PS3 New Design Ultra Slim


In the past 24 hours, Sony Computer Entertainment has held a press conference at the 2012 Tokyo Games Show where they’ve finally revealed the device we’ve been predicting since the beginning of this year. This did not come as a surprise, and also about the design and the specifications, too much had leaked already to allow for any serious surprises. Still unknown to us and the rest of the outside world is what the design looks like internally, and specifically what chips were used and what integration has been achieved. It can’t take long — only until shortly after its release October 5 — before a company like iSuppli or iFixit publishes a teardown of the new console. Of course we’re going to stay on top of that.
For now, without much further ado, here are specifications, pictures and other details of the new, slimmer PlayStation 3 units.
The new model range is referred to as “CECH-4000 series”. In Japan, there will be models; one with a 500GB Hard Disk Drive (CECH-4000C, 29,980 yen) and one with a 250GB HDD (CECH-4000B, 24,980 yen). The latter will come in two colors — ‘Classic White’ (released 22 November) and ‘Charcoal Black’ (released October 4). The 500GB SKU will only be issued in charcoal black.
Sony PS3 CECH-4000B with 250GB HDD in Clasic White
In Europe and Hong Kong, there will also be a 12GB model, CECH-4000A, on sale from October 12 at 229 euro. No mention yet of details for North America, Latin America or even other Asian territories outside of Japan.
Power consumption has been reduced from 200W to 190W. That suggest there’s no radically new electronics design inside but merely an evolutionary change. Cabinet dimensions have decreased from 290 x 290 x 65 mm to 290 x 230 x 60 mm (width x depth x height) so it got no narrower, a little slimmer but a lot more shallow. The net weight has been lowered from about 2.6 kg to around 2.1 kg. The connections have not changed.
Sony PS3 CECH-4000A with 500GB HDDOne detail we had not foreseen: the new disc loader really uses a sliding lid to cover the disc — not a simple door with a hinge that lifts up.

Cinema Crushed While Playing Innocent of Muslims Film


Allahu AKBAR. A picture of a cinema in America that was going to play the film of the Prophet Sep 18 at noon.

An earthquake hit that area that caused the building into two pieces.The Americans are so shocked at the miracle that they didn't allow full media coverage on the topic and that's why you didn't hear about it!

Will and Kate 'angered and saddened' over publication of topless photos


LONDON: The publication by a French magazine of topless pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine is "grotesque and totally unjustifiable", their office St James's Palace said Friday.
The couple "have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner", the palace said in a statement.
Earlier, it was reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge felt "anger and disbelief" and were consulting French lawyers after a magazine Friday published topless pictures of her, according to a royal source.
"We now believe the photographs are genuine," the source said on condition of anonymity. "Their (William and Kate's) general feeling is anger and disbelief. We feel a red line has been crossed."
"In terms of next steps, we are consulting with French lawyers as to what the options are."
The French version of Closer magazine printed photos on the front cover and inside on five pages of Catherine wearing just the bottoms of a black and white bikini while on holiday with William in Provence in the south of France.
The couple are currently in Malaysia on a tour to mark the diamond jubilee of William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.
The pictures are a further headache for the royal family, already reeling from the recent publication of nude photos of William's brother Harry in a Las Vegas hotel.
Another palace source said earlier that the publication "turns the clock back 15 years," referring to the intense media attention on William's late mother Diana, who died in a car crash while fleeing paparazzi in Paris in 1997. - AFP

Huge welcome for Will and Kate at KLCC park


KUALA LUMPUR: Prince William and Catherine Middleton arrived Friday at the KLCC park for a cultural walkabout and received a huge welcome from the crowd that had gathered from early morning to greet the royal pair.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smiled and shook hands with the public through the barricades.
Kate, in a white dress and her hair up in a cool chignon, received flowers from her fans.

Crowd in KLCC for royal walkabout

They had arrived at 10.30 to tremendous cheers and screams from the huge crowd lined up along the roads.
Both the UK and Malaysia flags fluttered proudly as the royal pair smiled and waved to the crowd as they rode in on a buggy.
Some fans had even prepared banners to show their love for the couple.
A big group, including school children and tourists, had gathered much earlier at the park to see the royal pair.
Will and Kate witnessed several cultural performances, including traditional Malay dance and silat during their cultural walkabout.
They later had lunch hosted by the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce at KLCC where William joked that he was glad durian was not on the menu.
He said he had some durian at Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's house on Thursday and feared for the safety of the people he met afterwards.
The royal pair then left for the Diamond Jubilee Tea Party at the British High Commissioner's residence.

