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STEVE JOBS, CEO, APPLE COMPUTER: Right here? That's what it looks like. Very thin.


MAX FOSTER, CNN INT'L. ANCHOR, CONNECT THE WORLD: Finally, Apple reveals its long-awaited iPad. It can replace you notepad, or even your novel. It is expected to spark a buying spree. We'll ask the experts if it will live up its hype by changing the worlds of publishing and of television.

This is the show that takes a 360 spin on the day's best stories on CNN. This is the hour we CONNECT THE WORLD.

The iPad is the one of the most widely anticipated tech inventions in years, of course. Will Apple's new tablet computer revolutionize the way the world reads, works, and plays, though?

I'm Max Foster in London. With live analysis from experts in San Francisco.

Also tonight, as the focus in Haiti shifts from rescue operations to reconstruction we speak to Indonesia's foreign minister about lessons he can share from his country's post-tsunami efforts.

And for the first time ever, scientists confirm the color of a dinosaur. We'll tell you what it is and why you should care.

As always, connect with us on the stories we are following by Skype , e-mail or Twitter. Find us at

Now, Apple's CEO says it is much more intimate than a laptop, more capable than a smart phone, but will the iPad be a revolutionary device like the "iProducts" that went before it?

Well, lots of questions remain after the long-awaited unveiling of Apple's tablet computer, but Errol Barnett has some new details, including the all important price.

And that was a surprise, Errol.


But you know what this iPad, it looks familiar. Many calling this an oversized iPhone, minus the calling function. Now it costs between $500 and $700, plus a monthly data plan that ranges between $15 to $30, but the big questions is, what makes it worth any of your money?

Steve Jobs and others spent about an hour and a half making the case in California.


JOBS: Just turn iPad sideways. Get a different view on your mail. Push the compose window, a keyboard pops up, that is almost life size. It is a dream to type on.

For photos, your albums are shown as stacks of photos. Your albums are events. You can unfold them. Look at all your photos. Flip through them. Got some great slide shows built in. It is a wonderful way to share your photos with friends and family.


BARNETT: Got some other specs on the tablet for you now. The display measures about 246 millimeters, diagonally. It is very think, less than 13 millimeters, or half an inch thick. Weighs only 640 grams, that is about a pound and a half. And the company says the device has a battery life of up to 10 hours. It has a range between 16 to 64 gigabytes of flash storage and it's wi-fi and Bluetooth enabled.

But if you really look at any of those specs any of those specs, none of that is really groundbreaking. The fact that one device can do so many things though, is part of its appeal. In fact, let me show you this picture from, with a purchase of a keypad and dock this iPad doubles as a desktop computer as well. Now, Apple is also making the device e-reader friendly. That puts it in direct competition with the likes of Amazon and Sony. Steve Jobs announced the development of something called eBooks that will allow people to purchase magazines and newspapers online and be able to read them on this device.

Now, what do you think about the name? I'm going to move over now to It plots where people are sending Tweets. I put in iPad and a lot of what I've seen are people saying that the name is slightly awkward and reminds them-this is what I'm seeing online-of a feminine product.

So, it looks like, already, Max, the iPad has a bit of an "iProblem". Back to you

FOSTER: Yes, you can see where it came from. You can see the problem as well. Thanks very much, Errol.

Well, Apple fanatics will no doubt snap up the iPad, but will consumers at large be convinced that it is different enough from the devices that they already own?

Well, let's hear now from the pros. They are making their judgments.'s John Sutter is hosting a special panel for us in San Francisco.

Hey, there.

JOHN SUTTER, CNN.COM: Hey, thanks for having us.

So, I'm here with Dylan Tweney from "Wired" and Jacqui Cheng from Ars Technica.

So, we were just in this big Apple announcement, the iPad that came out. What are you initial impressions?

JACQUI CHENG, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, ARS TECHNICA: Well, I think it is pretty cool. I think a lot of people, especially techies, who kind of have lots of gadgets. They might run into problems trying to fit it into everything else that they have. But it's definitely a cool device that people will want to play with.

SUTTER: And what about you Don, are you going to get one?

DYLON TWENEY, EDITOR, WIRED.COM: Probably not. You know, I'm looking forward to reviewing it. It looks like a great device. But honestly I'm kind of disappointed that it is not the massive revolution in online content that we were expecting it would be.

SUTTER: Yes, that is an interesting point. A lot of people were talking about what this means for newspapers or magazines. Tell me what was announced today as far as how you can get books and other content on the device? And what you think that actually means.

TWENEY: Well, it is basically and inflated iPod Touch. Right? So it can run all of these iPod apps, and their iPhone apps. And there is new eBook reader, which supports the ePub format. And that is great. The books look beautiful. The newspaper demo from "The New York Times" looks pretty good. But it is not, you know I was sort of expecting this to totally revolutionize the game. And, you know, I don't think it. I don't think it will really.

