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  • High School Students Develop Linux Imaging and Help Desk Software
    By on January 26, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “A Pennsylvania school district is going Linux and building an open source high school with the help of student technology apprentices. As part of a 1:1 laptop learning program, 1725 high school students at Penn Manor School District are receiving new laptops running Ubuntu and open source software exclusively. Central to the program is a student help desk where student programmers created a Linux multicast imaging system (more…)

  • New CO2 Harvester Could Help Scrub the Air
    By on January 10, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    sciencehabit sends this excerpt from ScienceNOW: “Researchers in California have produced a cheap plastic capable of removing large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air. Down the road, the new material could enable the development of large-scale batteries and even form the basis of ‘artificial trees’ that lower atmospheric concentrations of CO2 in an effort to stave off catastrophic climate change.”

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  • Carrier Trick To Save IPv4 Could Help Spammers
    By on December 18, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Julie188 writes “As public IPv4 addresses dwindle and carriers roll out IPv6, a new problem has surfaced. We have to move through a gray phase where the only new globally routable addresses we can get are IPv6, but most public content we want to reach is still IPv4. Multiple-layers of NAT will be required to sustain the Internet for that time, perhaps for years. But use of Large Scale NAT (LSN) systems by service providers will cause problems for (more…)

  • New and Old Experiments Combine To Help the Search For Life On Mars
    By on September 3, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    jamie sends in a story about an unexpected finding by the Phoenix Mars Lander which has shed new light on experiments done by the Viking landers back in 1976. The Viking experiments found traces of chlorine compounds that were interpreted to be the result of contamination from cleaning fluids on Earth. In 2008, an experiment done by Phoenix found percholates in the soil, which came as a surprise to researchers. After doing tests on similar soil from (more…)

  • Could Crowdsourcing Help the SEC Detect Fraud?
    By on August 11, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “The SEC failed to catch Bernie Madoff largely because they are understaffed (a fact the SEC itself has admitted), under-funded, and simply lack the resources to adequately investigate his activities. Undoubtedly, there were other smaller incidents of fraud that have gone unpunished because of this deficiency. To solve this egregious issue, NERA Economic Consulting proposed crowdsourcing, the concept behind Wikipedia’s existence. (more…)

  • Finding Open Source Projects Looking For Help?
    By on July 5, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    aus writes “I’ve been doing web development for about 10 years now. It’s been very good to me, but I want to do more that write HTML, PHP, Javascript and CSS. Since the job market isn’t all that great right now in the US, it would seem that volunteering some time on an open source project would give me the satisfaction I’m looking for. The problem is finding a project that wants/needs help that I would also be interested in. I’ve tried browsing around (more…)

  • Would Sanctions Imposed on Israel Help Palestinians? – TIME
    By on February 16, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The country’s defense minister has repeated a familiar prophecy but there is unlikely to be movement in the peace process unless the status quo changes.