Muhyiddin condemns film insulting the Prophet Muhammad


KOTA BARU: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has condemned the film "Innocence of Muslims" which mocks and insults Prophet Muhammad, and instructed the authorities to prohibit its distribution in the country.
"We Muslims cannot accept (films which insult Prophet Muhammad). It is a major offence. We cannot allow this, whether it is in the form of films, words or whatever," he said. Muhyiddin was responding to questions from reporters on the cheap film, produced by California-based Israeli Sam Bacile, after opening the Kota Baru Umno delegates meeting.
He said the production of the film was "an evil deed disrespectful of religion".
"It is my personal opinion that we should ban the film. We should not allow any act which insults Prophet Muhammad," he said, and directed the authorities to prevent distribution of the film in the country.
"There is a motive for the production of the film, probably to spark inter-religious clashes which could be detrimental to the world community," he said. - Bernama

Batutut - Crytids

The Batutut is a hominid of legend across Vietnam, Laos and Malaysia and was first sighted in1918 according to local history. Described as being covered from head to toe in hair with the exception of a leathery looking neck and a pot belly, the Batutut is said to be approximately 4 feet tall and sightings of female Batutut describe them as having extremely sagging breasts. Otherwise resembling a human the Batutut is said to walk more like an ape.



Some of the more credible accounts of for the existence of Batutut came between 1970 – early 80s’. John Mackinnon who is a very well known zoologist discovered what were described as footprints akin to that of a human but smaller and were located deep in the Malaysian rain forest. This was the first credible source and was dated 1970. Some time later in 1982 extremely similar footprints were discovered in Vietnam by a well known professor Tran Hong Viet, the Vietnamese call these Batutut ‘Orang Pendek’ which literally means ‘short man’.

In some of the more isolated villages of Sumatra locals claim to have even had close encounters with Batutut, in some cases even offering food and sharing moments watching as the Batutut would eat and speak in an unidentified dialect.

Mystery of Yonaguni Island


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The tiny Japanese island of Yonaguni, near Taiwan, has become famous for the huge submerged rock structures found near its shores - the ancient city of a lost civilisation, some claim.

Imposing sets of steps and terraces rise up through the clear water from around 25 metres depth. The structures, with their flat surfaces and near right angles, certainly look deliberately carved (pictured left). Masaaki Kimura, a geologist at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, claims he has identified a huge pyramid, along with castles, monuments and a big stadium, all connected by roads. He says he has also found walls and water channels, as well as quarry marks, stone tools and a stone tablet carved with ancient lettering.

The History of Voodoo

Voodoo is a religion that originated in Africa and was brought to Haiti by slaves, where it is still widely practiced by most inhabitants. Most aspects of this religion are positive and it affects all aspects of the people's lives, such as morality, economics, safety, relationships and health. 


There is a revered God, an assortment of spirits, and many rituals. Worshippers communicate with their God through the "loa" or spirits. This relationshiop is based on trust and mutual give and take. The people conduct ceremonies to honor them and loas, in return, are helpful in their lives. 

The black magic aspects of this religion play a very minor role and is not typical of voodoo. In the early to mid 1900's, there were exaggerated claims about voodoo and movies portrayed followers as ignorant people who were obsessed with evil. Werewolves, zombies, the casting of spells and the use of voodoo dolls were sensationalized as the common practices of these people.

In actuality the use of black magic is rare but this stereotype remains with us even today. 

The use of voodoo dolls is unheard of in Haiti and most places where the religion is practiced. The only recorded serious use of the dolls, among voodoo worshippers, was in the new Orleans area in the early 1900's. Hexes were cast to bring either good or bad luck to another person. The doll was used to symbolize that person. The sticking of pins into the doll was to reinforce and direct the spells that were cast.

Unicorn cow becomes tourist attraction


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Farmer Jia Kebing noticed a small bump on this cow's forehead when it was born two years ago but didn't expect it to grow into a 20cm (8in) horn.

'My farm is famous in this region for this cow and people come in here just to see it,' said Mr Jia from Baoding in nothern China's Hebei province.

Will it Snow in Malaysia, KUALA LUMPUR ?


 

With the cool atmosphere surrounding Malaysia, it’s expected that snow will occur soon. Local scientists said that frequent drops of temperature will eventually lead to a new season in Malaysia – Winter!

