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Submission + - SpaceX Founder Sets Sights On Martian Colony (

amkkhan writes: Elon Musk, founder of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, is has his eye on forming a Mars colony, and you can be part one of the first Martian explorers for only $500,000. The Mars colony would be part of a Mars settlement program, and Must envisions ferrying up to 80,000 people to the red planet as part of the first Mars colony.

The Mars settlement program would start with 10 people, who would journey on to Mars on a reusable rocket created by SpaceX powered by liquid oxygen and methane, according to Yahoo! News.

"At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big," Musk said, according to

Submission + - 'MYTHBUSTERS' Experiment Goes Wrong Cannonball RIP (

clinko writes: "Two California families are lucky to be alive — after a "Mythbusters" experiment went horribly awry yesterday ... sending a cannonball careening through their homes, leaving MASSIVE holes in its wake.

Sgt. JD Nelson from the Alameda County Sheriff's Department tells ABC, hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage were trying to figure out how effective a cannon is at firing non-cannonball objects ... but first, they had to test the cannonball itself.

The cannonball was supposed to land harmlessly in a nearby hill — but something went wrong ... and the ball, traveling at about 1000 ft/s, went over the hill bordering Camp Parks Military Firing Reservation, and into the neighboring town of Dublin, crashing through two separate houses before finally coming to rest ... inside someone's minivan.

The Discovery Channel show has been put on hold after the mishap, pending a full investigation. Luckily, no one was injured."

Submission + - Quantum coherence found fueling photosynthesis (

Gaygirlie writes: "Ars Technica has posted an interesting article about new findings regarding quantum physics and photosynthesis. Their excerpt for the article: "Physicists have found the strongest evidence yet of quantum effects fueling photosynthesis. Multiple experiments in recent years have suggested as much, but it has been hard to be sure. Quantum effects were clearly present in the light-harvesting antenna proteins of plant cells, but their precise role in processing incoming photons remained unclear."

For those unaware of what coherence and quantum coherence means I suggest reading the appropriate Wikipedia page: Coherence (generic) and Quantum coherence"

Submission + - Samsung Announces Retina Display For Tablets (

An anonymous reader writes: Samsung will be showcasing an ultra-high resolution 10.1-inch tablet display next week, which we decided could be called a retina display. The display, which will be at the Samsung booth at SID Display Week 2011 (LA Convention Center, May 17-19), features a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, which is comparable to what we have seen so far only in 30-inch desktop displays.

Submission + - NASA finds 14 new, seriously chilled stars (

coondoggie writes: NASA astronomers said they have spotted 14 of the coldest stars in the known universe and they expect to find hundreds more. The 14 objects found by Spitzer are hundreds of light-years away and are thought to have temperatures 350 to 620 degrees Fahrenheit that NASA called bitter cold for stars — as cold, in some cases, as planets around other stars.

Submission + - Ozzy Osbourne: Genetically Decoded (

Dashiva Dan writes: DNA research lab Knome has announced that it is going to sequence Ozzy's entire genome.
Ozzy, the former lead singer of Black Sabbath, Reality Television Star, Prankster and spokseman for World of Warcraft among many other things, has been selected so they can discover, among other things, how drugs are absorbed in the body. The amount of abuse Ozzy has put himself through and survived is a large part of why he was chosen.

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Submission + - Building Better Balls

An anonymous reader writes: I never really thought about soccer balls being applied engineering, but The Economist has a story about the design of the current World Cup ball. It's apparently the best ball that "geometry, materials science and fluid- and aerodynamics" can make today, but there's also a lot of history about how earlier balls were put together and how they worked.
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Submission + - Quant AI Better than Human (

Mr_Blank writes: From Technology Review: The ability to predict the stock market is, as any Wall Street quantitative trader (or quant) will tell you, a license to print money. So it should be of no small interest to anyone who likes money that a new system that works in a radically different way than previous automated trading schemes appears to be able to beat Wall Street's best quantitative mutual funds at their own game. It's called the Arizona Financial Text system, or AZFinText, and it works by ingesting large quantities of financial news stories (in initial tests, from Yahoo Finance) along with minute-by-minute stock price data, and then using the former to figure out how to predict the latter. Then it buys, or shorts, every stock it believes will move more than 1% of its current price in the next 20 minutes — and it never holds a stock for longer.

Submission + - Top 20 iPhone 4G, iPhone OS 4, iPad Details to Eme (

An anonymous reader writes: Our list of what to expect at Apple's annual conference includes improved iPad file sync and printing, better app and file organization in iPhone OS 4 and enhanced enterprise deployment features for iPhone 4G.

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