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Drinking Coffee From a Cup In Space

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Drinking Coffee From a Cup In Spacemuggs was one of several readers to note a fluffy piece making the rounds about an astronaut inventing a zero-g coffee cup. Of course, since the space station inhabitants drink recycled urine, I'm still not totally convinced that I would want t...

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ne: 24-11-2008, 18:50:06

Verizon Employees Fired For Snooping Obama's Record

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Verizon Employees Fired For Snooping Obama's Recordlonghairedgnome writes "The curiosity in President-elect Barack Obama's phone records came with a high price tag for Verizon Wireless employees. According to CNN, the workers who snooped on Obama's phone records have been fired....

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ne: 24-11-2008, 16:50:12

SpaceX Successfully Test Nine-engine-cluster

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SpaceX Successfully Test Nine-engine-clusterthe_other_chewey writes "On their test facility in Texas,SpaceX, the privately funded space-flight company, have successfully tested their nine-engine-cluster which is planned to provide the heavy lifting capability for their Falcon 9 ...

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ne: 24-11-2008, 14:50:08

Has HavenCo's Data Haven Shut Down?

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Has HavenCo's Data Haven Shut Down?secmartin writes "HavenCo, the self-proclaimed data haven located on the micronation Sealand, appears to be offline. Their website is down, and there have been no announcements from either HavenCo of Sealand. HavenCo has been covered here befor...

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ne: 24-11-2008, 10:50:02

Australia's Largest Private Computer Collection in Pictures

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Australia's Largest Private Computer Collection in PicturesDa Massive writes "UNIX PDP-7, a classic DEC PDP-8, the original IBM PC, Commodore's C64, Apple's Lisa, a MITS Altair 8800 made famous by Bill Gates, through to a working PDP-11 that plays the ADVENTURE and DUNGEON games...

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ne: 24-11-2008, 06:50:01

emMulti Theft Auto - San Andreas/em Goes Open-Source

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emMulti Theft Auto - San Andreas/em Goes Open-Sourcedan writes " Multi Theft Auto is a third-party modification for Rockstar's hit title Grand Theft Auto San Andreas mdash; and it has become open-source after over four years of closed source development. As a (somewhat) regular ...

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ne: 24-11-2008, 04:50:03

Psystar Case Reveals Poor Email Archiving At Apple

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Psystar Case Reveals Poor Email Archiving At AppleIan Lamont writes "Buried in the court filings of the recently concluded Psytar antitrust suit against Apple is a document that discussed Apple's corporate policy regarding employee email. Apparently, Apple has no company-wide po...

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ne: 24-11-2008, 02:50:08

Dropped Shuttle Toolbag Filmed From Earth

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Dropped Shuttle Toolbag Filmed From Earthcathector writes "An article at spaceweather.com reports that the toolbag dropped during Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper's spacewalk has been recorded on film from earth: 'When Endeavour astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper dropped her too...

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ne: 24-11-2008, 00:50:09

A Computer Composing and Playing Jazz

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A Computer Composing and Playing JazzRoland Piquepaille writes "The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has some unusual teaching programs. One PhD student, #216;yvind Brandtsegg, is a graduate of the jazz program and this article describes how has developed a ...

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ne: 23-11-2008, 22:50:16

EU Strikes Down French "3 Strikes" Copyright Infringement Law

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EU Strikes Down French "3 Strikes" Copyright Infringement LawErris writes "Opendotdotdot has good news about laws in the EU: 'EU culture ministers yesterday (20 November) rejected French proposals to curb online piracy through compulsory measures against free downloading ... [an...

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ne: 23-11-2008, 20:50:16

Machine Condenses Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

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Machine Condenses Drinking Water Out of Thin Airlongacre writes "A new $1,200 machine that uses the same amount of power as three light bulbs promises to condense drinkable water out of the air. On display at Wired Magazine's annual tech showcase, the WaterMill 'looks like a gia...

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ne: 23-11-2008, 18:50:40

Google Sorts 1 Petabyte In 6 Hours

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Google Sorts 1 Petabyte In 6 Hourskrewemaynard writes "Google has announced that they were able to sort one petabyte of data in 6 hours and 2 minutes across 4,000 computers. According to the Google Blog, '... to put this amount in perspective, it is 12 times the amount of archiv...

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ne: 23-11-2008, 16:50:02

Is Open Source Software a Race To Zero?

