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Comment Re:Arthur C. Clarke (Score 1) 237

I logged into my /. account for the first time in 6 years to say... what you already said. I also recall Clarke inventing ultrasonic windscreen wipers, at least in fiction.
IIRC, the character that invented it was the same character who built an artificial lake in the shape of the mandelbrot set.

Space

Submission + - Ultima series creator to be the 6th space tourist->

OzJuggler writes: "Richard Garriot, aka Lord British of Ultima fame, is officially to become the next space tourist. According to the press release from Space Adventures, he is scheduled to launch in October 2008. Its been rumoured on Slashdot many years ago that Garriot wanted to go into space. Now you'll be able to follow every step of the adevnture in new photos and posts on his single-minded blog http://www.richardinspace.com/ . Is this the beginning of UO — Ultima Orbital?

Though not stated in the official release, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti these tourist flights are typically charged at US$20 milion per launch, and the price will probably go up by 5 million "in the future". Get a space flight while they're in the bargain bin!

Most astonishingly perhaps, this has not been Slashdotted yet despite the news being over 72 hours old. So it seems that other news from Friday was true. ;-)"

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Biotech

Submission + - First Successful Bacteria Genome Transplant-> 1

eldavojohn writes: "The first genome transplant from one bacteria to another, thereby transforming the species. From M. mycoides to M. capricolum, the research shows that it is entirely possible to achieve a success rate of 1 in 150,000 genome transplants in bacteria. While this may seem an exercise in futility, this is actually a major step towards synthetic life which would give us the possibility to tailor bacteria to our needs — whether they be medical, fuel production or terraforming another planet."
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