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The L.A. Times Names Its Favorite Flops of the Year

December 29th, 2012 12:01 admin View Comments


SternisheFan writes “Salvador Rodriguez and Deborah Netburn of The Los Angeles Times have a rundown of the top 10 tech gaffes of 2012. From their article: ‘As 2012 comes to a close we take a look back at the biggest “oops” moments of the last year. Whether it was an advertising misstep (Facebook’s “Chair” commercial), or a product released before it was ready (Apple Maps), or just an idea that was ill-received (homeless men as Wi-Fi hotspots), we tried to compose a list of the times when the major players lost control of the narrative. It’s also a reminder that everyone makes mistakes–even exacting tech companies.’”

Source: The L.A. Times Names Its Favorite Flops of the Year

New Small Fission Reactor For Deep-space Missions Demonstrated

November 29th, 2012 11:07 admin View Comments


cylonlover writes “Exploring the regions of deep space beyond Mars means sending probes where solar power isn’t practical. Since the 1960s, NASA has equipped its Apollo missions and unmanned explorers with Radioisotope Thermal Generators (RTGs). These have worked very well, but they run on plutonium 238, which is currently in short supply. Therefore, the Los Alamos National Laboratory is developing a new small nuclear reactor for spacecraft that uses uranium instead of plutonium to power Stirling engines and generate electricity. At the Nevada National Security Site’s Device Assembly Facility near Las Vegas, engineers from Los Alamos, the NASA Glenn Research Center and National Security Technologies LLC conducted a Demonstration Using Flattop Fissions (DUFF) experiment that produced 24 watts of electricity using a pair of free-piston Stirling engines.”

Source: New Small Fission Reactor For Deep-space Missions Demonstrated

Endeavour Arrives At California Science Center

October 14th, 2012 10:27 admin View Comments


The final mission of the Endeavour has been completed. The shuttle has arrived at it’s final home, the California Science Center. From the article: “After a dramatic three-day parade through city streets, Endeavour arrived at its new home at the California Science Center shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday amid cheers from thousands gathered to witness a piece of history. ‘Mission 26 — Mission Accomplished,’ Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a news conference at Exposition Park, the shuttle rising behind him as a backdrop. The mayor was referencing the shuttle’s 25 space missions and its journey across the city. The 85-ton orbiter pulled up next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and ground to a halt so that the mayor and others could officially mark its arrival at the park near the USC campus. ‘Today everyone in the city of Los Angeles is an astronaut,’ said L.A. Fire Department Chief Brian Cummings at the news conference.”

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Khan Academy Pilot Educators On Khan Academy

September 4th, 2012 09:06 admin View Comments


theodp writes “In what may surprise Khan Academy backers Google and Bill Gates, educators from the Los Altos School District where KA was initially piloted and implemented have responded to some recent KA critiques with a blog entry which notes, ‘Teachers in our district have determined that the greatest value of the Khan Academy lies, not in the videos, but in the exercise modules and data generated as students work practice problems.’ Not too surprisingly, when it comes to revolutionizing student learning, teachers are bullish on teachers. ‘Key to this revolution are the Los Altos teachers,’ the educators conclude. ‘Teachers in our district are highly valued for their pedagogical perspective, content knowledge, experience, and creative abilities. When district administrators put tools in the hands of teachers and give them room to work, amazing things happen for students. Tools will come and go, but it’s the teachers who create meaningful learning experiences that challenge students to grow.’”

Source: Khan Academy Pilot Educators On Khan Academy

GM Car Owners With OnStar Now Can Be Their Own Rental Agencies

July 17th, 2012 07:37 admin View Comments


The Los Angeles Times reports that the world of micro-rentals just got a whole lot more crowded, with the introduction of a nationwide partnership between GM and ride-sharing company RelayRides. RelayRides has been arranging short-term car sharing in just a few cities for several years; car owners can sign up to make their own cars available for short-term rentals to others, so their expensive investment (especially in cities where parking is like a second apartment’s rent) isn’t sitting idle . Now, the two companies are rolling out that system in a much larger market: the rest of the U.S. Owners of GM cars new enough to be equipped with OnStar monitoring systems will be able to sign up to take part with the OnStar system providing the ability to unlock and track those cars remotely, which might make the bargain more attractive to many owners who’d like to earn money from their cars (and reduce the total number of cars needed in a given area), but reluctant to hand the keys to a stranger. (Cars without the system can still be enrolled, but will require a key hand-off.)

Source: GM Car Owners With OnStar Now Can Be Their Own Rental Agencies

Record-Setting 100+ T Magnetic Field Achieved At Los Alamos

March 23rd, 2012 03:27 admin View Comments


New submitter schrodingersGato writes “Researchers at the Los Alamos campus of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory achieved a record-setting 100.75 Tesla magnetic field. To do this, scientists placed a resistive magnet (a sophisticated electromagnet) coupled to massive bank of capacitors within another magnet fixed at a ‘lower’ magnetic field. A short-lived pulse two million times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field was generated. The magnet itself made an eerie sound as it was energized (video). Prepare for the birth of Magneto!”

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Spanish Company Tests ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Against Google

February 27th, 2012 02:25 admin View Comments

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suraj.sun writes with an excerpt from an article over at Ars Technica: “Los Alfaques, a bucolic campground near the Spanish town of Tarragona, isn’t happy with Google. That’s because searches for ‘camping Alfaques‘ bring up horrific images of charred human flesh — not good for business when you’re trying to sell people on the idea of relaxation. The campground believes it has the right to demand that Google stop showing ‘negative’ links, even though the links aren’t mistakes at all. Are such lawsuits an aberration, or the future of Europe’s Internet experience in the wake of its new ‘right to be forgotten’ proposals? Legal scholars like Jeffrey Rosen remain skeptical that such a right won’t lead to all sorts of problems for free expression. But in Spain, the debate continues. Last week, Los Alfaques lost its case — but only because it needed to sue (U.S.-based) Google directly. Mario Gianni, the owner of Los Alfaques, is currently deciding whether such a suit is worth pursuing.”

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The Political Assault On Los Alamos National Laboratory

November 10th, 2011 11:30 admin View Comments


Harperdog writes “Hugh Gusterson has a great article on the troubles at Los Alamos over the last decade. Since the late 1990s, nuclear weapons scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory have faced an unanticipated threat to their work, from politicians and administrators whose reforms and management policies—enacted in the name of national security and efficiency—have substantially undermined the lab’s ability to function as an institution and to superintend the nuclear stockpile.”

Source: The Political Assault On Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos Fire Idles NSA Supercomputer

June 30th, 2011 06:52 admin View Comments


ygslash writes “Among the many facilities shut down since Monday at Los Alamos National Laboratory due to the approaching wildfire is Cielo, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. The National Security Administration’s three national laboratories -” Los Alamos, Sandia, and Lawrence Livermore -” all share computing time on Cielo, according to Associated Press.”

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Wildfire Threatens Los Alamos Labs

June 27th, 2011 06:08 admin View Comments


1sockchuck writes “A fast-moving wildfire has closed the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a Department of Energy facility responsible for weapons design and a vast array of research, as well as two of the world’s top supercomputers. Lab officials said all radioactive and hazardous material had been accounted for and protected.”

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