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SlashGear 101: Spaceflight

SlashGear 101: Spaceflight

It's said that what's so amazing about spaceflight is that how fast man has accomplished it. It took less than 60 years from the time that the Wright Brothers stretched their wings at Kitty Hawk to when Yuri Gregarin became the first man to orbit the earth. Less than nine years after that, Neil Armstrong to that one small step, putting man on the moon by the end of the decade. Since then, manned space flight has be confined to low earth orbit, but man has reached far outside it's solar system with various unmanned probes which have reached the boundaries of interstellar space. So what is spaceflight, how risky is it and is it worth the billions spent every year by taxpayers? This SlashGear 101 will answer some of those questions.

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APU Heaters cause of Shuttle launch delay …

APU Heaters cause of Shuttle launch delay …

NASA engineers have identified a failure in the power switching box of a primary auxiliary power unit as the culprit of last Friday's scrubbed final launch of the Shuttle Endeavor. The "aft load control assembly," is a box of switches that manages the heating to fuel lines and prevents them from freezing in the cold of space. With it's required replacement and testing, NASA will be unable to resume the launch countdown on Tuesday as the space agency had hoped. It is now expected that the final flight of the Shuttle Endeavor will not occur until at least May 8th.

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A lack of funding disconnects SETI

A lack of funding disconnects SETI

What if you were all dressed up and no place to go? Sadly, that's the quandary the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is facing. With a severe shortage of funds for daily operation, SETI has been forced to shut down it's $50 million listening post near Mount Lassen in California. And the timing couldn't be worse, since astronomers recently found over 1200 new planets nearby, many in the so-called "habitable zone" where conditions are ideal to support life.

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NETGEAR launches N750 Dual Band router

NETGEAR launches N750 Dual Band router

NETGEAR has launched a new Router which offers dual band wireless transmission at up to 750 megabits per second. Named the NETGEAR N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router, the router transmits data simultaneously over both wireless N bands with up to 450mbps in the 5Ghz band and 300mbps in the more crowded 2.4 Ghz band. In addition, the N750 offers a wide range of parental controls and even a broadband usage meter for those concerned with data caps. And with DLNA media server support, the router can handle HD video, music, and photos and stream them to any DLNA enabled television or game console on the network.

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Yuri’s Night celebrates Gagarin’s 50th Anniversary of orbiting the earth

Yuri’s Night celebrates Gagarin’s 50th Anniversary of orbiting the earth

Fifty years ago today, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to see the earth from orbit. Riding aboard the Soviet Vostok 3KA-3, Gagarin lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on April 12, 1961. His flight lasted a little under two hours ... just enough time to orbit the earth once. He then reentered the earth's atmosphere and at an altitude of about ll 7 km Gagarin ejected from the Vostok capsule and parachuted to safety. Gagarin landed in a farm field and asked a local farmer if he could borrow the phone to call Moscow. And the rest is history ...

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Google ups father of Android to Senior VP in executive shakeup

Google ups father of Android to Senior VP in executive shakeup

Andy Rubin, the man who shepherded Android into the powerhouse OS it is today has been promoted to Senior Vice President for Google. The move came as Larry Page began to streamline the executive structure to make it leaner, meaner, and thinking more like the start-up it began as. Rubin, made headlines recently by dispelling rumors that Android would be getting locked down as an OS, stating that Google is committed to Android as an open source platform. And Rubin's promotion to one of seven senior vice presidents reporting directly to Page means that Google's commitment to Android is at the heart of their corporate governance right behind search.

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Dell 10 inch Windows 7 tablet delayed

Dell 10 inch Windows 7 tablet delayed

The launch date for Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 based tablet looks to slip until the fall according to industry analysts. Nobody knows why the 10-inch tablet won't make it's debut until at least September, but it's certainly going to spell doom for Dell taking advantage of the back to school run-up. Dell is planning to position the 10-inch as a business grade tablet anyway, so they not feel the urgency to make the back to school window, instead focusing on the Holiday crowd instead.

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Microsoft develops phone app that creates 3D models

Microsoft develops phone app that creates 3D models

Some may have issues with Windows, and the Zune may get a few snickers. But Microsoft's R&D arm is always thinking outside the box and creating killer apps that are just plain fun to play with. And their latest gem is a phone app that can create a 3D model out of a series of cellphone camera photographs.

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Amazon Android tablet rumors won’t go away

Amazon Android tablet rumors won’t go away

It started innocently enough. Amazon published a job listing looking for Android developers for their Kindle division. That led to speculation that maybe the Kindle was going to evolve into an Android based ebook reader ala the NOOKcolor. And with devs taking the NOOKcolor and rooting it into a full fledged and very affordable Android Tablet, people started to see the possibilities even more. And then the Amazon Store for Android was announced and the rumors started to gather steam.

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Nokia readying 4 Windows Phone 7 handsets, MeeGo tablet rumored

Nokia readying 4 Windows Phone 7 handsets, MeeGo tablet rumored

Nokia looks to be hitting the ground running with up to four Windows Phone 7 handsets already in the R&D pipeline. The Phones are rumored to be based on Nokia's "Chasis 1" with a 1Ghz processor and capacitive touch screens. The other two mid range phones will be worked into "Chasis 2" with a slower 800 Mhz processor and resistive screens. In addition, Nokia's rumored Windows tablet entry won't be out until 2012 and will feature a full version of Windows 8, rather than the lean and mean Phone mobile OS. But others think that MeeGo isn't dead and may find a home in the tablet interface.

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