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Submission + - The aerogel revolution is almost upon us (timesonline.co.uk)

GnarlyDoug writes: Aerogels, nicknamed liquid smoke, are basically nanofoam. Imagine a material with such a low density that it is transparent yet extremely tough, and such a good insulator that even asbestos cannot compare. It also has a massive surface area, making it perfect as a filter and purifier. Aerogels have been around since the 1930s but they have mainly been laboratory curiosities because they were so brittle and so expensive to make. It seems that has finally changed and that aerogels are about to become mainstream.
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Submission + - Petition to free MainActor source code 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "MainConcept decided earlier this year to discontinue maintenance and distribution of MainActor Video Editing Software. MainActor was one of the most complete and affordable video editing software available for Linux and Windows. Some individuals already sent emails to MainConcept requesting them to free MainActor source code but without success. I hope that we, the whole Open Source Community, will have more success by puting all our efforts together. So, by signing this petition, we, Open Source enthusiasts and non-linear editors, ask that MainConcept release most source code (if not all) of MainActor as Open Source so that the community can continue to support and improve it. A topic has been opened in the unofficial MainActor forum to Free MainActor source code"
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Submission + - The web Common Alerting Protocol can save lives

An anonymous reader writes: The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is a simple, standardized XML data format used by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Government of Canada, and many other organizations to exchange information about a broad range of warnings and emergencies. This article shows you how to use CAP and distribute critical information about life-threatening events of any kind.

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