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Mars

+ - Curiosity Scrubs a Mars Rock Clean->

Submitted by
astroengine
astroengine writes "NASA's newest rover on Mars has recently used its Dust Removal Tool for the first time, clearing away a patch of rust-colored dust coating its latest target: a slab of rock called "Ekwir_1." The Dust Removal Tool, or DRT (yes, the rover's cleaning instrument is called "dirt") is a motorized brush with stainless steel wire bristles located on Curiosity's multipurpose Robotic Arm turret — a veritable Swiss Army knife of planetary exploration tools."
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+ - UbiSoft's UPlay service under attack->

Submitted by InspectorGadget
InspectorGadget (149784) writes "There are several reports — from myself included — that people are having their UPlay accounts stolen by Russian hackers...
http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/743348-Stolen-Uplay-account
It's suggested that you attach your Facebook account as a login credential so you can take it back if it happens to you."

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+ - Czech Man Becomes the First Person in the World to Live With No Heart or Pulse 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A 37-year-old man from Czech Republic recently became the first man to live without a heart for six months. Jakub Halik, a former firefighter lived without a pulse for six months after undergoing pioneering surgery in April when doctors removed his heart and replaced it with mechanical pumps."
Blackberry

+ - The BlackBerry typo that landed a man in jail->

Submitted by
Barence
Barence writes "A British man was jailed for 18 months for accidentally sending an explicit text message to his entire address book.

24-year-old swimming coach, Craig Evans, intended to send a text message to his girlfriend asking her for sex. Instead, the message was accidentally sent to his entire BlackBerry address book, including two girls, aged 13 and 14, from his swimming class.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with “causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity”, and – incredibly – jailed for 18 months at Birmingham Crown Court in July. Yesterday, an appeal's court freed Evans, although he wasn't cleared — the sentence was merely reduced to a nine-month suspended jail term."

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Open Source

+ - Kickstarter for Open Source Bluetooth Games Controller and Keyboard->

Submitted by InspectorGadget
InspectorGadget (149784) writes "The guys behind gbax.com, the iControlPad and the Pandora pocket Linux PC have made the half way point on their Kickstarter campain for the iControlPad2.
This bluetooth enabled games controller and keyboard can be used with mobile phones, tablets and even the Oyua games console.
If successful, it will provide the starting point for the Pandora 2."

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Android

+ - Open Source games controller reaches halfway mark on Kickstarter->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The latest product from the team who brought you the original iControlPad has reached the halfway funding mark on Kickstarter.

The open source controller will work with phone handsets, tablets, computers, the Raspberry Pi, Ouya and pretty much anything that has bluetooth.

With 16 days left to go, will they hit their target?"

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NASA

+ - Flexible, high-strength polymer aerogels deliver "super-insulation" properties->

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "Often called "frozen smoke", aerogels are among the amazing materials of our time, with fifteen Guinness Book of World Records entries to their name. However, despite their list of extreme properties, traditional aerogels are brittle, crumbling and fracturing easily enough to keep them out of many practical applications. A new class of mechanically robust polymer aerogels discovered at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Ohio may soon enable engineering applications such as super-insulated clothing, unique filters, refrigerators with thinner walls, and super-insulation for buildings."
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Android

+ - The One Size Fits All Joypad

Submitted by YokimaSun
YokimaSun (930294) writes "In these days where we all own a Mobile Phone, a PC, A Laptop, a Tablet and maybe your thinking of owning a Raspberry PI or the soon to be released Ouya Console. What would you say if there was a joypad released that also doubled as a keyboard which worked on everyone one of them. That dream is realised with a new open source joypad called the iControlPad 2, the joypad works with any device that has bluetooth or USB Connectivity, it features Dual analogue controls, a 4 row Qwerty Keyboard, Shoulder and Face Buttons and a 14 hour Battery life. Could be the perfect answer for those who hate playing touchscreen games on the likes of iPhone/iPad."
Open Source

+ - The One Joypad To Rule Them All 1

Submitted by Croakyvoice
Croakyvoice (986312) writes "In these days where we all own a Mobile Phone, a PC, A Laptop, a Tablet and maybe your thinking of owning a Raspberry PI or the soon to be released Ouya Console. What would you say if there was a joypad released that also doubled as a keyboard which worked on everyone one of them. That dream is realised with a new open source joypad called the iControlPad 2, the joypad works with any device that has bluetooth or USB Connectivity, it features Dual analogue controls, a 4 row Qwerty Keyboard, Shoulder and Face Buttons and a 14 hour Battery life. Could be the perfect answer for those who hate playing touchscreen games on the likes of iPhone/iPad."
Open Source

+ - iControlPad 2 - The Open Source Controller ->

Submitted by
YokimaSun
YokimaSun writes "Over on Kickstarter a new project has been announced by the people who brought out the OpenPandora Console. The iControlPad 2 is an open source controller with support for the likes of iPhone, Android Phones, Ouya, Raspberry Pi and anything that has bluetooth or USB Connections and features 55 key Qwerty keyboard, Shoulder buttons, Twin analogue nubs, Dpad. The Kickstarter campaign is now halfway to their $150,000 goal with 18 days to go."
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Comment: Re:US gov't insurance (Score 1) 173

by InspectorGadget (#37307330) Attached to: Floating Houses Designed For Low-Lying Countries

That doesn't seem to stop people in the UK building in flood plains. I think you'll find people will keep on building in risky areas, accept the financial hit in case of a flood, and keep an eye on extreme weather warnings.
After all, properties built in such areas will be cheaper as a result.
But then bricks & mortar houses don't tend to float away in floods.

+ - SPAM: Defogging Titanâ(TM)s methane mystery

Submitted by
omnithao
omnithao writes "New data suggests that the hydrocarbon cycles from the moonâ(TM)s surface to its atmosphere. Methane fog hovering above Saturnâ(TM)s moon Titan has cleared away any doubt that the hydrocarbon cycles between the moonâ(TM)s surface and its atmosphere, planetary scientists say."
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