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Space

+ - Cassini Sees Seas on Titan!

Submitted by outlaw69
outlaw69 (209617) writes "Instruments on NASA's Cassini spacecraft have found evidence for seas, likely filled with liquid methane or ethane, in the high northern latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan. One such feature is larger than any of the Great Lakes of North America and is about the same size as several seas on Earth. Cassini's radar instrument imaged several very dark features near Titan's north pole. Much larger than similar features seen before on Titan, the largest dark feature measures at least 100,000 square kilometers (39,000 square miles). http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/868526/cassini_ sees_seas_on_titan/index.html Obligatory Quote..." I for one welcome our new planet titan overlords!""
Programming

+ - C# vs VB in the .Net Environment

Submitted by groslyunderpaid
groslyunderpaid (950152) writes "I work in a 75 employee company. We build our own Web Applications for in house use, and some of them are also presented on a company extranet for 400 Agents to use.

We are a Microsoft shop, and until now have been strictly VB .Net (using Visual Studio .Net 2003 w/ .Net 1.1).

The old web developers have left the company and new blood has been hired. The new guys are pleading for the ability to use C# instead of VB.

What are the advantages one language has over the other, and vice versa? For what reasons would you want to program in one instead of the other, or NOT program in one as opposed to the other? Are there any additional security concerns from a Systems Administrator position when allowing one over the other?"
Biotech

+ - Genetically Engineered Maize Is Toxic

Submitted by gandracu
gandracu (951016) writes "It appears that a variety of Genetically Engineered maze produced by Monsanto is toxic for the liver and kidneys. What's worse, Monsanto knew about it, but tried to conceal the facts in its own publications. Greenpeace had to fight in court to obtain the incriminatory data and had it analyzed by a team of experts. MON863, the variety of GE maze in question, has been authorised for markets in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, the Phillipines, and USA, besides the EU. Here is a link[PDF] to Greenpeace's brief on the study, and here is their account[PDF] of how the story was unearthed."

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