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First Solar Eclipse Recorded From Moon 123

Posted by timothy
from the that-we-know-of dept.
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."
Networking (Apple)

+ - Safari 4 Rivals Google Chrome In JavaScript Race->

Submitted by
CWmike
CWmike writes "Contrary to Apple's claims, the newest version of Safari is not the world's fastest browser, benchmark scores show. But it is dramatically faster than rivals being built by Mozilla and Microsoft. According to JavaScript rendering tests run by Computerworld, the public beta of Safari 4 is in a virtual dead heat with the most recent edition of Google's Chrome. However, it is 38% faster than the newest version of Firefox — more than three times faster than the production edition of the open-source browser — and more than five times faster than Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8. Plus, as reviewer Ryan Faas found, the new Safari 4 browser beta is innovative, fast, and fun:

...Changes to tabs and the Top Sites feature will naturally invite comparisons to Google's Chrome, which was introduced last fall and is available only for Windows. Chrome, like the new Safari, also places multiple tabs at the top of a window and offers a similar gallery view of recent sites. But simply seeing Safari's new interface as something cribbed from Chrome is a bit unfair; Apple has provided its own take on both concepts that seems inspired as much by the mobile version of Safari included on the iPhone and iPod Touch as by Google. And for a public beta — one that no one outside Apple knew was coming — Safari 4 seems stable. I've yet to come across any show-stoppers in regular use.

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Space

NASA Contest To Name ISS Module 197

Posted by samzenpus
from the name-that-space dept.
Solarch writes "NASA is holding a contest to name ISS Node 3. Being a Browncoat myself, I should hope that the choice of names would be obvious. As of the 7:30 PM EST on 2/25, the name Serenity has over 80% of the vote. From the site: 'Node 3 will connect to the port side of the Unity Node and will provide room for many of the station's life support systems, in the form of eight refrigerator-sized racks. After Node 3 is installed, the station's crew will transfer over many of the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) currently stored in various places around the station.'"
Mars

+ - New Mars rover of NASA to analyze underground->

Submitted by KeepQuiet
KeepQuiet (992584) writes "NASA is about to launch a new rover,Phoenix, to Mars. Being "an initiative for smaller, lower-cost, competed spacecraft", Phoenix will continue the search for water on Mars. It is planned to land on the icy northern pole of Mars. The rover will use its robotic arm and dig into the layers of water ice. The samples will be analyzed by the 'portable laboratory' on the rover."
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+ - Simpson's Premier Town Announced

Submitted by Nigel Stepp
Nigel Stepp (446) writes "It has recently been announced that the winner of the Simpson's Springfield Contest is Springfield, VT.

I don't necessary think this means Springfield, VT is the "official" Springfield. What it does mean, however, is that the movie will premier there on July 27th.

The Illinois Springfield suggested that the competition "Eat my shorts", however, it looks like other shorts will be eaten instead."
Debian

Canonical Begins To Open-Source Launchpad 65

Posted by kdawson
from the could-take-a-while dept.
kripkenstein writes "Canonical, the corporation behind Ubuntu, has begun to open-source Launchpad. Canonical has been criticized for not doing so earlier. The first component of Launchpad to be open-sourced is Storm, described as an 'object-relational mapper for Python.' A tutorial with many examples is available. The license for Storm is the LGPL 2.1. Inspection of the source files shows they contain the common phrase, 'either version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version,' meaning that Storm is LGPLv3-compatible."
Communications

FCC Head Wants New Wireless Devices Unlocked 221

Posted by kdawson
from the maybe-in-a-few-years-innovation dept.
[TheBORG] writes with news that FCC chairman Kevin Martin wants 700-MHz wireless devices and services to be unlocked. Spectrum auctions for the 700-MHz airwaves, being opened up for fixed and mobile broadband, are scheduled for early next year. "The proposed rules would apply only to the spectrum being auctioned, not the rest of the wireless business, which still makes most of its revenue from voice calls. But Martin's proposal, if adopted by the FCC, could reverberate through a U.S. wireless industry that has tightly controlled access to devices and services... Like most devices sold in the USA, the iPhone ... allows only features and applications that Apple and AT&T provide and works only with an AT&T contract. The FCC chairman said he has grown increasingly concerned that the current practices 'hamper innovations' dreamed up by outside developers. One example:... 'Internationally, Wi-Fi handsets have been available for some time,' Martin noted. 'But they are just beginning to roll out here.'"
Space

+ - Hubble Spots Widespread Changes on Jupiter

Submitted by
SeaDour
SeaDour writes "Recent images of Jupiter from the Hubble Space Telescope taken a little over two months apart are showing dramatic changes in the gas giant's overall appearance. 'Between March 25 and June 5, Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 captured entire bands of clouds changing color. Zones have darkened into belts and belts have lightened and transformed into zones. Cloud features have rapidly altered in shape and size.' These large-scale shifts in Jupiter's atmosphere have been noticed before in the 1980s and 90s, but never with such fine resolution. Astronomers do not yet have a solid explanation for the phenomenon."
Networking

+ - Europe goes fibre-to-home->

Submitted by
amigoro
amigoro writes "Bandwidth-hungry applications and services are driving the demand for fibre-to-home infrastructure across Europe, market analysts revealed today. The report Fibre in the Last Mile in Europe, found that fibre-to-the-home deployments reached over 2.5 million homes in 2006 and estimates this to reach over 14.0 million in 2012."
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Television

+ - Uri Geller Accused of Bending Copyright Law->

Submitted by
JagsLive
JagsLive writes "FoxNews reports, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,288665,00.html " Geller's tireless attempts to silence his detractors have extended to the popular video-sharing site YouTube , landing him squarely in the center of a raging digital-age debate over controlling copyrights amid the massive volume of video and music clips flowing freely online. "All it takes is a single e-mail to completely censor someone on the Internet," said Jason Schultz, a lawyer for the online civil rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is suing Geller over an unflattering clip posted on YouTube for which he claimed a copyright ownership. ""
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