Shorter Days Post Chile Earthquake
A scientist at NASA reckons the Earth’s axis has been shifted due to the 8.8 magnitude that hit Chile recently. The devastating disaster caused more than 700 deaths already, with hundreds of thousands of people left homeless.

Richard Gross, a research scientist at NASA’s Jet
Propulsion Laboratory in California, has calculated the quake’s force shifted the axis buy around 8cm, causing the days to shorten by about 1.26 microseconds. The earthquake that triggered tsunamis off Indonesia in 2006 shifted the axis by 7cm, causing a shortening of 6.8 microseconds.

Shorter days? Holy shit mate… there aren’t enough hours in it already! This is going to have a very interesting result a few years from now once the 1.2’s add up…

You can read the story here via IOL

New Carbon Tax Hikes Merc Prices
Damn… I love Mercedes Benz, but now I need to flog out an additional R5000 for a C-Class as of 1 September. The recent budget speech introduced a carbon tax of R75 per gram/km which will significantly increase the price of new cars all across the bar.

Good thing Hummer is a thing of the past…

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Steve Jobs Throws His Toys Out Of The Cot
Apple has opened a lawsuit against HTC for infringing on patents used on the iPhone. HTC has allegedly been using technology developed for the number one Yuppie accessory, causing Mr Jobs to throw a bit of a hissy-fit.

“We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.” said Steve…

Well, we’re glad to see Apple’s #1 priority is developing technology for the industry so all our lives can improve… Oh, wait a minute…

Read the story here via BBC News