Seventeen-hundred-dollar-an-ounce gold is driving a mining frenzy, but analysts are concerned that miners can’t extract gold any faster than they have the past decade.

From Advertising Age: Google Inc. will allow a “do-not- track” button to be embedded in its Web browser, letting users restrict the amount of data that can be collected about them. The world’s most popular search engine is joining other Web companies to support the anti-tracking initiative, which prevents an individual’s browsing history from being […]

Google announced yesterday that before the end of 2012, you will be able to buy augmented-reality smart eyeglasses from the search giant. The Android-powered glasses will have an onboard camera that monitors in real time what you see as you walk (or, heavens preserve us, drive) down the street. The lenses will then overlay information […]

3769.3 Meters that a Russian team of scientists drilled through Antarctic ice to reach the surface of subglacial Lake Vostok on 5 February (see p. 788). 92 Percentage of the world’s total freshwater consumption each year attributed to agriculture, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. $333,000 Amount in […]

From ASEE Daily briefing:   BBC News (12/16) reports, “A US patent for self-driving cars has been awarded to Google.”

From UBC CS blog:   David Lowe from UBC Computer Science wins the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) “Test of Time” Award for his 1999 paper “Object Recognition from Local Scale-Invariant Features“.  The award was presented at the ICCV conference in Barcelona on November 2011.

Canada is #7… From the Essential Science Indicators database from Thomson Reuters. Top 20 Nations in Mathematics; January 1, 2001-June 30, 2011

From today Economist‘s blog: THE British Parliament’s Clock Tower (more commonly known as Big Ben) is leaning north-west by 0.26 degrees, or 17 inches (43.5cm), according to documents that were recently made public. But Big Ben isn’t alone; architects have been correcting the Leaning Tower of Pisa since the 1170s when it was still being […]

From ASEE daily briefing: Popular Science (10/20, Kane) reports, “Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford professor and head of the project, and Google engineer Chris Urmson, delivered a keynote speech at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in San Francisco, explaining how the” Google’s self-driving fleet of Priuses work. “The ‘heart of the system’ […]

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