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Mars Images Reveal Evidence of Ancient Lakes 128

Posted by timothy
from the older-I-get-the-wetter-mars-was dept.
Matt_dk writes "Spectacular satellite images suggest that Mars was warm enough to sustain lakes three billion years ago, a period that was previously thought to be too cold and arid to sustain water on the surface, according to research published today in the journal Geology. Earlier research had suggested that Mars had a warm and wet early history but that between 4 billion and 3.8 billion years ago, before the Hesperian Epoch, the planet lost most of its atmosphere and became cold and dry. In the new study, the researchers analysed detailed images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is currently circling the red planet, and concluded that there were later episodes where Mars experienced warm and wet periods."
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Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-jetwing-and-a-prayer dept.
Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."
Microsoft

Does Bing Have Google Running Scared? 560

Posted by kdawson
from the or-perhaps-maraschino dept.
suraj.sun alerts us to an anonymous-source story up at the NY Post, not what we would normally consider a leading source of tech news, claiming that Microsoft's introduction of Bing has alarmed Google. "...co-founder Sergey Brin is so rattled by the launch of Microsoft's rival search engine that he has assembled a team of top engineers to work on urgent upgrades to his Web service, The Post has learned. Brin, according to sources..., is himself leading the team of search-engine specialists in an effort to determine how Bing's crucial search algorithm differs from that used by [Google]. 'New search engines have come and gone in the past 10 years, but Bing seems to be of particular interest to Sergey,' said one insider, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The move by Brin is unusual, as it is rare these days for the Google founders to have such hands-on involvement in day-to-day operations at the company, the source added." CNet's coverage of the rumor begins with the NY Post and adds in Search Engine Land's speculation on what the world of search would look like if Yahoo exited the field.

Comment: And the city I live in... (Score 1) 629

by Jason daHaus (#27312621) Attached to: Mississippi Passes Law To Ban Traffic Light Cameras
And the city I live in (Calgary, AB) has just decided to not only keep the red light cameras going, but also make them speed on green cameras, meaning if you speed through the intersection with a camera you're getting a ticket. And the cops are also going to send out careless driving tickets instead of a fail to stop plus a speeding ticket to the registered owners of vehicles that run the red light while speeding, which they don't have the authority to do, and the tickets probably won't stand up in court. Almost makes me want to speed through red lights. Almost.

Comment: Maybe I was ahead of the curve (Score 1) 430

by Jason daHaus (#26982877) Attached to: Jurassic Web
... but in 1996 I was in 11th or 12th Grade ... Sure we used BBS's still, but I had graphical internet access well before 96. I think I was first on IRC around 93-94, hacked my first free internet account around 95. I distinctly remember surfing to playboy.com from my school's library in 95... We were playing C&C across the internet in groups of about 5 or 6 by 1996... I don't know what the OP was doing in 1996, but it sure sounds boring compared to what I was doing at the time.
Microsoft

A Real Bill Gates Rant 293

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the well-that's-not-so-bad dept.
lou ibmix XI submitted an email written by Bill Gates a few years ago and turned over to the feds as part of the government's antitrust case. Great quotes like 'Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable?' and 'The lack of attention to usability represented by these experiences blows my mind.' We like to think of him as an abstract, but I think this is interesting stuff. Also, this might seem familiar. Oops.

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