 According to a local weather specialist, Ken Wooi of Malaysian Meteorological Department, the Malaysia climate change has been drastic these days. “It’s always cool, cloudy sky and little sun ray. I think it’s gonna snow!”

 As a result of this research, precautions have been taken to prevent transportation disruptions in Malaysia. Albeit the lack of experience when dealing with Winter, the Ministry of Defense released a statement: “Malaysia Boleh Survive!”



Giant Earthquake Will Shake Japan and Could Kill 320,000


(Reuters) - An earthquake as big as the one that jolted northern Japan last year could kill more than 320,000 people if it happened off central and western Japan, though the probability of such an occurrence is extremely low, the government said on Wednesday.

The report, compiled by a government panel of experts to help devise a new disaster response policy, was commissioned following the March 2011 magnitude 9 earthquake off northern Japan. The official toll from that calamity stands at the moment at 15,869 dead and 2,847 missing.

In the worst case scenario, in which a magnitude 9 earthquake hits in the middle of the night in winter, up to 323,000 people would likely be killed, with the tsunami accounting for 71 percent of the deaths, the report said.

It generally takes more time for residents to flee from a tsunami in the night. And some heating devices, such as kerosene stoves, increase the number of casualties through the risk of fire.

The projected death toll compares to 24,700 in a 2003 estimate based on an 8.7 earthquake happening in the same area, near major industrial cities, including Nagoya and Hamamatsu.

A magnitude 9 quake is about three times as big as a magnitude 8.7 tremor in terms of the amount of energy it vents.

The government plans to map out next year new earthquake response steps, including how many military personnel and firefighters need to be mobilized to handle the aftermath of a major earthquake, a Cabinet Office official said.

A lot of people couldn't figure out Armstrong


"A lot of people couldn't figure out Armstrong."
With those words Tom Wolfe introduced Neil Armstrong, the astronaut hero of his nonfiction masterpiece, "The Right Stuff." Armstrong, of course, was a masterpiece himself: the commander of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission and the first man ever to walk on the moon. Armstrong died Saturday from complications relating to heart surgery. He was 82.
All these decades, Armstrong, the lunar Adam, has represented a code his admirers knew better than to try to crack. Not that, early on, great literary minds—besotted by the baby-faced genius—didn't try.
Wolfe continued: "You'd ask him a question, and he would just stare at you with those pale-blue eyes of his, and you'd start to ask the question again, figuring he hadn't understood, and— click —out of his mouth would come forth a sequence of long, quiet, perfectly formed, precisely thought-out sentences."
So Wolfe warned against understanding Armstrong in "The Right Stuff." And that warning was more or less heeded, somewhat miraculously, until Armstrong's dying day. Profilers kept their mitts off him. Hollywood starlets didn't swoop in to wreck his family. And, most mercifully of all, Carson and Merv Griffin and Dinah Shore and Ali G and Oprah didn't demand that he couch-surf with them.
This is astounding. In the 1960s and '70s , the national pastime was psychologizing postwar celebrities—John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali. And once a hero is cracked open by one Vanity Fair profile, the pile-on never ends. This one had a sex addiction; this one had a chip on her shoulder; this one could never live up to his big brother.
Let's not do that to Armstrong, Wolfe pleaded. In any case, the great man simply would not succumb. Armstrong was simply, at heart, not homo psychologico. He was homo machinatorhomo ingeniator. The engineering man.
In an era when everyone was expected to evince the adolescent emotionality of Marlon Brando or Allen Ginsberg, Armstrong was resolutely adult and elegantly square. He was a Navy pilot from a small town who married a home-ec major at Purdue whom he had no recollection of courting or even proposing to. (Janet Armstrong, with whom he had three children, evidently didn't remember any courtship either.)
Though astronauts in the time were represented as hard-partying matinee idols, Armstrong always described himself as a "white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer." He wasn't boasting, though engineers are, of course, the hotshots of today: the hackers and technologists who keep pushing into the new breach—the postfinal frontiers of cyberspace.
Once in 1969, Norman Mailer bullied Armstrong into saying something—anything—romantic about going to the moon. (Armstrong would have to cough up the romance, Mailer wrote, or be considered "a spiritual neuter.") Armstrong stood his ground like a Buddha. "I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges," he said, defying Mailer. "It's by the nature of his deep inner soul ... We're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream."
Those words are perhaps the most gorgeous words the press-shy astronaut ever said, including his famous scripted line about the giant leap.
Michael Collins, an Apollo 11 crewmate, wrote that Armstrong "never transmits anything but the surface layer, and that only sparingly ... I like him, but I don't know what to make of him, or how to get to know him better."
Maybe we weren't meant to fully understand Armstrong. Only to hold him in awe. Like the moon itself.

