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Submission + - JPL announces a new edition of the Global Trajectory Optimization Competition (

An anonymous reader writes: From the original JPL announcement (via a dedicated Google Group):

These competitions have seen greater and greater participation over the five editions to date. They have proven to promote innovation and creativity in interplanetary mission design. Following tradition, as winners of the last competition, we accept the honour of organising the competition this year.

Participation is opened to all!! (only first forty teams will be accepted according to the call). In case you want to prove to be able to plan your route through the solar system here is a great occasion :)

Comment Re:I got a better idea (Score 1) 18

The platform itself could be developed as an open source project and one instance deployed on ESA servers ... something like trac, but tailored at space data analysis / space projects in general ..... providing the usual OS community managment tools plus some direct access to datas collected in years by various missions or problems/priorities defined by the Agency hosting the instance.... lets do it !! P.S. It is a good idea (different, not better though) :)
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Submission + - Supreme Court To Weigh Warrantless GPS Tracking (

CWmike writes: "In a move with far-reaching privacy implications, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case involving the government's authority to conduct prolonged GPS tracking of suspects in criminal cases without first obtaining a court warrant. The government has argued that it has the authority to conduct such searches ; privacy advocates have argued that such tracking violates Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. The Supreme Court's decision in the case will be pivotal because lesser courts around the U.S. have appeared split on the issue in recent years, with some upholding warrantless GPS tracking and others rejecting it. Last August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit sided with the subject of the Supreme Court hearing, Antoine Jones, a Washington, D.C. man who was convicted in 2008 on charges of possessing and conspiring to distribute more than 50 kilograms of cocaine, and rejected claims by the government that federal agents have the right to conduct around-the-clock warrantless GPS tracking of suspects."

Submission + - Google Launches Google+, The Social Network of Goo ( 2

Randyll writes: "Today, Google announced its decisive entry into the world of social networks, by introducing Google+, a social network tied around the Google services. Its aim is to be different from other networks, with emphasis on privacy and a different kind of social networking. Instead of connecting with your friends, Google+ aims to center connections around specific groups—colleagues, projects or groups of friends—and with the ability to use high-quality video chats and an unique and rich web-based user experience. It is currently in beta, with an opt-in for invites. A demo exists as well"

Submission + - How Printed Circuits Boards are Made (

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wanted to see how printed circuit boards are made in mass at professional production house? Well here you go. The folks over at Base2 Electronics recently got to tour Advanced Circuits, a PCB production house. They took some rather incredibly pictures and explained the process along the way.

Submission + - ESA opens to open source code development (

An anonymous reader writes: The European Space Agency just announced its SOCIS (Summer Of Code In Space) pilot project. The project is modelled after Google's Summer of Code (GSoC) initiative but is targeted to 'space related' open source software. Quite good stipends are given to student developing code during this summer ......

Submission + - UFOs spotted in London Skies (video) (

hasanabbas1987 writes: A video of a fleet of UFOs and a Mothership have gone viral on YouTube fetching around a million views. The video shows some people on the street watching the skies as 3 small dots circle around and then a similar larger dot (mothership) appears and then disappears with great speed and a man can be heard saying “There is a UFO up there”.

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