An anonymous reader writes: Maverick is becoming an F-35 test pilot.It's true.Tom Burbage, the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme manager, showed up at a National Aeronautics Association luncheon today and dropped a bombshell of a Hollywood scoop. Sure, there was talk about schedules and budgets, partners and politics, software blocks and carrier hooks. But we'll get to that later.
PyroMosh writes: "This Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the historic flight of Yuri Gagarin — Vostok 1. Although Colonel Gagarin died in a jet training accident in 1968, his legacy of ushering mankind into a new era lives on.
Yuri's Night celebrations are taking place all over the world tonight. Let's raise a vodka toast to the man who 50 years ago today became the first human in space!"
randuev writes: High-speed adaptive optics system helped Large Binocular Telescope (on earth) to beat accuracy of Hubble Telescope (space) observations.
"A special sensor detects atmospheric distortions in real time and controls the mirror to adjust its position to compensate, effectively canceling out the blurring. The mirror can make adjustments every one-thousandth of a second, with accuracy to better than ten nanometers (a nanometer is one millionth the size of a millimeter)."
Now, that's what I call real-time. This nifty trick multiplied Strehl ratio (optical quality) of LBT by about 80 times to unprecedented Rayleigh limit. Hope we'll see more space around us in higher resolution on Google Sky.
An anonymous reader writes: A new membrane developed at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics blocks gas from flowing through it when one color of light is shined on its surface, and permits gas to flow through when another color of light is used. It is the first time that scientists have developed a membrane that can be controlled in this way by light.
WrongSizeGlass writes: Bloomberg is reporting RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger, e-mail and Web browsing services will be suspended in the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East’s business hub, starting October 11th due to security concerns. RIM faces similar restrictions in India. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said in a statement on state-run Emirates News Agency. “In their current form, certain BlackBerry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national security concerns for the U.A.E.,” it said. A senior Indian government official said, "Though RIM has been fully cooperating ever since the matter was taken up with it in 2008, reports of the company's move to set up a server in China forced us to look at it in a different way."