Epson's immodestly named "Perfection V200" not only handles the usual flat images, but its lid lifts 180 degrees to scan 3D objects as well in 4800-dpi resolution, according to CrunchGear. And at just $99, it won't break the budget when these machines are inevitably crushed at holiday office parties.
Former astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin said that a planetary mission to Mars from a base on the moon will be the equivalent of a "one-way trip to the stars," according to a story this week from the EE Times.
Aldrin, who in 1969 was the second man on the moon, said that current technology and life support systems couldn't sustain a round-trip manned voyage to Mars. That said, Aldrin, 77, still wants to plan the mission, according to the interview.
Mars needs women, and astronauts need your MP3s.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is holding a contest to send the best astronaut-friendly playlist into space.
ESA will put the winner's playlist onto an iPod, then deliver it via the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), an unmanned ship making its maiden voyage in the fall of 2007. If all goes well, the iPod will reach the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
(Note to ESA: Don't forget to deliver an iPod charger.)
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For those of you worried about intruders and global warming, Matsushita Electric (Panasonic to us North Americans) has come up with a security camera that runs on solar power or wind power. That way it works in rain or shine. This picture was taken at the company's Eco and UD house, an ecologically friendly home that it says can be commercially viable by 2010.
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