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Submission + - Informative shuttle Ascent Video (

minterbartolo writes: Photographic documentation of a Space Shuttle launch plays a critical role in the engineering analysis and evaluation process that takes place during each and every mission. Motion and Still images enable Shuttle engineers to visually identify off-nominal events and conditions requiring corrective action to ensure mission safety and success. This imagery also provides highly inspirational and educational insight to those outside the NASA family.

This compilation of film and video presents the best of the best ground-based Shuttle motion imagery from STS-114, STS-117, and STS-124 missions. Rendered in the highest definition possible, this production is a tribute to the dozens of men and women of the Shuttle imaging team and the 30yrs of achievement of the Space Shuttle Program.

The video was produced by Matt Melis at the Glenn Research Center.


Submission + - Snoop Dogg Joins The War on Cybercrime! (

wiredmikey writes: Think you can bust out some silly fresh rhymes on the subjects of hacking, identity theft and computer viruses?

In a somewhat untraditional partnership, Snoop Dogg and Symantec’s Norton want you to show off your their lyrical skills on the subject of cybercrime and enter the "Hack is Wack" cybercrime rap contest.

If you have the skills and bust out the phattest rap, you’ll receive round trip airfare for two to Los Angeles along with two days and two nights hotel stay to meet with Snoop's management, learn more about his business. You’ll also get two tickets to a Snoop Dogg concert and a new laptop pimped out with Norton Internet Security 2011.


Shuttle Reentry Over the Continental US 139

TheOtherChimeraTwin notes that the shuttle Discovery will land at Kennedy Space Center on Monday morning at 8:48 EDT. The craft will make a rare "descending node" overflight of the continental US en route to landing in Florida. Here are maps of the shuttle's path if is lands on orbit 222 as planned, or on the next orbit. says: " takes the shuttle about 35 minutes to traverse the path shown... Observers in the northwestern USA will see the shuttle shortly after 5 am PDT blazing like a meteoric fireball through the dawn sky. As Discovery makes its way east, it will enter daylight and fade into the bright blue background. If you can't see the shuttle, however, you might be able to hear it. The shuttle produces a sonic double-boom that reaches the ground about a minute and a half after passing overhead."

Invisibility Cloak Created In 3-D 113

An anonymous reader writes "Scientists have created the first device to render an object invisible in three dimensions. The 'cloak,' described in the journal Science (abstract; full text requires login), hid an object from detection using light of wavelengths close to those that are visible to humans. Previous devices have been able to hide objects from light travelling in only one direction; viewed from any other angle, the object would remain visible. This is a very early but significant step towards a true invisibility cloak." The "object" hidden in this work was a bump one micrometer high. The light used was just longer than the wavelengths our eyes detect. To get a visible-light cloak, the features of the cloaking metamaterial would need to be reduced in size from 300 nm to 10 nm.

Super-Earths Discovered Orbiting Nearby, Sun-Like Star 242

likuidkewl writes "Two super-earths, 5 and 7.5 times the size of our home, were found to be orbiting 61 Virginis a mere 28 light years away. 'These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars. The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away,' said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC. Among hundreds of our nearest stellar neighbors, 61 Vir stands out as being the most nearly similar to the Sun in terms of age, mass, and other essential properties."

Feed Science Daily: Star Trek Medical Device Uses Ultrasound To Seal Punctured Lungs (

A stretcher races through the entrance of a busy hospital. The car-accident victim lies on top and grimaces in pain. While surface injuries looks gruesome, the real medical danger is invisible - internal organ damage caused by being crushed against the steering wheel. The first experiment using ultrasound to treat lung injuries shows promising results. High-intensity ultrasound rays stopped air and blood leaks in punctured lungs.

Feed Engadget: Philips' new Power2Charge and Power2Go lines tout "Power4Life" (

Filed under: Peripherals

Philips hopes to put an end to the chaos of having a different charger for every device you own, but unfortunately the "solution" includes eight different confusing product options to get that juice to your gadgets. The new Power2Charge line consists of five different chargers, two for plugging into you car, and three plugging into the wall. The Power2Charge line flagship is the SCM7880, which includes the universal USB charging kit of its buddies, six connector tips, and fifteen extra hours of battery for up to 5V of power. If a portable battery is more your style, Philips' Power2Go line, headed by the pictured SCE7640, includes power packs across the board, all the way up to 21V and 60 hours. Both the Power2Charge and Power2Go lines include some snazzy looks and LED charge indicator lights, but it remains to be seen if these things can indeed rescue us from charger hell.

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