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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Google Commemorates Nicolaus Steno's 374th Birthday in Google Logo

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To day google commemorates Nicolas Steno or also known as Niels Stensen or Nicolaus Stenonis in Latin, was born in Copenhagen on January 11, 1638. Nicolas Steno was a scientist anatomist, and the seventeenth century considered the father of geology or science that studies the Earth's composition and internal structure and evolution over time. In addition, he found the parotid gland function. Nicolas Steno was born in 1638, and its original name was Niels Stensen.

This is Biography of Nicolaus Steno
Nicolaus Steno, originally Niels Stensen, the son of a goldsmith, was born in Copenhagen on Jan. 10, 1638. He entered the University of Copenhagen in 1656 to begin studies in medicine which he continued in Amsterdam and Leiden. After studying anatomy in Paris in 1664, he went to Florence in 1665. He became court physician to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinand II, who subsidized Steno's scientific interests.

Nicolaus Steno
During this period Steno investigated the geology of Tuscany with its related mineralogical and paleontological problems. His De solido intra solidum naturaliter contento dissertationis prodromus (1669; Introduction to a Dissertation concerning a Solid Body Enclosed by Process of Nature within a Solid) was one of the most fundamental contributions to geology because of Steno's qualities of observation, analysis, and inductive reasoning at a time when scientific research was nothing but metaphysical speculation. Contrary to many other works of the 17th century, it had an impact on contemporary scientists through three Latin editions and its translation into English by Henry Oldenburg in 1671.

The Prodromusis divided into four parts. The first contains an investigation on the origin of fossils. The second part analyzes the following fundamental problem: "given a substance having a certain shape, and formed according to the laws of nature, how to find in the substance itself evidences disclosing the place and manner of its production." The third part discusses different solids contained within a solid in relation to the laws discovered and presented in the previous part. This is the section dealing mostly with crystallography. The fourth part is largely a consideration of the geological changes which Steno was able to interpret from his observations throughout Tuscany.

A fundamental part of Prodromus concerns the aspects and the mechanism of the growth of crystals, which are also solids within solids. In that respect Steno discovered the fundamental law of crystallography known as the "law of constancy of interfacial angles," which states that regardless of the variations in shape or size of the faces of a crystal, the interfacial angles remain constant. At the end of Prodromus, Steno in a series of diagrams illustrates the geological history of Tuscany. These sections, the earliest of their type ever prepared, fully substantiate the claim that Steno is one of the founders of stratigraphy and historical geology and perhaps the first geologist in the modern sense.

Steno, in his general concept of the universe, adopted the doctrine of the four Aristotelian elements: fire, earth, air, and water. However, his concept of matter was Cartesian, since he considered a natural body as an aggregate of imperceptible particles subject to the action of forces as generated by a magnet, fire, and sometimes light.

In paleontology, Steno clearly understood the organic origin of fossils and their importance as indicators of different environments of deposition. Assuming that strata had been deposited in the form of sediments from turbid waters under the action of gravity, Steno established some of the fundamental principles of stratigraphy: deposition of each bed upon a solid substratum, superposition of younger strata over older ones, and occurrence of all beds except the basal one between two essentially horizontal planes. In structural geology, Steno visualized three types of mountains: mountains formed by faults, mountains due to the effects of erosion by running waters, and volcanic mountains formed by eruptions of subterranean fires.

In 1672 Steno became professor of anatomy in Copenhagen. As a Catholic, he encountered so much religious intolerance from the Protestant community that he returned to Florence, where he was put in charge of the education of Cosimo III, the son of the Grand Duke. In 1675 Steno took Holy Orders, and a year later Pope Innocent XI appointed him bishop of Titopolis and apostolic vicar of northern Germany and Scandinavia. He died in Schwerin on Nov. 26, 1686.

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Detroit Auto Show 2012: Ford pushes the 2013 Fusion to 100 mpg

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Later this year, Ford Motor Co. will launch this: the 2013 Ford Fusion midsize sedan in three variations — including a plug-in hybrid that gets 100 mpg, besting every other liquid-powered vehicle for sale to the American public. It could be a winning equation, but there's a few key variables Ford hasn't revealed.

