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Comment Re:What Does This Mean? (Score 3, Informative) 414

I imaging that it has applications in astronomy. When you want to precisely compute something over the distance of light years, you may want more than just 10 digits for Pi.

As a professional astronomer I can guarantee that distance scale measurements are a little bit less precise than one part over 10^13. Even for most precise measurements, e.g. gravitational waves experiment, 16 digit suffices!

Feed Engadget: Researchers tapping into nanotechnology for sharper images (

A team of scientists at the University of Glasgow just came into all sorts of cash, and they'll be using it to advance imaging. If you're looking for specifics (and we're assuming you are), a £489,234 grant from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council will be used to study a certain phenomenon called surface plasmon resonance, "which is an effect exhibited by certain metals when light waves fall onto their surfaces." In short, the gurus behind the research are hoping to discover a method of "creating patterns or small nanostructures in the metal film on the CMOS, which should increase the sensitivity of the sensor and result in higher quality images." The bad news? The project is expected to last until 2012, which is like, forever from now.

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Researchers tapping into nanotechnology for sharper images originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 04 Jan 2009 04:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Submission + - Microsoft Office specs fail standards test

Robert writes: Microsoft has failed in its first attempt to have its Office Open XML formats approved as an ISO standard after failing to win enough support from national voting bodies despite a recent upsurge in support. The company tried to put a positive spin on the result, citing "strong global support" and noting that "51 ISO members, representing 74 percent of all qualified votes, stated their support for ratification of Open XML". Despite the positive spin, the result is not what Microsoft was looking for.

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