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Interesting Reading #466 – Buy your own luxury submarine, Australia is Piiiiiiiissed, 1Gbps fiber for $26 in Hong Kong, Eric Schmidt “hunched his shoulders subserviently”, Mysterious radio waves emitted from nearby galaxy and much more…

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NASA Gets a $6 Billion Booster for Mars and Beyond – “Find hope in this, NASA, science and Mars fans: President Obama’s new stance on NASA’s funding will likely pump no less than $6 billion into the agency to create a new heavy rocket sooner than we’d hoped. Mars is its target…”

Beaming Power to UAVs, Space Elevators, and Someday, Earth: The LaserMotive Plan – “That’s really just the beginning, to Nugent’s mind. One of his ultimate goals is to be able to beam large amounts of solar power to Earth from space, presumably to help solve global-scale energy problems. For now, though, he’ll settle for beaming power to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other remote devices, including very early technology that could help scientists develop something called a space elevator. These ideas, in sum, have turned into a small company called LaserMotive, based in Kent, WA…”

Who owns the most servers? – “The tech industries major players require some serious firepower when it comes to servers. Below is a breakdown of how these giants stack up to each other…”

Journeys to the International Space Station – “April 12th marked the 49th anniversary of human spaceflight, when Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit the Earth in 1961. At this moment, 13 humans are currently in low-Earth orbit, aboard the International Space Station. Several were already aboard the ISS when a Soyuz TMA-18 brought a fresh crew up from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 2nd – they were later joined by the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery on the 131st shuttle mission to date (only three remaining launches scheduled). NASA recently signed a new deal with Russia for six more round-trips to the ISS, at a cost of $55.8 million per seat. Collected here are recent photos of the Space Station, its current crew, their launch vehicles, and the views from above…”

Robot From NASA and G.M. Heading to Space Station – “NASA and General Motors announced on Tuesday that they planned to send a robot to the International Space Station, with the eventual goal of having it help the astronauts there…”

Nautilus VAS Luxury Submersible can take on AK47 assault with vengeance – “If you are planning to graduate from a yacht owner to a submersible owner, then VAS submersibles from US-based Nautilus Submarines is one of the best options on the list. The submarine takes its design inspiration from blimps, and is one of the most advanced submersible available for yachts, especially with its lockout capability feature, which allows guests to dive from the submersible…”

News Sites Rethink Anonymous Online Comments – “When news sites, after years of hanging back, embraced the idea of allowing readers to post comments, the near-universal assumption was that anyone could weigh in and remain anonymous. But now, that idea is under attack from several directions, and journalists, more than ever, are questioning whether anonymity should be a given on news sites…”

Australia is Piiiiiiiissed – Arrests Crew Members of Chinese Coal Ship – “Just over a week ago, a coal-carrying ship – the Chinese Shen Neng 1 – ran around on Douglas Shoals in the Great Barrier Reef. The ship was inside a marine protected area. It then rammed into the reef, and leaked about 4 tons of heavy fuel causing a roughly 3 km oil slick. Despite that the captain of the ship belittled the concern over the damage done to the reef, teams were able to free the carrier from the reef, but not with out noting the serious damage done to the coral where the ship ran aground – damage that will take around 20 years to disappear. Now, Australia is taking legal action against the crew of the ship…” See also: China ship ‘seriously damaged’ Great Barrier Reef

How Americans Are Drastically Reducing Their Debt – “As the economy emerges from the downturn, consumers are likely to spend the next several years drastically reducing their debt — at least if historical example, which shows that the debt-reduction process following a severe financial crisis takes six to seven years on average, is any indicator…”

An interesting analysis of a problem and a potential solution:

Cyber hand lets net users touch – “Hong Kong scientists have developed a robotic hand that allows people talking over the web to experience the sensation of touching each other — even feeling the strength of a handshake…”

How Tweet It Is!: Library Acquires Entire Twitter Archive – “Have you ever sent out a “tweet” on the popular Twitter social media service? Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library of Congress…”

Six Easy Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization

Japanese whale meat ‘being sold in US and Korea’ – “Scientists say they have found clear proof that meat from whales captured under Japan’s whaling programme is being sold in US and Korean eateries…”

Organic ternary data storage device developed – “The memory capacity of electronics devices could be increased in future thanks to an organic data storage system using ternary rather than binary data storage. The current prototype is designed for permanent data storage, and can be written once but read multiple times, but the Chinese researchers hope to develop re-writable data storage based on the technology…”

Who’s #1 in broadband? 1Gbps fiber for $26 in Hong Kong – “According to people like Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon’s CEO, the US is number one in broadband, no question about it. But one only has to look around the world to see just how specious such claims are. Take Hong Kong as an example. City Telecom made waves a few months ago with its US$13, symmetric 100Mbps connections. Today, the company slashed prices on its much faster 1Gbps fiber-to-the-home offering; a fully symmetric, 1Gbps connection costs HK$199… or US$26 a month…”

Know Your Meme: “Weird Al” Yankovic Helps Explain Auto Tune:

Eric Schmidt Is the Nicest Guy in Tech – “On the last Friday in March, a Gizmodo reader snapped a photo of Eric Schmidt and Steve Jobs huddled around a small table outside a cafe in Palo Alto, Calif. This was a surprise: Apple and Google had once been Silicon Valley’s best pals, but over the last year their relationship had soured very publicly. Now the two CEOs looked to be stuck in some kind of awkward—and maybe staged—attempt to patch things up. Gizmodo asked a body-language expert to analyze the photo of Jobs and Schmidt. The conclusion: Both men seemed uncomfortable, but Schmidt’s posture was more noteworthy. As he spoke to Jobs, Google’s CEO hunched his shoulders subserviently, the way criminals do when they’re around the police. Schmidt, the body-language expert concluded, is scared of Jobs…”

Mysterious radio waves emitted from nearby galaxy – “There is something strange in the cosmic neighbourhood. An unknown object in the nearby galaxy M82 has started sending out radio waves, and the emission does not look like anything seen anywhere in the universe before…”

How To Save on Groceries… By Growing Your Own – “Getting food from your own backyard can beat the supermarket any day, on both taste and price. Think that’s too much work? You’d be surprised…”

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