The current Fusion has turned into a mainstay of Ford's lineup, and the most popular car built by an American automaker, with sales hitting 248,067 in 2011. For its redesign, Ford will run the same play it's called on with the smaller Fiesta and Focus −- build one version of the Fusion for sale worldwide, using the Mondeo name in Europe and elsewhere, to lower costs while raising quality. Assembled in Mexico and Michigan, styled in Europe to follow the new Ford global look, two of its three engines will be built in Spain and England.

All three of those engines will be four-cylinder units, in line with the trend among downsized motors for midsize sedans. The base 2-liter four returns with 170 hp and 170 lb.-ft. of torque; the top engine is now a 2-liter EcoBoost turbocharged plant with 237 hp and 250 lb.-ft. of torque — a step down from the top 3.5-liter V6 offered now.


The middle engine is a 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo — a tiny engine for a midsize sedan, but one capable of 179 hp and 172 lb.-ft. of torque. Ford expects that model to hit 26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, which should top the class. Ford will also aim to entice buyers with technology, such as an automated lane-keeping system and voice-controlled entertainment.

Of those 248,067 Fusions sold last year, just over 10,000 were Fusion Hybrids, which while garnering praise for handling cost several thousand dollars more than a regular version. Ford says thanks to a new lithium-ion battery pack and a smaller 2-liter engine, the Fusion Hybrid should get 47 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the highway, good for substantial bragging rights over the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata hybrids.

But it's the plug-in version, named the Fusion Energi by Ford's Department of Redundanci Dept., that can achieve the equivalent of 100 mpg — 8 better than the Chevy Volt, and 13 mpg more than the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid. But Ford disclosed no other details about the plug-in — such as how far it can travel on electricity alone, how big its battery pack will be and just how much it will cost.

That number will be the key to whether the Fusion Energi might be positioned as a plug-in hybrid for the masses or just another expensive science project. Ford's all-electric Focus just going into production has a sticker of $39,995 before a $7,500 federal tax credit. If the Fusion Energi has a similar price, the vast majority of Fusions sold will drive on hydrocarbons rather than electrons.

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The Global Temperature in 2011 is not the Hottest


You feel the temperature around your hot throughout the year 2011 then? According to some observers environmental scientists from the United States, in 2011 only in the ninth position as the warmest year of the 33 years since the first Earth's surface temperature recorded last in 1978.

According to John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville, United States, the average temperature in 2011 is not hot because there is the phenomenon of cooling water temperature of the Pacific, otherwise known as La Nina at the beginning and end of year it.

If averaged globally, by 2011,
the Earth's atmosphere is about 0.27 degrees
warmer than average during the last 30 years.
"If averaged globally, by 2011, the Earth's atmosphere is about 0.27 degrees warmer than average during the last 30 years," said Christy, January 10, 2011.

They developed their own system reports temperature records from almost all regions of planet Earth.

As part of an ongoing project between the University of Alabama, NASA, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Christy and her team used data collected by the advanced microwave sounding units on NOAA and NASA satellites belonging to obtain accurate temperature information from the entire region the earth. Includes remote desert, ocean, rain forests, which are regions where the climate of accurate data is not available.

Satellites also measured the temperature of the Earth's atmosphere from the surface to an altitude of 26 thousand feet (7924 meters) above sea level. Data were collected and processed on a monthly basis, and available to researchers atmosphere and environmentalists from around the world.

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Toshiba Excite X10, The Thinnest Tablet in the World

Toshiba announced the newest tablet computer Android-based Excite 10 inches at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012, Las Vegas, United States.

Toshiba Exicite X10 
Interestingly, this tablet has a thickness of only 0.3 inches, or about 7 millimeters. Product introductions in the world's thinnest tablet is quite surprising because Thrive, 10-inch tablet PC that first released them quite big and too thick.

With a thickness of 0.3 inches and weighs 0.5 kilograms, Excite X10 is thinner and lighter than the iPad 2, which weighs 0.6 kilograms. However, there are rumors reported that the iPad 3 will be coming soon and dimensions offered rival Toshiba Excite X10.

