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Exclusive: NASA Researchers Claim Evidence of Present Life on Mars

A pair of NASA scientists told a group of space officials at a private meeting here Sunday that they have found strong evidence that life may exist today on Mars, hidden away in caves and sustained by pockets of water. –Brian Berger –Exclusive: NASA Researchers Claim Evidence of Present Life on Mars  (Space News) The link is very slow… I gather it’s getting a lot of attention. The evidence is…

The Banquet of Trimalchio

We, the guests were already disgusted with the whole affair when Trimalchio, who, by the way, was beastly drunk, ordered in the cornet players for our further pleasure, and propped up with cushions, stretched himself out at full length. “Imagine I’m dead,” says he, “and play something soothing!” Whereat the cornet players struck up a funeral march, and one of them especially—a slave of the undertaker fellow—the best in the…

Immortality Through Google

Playing off the self-esteem theme, digital artist David Sullivan’s contribution to the show is the Ego Machine, a project that uses Google to project Sullivan’s soul into the future and puts the fun back into funeral. –Michelle Delio –Immortality Through Google  (Wired) If it has anything vaguely to do with technology, Wired is there.

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Name Voyager

–Name Voyager (The Baby Name Wizard) Very cool site, that illustrates the popularity of baby names over time, from 1900 to 2003. For every million babies born in 2003, about 1600 were named “Xavier,” while about 84 will go through life with the head-scratch-inducing label “Xzavier.” Thanks for the link, Rosemary.

Are Bullies After Our Culture?

To prove his point that the commons is under attack, Bollier has filled Bullies with example after example of how corporate lawyers have swooped in on artists and consumers who have tried to use products and logos in ways other than those prescribed by the corporations themselves. As an example, Bollier presents the case of “AiboPet,” an enthusiastic owner of one of Sony’s robotic pets. When AiboPet set up a…