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+ - DogeCoin to the Moon via a Google Lunar X PRIZE Team->

Submitted by anzha
anzha (138288) writes "After sponsoring a NASCAR racer, DogeCoin's community has wondered, "What next?" The answer is literally "To The Moon!" RevUp Render is sponsoring a DogeCoin promoting micro rover challenge, the Lunar Iditarod. The micro rovers, called DogeSleds, are the size of an smart phone and will be first qualified and then raced here on Earth. The top three competitors will be placed on a Google Lunar X PRIZE team's lunar lander to conduct a short, nine meter race on the moon itself. Registration opens on May 21st and closes July 31st for the first race. The first quarterly race will take place September 5th through September 7th. The event will be public and in the San Francisco Bay Area. All teams, international and American, are welcome, but be forewarned, all fees are in...dogecoin!"
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+ - U Washington Demonstrates First Brain to Brain Interface 1

Submitted by anzha
anzha (138288) writes "Researchers at the University of Washington have successfully demonstrated the first brain to brain interface. One college successfully controlled another's movements. The implications of the demonstration of the technology is pretty profound, even if its in a very early and ideal form. Beginning of Star Trek's Borg? Or David Gerrold's Teep Corps?"

+ - China Builds Fastest Supercomputer in the World, Breaks 50 Petaflops

Submitted by anzha
anzha (138288) writes "On the heels of warning supercomputers are about to hit a wall, the Chinese unveiled Tianhe-2. This machine can do 55 to 53 petaflops peak performance and 27 to 29 petaflops on linpack. This number has been confirmed by three sources with people on site. In other news, Titan feels roshamboed."

+ - Has Supercomputing Hit the Shoulder of the Sigmoid? 1

Submitted by anzha
anzha (138288) writes "Horst Simon, Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has stood up at conferences of late and said the unthinkable: supercomputing is hitting a wall and will not build an exaflop HPC system by 2020. This is defined as one that passes linpack with a performance of one exaflop sustained or better. He's even placed money on it. You can read the original presentation here."
NASA

+ - 2nd Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar->

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anzha
anzha writes "Team Phoenicia and Techshop — Menlo Park are hosting the Second Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar on Nov 12/13 in Menlo Park, CA. The Nanosat Launcher Challenge where teams must place two separate 1U cubesats into a verified orbit on two separate launches in one week with a first place prize of $2 million. The seminar will cover the draft rules, test/launch sites, how teams can raise the funds, introduce suppliers for the teams, and allow the teams themselves to present. While the seminar itself is not free, there will be a free lecture at Techshop by NASA about the Centennial Challenges at 5 PM on Nov 12. The draft agenda is here."
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Space

+ - Nanosatellite Launcher Challenge Seminar

Submitted by anzha
anzha (138288) writes "Team Phoenicia and Techshop are cosponsoring a seminar on NASA's Nanosatellite Launcher Challenge on November 6th, 2010 at 1 PM. The Nanosat Launcher Challenge is a competition to redo Sputnik with a single kilogram payload by private entities within the US. Presenting at the seminar will be NASA and its allied organization, FAA, California Space Authority, Spaceport America, Friends of Amateur Rocketry, Vog Rockets, and Team Phoenicia. The seminar is meant to be a combination of challenge promotion, networking, scoping the difficulty and requirements, and options for help for those teams. The draft rules will be presented for feedback at the seminar by the allied organization. The seminar is open to the public."

+ - Dinosaur Feather Color Discovered-> 1

Submitted by anzha
anzha (138288) writes "Do you remember being a kid and told we'd never know what colors the dinosaurs were? For at least some, that's no longer true. Scientists working in the UK and China have closely examined the fossils of multiple theropods and actually found the colors and patterns that were present in the fossilized proto-feathers. So far, the answer is orange, black and white in banded and other patterns. The work also thoroughly thrashes the idea that fossils might not be feathers, but collagen fibers instead. If this holds up, Birds Are Dinosaurs. Period. And colorful!"
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Space

+ - 2008 Lunar Lander Challenge Teams Announced

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anzha
anzha writes "The X Prize Foundation announced on Monday the competing teams for the 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. This year there are ten teams competing for the two prizes. The XPF has a nice matchup utility to compare the different teams' rockets. The one downside to this year though is that the competition will not have an accompanying X Prize Cup. It will be webcast though. Full disclosure: I am on a team."
Moon

+ - Google Lunar X Prize Team Drops Out

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anzha
anzha writes "On Saturday, after the vaunted First Team Summit was completed in Strasbourg, The Southern California Selene Group announced publicly that they are dropping out of the Google Lunar X Prize. Citing very strong differences in opinions over how the X Prize was being run, the team felt they could no longer participate. On the flip side, the X Prize Foundation announced at the team summit that there are four new teams. With the drop out, there are now thirteen official competitive teams. Assuredly, there are more to come."
Earth

+ - Freeman Dyson Gets Roasted By Climate Scientists

Submitted by
anzha
anzha writes "Freeman Dyson recently wrote a review of two books on global warming. In a reaction to the review a group of climate scientists, that run the blog entitled Real Climate, responded on multiple points. In fact, their response, on the points they covered, was rather scorching and stated that his review was 'mostly shaped by his own rather selective vision.' Ouch."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun Acquires CFS

Submitted by
anzha
anzha writes "Sun Microsystems announced today that they are acquiring Cluster File Systems Inc. CFS owns the intellectual property related to and develops the open source file system known as Lustre. The question now is whether or not Sun will keep Lustre an open source file system or not. Will they also be able to grow it successfully to take on their chief rival's product in the cluster file system arena? Or will it languish?"

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