September 2008 Archives

Stealing sunshine

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

Our northern latitude and heavy snowfall make solar power a less enticing energy prospect in Canada than in, say, sunny California. But as we've reported earlier this year, solar power projects are, if you'll allow the mixing of energy metaphors, gaining steam in Canada.

It turns out, however, there is a (very) hidden cost to solar panels people don't often consider: theft.

According to a New York Times report, solar panels have been the target of a rash of thefts in sunny California and to a lesser extent in other states.

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Canon redefines convergence with HD capable digital cameras

By Robin Rowland, CBCNews.ca

When Canon began a series of teaser ads two weeks ago (just before Sony launched the new A900), the company was using the catch phrase “Destined Evolution.”

The new Canon EOS 5D Mark II is a big step in the evolution of the still camera, but the camera unveiled today is more a case of selective breeding than natural selection, for the new Canon is the first professional-level digital single lens reflex that will also shoot High Definition video. Canon has redefined convergence.

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Black hole conspiracies

by Paul Jay, CBC News online

As the man credited with inventing the web, Tim Berners-Lee knows a few things about knowledge and how it is shared and disseminated. He also knows more than most about the Large Hadron Collider, since it was while working at a CERN-run Swiss laboratory that he first developed the system of online links called Hypertext Transfer Protocol.

And as he tells the BBC, he's a bit freaked out at the amount of misinformation about the LHC, particularly the talk that a black hole created in the particle collider would destroy the Earth.

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Sony fires new volley in pro camera war

By Robin Rowland, CBCNews.ca

Sony launched its new “flagship” Digital Single Lens Reflex camera today, the Alpha 900, the company’s first real entry into the professional still camera market. (Sony, of course, has dominated the professional video camera market for the past 20 years and has had a strong presence in the consumer point and shoot market.)

The camera wars are beginning once again. The ammunition is the mighty megapixel.

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