Whole latte shaking in new Starbucks music CD-burning service

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Add music to the coffee and lunch and wireless Internet offered at Starbucks.

Starbucks announced this week it was launching a new digital music service with Hewlett-Packard that allows customers to “burn” compact disks (CDs) of music albums or personalized compilations.

AFP (via Yahoo! News)

I wonder when would they offer this service here in the Philippines. Then I may have some reason to go to here than just drinking coffee.

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All Robots Break Down in Pentagon Race

By ANDREW BRIDGES, AP Science Writer

BARSTOW, Calif. – Looks like we won’t be seeing any robot driver’s licenses issued anytime soon. All 15 self-navigating vehicles in a 150-mile race across the Mojave Desert were knocked out within a few miles of the starting gate Saturday, victims of technical glitches, barbed-wire fences and rugged terrain.

None could claim the $1 million prize offered by a military agency seeking to develop autonomous vehicles that could be used in combat.

AP (via Yahoo! News)

This boils down to 5 words: “We are not yet ready.”

Philippine Internet users reach four million

Tuesday March 30, 2004, 5:56 PM

MANILA – More and more young Filipino professionals are using the Internet to shop and do business, a survey revealed.

There are about four million Filipinos wired to the World Wide Web, a fourth of whom regularly go online, according to results of the August to December 2003 survey by marketing research firm AC-Nielsen, released Tuesday.

AFP (via Yahoo! News Asia)

I’m one of the four million.

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Earth’s ‘quasi-moon’ is wayward asteroid

28 March 04

The Earth has only one true Moon, but astronomers have found that we also have a “quasi-moon” – a travelling companion through space that is circling the Earth while actually orbiting the Sun.

The object, the only quasi-moon discovered so far, is an asteroid called 2003 YN107 which circles the Sun in an orbit almost identical to Earth’s, but follows a corkscrew path that from time to time means that it appears to orbit Earth.

New Scientist

Earth’s natural satellite, the moon, affects Earth like the tides. What effect can this “quasi-moon” will have on Earth?

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Rare Five-Planet Alignment Visible

Wed, Mar 24, 2004

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Five planets are arrayed across the evening sky in a spectacular night show that won’t be back for another three decades.

For the next two weeks, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — the five closest planets — should be easily visible at dusk, along with the moon.

AP (via Yahoo! News)

A very spectacular sight to see. Now, if only I have a telescope.

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NASA Finds Flaw Could Have Doomed Another Shuttle

Mon Mar 22,10:27 PM ET

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA has discovered a potentially disastrous mistake made more than 20 years ago on the space shuttle Discovery and plans to replace key parts on all three of its shuttles, the space agency said on Monday.

Reuters (via Yahoo! News)

It is good that NASA has already found and corrected this flaw. Our space exploration must not cost another life due to some mechanical failure.

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U.S. Pushes to Boost Use of Ozone Damaging Fumigant

Wed Mar 24, 7:58 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. fruit growers in Montreal this week will push for an increase in their use of a pesticide known to destroy the ozone layer, claiming that exemptions for developing nations on the chemical are unfair.

Methyl bromide, a fumigant that kills soil and food pests, is due to be phased out by developed nations by January 1, 2005, under the 1987 Montreal Protocol to protect the atmosphere.

Reuters (via Yahoo! News)

There must be no exemptions to the rule. This regulation regarding the use of these chemicals must be followed. I know that farmers’ income is affected, but we must also think about the ozone. This is important, too.

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