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Curiosity Transmits First 360-Degree Panorama From Mars 108

redletterdave writes with this snippet from the IB Times: "Five days after NASA's Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars, the one-ton robot sent another postcard back to Earth, this one a 360-degree doozy. Curiosity's first panorama, albeit black-and-white, gives Earthlings a great high-quality glimpse at the surface on Mars, specifically within the 96-mile Gale Crater."
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Meet DARPA's New Militarized Earthworm 83

derekmead writes "Meshworm is a toughened, robotic earthworm that can crawl virtually silently at a speed of about 5 millimeters per second. DARPA wants to send it into battle. Believe it or not, the Pentagon's been working on building a robotic earthworm for a while. They tried putting one together with gears. They tried with air-powered and pneumatic pumps, but the results were bulky and untenable. Then, researchers at Harvard, MIT and Seoul National University in Korea put their heads together and designed an 'artificial muscle.' It's essentially a polymer mesh that's wrapped with nickel and titanium wire designed to stretch and contract with heat. When an electric current is applied, the mesh mimics the circular muscle system of an earthworm to scoot forward."

Comment Lt. Dan (Score -1) 258

I'm only 18 today, but I watched the movie (with Forest and Lt. Dan), and I know it probably isn't the most accurate thing in the world, but it sure did make those folks at NASA look like some badasses, at least to me. It's too bad the space program got left in the 70's, then scrapped when we ran out of money. Anyways, chalk another up for our good friend RMS

Comment What about us? (Score -1) 635

What about the people, like me, who bought a bunch of games while still using windows? What, did you think I don't want to finish Half Life 2? Or pwn some noobs in CS:S? I like those games, but I hate windows more. When I get steam working on linux I'm definately going to be buying more games. Carmack, you're a cool guy and all, but c'mon. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go play Quake 1 on a linux native engine.

Comment Welp (Score -1) 240

I'm gonna go ahead and play fortune tell here: The Government passes a bunch of privacy violating cyber laws Everyone thinks its great for a day or two, then forgets all about it. A Republican gets elected down the road a year or four Everything is business as usual Some kind of scandal or some other such nonsense happens Everyone blames the Republican and calls him a fascist Rinse and repeat.

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