dimeglio writes: Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world's most powerful soft X-ray laser. "Transparent aluminium" previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.
dimeglio writes: "The CBC reports that the Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed a call for a class-action lawsuit against Dell Computer Corp., a decision that could have implications for online shoppers. A Quebec man and a consumer group had wanted to sue the computer-maker after incorrect prices were mistakenly posted on the company's website. A clause, accessible through a link on the bottom of the web page, said consumer disputes would be resolved through arbitration."