skade88 writes "It seems one of NASA's Mars rovers has drawn a huge Penis in the sand with its tire tracks. It seems it is an accident caused by the way they programmed. The rovers were designed to spin in circles when it was looking for new routes."Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "Google Fiber will roll out in Austin with the first homes hooked up in mid 2014. The delay is due to the fact that a whole new fiber network will be deployed for the service. This will only be deployed in the Austin City limits. Google says in early 2014 they will allow people in Austin register their address for service. Google will deploy to neighborhoods with the most interest. Google Fiber will also start hiring employees soon. Wanna be the most popular guy in town? Become the GF man!"Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States of America has started flying B-2 Stealth Bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea during raised tensions in the region. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the US Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The US Military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The US also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting it's allies in the region.
The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' main land."Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "Square Enix president Yoichi Wada will not have his one year contract renewed in June on news of a huge loss for the company.
From the Article: 'The revised guidance for the year ending 31 March 2013 makes for grim reading. The predicted 13.5 billion yen drop (around $143.2 million) in operating income turns a 7.5 billion yen operating income into a 6 billion yen outflow – a 16.7 billion yen drop from the 2012 financial year operating income of 10.7 billion yen. Net income is similarly affected, dropping from a previous guidance of 3.5 billion yen to a 13 billion yen loss, down 19.1 billion yen on the prior year.'"Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "From the article 'Is the nature of a vacuum really fixed? Not so, according to two forthcoming papers. Researchers have identified a quantum level mechanism for interpreting a vacuum as being filled with pairs of virtual particles with fluctuating energy values. They've also discovered that physical constraints, such as the speed of light and the so-called impedance of free space, are indications of the total number of elementary particles in nature.'"Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "Ars is bringing us more gaming news coming from PAX East today. Capcom held a panel that featured news on new Mega Man merchandise, Ryu being America's favorite Street Fighter character and new on a new Duck Tails game. First hand accounts say the Duck Tails news prompted the entire crowd into an inspired singalong "Life is like a hurricane
Here in Duckburg"
From the Article: "Yes, Capcom is finally bringing back the classic NES-era DuckTales in an HD remake for modern consoles, with Disney's blessing. The conversion is being handled by WayForward, best known at the moment for its Double Dragon Neon and the Nintendo DS Adventure Time game. All the graphics are being redrawn in HD, with 3D backgrounds drawn by one of the original DuckTales cartoon artists. Overall, the trailer evoked a visual feel similar to that of the Paper Mario games. The classic soundtrack is being remastered, too, by WayForward's Jay Kaufman.
The game is based heavily on the NES classic—about 70 percent of the content will be exactly the same, while 30 percent will be slightly re-tuned, a producer said. The similarities could actually be considered a feature rather than a problem, though, considering that the original game was a bona fide masterpiece created by some of Capcom's best talent. There will be a few new side features, too, such as a tutorial stage, cutscene introductions for characters, a museum, and a section that lets you do the "classic jump into the money bin," which is apparently very popular in play testing.""Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "Ars is reporting that, GoPro, the company that makes cameras used in extreme sports such as sky diving and swimming with dolphins has issued a DMCA take down notice on a review At DigitalRev that they do not like. See DMCA notice here
From the article: "DigitalRev has a blog post up about the takedown, suggesting that most DMCA takedowns are "abusive" in nature. "We hope GoPro is not suggesting, with this DMCA notice, that camera reviews should be done only when they are authorized by the manufacturers," writes DigitalRev. "GoPro (or should we call you Go*ro instead?), we'd be interested to hear what you have to say" about the infringement notice.""Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "Wow! Color me green on this one! I am normally very critical of Apple's business practices, but this one is just perfect all around! Apple now owns and runs enough renewable energy power plants that 75% of their world wide power needs come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydro.
From the Apple Blog Post: 'Our investments are paying off. We’ve already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. And for all of Apple’s corporate facilities worldwide, we’re at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases. We won’t stop working until we achieve 100 percent throughout Apple.'
Any other big power hungry data centers want to step up and join Apple on this one? Im looking at you Google and Rackspace!"Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "Reuters is reporting that scientists now say the universe is 100 million years older than previously thought after they took a closer look at leftover radiation from the Big Bang. This puts the age of the Universe at 13.8 billion years. The new findings are the direct results from analyzing data provided by the European Space Agency's Planck spacecraft. The spacecraft is providing the most detailed look to date at the remnant microwave radiation that permeates the universe.