SUTTER: Yes, we've seen Apple revolutionize other markets. The music market, for instance, with iTunes.

What about you, Jacqui, do you think this has the potential to do, you know, what iTunes did to music, to print, or to text?

CHENG: I think there is some potential, actually. It may not be overnight. I think that if things are going to change they're going to change over time. You know, when Apple first introduced the iPod, it was not necessarily overnight then, either. Everyone was like, oh, another MP3 player? So, this is kind of in the same way. People are sort of still kind of feeling it out. But I think that if it gets eBooks and electronic publications into the hands of the masses, then it could maybe transform things over time.

TWENEY: You know what really has potential to me, that I'm excited about, is iTunes, because this was absolutely true with the iPod. The iPod by itself, well, great, but you ad iTunes and you can buy all the music you want. It is really cheap. It is really easy. If they start to do that with books and magazines, who knows, maybe other kinds of content. Like if it is as easy as publishing a webpage, say, and I can get an iTunes and sell content. Now that would be really exciting. I would totally be stoked about that.

SUTTER: Yes, I thought the iBooks story was interesting, too. And there are a number of ways that you could read books, from what they showed in the demo, with two pages or one page. What did you guys think just as far as the interface goes, can it compete with, you know the Kindle which has the sort of easy on the eyes screen?

TWENEY: I feel like the Kindle screen is going to look gray and drab and pale by comparison. But for real eBook fanatics, people who are hardcore readers, it has two advantages. One is that it is extremely low power. So it doesn't consume-you can run for weeks without recharging. And the iPad won't do that.

And the other advantage is that it is actually surprisingly readable. Even though it is kind of black on gray, the Kindle's eon (ph) screen is really easy on eyes. And with the iPad you are still looking at basically an LCD screen.

CHENG: I agree that it is going to look drab by comparison, but I'm a big Kindle fan. So, I can attest that I like reading on the screen that is not going to kill my eyes. And the backlit LCD, I'm not sure about.

SUTTER: Great, well, thanks so much, Jacqui Cheng with ARS Technica and Dylan Tweney with Wired. I'm John Sutter here with and back to you all.

FOSTER: Hey, John, just before you go. We need to remember, of course, the Apple isn't infallible. It has produced products over the years which haven't flown. So, we shouldn't just assume that this is going to take off.

SUTTER: No. That is a really good point to make. I mean, not every single product that Apple makes has taken off. But I think that there is a large group of consumers that, you know, sort of follow everything that Apple does and put, like a lot of trust and faith in the company to make sort of game changing products. We mention the iPhone and the iPod, sort of changing how people think of phones and how people think of music.

So, they have that history of really shaking things up with technology. And I think that is where you get a lot of hype and a lot of buzz about what this product could do. But it remains to be seen whether it can be the all-in-one device that replaces everything. Or it could replace you laptop and your e-reader, potentially, or whether it is just another thing switched between two products that people like a lot that, that isn't really necessary. So it seems like there is a lot unclear. So, you are definitely right.

FOSTER: Yes, we'll wait to see. John, thank you so much for joining us there from San Francisco.

SUTTER: Thank you.

FOSTER: A programming note for you, CONNECT THE WORLD is teaming up with "QUEST MEANS BUSINESS" to bring Davos to your good ol' traditional desktop. Join Becky Anderson and Richard Quest for a live web chat from the World Economic Forum. This is where business leaders and policy makers from around the world are meeting right now. We want to know, has the recession ended for you, your business, or country, even? Join in the discussion on Friday, 1500 in London, 1600 Central European Time. Go to for details on that.

Now, 15 days after Haiti's earthquake what are the chances of finding survivors? Well, at this point, not very high. But that has rescue teams changing their focus, their efforts, the story ahead. This is CONNECT THE WORLD from London. I'm Max Foster. Stay right here.


FOSTER: A rescue story in Haiti with a mystery, as your web connection today. This man says he was buried under rubble for two weeks, before he was pulled out a live yesterday.

But is Rico Dibrivell telling the truth? Some on the scene believe he was trapped just a few hours. Another account from news services, not verified by CNN, states he was trapped for 12 days, after disappearing in an aftershock. But now he is in stable condition, we know that, recovering from dehydration and a broke thigh bone.

It is one of our top stories on, making your web connection.

Now, Rico Dibrivell's story may be remarkable, but don't expect many more like it. After more than two weeks the focus now is turning from rescue to recovery. Anderson Cooper has more on the grim search for the dead. Some viewers will find images in this report disturbing, but we thought it was important to show them to you.


ANDERSON COOPER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): The search for missing Americans goes on. But in the rubble of the Montana Hotel, it gets grimmer by the hour.

