As rumoured a couple of days back on this very blog Internet giant Google has indeed made a purchase of YouTube for the paltry figure of $1.65 billion! You can read the full story over on the BBC News site.
Apparently this is one of many investments Google intends to make within the field of video.
I say, hey Google check out 365 Films if you are interested in an amazing video revolution! We could talk for half that price!
Hoodoos (yes like voodoo but with a "h"), are rock spires which extend from the bottom of canyons and basins. They generally consist of a base of soft sedimentary rock, topped by much harder rock.
Hoodoos look a little bit like naturally formed totem poles and can be found mainly within the Colorado Plateau but most famously you can find hundreds of them in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA.
The hoodoos in Bryce were formed by the coming together of two different weathering processes. The primary process, frost wedging is when frost gets between the gaps in the rock formations during the winter due to melting snow and expands by up to 10% causing cracks.
Secondly the small amount of rain that falls in the area is very acidic and it's this acid-based rain that sculpts the hoodoos into their magnificent, smoothed, tall columns.
Sadly hoodoos have a limited lifespan and Bryce's are no exception with hoodoo erosion levels calculated at 2-4 feet every 100 years.
I visited Bryce in 2002 and I felt it was even more spectacular than the Grand Canyon, somewhere which many people visit without adding the relatively nearby Bryce to their itineraries.
Dr Stephen Juan has compiled a list of scientific reasons to have sex... like many of us need a scientific reason! The full report can be found over on The Register, or for those of you in a hurry there's a bullet point list below but remember speed ultimimately results in disappointment, ahem.
Sex helps boost the immune system. Levels of Immunoglobin A increase, which is an antibody that helps fight disease.
Sex helps boost longevity.
Sex helps ward off cancer.
Sex results in a more youthful appearance.
Sex helps reduce stress.
Sex helps fight depression.
Sex helps coping with middle age.
Sex is good exercise.
Sex helps in losing weight.
Above all sex is fun!
Cut the list out and keep it next to your bed, you never know when somebody may need a little convincing.
In a spurious rumour mill that began over on the Techcrunch Blog, unfounded aspursions were cast about a possible Google takeover bid for YouTube valued at $1.6 billion. Phew!
On the other side of the mill wheel YouTube is rumoured to be considering rejecting it! They must be mad, who else other than the mighty Google would consider buying a video portal filled with copyright infringing material?
How on earth could anybody survive a plane crash? You'd think it would be impossible but a new documentary shown on BBC2 tonight (3/10/2006) suggests otherwise.
Apparently statistics show that in the US alone between 1983 and 2000, there were 568 plane crashes. With the sum total of 53,487 people onboard a staggering 51,207 survived.
How did they do it? It's simple. For years people have been told the same emergency procedures before take off, you know that video you never watch because you're too busy reading up on the in-flight entertainment options. Well next time you're onboard an aircraft pay attention as everything you see in those videos is there to help you preserve your life.
According to the BBC site Professor Ed Galea has studied over 2000 survivor reports before defining some quite simple solutions as to why they survived at all. He says "Surviving an aircraft crash is not a matter of fate. You can help yourself getting out of an aircraft quickly, and so there are things you can do to improve your chances of surviving,".
Even simple things like passengers undoing their seatbelts after the plane has crashed can be a common cause of failure, "People tend to try and press a button on the seatbelt because in this emergency situation, they revert to normal behaviour. And what's normal behaviour for most people? Well, they experience a seatbelt in their car and in their car, it's a push-button system.
"This seat belt is different to what's in your car; it's a latch that you've got to pull."
It's all fascinating stuff and just could save your life one day.
Check out the full article here. Or watch the TV show tonight.
We had a Mac tip the other day so now it's the turn of the humble Windows user. Many of you will know this one but for those who don't you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Want to switch between apps quickly without having to go all the way down to the task bar? Hold down the Alt key and hit Tab. This allows you to cycle effortlessly through your active programs/windows.