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Space

Submission + - Google, consortium to build "movie" telesc

TravisW 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.
Biotech

Submission + - scientific basis for race: genome Hamming distance

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.
Education

Submission + - How To Go To MIT For Free

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."

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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