
Dell means one thing to most people - cheap. Trying to take the brand upmarket is a real challenge because it means competing against companies like Apple and Sony that are already pretty damned good at persuading people their goods are worth the money (even if they're patently junk).
If Dell chooses to go upmarket and quit grubbing around in the bargain basement it leaves room for some new companies to come in below them. Dell could find itself in the middle ground of the market where no one really wants to be - not cheap enough to sell in huge quantities, not valued enough to command a premium.
Ditching the name 'Dell' might be a good way forward - or at least spinning off a new brand entirely to cater for people who have money.
Sitting here in Reykjavik...
...I think it's time Britain followed the example of a fellow bankrupt country and put out a contract for its defence. The Icelanders rely on fellow NATO countries for air defence so not only do they not have to worry about lining BAE's profits, their defenders usually only bring the working kit as they don't want to look bad.
Iceland has four small coastguard vessels of its own, and I suspect on past form they're more than a match for Royal Navy frigates.
If you want to see stuff from 'A long time ago' and interact with the dead - visit Dixons.
One carrier or two?
My reading of Cameron's speech was that Carrier One would go into service for three years or so and then either be mothballed or sold abroad (presumably at a massive discount because the purchaser will know we want to be rid of the thing since we can't afford it), so we'd only really ever have one carrier.
It'd be quicker, cheaper and make about as much military sense to paint the Calais car ferry grey and call it a carrier. The Navy could then help fund its own operating costs by running booze cruises.
By the sounds of it, HyperMac hadn't bothered to license the MagSafe design from Apple and that's a clear breach of IP law. Apple are just doing what all companies would do and forcing them to remove the goods from sale.
If HyperMac want to sell MagSafe-compatible devices then they need to get their people to talk to Apple's people and see if the Big Fruit wants to play ball and how much the ball will cost.
I can't be bothered to click
But Fox would have their work cut out to explain Wayne Rooney, Alex Ferguson, Manchester United, wankers, and indeed football, using short words that won't upset their god-fearing, trailer-park friendly audience.
For one of those, the explanation is that wankers and Fox are pretty much synonymous.
Important word there 'current'
Apple doesn't *currently* have a 7" iPad but its rivals do. So obviously Apple is going to say that the competition sucks.
Apple will keep saying the same right up until the point they're ready to release a 7" tablet of their own.
While it's good to see this White elephant being buried, does anyone seriously believe the figures of the cost of new nuclear being promoted by the reactor vendors? The French books are opaque beyond description so no one really knows what their plants cost. The best comparison is in Finland where their new PWR is both late and way over budget. I'll be astonished if the British government doesn't kick in taxpayer-funded loan guarantees and agree to cover the decommissioning costs. If we're really lucky it'll not be •quite• as bad as Dungeness B.
You're going to need to explain that one
'if you call the US war of independence a draw'
Britain lost its richest North American colonies, lost most of the battles and handed France a new ally - how on earth does that come out as a draw?
Meanwhile over at the Gruniad
Their leak has it that the Harrier force is going to be scrapped to save the Tornado, which would leave the new (mostly pointless) carriers even less useful than planned and save much less money.
Well done Biggles.
Sea water injection
Already done. It's bloody expensive because water is so heavy and because the water has to be purified before injection so it doesn't clog up the reservoir with small particles of grit and microscopic beasties.
CO2 is used because its easier to handle and in the case of most oils, actually makes them less viscous and easier to recover.
What the article doesn't mention is that the Texan CO2 is coming from natural gas wells. Gas companies remove the CO2 before putting it into the pipelines because it dilutes the useful product. It's easy to recover and transport. Capturing it from combustion is a much harder task.
In the US they have the 6" PRS 950 which comes with a WiFi link to the Sony eBook store. It's a really nice piece of kit, but useless over here as it only goes to the US store (which needs a US credit card billing address). Sadly as long as Sony have their link to the Waterstone's store I don't think we'll see the 950.
The PRS 650 big brother to the 350 is a fine reader. In black it makes the screen look even more contrasty.
But yes, unless Sony can make their readers immediately more compelling to newcomers, Amazon will end up owning the market. Call me radical, but it'd help if Sony tried advertising the bloody things. I've lost count how many people have come over and said 'what's that?' and then 'I didn't know these things existed' followed by 'where can I get one?' when I've been out and about with my Reader.
BTW. Thanks for the reminder, I have to charge mine before my day trip to the security checks at Heathrow.
Marketing slogans have been trademarkable for decades. Check out McDonald's for trademarks:
Surprisingly 'Do you want fries with that?' isn't in the list.
The ones that are this size when they landed on Earth started off a lot bigger before they hit the atmosphere. This is just the right size to be smashed to pieces by aerodynamics. That's not to say NONE of it would have impacted, just nothing big enough to take out a city.
@ andy gibson
'Actually, with a name like "Buzz" you're fairly likely to remember the second man. Now the name of the third......'
Pete Conrad - do I win a prize?
Let's give Microsoft a little bit of credit
They've not done what pretty much every other phone manufacturer has done and simply copied the iPhone interface with its layout of icons and favourite applications.
As for mandating things - yes it can be restrictive, but look at the current mishmash of interfaces on S60, Windows Mobile and worst of all - Android. Get a new phone and you wonder where everything has gone.
I don't know why, but I really can't wait to play with the Metro interface - it looks - fun. If you've ever played with a Zune - guess I'm talking to myself here - the interface is fabulous - much, much better than that on the iPod.
There's a chance Microsoft have actually cracked it this time.
Hate to say it
But 'we want eight and we won't wait' was a better slogan.
Those white elephants nearly bankrupted the country as well and proved entirely useless in warfare.