Manchester United complete Robin van Persie signing


The Netherlands international is finally confirmed as a Red Devil after months of speculation over his future, and could make his debut in their Premier League opener at Everton



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Manchester United have signed Robin van Persie from Arsenal on a four-year deal for a fee of £24 million.


The club confirmed the acquisition of the 29-year-old striker on Friday morning after the Netherlands international completed a medical on Thursday night.

Van Persie will go straight into the United squad for their Premier League opener away to Everton on Monday night.

"Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football," manager Sir Alex Ferguson said in a press conference.


"His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club. His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding."

The new Red Devils striker, who scored 30 top flight goals last season, spoke of his delight in putting pen to paper at Old Trafford and is ready to kick off the campaign with his new club.

"It's an honour to sign for Manchester United," said Van Persie.

"I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great strikers, bringing my experience and playing my part to help the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game. I can't wait to get started."

Van Persie: The little boy inside me screamed 'Manchester United!'


The 29 year-old Dutch striker completed his move to Old Trafford and spoke glowingly about the club's history and the opportunity to play for the side



Robin Van Persie
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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie insisted that there were no hard feelings between him and former club Arsenal after completing his move between the two sides.


At his press conference unveiling, it was revealed that Van Persie would be taking the No.20 shirt for the coming campaign, after Fabio vacated it after he moved to QPR on a season-long loan deal this summer.

The Dutch international and current PFA Player of the Year was keen to explain his reasoning behind the controversial switch, insisting that there was no ill will between Arsenal and himself, but that he simply couldn't turn the chance down.

"
From my side and Arsenal's side, there is no hard feeling. No one is angry with me and I'm not angry with them," Van Persie told reporters.

"
Arsenal are part of my life. They've been great to me. We didn't agree on the future - that's life.
"When I have to make tough decisions in my life I listen to the little boy inside me. That little boy was screaming 'Manchester United'"

"Manchester United breathes football. This club is the perfect match for me."
After seeing the club pipped to the title last term by local rivals Manchester City, Van Persie indicated that he was keen to rise to the challenge of playing for the club alongside players that he's admired from afar for years.
"For me it's a big challenge to do it together with the players here. Every single one is very helpful. It's like a family club.

"This is the biggest challenge for me In my football life.

""Wayne Rooney is a world class player. Scholes & Giggs are world class and have proved it for 20 years. They had a big impact.

"This is a big challenge for me, which I'm looking forward to. I am proud to be here & look forward to achieving big things."

Penis Size: It May Be Written in the Length of His Fingers


Photo-Illustration by Alexander Ho for TIME; Getty Images
PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION BY ALEXANDER HO FOR TIME; GETTY IMAGES
The ratio of the length of a man’s index finger to that of his ring finger may seem like a strange thing to measure, but new research suggests that it’s linked with penis size. The lower the ratio, the longer the penis.
The new study was conducted on 144 Korean men who were hospitalized for urological surgery. A researcher measured the patients’ penile length — flaccid and stretched — just after they went under anesthesia for their operations. A different researcher measured the men’s finger lengths, in order to prevent knowledge of one measurement unconsciously affecting the other.
They data suggested that those with a lower ratio, whose index finger (or second finger, 2D) was shorter than the ring finger (or fourth finger, 4D), had a longer stretched penis length, which is well correlated with erect size.
“Based on this evidence, we suggest that digit ratio can predict adult penile size,” the researchers, led by Dr. Tae Beom Kim of Gachon University in Incheon, Korea, wrote.
Previous studies have linked the so-called 2D:4D ratio of finger length with exposure to the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone in the womb. So it’s plausible that the same exposure may affect penis length.
Higher testosterone levels during fetal development are associated with a lower 2D:4D ratio, while higher estrogen levels are connected with a higher one. Most men have index fingers that are shorter (low ratio) than their ring fingers, while most women’s index fingers are the same size or longer (high ratio) than their ring fingers. Research has shown, however, that lesbians and female-to-male transgendered people are more likely to have more “male” ratios.
Finger-length ratios have been linked previously with a variety of other characteristics: in both males and females, lower ratios are associated with better athletic performance. In men, one study found that a lower ratio was connected with more success at high-frequency financial trading, while another study associated it with better performance on medical school entrance exams; women were not included in those studies.
Men with lower 2D:4D ratios were also more likely to have more “masculine” features, to have more symmetrical faces, and to be considered attractive by women, according to another study.
Yet other research links low 2D:4D ratios with higher rates of alcohol consumption and alcoholism itself. Some data suggest that a more “female” finger-length ratio in men is associated with increased risk for oral cancer but reduced risk for prostate cancer.
In both boys and girls, lower and more “male” 2D:4D ratios have also been repeatedly connected with autism; interestingly, a recent study also found that female-to-male transgendered people are more likely to have autistic traits.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether the correlation between penis size and 2D:4D ratio holds true in non-Korean men or in Korean men who aren’t having some type of urological surgery.
But if so, digit ratio could be good for more than just a pick-up line at a bar. An easy and non-invasive measurement, it could give doctors a quick way to gauge how much testosterone their patients were exposed to in the womb, wrote Dr. Denise Brooks McQuade of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in an editorial accompanying the study.
The study was published in the Asian Journal of Andrology.

