I know this isn’t sci-fi related, bt it’s good news. Most people who’ve taken University level math classes in recent years have stumbled across MathWorld, an excellent online resource. It disappeared due to legal entanglements, but now it’s back, just in time for me to finish a real analysis assignment…
Every year, the Ig Nobel prizes are awarded to
researchers who do studies that cannot or should
not be repeated. A complete list of winners,
gleaned from this
official page, is reproduced below. You’ll
need to go to the official page for the
hyperlinks to their publications to work. The
winner of the Literature award should be the only
person allowed to advertise on Usenet, IMHO.
Since you won’t hear a peep out of the so-called “mainstream media”, I thought I’d hook y’all up with the info you deserve.
While the rest of us snoozed in our beds, NASA put a whole mess of hardware into space. Atlantis’ mission: Add a much-needed Airlock to the ever-growing station. This will be the first of several assembly missions that will require the new station arm (nicknamed “The Big Arm”) to snatch the payload from the orbiter and assemble itself. The Big Arm had been malfunctioning (thus delaying this launch), but it appears to have corrected itself.
What’s more, they’re in a bit of a hurry. Water lines in the new airlock will freeze if they can’t get it installed withing 10 hours of leaving the shuttle’s cargo bay.
Good luck kids!
In related shuttle news, NASA is apparently considering mothballing Columbia, the first space-worthy shuttle. Due to a projected budget shortfall of about $800 million over the next six years, NASA’s looking for ways to cut costs.
:::Insert sound of PC hitting every step in the stairwell:::
Too bad the mainstream press doesn’t give a damn about these events. Each and every one of these is a major engineering feat but, sadly, we take them for granted.
I’m still miffed that the first woman commander’s mission (one that actually had several major problems including a main engine failure) was buried by the press in favor of coverage of JFK’s spoiled son and his poor choice of a landing strip.
Sound off yourselves! What do you think about NASA’s current state, goals, and future? Should we spend more time going to the moon? Mars? Whatever!
Below, I’ve posted a big email received via the still-going-strong
SF-News mailing list. Short version: In response, perhaps,
to the joys of Napster, a company called CableLabs is
trying to push through a system to copy-protect broadcast
and cable TV signals. The spooky ramifications are expounded
upon, and it’s not at all pretty.
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