BIL HAWKINS, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS: Our intent and our mission is to get every one and that is what I told the parents when they were here; is to get everyone that we can.

COOPER (on camera): And at this point is it-it is not search and rescue, but it is not-is it recovery?

HAWKINS: Well, recovery is a word, it is a definition. I mean, we are-that's what we are doing, is trying to recover bodies with respect and dignity and honor. We are trying to recover. Not just the people that are here, the bodies, but recover some sense of closure for the parents and the people and the loved ones in the family that are out there.

COOPER (voice over): The names of those missing, the lost, are written on two small boards, a flickering candle a constant memorial.

(On camera): The Montana Hotel is one of the most search sites in Port-au-Prince. And there is a good chance that many of those who died there will at least, their bodies will at least be recovered. In other parts of Port-au-Prince, however, the dead still trapped in rubble may never be found. The wreckage like this is so dense and so dangerous to search that it is likely that it is just going to be bulldozed. And the terrible truth is that any one whose body is still inside this kind of rubble. They are simply going to be discarded along with the debris.

(voice over): Some Americans who died have already disappeared. The morning after the quake we were shown the passport of an American woman.

(On camera): This man has lost four family members. He just showed me his wife's body, which is under a shroud. And he's now worried about another family member who is an American. Her name is Rose Margarita Olivier (ph), and he believes she is trapped inside that building as well. And he's pretty sure she is dead.

(voice over): We contacted the State Department and told them of her death and her location. But no one ever came to collect the body. Days later, her husband found her corpse in the rubble. She shows me a picture of her remains on his cell phone. After finding her, he says, he briefly left to get a coffin. A Haitian government bulldozer arrived and dumped her body in the back of a truck.

"They threw her out," he says. "I couldn't throw out my wife. She was an American citizen."

(On camera): So, you don't know where she's buried now.

"No, I don't know," he says. "I don't know. It is very difficult."

Not only did the U.S. government do nothing to retrieve this American citizen's body, they told our office in Washington that she'd been buried in a coffin, in a cemetery. Today we went to the U.S. embassy for answers.

(On camera): Do you know why we would have been told by the State Department, stateside, that this particular woman was put into a coffin and buried in the cemetery.

GORDON DUGUID, SPOKESMAN, U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT: I don't know why. I don't know where that information came from. From our perspective , here, we don't know the disposition of the remains. The presumption of the family, as I understand it, is that the body was taken to a mass grave. That would seem consistent with the way things are done now.

COOPER (voice over): The mass graves are just outside Port-au- Prince. Two weeks after the quake we thought we'd find them cleaned up, covered over. But it is much worse than that. The dead are still just dumped on the ground. Little effort, it seems, has been made to actually bury them.

American, or Haitian, or whatever the nationality, this is not how anyone expects their dead to be treated. This is now how anyone wants their loved one's life to end. Anderson Cooper, CNN, Port-au-Prince.


FOSTER: How does Haiti then compare to another recent disaster. Well take a look at this. The earthquake that hit Haiti had a magnitude of 7.0. Remember, in December 2004, a 9.1 quake hit off Indonesia's coast and the resulting tsunami killed some 245,000 people 14 countries. Haiti estimates at least 150,000 were killed there.

More than $2 billion in aid has been pledged to Haiti, so far, while the tsunami rebuilding effort is estimated to have cost more than $13 billion.

The tsunami recovery could provide some important lessons for Haiti. Our Zain Verjee talked about that with Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. She asked him about the initial struggles in Aceh, as aid poured in from around the world.


MARTY M. NATALEGAWA, FOREIGN MINISTER, INDONESIA: Well, one of the main lessons we learned was our absorption capacity. We had been inundated by offers of assistance, but often case the capability of our country to absorb this assistance is somewhat limited. So we need a lot of coordination among the donor countries, so that the assistance can be quickly channeled.

ZAIN VERJEE, CNN INT'L. CORRESPONDENT: When we look at the images coming out of Haiti today. People are still angry, they are frustrated, they are still grieving. And they don't have the basics, food and water, medical supplies, that they need. How long do you think it will take in a situation like this, for it to be able to flow properly to the people, as you saw it in Aceh?

NATALEGAWA: Yes, there is managing expectations, extremely important. Because these people would have seen a lot of international activities and then when they don't actually receive the assistance, there is a lot of grievance expressed. And we need to be sure that there is not a gap between words and action. Indonesia and Aceh cases, that became very , very important.

But the thing is, at the same time, you must ensure that we don't only address the immediate emergency situation, but also concurrently work on rehabilitation and reconstruction. This be continuous in nature.

VERJEE: So how long? One week, two weeks, three weeks before people will have enough food and water, that is out there, but just not getting it?

