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+ - Cassini Spacecraft Images Seas on Titan

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader 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."

+ - Viacom sues Youtube and Google for $1billion

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botkiller writes "Caught this article on MSN, which I don't usually peruse for news, but it stuck out. Apparently Viacom is suing Google and Youtube for one billion dollars, saying that Youtube has shown 160,000 of its videos without permission. From the article: "The lawsuit, the first big attack on the Google-owned video-sharing site, may just be a negotiating ploy. But it could be the first volley in a war between Google and its old-media rivals." More at patch/ViacomSuesYouTube.aspx?GT1=9215"

+ - Scientifically accurate Scifi for high-schoolers

Submitted by Raul654
Raul654 (453029) writes "A member of my immediate family is a biology teacher at an all girls school high-school. For some years, she's been giving her students the option to earn extra credit by reading a science-related book. I've been asked to compile for her a list of scientifically-accurate science fiction novels. So, Slashdot — what are some good scientifically accurate science fiction books for high school girls?"

+ - Glow in the dark, in all colors

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Matthew Sparkes
Matthew Sparkes writes "Glow-in-the-dark materials that shine with the whole range of visible colors, and can even produce white light, have been developed by Japanese researchers. It's claimed that they can be used to provide readable signs without the need for electricity. This could be very useful, as the International Commission on Illumination (CIE), the international authority on lighting, has suggested buildings be fitted with emergency lighting and signs that work without power as standard."

Billion Dollar Handout To Upgrade TVs 663

Posted by kdawson
from the if-we-can-send-a-man-to-the-moon dept.
db32 writes "SFGate has the story of the cutoff date for those rabbit ear antennas that some of us grew up with (Feb. 19, 2009). Now while the story of analog vs. digital TV has been beaten to death, still I think there is something more here. 'The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration... said it is setting aside $990 million to pay for the boxes. Each home can request up to two $40 coupons for a digital-to-analog converter box, which consumer electronics makers such as RCA and LG plan to produce.' Beyond my disdain for most TV to begin with, I am blown away that with all of our current problems — homelessness and crime on the home front, war fighting and terrorism abroad — our government is seriously going to spend this much money on upgrading peoples' televisions."

+ - MIT to put its entire curriculum online free

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DanLake writes "On Tuesday, school officials revealed plans to make available the university's entire 1,800-course curriculum by year's end. Currently, some 1.5 million online independent learners log on the MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) site every month and more than 120 universities around the world have inaugurated their own sites for independent learners. MIT has more than 1,500 course curriculums available online to date.

Carson said MIT's teachers collect what they have created for their courses and make it available over the Web. Many online learners purchase text books for the courses they are monitoring and a recent MIT-Amazon link showed that about 2,000 text books were ordered by independent learners, demonstrating just how serious the learners are.

"Video and audio files are very popular," said Carson. "There are 21 courses with full video available." Typically, independent learners view videos with streaming media players and replay them on PCs, MP3s, or iPods."

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