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White space broadband to be finalized (at last) this month
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 03 September 2010 17:34

From ARS Technica

"White spaces" broadband has been in hibernation—the rules governing unlicensed use in empty TV channels have never been finalized, and therefore no devices have yet appeared. This despite the fact that the idea was approved under previous FCC Chairman Kevin Martin in 2008.

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Youth in Asian Countries Forgetting How to Write
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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 02 September 2010 18:22

From Daily Tech

"Character Amnesia" result of computer-culture surge.

A recent survey indicates that the tech-savvy young people of China and Japan are experiencing a crisis of sorts. Thanks to their constant use of computers and mobile phones, many are becoming dependent on alphabet-based input systems and are starting to forget characters used in their ancient writing forms.

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Leading Climate Change Skeptic Recants, Wants $100B to Fight Warming
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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 18:41

From Daily Tech

A well-known climate change skeptic has changed his mind regarding the importance of global warming, and in his new book, he is urging the spending of over $100 billion annually to help fight warming.

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Self-cleaning solar panels field-tested on Mars
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 17:52

From C/Net news

Cleaning an array of thousands of solar panels could be done with a mini shock wave, rather than manually washing each one, according to a researcher.

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FCC Says Average Cable Internet Customer Gets Half Advertised Speed
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Written by Daniel   
Monday, 23 August 2010 17:32

From Daily Tech

Broadband providers like Comcast advertise high connection speeds, but their actual speeds far fall short -- typically coming in at about half the advertised speed. 
Apparently there's little truth in advertising when it comes to broadband

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Reexamining nothing: is the vacuum of space really empty?
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 16:51

From ARS Technica

Quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theory that describes the strong nuclear force, is odd even by quantum mechanical standards. QCD dictates that, unlike pretty much any other particle, when you pull apart two quarks—the constituent particles of hadrons and one of the base particles of QCD—the energy between them does not decrease. Instead, it increases, a property known as confinement. This means that if you pulled hard enough on two bound quarks, the energy between them could become so great that it would cause a quark-antiquark pair to pop into existence and alleviate the strain.

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