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Why the Moon? – NASA presentation explaining the goals of the next moon mission…

5 Regal Microcontrollers meet His Majesty Linux – The power of these five embedded processors is startling…

AMD’s XGH: external GPUs may soon see the light of day – “Fujitsu Seimens this week announced its external laptop graphics solution will launch later this month. The device is a relatively straightforward implementation of a new platform for external GPUs and other PCIe devices on laptops that was unveiled by AMD this summer. While the current device isn’t that compelling—it’s appearing on only one laptop so far—it does play Crysis, and the technology behind it has a great deal of promise…”

Emergency and disaster information service – See the emergencies and disasters happening around the world…

A sense of scale – Understand the range of temperatures in our universe, from absolute zero to Planck temperature…

American Wonder – See Photsynth in action…

Reactagon – “I recently came across this rather cool user interface for a music sequencer called the ReactOgon. Looking like something you’d find on the deck of the Starship Enterprise, the instrument uses a large tabletop multi-touch interface to create music sequences in real time…”

Poor Children’s Brain Activity Resembles That Of Stroke Victims – “University of California, Berkeley, researchers have shown for the first time that the brains of low-income children function differently from the brains of high-income kids…”

Intel Hopes to Bring Free Energy to Mobile Devices – ” Intel on Friday said it is researching technology to harvest free energy from the environment, which could lead to devices such as mobile phones running for indefinite periods without recharging…”

Prozac Ocean: Fish Absorb Our Drugs, and Suffer For It – “The fish are acting funny because they’re on Prozac…”

Search for alien engineering comes up dry – so far – “A search for colossal feats of alien engineering called ‘Dyson spheres’ has so far found no convincing candidates within 1000 light years of Earth. But some say the prospects for finding the hypothetical structures, which could cocoon stars in order to collect solar energy for power-hungry aliens, may be getting brighter…”

Another Small Step Towards Commercializing Nuclear Fusion – “The long-cherished dream of creating nearly limitless clean energy from nuclear fusion–the same process that powers our sun–is looking slightly more possible thanks to a new series of experiments…”

It’s official: Men really are the weaker sex – “The male gender is in danger, with incalculable consequences for both humans and wildlife, startling scientific research from around the world reveals…”

The magic of metric – “There are a bunch of good reasons to kiss the English system of measurement goodbye, not the least of which is that we’re the last damn country to be using it, including England. Here are a few of them…”

Installing an Operating System on a USB drive – “I’m sure that you would have, at one time or another, felt the need for a portable Operating System that you could carry around with you and to help troubleshoot and backup your friends’ crashed PCs. There are several Live CD based Linux distributions[distros] where you just slide a CD in, boot from it and enjoy the new OS. But what if you need your Data and settings to be remembered[also called persistence]. A good alternative is to use a Live USB based OS. So here’s a small guide for getting a small OS up and running on a USB flash drive…”

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