clinko writes: "Today, Microsoft announced that the new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1st, 2012 in 12 countries, at a suggested retail price of US $249 ($149 for edu). Microsoft has chosen a hardware-only business model for Kinect for Windows, they will not be charging for the SDK or the runtime; these will be available free to developers and end-users respectively."
Sgt. JD Nelson from the Alameda County Sheriff's Department tells ABC, hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage were trying to figure out how effective a cannon is at firing non-cannonball objects... but first, they had to test the cannonball itself.
The cannonball was supposed to land harmlessly in a nearby hill — but something went wrong... and the ball, traveling at about 1000 ft/s, went over the hill bordering Camp Parks Military Firing Reservation, and into the neighboring town of Dublin, crashing through two separate houses before finally coming to rest... inside someone's minivan.
The Discovery Channel show has been put on hold after the mishap, pending a full investigation. Luckily, no one was injured."
clinko writes: "MSNBC Cosmic Log has an interesting story wherein Computer simulations suggest that a giant planet was kicked out of our solar system billions of years ago, saving Earth in the process.
The concept appears in a paper written by David Nesvorny, a researcher at the Southwest Research Institute, and published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. His findings aren't based on the discovery of an actual Planet X, but instead are the result of thousands of simulations re-enacting the dynamical development of our planetary system."
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