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Submission + - NASA funded "Flying Star" Bi-Directional Plane (spaceindustrynews.com) 1

Taco Cowboy writes: A unique plane which looks like "Ninja-Star" received an initial funding of $100,000, from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts program.

The plane has a four-pointed flying wing that rotates mid-flight to transition between super and subsonic flight, thus increasing efficiency and eliminating sonic booms.

Wings that work best for low speeds have a rounded front edge to generate lift, and are larger to provide more control surface. But there's little need for either at supersonic speeds, which work best with a sharper, flatter wings. The subsonic features hurt fuel efficiency and generate the sonic booms so unbeloved by residents of military training areas.

The plane will travel over 3,000 miles an hour, and could carry as many as 70 passengers.

The developer of the plane could get another $500,000 if the aircraft's early development is up to spec.

More info at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/31/nasa_flying_wing/


Submission + - Microsoft Orders A DMCA Takedown for Windows 8 Screenshots (ngohq.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A few days ago, we published a screenshots gallery of Microsoft Windows 8 RTM. Just for the record, we produced all of the screenshots ourselves. But apparently posting screenshots of Microsoft's software is considered a copyright infringement... or at least that's what Microsoft claims.

Submission + - Republican platform to include Internet Freedom plank (dailycaller.com) 1

jay.madison writes: "The new Republican Party platform includes language which promises action to promote freedom on the Internet. The move is being driven by Rand Paul's libertarian wing of the party. The text, which is still in draft form, says Republicans will work to guarantee that "individuals retain the right to control the use of their data by third parties," and that "personal data receives full constitutional protection from government overreach." Republicans would resist moves toward international governance of the Internet, and seek to "remove regulatory barriers that protect outdated technologies and business plans from innovation and competition, while preventing legacy regulation from interfering with new technologies such as mobile delivery of voice and video data as they become crucial components of the Internet ecosystem.” The platform is due to be adopted at the Republican National Convention next week."

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