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+ - Whistle While You Work? Not in Space.

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Ant writes "ABC News report that astronauts on spacewalks will never, ever be able to whistle while they work in space. Former NASA astronaut, Dan Barry has seven hours of spacewalking time to his credit. He tried whistling during his spacewalk on STS-96 in May 1999. "It wasn't something I hadn't planned — I thought of it on the fly. It turned out that it didn't work." he said. "You can't whistle because the air pressure in the suit is only 4.3 [pounds per square inch], and normal atmospheric pressure is 14.7 psi, so there are not enough air molecules blowing by your lips to make a sound," he said. Seen on Blue's News."

Fuel Tanks Made of Corncob Waste 176

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the corncob-pipes dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "The National Science Foundation is running a story on how corncob waste can be used to created carbon briquettes with complex nanopores capable of storing natural gas. These methane storage systems may encourage mass-market natural gas cars. In fact, these 'briquettes are the first technology to meet the 180 to 1 storage to volume target set by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2000.' They can lead to flat and compact tanks and have already been installed in a pickup truck used regularly by the Kansas City Office of Environmental Quality. And as the whole natural gas infrastructure exists already, this new technology could be soon adopted by car manufacturers."

Microsoft Apologizes for Serving Malware 171

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the caught-sneaking-one-by dept.
dark_15 writes "Microsoft has apologized for serving malware via its websites and Windows Live Messenger software. APC reader Jackie Murphy reported the problem: 'With Microsoft launching Vista along with their Defender software to protect users from viruses and spyware, it seems therefore to be an oxymoron that they have started to putting paid changing banner advertisements for malware, on the popular MSN groups servers.'"

+ - Dolphins' site hacked; casino CIO preps for game

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bednarz writes "The Web sites of Dolphin Stadium and the Miami Dolphins, host to Sunday's Super Bowl football game have been hacked, and malicious code on those sites have been attempting to infect PCs for at least a week, security experts said Friday. Network World has the story: ins-web-sites-hacked-in.html Meanwhile, Marshall Andrew is prepared for an influx of game-day bets to tax his IT infrastructure. Andrew is CIO at Station Casinos, which operates 15 Las Vegas casinos. "I think the Bears and the Colts are spending more time preparing," he says. "We're pretty comfortable . . . we can handle the volume." ng-on-it.html"

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