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Submission + - Network Engineering for 7th graders

roundisfunny writes: I'm giving a 20 minute presentation to a group of 7th graders studying engineering. I'll probably hit the OSI model, show some cables, pictures of our company's free-space optics, troubleshooting tools and some graphs from the firewall. Any other suggestions?

Supermassive Black Hole Is Thrown Out of Galaxy 167

DarkKnightRadick writes "An undergrad student at the University of Utrecht, Marianne Heida, has found evidence of a supermassive black hole being tossed out of its galaxy. According to the article, the black hole — which has a mass equivalent to one billion suns — is possibly the culmination of two galaxies merging (or colliding, depending on how you like to look at it) and their black holes merging, creating one supermassive beast. The black hole was found using the Chandra Source Catalog (from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory). The direction of the expulsion is also possibly indicative of the direction of rotation of the two black holes as they circled each other before merging."

Woman Creates 3-D Erotic Book For the Blind 113

Lisa J. Murphy has written an erotic book with tactile images for that special visually impaired porn connoisseur in your life. Tactile Mind contains explicit softcore raised images, along with Braille text and photos. From the article: "A photographer with a certificate in Tactile Graphics from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Murphy learned to create touchable images of animals for books for visually impaired children. Then she realized that there was a lack of such books for adults only. 'There are no books of tactile pictures of nudes for adults, at least the last time I looked around,' says Murphy. 'We're breaking new ground. Playboy has [an edition with] Braille wording, but there are no pictures.' She says that while we live in a culture saturated with sexual images, the blind have been 'left out.'"

Comment Re:Space news (Score 3, Informative) 79

In case you care, the JFK Library is sponsoring a real-time online reenactment of the Apollo 11 mission - complete with actual radio transmissions. The URL is based on Kennedy's speech about how we choose the moon, not because it's easy, but because it's hard - or something like that.

Submission + - Apollo 11 Mission Coverage....LIVE!!!!!!

sparhawktn writes: Once again you can relive, or for most of us, live through the Apollo 11 Mission from launch to landing.

[quote]In honor of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has launched a new website. The goal of the website is to allow visitors to experience the Apollo 11 mission in real time. In fact, the website will go live at 9:32am on July 16th which is exactly 40 years to the minute after the historic launch.

The website is sponsored by the JFK Presidential Library and Museum[/quote]

Comment Re:What about negatives? (Score 1) 112

I've used a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II scanner for negatives.
It worked pretty well, came w/ software for dust correction (canned air works well too).
It was cheaper to buy one of those and re-sell it on ebay when I was done than to get a professional place to scan my slides/negatives (it does both).
I lent it out to a couple of friends and they thought it was easy to use also.
It worked w/ Macs and PCs - I didn't check for Linux support.
If the negative was saved as a .bmp file, it created a 36 MB file - the .jpg version was 2 or 3 MB.

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