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Submission + - Apple iPhone 5 now on Sprint Nextel (cnbc.com)

jnaujok writes: We not only have a release date for the iPhone 5, but also news that it will be available for the first time on the Sprint Nextel network in addition to AT&T and Verizon. The news comes from CNBC, and includes a release date of mid October. This will impact Apple's bottom line, as the date is in Apple's fourth quarter, instead of the original late September date that would have helped push their 3rd quarter earnings. In other news, they're also releasing an 8GB "cheap" version of the iPhone at the same time.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft backs USB 3.0 with Windows 8 (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Microsoft is incorporating a software stack in its upcoming Windows 8 OS to natively support devices based on the USB 3.0 interconnect, which is in a battle for adoption with Intel's Thunderbolt. USB 3.0 transfers data at speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second, which is slower than the transfer speed of Thunderbolt."
Science

Submission + - SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon make it to orbit (spacex.com)

jnaujok writes: This morning the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon capsule lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 10:43 Eastern time, after an earlier launch had been scrubbed because of a bad telemetry feed. A little over 9 minutes later, the Dragon capsule separate from the second stage into its intended orbit. Part of the COTS (Commercial access To Space) program, this is the first test of the Dragon capsule by SpaceX to prove it can be used to ferry supplies to the ISS. The Dragon capsule will make two or three orbits before returning to Earth about four hours after launch.
Space

Submission + - Space Ship Two to be Unveiled Today (myway.com)

jnaujok writes: Today in the Mojave desert, after five years of secrecy, Virgin Galactic will be unveiling, "in a theatrical reveal," their new spacecraft, Space Ship Two. Although it's parent craft, White Knight Two, was shown to the public several months ago, Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites have kept Space Ship Two tightly under wraps, releasing very little information, and fewer pictures.

"We've all been patiently waiting to see exactly what the vehicle is going to look like," said Peter Cheney, a 63-year-old potential space tourist from Seattle. "It would be nice to see it in the flesh."

Space

Submission + - Active glacier found on Mars?

Smivs writes: "A probable active glacier has been identified for the first time on Mars. The icy feature has been spotted in images from the European Space Agency's (Esa) Mars Express spacecraft.
The young glacier appears in the Deuteronilus Mensae region between Mars' rugged southern highlands and the flat northern lowlands. "If it was an image of Earth, I would say 'glacier' right away," Dr Gerhard Neukum, chief scientist on the spacecraft's High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) was quoted as saying.
"We have not yet been able to see the spectral signature of water. But we will fly over it in the coming months and take measurements. On the glacial ridges we can see white tips, which can only be freshly exposed ice.
Dr Neukum said glacial features would be prime locations for robotic rovers to look for evidence of life on Mars."
Space

Submission + - Active glacier found on Mars (bbc.co.uk) 1

FireFury03 writes: "The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft has spotted an icy feature which appears to be a young active glacier. Dr Gerhard Neukum (what a cool name :), chief scientist on the spacecraft's High Resolution Stereo Camera said "We have not yet been able to see the spectral signature of water. But we will fly over it in the coming months and take measurements. On the glacial ridges we can see white tips, which can only be freshly exposed ice". Estimates place the glacier at 10,000 — 100,000 years old."

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