TravisW (594642) writes "Google announced a partnership with a public-private consortium to create a "moving picture" database of the universe using data collected from the 3.2 billion-pixel reflecting Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, slated for completion in 2013. The project, whose planned uses will include studying dark matter and near-Earth asteroids and mapping the Milky Way, will generate some 30 terabytes of data nightly."
An anonymous reader writes "Physics professor describes how genetic clustering corresponds to racial identity. Individual genetic data, when plotted in an abstract genome space, tends to cluster into groups corresponding to traditional continental ethnic groups (Europeans, Africans, Asians, etc.). Race is more than a matter of pigmentation or other superficial traits: it determines the likelihood an individual is carrying a particular gene variant."
theodp writes "Can't scrape up the bucks for junior college tuition? Don't worry, there's always MIT. By the end of 2007, the contents of all 1,800 courses taught at MIT will be available online to anyone in the world, anywhere in the world thanks to OpenCourseWare (OCW). Learners won't have to register for the classes, and everyone is accepted. The cost? It's all free of charge."
Gammu (1004474) writes "Apple turned thirty last year and it has endured and even thrived despite a series of incompetent leaders, poor products and inexplicable business decisions. MacObserver has compiled a list of the top 5 Apple decisions that have allowed the company to survive and grow over thirty years."