Human evolved from Africa

According to the RSOH, anatomically modern humans evolved in Africa between 200,000 to 100,000 years ago, with members of one branch leaving Africa about 80,000 years ago. These emigrants spread to the rest of the world; it means all modern humans originated in sub-Saharan Africa:

New research published in the journal Nature (19 July) has proved the single origin of humans theory by combining studies of global genetic variations in humans with skull measurements across the world. The research, at the University of Cambridge and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), represents a final blow for supporters of a multiple origins of humans theory.

Competing theories on the origins of anatomically modern humans claim that either humans originated from a single point in Africa and migrated across the world, or different populations independently evolved from homo erectus to home sapiens in different areas.

However there is a debate going on over human origins. Some experts can’t agree on new findings:

John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison says the paper is “mistaken.” A major flaw is that the current research is largely based on skull variability.

Nevertheless this is interesting news for all of us, as it through out some light on where we came from.

New Harry Potter Book Available for download on BitTorrent

Too bad, I’m a big fan of Harry Potter, someone took digital photographs of every page and released on BitTorrent:

The final book in the Harry Potter series has been leaked to BitTorrent. A torrent with photographs of each page of the American edition of “Deathly Hallows” has shown up on multiple BitTorrent sites. The main complaint that’s coming up in comment threads on these sites is that the quality isn’t great. You can just barely manage to read each page. And as some downloaders promptly noted, a few pages cannot be read at all without editing the images in Photoshop.

I’ve not download but quality is not so good. Another thing is I always enjoy reading while sleeping or Sunday afternoon. I only read technical books or howtos online using digital format. One of my friends downloaded the same just to read it before print copy. He is also going to buy the same when it will hit local stores.

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Real Apple iPhone review: It is a piece of shit

The (in)famous Maddox an American author and magazine columnist, wrote an interesting and real review of the Apple iPhone. I think it is a non-biased review:

No, I’m not going to get an iPhone, quit emailing me about it. I’m not getting one because I already have a phone that’s better: it’s called the Nokia E70, it’s the pinnacle of human achievement, and I love it more than my family.

The iPhone is a piece of shit, and so is your face (found via digg)

Windows Server 2008 will be Launched on February 27, 2008

Yup, February. 27, 2008 date announced for Server 2008

Just announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Windows Server 2008 will be launched jointly with Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 on Feb. 27, 2008, in Los Angeles. As the most important enterprise launch in company history, this will kick off a “launch wave” of hundreds of worldwide events hosted by Microsoft.

Windows Server 2008, with built-in Web and virtualization technologies, enables you to increase the reliability and flexibility of your server infrastructure. New virtualization tools, Web resources, and security enhancements help you save time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and optimized datacenter. Powerful new tools like IIS7, Windows Server Manager, and Windows PowerShell, allow you to have more control over your servers and streamline Web, configuration, and management tasks. Advanced security and reliability enhancements like Network Access Protection and the Read-Only Domain Controller harden the operating system and protect your server environment to ensure you have a solid foundation on which to build your business.

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40 Gbps world’s fastest broadband in central Sweden

The world’s fastest internet connection is in Sweden at 40 Gigabits per second connection – thousands of times faster than the average ADSL / DSL / Cable home Internet connection.

According to this article:

A 75 year old woman from Karlstad in central Sweden has been thrust into the IT history books – with the world’s fastest internet connection.

Sigbritt Löthberg’s home has been supplied with a blistering 40 Gigabits per second connection, many thousands of times faster than the average residential link and the first time ever that a home user has experienced such a high speed.

But Sigbritt, who had never had a computer until now, is no ordinary 75 year old. She is the mother of Swedish internet legend Peter Löthberg who, along with Karlstad Stadsnät, the local council’s network arm, has arranged the connection.

People in India still struggling to get 256k connection.

Sigbritt, 75, has world’s fastest broadband

10,000 year old baby mammoth found near the Yuribei River in Russia

Mammoth remains have been found in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. They are believed to have originally evolved in North Africa about 4.8 million years ago.

Recently, scientist discovery a 10,000 year old baby mammoth encased in a layer of permafrost near the Yuribei River in Russia. Scientists are hoping that the animal’s D.N.A. can be used to resurrect extinct members of the elephant family through the process of cloning.

A female baby mammoth carcass found in May has been named Lyuba after the wife of Yuri Khudi, the reindeer breeder and hunter who discovered the creature preserved in Russian permafrost. Lyuba will be housed in the Zoological Museum in Russia’s second city of St Petersburg.

Baby mammoth find promises breakthrough

The Taj Mahal voted as New Seven Wonders of the World

On 7th July 2007, HISTORY was rewritten – The Taj Mahal was voted as one of New Open World Corporation’s New Seven Wonders of the World. The New7Wonders organization is happy to announce the following 7 candidates have been elected to represent global heritage throughout history.

India’s Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Jordan’s Petra, Brazil’s statue of Christ Redeemer, Peru’s Machu Picchu, Mexico’s Chichen Itza pyramid and the Colosseum in Rome have now replaced the original wonders, most of which have long since vanished into the mists of time.

The Taj is most famous architectural achievement of Mughal India; originally built as a mausoleum for the wife of Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal. You can learn more about The Taj Mahal here.
The Taj Mahal voted as New Seven Wonders of the World
It is located in Agra, India and open to visit every day 7AM to 7PM except on Friday.

Original 7 wonders

The other original wonders, all since destroyed, were:

  • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • The statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • The temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  • The mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  • The Colossus of Rhodes
  • The lighthouse of Alexandria

I’m quite happy :)

Cyber criminals using stolen credit cards to make donations

No these thieves are not modern-day Robin Hoods, but they’re really just cyber-robbers. They are using this method to see if credit card is valid or not:

The verification method has become popular because the monitoring software at credit-card companies may not question donations to charities, according the Symantec blog. Santoyo said the schemers usually donate less than $10.

American Red Cross spokeswoman Carrie Martin said, “This happens all the time. We have people at the Red Cross who deal with this type of activity.”

Last month alone, the Red Cross refunded 700 fraudulent credit-card transactions, Martin said. That figure doesn’t include the transactions the charity blocked because they appeared fraudulent.

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World’s richest man: Carlos Slim has overtaken Bill Gates

Yup, Microsoft founder Bill gates is no longer richest man. Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim overtakes Bill Gates as world’s richest man.

From the article:
Mr Gates has headed the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest for more than a decade. But, like Mr Buffett, he is rapidly becoming as well known for giving his money away as he is for accumulating it. Both he and the “Sage of Omaha” have promised to give most of their money to charitable causes.!