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A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt? 114

astroengine writes "Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long, comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt."

Antarctic's First Plane, Found In Ice 110

Arvisp writes "In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found. The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a carpenter with the team, Mark Farrell, struck gold: wandering along the icy shore near the team's camp, he noticed large fragments of metal sitting among the rocks, just a few inches beneath the water."

Submission + - RIP, Mr. Wizard

pub writes: "Don Herbert lost his battle with cancer yesterday. Plenty of people who are more important than I am will talk about how he made science approachable, and how he influenced a generation of today's difference-makers. So I'll just say this — as a parent, I measure the things I experienced as a kid by how relevant they are to the lives of my children today. Years ago, I spent every morning with Mr. Wizard, watching his household-item experiments while I ate my breakfast cereal. Yesterday, I demonstrated to my two boys that if you stand in a doorway and press your arms out against either side of the jamb, when you step away your hands will rise, seemingly with a will of their own. I learned that, and countless other cool little scientific applications, from Don Herbert. I won't get too schmaltzy about a new generation benefiting from his work even as he died — but I do hope that he had solace about leaving that kind of legacy behind in those final moments. So Mr. Wizard, thank you. A person only gets so many "wow" moments in their lifetime, and I owe a lot of mine to you."

Submission + - World's 1st NTP synchronized nixie tube clock

Heiko writes: "Tech Fans of the Fifties or Sixties love them, because they combine old technology with a stylish look: Nixie Tubes. The most practical way of placing those beauties in your living room is to use them to build a clock. Because the WAF (women's acceptance factor) of those handmade and shiny time displays is pretty high (when compared to 80" plasma TV sets or laser guided cold beverage-serving robots), you have a good chance of passing the acceptance test at home with such a gadget.

A German company normally focusing on network time servers or GPS time and frequency equipment now built the first standalone nixie clock which is getting its time from an NTP server. That could be a local PC or server, a public NTP server (like the ones from NIST/USNO) or one of the NTP servers of the NTP Pool Server Project.

So, mum, if you still do not know what xmas present you should buy me, this would be a good guess."

Submission + - The Inkjet Investigation

Tikelaed writes: The single biggest complaint that customers have against manufacturers of ink-jet printers and all-in-ones is the cost of consumables. While hardware prices continue to drop, the costs of ink and paper stay pretty much the same and, each year, can well add up to a good proportion of the purchase price of a machine. This is why third-party ink and paper has proved so popular. At a fraction of the price of manufacturer's own products, you can buy look-alike consumables which appear to do exactly the same job as the originals. But there's a nagging doubt in the back of the mind that the quality of the resulting prints won't be up to the original manufacturers' standard — a doubt which is played upon by all the main printer makers.

Feed Commodore debuts horrendously overpriced XX and GX PCs (

Filed under: Desktops, Gaming

Those of you pining to blow $3500-$5800 or more on an semi-overspecced and definitely-overpriced PC need look no further: Commodore is offering its GX and XX gamer PCs online now. With quad-core Intel processors, GeForce 8800 GTX SLI graphics and those utterly frilly "C-kin" paint jobs, you can know your cash is going to sort-of good use. Or if those two pricetags are too steep, you can hold out for the GS and G models, which should be hitting retail right about now -- though we're guessing this whole shady operation is going to be UK only for the time being.

[Via Joystiq]

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Submission + - Cable-Ready HDTV Tuners Come To The PC

Mendondave writes: Free to air HDTV can be brought in to a PC with any number of TV Tuner products currently on the market. However, tuner cards or external USB tuners that support local and non-subscription cable driven HDTV channels have been non-existent until the recent release of tuners like the 5th generation LG ATSC / NTSC chipset. The Autumnwave OnAir USB HDTV Creator is a new tuner that recently hit the street that is capable of pulling in both analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC)signal and Digital Cable (QAM 64/256) via direct cable connection. 1080i image quality with this product and a capable monitor is exceptional.

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