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Is Open Source Software a Race To Zero?gozunda writes "My company is an open source software vendor/developer. We maintain a popular open source project and keep ourselves afloat by producing commercial products derived from or extending the value of the core project. Over time ...

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ne: 23-11-2008, 14:50:28

Solar Wind Rips Up Martian Atmosphere

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Solar Wind Rips Up Martian AtmosphereIHateEverybody writes "Scientists have found evidence that the solar wind is ripping off chunks of the Martian atmosphere, which could possibly explain why Mars has such a thin atmosphere today. The chunks are being ripped up along 'magnetic ...

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ne: 23-11-2008, 10:50:03

NVIDIA's $10K Tesla GPU-Based Personal Supercomputer

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NVIDIA's $10K Tesla GPU-Based Personal Supercomputergupg writes "NVIDIA announced a new category of supercomputers mdash; the Tesla Personal Supercomputer mdash; a 4 Teraflop desktop for under $10,000. This desktop machine has 4 of the Tesla C1060 GPU computing processors. These...

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ne: 23-11-2008, 08:50:03

Zimbra Desktop Vulnerable to Man-in-the-Middle Attack

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Zimbra Desktop Vulnerable to Man-in-the-Middle Attacktiffanydanica writes "For all the flack Mozilla gets about its new security warnings for https sites, at least it warns the user when a mismatch occurs. Sadly the new Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop (released in part to fix some securit...

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ne: 23-11-2008, 04:50:02

Scientists Add Emotions To Robotic Head

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Scientists Add Emotions To Robotic HeadDeviceGuru writes "Claiming that service-class robots will one day be pervasive, researchers at the University of the West of England's Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) have begun investigating ways to make robots seem more human. As part ...

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ne: 23-11-2008, 02:50:03

How to Deal With an Aging Brain?

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How to Deal With an Aging Brain?An anonymous reader writes "I'm sure this is something all older Slashdotters are aware of: as I get older my once-sharp brain is, well, getting worse. In particular, I'm not able to remember things as well as I once did. As a geek my capacity in ...

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ne: 23-11-2008, 00:50:26

Google to Track TV Viewers More Closely

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Google to Track TV Viewers More CloselyGalacticNoob writes "According to this post, Google is about to launch a TV advertising program that will let advertisers target audiences based on demographics including their household income. A satellite TV company called Echostar is wor...

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ne: 22-11-2008, 22:50:21

Microsoft Moves To Quash Case, End E-mail Revelations

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Microsoft Moves To Quash Case, End E-mail RevelationsCWmike writes "Microsoft asked a federal judge yesterday to end the class-action lawsuit that has been the source of a treasure trove of embarrassing insider e-mails covering everything from managers badmouthing Intel to other...

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ne: 22-11-2008, 20:50:15

Can You Be Denied the Right To Support OSS?

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Can You Be Denied the Right To Support OSS?jerico.dev writes "I am currently selecting a CM tool for a project. Important condition: the software must be OSI compliant. I considered Alfresco, since they call themselves 'open source.' Then I heard from several of Alfresco's partn...

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ne: 22-11-2008, 18:50:05

Misdemeanor Plea Ends Norwich Pornography Case

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Misdemeanor Plea Ends Norwich Pornography CaseAn anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the Hartford Courant: "Almost 18 months after a pornography conviction that could have sent her to jail for 40 years was thrown out, former Norwich substitute teacher Julie Amero plea...

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ne: 22-11-2008, 16:50:13

Harnessing Slow Water Currents For Renewable Energy

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Harnessing Slow Water Currents For Renewable EnergyJulie188 writes "Slow-moving ocean and river currents could be a new, reliable and affordable alternative energy source. A University of Michigan engineer, Michael Bernitsas, has made a machine that works like a fish to turn pot...

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ne: 22-11-2008, 14:50:05

Internet Explorer 8 Delayed Until 2009

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Internet Explorer 8 Delayed Until 2009Barence writes "Microsoft has confirmed that Internet Explorer 8 will not be officially released until 2009. According to a blog posting on the Internet Explorer 8 development site, a release candidate of the browser will be released in the ...

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ne: 22-11-2008, 12:50:02

Interest Still High In the Netflix Algorithm Competition

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Interest Still High In the Netflix Algorithm Competitioncircletimessquare brings us an update to the status of the million-dollar Netflix competition to develop a better algorithm for movie recommendations. We've discussed aspects of the competition since it started two years ag...

