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Submission + - Comet Lovejoy Plunges into the Sun and Survives (

boldie writes: "NASA has a Story about a comet Lovejoy's close encounter with the sun.

This morning, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible. Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and emerged intact.

"It's absolutely astounding," says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC. "I did not think the comet's icy core was big enough to survive plunging through the several million degree solar corona for close to an hour, but Comet Lovejoy is still with us."

The comet's close encounter was recorded by at least five spacecraft: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and twin STEREO probes, Europe's Proba2 microsatellite, and the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. The most dramatic footage so far comes from SDO, which saw the comet go in (movie) and then come back out again (movie).

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught Comet Lovejoy emerging from its scorching close encounter with the sun. [Entrance movie: Quicktime (22 MB), m4v (0.8 MB)] [Exit movie: Quicktime (26 MB), m4v (0.8 MB)]


Comment so what is a cookie? (Score 1) 115

Is it just the traditional HTTP cookie? HTML-5 will let all kinds of data to be stored on clients and then you can use one of the techniques behind Evercookie!
I've read the bill and it seems possible that the consent can be given by setting the browser to allow cookies. So this will do nothing. Do not track headers is much better!

Comment It's not dead! (free have limits) (Score 1) 257

Spotify is the best service I ever used. I got it on my android phone, can sync 3000+ songs for offline use. I can use the native linux-client, I got it at work on my windows box. The only thing I miss is an ARM version for my Sheeva-plug. It can import my local music library. All this for 10€ a month. What else could I want?

I'm looking for the same service for video but can't find it.

Submission + - Virus-cleaning medical-PC during heart treatment (

Bengt writes: In a Swedish hospital the IT-department started a remote virus cleanup during a treatment of a patient with heart problems. According to a report from the National health board it could have ended badly "If the catheter treatment at that time had been in a critical stage the incident could have caused serious consequences for the patient".

Where do the reckless behavior start? With a "medical computer" connected to the network? The computer running windows? With a virus infected computer being used in treatment where a failure could have killed the patient? Here is a link to a google translate version of the article-


Endangered Species Condoms 61

The Center for Biological Diversity wants to help put a polar bear in your pants with their endangered species condom campaign. They hope that giving away 100,000 free Endangered Species Condoms across the country will highlight how unsustainable human population growth is driving species to extinction, and instill the sexual prowess of the coquí guajón rock frog, nature's most passionate lover, in the condom users. From the article: "To help people understand the impact of overpopulation on other species, and to give them a chance to take action in their own lives, the Center is distributing free packets of Endangered Species Condoms depicting six separate species: the polar bear, snail darter, spotted owl, American burying beetle, jaguar, and coquí guajón rock frog."

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