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Open-Source Science

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Scientists from Sydney to San Francisco have created an online research collaboration to develop cures for tropical diseases, using the "open source" programming model that produced freeware like Linux and Firefox, the award-winning Web browser.

NASA's 3D Guide to the Galaxy

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Using "plug in free" X3D technology in Demicron's WireFusion, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's PlanetQuest web site is providing visitors with a unique opportunity to interactively explore the Milky Way galaxy.

Cracking the secret codes of Europe's Galileo satellite

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Members of Cornell's Global Positioning System (GPS) Laboratory have cracked the so-called pseudo random number (PRN) codes of Europe's first global navigation satellite, despite efforts to keep the codes secret.

Watch out an asteroid is coming

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AN ASTEROID half a mile across will have a close encounter with the Earth in the early hours of tomorrow morning when it buzzes past our planet at the same distance as the Moon's orbit.

Computing History 1968-Present

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Here's a wonderful chart of some of the major milestones in computer history, including unix/linux, organized by years and technology/company. Interesting, informative and bookmarkable.

Sun to vanish: Total eclipse early on March 29

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Amateur and professional astronomers from around the world will soon be congregating in parts of Brazil, Africa, and western Asia, to view a total eclipse of the sun that will take place on Wednesday, March 29.

Researchers create world's first transparent integrated circuit

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Researchers at Oregon State University have created the world's first completely transparent integrated circuit from inorganic compounds, another major step forward for the rapidly evolving field of transparent electronics.

Top 10 Technology Trends

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Technology is one of the last frontiers on the information horizon. While technology can help us do our jobs better, faster, and cheaper, some innovation actually proves to be more disruptive in the long run. So what are the top 10 technology trends in 2006?

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