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Submission + - Car size meteor exploded over England (portadowntimes.co.uk)

Taco Cowboy writes: ASTRONOMERS have caught the moment a meteorite turned into a fireball as powerful as a nuclear explosion just 21 miles above the Earth

Footage of the "car-sized" meteorite burning up in the atmosphere was so good because it was destroyed much lower than the usual 50 to 70 miles up

Experts believe it broke off an asteroid in orbit between Mars and Jupiter and headed towards earth at 100,000mph

The video was recorded by the United Kingdom Meteor Observing Network in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, on Sunday, 26th April, 2015, at around 10.10pm. The huge ‘fireball’ was seen right across the country, and reportedly lit-up much of Ireland and parts of northern England "like daylight" for about five seconds

The blast was so visible that the Irish Coast Guard contacted Astronomy Ireland as they were receiving so many reports of possible distress flares

Astronomy Ireland are appealing to any companies who operate CCTV cameras to check their recordings for Sunday night around 10:10pm to see if they recorded the fireball near the horizon as photographic records like this are extremely valuable

"If you were in space looking down, you would have seen Ireland lit up for a few seconds. People in urban areas with their lights on watching their TVs with windows facing the right direction have reported seeing it"

Additional reports are available from

Submission + - 'Laziness' behind fall in productivity in Norway (newsinenglish.no)

Ugmug writes: Too many Norwegians just want to have fun and head for their holiday homes, frets the boss of an international accounting firm’s operations in Norway who’s Norwegian himself. He went public Thursday with his irritation over fellow executives and employees alike who spend too much time at their “hytter” and not enough time in the office.

Submission + - Bacteria on pubic hair could be used to identify rapists (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: When it comes to identifying a rapist, one of the main pieces of evidence police analyze are pubic hairs found at the crime scene. But most of these hairs are missing their roots and thus don’t harbor enough DNA for a proper match. Now, a new study suggests there may be a better way to finger the criminal: Look at the bacteria he left behind. Scientists have found that each person harbors a unique "microbial signature" on their pubic hair that can be traced back to the scene of the crime.

Submission + - Explosion rips through Texas plant (cnn.com) 1

zippo01 writes: An explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant Wednesday night in the area of West, Texas, sending a massive fireball into the sky and causing dozens of injuries, officials said.

Submission + - Google launches "Inactive Account Manager" to deal with Data after the Death (rtoz.org) 1

rtoz writes: Google has announced a new Tool “Inactive Account Manager” which gives Google users the option to have information from inactive accounts wiped from the system or to be shared with friends or family members.
Inactive Account Manager will allow the users to have their data deleted three, six, nine or 12 months after it becomes inactive. Users can also select “trusted contacts” to receive information from various Google services such as Blogger, Gmail, Picasa Web Albums, Google Voice and YouTube.
Google users can access “Inactive Account Manager” from here.


Submission + - Google releases Chrome 24 (blogspot.fr)

skade88 writes: Chrome 24.0.1312.52 has been released for Linux, Mac, Chrome Frame and Windows.

From the release notes:

"This is the first Stable release with support for MathML, thanks to WebKit volunteer Dave Barton. This release also contains an update to Flash ( as well as improvements in speed and stability. You can find out more about Chrome 24 on the Official Chrome Blog and the Official Chromium Blog. "

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Apple's iMac may be facing a new big competitor from Russia (lazarenko.me)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple Inc may not be aware of this yet but the days of iMac computers may soon be over. The Russians are coming! Today, the Moscow Center of SPARC Technologies (MCST), along with some barely known company called Kraftway, have announced that they have shipped the first orders of still unnamed monoblock computers powered by Elbrus-2C+ CPUs, back in December 2012.

This new computer features a unique “Monocube” motherboard that was specifically created by the MCST for this new Elbrus-based iMac killer. According to the manufacturer, it is intended for the wide range of fields, including a civil computing, comes in mini-ITX form-factor, can support up to one CPU, two DDR2-800 memory blocks of up to 16 GB RAM total, one 16 lanes PCI Express (8 of which can actually be used), a single gigabit Ethernet, 4 USB 2.0 ports, some audio, RS-232 and a DVI video output. MCST also highlights great ergonomics, an attractive design, a low noiseless, and good power saving characteristics. They have even created a special operating system for this beast called Elbrus, which, you guessed it, is based on Linux (to be more specific, some three years old Linux 2.6.33 kernel). So if you are a computer graphics professional or a gamer, look no further — unnamed Soviet monoblock has a beautiful 20 display that supports up to 1900 by 900 resolution. This computer also comes handy to those who travel a lot — this thing weights only 24.25 pounds and is extremely easy to carry around (compared to those old mainframes that used to take up the whole room, remember?).

