Unofficial Apple Weblog interview with the Mac Mini project manager states that RAM is user-upgradable without voiding warranty, and so is upgrading/adding Airport, Bluetooth and the HD. Doing the latter three might be harder, though.
I hadn't really heard of Sin City before, but after having had the chance to see the trailer for the film adaptation, can I just say:
1. wow; and
The Times ran a suite of stories today on research suggesting a link between over-enthusiastic housekeepers keeping their immediate surroundings a little too clean and perhaps applying a little too much zeal with household cleaning 'chemicals' and the increasing prevalance of asthma. Times reporter Anna Patty diligently filed a story concerning a young boy with asthma and his mother, Shelley:
Although the cause of asthma is unknown, Mrs Cohen-Morgan believes that weather changes trigger Joshua’s asthma attacks. She also suspects that household chemicals and pollution bring on attacks, and is vigilant in keeping her home free of household cleaners and dust.
“Everything I buy is organic. I stay clear of anything with chemicals in it,” she said. “I don’t use polish, air fresheners or household chemicals. Joshua doesn’t need to be inhaling any aerosol-based products.”
The title of the story was, obviously 'I don't use anything with chemicals in it'.
I hope she doesn't know her son was born with chemicals in him already!
Guardian Life article on the opening of the UK stem cell bank:
It will be a tremendous medical resource: it has the potential to accelerate massively the field of regenerative medicine and it sets the benchmark for stem cell research worldwide. Funded by the Medical Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the new bank will be based in the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control in Hertfordshire. It is the only place in the world that will systematically maintain and distribute an ever-growing range of stem cells to scientists around the world. And the Centre for Neuroscience Research at King's College London yesterday donated one of the bank's first set of embryonic stem cells. [more]
Doctors claim to have uncovered new evidence that the tiny particles known as "nannobacteria" are indeed alive and may cause a range of human illnesses. The existence of nannobacteria is one of the most controversial of scientific questions - some experts claim they are simply too small to be life forms. [more]
Some Apple-related bits and pieces:
Stumbled upon Christian Sandor's homepage while doing some augmented reality research and saw this quite stunning illustration video (11MB WMV) of a spatially aware window manager. More details here, but the Columbia Dynamic Space Manager looks awfully like the granddaddy of Apple's Exposé (and does a hell of a lot more).
I'm sorry, but this really takes the piss. From the F-Secure weblog:
The FTP server in the Sasser worm family has an apparent buffer overflow vulnerability. A small program has appeared on the InterNet that exploits this vulnerabilty and opens a remote shell on TCP port 530 (by default). [more]
Sorry. That's terribly funny.