Quoted from bandwidthblog, January 10, 2012, although thin, is presented Toshiba tablet PC equipped with a micro USB port, micro HDMI, SD card and connector for docking. Tablet that will present the possibilities with the Android 3.2 or 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

With a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, 2 megapixel camera on the front and 5 megapixels in the back as well as 1GB of memory, these tablets using magnesium alloy casing on the back. The front is fitted with gorilla-glass to prevent scratches on the screen resolution of 1280x800 owned.

There has been no definite date when this product will be present on the market. But Toshiba said that Excite X10 is available in the U.S. market by first quarter of 2012 at a price of U.S. $ 529.99 and U.S. $ 599.99 (32GB).

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New iPads Imminent? Source Claims Taiwan Manufacturer Already Taking Orders

Customers look at the iPod and iPad 2 at the Apple retail store in San Francisco, California November 17, 2011
DigiTimes may be the new 50-50, as in “half the time they’re kind of right,” “half the time they’re mostly wrong,” but okay, we’ll bite: Another supply chain source just told the rumormonger that Taiwanese electronics supplier Pegatron is already taking orders for Apple’s next iPad.

Whether it’s an iPad 3 or just an iPad 2.5 is anyone’s guess — DT says “supply chain players” call it the former in a placeholder sense — but what the site seems sure of, is that it’ll launch in March, followed in October by a so-called “iPad 4″ with order volume of between 7 and 10 million units.

Less interesting from a consumer standpoint (but hypothetically as important from an availability vantage) DT’s source says Apple will shift its product outsourcing responsibilities so that manufacturers aren’t doubling up on production: Pegatron will focus on iPad production first and the iPhone in a secondary capacity, while manufacturer Foxconn Electronics will do the reverse. Apple reportedly hopes the arrangement will “decrease risk and increase the quality of its products.”

True or false? As usual, we have no idea, other than to speculate based on timing — since the iPad 2 debuted in March 2011 and the original iPad arrived in April 2010, it stands to reason we’ll see whatever’s next in March/April 2012. As they say, even a broken clock’s right twice a day.

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Google Adds ‘Your World’ to Search Results

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If you’re thinking Google plans to rest on its search-leading laurels, you’ll want check your Google search results over the next week, because the company’s rolling out its next evolutionary step: Search Plus Your World.

As the name suggests, Search Plus Your World combines Google’s search results and its Google+ social network (along with Picasa, the Google photo-sharing site and software) to let you localize searches within your social circle and use Google search to grow that circle. The revised search will now offer not only ”personal results” on both web and image searches, drawn from your own Google+ and Picasa posts and contacts, but also auto-complete prompt that let you search for specific contacts without wading through search results featuring strangers with the same name as your friends (particularly helpful for those with friends named “John Smith,” I’m betting).

In addition to those new features (which can be made the focus of your searches or turned off altogether), Google+ will also be promoted in a new right-hand sidebar on the results page that links to Google+ communities discussing your search topic (including the option to join said communities from that page).

If you find this new openness about your Google+ account alarming, don’t worry; not only will search respect your Google+ privacy settings (which can be configured to make things private, viewable to your friends only, or public), but Google has activated SSL encryption on all Search Plus Your World searches and results, giving them the same level of privacy as your Gmail or Google+ account (it also means that you have to be signed in, in order to access Search Plus Your World results; otherwise, you just get “regular” search results).

Search Plus Your World begins rolling out today, with an estimated Friday deadline for full availability. Given the impressive way it folds Google+ into the overall Google experience, it’ll be interesting to see if this results in a (deserved) bump in people signing on to the fast-growing social network; if nothing else, it’ll be worth using just to finally combine social recommendations with search results when it comes to picking a recommended eating spot.

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10 Places To Visit Before They Disappear


From natural wonders to entire cities, these 10 amazing places could all disappear in the near future.










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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Google Makes Own Hardware for Android

Google is reportedly making the processor and GPU for Android-based devices.

Shocking news came back from Google. However, in contrast to the usual news coming from the search engine giant, which is usually associated with their latest software or services, the news this time associated with the hardware.
Google is reportedly making the processor and GPU for Android-based devices. Reportedly, this processor will be installed on the upcoming Nexus. (2android-phone.com)

Quoted from Android Invasion, Monday, January 9, 2012, a number of sources of internal circles Google claims that they are developing a special processor and GPU (graphics processing unit) to be used on Android-based devices.

