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Power Generation in Space

A clever idea: generate power in space where it's very efficient, and beam it back down to Earth. That's what the Japanese want to spend $21 billion to accomplish.

Sounds like a space laser in disguise to me! I love it.

by Christopher Heiser on September 12 20:21

Turing

I'm happy to learn that, in no small part to pressure from the internets that Prime Minister Gordon Brown officially apologized for the "appalling" treatment of codebreaker genius Alan Turing. Probably the first true computer scientist, Turing was instrumental in breaking the German Enigma code machine which most historians agree was a major turning point in the second world war.

Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for being gay and stripped of his government clearances. He was "treated" for his homosexuality through an experimental chemical castration procedure. He committed suicide two years later.

Gordon Brown wrote in the Telegraph:

While Mr Turing was dealt with under the law of the time and we can't put the clock back, his treatment was of course utterly unfair and I am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him...[s]o on behalf of the British government, and all those who live freely thanks to Alan's work I am very proud to say: we're sorry, you deserved so much better.

Perhaps a small measure of peace to his memory.

by Christopher Heiser on September 12 20:04

Remove Tin Foil Hats, Please

An Indian moon survey returned images of the Apollo 15 landing site. Or they were photoshopped, hard to say...

by Christopher Heiser on September 12 19:48

New Photography

Open-source, fully-programmable camera hardware? Sign me up!

by Christopher Heiser on September 12 19:46

The Auto Industry At-Home Game

Trying to keep track of the bankruptcies, sales, mergers, and liquidations in the auto industry? This handy chart should help:

by Christopher Heiser on September 12 19:31

True

Courtesy of Jim!

by Christopher Heiser on September 12 17:10

McLaren's New Supercar

At Frankfurt last week McLaren finally revealed their new supercar, MP4-12C, their first such car since the McLaren F1 over a decade ago. It's not nearly as extreme as the F-1, but has some very impressive features. Can't wait to see this compared against the Gallardo and the upcoming 458 Italia.

by Christopher Heiser on September 12 17:09
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