DNA Tests Confirm Remains of 16th Century Astronomer

Poland scientists have completed DNA tests on human remains found in a Roman Catholic Cathedrals in Frombork Poland. They have identified the skeleton remains as a 16th century astronomer named Nicolaus Copernicus. Copernicus was the first astronomer to discover that the Sun was the center of our universe and not the Earth, as most astronomers theorized.

The scientists completed a forensic facial reconstruction of the skills and found that it bears similar facial features found in existing portraits of Copernicus. Furthermore, there was a cut above the left eye which corresponds with the scar in paintings of him. He died in 1543 at the age of 70.

Verizon Employees Accesses Obama’s Cellphone Records

According to a Verizon Wireless press release, an employee of theirs accessed President-elect Obama’s personal phone account. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made the following statement last week:

This week we learned that a number of Verizon Wireless employees have, without authorization, accessed and viewed President-Elect Barack Obamas personal cell phone account. The account has been inactive for several months. The device on the account was a simple voice flip-phone, not a BlackBerry or other smartphone designed for e-mail or other data services.

Google Launches SearchWiki Providing Customizable Search Results

Google today launched a search feature that allows signed-in users to rank, delete, and comment on search results and all of this is visible only to you. The new feature called, SearchWiki, is how Google plans to transform the search engine world from static content to more dynamic content that makes searches more useful according to Google.

Let’s say you are searching for Tech Fragments and on the same results page is a site about fragments of metal. This wasn’t what you intended of looking for so you could easily click on an X and prevent that result from displaying again when searching for the same keywords.

IBM Working on Futuristic Armor for Battlefield?

An IBM engineer has passed us information regarding a new technology that IBM is developing dealing with military grade armor. While the source does not specifically tell us how the new technology works but it would be a replacement for Kevlar and would reflect any incoming bullets.

It makes us wonder what direction IBM is heading with this new technology, with the patent already applied. While we still aren’t sure exactly sure how the technology will work, long as it protects and does so better than Kevlar – it might be a revolutionary product that could change the battlefield as we see it today.

Internet Explorer 8 Final Release Delayed Until 2009

Microsoft said IE8 final will not be completed until 2009. The next release, called a “release candidate” or RC, will come out in the first part of 2009. This means we could probably look forward to seeing IE 8 next summer sometime if one were to guess.

“Our next public release of IE (typically called a “release candidate”) indicates the end of the beta period,” general manager Dean Hachamovitch said. “We want the technical community of people and organizations interested in Web browsers to take this update as a strong signal that IE8 is effectively complete and done.”

Excuse Me, My Parking Meter is Calling Me

Imagine your parking meter being able to send you a warning that it is about to expire — or being able to add time to your parking meter from wherever you are just by calling your cell phone. And wouldnt it be so much more convenient if you could just slide your credit card through the meter instead of searching for the right coins and inserting them!

Well, those features and more are now available for parking meter users, along with new capabilities for those in charge of administering them, with the merged creation of Duncan Solutions, Inc. the first company to provide such a large and diversified umbrella of products and services for the parking and enforcement industries.