Titoxd writes: Sophos reports that the primary WHOIS servers for the web at whois-servers.net have been hacked, and that several high-profile websites (such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, MySpace, and others) have had their WHOIS records altered. The attack seems to be more of a nuisance than anything more serious.
Titoxd writes: In an announcement similar as baffling as Woz's escapade into the ballroom, Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 fame will step onto the Dancing With The Stars stage. His odds of winning are already being set as 100-to-1, but whether he does the Moonwalk or not, let's hope that this expedition ends up in "magnificent desolation" atop the podium.
Titoxd writes: DNA India reports that data collected from the Indian Space Research Organisation's Chandrayaan-1 might have found "signs of life in some form or the other on the Moon". Chandrayaan-1's sensors detected organic matter signatures shortly before its Moon Impact Probe crashed into the lunar surface late last year. Interestingly, the article points out that Apollo 11 found similar traces back in 1969.
Titoxd writes: "In a blast from the past, NASA reports that Spirit's solar panels have received a much-needed cleaning courtesy of the Red Planet. The report states, "The cleaning boosts Spirit's daily energy supply by about 30 watt-hours, to about 240 watt-hours from 210 watt-hours. The rover uses about 180 watt-hours per day for basic survival and communications, so this increase roughly doubles the amount of discretionary power for activities such as driving and using instruments. Thirty watt-hours is the amount of energy used to light a 30-watt bulb for one hour.""