William Robinson writes "Astronomers have discovered 26 new likely black holes in the neighboring Andromeda galaxy — the largest haul of black hole candidates ever found in a galaxy apart from our own. The central region of the Andromeda galaxy is chock-full of black holes, according to extensive observations with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. 26 new stellar-mass black hole candidates have been identified, adding to nine previously known and bringing the grand total to 35. Scientists believe it may be 'tip of the iceberg'"
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William Robinson writes "Scientists have found way to use X-Ray Laser for creating supercharged particles. The specific tuning of the laser's properties can cause atoms and molecules to resonate. The resonance excites the atoms and causes them to shake off electrons at a rate that otherwise would require higher energies. This could be used to create highly charged plasma."
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William Robinson writes "There are iteresting stories about which tech companies are supporting Obama and which tech companies are supporting Romney. According the article, Obama's biggest donators features the likes of Microsoft, Google, IBM and Comcast whereas the only tech name on Romney's list is EMC. The tech community are choosing Obama because they see him as man with a similar vision"
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William Robinson writes "Having lot of interest in renewabe energy, I came across solar Stirling Machines, which could have become very popular in remote areas where electricity is scarce. Countries like Indonesia, India, and middle east has abundant solar power, still I do not see Stirling Machines anywhere except couple of experimental setup. I wanted to ask the experts here, what could be the reason? Delayed start is not an issue and hundreds of applications can live with delayed start including waste heat recovery mechanisms. I am planning to build one for the third world countries. Do you see any reason why this may not fly?"
William Robinson writes "The New York Times is reporting that 'Canadian and United States computer security researchers have monitored a spying operation for the past eight months, and have been observing while the intruders pilfered classified and restricted documents from the highest levels of the Indian Defense Ministry, including documents on several Indian missile systems. Though the Indian government was the primary target of the attacks, one chink in computer security can leave many nations exposed. The researchers said that the spy operation appears to be different from the Internet intruders identified by Google and from a surveillance ring known as Ghostnet, also believed to be operating from China, which the Canadian researchers identified in March of last year. Ghostnet used computer servers based largely on the island of Hainan to steal documents from the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, and governments and corporations in more than 103 countries.'"
William Robinson writes "Indian Space Research Organisation is launching beta version of Bhuvan (meaning earth in Sanskrit), a web based tool similar to Google Earth. Some of the key differences include, Bhuvan will be able to take much closer pictures of the Indian Subcontinent as compared to the Google Earth. Bhuvan will feature a zoom level of upto 10 meters while the Google Earth features a zoom level of up to 200 meters. The user can also navigate through 3D viewing environment. One can "fly" to destinations of choice and even draw 3D objects such as placing of expressive 3D models, 3D polygons and boxes. The site also offers tools to measure horizontal, vertical and aerial distances."
William Robinson writes "The first Indian porn website has been shutdown after it was banned by Indian government a month ago. Savita Bhabhi, an Indian cartoon porn star born just a year ago, attracted more than 60 million visitors a month. Puneet Agarwal, creator of the web site, who had remained incognito using the pseudonym 'Deshmukh' and who came out openly to save the web site, has finally decided to pull the plug in spite of attempts to save the website by fans over twitter and blogs."
William Robinson writes "Googlers announced a new project, Google Chrome OS saying lower-end PCs called Netbooks from unnamed manufacturers will include it in the second half of 2010. Linux will run under the covers of the open-source project, but the applications will run on the Web itself. According to Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, engineering director, "Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the Web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small Netbooks to full-size desktop systems. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates". The story is discussed on CNET."
William Robinson writes "Comet Lulin, formally known as C/2007 N3, which is on visit to solar system, will be closest to earth tonight, about 38 million miles. To the naked eye, the comet looks like a fuzzy patch of hazy light in southeastern sky near Saturn, at the tip of Leo the Lion's hind leg. After this brief visit, Lulin will be heading back out to its kin in the Oort Cloud."
William Robinson writes "The moon mineralogy mapper (M3), a scientific instrument of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) onboard India's first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1, found iron-bearing minerals on the lunar surface. The images revealed changes in rock and mineral composition, and the abundance of iron-bearing minerals such as pyroxene. The moon mineralogy mapper, designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, provides detailed compositional information regarding the moon a thing which has never been done before. The region that was mapped recently is called the Orientale Basin. Different wavelengths of light captured in the image provide new insights into the composition of the region. The story is available here too."
William Robinson writes "Mumbai, in India, has been attacked by terrorists killing more than 100 innocent people while looking for foreigners, especially US and UK citizens, some of them still being hostages. The new design of military style armed attacks brings up new possibilities of unsafe cities, five star hotels, civil as well as nuclear installations. While recalling memories of 9/11, and condemning these attacks, I wanted to ask slashdotters what needs to be done for preventing the terrorists becoming successful?"
William Robinson writes "India's first unmanned lunar craft, Chandrayaan-1 has reported an unexplained rise in temperature on the atmosphere of Moon. According to the officials at ISRO, rise in the temperature is a normal phenomenon since it was still a summer time on Moon. They feel that the temperature would back to normal by December. The temperature inside India's first unmanned lunar spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 has gone over 50 degrees Celsius, prompting scientists to explore various options to cool down the unexpected surge. They have rotated the spacecraft by 20 degrees which has helped reduce the temperature of the craft to 40 degrees Celcius. As a last resort, they are planning to raise the orbit of the spacecraft to cool it down."
William Robinson writes "After 18 days journey, Chandrayan, the moon mission of India, has entered Lunar orbit. The manoeuvre was described as crucial and critical by scientists, who pointed out that at least 30 per cent of similar moon missions had failed at this juncture, resulting in space crafts lost in outer space. The lunar orbit insertion placed the Chandrayaan in an elliptical orbit with its nearest point 400 to 500 kilometres away from the moon and the farthest, 7,500 kilometres. By November 15, the spacecraft is expected to be orbiting the moon at a distance of 100 kilometres and sending back data and images. The Chandrayaan is also scheduled to send a probe to the moon's surface."
William Robinson writes "The Chandrayaan-1, literally "Lunar Craft", was launched today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, on the southeastern coast of India. The spacecraft will orbit the Moon for two years, charting its mineral composition, searching for ice, and helium-3, all three fundamental for the establishment of a lunar outpost. It is carrying 2 NASA instruments, The Moon Mineralogy Mapper, which will assess mineral resources, and the Miniature Synthetic Aperture Radar, or Mini-SAR, which will map the polar regions and look for ice deposits. Apart from these two NASA instruments and three European Space Agency instruments, the Chandrayaan-1 is carrying the C1XS, an X-ray Spectrometer to get high-quality, X-ray spectroscopic mapping of the Moon, a near infrared spectrometer called SIR-2 to study the chemical composition of the Moons crust and mantle, and SARA, the Sub-keV Atom Reflecting Analyser which will study plasma-surface interactions in space for the first time. The picture gallery and videos of Chandrayan 1."
William Robinson writes "BBC is reporting that the next version of Internet Explorer will have a special "Privacy Mode". By clicking a button, users of IE8 will be able to limit how much information is recorded about where they go online and what they do. Users may wish to turn on the privacy mode if they are planning to visit some special web sites, buying presents or researching a medical condition and do not want others users of the same computer to find out. Safari already has this feature."