Google seems to want to bring uniformity to the Android hardware to come. And according to the programming of a Google employee who spread the information, the possibility of a processor made ​​by Google it will present at the next Nexus.

Despite the news that Google's foray into the processor industry is heard a sudden, it seems the move makes sense from Google's perspective. They certainly want to be really able to compete with the competitors (such as the Apple iPhone) by making the processor itself.

As is known, at present, a number of manufacturers Android smartphone or tablet using the processor and the graphics are different from each other. Android operating system itself is able to work on a variety of hardware systems, ranging from very good capable, to a mediocre performance.

Unfortunately, when confirmed, Google is not willing to give testimony. However, if this news is true, it seems Google has once again taken a step toward strengthening their platform.

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Stricken ship splits in two off New Zealand coast

MV Rena is seen in two pieces after overnight bad weather pounded the vessel, on Jan. 9, 2012 in Tauranga, New Zealand. The ship, which struck Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Mt Maunganui on Oct. 5, 2011, split in two over the weekend.
A team of oil-spill and wildlife specialists has been mobilised as oil again began flowing from the Rena, after it broke in two in a storm over the weekend.

The Associated Press reports from WELLINGTON, New Zealand: 
A light sheen of oil extended about two miles from a wrecked cargo ship that split in two over the weekend, but so far the damage appears small compared to the environmental disaster created when the vessel ran aground in October, New Zealand authorities said Monday.
Waihi Police Sgt. Dave Litton said police closed public access to popular Waihi Beach on Monday morning after four cargo containers and other debris from the vessel washed ashore. He said police received calls about people driving off with some of the bags of milk powder that are strewn along the beach.

A security guard walks on a beach where shipping containers and bags of milk powder, seen here, were washed ashore on Jan. 9, 2012.


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Mystery of Stolen Antiques from England Pulpit

An antique brass lectern is stolen from a church in England had been found. Surprisingly, the pulpit was found in a very distant and unpredictable, which is an antiques fair in Romania.

Plaque from the Stolen Pulpit in the UK
Reported by the Daily Mail Monday, January 9, 2012, the pulpit as high as 1.2 meters and is worth about 2000 pounds (Rp28, 2 million) was stolen from the Church of the Holy Cross Church in Wiltshire, England in September. The investigation shows, syndicate Eastern European antiques thief who was behind the theft of the pulpit from the village of Ashton Keynes.

Theft is a mystery for months, because many are questioning how the heavy pulpit can be moved freely. Unsolved mystery began when police received an e-mail from someone who saw placards taped to the pulpit.

"At first I thought it was an e-mail for fun, until I saw a phone number at the end of your e-mail. When I tried to call, the answer is people with bad English, and said never saw placards pulpit in a village of Ashton Keynes in Romania, "said Steve Harvey from the police.

This man, he continued, had been seeking data on the Internet to ensure that the correct saw placards placards stolen. Now, the British police worked with Interpol, and Harvey believes that the pulpit could be returned to England.

Meanwhile, Gaye Hoyell, treasurer of the Holy Cross Church said he was happy, surprised, as well as worried as he heard the pulpit was found. Because, he feared the pulpit with a decorative eagle that has been eaten by that age melted.

"I also do not understand how severe the pulpit that it could be stolen, let alone the church is locked at night. I think the thief in action during the day," said Hoyell.

According to him, the pulpit was installed as a display in the church so everyone can admire its beauty. As published by the Telegraph, the church is now thinking about how to secure the pulpit after returned.

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Dog Found Alive Four Days After Montana Avalanche

BILLINGS, Mont.) — A dog that was feared dead after it was swept away in a weekend avalanche that killed its owner showed up four days later at the Montana motel where its owners had stayed the night before going backcountry skiing.

Search and rescue team member Bill Whittle said he was “positive” that the Welsh corgi — named Ole — had been buried in Saturday’s avalanche.
In this photo released by Natasha Baydakova on Wednesday Jan. 4,2011 showing a Welsh corgi dog named Ole that showed up at a Cooke City motel four days after the dog and its owner were swept up in an avalanche. The dog’s owner died. The dog returned to this motel where they had been staying before going back country skiing
“The avalanche guys were up there on Monday investigating and they were looking for the dog too and never seen any signs,” he said.


