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Submission + - NASA says Thunderstorms Make Antimatter (

SpuriousLogic writes: Scientists using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before.
Scientists think the antimatter particles were formed inside thunderstorms in a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF) associated with lightning. It is estimated that about 500 TGFs occur daily worldwide, but most go undetected.
"These signals are the first direct evidence that thunderstorms make antimatter particle beams," said Michael Briggs, a member of Fermi's Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) team at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He presented the findings Monday, during a news briefing at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.


Submission + - Slashdot Sued For Patent Infringement? ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to this story, Slashdot is among a group of sites sued for patent infringement (well, technically Slashdot's parent corporation, Geeknet, but it's over Slashdot). Other sites in the lawsuit include aggregators Digg, Reddit, Fark and Delicious, as well as the blog TechCrunch. What could all of those sites possibly done to infringe on a single patent? The patent is for "a system and method for structured news release generation and distribution." The problem, according to the lawsuit is that all of these sites "has and/or require and/or directs users to access and/or interact with a system that receives and stores separately specified portions of a new or press release and that assembles a news or press release in a predetermined format." Uh yeah. That patent was filed for in 1999, well after Slashdot existed.

Submission + - Proven Focus Fusion Could Power Civilization (

An anonymous reader writes: Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (LPP) LLC has announced that they have indisputable evidence that they have achieved 1 billion degrees via plasma confinement . With another year of experimentation followed by three years of development, they could be ready to bring to market a 5 MW plant (size of the largest wind turbines) that only costs $300,000. Slashdot reported previously that LPP had achieved billion-degree results. But critics had said that the previous set-up could not rule out the possibility that this temperature was merely a function of the beam they were creating. The new results show definitively that "confinement" is indeed happening, and is the source of the temperature, which is a key attribute needed to develop a practical commercial reactor. The reults will be published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Fusion Energy describing the basic theory guiding LPP's pursuit of useful fusion energy from the dense plasma focus, as well as featuring these first experimental results from the team's Focus Fusion-1 experimental device in Middlesex, NJ.

Submission + - Jimmy Wales declares app store models a threat (

An anonymous reader writes: Wikipedia's chief says models such as the App Store on the iPad are not only a dangerous chokepoint to internet freedom, but that this is a real and immediate problem that's of more concern than the overblown what if's of the net neutrality debate.

Submission + - Google Pushes New Chrome Release, Pays $14k Bounty (

Trailrunner7 writes: Google has released version 8.0.552.237 of its Chrome browser, which includes fixes for 16 security vulnerabilities. The company also paid out more than $14,000 in bug bounties for the flaws fixed in this release, including the first maximum reward of $3133.7.

The new version of Google Chrome has fixes for 13 high-priority bugs, but the most serious vulnerability the company repaired in the browser is a critical flaw resulting from a stale pointer in the speech handling component of Chrome. That flaw, along with four others, was discovered by researcher Sergey Glazunov, who earned a total of more than $7,000 in rewards for the bugs he reported to Google.

Submission + - Dual-core chips coming to all smartphones in 2011

An anonymous reader writes: All top of the range smartphones will be sporting dual-core chips this year, according to this story. So is it time to ditch your current pocket rocket? Not necessarily — dual-core will give a bit of a boost to multitasking and media streaming but probably won't persuade iPhone owners to switch to Android, says the writer.

Submission + - Is the Higgs Boson sabotaging the LHC ( 1

Maximum Prophet writes: First it stopped the Superconducting Super Collider. Now it's throwing monkey wrenches into the Large Hadron Collider. It's the particle that doesn't want to be discovered.

This happened in the science fiction story, "Einstein's Bridge", now Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan, are theorizing that it's happening in real life.

Submission + - What your PC will look like in 2010 and beyond (

Barence writes: As Bill Gates said in his 1995 book The Road Ahead, "we've all smiled at predictions from the past that look silly today". Not least his own prediction that we may one day decide to "watch Gone With The Wind with your own face and voice replacing that of Vivien Leigh or Clark Gable". We do, however, have a pretty good idea of what’s coming over the next three years. In this feature, PC Pro reveals all you need to know about the future of processors, memory, graphics and more.

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