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Submission + - First solar eclipse recorded from moon

dazza101 writes: "For the first time ever, we have witnessed a solar eclipse from the moon. On 10 February 2009 Japan's Kaguya lunar orbiter captured the sight of the Earth eclipsing the sun. The spacecraft also recorded this video showing the Earth surrounded by a glowing ring and briefly forming the classic diamond ring that often occurs during a solar eclipse, as seen from down here on Earth."

Comment Maybe Vivloeum isn't that far-fetched (Score 1) 308

The idea of turning people into fuel isn't that far-fetched at all. It was only last week that Syntroleum Corp and Tyson Foods announced a multi-million dollar deal to build a plant to turn animal fats into biodiesel ( CNN , WSJ). There were not specific about the source of the "animal fats"...

Submission + - The art of driving a car - without a driver

coondoggie writes: "Automated, driverless cars may be coming soon to an intersection near you. At least that science fiction-like scenario seems possible with the work going on at Carnegie Mellon University and a myriad other research sites across the country. Carnegie Mellon's Tartan Racing team today said its automated Chevy Tahoe SUV, named "Boss" is concentrating on finding a parking spot, parking legally and then leaving a parking lot without a fender bender. The self-driving SUV can already negotiate some city streets and intersections, the researchers said. The Boss and many other automated vehicles are prepping for the Urban Challenge, a 60-mile competition for such vehicles sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In fact DARPA will hold its third Grand Challenge competition on November 3, 2007. DARPA is offering $2 million for the fastest qualifying vehicle, and $1 million and $500,000 for second and third place. 1"

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