Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Germany plans unmanned moon landing for 2015

August 12, 2009

Germany should try to launch an unmanned mission to the moon by around 2015, the government official in charge of aerospace matters said on Wednesday. In an interview with ZDF television, economy mMinistry state secretary Peter Hintze said a German moon landing could be feasible “within the next decade, around 2015,” and urged cooperation with [...]

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Oz website allows to SMS to outer space

August 12, 2009

An Australian website is giving texting an intergalactic touch and allowing users to send short mobile phone-type messages into space. From Wednesday and until August 24, people hankering for an out-of-this-world experience can visit www.HelloFromEarth.net to post messages no longer than 160 characters that will be transmitted to Gliese 581d, the nearest Earth-like planet outside [...]

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UK Royal Opera House woos Tweeters

August 12, 2009

Britain’s Royal Opera House (ROH) wants Twitter users to help create the “world’s first online opera.” The Covent Garden institution, which stages performances of ballet, opera and other classical music productions wants Internet-savvy tweeters to write the words to an opera using 140 characters or less at a time. “It’s the people’s opera and the [...]

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‘Artificial leaf’ may help generate clean power

August 12, 2009

Researchers at Imperial College London are trying to imitate the process of photosynthesis by making an ‘artificial leaf’ to produce clean power. Photosynthesis, the process where plants use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into sugar, is the most effective solar energy conversion process on Earth. And researchers believe that mimicking parts of it [...]

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Children look up ‘sex’ on web: study

August 12, 2009

Children are using the Internet to watch YouTube videos, connect with friends on social network sites and look up “sex” and “porn,” according to a study of the top web searches by youngsters. Computer security firm Symantec Corp identified the top 100 searches conducted between February and July through its family safety service OnlineFamily.Norton, which [...]

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Russia developing jets that fly at Mach6

August 12, 2009

Russian companies are working on radically novel models of aircraft, including hypersonic jets that will be able to develop speeds of up to 6M, Colonel General Alexander Zelin, Chief of Staff of Air Force said. “The Russian Air Force is doing research in this area and our institutes engage in the development of radically novel [...]

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College e-textbooks go to class in iPhones

August 12, 2009

The US and Canadian college students can pack textbooks into their pockets instead of spine-bending backpacks courtesy of an iPhone application released by CourseSmart. The northern California supplier of electronic textbooks on Tuesday released free software that makes digitised forms of college textbooks available on Apple’s ubiquitous iPhone or iPod Touch devices. “We’ve seen significant [...]

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