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We here at thebrig.org have decided to put our dedicated and very talented team of engineers, computer scientists, lawyers, and marketing experts to good use. The result of weeks of dedicated research and unethical experimentation on our gaming comrades is this first installment of thebrig.org’s Beneficial Development Series: Facial Fitness.

Note: that our development team lacks any expertise in the matters of human health. Consult your physician or local gaming guru before deciding to implement any of the persona/lifestyle recommendations found herein.

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Drowning PlanetWorld Renowned Physicist, text-to-speech pioneer, and Star Trek:TNG Cameo Stephen Hawking today declared that the only way for the Human Race to ensure it’s survival was to recognize the absolute necessity for the colonization of space.

Speaking at a news conference in Hong Kong, Hawking Said, “Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of.”

Hawking predicted that a permenant colony could be establish on the moon within the next 20 years with a permenant colony on Mars following 20 years after that. However, Mr. Hawking was quick to point out, “We won’t find anywhere as nice as Earth unless we go to another star system.”

Could this be the first phase of the latest instance of science fiction becoming science?
For more on this, check this article from Forbes Online

Bridget Rover

Stefan_Rousseau_PA.jpg" /> Despite the dissappointing failure disappearance of the £35million ($62m) Beagle probe on Mars in late 2003, the British decided to up the ante and have once again taken the reins to another European space agency attempt to land a robotic probe on mars.Nicknamed Bridget, the £100 million Rover is part of the ESA’s ExoMars mission (total mission cost £410 million) which is tenatively scheduled for launch in 2011. British scientists claim that Bridget and its astronomical pricetag will represent the most technologically advanced attempt to date in the search for life on Mars.

In addition to the now standard Rover complement of cutting edge panoramic cameras, spectrometers and drill core analyizers, Bridget will also be equipped with a ‘life marker chip’. This chip is essentially a “quick and dirty” test for the elements of life (amino acides, cellular membrances and various know pigments). It can be alikened to ‘at-home pregnancy test’ technology.
For more details on this exciting development check this article from The Independent as well as this article from 24Dash.

Look Who's Back It’s been a while, but here we are! We’re officially calling ourselves “Coming Soon”. The past couple of weeks have been somewhat overwhelming for all of us. Our team has been separated by an entire continent and our subsequent reorganization has been trying. But we’re here, we’re alive, and settling into newly redefined lives. We have added new talent to our team of controversial writers and we’re anxious to have our comment forums flooded with more high intensity debates.

So stay tuned.
It’s all on the way..

NASA announced Tuesday the opening of team registration for five Centennial Challenges prize competitions with cash prizes totaling more than $1 million.

Teams can now register for the following competitions:
– Astronaut Glove Challenge, administered by Volanz Aerospace/Spaceflight America with a total prize value of $250,000.
– Beam Power Challenge, administered by the Spaceward Foundation as part of the annual Space Elevator Games with a total prize value of $200,000.
– Lunar Regolith Excavation Challenge, administered by the California Space Education & Workforce Institute with a total prize value of $250,000.
– MoonROx (Moon Regolith Oxygen) Challenge, administered by the Florida Space Research Institute with a total prize value of $250,000.
– Tether Challenge, administered by the Spaceward Foundation as part of the annual Space Elevator Games with a total prize value of $200,000.

Read the Official press release from NASA here

New Scientist is reporting that the LiftPort Group, a private US company, has launched a Balloon suspended ribbon one mile long to test it’s latest in both ribbon and robotic technology.

LiftPort is trying to reach the goal of having a fully operational Space elevator in 2018. With this first iteration of the technology they are one small but vital step closer to that goal.

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Plastic gets scratched. This is the fact scenario that California lawyers are going to use to sue Apple Computers over a “product defect” in the iPod Nano.

Apple insists that the Nano is made out of the same plastic that full size iPods are manufactured from, so the device should be just as resistant to scratches.

theBrig.org has many iPods at its disposal. All of them scratched to hell, well except the Shuffle, but we won’t get into that. However, based upon the strength of claims in the 19 page suit filed in California, we think you should sell all of your Apple stock. To us. For a $1. Trust us, you’ll be thankful when the stock bottoms out and trades 3:1 for shares in Nortel.

On a more serious note, we predict that this lawsuit will last less time than the battery life of a Nano. A 19 page lawsuit is the legal equivalent to the cocktail napkin.

Read where we stole this from. (Kidding)

It would appear that Take-Two, owner of Rockstar Games, is facing some financial difficulties. The company is having a hard time in finding someone willing to purchase its shares.

Before any commentary on this, a few background facts of finance:
1) If the price of your shares is dropping and no one is interested in buying them, you may be in trouble.
2) If your company is facing unstable revenues, at a time when the industry is rapidly growing, you may be in trouble.

If you satisfy both conditions, you are screwed.

Take-Two software has been facing a significant financial crisis since it was forced to pull copies of “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” from shelves due to hidden content on the game. Apparently, by installing a mod file, a character could receive some “hot coffee” albeit with a different sort of creamer.

So does this mean the end of the Grand Theft Auto series? Likely not. Analysts state that the current driving force of Rockstar Games (owned by Take-Two) are two brothers, Dan & Sam Houser. So if Take-Two gets its third strike, a larger firm will likely just hire the two brothers and buy the rights to the Grand Theft Auto series at a significant discount.

See the original article here.

Nikolay Sevastyanov, head of the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Russia has announced a plan to land on the moon for the purpose of mining for Helium-3. This is part of a new set of objectives for the International Space Statation that could make the ISS more prominent, not only for science experiments, but also as a platform for launching onward to the moon.

The Russians Have a goal of starting their mining by 2020. Helium-3 is a non radioactive isotope of helium that is extremely rare here on earth. On the moon however it is in greater abundance. Helium-3 could be used to generate electricty in a fusion nuclear reactor, a bucketful of the substance could jumpstart the creation of a fusion reactor which will have no radioactive by products.

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Mary mother of God. If you’ve recently purchased a new iBook, Apple has decided to piss you off to do something crazy like releasing a laptop with a magnetic power adapter.

That’s right, instead of plugging in your laptop you just have to use the magnet. So if you are a dumbass, or a drunk like us, you don’t have to worry about ripping your computer down to the ground. Good for you and your insurance company.

Not only that but the new casing is made out of Titanium. No longer the material for yuppie men and their golf clubs. It’s now the material for yuppie men and their computers. God theBrig loves progress.

See the Original Article Here