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+ - BBC reports an active glacier is found on Mars

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ddelmonte
ddelmonte writes "Showing an image from the High Resolution Stereo Camera aboard the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft, a new image shows a perspective view of a possible glacial feature located in Deuteronilus Mensae. The full story including quotes from the ESA scientists is here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7151190.stm"
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+ - XKCD 'Dream Girl' Meetup->

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Fireflymantis
Fireflymantis writes "In yet another example of Randall Munroe, author of the popular webcomic XKCD manipulating reality. A large meetup in boston was spurred today due to one of his comic strips which turned a small park in Boston into a bustling center of geekdom. Check out the photos and smile.

Everything went smooth, no velociraptor attacks occured (though there was one there, it seemed to be just want to dance), and it goes to show that sometimes wanting something actually can make it real."

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+ - Seven CIA Vets Challenge 9/11 Commission Report->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_alan_mil_070922_seven_cia_veterans_c.htm

Seven CIA Veterans Challenge 9/11 Commission Report

September 23, 2007 — Seven CIA veterans have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and have called for a new investigation. "I think at simplest terms, there's a cover-up. The 9/11 Report is a joke," said Raymond McGovern, 27-year veteran of the CIA, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates during the seventies. "There are a whole bunch of unanswered questions. And the reason they're unanswered is because this administration will not answer the questions," he said. McGovern, who is also the founder of VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity), is one of many signers of a petition to reinvestigate 9/11.[1]"

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Space

+ - Mystery illness from meteor crash is solved.->

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Technician (215283) writes "The meteor that crashed in Peru caused a mystery illnesses. The cause of the illness has been found. The meteor was not toxic. The ground water it contacted contains arsenic. The resulting steam cloud is what caused the mystery illness. "The meteorite created the gases when the object's hot surface met an underground water supply tainted with arsenic, the scientists said." http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/070921-meteor-peru.html There is a very good photo of the impact crater in the article. The rim of the crater is lined with people for a size comparison."
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United States

+ - Navy now mandated to consider FOSS as an option

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lisah
lisah writes "In a memorandum handed down from Department of the Navy CIO John Carey this week, the Navy is now mandated to consider open source solutions when making new software acquisitions. According John Weathersby, executive director of the Open Source Software Institute, this is the first in a series of documents that will also address 'development and distribution issues regarding open source within Navy IT environments.'"
Space

+ - Space: Kill NASA and Really Explore Space->

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Daniel Markham
Daniel Markham writes "Has NASA outlived it's usefulness? As a space fan, I remember all the promises made over the years about where we were going: a dozen-shuttle space fleet with launches every week, a lunar base, spaceflight for everyone. None of that is happening, however, and perhaps it's time for us to rethink whether or not we're getting what we're paying fo.

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Republicans

+ - I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby sentenced to 2.5->

Submitted by d34thm0nk3y
d34thm0nk3y (653414) writes "I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation.

From the article:
Libby was convicted in March of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying to investigators about his conversations with reporters about CIA official Valerie Plame. Fitzgerald questioned Bush and Cheney in a probe that became a symbol of the administration's deepening problems."

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Space

+ - Will Apollo mistakes be made with Mars?

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MattSparkes
MattSparkes writes "In some ways the Apollo 11 mission was a great success; the astronauts got back to Earth safely after walking on the moon. However, it was a massive disaster in terms of quarantine procedures — the astronauts had to leave the landing capsule to enter the quarantine module, after it was found that the crane on board the ship wasn't strong enough to raise it. Would NASA be able to protect the Earth from Martian pathogens if it successfully returns soil samples from the Red Planet?"

Politicians Have Poor Grasp of Technology? 349

Posted by Zonk
from the but-i-thought-they-were-all-knowing dept.
Alfred Lee Deon writes "Chris Patten, a former EU Commissioner, was speaking at the three-day conference in Nice, France, on European business and technology. 'Many politicians don't understand the technology issues that could affect government IT schemes,' he said.' Politicians have no sound grasp of technology issues — but politicians don't necessarily have a profound grasp of any issue.' He was especially critical of UK's government's ID card scheme — a scheme he felt would not achieve one of its possible objectives of making borders more secure."

Concern Over Creating Black Holes 597

Posted by kdawson
from the nothing-to-fear dept.
Maria Williams writes to tell us about worry surrounding the impending startup of CERN's Large Hadron Collider. Some fear that the device, in creating mini black holes, could jeopardize Life As We Know It. While the tiny black holes should evaporate quickly — throwing off so-called Hawking radiation that can be detected — CERN software developer Ran Livneh reminds us that "Any physicist will tell you that there is no way to prove that generated black holes will decay." The LHC site assures us there's nothing to worry about. The flap is reminiscent of the time the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider went live. The worry then was that "negative strangelets" could gobble up the world.

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