chroma writes: "Online custom manufacturer Big Blue Saw is offering a free custom metal or plastic part to everyone on August 6. You can design a part and they'll make it for you, just pay the shipping. Looks like a good opportunity for robot builders, hardware hackers, etc."
chroma writes: "It's been a long time since anyone has explored the surface of the moon. But now Google has teamed up with the X PRIZE Foundation to offer a $30,000,000 bounty to the first privately funded organization to land a robotic rover on the moon. Google, of course, has offered the free Google Moon mapping service for a few years now. Looks like the other search engines have some catching up to do in the space exploration department."
chroma writes: "News has been leaked of the Google Lunar Prize. This new X-Prize contest is expected to be announced today at 2 PM Eastern Time. The news was leaked on a Huffington Post blog posting, though it was later redacted, presumably because the official announcement has yet to happen. You can still see the remnants of the original post on Google. The scoop: $30 million to the first private organization to put a rover on the moon."
chroma writes: "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is now taking the position that amateur rocket propellant made from ordinary sugar is considered an explosive. This means that experimenters and hobbyists who want to move their rockets to an appropriate field for launching will need a special permit. No word yet on if anyone has actually been busted for having fun with household chemicals."