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The Military

Submission + - Bomb Kills Another Iranian Nuclear Scientist

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "AFP reports that Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was killed instantly in a Tehran car bomb assassination which occurred in front of a university campus in east Tehran that Iran has blamed on Israel that threatens to ignite a dangerously tense international standoff over Iran's atomic program. Roshan had specialized in making polymeric membranes to separate gas and was involved in purchasing equipment for the Islamic republic’s main nuclear enrichment facility. Iran uses a gas separation method to enrich its uranium. "The method of this terrorist action is similar to previous actions that targeted Iran's nuclear scientists," says Safar Ali Bratloo, deputy governor of Tehran province. Three other Iranian scientists were killed in 2010 and 2011 when their cars blew up in similar circumstances. Tehran has blamed the assassinations on Israel and the United States while both countries have denied the accusations. The killing sharpened an international confrontation over Iran's nuclear program in which threats and counter-threats are being increasingly backed with militarized displays of muscle as western nations, the United States in the fore, are steadily ratcheting up sanctions on Iran with the aim of fracturing its oil-dependent economy. Tehran's determination to forge ahead with its nuclear activities have been underlined by the International Atomic Energy Agency's confirmation that Iran had begun enriching uranium at a second facility — its Fordo fortified underground bunker."
Open Source

Submission + - Visual Language for Arduino - Minibloq (

mikejuk writes: A colorful and easy-to-use open source language for programming has reached v0.8. Minibloq is fast and compact and a great way to program the Arduino productively even if you are an adult!
Programming hardware can be difficult but Minibloq reduces it so dragging and dropping colored functional blocks. It targets almost any type of Arduino and a number of robotic systems as well. It is also easy to extend.
Now all you have to do is learn to solder....


Submission + - Wireless Network for Auto Safety (

An anonymous reader writes: Could cars talk to each other wirelessly to avoid collisions? It’s been talked about for years, but thanks to advances in location tech, security software, and wireless standards, some real progress is being made. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is funding a $15 million project at the University of Michigan to test the nation’s first wireless network for auto safety. The 3,000-car study will equip vehicles with radio devices that will signal to drivers when there’s an imminent threat from another networked car. The concept raises privacy and security issues, but if all goes well, the DOT is expected to mandate that all new U.S. cars be networked with the technology. In which case, wireless safety legislation could be this generation’s version of seat belt laws.

Submission + - ASUS Transformer Prime (

An anonymous reader writes: ASUS will be launching a tablet called ASUS Transformer Prime. This tablet will have, among other things, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. ASUS has also launched a teaser ad for this tablet, but the official announcement for this tablet came in the Asia D conference, where ASUS Chairman Johnny Shih talked about the upcoming tablet.

Submission + - Gaddafi killed as Libya's revolt claims hometown (

syngularyx writes: Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya's interim rulers said.

His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have unseated rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the grip on power of the leaders of Syria and Yemen.


Submission + - Intel experimental processor runs on solar power (

An anonymous reader writes: With all the talk about being green and energy efficient, I always thought the sun's power was wasted since very few humans will try to harvest them, and in small quantities may not be very usable. For the IDF keynote, Intel showed an experimental processor, running Windows (either XP or 2000, not sure) that is powered by solar power (incandescent light shining on solar panel). The whole computer itself still runs on regular power, only the processor itself is solar powered — where it operates near the voltage threshold for transistor switching. More pics on engadget:

Submission + - Electric Roads To Power Cars (

RedEaredSlider writes: If you are old enough to remember slot car racing, this might look familiar: an electric car powered by the roadway itself, rather than carrying its power supply along.

Some electric trolleys, subways and trains operate this way, because the vehicle is on a track, and the circuit is completed through a contact overhead. Bumper cars operate similarly, as they are always in contact with a metal floor, which completes the circuit through a pole in the back that touches the ceiling. But road cars can't do this — you'd need something more akin to a third rail system.

That's what Masahiro Hanazawa at Toyota Central R&D Labs in Japan, working with Takashi Ohira at the Toyohashi University of Technology, say they have. Using steel belts in the tires and a metal plate in the road, they can get a similar effect as in slot cars or third-rail powered trains. The energy, running through the plate, is transmitted to the car through the wheels, powering the motor and eliminating the need for batteries.

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