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+ - Ardour 2.0 Released

Submitted by Provataki
Provataki (250395) writes "Ardour 2.0, the powerful digital audio workstation, is out. You can use it to record, edit and mix multi-track audio. You can produce your own CDs, mix video soundtracks, or just experiment with new ideas about music and sound. Ardour capabilities include: multichannel recording, non-destructive editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a powerful mixer, unlimited tracks/busses/plugins, timecode synchronization, and hardware control from surfaces like the Mackie Control Universal. If you've been looking for a tool similar to ProTools, Nuendo, Pyramix, or Sequoia, you might have found it. And it's all free under the GPL. The new version also includes a Mac OS X universal package in addition to Linux/Unix support."
Robotics

+ - Ionatron ray-gun disables IEDs, autos, humanoids

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ionatron has a $10M contract with the U.S. Government to develop its next generation Directed Energy Weapons system. Their device uses high powered ultra short laser pulses to create a plasma air channel, which acts like a virtual wire, and directs a high voltage controlled discharge at a target. They claim to be able to precisely control both direction and range to "disable people or vehicles that threaten our security." I hope the police don't start zapping your car if you're speeding!"
Republicans

+ - Arctic Ice melting much faster than models predict

Submitted by Socguy
Socguy (933973) writes "Arctic sea ice is melting three times faster than many scientists have projected, U.S. researchers reported Monday, just days ahead of the next major international report on climate change. http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/05/01/clim ate-arctic.html

Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado in Boulder, using actual measurements, concluded Arctic sea ice has declined at an average rate of about 7.8 per cent a decade between 1953 and 2006.

By contrast, 18 computer models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations-sponsored climate research group, estimated an average rate of decline of 2.5 per cent a decade over the same period, the researchers said.

They said the discrepancy between their observations and computer projections indicate computer models may have failed to portray the entire impact of increasing levels of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere."
Power

+ - Tux500 Indycar needs more donations

Submitted by Stopwatch
Stopwatch (153703) writes "The tux500.com project has the goal of raising at least $25,000 to put the Linux logo on an Indy 500 car this year. The logo has already been put on the front of the car. Whether it stays there or not depends on whether they meet their goal. If they reach $350,000 then the whole team will be called Team Linux and the car will be completely sponsored by the Linux community. With only 20 days left to donate, here is the chance to show the power of the Linux community."
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+ - Dutch Creationist prepares for scaled-down flood

Submitted by
ursuspacificus
ursuspacificus writes "This story (also on AOL) tells of a Dutch creationist (crackpot?) who has built a 1/2 scale model of Noah's Ark.

From the Article:


Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and occasional help from his son Roy. Construction began in May 2005.
and

"The design is by my wife, Bianca," Huibers said. "She didn't really want me to do this at all, but she said if you're going to anyway, it should look like this."

Time? Money? Resources? Wasted? It is in Holland (a country with an accute apprecation of the threat of flooding), after all.

The article neglects to tell whether the "replica" ark has the requisite "big room for poo"."

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