"It's as if we've gone from a standard television to a high-definition television. New and important details have become crystal clear," Paul Hertz, NASA's director of astrophysics, told reporters on a conference call."Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "From the JPL's Voyager's team blog: "The Voyager team is aware of reports today that NASA's Voyager 1 has left the solar system," said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. "It is the consensus of the Voyager science team that Voyager 1 has not yet left the solar system or reached interstellar space. In December 2012, the Voyager science team reported that Voyager 1 is within a new region called 'the magnetic highway' where energetic particles changed dramatically. A change in the direction of the magnetic field is the last critical indicator of reaching interstellar space and that change of direction has not yet been observed."
To learn more about the current status of the Voyager mission, visit: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2012-381
The Voyager spacecraft were built and continue to be operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. The Voyager missions are a part of NASA's Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington."Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "So Jeff Bezos has been spending his time lately fishing up old parts of the Apollo 11 rockets. Neat stuff! I will let y'all read his words, I do not think I could be so elegant.
From his blog "What an incredible adventure. We are right now onboard the Seabed Worker headed back to Cape Canaveral after finishing three weeks at sea, working almost 3 miles below the surface. We found so much. We’ve seen an underwater wonderland – an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to the Apollo program. We photographed many beautiful objects in situ and have now recovered many prime pieces. Each piece we bring on deck conjures for me the thousands of engineers who worked together back then to do what for all time had been thought surely impossible.""Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "The Voyager-1 spacecraft was launched from Earth on 5 September 1977 and it has been traveling away from the Sun ever since then. Over the years we have seen articles claiming that the Voyager probe has left the heliosphere, but on 25 August, 2012 NASA did detect a huge radiation drop from behind (From the Sun) and a huge increase of Cosmic Rays bombarding the space craft. So this may be the real deal! The events on 25 August, 2012 are consistent with what scientists expect when Voyager finds the heliopause. Some scientists are a little gun shy and would like a longer period of data before they officially say the exit is final.
"It's outside the normal heliosphere, I would say that," Prof Webber said in a release from the American Geophysical Union, publishers of GRL.
"We're in a new region. And everything we're measuring is different and exciting."
We are living in exciting times, this is the first man made object to ever leave the solar system.So stay glued to the skies to see what exciting things science will bring us next!"Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "USA Today is running a story saying the UK public is cool with creating babies from 3 different people after Britain's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority began a public discussion of the topic at the government's request last year. The technology will be used to cure children of disorders before the child is even born. Even better, Britain's fertility regulator did not find evidence to suggest the techniques were unsafe.
From the article: "There are two procedures to avoid passing on faulty mitochondria. The first involves using an egg from one woman with mitochondrial defects and the sperm of the father. Scientists then put that embryo into an emptied egg from a second woman with healthy mitochondria. The DNA from the second woman amounts to less than 1 percent of the embryo's genes.
In the second technique, scientists transfer nuclear DNA out of a day-old embryo with defective mitochondria. The DNA is implanted into another single-cell embryo with normal mitochondria. The nuclear DNA from the donor embryo is discarded, leaving the healthy mitochondria.""Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "If you are one of the lucky 125,000 people who live in Olathe, Kansas, the rest of us congratulate you on your new amazing $70.00/month, 1 GB Google fiber service. Google also announced they will be letting us know about further cities that will be wired up with Google Fiber service soon. This shows that Google Fiber is not just a sandbox they are going to keep in Kansas City, Google Fiber is a real business they will keep expanding. In other exciting news, the FCC wants to see at least one community in each state with 1 Gigabit home service by 2015."Link to Original Source
skade88 writes "Wired has a good article that covers the origins of the white dwarf super nova Johannes Kepler observed in 1604.
'Up until now, it was unclear what lead to the star's explosion. New Chandra data suggests that, at least in the case of Kepler’s remnant, the white dwarf grabbed material from its companion star. The disk-shaped structure seen near the center suggests that the supernova explosion hit a ring of gas and dust that would have formed, like water circling a drain, as the white dwarf sucked material away from its neighbor. In addition, magnesium is not an element formed in great abundances during Type 1a supernovas, suggesting it came from the companion star. Whether or not Kepler’s supernova is a typical case remains to be seen. '"Link to Original Source