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4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

Festo's Drone Dragonfly Takes To the Air 45

yyzmcleod writes "Building on the work of last year's bionic creation, the Smart Bird, Festo announced that it will literally launch its latest creation, the BionicOpter, at Hannover Messe in April. With a wingspan of 63 cm and weighing in at 175 grams, the robotic dragonfly mimics all forms of flight as its natural counterpart, including hover, glide and maneuvering in all directions. This is made possible, the company says, by the BionicOpter's ability to move each of its four wings independently, as well as control their amplitude, frequency and angle of attack. Including its actuated head and body, the robot exhibits 13 degrees of freedom, which allows it to rapidly accelerate, decelerate, turn and fly backwards."

Submission + - G,ail On A Plane

verloren writes: Following on from the recent announcement of Google Gears in the company's RSS Reader app, Gmail is now Gears enabled. No mention yet on the official blog, but the Reader limit of your last 2000 messages seems to apply to Gmail as well.
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Submission + - James Kim Did Many Wrong Things

bfefilms writes: The previous post was written primarily as a response to the words of Greg Hastings who was quoted in many news stories saying that, "James Kim did nothing wrong." Such a claim is untrue and sets a dangerous precedent because it gives ordinary folks the impression that what happened to the Kims was a freak accident, something they couldn't have avoided. For a safety professional like Hastings to say that is, I believe, quite irresponsible.

Submission + - A New Competitor for XM, Sirius?

PreacherTom writes: We're all familiar with the drawbacks of radio: limited range, poor quality, and intermittent reception. These problems have been addressed by satellite radio, albeit for a price. Now, a new technology called HD radio (for Hybrid Digital, not High Definition) hopes to give XM and Sirius a run for their money. It offers near-CD audio quality without subscription prices and more stations are adding support as the product gains popularity. The downside: initial equipment costs can reach $599 per receiver.

Submission + - MS Authenticode Replacement Software

Can writes: "Last week I started a non-profit community project, called Averina Trustworthy Software Platform ( ), which is dedicated to prevent poor quality and malicious software by sharing experiences of all computer users worldwide.

The project consists of a global feedback database and a little piece of client software that seamlessly integrates into the user's operating system. The client software replaces the Microsoft Authenticode security warning window and additionaly adds several shell extensions. When Windows or Internet Explorer warns the user before executing an unknown application, it displays all the feedback contributed by other computer users worldwide, such as ratings, reviews or badware reports, beside the publisher's digital certificate information. The same information is also available under the 'Properties' window for code files.

To learn more you can visit my first blog entry under, or to see some screenshots you can check

Actually this was the first step in the project. Later versions will add features such as dynamic system requirements checks, software rankings, etc."

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