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  • BitTorrent Launches Project Maelstrom, the First Torrent-Based Browser
    By on December 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes BitTorrent today announced the first torrent-based browser. Project Maelstorm, as the app is currently called, is being made available as an invite-only alpha to “a small group of testers.” Although BitTorrent is in the very early stages of the project (testers are being asked to help assess for usability and reliability), the company strongly believes Maelstrom “is the first step toward a truly distributed web, one that (more…)

  • China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission
    By on October 31, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    China’s Chang’e 5-T1 mission to the moon has not only taken some beautiful pictures of the Earth from the craft’s perspective (hat tip to reader Taco Cowboy) but as of Friday evening (continental U.S. time) returned a capsule to Earth. (The capsule landed in Inner Mongolia.) From the linked article: Prior to re-entering the Earths atmosphere, the unnamed probe was travelling at 11.2 kilometres per second (25,000 miles per hour), a speed that can generate (more…)

  • What Came First, Black Holes Or Galaxies?
    By on July 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    StartsWithABang (3485481) writes “It was one of the most hotly contested questions for decades: we first expected and then found supermassive black holes at the centers of practically all large galaxies. But how did they get there? In particular, you could imagine it happening either way: either there was this top-down scenario, where large-scale structures formed first and fragmented into galaxies, forming black holes at their centers afterwards, (more…)

  • Watson in first-round Brisbane exit
    By on December 31, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Britain’s Heather Watson loses 6-4 6-3 to Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the Brisbane International.


  • African Soil Mapped For the Very First Time
    By on May 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    vikingpower writes “A team of international experts has drawn up the Soil Atlas of Africa — the first such book mapping this key natural resource — to help farmers, land managers and policymakers understand the diversity and importance of soil and the need to manage it through sustainable use. A joint commission of the African Union and the European Union has produced a complete atlas of African soils, downloadable as three hefty PDFs (more…)

  • Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample
    By on February 10, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    littlesparkvt writes “NASA’s Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • Valve Reveals First Month of Steam Linux Gains
    By on January 6, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes with news that Valve has updated its Hardware & Software Survey for December 2012, which reflects the first month of the platform being available for Linux. Even though the project is still in a beta test, players on Ubuntu already account for 0.8% of Steam usage. The 64-bit clients for Ubuntu 12.10 and 12.04.1 showed about double the share of the 32-bit versions. MacOS use also showed growth, rising to about 3.7%. Windows (more…)

  • VIDEO: Storey revels in first GB gold
    By on August 31, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Sarah Storey shares her joy after cruising to the Paralympic gold medal in the women’s C5 individual pursuit.


  • IBM Makes First Racetrack Memory Chip
    By on December 6, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    holy_calamity writes “For several years, we’ve followed the progress of IBM’s revolutionary ‘racetrack’ memory, which stores data inside nanowires for several years. Now Big Blue has made the first prototype integrated onto a single chip, using the CMOS processing technique used in commercial chip fabs. It’s still a research prototype, but goes some way to validate IBM’s claim that the technology could be commercialized.”


  • First Android Device Certified For DoD Personnel
    By on October 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    aneroid writes “The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has certified its first secure mobile device running Android 2.2 — the Dell Streak 5. It is certified for use in the Defense Department’s secure but unclassified communications. ‘Although the Streak 5 is no longer available commercially, Dell is supplying it to DOD because the military likes the form factor,’ said John Marinho, director of Dell enterprise mobility solutions. (more…)