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Canada

+ - First asteroid-tracking satellite will be Canadian->

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "In the wake of the meteor blast over Russia and the close quarter fly by of asteroid 2012 DA14 last week, many people's thoughts have turned to potential dangers from above. It is timely then that the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will next week launch NEOSSat (Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite), the world’s first space telescope for detecting and tracking asteroids, satellites and space debris."
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Oracle

RIP, SunSolve 100

Posted by timothy
from the to-the-moon-instead dept.
Kymermosst writes "Today marks the last day that SunSolve will be available. Oracle sent the final pre-deployment details today for the retirement of SunSolve and the transition to its replacement, My Oracle Support Release 5.2, which begins tomorrow. People who work with Sun's hardware and software have long used SunSolve as a central location for specifications, patches, and documentation."
Cellphones

John Carmack Not Enthused About Android Marketplace 163

Posted by Soulskill
from the hit-with-a-fragmentation-grenade dept.
An anonymous reader writes "During an in-depth and informative interview, Doom creator and id Software co-founder John Carmack opines on iOS game development, the economics of mobile development vs. console development, why mobile games lend themselves to more risk-taking and greater creativity, and finally, why he's not too keen on the Android Marketplace as a money-making machine. '...I'm honestly still a little scared of the support burden and the effort that it's going to take for our products, which are very graphics-intensive.'"
Medicine

One Night Stands May Be Genetic 240

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-in-your-genes dept.
An anonymous reader writes "So, he or she has cheated on you for the umpteenth time and their only excuse is: 'I just can't help it.' According to researchers at Binghamton University, they may be right. The propensity for infidelity could very well be in their DNA. In a first of its kind study, a team of investigators led by Justin Garcia, a SUNY Doctoral Diversity Fellow in the laboratory of evolutionary anthropology and health at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has taken a broad look at sexual behavior, matching choices with genes and has come up with a new theory on what makes humans 'tick' when it comes to sexual activity. The biggest culprit seems to be the dopamine receptor D4 polymorphism, or DRD4 gene. Already linked to sensation-seeking behavior such as alcohol use and gambling, DRD4 is known to influence the brain's chemistry and subsequently, an individual's behavior."

Comment: Re:Not sure this guy understands the problem. (Score 1) 135

by godunc (#34414064) Attached to: IBM Discovery May Lead To Exascale Supercomputers
Nope, the light is still traveling at something slower than c. They seem to mention a whole bunch of different frequencies in their research, but if they're using telco wavelengths it'll be traveling slower than 1/3 c, since the refractive index of silicon (not to be confused with silica) is roughly 3.5. (The other poster has the right idea in talking about the parasitic limitations in electrical transmission). However, your points about Intel and multiplexing are well placed.

Comment: Re:Who would've thought... (Score 1) 135

by godunc (#34413990) Attached to: IBM Discovery May Lead To Exascale Supercomputers

It's obviously not the same, but in some ways it sounds similar to Intel's Lightpeak. I guess it is the next logical step once you get to that point.

Actually - you're correct - they're very similar technologies. Both research groups are seeking out ways to merge cmos with optical components traditionally done in non-silicon devices. From what I can tell, Intel is further along as they have actually demonstrated their technology in a discrete component. IBM, once you get past the buzz words in their press release, really is still doing basic research; they've demonstrated individual components but have not accomplished any major integration feats. While it seems that IBM's technology is considerably smaller than Intel's, they have not shown how they plan to actually generate the light used for their components.

Comment: Re:Anything by Feynman... (Score 1) 66

by godunc (#34347408) Attached to: 60 Years of Hamming Codes

At the end of a course, (call me greedy), _I_ want to know how to do everything in the course, not merely have a warm fuzzy WEE-WOW feeling that something exciting just went by that I can't quite reproduce.

Holy flamebait; you are talking about America's most famous physics teacher. You were expecting a "how to" book from a nobel laureate?

Security

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

Posted by samzenpus
from the security-theater dept.
3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.
Image

Debt Collectors Using Facebook To Embarrass Those Who Owe 266

Posted by samzenpus
from the pay-up-or-be-unfriended dept.
Not even the tranquility of FarmVille can save you from the long arm of debt collectors. Melanie Beacham says that a collector from MarkOne Financial contacted her relatives about her past due car note via Facebook. She is filing suit alleging that the company is harassing her family. Tampa based consumer attorney Billy Howard of Morgan & Morgan says, "Now Facebook does a debt collectors work for them. Now it's not only family members, it's all of your associates. It's a very powerful tool for debt collectors to use."
Science

Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor 478

Posted by samzenpus
from the gold-frankincense-and-mice dept.
crudmonkey writes "Researchers have discovered a biological shocker: female boa constrictors are capable of giving birth asexually. But the surprise doesn't end there. The study in Biology Letters found that boa babies produced through this asexual reproduction — also known as parthenogenesis — sport a chromosomal oddity that researchers thought was impossible in reptiles. While researchers admit that the female in the study may have been a genetic freak, they say the findings should press researchers to re-think reptile reproduction. Virgin birth among reptiles, especially primitive ones like boas, they argue may be far commoner than ever expected."

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