The Daily Flash -Eco, Space, Tech (6/05)

Avatar-movie2 Immortal avatars: Back up your brain, never die

Several companies are taking the first steps to enable you to create a lifelike digital representation (avatar) that can continue long after your biological body has decomposed — ultimately, a personalized, conscious avatar embodied in a robot. 

Monarch-butterflies Massive decline in butterflies in Himalayas 

The lofty western Himalayas are being slowly robbed of their butterflies, with at least 50 percent of the species showing a massive decline in less than a decade due to human interference. Studies conducted by the high altitude zoology field station of the Zoological Survey of India based in Solan town of Himachal Pradesh have recorded a drastic fall in butterfly numbers in the western Himalayas, famous for their biodiversity. “The population of 50 percent of the 288 species recorded in the western Himalayas, comprising areas of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, have declined more than half in just 10 years,” Avtar Kaur Sidhu, a scientist with the field station, told IANS. “We also found a massive decline in the population of the common snow apollo in Ladakh. It’s a high-altitude butterfly and its decline is due to its rampant smuggling and lack of conservation measures by the government,” Sidhu said, adding, “The same is the fate of the highbrown silver species”.

B-cycle_Row_2_small.jpg.scaled.1000 The Technology Driving Denver's B-cycle Bike Sharing System

One month after the Denver debut of B-cycle, the first large-scale bike sharing program in the U.S., over 3,000 Denver residents have burned over 1.3 million calories by pedaling away at the 400 bikes docked at 42 stations around the city. That's according to Amadeus Consulting, the Boulder, Colorado neighbor of B-cycle creators Crispin Porter + Bogusky who develop the integrated technology for the system that tracks usage through a kiosk user interface, Web services, and an iPhone application.

500x_android-doubletwist1 DoubleTwist App: Google Android's Answer to iTunes?

DoubleTwist is the first original, full-package media app that makes a case for Android as a media player. Initially a desktop software for Mac and Windows, DoubleTwist was an iTunes-looking program that was actually designed to be everything iTunes is not: streamlined, open, and platform-agnostic. DoubleTwist works with smartphones, media players, thumb drives, e-book readers, and countless other gadgets, no matter who makes them. It's sometimes a bit buggy and slow, but it's a pretty decent music jukebox.

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