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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 21 declined, 5 accepted (26 total, 19.23% accepted)

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft into chips-industry?

Jerry Smith writes: "http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/19/technology/19sof t.html?_r=1&em&ex=1161403200&en=6d95c61af8557b8a&e i=5087%0A&oref=slogin The New York Times reports, that Microsoft might turn their attention to development of chips. From TFA: "For more than two decades, Microsoft's software and Intel's processors were so wedded that the pairing came to be known as Wintel. But as that computing era wanes, Microsoft is turning to a new source of chip design: its own labs." My guess is (as also mentioned in the article) its emphasis will lie with the Zune, Xbox and other appliances, not with the desktop-machines."
Upgrades

Submission + - Eloi or Morlock?: pick your species

Jerry Smith writes: "The http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6057734.stmBBC as an interesting article about the genetic developments of the human race. Mentioned are the changes in physique, phychology and social skills. From the fine article: "Spoiled by gadgets designed to meet their every need, they could come to resemble domesticated animals. (...) Social skills, such as communicating and interacting with others, could be lost, along with emotions such as love, sympathy, trust and respect." But no worry: it's not to be expected in the near future."
Space

Submission + - Hubble takes pictures of colliding galaxies

Jerry Smith writes: "http://www.theregister.com/2006/10/17/galactic_col lision/The Register reports that the Hubble Space Telescope is still going strong, and took snapshots of two colliding galaxies. That is GALAXIES, sizes average between thousands and hundres of thousand lightyears, containing ten million to one trillion (107 to 1012) stars (as in 'suns', each posibbly with planets and planetoids). Direct link: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/ releases/2006/46/image/a, link to big picture: http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/2006/46/images/ a/formats/xlarge_web.jpg . The proces took hundreds of millions of years, and will take more hundreds of millions of years."
Quickies

Submission + - Combining pain and pleasure

Jerry Smith writes: "http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060922-7807 .html Ars Technica reports about the (possible) future of fitness centers: "In addition to the standard array of cardio equipment and weights, Overtime Fitness has several gaming-oriented machines." Equipment has already been used to generate electricity for the grid, now you might be able to go to the gym and have some fitness fun!"
Space

Submission + - NASA still wants stairway to heaven

Jerry Smith writes: "The Guardian http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1863 755,00.html reports "Each of the groups that will gather in New Mexico is competing to win a Nasa prize set up to encourage entrepreneurs to start development work on the technology needed to create a space elevator." It still might take a wile though, progress is slow, so slow."

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