Archos has announced the Carbon 97, a new, 9.7-inch tablet that ships running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The IPS display has a resolution of 1024 x 768, and it packs a 1 GHz ARM processor and 1 GB RAM on the inside. You get front- and rear-facing cameras and 16 GB of storage space (which you can expand with a microSD card, if you'd like.) The most surprising part of this, though, is the fact that the Archos Carbon 97 will sell for just $249.99. To put that in perspective, that's the price you'd pay for a Nexus 7 tablet, and the Carbon 97 has a much larger display. You'll be able to pick one up later this month.
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A recent study claims that the Arctic may lose its ice cover in summer in as few as 30 years, as opposed to the end of the century, as the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007 predicted. While that study used 11 models to base their facts on, Muyin Wang and James Overland picked 6 of the 23 now available and noted that the change will probably come from the average figure of 32 years, but may be as early as 11. Most scientists figure that parts of northern Canada and Greenland will still have ice in summer.
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Remember the Refrigerator that tosses beer cans? The BaR2D2 makes that look like an infant machine. Creator Jamie Price made the portable bartender in his spare time in his garage. BaR has a motorized beer elevator and ice/mixer drawer, a six-bottle shot dispenser, and sound activated neon lighting and sound effects. Jamie has full instructions available on Instructables if you would like to DIY. While you are there, vote for him so he can win some Craftsman tools to build his next clever creation.
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Isn’t it ironic that the Icetris cube trays were created by a Russian design shop? Designer Dima Komissarov of Mystake came up with the idea and we expect that you could play a round or two before they completely melted. Then again, if you played the game until you saw Tetris shapes in your dreams, you might want to pass. There is no date set to make the prototype into a reality as yet, but you might want to encourage Dima all the same.
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NASA believes that material found on Mars recently may really be ice. When images from the trench dubbed “Snow White 2” were received from the Phoenix Mars lander, scientists believed the white surface shown was either salt or ice clumps. Because many of them were gone the next day, the researchers ruled out the presence of salt, although the soil sample didn’t yield evidence of water.
Because the Phoenix is undergoing adjustment to its software, it has been a bit lax in its duties. We suspect that when it gets going it will get right on it, unless those pesky Martians try to sabotage the project again before the 90 day time frame is complete.
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When you are indoors you can feel safer with the Footlume rug and France’s Eurovia is working on a way to let drivers know about icy conditions outside. Going through trials now, the temperature sensitive varnish turns pinkish when the road begins to freeze to less than 1º C and returns to its natural color when it melts. The paving company is hoping that its testing, including a 5 km stretch near Havre, will be successful enough to let us all share in its benefits soon.