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Submission + - NASA Mars Exploration Rover Team to be Honored (

littlesparkvt writes: The mission team for NASA’s long-lived Mars
Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity will be awarded the Haley
Space Flight Award. The team will receive the award Sept. 12 during
the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space
2012 Conference and Exposition in Pasadena, Calif.


Submission + - Leopard Hacked to Run on PCs

puterTerrorist writes: The OSx86 Scene forum is offering full instructions on how to install the newest Mac OS on Windows PCs.

The cat and mouse game between hackers and Apple takes another move, with news that Apple's new Leopard operating system has already been successfully installed on Windows PCs. The OSx86 Scene forum has released details of how Windows users can migrate to Apple's new OS, without investing in new hardware — even though installing Leopard on an PC may be counter to Apple's terms and conditions. Here is the story

Identity Thieves Not Big On Technology 94

alphadogg sends us to Network World, as is his wont, for a summary of a new study of identity theft based on the outcomes of more than 500 Secret Service cases from 2000 to 2006. Here is the study report (PDF). The AP has coverage emphasizing other slants on the findings. Among the surprises: just 51% of convicted ID thieves were sent to prison. Only 20% of the cases involved use of the Internet, and such cases may be on the decline. More perpetrators used good old-fashioned dumpster diving and stealing stuff out of mailboxes.

Feed Engadget: NASA's third Space Elevator challenge falls short (

Filed under: Robots, Transportation

The third time 'round hasn't brought any luck to the space elevator crowd. The NASA-sponsored challenge is in its third year of running, and while technology is improving at a rapid rate, it's still not quite ready to meet the Space Elevator challenge's demands. Speed requirements have been boosted to 2 meters per second, and this year's contest seems have gone off without the geeky rule disputes of last year. The University of Saskatchewan came closest to claiming the prize with its ground laser-powered bot, and only fell a few seconds short of the required speed. Hopefully next year will see a winner, and we'll all get our shot at being fried by ionizing radiation before the century is up.

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Journal SPAM: "A lot worse than we thought..." 5

Former and possibly future presidential candidate, attorney and political activist Ralph Nader quotes Democratic Congressman Olver (Mass.) on why the Democrats are powerless to stop Bush, Cheney and Co.

According to Nader, Olver said that if the Democrats started impeachment proceedings, the Bush administration would immediately bomb Iran. When Iran retaliates at all, Bush will declare a national emergency, declare martial law, and cancel the 2008 elections.


Submission + - Scientist close to being able to steer huricanes ( 1

E++99 writes: "In the wake of Katrina, two rival teams of climate scientists are working on ways to steer hurricanes, so as to be able to avoid direct hits on major cities in the future. Both teams are using the technique of removing power and speed from strategic points in the hurricane, effectively refracting its path. The American team is approaching this by warming the areas of the tops of the hurricane clouds, either by dropping ash to absorb heat from the sun, or directly beaming microwaves on those areas from space. The Israeli team is taking the approach of cooling the bottom of the hurricane by releasing dust along its base. The concern is raised of lawsuits from the small towns that hurricanes are directed towards in the effort to avoid large cities. But if the space-based solution could be done efficiently, and applied to all large tropical storms, couldn't we one day send them all harmlessly into the North Atlantic?"

Submission + - Intel Motherboard Boots Linux in Five Seconds (

Vigile writes: "A new motherboard from Asus, the P5E3 Deluxe WiFi has more options and features than you could probably ever use. Based on Intel's recently released X38 chipset, the board has three PCI Express x16 slots, runs on DDR3 memory up to 1600 MHz in speed, supports future 1600 MHz FSB Intel Core 2 processors and has not one, but two wireless 802.11b/g/n connections. But the most interesting feature might be the use of flash memory on the motherboard for an embedded Linux OS called SplashTop that offers up 5 second boot times to a web browser and Skype client. Pretty intriguing option for new system builders!"
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Submission + - Vodka used as medicinal alcohol

l2718 writes: A large dose of ethanol is commonoly used to treat poisoning by other alcohols. When Australian doctors ran out of pure alcohol while treating an Italian tourist who drank ethylene glycol, they tried an alternate medical protocol instead.

"The patient was drip-fed about three standard drinks an hour for three days in the intensive care unit," [a doctor] said. "The hospital's administrators were also very understanding when we explained our reasons for buying a case of vodka."

Submission + - EU free-marketeers call for unbundling of Windows (

rob19683 writes: The Globalisation Institute is a rare thing for an EU think-tank — they're pro-free-market and generally against regulation. But in a submission to the European Commission, they've recommended enforced unbundling of operating system and hardware, claiming that "Microsoft's dominant position is not in the public interest. It limits the market and has slowed technical development to the prejudice of consumers". Their belief is that "Unbundling would foster a competitive market, increase consumer choice and reduce prices". If even free-market think tanks see Microsoft as the enemy of innovation, can MS possibly hope to avoid action from the EU? Read the policy report here.

Feed Science Daily: Ticks Don't Come Out In The Wash (

Before venturing into tick-infested territory, you used a topical repellent on exposed skin and outer clothing. When you returned, you did a body check and threw your clothes in the wash. But clean clothes may not be tick-free clothes.

Submission + - NASA says dramatic sea ice loss due to wind shifts

radioweather writes: "There's been a lot of news about the rapid sea ice loss in the artic this year, reaching a new record low extent. It's been attributed to global warming by many familiar with the problem. But NASA issued a press release this week that explains the mechanism as being shifts in polar wind patterns. "Unusual atmospheric conditions set up wind patterns that compressed the sea ice, loaded it into the Transpolar Drift Stream and then sped its flow out of the Arctic," said Son Nghiem of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and leader of the study. When that sea ice reached lower latitudes, it rapidly melted in the warmer waters.

In simpler terms, polar wind patterns changed and blew sea ice further south to warmer waters than it normally would.

At the same time, a new Antarctic maximum ice record extent has been set. While the Arctic ice has shrunk to 3 million square kilometers, the Antarctic has peaked at a record 16 million square kilometers. With one pole shrinking and another gaining, the net change in ice area worldwide is only about 5%. According to researchers, over the last 100 years, there appears to have been no statistically significant change in seasonal variations of sea ice."

Submission + - Purpose of appendix believed found (

CambodiaSam writes: From the AP wire via CNN: WASHINGTON (AP) — Some scientists think they have figured out the real job of the troublesome and seemingly useless appendix: It produces and protects good germs for your gut. That's the theory from surgeons and immunologists at Duke University Medical School, published online in a scientific journal this week. For generations the appendix has been dismissed as superfluous. Doctors figured it had no function. Surgeons removed them routinely. People live fine without them. The function of the appendix seems related to the massive amount of bacteria populating the human digestive system, according to the study in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. There are more bacteria than human cells in the typical body. Most are good and help digest food. But sometimes the flora of bacteria in the intestines die or are purged. Diseases such as cholera or amoebic dysentery would clear the gut of useful bacteria. The appendix's job is to reboot the digestive system in that case.
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Journal Journal: Dell's after-sale practices killing its Linux effort?

Has anyone here managed to buy spare parts for a Linux-based Dell laptop?

Like many of you, I was encouraged when Dell began selling PCs and laptops with Linux installed and configured. I have been experimenting with a Dell Inspiron 1505, now discontinued, and an Inspiron 1420, both with Ubuntu 7.04 out of the box.

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?