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Much can be said for this new Sony powerhouse. It comes straight out of the box with a 2GHz processor, 512 MB DDR SDRAM, and a huge 60GB hard drive. This machine is a perfect choice whether you are a hardcore PC gamer or a designer using high end software. The possibilities on this laptop are endless. You can burn your own DVDs on the DVD-RW/ CD-RW drive. We watched a few DVDs and have to say that the picture quality was amazing. With the 16.1" Ultra high-resolution screen, everything looks crystal clear. Our tests with Wave 3’s Session video collaboration software (www.wavethreesoftware.com) further demonstrated the GRX’s display prowess. The video was smooth even when blown up to full screen, the audio was perfect and there was no lagging at all. The GRX is a great mix of style and power and we would also highly recommend it. For more info. On the GRX 670, go to www.sony.com.

If you haven’t heard of Winbook computers, you should definitely take a look if youíre considering buying a laptop. They solely focus on mobile computing and it shows with their latest edition of their most powerful laptop, the J4 3.06. This J4 is loaded with Intel’s fastest processor, the 3.06 GHz Pentium 4 with Intel’s Front Side Bus for internal data flow and NetBurst architecture which adds extra performance for multimedia and Internet applications. For our lab testing we tested the 2.2GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, and a 40GB hard drive J4, so we can only imagine the power of the J4 3.06 GHz which was just released. We rigorously tested the machine and played a couple of PC games that required an extensive amount of memory and for the most part they all ran great without any lagging. The J4 also comes with excellent internal speakers. We conducted an hour long video conference, with our friends at a college in Spain, and the

speakers made us feel like we were in the next room. We have but only two complaints about this computer, and theyíre somewhat major ones. If you are starting or restarting this laptop, it doesnít always boot up properly. The second complaint is that you are unable to watch DVDs on this laptop right out of the box. We tried 20 times to watch a movie, and it said that the necessary drivers were not installed. Itís kind of a hassle to either download or even worse, buy the drivers that you need. We are assured that this problem has been fixed in all subsequent J4 models since the one we tested, but you might want to double check. In general, if itís processing power you are craving, this is king of the hill. For more information on Winbooks and the J4 go to:


Congratulations to students from Embry-Riddle! Two student teams from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have been selected by NASA to conduct experiments of their own design aboard NASA’s KC-135, a research aircraft that flies parabolic arcs to simulate weightlessness. The first team, which will participate in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program from April 24 to May 3, will conduct research into the effect of near-zero gravity on fluid pressure in the head. The second team, scheduled for July 10-19, will test a device that cleans contaminants from the air in reduced gravity without using filters. The program is sponsored by NASA in an effort to increase the number of technical professionals graduating from U.S. colleges and universities. Held annually at Ellington Field near the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, A review panel of NASA scientists and engineers selected 72 student teams from across the nation to

participate in this year's program, which starts March 13 and ends Aug. 2. Most teams consist of four undergraduate students, a supervising faculty member, and a professional journalist who will report on the team’s experiences. The Embry-Riddle students participating in the program are pursuing degrees in aeronautical science, aerospace engineering, and engineering physics. "Learning how to function in near-zero gravity exactly the way that the astronauts do is as good an experience as college students can have," said Dr. John Olivero, chairman of the Physical Sciences Dept. at Embry-Riddle and faculty supervisor of the two teams. The Embry-Riddle team that will fly in April consists of leader Alexander Potter, Felix Chung, Matthew Link, Phillip Midler, and Martin Potter. Their experiment is titled "Quantification of Intracranial Pressure Using Pulse-Phase Locked Loop Ultrasonic Technique: A Study in Gravitational Physiology. Phew!


About 120 first-year University of Cincinnati architecture and interior design students are fine-tuning their skills by fashioning musical instruments from cast-off dishwashers, refrigerators, and parts of disemboweled appliances. In the unusual assignment, beginning design students are learning the score when it comes to the challenges of their chosen profession: Materials limitations, extreme creative demands, choreographing teamwork under deadline pressure, followed by a very public exhibition of their best efforts. All are very common


demands for working architects. The resulting range of instruments is impressive: A saxophone of PVC pipe and sheet-metal keys; a harp fashioned from the body of an oven range, a guitar welded from the frame of refrigerator as well as an array of chimes, zithers, xylophones, drums, whistles and more.
For instance, Pete Muessig of Wallkil, New York, created what looks to be some version of a "Mad Max" guitar with a super-tough body fashioned and welded from a refrigerator frame. Others admitted to instruments that didn't quite perform "on cue." Justin Smith of Orlando, Florida, made a reed "woodwind" from copper piping that, he admits, "makes a sound more like a choo-choo train than music." For some, orchestrating the teamwork necessary to write their small-group compositions is the toughest part. The challenge is coming together nicely for the small group, Without Sun, and their composition, "Movement in Water, #6." Their collection of chimes, zithers and drums steadily build in tempo, rhythm and energy for a piece that mimics rain and thunder surprisingly well. Corrie Sedmak of Worthington, Ohio, laughed, "Well, one good thing is that rain is random. If you make a mistake, no one knows it."


Students at the University of Texas have some interesting friends living among them. While some believe it to be a myth, the legend of the albino squirrels continues to grow in popularity at UT.
Rumor has it that if you see an albino squirrel before a test you will be sure to ace it. The Albino Squirrel Preservation Society has made it their mission to educate the student body and promote
respect for these interesting creatures.
Touting their message of squirrel rights, the ASPS has grown to nearly 200 members at UT and now has chapters springing up on campuses from Canada to England. Dustin Ballard, President and Founder of the club, believes that squirrel diversity is very important for college campuses. "Clearly this is an issue of great interest to many students, and I am honored to be a part of it." For more information on the club, visit: albinosquirrel.com.