NATALEGAWA: Yes, well, practically it should have been done, not even a day late. I mean, it should have been done on day one, of course, but this is how the situation is. But the key thing for us, in Aceh, was how to ensure that the international attention doesn't dissipate once everyone turns to the next crisis. So, we needed to quickly absorb this attention and make sure it is for the long-run; rehabilitation and reconstruction, beyond the emergency phase.

VERJEE: How do you even go about rebuilding Haiti? What are some of the things you learned about rebuilding in Aceh?

NATALEGAWA: Well, we were determined to rebuild better. That was our motive. We were determined, not only to rebuild, but to do it in a better way. And one key element that we promoted was a notion of grassroots input. We made sure it wasn't imposed from the top. But rather we listened to what the community wishes to see happen. So, that when we rebuild there is a sense of ownership and participation. So it can be sustainable, rather simply something that is imposed on, or pontificated from outside.


FOSTER: Indonesia's foreign minister speaks to Zain, earlier.

Now, 65 years ago, today, those who were lucky enough to survive walked free. Up next we talk to three Auschwitz survivors about how they are coping. What lessons they are passing on to their grandchildren.



BENAJAMIN NETANYAHU, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: We sit in a warm tent, we remember those who shivered to death, and if they didn't freeze to death, they were gassed and burned, in a horrible conflagration.


FOSTER: Remembering the horrors of the Holocaust; 65 years after Soviet troops liberated one of Europe's most notorious concentration camps. Today, elderly survivors, tourists and politicians held a special ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland, where over a million Jews died.

To mark the anniversary, all this week, on CONNECT THE WORLD, we have been hearing from three survivors, what it was like to be a prisoner? And memories of the liberation day. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

GENA TURGEL, DEATH CAMP SURVIVOR: Jeeps and then loudspeakers, voice came through, we British, we can to liberate you. The Germans, the Nazis have got nothing more to say to you.


FOSTER: Well, today we hear how Gena, Eva and Ziggy are still trying to come to terms with what happened 65 years on. But as Don Riddell now reports, their memories are an important lesson for future generations.


DON RIDDELL, CNN INT'L. CORRESPONDENT (voice over): It has been 65 years since their lives were torn apart; 65 years since they witnessed unspeakable acts in ghettos and concentration camps and 65 years since their families were murdered by the Nazis.

And still, for these Holocaust survivors, a search for answers.

GENA TURGEL, DEATH CAMP SURVIVOR: Why can't people live in harmony? Why are they always envious of others? Why do they think they are better than others?

EVA SCHLOSS, AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR: You can dislike people, you can hate them, but to want to extinguish a whole people is some which, I just can't comprehend.

You know you could see the metal and the wood and no opening whatsoever.

RIDDELL: Eva Schloss lost her brother and father at Auschwitz. Their last time as a family was spent in a train carriage like this.

SCHLOSS: We could hear it.


RIDDELL: That is a sound you've never forgotten, I suppose?

SCHLOSS: No, no, no.

RIDDELL: Eric and Heinz Schloss died on a frozen death march from Auschwitz. Just 15, robbed of her childhood and her innocence, Eva and her mother had to start again with nothing.

SCHLOSS: I was very sad, depressed, miserable person with a lot of hatred. I hated not only the Germans but the whole world. Only in '86 did I start speaking for the first time about my experience. I could share it with people. And as well, people were very, very interested.

RIDDELL: The hope is that future generations can learn from the horrors of the past.

ZIGGY SHIPPER, DEATH CAMP SURVIVOR: I always ask my question, why? Why do people want to kill hundreds of people for no reason? Strangers to them? I just cannot understand that. That I'll never understand why.

RIDDELL: Ziggy's parents divorced when he was just a toddler. He was raised by his father and grandparents, all of whom died in the Holocaust. His mother might as well have been dead, too, until he received a most unexpected letter.

SHIPPER: And she says if you have got a scar on your left hand, I'm your mother. And I looked at it and I looked at those two friends of mine, that brought me the letter. And I said, you know, almost 12 years I though my mother was dead, but she isn't. She is alive, living in England.

RIDDELL: He had survived the war alone, and didn't see the need to live with someone he didn't even know.

SHIPPER: Eventually, you know, people were starting to have a go at me, you know, you are one of the few that have a somebody in your family left. You must go. And I did. And this was one of the better things I did in my life. And from then on, I had a most wonderful life.

RIDDELL: Gena Turgel survived three death camps, but lost four siblings in the Holocaust. Her rehabilitation began almost immediately though, marrying a British soldier who liberated Bergen-Belsen. And the experience of so much death provided the inspiration for a life's work; educating others. Future generations are key to keeping the message alive. And that is arguably the biggest achievement of Gina, Eva and Ziggy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And these are my grandchildren. Of course, they're grown up since then. Now, he's getting-he got engaged now. And she is getting married. Between them they have 19 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

SHIPPER: I'm nearly 80 years old. And I enjoyed every minute of my life. I had ups and down, you know, but I never gave up. There was always hope that things will get better. And they did.