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ne: 22-11-2008, 08:50:02

Electron Strobe Makes Movies of Atoms

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Electron Strobe Makes Movies of Atomsholy_calamity writes "Some grainy black and white movies are receiving rave reviews from scientists. They are taken by a new microscope which, thanks to a 'strobing' electron gun, can image movement at sub-nanometer scales. Until now, only st...

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ne: 22-11-2008, 06:50:03

BT Silences Customers Over Phorm

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BT Silences Customers Over PhormAn anonymous reader writes "The Register reports that BT, the UK's dominant telecom and internet service provider, has 'banned all future discussion of Phorm and its "WebWise" targeted advertising product on its customer forums, and deleted all pa...

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ne: 22-11-2008, 04:50:03

emTabula Rasa/em To Shut Down

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emTabula Rasa/em To Shut DownNCSoft announced today that it will be closing down Tabula Rasa on February 28th. The sci-fi shooter-flavored MMO struggled for quite some time, despite recent attempts to draw in new players by announcements of new features, price reductions, and us...

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ne: 22-11-2008, 02:50:04

Dark Matter Discovered Near Solar System?

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Dark Matter Discovered Near Solar System?gpronger writes "The ATIC (Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter) has potentially discovered the presence of dark matter close (only 3000 light-years) to our solar system. The system detected a large amount of high energy cosmic rays which...

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ne: 22-11-2008, 00:50:16

Chinese Hacking of American Military Networks On the Rise

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Chinese Hacking of American Military Networks On the RiseAnti-Globalism writes with this excerpt from the Guardian: "China is stealing sensitive information from American computer networks and stepping up its online espionage, according to a US congressional panel. Beijing's inv...

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ne: 21-11-2008, 22:50:04

Microsoft Blames Add-Ons For Browser Woes

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Microsoft Blames Add-Ons For Browser Woesdarthcamaro writes "Running IE and been hacked? Don't blame Microsoft mdash; at least that's what their security types are now arguing. 'One of the things we've seen in the last two years is that attackers aren't even go after the browser...

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ne: 21-11-2008, 20:50:36

Final Judgment - SCO Loses, Owes $3,506,526

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Final Judgment - SCO Loses, Owes $3,506,526Xenographic writes "SCO has finally lost to Novell, now that Judge Kimball has entered final judgment against SCO. Of course, this is SCO we're talking about. There's still the litigation in bankruptcy court, which allowed this case to ...

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ne: 21-11-2008, 18:50:10

A Web App For Real-Time Collaborative Writing

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A Web App For Real-Time Collaborative Writingadamengst writes in with good news for anyone who needs to collaborate remotely on a writing or editing project mdash; coding too. It's especially good news for those using Windows and Linux. Mac users have had SubEthaEdit for a few y...

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ne: 21-11-2008, 16:50:03

Torvalds's Former Company Transmeta Acquired and Gone

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Torvalds's Former Company Transmeta Acquired and Gonedesmondhaynes sends along a posting from the TechWatch blog detailing the sale of Transmeta (most recently discussed here). Linus moved ten time-zones west, from Finland to Santa Clara, CA, to join Transmeta in March 1997, bef...

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ne: 21-11-2008, 14:50:02

AP Suspends DoD Over Altered US Army Photo

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AP Suspends DoD Over Altered US Army Photodjupedal notes a story up at the BBC about the Associated Press's suspension of the use of Department of Defense photos after a photo of General Ann Dunwoody was found to have been altered (before and after comparison). "The Pentagon has...

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ne: 21-11-2008, 10:50:04

Hacks Allowing Disabled Gamers To Play emGuitar Hero/em

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Hacks Allowing Disabled Gamers To Play emGuitar Hero/emangrymilkman writes "Here are two interesting new approaches where researchers modified the popular Guitar Hero game so it can be played by gamers with disabilities. Air Guitar Hero modifies the Guitar Hero controller so som...

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ne: 21-11-2008, 08:50:03

Oblong's g-speak Brings "Minority Report" Interface to Life

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Oblong's g-speak Brings "Minority Report" Interface to Lifetracheopterix writes "Oblong Industries, a startup based in LA has unveiled g-speak, an operational version of the notable interface from Minority Report. One of Oblong's founders served as science and technology adviser...

