gregg writes: Developed by the Information Technology Office at NASA's Ames Research Center NetworKing lets players build fast and efficient communication networks by first setting up command stations around the world and then linking them to orbiting satellites and space telescopes. Resources are earned throughout the game as players continue to acquire more clients.
NetworKing is available to the public for play on the NASA 3D Resources website. Players can access the game using an Internet browser. It can be downloaded and run on both a PC and Macintosh operating system.
gregg writes: Digital Trends has a story about NASA using famous sound bites as ringtones.
From the article: NASA has been going through its audio archives and come up with a selection of what it’s calling “historic and interesting sounds” that can be used as ringtones or computer notification noises.
“NASA has been making historic sounds for over 50 years,” NASA App project manager Jerry Colen said in a press release. “Now we’re making some of these memorable sounds easy to find and use.”
gregg writes: A team of scientists has collected enough high-resolution Hubble Space Telescope images over a 14-year period to stitch together time-lapse movies of powerful jets ejected from three young stars.
gregg writes: The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.57. This is the first stable release of the Blender 2.5 series, representing the culmination of many years of redesign and development work.
gregg writes: Today another geek legend celebrates a birthday. Best known for portraying Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner has cemented himself into geek science fiction lore forever. Today he begins his ninth decade on this planet — yes, Captain Kirk is now 80 years old.
gregg writes: Jesus Diaz from Gizmodo has an article a new gas giant hiding out in the Oort Cloud. From the article "There's a giant planet right here, hiding in our Solar System. One that nobody has ever seen, even while it is four times larger than Jupiter and has rings and moons orbiting it. At least, that's what two astrophysicists say."
gregg writes: A researcher has calculated the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of pi — and a few digits either side of it. Nicholas Sze, of technology firm Yahoo, determined that the digit — when expressed in binary — is 0.
gregg writes: Caucasians and Asians don't examine faces in the same way, according to new research. PhD student Caroline Blais, of the Université de Montréal Department of Psychology, has published two studies on the subject: one in Current Biology and the other in PLoS One.
gregg writes: The FCC has had it with CableCARD, pointing out that after a decade of work, there are only 14 certified devices on the market that aren't directly controlled by the cable companies. In the FCC's ideal world, cable signals will be wide open to all devices, including Xbox 360s, TiVos, and PS3s. It's the latest broadside from the FCC's new Disrupter-in-Chief.