Archive: 01/10/2006

U.S. launches open-software patent program

The federal government is forging closer ties with open-source software architects in order to make the patent process less vulnerable to lawsuits.

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Bell Labs wins technical Grammy award

Bell Labs won Tuesday the technical Grammy award by the Recording Academy that is awarded for technical contributions to the recording field.

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Astronomers shed surprising light on our galaxy's black hole

In the most comprehensive study of Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the enigmatic supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, astronomers -- using nine ground and space-based telescopes including the Hubble Space ...

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Public to look for dust grains in Stardust detectors

Astronomy buffs who jumped at the chance to use their home computers in the SETI@home search for intelligent life in the universe will soon be able to join an Internet-based search for dust grains originating ...

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No stars in the clouds

A team of astronomers from the University of Pittsburgh and the Universitäts-Sternwarte München in Munich, Germany, announced today in a paper presented at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington, ...

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Opportunity Puts The Arm On Ted

The rover team has kept Opportunity productive while engineers continue to evaluate the best posture for carrying the robotic arm when the rover resumes driving.

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'Sirius' secrets, serious cash

Shock Jock Howard Stern kicked off his first satellite radio show Monday morning, satisfying many of his fans with his intended segment and cliff-hanger "Revelations."

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Monster black holes grow after galactic mergers

An analysis of the Hubble Space Telescope's deepest view of the universe offers compelling evidence that monster black holes in the centers of galaxies were not born big but grew over time through repeated galactic mergers.

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Chandra finds black holes stirring up galaxies

Black holes are creating havoc in unsuspected places, according to a new study of images of elliptical galaxies made by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The discovery of far-reaching explosive activity, due to giant central ...

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Spinning black hole leaves dent in space-time

MIT scientists and colleagues have found a black hole that has chiseled a remarkably stable indentation in the fabric of space and time, like a dimple in one's favorite spot on the sofa.

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Researchers confirm role of massive flood in climate change

Climate modelers at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) have succeeded in reproducing the climate changes caused by a massive freshwater pulse into the North Atlantic that occurred at the beginning of the current ...

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