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Submission + - Google open non-destructive book scanner; books and libraries rejoice (google.com)

leighklotz writes: "Google released open hardware designs for a book scanner that "sucks" pages to turn them, using a vacuum cleaner. The Google Tech Talk Video starts with Jeff Breidenbach of the Google Books team, and moves on to Dany Qumsiyeh showing how simple his design is to build. Could it be that the Google Books team has had enough of destroying the library in order to save it? Or maybe the just want to up-stage the Internet Archive's Scanning Robot.

Disclaimer: I worked with Jeff when we were at Xerox (where he did the awesome hack Gnu Chess on your Scanner), but this is more awesome because it saves books."

NASA

Submission + - NASA launches rocket to collect data on aurora (newsminer.com)

leighklotz writes: "NASA launched MICA, a rocket with an ion-field probe and a magnetic-field probe, from Fairbanks Alaska, straight up into a roaring aurora display, and then like Gravity's Rainbow, back down again. No word on whether they encountered Mrs. Coulter. CNN Video shows more surprisingly cogent popular press coverage. One of my sempai from college worked on this project, and shared pretty the pretty pix, some of which are in the University of New Hampshire news release, and in Astronomy Magazine. They should be analyzing the data for a while."

Submission + - T-Mobile announces Android G2, sort of (t-mobile.com)

leighklotz writes: T-Mobile users got an SMS this morning saying You heard it first: G2 is coming, and its [sic] fast. Finally, the best of Google at the speeds you crave. Get exclusive access at http://g2.t-mobile.com/

The mentioned site is "under construction," but if it this is for real (and other news says it may be), it would be great new. Dear God, I hope it has a keyboard.

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