But on Wednesday, Ole showed up exhausted and hungry back at the motel, four miles from where the slide occurred, the Billings Gazette reported.

“When I first saw the dog, it was sitting in front of their room staring at the door,” Cooke City Alpine Motel owner Robert Weinstein said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday.

Dave Gaillard of Bozeman was skiing with his wife when the avalanche struck near Cooke City, an old mining town just outside Yellowstone National Park.

“His last words to me were, ‘Retreat to the trees.’ I think he saw what was coming from above, that I did not see,” Kerry Corcoran Gaillard told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

Gaillard’s daughter, 11-year-old Marguerite, was putting photos of Ole on poster board as a memorial Wednesday afternoon.

“She found out when she was halfway done with that that Ole was still alive,” said Gaillard’s step-daughter, Silver Brelsford.

Whittle drove the dog back to the family in Bozeman.

“He was tired,” Brelsford told the AP. “He’s doing really well now.”

Sidney resident Jody Ray Verhasselt, 46, also died Saturday in another avalanche while snowmobiling north of Cooke City. The two New Year’s Eve avalanche deaths have taken a toll on the small mountain community.

“We needed this,” Whittle said of Ole’s survival. “It kind of cheered everyone up.”

Searchers recovered Gaillard’s body earlier this week. Family members were preparing for his funeral on Friday.

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The World’s Most-Visited Museums

Mais oui! The Louvre in Paris tops the list of the busiest museums on Earth.

It’s no surprise that the Louvre has yet again claimed the title of the world’s most-visited museum—it’s only the home of the world’s most popular woman: Mona Lisa.

The Paris museum drew a record 8.8 million visitors in 2011—a five percent increase from the three years previous, during which the museum hosted 8.5 million people every year. The New York Daily News reports the Louvre citing a “strong return of American visits and a more and more marked presence of visitors from emerging countries.” French heritage officials have reported that the number of visitors French museums at large have also grown by more than 5% in the last year. Maybe this jump is an indication that the recession is indeed “over” (at least that’s what economists keep telling us), or perhaps people are seeking out art as an escape from the realities of daily life.

According to Travel + Leisure’s methodology, more than half of the 20 most-visited museums (based on 2010 data) were based in Paris, Washington D.C., or New York City. The Smithsonian museums get a lot of love on the list: after the Louvre, T+L cites the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in D.C. as the second most popular, with 8.3 million visitors in 2010, while the National Museum of Natural History in D.C. drew in 6.8 million people, taking the No.3 spot. The Smithsonian museums gain advantage from 1) being free, and 2) their convenient location, side-by-side along the National Mall, making it easy for visitors to museum-hop for a day.

The other usual suspects also made the list—the British Museum, the Met, the Musée d’Orsay, but only one Asian museum, the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, made the list. T+L explains that museum benefits from strong domestic tourism.

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5 Things Your Doctor Dislikes About You

Ask anyone what's wrong with the medical profession and you'll hear a long list of complaints: Too many pricey medications. Forever behind schedule. Always talks, never listens. Rushes me in and out of the examining room.
Don't get on your doctor's bad patient list
But people rarely hear what bugs doctors about patients. Their gripes are generally aired as doctors walk the hallways at medical meetings or chat behind closed doors at conferences. Here's your chance to find out what annoys your doctor.

1. You don't arrive on time 

"It drives [some] doctors crazy when patients turn up late for an appointment," says Mary Catherine Beach, M.D., of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. "You can see the irony in that because patients almost always have to wait to see their doctor." But quite often the reason you're left twiddling your thumbs is that someone who didn't arrive on time messed up the schedule. "If you come in late, I can almost guarantee that your doctor won't feel as happy toward you as if you'd been on time," she continues. Some doctors tolerate late arrivals better than others, but no one likes it. 

Here's a tip: Ask for the first appointment of the day, so you won't get caught up in other things before the appointment. This also works in the reverse - for doctors who always make you wait.
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2. You treat your doctor's office as your personal assistant 

"Some patients want you to take responsibility for running their lives," says Dennis Cope, M.D., of the UCLA Department of Medicine. "I saw a woman recently who had to make arrangements to get to another medical appointment. She decided transportation was a medical problem and asked the staff to organize it. That's inappropriate." 

