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X-37B Robotic Space Plane Returns To Earth 55

Kozar_The_Malignant writes "The secretive X-37B robotic space plane has returned to Earth after a seven-month mission. This was the vehicle's first flight. Looking like a cross between a Predator Drone and the Space Shuttle, it landed at Vandenberg AFB in California, which was to have been the military's shuttle launch facility. Speculation is that the X-37B is an orbital spy platform."

Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

Submission + - U.S. House passes National CS Education Week (

Jedi74 writes: A Calvin computer science professor (and Microwulf inventor) has paired with a Calvin graduate serving in the U.S. House of Representatives to designate the week of December 7, 2009, as National Computer Science Education Week. House Resolution 558 was introduced by former Calvin physics professor Vern Ehlers, a long-serving member of Congress, because of concerns, raised to him by Calvin professor Joel Adams, about the small numbers of computer scientists that U.S. colleges are graduating. Ehlers' resolution, which passed 405-0, encourages greater exposure of students to computer science concepts and more opportunities for females and underrepresented minorities in computer science.

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