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Submission + - Taiwan steps up work on next-gen chip production (computerworld.com.au)

JohnnyUtah writes: The Taiwan government plans to work closely with the island's chip makers to move forward on advanced chip production using 18-inch round silicon wafers. The silicon discs are meant to replace the 12-inch wafers currently used in mainstream chip manufacturing, and are expected to lower costs in addition to allowing smaller and smaller chip sizes. The challenge for chip makers is not only to create semiconductors powerful enough to run these items, but to be able to manufacture them cheaply enough that they can be used in products for everyone. Two main efforts hold the key to reducing the cost of chip production: shrinking the size of transistors to make chips smaller, and enlarging the wafers to hold more chips. Typically, the industry has focused on shrinking the transistors, but that is becoming more difficult as they are nearing the size of an atom. http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1040421850

Submission + - Website Test behind the Great Firewall of China (websitepulse.com)

George Tudor writes: "Enforcing the "Great Firewall of China" has not been very consistent by the Chinese government, but recently there has been a lot of activity. In response to the increased need and interest from webmasters, IT managers and business operators, WebSitePulse has upgraded the Website Test behind the Great Firewall of China to provide them with useful information in determining how their websites are seen from visitors and users located in China. Complete details can be found here: WebSitePulse Releases an Upgraded Website Test behind the Great Firewall of China"

Submission + - New Technology can Identify Distorted Fingerprints (tfot.info)

Iddo Genuth writes: "Every crime scene investigator knows that warped fingerprints make identification extremely difficult. Now, thanks to a new technology developed at Warwick University in the U.K., partial, distorted, scratched, smudged, or otherwise incomprehensible fingerprints can be identified. The new system enables even faster identification than before, as the laborious task of comparing the scanned image to a given database has been significantly improved."

Submission + - NASA OSS Release: General Mission Analysis Tool (nasa.gov)

Steven Hughes writes: "NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is pleased to announce the immediate availability of open source software for space mission analysis and trajectory design. The General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT) has been under development by NASA, in partnership with Thinking Systems, Inc., for four years, and is an ongoing technology development effort. GMAT is offered free of charge to use, modify, and share as described under the terms of the NASA Open Source Agreement. We are excited that this release is the start of a long term effort to work with the space community to develop and apply space mission design technology. While GMAT has undergone extensive testing and is mature software, we consider the software to be in Beta form. We are in the process of performing significant testing to prepare GMAT for operational use. This is a one time announcement. For further information, please visit the project web site: http://gmat.gsfc.nasa.gov/. To receive future announcements, please subscribe to the project mailing list: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/gmat- info"

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