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[NASA|National Aeronautic and Space Administration] is hosting a science education site covering planetary science and astronomy.
Shuttle’s [Korporate Perfect Cube (KPC)|http://us.shuttle.com/kpc/] is new sleek low power, low cost, low profile computer that comes with Foresight Linux and works great with Windows XP. Its integrated graphics chipset will even run Vista’s new Aero interface.
The College Board is cancelling the AP Computer Science AB test after the 08/09 year. There are currently two types of AP CS test: The A test, and the AB. The AB test includes all of the material in the A test, as well as more abstract topics.
YouTube is making a commercial-free zone on their popular video sharing site so that members of Congress can produce their messages cheaply while not breaking the prohibition against redirecting constituents to a commercial site.
Technology developed by Microsoft’s research lab in conjunction with University of Washington allows singers who do not play music to get their song ideas down quickly and easily.
Using underwater microphones and a bit of MIT smarts, a new low cost method of determining the speed of determining the speed of hurricanes.
After the long-standing practice of placing ad pages up for domains without an active web site, Network Solutions has upped the ante by doing the same to subdomains. Luckily, they allow an [opt out|http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080410-keeping-network-solutions-from-cashing-in-on-your-subdomains.html] for NS clients.
One of the best ways to reduce accidents in intersections is to lengthen the duration of the yellow light. However, several cities have been caught illegally decreasing the duration of the yellow light instead, to increase traffic violations, thus increasing revenue.
A new family of virus delivered trojan botnets called [Kraken|http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2008/04] is estimated to have infected 50 of the Fortune 500 companies and has a poor detection rate by conventional anti virus software.