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Submission + - Russian rocket Proton-M crashes at launch (nasaspaceflight.com)

Jade_Wayfarer writes: Today, at 02:38 UTC (08:38 local time), Russian rocket Proton-M crashed after only several seconds of flight. Proton-M was carrying 3 GLONASS-M satellites of the ill-fated Russian navigational system. There were no causalities, but evacuation of personnel was ordered because of toxic rocket fuel fumes. Video of the event can be found here.

Submission + - Jello-like memory device developed (techjournalsouth.com)

Jade_Wayfarer writes: Researchers from North Carolina State Univercity had developed a memristor-like device that can be used to create a true bio-inteface for electronics. The devices are made using a liquid alloy of gallium and indium metals set into water-based gels, similar to gels used in biological research. For now devices cannot store much data, but they can operate in environments that would make traditional electronics unusable (wet insides of brain, for example).

Maybe this device can even help to store data after an EMP, which will make it harder for criminals (or police) to destroy important evidence. But for now researchers hope to use it in biological sensors or for medical monitoring.

Device is discussed in an abstract here.

Submission + - A hunt for the cosmic graffiti and other art (newscientist.com)

Jade_Wayfarer writes: NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe team had found Stephen Hawking initials in the cosmic microwave background. There are many other interesting anisotropies out there, including images of animals. The most interesting part is that you can participate in the "cosmic hunt". Who knows what other "easter eggs" of Universe can be found there?

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