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ne: 21-11-2008, 04:50:02

Massive Martian Glaciers Found

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Massive Martian Glaciers FoundKozar_The_Malignant writes "Scientific American is reporting that 'data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter point to vast glaciers buried beneath thin layers of crustal debris.' Data from the surface-penetrating radar on MRO revealed that two well-...

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ne: 21-11-2008, 02:50:02

How To Find a Mobile Games Publisher?

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How To Find a Mobile Games Publisher?n01 writes "The last few months of my spare time I've been implementing an abstract strategy board game (that I invented) along with a decent AI. The game resembles TwixT in that it is also a connection game, and could be played without the n...

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ne: 21-11-2008, 00:50:02

Resurrecting the Mighty Mammoth, Cheaply

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Resurrecting the Mighty Mammoth, Cheaplysomanyrobots writes with an interesting followup in the New York Times to the earlier-reported substantial reconstruction of the woolly mammoth genome: "Scientists are talking for the first time about the old idea of resurrecting extinct s...

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ne: 20-11-2008, 22:50:12

Search For the Tomb of Copernicus Reaches an End

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Search For the Tomb of Copernicus Reaches an Endduh P3rf3ss3r writes "The Associated Press reports that, after 200 years of speculation and investigation, the tomb of Nicolaus Copernicus has been found. Although the heliocentric concept had been suggested earlier, Copernicus is ...

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ne: 20-11-2008, 20:50:14

Network Neutrality mdash; Without Regulation

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Network Neutrality mdash; Without Regulationboyko.at.netqos writes "Timothy B. Lee (no relation to Tim Berners-Lee), a frequent contributor to Ars Technica and Techdirt, has recently written 'The Durable Internet,' a paper published by the libertarian-leaning CATO institute. In ...

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ne: 20-11-2008, 18:50:04

CRTC Rules Bell Can Squeeze Downloads

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CRTC Rules Bell Can Squeeze Downloadspparsons writes "Bell Canada Inc. will not have to suspend its practice of "shaping" traffic on the Internet after a group of companies that resell access to Bell's network complained their customers were also being negatively affected. The C...

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ne: 20-11-2008, 16:50:02

Studios Sue Oz ISP Over Allowing Piracy

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Studios Sue Oz ISP Over Allowing PiracyDa Massive writes "Leading Hollywood film studios Village Roadshow, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Disney Enterprises are suing Aust...

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ne: 20-11-2008, 14:50:01

Most of Woolly Mammoth Genome Reconstructed

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Most of Woolly Mammoth Genome Reconstructedgeekmansworld writes "From the Washington Post, 'An international team of scientists has reconstructed more than three-quarters of the genome of the woolly mammoth using DNA extracted from balls of hair, the first time this has been acc...

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ne: 20-11-2008, 10:50:03

New Xbox Experience Goes Live

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New Xbox Experience Goes LiveToday, Microsoft launched the New Xbox Experience for Xbox Live. The list of new features includes the streaming of TV shows and movies through Netflix, the ability to install games to the HDD, an avatar system, and the Community Games platform. The ...

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ne: 20-11-2008, 08:50:01

NASA Exploring 8 New Space Expeditions

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NASA Exploring 8 New Space Expeditionscoondoggie writes "NASA is trying to decide between eight space exploration missions that include further exploring Venus and comet composition as well landing on an asteroid or examining the space around Jupiter. The space agency today bega...

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ne: 20-11-2008, 04:50:02

Towards a World Wide Grid?

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Towards a World Wide Grid?Roland Piquepaille writes "In recent months, the concept of 'cloud computing' was all the buzz. European researchers think about another name, the World Wide Grid, which could run on top of the Internet. In an article to appear soon, ICT Results will re...

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ne: 20-11-2008, 02:50:03

Researchers Getting the Lead Out of Electronics

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Researchers Getting the Lead Out of Electronicsalphadogg writes "Researchers at the University of Maryland say they have discovered a material to replace lead, a potential environmental hazard, in electronics products. The material, bismuth samarium ferrite (BSFO), was found by ...

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ne: 20-11-2008, 00:50:05

Apple's New MacBooks Have Built-In Copy Protection

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Apple's New MacBooks Have Built-In Copy Protectionraque writes "Appleinsider is reporting that the new MacBooks/MacBookPros have built-in copy protection. Quote: 'Apple's new MacBook lines include a form of digital copy protection that will prevent protected media, such as DRM-i...