People who expected his assistant to run down and put money in the parking meter irked retired dentist Richard Price, former clinical instructor at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. Even more outlandish, "one woman assumed I would pay her parking ticket because the meter ran out before I had finished treating her," he says. 

Here's a tip: If the problem doesn't directly involve your health, don't make it your doctor's or dentist's responsibility.

3. You don't admit that you're not taking your medicine 

Doctors become irritated with patients who don't take their medications. They don't know that their patients may not understand the directions, believe the drugs aren't working, experienced severe side effects or can't get to the pharmacy to fill the prescription. 

New York University Medical Center cardiologist Richard Stein, M.D., says he has some patients who listen carefully, fill their prescriptions and then take exactly half as much as they should. 

"If you don't tell me that you've cut the dose, I have to assume either that the medicine isn't working, in which case I'll switch you to a different one, or that the dose is too low, in which case I'll increase it," Stein continues. Neither choice solves the problem. 

Here's a tip: If your doctor gives you a prescription for a medicine that you hesitate to take, ask why you need it, whether a lower dose would work and whether there's a substitute or less expensive alternative.

4. You diagnose your own medical problem and tell the doctor how to treat it 

Doctors grumble about patients who diagnose their own ailments or direct their own treatment. "When patients start diagnosing their own problems, we all have a problem," says Boston University's Price. "I just want them to tell me their symptoms." 

Stein of New York University has the same complaint: "I don't want a patient to tell me what tests to order. Why come to me if your going to run your own case?" He adds, "It would be much better to ask, 'Does such-and-such a test make sense for me?' Then we could have a reasonable discussion." 

Here's a tip: Ask the doctor's advice, don't give him yours.

5. You start asking questions just as the doctor heads out the door 

To get the most out of the short time you have for an office visit - anywhere between 15 and 20 minutes at latest count - it pays to come prepared with a list of questions you'd like answered. But doctors inwardly groan when you pull out a long list just as your appointment's ending. To keep the smile on your doctor's face and get the answers you need, mention at the start of your appointment that you have some questions to go over. That way, says NYU's Stein, you'll alert your doctor to leave time at the end of the visit for your questions. 

Here's a tip: If you have a lot of questions, there may not be time to answer all of them. Put a star next to the five most important ones and ask those first.

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Massive Trove of Titanic Artifacts Headed for Auction

As fans of the Titanic (the shipwreck and/or the movie), we know you’ve already booked your trip on the Titanic Memorial Cruise, the trip that will retrace the path of the Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage on the disaster’s centennial. So what else does a Titanic groupie have to look forward to in 2012? How about more than 5,000 items salvaged from the ill-fated ship heading to the auction block?

A woman examines the Titanic's crows nest bell in
an exhibition of artifacts recovered from the wreck of
the Titanic on November 3, 2010 in London
The owner, an apparent avid collector of artifacts salvaged form one of the world’s most infamous shipwrecks, has decided to put the collection up for sale to the highest bidder. According to CNNMoney, the collection was appraised in 2007 at a value of over $189 million. Since then the collector has added even more valuable trinkets pulled from the salty depths.

No word on whether a nude portrait of Kate Winslet is included in the lot, but even if it was up for sale, the piece would be unavailable for individual purchase. Premier Exhibitions, the auction house who currently owns and displays the items around the world, has opted to sell all the items in the collection as one lot. So if you want to purchase the hypothetical Kate Winslet portrait, you must also purchase deck chairs, silverware and whatever else was pulled out of the briny deep by intrepid divers. According to the article on CNN, the artifacts in the lot were collected by salvage divers over the course of several dives over several decades, from 1987-2010.

Premier Exhibitions plans to announce the results of the auction on April 15, the anniversary of the ship’s sinking. Several other events are planned around the 2012 anniversary, including a re-release of James Cameron’s 1997 masterpiece Titanic in 3D and a reasonable sounding trip on a Russian submarine that will take passengers down to the wreckage.

And about that Kate Winslet sketch: Sorry, but it was already auctioned.

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