Unfortunately, the price of the computer and the date it goes on sale to the general public are still unknown. On the other hand, this is great news for Apple which now has time to catch up as they begun shipping their new 2013 iMac already.

Source (in Russian): http://www.mcst.ru/news_121229.shtml

The Internet

Submission + - Worldwide IPV6 adoption, where do we stand today? (arstechnica.com)

skade88 writes: IPv4 is much like a limited natural resource, it can't last forever. The well of new IPv4 addresses is already running dry in many parts of the world. The solution to this problem, which was presented decades ago, is to switch to IPv6. With peak IPv4 far behind us, why do we still see limited IPv6 adoption? Ars takes a good look at where we are and where we are going with the future of IP addresses, the internet and you.

Submission + - NASA Considers Putting an Asteroid Into Orbit Around the Moon (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: To paraphrase an old saying, if the astronaut can’t go to the asteroid, then the asteroid must come to the astronaut. In a study released by the Keck Institute for Space Studies, researchers outlined a mission to tow an asteroid into lunar orbit by 2025 using ion propulsion and a really big bag. The idea is to bring an asteroid close to Earth for easy study and visits by astronauts without the hazards and expense of a deep space mission.

Submission + - Antarctic Ice hits an all-time record high level

dtjohnson writes: "Two weeks after a new record was set in the Arctic Ocean for the least amount of sea ice coverage in the satellite record, the ice surrounding Antarctica reached its highest ever level. Sea ice extended over 19.44 million square kilometers (7.51 million square miles) in 2012, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The previous record of 19.39 million kilometers (7.49 million square miles) was set in 2006." Ice extent is reaching an all-time record high on the bottom of the planet just after ice reached an all-time record low on the top of the planet. What can it mean? Either there will soon be more ice at the top or less ice at the bottom or the planet will become seriously 'bottom heavy.' Now there is something to worry about...

Submission + - Apple iPad Mini Due For Release in November? (pctechtalk.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Reports suggest Apple has ordered enough parts for 10 million iPad minis for Q4 2012. That's double the amount of Kindle Fire's Amazon has ordered for the same quarter.

"Some component suppliers to Apple in Asia say they have received orders to make more than 10 million units of the smaller tablets in the fourth quarter. That is roughly double the order that were placed for Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets in the same quarter, these suppliers say." reports the Wall Street Journal

Apple (as always) hasn't commented on the rumors, but a number of factors point to an iPad mini being released in the near future. Internal parts of the so called iPad mini have been leaked online. If the iPhone 4 and 5 are anything to go by, this pretty much means we will see the device soon.

Rumours suggest an launch event for 17th October 2012 with the new device going on sale in November.

Watch this space.


Submission + - TalkO'Clock, The Social P2P Alarm Clock

bs0d3 writes: Instead of waking up to a regular alarm clock, the free service will let others help you get out of bed. TalkO’Clock allows you to choose whether you want to be called by a male or a female stranger, and it has a robot – CallO’Bot – lined up in case no one is available at the time you have to wake up. All completely anonymous of course which is another favorite feature of file-sharers.

Submission + - Changing Landscape of IT 2

An anonymous reader writes: The IT industry is a lot different than it was 10 years ago, it underwent a huge boom in terms of labor and services requirements to keep up with the times. Now, we are entering a consolidation phase. The cloud makes it easier for companies to host e-mail, so now instead of organizations having their own exchange guy they will outsource it to the cloud, instead of having a bunch of network engineers they will deploy wireless and no longer need cabling and as much network engineering services. What do you think the long trend of this will be? What skills do you think will be useful in 10 years? Is IT going to put it's own out of work like we did with the post office and libraries?

Submission + - Your own Radio Telescope

solune writes: "I was throwing some trash in the dumpster the other day when I noticed a few DirecTV satellite dishes in the dumpster.

Over the last few days I got to thinking: is it possible to set up a distributed radio telescope array? Surely, by now, there's a way to synchronize countless small dishes to probe the skies.

Of course, it's entirely possible I have no clue as to how arrays work, and/or the frequencies involved."

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