TURGEL: I must say, I always say this to the young people, please, please, be good to each other. And try to understand each other, tolerate each other. And aim for peace, and let's hope peace will come all over the world.


CNN's Don Riddell compiled that report there.

Well, hearing from survivors like Gena, Eva, and Ziggy, makes the horrors of the Holocaust all the more real, of course. But what happens when the last Nazi death camp survivors are gone? Be sure to tune in tomorrow, when we look at that very issue, as we continue our coverage to mark the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

We'll be right back.


FOSTER: We're back with CONNEC THE WORLD. In the next 30 minutes we'll take you to Sri Lanka, where tensions are high after the president was re-elected to a second term. We'll get the latest on the drama surrounding what's happened to the country's opposition leaders.

Then it is off to Bristol, in England, where scientists are getting into a bit of a flap. Thanks to books and films like "Jurassic Park" most of us have a clear idea of what dinosaurs looked like. But we might have to rethink those ideas.

And before the end of the show we'll link up with our "Connector of the Day" in New York. And you won't want to miss this one, the controversial rocker Ozzy Osbourne joins us. Don't go anywhere, all those stories ahead in the show for you. But first we are going to check the headlines in this hour. Rosemary Church joins us from the iDesk-Rosemary.


FOSTER: Well, heightening tensions in Sri Lanka following the election. Army troops surrounded the hotel where the former army chief and opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka was hold up.

He says he only managed to escape after being held a virtual prisoner for hours. Sara Sidner is following developments in the Sri Lankan capital.


SARA SIDNER, CNN INT'L. CORRESPONDENT: President Mohinda Rajapakse claimed victory today in Colombo after being declared the winner of the presidential elections. Mr. Rajapakse said that the first order of business is to get this country started with some serious development. But his main challenger, General Sarath Fonseka, says that the vote was rigged and he plans to dispute the vote and challenge it in court. This has been a bitter rivalry between these two men, once very close allies trying to win a more than 25-year war. Now it seems, sworn enemies.

As the vote was being counted over a 24-hour period the general's hotel, where he decided to stay because he said there were threats against his life, was surrounded by members of army, all armed, dozens of them waiting outside four about 24 hours. The government sent those troops to the hotel making things very uncomfortable for the general and some of the opposition leaders who were staying inside that hotel.

Here's what both men had stay about that incident.


MOHINDA RAJAPAKSE, SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT: For this exercise we give (UNINTELLIGIBLE) all the evidence are pointing towards that, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) see in my security. Now they are both this place and under siege (ph), now they will have to do something (ph), use of force against me and put the blame on somebody else.

SARATH FONSEKA, SRI LANKAN OPPOSITION CANDIDATE: We have to protect everybody, not only Fonseka. That hotel has to be protected. If something happens to that hotel.


SIDNER: The incident appears to be over with the troops now gone from outside of that hotel. We do understand that Mr. Fonseka says that if he does not feel safe in the country he is thinking about possibly leaving, only if he has to, he says. The president says he is free to do as he pleases. The president says his main priority right now is getting back to business and trying to make Sri Lanka a better place. Sara Sidner, CNN, Colombo.


FOSTER: Now dinosaurs loom large in our history and in our imagination. Today we find out that ancient creatures were a lot more flamboyant than we might have thought. A startling scientific discovery for you next on CONNEC THE WORLD.


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Flooding around the famed Incan ruins of Peru, your "Connection of the Day".

Now, if only all scientific discoveries were this colorful. Researchers in Bristol, here in England, have just announced they have the first solid proof of the pigmentation of a dinosaur. So, the question everyone wants to know is: What color is it? Well, I'll leave that to reporter Jane Dodge.


JANE DODGE, CNN INT'L. CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Peering through the undergrowth in London's West End. This surreal scene is part of an exhibition, "Dinosaurs Unleashed". Testament to our enduring fascination with these amazing beasts. We know from skeletons they're shape, but not their color-well, not until now.

So, where they brown, or green, or maybe the makers of the children's TV character Barney, got it right?

(On camera): What color do you think dinosaurs are?


DOGE: Purple?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They were like, kind of fierce.

DODGE: Fossils like this maybe hundreds of millions of years old, but scientists have now discovered tiny flecks of pigment buried inside them. It is this discovery which has given us the first real evidence of what dinosaurs actually looked like on the outside.

(voice over): It is a sinosauropteryx, a relative of these dinosaurs that is the first to have its coloring identified. Scientists lead by a British team found pigment in microscopic bits of feathers. Yes, it might be news to you, but some dinosaurs did have features. The sinosauropteryx, the similar size to a small dog, had short bristled ones.

