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Submission + - 8 ways to bring eyesight to the blind (

An anonymous reader writes: I love that this isn't in the category of "miracles" anymore — medical researchers are experimenting with ways to restore eyesight to blind people. Discover Magazine rounds up some of the most promising treatments, from stem cell contact lenses to implantable microchips and tiny telescopes. There's even an item about curing colorblindness in monkeys, an advance which could someday help unfortunate humans like myself match their socks.

Submission + - Google: Third parties liable for Java infringement (

angry tapir writes: "Third parties, not Google, would be liable for any Java copyright violations in the Android mobile OS, according to a filing Google made in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Oracle sued Google in August over a number of alleged Java patent and copyright violations in Android."

Feed Engadget: NASA draws up plans for nuke-packing asteroid interceptor (

Filed under: Misc. Gadgets

NASA has (thankfully) been working on various asteroid diverting measures for some time now, but the agency apparently still isn't satisfied with its options, and it's now showing off its newest bit of potential world-saving technology. Designed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, this latest system would consist of six missile-like interceptor vehicles that would launch aboard an Ares V cargo launch vehicle, each carrying with them a 1.2-megaton B83 nuclear warhead. That, NASA says, should be enough to deflect an asteroid the size of the Apophis asteroid that's expected to pass within the orbit of the Earth and the Moon in April of 2029. So as not to make the problem even worse, the warheads apparently wouldn't actually strike the asteroid directly, but instead detonate at a distance of one-third of its diameter, generating a force that would (theoretically) deflect the asteroid out of the Earth's path.

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Submission + - NSF Board endorses NCSA petascale proposal (

Minter92 writes: "The National Science Board has approved a resolution authorizing the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund the acquisition and deployment of the world's most powerful "leadership-class" supercomputer. The NSB has recommended that NSF select the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and NCSA, in collaboration with IBM and the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation, to design, deploy, and operate this petascale system. A final decision will be announced in late summer or early fall."

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