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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 16 declined, 8 accepted (24 total, 33.33% accepted)

Submission + - Meteor breaks up over Russia, brightness of fireball rivals the sun (with video)

PyroMosh writes: Around 9:30 AM local time, a meteor burned up over the Chelyabinsk region of Russia, east of the Ural mountains. Reports are streaming in of widespread minor damage (mostly broken windows), some reports of injuries.

The videos are amazing, thanks the the widespread practice in Russia of using dashboard cameras, and of course the widespread prevalence of smart phones and security cameras. "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait thinks that the timing is just coincidental to the near-pass of asteroid 2012 DA14 today, but of course many are speculating on a possible connection.
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Submission + - Olympics Games Requires Host Countries Pass Specific Laws to Protect Advertisers

PyroMosh writes: "PRI's The World reports that businesses in the UK are facing strict crackdowns on unauthorized use of the Olympic symbols in advertising. This makes some sense. But what doesn't is the overzealous extension of these protections to such generic terms as "the games" or "London 2012". All this is in the name of protecting the right of Olympic sponsor companies (Coke, McDonalds, etc.) to enjoy exclusive use of these marks and terms.

Most disturbingly of all, the IOC requires that before a nation can even bid to host the Olympics, their government must commit to pass arbitrary laws above and beyond what is already in place to protect intellectual property.

Are games important enough for people to be okay with their governments passing laws at the bequest of a private entity?"

Submission + - Judge Blocks U.S. Sales of Samsung Nexus Products (wsj.com)

PyroMosh writes: "Apple has been granted another injunction against Samsung, their second in a week. This new ruling comes down against the Samsung Nexus phones, the prior was against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The patents in dispute involve "searching across multiple databases" and apparently voice search. Ridiculous patent fights have long ago become commonplace in this industry, but injunctions are fairly rare. How can a judge block sales of a product line over a patent that covers a concept that predates the product by decades?"

Submission + - NASA announces final homes of Shuttle fleet (space.com) 3

PyroMosh writes: "NASA administrator Charles Bolden just announced the final homes for the four remaining Space Shuttle Orbiters in a ceremony at Kennedy Space Center today commemorating the 30th anniversary of the first Shuttle launch. The Shuttle Atlantis will remain at NASA's home of Shuttle Launch operations — Kennedy Space Center. Endeavour will be displayed at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, just miles from where she was assembled. Discovery will be moved to the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Virginia outside of Washington DC — the very hangar that Enterprise now occupies. Finally, the Shuttle airframe prototype Enterprise will be moved from her current home to the U.S.S. Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum in New York City."

Submission + - 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's Flight (hallnj.org)

PyroMosh writes: "This Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the historic flight of Yuri Gagarin — Vostok 1. Although Colonel Gagarin died in a jet training accident in 1968, his legacy of ushering mankind into a new era lives on.

Yuri's Night celebrations are taking place all over the world tonight. Let's raise a vodka toast to the man who 50 years ago today became the first human in space!"


Submission + - NASA to host Open Source Summit (nasa.gov)

PyroMosh writes: "'On March 29 & 30, NASA will host its first Open Source Summit at Ames Research Center in Mountain View California. This event will bring together engineers and policy makers across NASA and respected members of the open source community to discuss the challenges with the existing open source policy framework, and propose modifications that would make it easier for NASA to develop, release, and use open source software.'
It's nice to see NASA keeping up the spirit of give and take that OSS is built around."


Submission + - Cheap, safe, patentless cancer drug discovered

PyroMosh writes: "The New Scientist is reporting that researchers working at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada have discovered that an existing drug called dichloroacetate (DCA) is effective in killing cancer cells, while leaving the host's healthy cells unharmed. DCA has already been used for years to treat metabolic disorders, and is known to be fairly safe. Sounds like great news, is it too good to be true? Why is the mainstream news media failing to report on this potential breakthrough? The University of Alberta and the Alberta Cancer Board have set up a site with more info, where you can also donate to support future clinical trials."

Submission + - Nintendo Wii - $250 on 19 November

PyroMosh writes: "The Seatle PI reports that Nintendo will be releasing the Wii, on November 19th at a price of $250 U.S. Just two days past Sony's announced PS3 launch date. The console will include Wii Sports as a pack-in game. Pricing for Virtual console games was also announced to be $5 — $10 each. Nintendo will be hosting a live press event to make this "official" around 1:00AM EST"

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