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Submission + - Why does the US have a Civil Space Program? (

BDew writes: "The Presidents of the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering have commissioned a study on the Rationale and Goals of the U.S. Civil Space Program. In short, the Academies are asking why the nation has a civil space program (including human, robotic, commercial, and personal spaceflight). The study is intended to provide a strategic framework for the nation's activities in space that can provide consistent guidance in an increasingly interconnected world. The members of the study committee are interested in the views (positive or negative) of the general public, particularly those people with a scientific and/or technological interest. Therefore we are asking Slashdot: How does space benefit the nation? Does the space program impact your life in a regular and/or meaningful way? What should be the emphasis of the program going forward?"

Submission + - Astronomers seek help to organize galaxies (

Raver32 writes: "Scientists need help sorting through an unusual digital photo album: pictures of about a million galaxies. They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. It would be the largest galactic census ever compiled, something scientists say would provide new insight into the structure of the universe. "We're in the golden era of astronomy," said Bob Nichol, an astronomer at the University of Portsmouth in southern England. "We have more data than we can assimilate, and we need help." Astronomers say computer programs have been unable to reliably classify the star systems."

Submission + - Vista under fire (

lvanblerk writes: "In 2000, Microsoft foisted a dog of an operating system onto the world. Windows Millennium Edition (Me) was unstable to the point of being unusable. Now some commentators are drawing parallels between it and Windows Vista, Microsoft's new baby. Is Microsoft repeating history with Vista, its shiny new operating system released in January? If one believes the news reports, it seems consumers are far from happy with Microsoft's latest offering. Some people are even drawing parallels between Windows Me and Vista. In my experience, Vista is not nearly as awful as Me. But Microsoft is having problems convincing consumers why they should not simply continue using XP."

Submission + - Politician Can't Take The Heat, Stops Using E-mail

Dekortage writes: "In a technological step backwards, New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine announced he will no longer use e-mail. This is largely his response to a lawsuit against him that seeks to publicly disclose e-mails he sent, which Corzine insists should be private. Nevertheless, it changes the way constituents can reach the Governor. "We'll go back to the 1920s, and have direct conversations with people," says Corzine."
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Submission + - Benoit Murder on Wikipedia Before Publicly Known?

An anonymous reader writes: Fox News is reporting that the Wikipedia page for Chris Benoit was updated with information on his wife's death at least 13 hours before police found her body. According to Fox News, the IP where the edit came from is located in Stamford, CT, home of World Wrestling Entertainment.

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