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Space

Submission + - Theory of cometary panspermia gaining weight (buckingham.ac.uk)

Carpespain writes: Fossil diatoms (a kind of phytoplankton) have been discovered in a carbonaceous meteorite that fell in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka on 29 December 2012. The new data provides
strong evidence to support the theory of cometary panspermia.

Sci-Fi

Submission + - German Laser Destroys Targets More Than 1Km Away (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: "A German company has brought us one step closer to the kinds of shootouts only seen in Sci-Fi films. Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Defense recently tested a 50kW, high-energy laser at their proving ground facility in Switzerland. First, the system sliced through a 15mm- (~0.6 inches) thick steel girder from a kilometer away. Then, from a distance of two kilometers, it shot down a handful of drones as they nose-dived toward the surface at 50 meters per second."
Data Storage

Submission + - Kingston Announces World's First 1TB Thumb Drive (techgage.com) 2

Deathspawner writes: "If there's one thing that each CES can bring, it's a handful or products that manage to drop jaws everywhere. Kingston's latest flash drive series, DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0, manages to be one of those. It's aimed at folks who actually need mass storage on the go at speeds that mechanical hard drives cannot offer. Available soon will be a 512GB model, followed by the 1TB later this quarter. The drive features read speeds of 240MB/s and write speeds of 160MB/s — not quite desktop SSD speeds, but much faster than a mechanical hard drive, and with vastly reduced latencies due to it being flash storage. Not surprisingly, pricing has not yet been discussed."

Submission + - Giant Squid Caught on Film (discovery.com)

Edgewood_Dirk writes: "From the Article: "Scientists and broadcasters have captured footage of an elusive giant squid, up to eight meters (26 feet) long that roams the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
Japan's National Science Museum succeeded in filming the deep-sea creature in its natural habitat for the first time, working with Japanese public broadcaster NHK and the US Discovery Channel.

The massive invertebrate is the stuff of legend, with sightings of a huge ocean-dwelling beast reported by sailors for centuries.""

Technology

Submission + - "Superjet" Variable Cycle Jet Engine Could Power Future Fighter Aircraft (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: GE Aviation is developing a revolutionary new jet engine that aims to combine the best traits of turbojet and turbofan engines, delivering supersonic speed capability and fuel efficiency in one package. GE's ADVENT designs are based on new manufacturing technologies like 3-D printing of intricate cooling components and super-strong but lightweight ceramic matrix composites. These allow the manufacture of highly efficient jet engines operating at temperatures above the melting point of steel.
Programming

Submission + - C Beats Java As Number One Language (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Every January it is traditional to compare the state of the languages as indicated by the TIOBE index. So what's up and what's down this year? There have been headlines that C# is the language of the year, but this is based on a new language index. What the TIOBE index shows is that Java is no longer number one as it has been beaten by C — yes C not C++ or even Objective C. TIOBE name Objective C as the language of the year but because it has grown most in popularity but this is mainly because of the growth of iOS — it is hardly used for anything else. No without a doubt the language of the year should be C for deposing Java.

Submission + - 2013 could be an exciting year for Comet watching (independent.co.uk)

geirnord writes: Later this year the newly discovered Comet Ison [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/brighter-than-a-full-moon-the-biggest-star-of-2013-could-be-ison--the-comet-of-the-century-8431443.html] is expected to appear brighter than the full moon in the sky, looking like a searchlight across the sky. PanSTARRS 2014/L4 is also expected to be a good show.

As usual, fear mongering is starting, is the end nigh? http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2012/11/30/sun-grazing-comets-as-the-trigger-for-electromagnetic-armageddon/

Operating Systems

Submission + - FreeBSD Fundraising almost there (freebsdfoundation.org)

An anonymous reader writes: It seems that the FreeBSD Doundation fundraising is going pretty well. 461k $ funded in less that one month its a success and seems better than expected by other slashdot readers(http://bsd.slashdot.org/story/12/12/09/1726222/freebsd-project-falls-short-of-year-end-funding-target-by-nearly-50), and should not be rated as "fail". Since the FBD Foundation site have a lot of details of what is being done to improve FreeBSD and what will be done(in a non-tech description), what is the feature/subsystem/port that you thing deserves some love from FreeBSD developers?
AMD

Submission + - AMD introduces new opterons (semiaccurate.com)

Lonewolf666 writes: According to SemiAccurate (http://semiaccurate.com/2012/12/03/amd-launches-opteron-3300-and-4300-lines/), AMD is introducing new opterons that are essentially "Opteron-ized versions of Vishera". TDPs are lower than in their desktop products, and some of these chips may be interesting for people who want a cool and quiet PC.

Comment Re:around coliseum in rome streets? (Score 1) 91

Electric Vehicles can quite simply to engineered for high speed, the higher the voltage on the motor the faster it goes, simple. The only additional consideration is cooling the motor. Batteries can easierly be made ultra thin and stacked to high voltage, enabling very high speed electric cars.

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