Mutant Butterflies Found Near Fukushima


No matter how you cut it, finding mutant butterflies is hard to spin as a positive result. But the knowledge gained from the pale grass blue butterfly, a.k.a. Zizeeria maha, could potentially help down the road as the country recovers from one of the world’s worst nuclear power disasters.
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According to a study published by Scientific Reports, researchers started looking at butterflies near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant two months after the March 2011 tsunami damaged the reactors, causing a potential radiation leak. Of the initial 100 butterflies studied, 12% had mutations. But as the butterflies mated, the rate of mutation in successive generations increased to 34%, showing that the mutating genes were easily passed along to offspring.
The problems were widespread, with abnormalities found including broken or wrinkled wings, changes in wing size, problems with legs, antennae, abdomen and eyes and even shifts in color pattern. Intrigued by the initial findings, researchers took a look at 200 butterflies in September and found that the mutation rate was increasing in the latest generation of butterflies — the ones that were likely larvae around the time of the disaster — with more than half of new butterflies showing some kind of mutation.
The news is obviously troublesome for the entire region, raising concerns about the harmful long-term effects of the Fukushima disaster — the largest since Chernobyl in 1986 — but it also underscores the important role of early-warning signs stemming from radiation leaks.
But butterflies can be particularly susceptible to radiation; not all animals will suffer a similar fate, which is exactly why researchers want more tests done on different species. “Sensitivity [to irradiation] varies between species, so research should be conducted on other animals,” Joji Otaki, an associate professor at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, told the Japan Times.
Fortunately for humans, they generally fare better than butterflies when it comes to handling radiation. Hopefully much better.

Special Raya for twins’ family


KEMAMAN: Almost a year after they were born, Siamese twins Nur Shazwanie Zulkifli and Nur Shazrinie are finally healthy enough to leave hospital and just in time for Hari Raya.
The 11-month-old girls, who are joined on their chests and share both a heart and liver, have been undergoing constant treatment at both Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur Hospital since they were born on Sept 22 last year.
Their mother Noraini Mohamad, 32, and father, fishmonger Zulkifli Ngah, 41, are looking forward to finally having the girls at home with the rest of the family.
“Our lives involve constant travelling between Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur due to the medical tests and treatment. Despite all the hardship, I'm grateful the girls are home where they belong,” said Noraini.
Caring sister: The twins’ elder sister Nor Sabrina, six, looking after them at their home.Caring sister: The twins’ elder sister Nor Sabrina, six, looking after them at their home.
Noraini, who has two other daughters, aged six and seven, said this Hari Raya would be the most special.
“The best Hari Raya for me will be to celebrate it with all my daughters,” she said.
The road back home for the twins has not exactly been smooth either after the family's old low-cost house in Kemaman was found to be unsuitable for the girls due to its cramped and unhygienic conditions, which could lead to bacteria infections.
With assistance from the state government, the family moved to a new house in Bukit Bauk here in May, which was also equipped with modern facilities.
“I was heartbroken at first when I discovered that our home was small and not conducive enough for the girls. But the state government stepped in and helped us even footing the medical bill for the girls,” she said.
Although surgery to separate the twins is considered too dangerous for now, Noraini hopes that some day, they can live normal lives.

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