Dr. PAUL BARRETT, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM: It requires a very good electron microscope. These structures are really very small. They're a bout a thousandth of a millimeter. So, when we use the term human hair as a scale, but bear in mind a hundred of these can fit across a human hair. So, they are really, really tiny. And so it takes a lot of work as scanning around the specimen.

DODGE: So what color was this famous fossil? It wasn't brown or green. It was that rather unfashionable color, ginger, with a stripy tale. Plus the color might be interesting, what's really got the scientists excited is what it tells us about why some dinosaurs had feathers. And it has nothing to with flying.

PROFESSOR MIKE BENTON, UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL: With some of these animals that the team have looked at, they are in fact flying birds, but all the other animals, they are not flying, so these feathers must have been for something else. Maybe for keeping warm? But as their brightly colored, maybe it is more about display and showing off to other individuals in the herd, or to defend, as other things are trying to eat them. So, as most of biology comes down to sex or death, this is actually quite a critical finding.

DODGE: So, does this mean a universal rethink of those great beasts we think we know and love? While scientists have certainly proved some dinosaurs did have feathers, but when it comes to color, it is likely they'll only be able to identify black, brown, or orange ones.


FOSTER: Jane Doge reporting there. Orange feathers, who would have thought it? For more on this bright new discovery let's bring in Jack Conrad, he's a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History. He joins us from CNN New York.

Thank you so much for joining us. Was the color a surprise to you?

JACK CONRAD, AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: Just the fact that we could tell what the color was, was very surprising and it is very exciting. It is something that we thought we might never know about anything that has been dead as long as 120 million years, like this sinosauropteryx.

FOSTER: And does it teach anything about the colors of other dinosaurs?

CONRAD: Not yet, but it gives us hope that we maybe able to tell, again, like you saw in the piece, it might be able to identify certain colors in certain dinosaurs. It requires a very special type of preservation. But it is very exciting and it is something that we thought we might never know.

FOSTER: Do you think potentially you could work out, for example, what color a tyrannosaurus rex was and that would absolutely shock the entire world, who are used to them being gray?

CONRAD: Yes, well it is always possible. It does require basically the animal to fall into a deep pool of water, without any oxygen in it. And that is the kind of preservational environment that we need to get this. So, if you can get a tyrannosaurus at the bottom of a bog, you could certainly figure it out.

FOSTER: I'm sure there is one.

CONRAD: the other thing we need to remember is that we always-the other thing is that we think of these animals as being gray or brown, like modern mammals, but they probably had color vision because a lot of modern reptiles have color vision. So, stripes aren't that surprising. It is kind of neat to find out for sure in this animal, but you can imagine a tyrannosaurus rex, virtually any color.

FOSTER: Yes, I'm sure there is one out there that we're going to discover. But as Jane was saying the serious point to this is actually it tell us something about the fact that lots of these creatures had feathers. And that tells us something about the way they lived, right?

CONRAD: Exactly. And as you saw in the piece, you know, these feathers appeared long before flight, as far as we can tell. Or at least in animals that certainly couldn't have flown. Feathers appeared well before these animals were flying, so they may have been for insulation. They may have been for display. It is probably true that they were for a combination of things. Maybe they were for display and for insulation.

FOSTER: OK, stay there a moment. We're going to come back to you, Jack. Because we keep doing stories around dinosaurs it seems. And this discovery is just the latest that has come to light.

Just last year researchers in Kenya found what are believed to be the oldest human footprints. Fossilized bones of a small meat eating dinosaur were discovered a few months ago in Mexico and scientists are still studying the remains of a 5,300 year old Tyrolean man, discovered in the Alps back in 1991. Now, what we want to know, Jack, is, are all of these things somehow building a bigger picture for us about what happened through evolution? Are these gaps being filled in? Tell us where we are right now?

CONRAD: Of course, certainly you are. You know, you hear the word "missing link" thrown around quite a bit. And virtually any organism that you find in the fossil record is a link between one thing and another.

For instance, these animals that we're talking about with the color, they are helping us to flesh out exactly how birds became birds. You saw a few weeks ago there was a discovery of fossil footprints of the earliest animals with backbones that walked around on land. These things just help refine existing theories and offer their own new insights. We're constantly being surprised and there will be no end to discovery. I mean, there is no end in sight.

FOSTER: OK, Jack Conrad, thanks so much for joining us from the American Museum of Natural History. Great stuff.

CONRAD: Thanks so much.

FOSTER: Now, from giants of the ancient world to a giant of sex, drugs and rock and roll, they are his words. The hard-living, hard rocking Ozzy Osbourne is no dinosaur. He's our "Connector of the Day". Next on CNN.


