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Lord of the Rings

Submission + - Finally, The Hobbit starts shooting (

Tiger4 writes: Real pictures, not photoshopped (much), of Peter Jackson on the set of The Hobbit acting like a director are now available at This despite the strikes, bankruptcies, contract disputes, and legal actions that have swarmed Jackson and the project since his Lord of the Rings days. Yes, this is News for Nerds and it is Stuff that Matters. Admit it, secretly you've been dying to see this happen.

Submission + - Dutch Radio Geek Tracking Libyan Airstrikes (

jfruhlinger writes: "The days when citizens could only learn about a distant war from the government or the institutional press are long over. An ex-Dutch military geek exemplifies the new way information comes out, tracking attack flights on Libya, and even tweeting messages to the US command responsible for the strikes."

Submission + - A New Class of Nuclear Reactors ( 1

prunedude writes: From Freakonomics: The folks over at IV Insights, the blog associated with Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures, point out that it was the complete loss of power that disabled the cooling systems protecting the plant'(TM)s reactors. Which raises the question: Is there nuclear technology that could withstand such a catastrophe? Possibly. TerraPower, an Intellectual Ventures spin-off that also boasts Bill Gates as an investor, is working on a new reactor design called a traveling wave reactor that uses fast reactor technology, rather than the light water technology used at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The two biggest advantages of the fast reactor design is that it requires no spent fuel pools and uses cooling systems that require no power to function, meaning the loss of power from the tsunami might not have crippled a fast reactor plant so severely.


Submission + - Expedition 25 NASA astronaut Wheelock tweeted pics (

An anonymous reader writes: On September 22, 2010, with the departure of the Expedition 23 crew, Colonel Douglas H. Wheelock assumed command of the International Space Station and the Expedition 25 crew. He is also known as @Astro_Wheels on twitter, where he has been tweeting pictures to his followers since he arrived at the space station. The images bring breathtaking views from our only off planet Vista point. The captions are all his own words.

Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.