Ever wonder why flies always get away when you try to swat them? It turns out they’re extremely acrobatic. Like, Neo-in-the-Matrix acrobatic. And New Scientist has captured one in near bullet-time to prove it.
This video is one of the winners in a contest held by the Flight Artists group at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands in which amateur filmmakers were taught how to use very high-speed cameras to shoot flying animals and plant seeds. The video captured here was taken by two biologists from the University of Washington and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute who study fruit flies in flight.
How much residents of each state owe on their mortgages is an interesting statistic. For the most part, residents of the states with the highest average mortgage debt are not in trouble. While the average home price in these states dropped in value during the recession, the foreclosure rates in these states are among the lowest in the country. The reason: residents of these states can generally afford to lose and owe more money than their counterparts in other states. 24/7 Wall St. examined a recent report by Credit Karma to find the 10 states with the highest average mortgage debt.
Most of the states on our list have extremely high mortgage debt because of the size of their initial mortgages. States like Connecticut and Massachusetts, which have among the highest median home values in the U.S., also have among the highest mortgage debt. Hawaii, which has the second-highest average mortgage debt per person, has the highest median home value of $525,400.
Many of the states on the list also experienced the steepest declines in home value during the recession. Home prices in seven of the states with the highest mortgage debt declined during the recession. In states like California and Nevada, properties lost more than 30% of their value. Even in states like New Jersey and Maryland, which fared relatively well during the recession, homes lost between 7% and 10% of their value. More
The good: The Walkman Z portable media player emphasizes music as the killer mobile app, integrating Sony’s Music Unlimited service, high-quality headphones, and unmatched audio enhancement software.
The bad: Considering its premium price, the Walkman Z has limited video support, a thick design, mediocre screen resolution, short battery life, no memory expansion, no cameras, and is built around a version of Android that’s soon to be outdated.
The bottom line: The Walkman Z is Sony’s iPod Touch for Android-loving audiophiles.
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) yesterday appointed a brand new chief executive officer and president, Thorsten Heins. The move follows months of pressure from RIM shareholders and others to oust former RIM co-CEOs, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. (In fact, I wrote a piece earlier this month explaining why a major leadership change was in order at RIM.)
Check out the following list for 10 interesting tidbits on Mr. Heins, his past and his plans for RIM and BlackBerry in the coming months and years.
1) Thorsten Heins is of German origin, and his middle name is Gerhard.
“I’m German, and I’m a big fan of the term ‘process discipline’,” he said with laugh in a conference call this morning.
In addition to his role at RIM, Heins is also a Board Member of the German Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Toronto, according to BusinessWeek.com.
2) Heins has been with RIM since December 2007, serving as a SVP of the company’s handheld business unit and then as one of RIMs two chief operating officers. He played key roles in the creation of RIMs product portfolio. Before working for RIM, Heins was employed by Siemens, starting in 1984 just after his graduation from the University of Hannover in Germany, where he earned a master’s degree in science and physics.
3) Heins says he is open to licensing the BlackBerry OS, but it’s not his main concern at this point.
“I will entertain those discussions; I will assess the business opportunity for RIM,” Heins said. “And I will make the decision together with the board. It’s not my focus. ”
However, he does believe that the upcoming BlackBerry 10 handheld OS, which is expected to be released along with at least one new device in late 2012, will become an attractive option for hardware makers looking to license software.
“I’m absolutely confident that BlackBerry 10 will prove itself,” Heins said More
A magic moment recently occurred on the Rush Limbaugh show. Dennis, an African-American caller, noted that he listens to Rush in his truck and has been frequently angry with him in the past. But Obama’s recent decision to refuse approval for the Keystone pipeline was a real eye-opener. Beset by high fuel bills, which affect everything from his cost of doing business to groceries, he can no longer support Obama and may be done with the Democratic party as well.
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