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NASA’s shrinking solar system

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NASA is redrawing models of our solar system as their Voyager 1 spacecraft reaches the cusp of interstellar space ahead of schedule. But this isn't the first time the Voyagers have disrupted scientific prediction and theory. Launched in the summer of 1977, the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were originally intended for four-year missions to observe Saturn and Jupiter.

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Sony brings back flower power with solar windows

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Unveiled at the Eco Products 2010 exhibition in Tokyo last weekend, the "dye-sensitized solar cell" windows can be screen-printed with custom designs, allowing future consumers to make their homes more artsy while lowering their electricity bills.

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Road trains will mean easy mornings

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According to a documentary SARTRE released last weekend, the project is undergoing a ridiculous amount of safety testing, from the systems that take over steering in the individual cars, to the reactions of everyday people to following so closely behind another car at 90 km/h without control of the vehicle – and even the programs that detect the expressions on the face of the lead truck's driver to ensure he's not being distracted.

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Google hides laptop giveaway in marketing video

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While watching the video for the new Cr-48; "How to remain calm despite what's about to happen to your Chrome notebook," Zimmer says he noticed a long mathematical equation on a chalkboard at the 2:23 mark in the video.

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New infrared technology could go far

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When I heard about the Northwest University’s revolutionary new high-resolution infrared camera technology, the first thing that popped into my mind was that Predator movie with the Governator; how clever that whole mud thing at the end was. I quickly brushed that thought aside. Besides, it probably wouldn’t work anymore given that the new Type-II InAs/GaSb superlattice-based cameras can detect ...

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iPad 2 now rumored to come in two sizes

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Rumours are heating up around the Apple's spring release of the iPad 2, including the possibility of a February launch.

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Physicists create tiny supernova at Canadian university

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Physicists from the University of Toronto and Rutgers University may be clinking champagne after successfully one-upping the lava lamp and creating a “supernova in a jar” last week. The emulation of an exploding white dwarf star – carried out through an iodate  arsenous acid reaction – may aid in understanding the size and evolution of the universe, wrote U of T ...

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Mercedes-Benz Biome vs. reality

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Out of the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge –– which seemed to be based on the premise of having automakers dream up the most irrational 1000 lb. cars possible –– came the Mercedes Benz Biome; easily the most ridiculous concept vehicle in the contest. A car grown in a lab from genetically altered seeds embedded with Mercedes DNA. According ...

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Updated Jolicloud 1.1 available for download

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Jolicloud’s revamped OS is now available for download, promising a prettier interface, better battery life and all-around improvements in performance. The free, Linux-based OS, dubbed the “anywhere OS” for users’ ability to sign on from any computer, can be installed alongside or instead of Windows. What’s more, it’s reportedly lighter and snappier than Windows and offers an interface that looks ...

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Galaxy Tab’s million-sale milestone

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Samsung has announced 1 million Galaxy Tab sales in roughly two months, furthering the now widely-held consensus that the 7-inch Android tablet is the first real competition for Apple’s iPad. But how true is that really? After 28 days Apple sold 1 million units. By the 80-day mark, they had sold 3 million iPads; according to Bernstein Research, the iPad ...

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