FOSTER (voice over): Sex drugs and rock and roll, that was the life for Ozzy Osbourne.

OZZY OSBOURNE, ROCK LEGEND: I don't smoke anymore. I don't do drugs anymore. I don't drink alcohol anymore. This is my little treat now, a cup of good ol' English Breakfast Tea.

FOSTER: Now, he says he's cleaned up his act, but the sound and the style still pure Ozzy. The reformed rocker was made a pop icon by his MTV reality show, "The Osbournes" just a few years ago. But it was the music that really made him famous. He's produced a number of albums over the course of his 37-year career, with the most recent "Black Rain" hitting the charts in 2007.

Now, he's adding author to his already bulky resume. His autobiography, "I Am Ozzy" discusses his roller coaster life and the infamous Osbourne clan.

Reality star, or the real deal? Rock legend, Ozzy Osbourne, is our "Connector of the Day".


FOSTER: And a little earlier I spoke with Ozzy Osbourne and asked him what was behind this new book that he's written?


OSBOURNE: My wife had done a book a few years ago and she said her book was such a success, they were asking me about my-what I wanted to do. And I kept putting it off for a long time. And then suddenly Sharon said, that's my wife, she said, this last year was the only time, if I was going to consider doing a book, to do it. So, that was it. I didn't actually put pen to paper. I had a ghost-writer come around and like do it an in- depth interview with me.

FOSTER: Did it prompt lots of memories that you didn't realize were there?

OSBOURNE: No, I mean, after I finished the book and it was all done. I was like, why didn't I talk about that? And why didn't I mention that? And why I didn't do all this, you know? It opened up a lot of old memories and I've got another five, 10 books in my memory bank. If only I could get my memory jogged.

FOSTER: Lance, first of all, asks, "What is more fun, to be on stage in your past, or to be onstage now?"

OSBOURNE: Definitely on stage now, because, well - did you mean when I was getting crazy with the drugs and alcohol? I very rarely went-I was very rarely went on the stage under the influence.

FOSTER: Those days, they were pretty crazy, as you say. In terms of writing a book, isn't it quite hard to write a book about something where perhaps your memory is a bit patchy?

OSBOURNE: The guy who ghost wrote it for me, was very good at getting the information because what he would do is he would say, OK, Ozzy, let's talk about your time in Black Sabbath. And I would tell him that. And he would, the parts that interested him, he would say can we go in depth here, let's go, that's a good point. Can I get more information about that specific incident? And he would jog my memory, you know?

But saying that, people in, with the stories, well, I'm bound to have people say, well, who interviewed so and so and so, and he said, it wasn't the way you remembered it. But I only remember what I remember. It is like a two people that witness the same accident. They never get the story identical, you know?

FOSTER: There are going to be lots of people fascinated by you, that are going to read it. One of them is Meg Moore, who watches this program. And she says she is "Inspired by your music and asks if you realize that you have the power to change people's lives?"

OSBOURNE: I always, what got me involved with music was the Beatles, and they changed my life for the better. I wanted to become a Beatle and - when you are on the inside looking out, you don't see it that way, you know. But I supposed you're right. I do have the power to change people's lives and I hope I change people's lives for the good. I don't think you can do what I did. I mean, I did a lot of heavy drugs taking for a long time, and I survived, by the grace of God. But I don't want anybody to read that book and think, well, if Ozzy Osbourne can do it, I can. Because you might not be as lucky as me. I mean, I'm living on borrowed time.

FOSTER: Deansley McCallister asks, "What advice would you give, apart from that, about succeeding in the music industry today? It is different from your day, I guess? "

OSBOURNE: Yes, but you know what it is different, it is completely different. I mean, they manufacture people now, like an ice cream. And when the flavor is run out they move on. I don't know how many people from nowadays who have been doing it for as long as I have. I hope this-you know, every now and again, somebody comes out and I really like what they have got to offer. Like I really like this Lady Gaga. I think she is very, very, very talented, you know. She puts a bit of something different, instead of being the same as everybody else, you know?

FOSTER: Yes, there is something new out there. Black Sabbath was obviously really new at the time as well. And Billy asks, "What is your fondest memories of those early days of Black Sabbath? Were they prompted in the book?"

OSBOURNE: The early times of the band, when it is all-stepping up the ladder, you know? Getting up the run of the ladder. We were just four kids from Ashton (ph), in Birmingham, who had a good idea and it-I mean, it worked out fine. Tony Alma (ph), by the way, I believe he is one of the most talented guitar players for his time, in the -you know, he's up there with the rest, the Eric Clapton's and Jimmy Paige. I mean, we were a good bunch of guys playing music. We had fun. It was a good time.

FOSTER: Yes, you were living the lifestyle, weren't you, as a proper rock band?

