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Philips presents working LED lightbulb prototypes.

If only these were on sale now....
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Voyager 1 reaches the edge of the solar system

'"VOYAGER 1 has entered the final lap of the race to interstellar space," exults Edward Stone. And this time he is sure that the spacecraft he helped launch nearly 30 years ago has finally reached the very fringes of our solar system.

Voyager 1 was supposed to have reached this milestone nearly three years ago but the evidence was inconclusive. Now it has officially crossed the "termination shock", the region where the speed of the solar wind drops abruptly from supersonic to subsonic, and has entered the shell of dense solar wind called the heliosheath that separates our solar system from interstellar space. "This is big news," says Eric Christian, the programme leader for Voyager 1 at NASA's headquarters in Washington DC.'

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Countdown to Star Trek: The Motion Picture hasn't started yet, but we're getting closer....
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From Japan Today

MAEBASHI — An environment machinery maker has developed a robot that can be ridden and maneuvered like one in the animation series Mobile Suit Gundam, the company employee in charge of the development said Sunday.

The single-seat Land Walker robot, which is 3.4 meters high and weighs 1 ton, can be made to walk forward and backward or sideways at 1.5 kilometers per hour by operating four pedals, and to shoot sponge bullets from two air guns installed beside the cockpit, said Masaaki Nagumo of Sakakibara Kikai Co. based in the village of Shinto in Gunma Prefecture. Nagumo, 32, developed the product over two years almost all by himself as he wanted to develop a robot that could be driven and operated to move like Gundam. (Kyodo News)


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