Wednesday, 19 March 2008

How Geckos And Cats Land The Right Way Up

If you've wondered how cats and geckos always manage to land on their feet when fall, its all down to their tails apparently.

Scientists at the University of California filmed geckos falling and saw they used their tails in the air to right themselves as the video shows (about 30 seconds in)

I first read this story in the Guardian which also has a video of it. I've linked to the YouTube video instead so you don't have to watch an annoying 30 second advert by Ewan McGregor about Davidoff Adventure. before you can watch the film.

Note to the Guardian - check out how the New Scientist does it with a simple logo at the beginning.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Google Calendar & Microsoft Outlook

As a user of both these applications, its been a real pain trying to sync both applications, but luckily, Google has now released an app that will sync both together.

I havn't tried it yet, but if it works it will certainly save me a lot of time.

Greed Is A Weapon of Mass Destruction

For the last couple of weeks, I've been trying to put together a post that sums up what I feel about the current messed up financial system that we have landed ourselves with.

Luckily, Will Hutton in yesterdays Observer, did the job for me in an excellent piece called A deluded Wall Street threatens the world economy.

In it, he dissects exactly what has gone wrong and asks if it right that a company such as Bear Steins can have $11.8 billion of assets and $395 billion of debts and wonders how many more banks will go under before the situation remedies itself.