OSBOURNE: Oh, yeah. I mean, the sex, drugs and the rock and roll.

FOSTER: Jane wants to know, "What is your fondest family memory? Hard to pick one, I imagine?" she says.

OSBOURNE: I mean, it is just the fact that I have a family is a good start. I mean, the moment when my daughter Kelly just did the "Dancing With The Stars", over in America, was a good memory for me to keep. She is so like me in a lot of ways. She is a train wreck on the one hand and then when she puts her mind to something she can pull it off bigger and better than anybody else.

FOSTER: You say you are train wrecks, but you are massively successful family, aren't you? The whole lot of you? Still done amazingly well.

OSBOURNE: But you know what, you know what? Sharon and I never sat down and go like, which one of you is going to do this? You have got to do that? We just-we just our oldest daughter, Amy, chose not to be involved. So she is making a record. I don't know what's going to happen with it. But we are not a family that says you have got to follow our footsteps. Whatever they wanted to do, we'd be behind them, you know?

FOSTER: OK, at this point, Ozzy, I want to play you something, because last week, Becky met up with Peter Gabriel. And she asked him what he would ask you, if he had the chance. And he mentioned a particular meeting that you had in a lift. Let's hear what he said.


PETER GABRIEL, MUSICIAN, SINGER: I can't immediately think of a question, other whether he remember that meeting?


OSBOURNE: Yes, I do. I do. And I remember exactly what I said to him. It was at the time when he had the "Soul" album. And I said to him, because that was one of my all time -it is still one of my all-time favorite albums. It is a masterpiece. And I said to him, I really thought he might of thought I was just saying that to be -you know, I said to him, I really love the album, "Soul". And I says, "How long did it take you to make it?" And he says, "Unfortunately, it took me quite a while." I think the said four months. I said, "Four months to do that?" I mean, he seemed a nice guy. It was the one and only time I've met him. He's one of my heroes. I think he's an amazing showman (ph) and an amazing singer, amazing songwriter.

FOSTER: There you go, you've got memories, haven't you? They are all there. So, the sex, drugs and rock and roll isn't all-hasn't done you too much harm it seems?

OSBOURNE: No, I mean, I mean, I mean, with the-with all these sexually transmitted diseases I thought all I'm doing is Russian Roulette with the sex. And with the drugs, it nearly killed me on a daily basis and the alcohol. And then the rock and roll still keeps me there as strong as ever.

FOSTER: Long may it live, as well, with Ozzy Osbourne, what a star. Now, don't miss tomorrow's "Connection of the Day". One of the best known faces of the British stage will be joining us, Ian McKellen, is the man we are talking about. Many of you will also know him as the White Wizard Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy. The award winning actor and gay rights campaigner, will be in the hot seat tomorrow. So get your thinking caps on. What do you want to ask Sir Ian. Send us your questions, via


FOSTER: The icy winter with a bit of a thaw gives us tonight's "World in Pictures". This is the frozen Vistula River, in Warsaw, with the old town in the distance there. Temperatures plunged to 20 below zero this week, would you believe? It was almost as cold in Belarus' capital, Minsk, as well, thought it didn't seem to bother these ducks, diving for food.

Sled dogs helped kick of the 2010 U.S. census in the remote village of Noorvik, in Alaska. The census is held once every 10 years in the U.S. And here is a gorgeous aerial view of that village. An 89-year-old World War II veteran was the first American counted.

Finally, a promised thaw, a windsurfer rides the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, off Haifa in Israel. The annual storm rider competition features 32 top wind surfers.

And that is tonight's "World in Pictures".

Now, we're going to return to our top story, Apple's new creation. And that is the iPad, it is bigger than an iPhone, smaller though than a laptop. But will you try it on for size? That is what we have been asking you on the blog.

Now, Illia writes, "I think it will fill a niche because it seems well designed, comes with lots of content, and is exceedingly easy to use."

But Murray says, "Big deal it is only an oversized iPhone. It is just another device that is going to cost heaps and be replaced something else in a year."

There certainly will be a new version, I'm sure, in a year.

And Betty simply says, "If you get excited about a computer I think you should get yourself checked out."

What about you? Are you salivating or yawning? Let us know. Head to The conversation continues there.

A programming note, for you. "CONNECT THE WORLD" is teaming up with "QUEST MEANS BUSINESS," to bring Davos to your traditional desk top. Join Becky and Richard Quest for a live web chat from the World Economic Forum. This is where business leaders and policy makers from around the world are meeting right now. We want to know: Has this recession ended for you? Your business? Your country? Join us in the discussion on Friday, 1500 GMT, 1600 CET. Join us for the details.

I'm Max Foster. That is if for the show on the TV. Do stay with us on line, though, from London. It is a very good night to you.