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Science and Tech News (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 30-September-2007  12:59:43 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Astronomers have detected a short lived radio blast originating 3 billion light years away, thanks Deeana. A new and intense type of radio burst has been discovered in archived views of the cosmos, astronomers revealed today. The single, short-lived blast of radio waves likely occurred some 3 billion light-years from Earth, and it may signal a cosmic car crash of two neutron stars, the death throes of a black hole—or something else.

NASA has teamed up with Imax for the use of a 3D camera accompanying Astronauts into space. Thanks to cooperation between NASA, IMAX Corporation, and Warner Bros. Pictures, the IMAX 3D camera is scheduled for a journey to the Hubble Space Telescope in 2008. The camera will accompany astronauts on mission STS-125 and capture film for a new production that will chronicle the telescope's life story. The film is set for release in early 2010 and marks Warner Bros. Pictures' first venture into space. "We are thrilled that people from around the world will experience this vital servicing mission from a front-row seat," said NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale. "Audiences will be mesmerized as they are transported to the distant galaxies of the universe."

India is set to launch an unmanned mission to the moon next April. India will launch a locally built rocket on the country's first unmanned mission to the moon next April, the head of the project said on Friday. "We have decided on April 9, but if there's any problem then we have launch windows in the following couple of days," M. Annadurai told Reuters. Despite limited funding, India operates an extensive space programme consisting of launch vehicles, satellites and data-processing centres.

Astronauts have reparked the Soyuz module attached to the International Space Station. Three astronauts living aboard the International Space Station (ISS) took a short trip Thursday to move their Russian-built lifeboat to a new parking spot. ISS Expedition 15 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineers Oleg Kotov and Clayton Anderson spent only 20 minutes flying their Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft between docking ports, but the successful move primed the station for the October arrival of its next crew.

Australia may join the US military satellite network. Australian involvement would enhance two-way wartime communications with the United States and increase the system's coverage and capacity worldwide, said a source familiar with the technology. The source said Australia would be the only US partner in the network. Russia and China have voiced concern over what they regard as tightening military ties among the United States, Japan and Australia, including for defence against ballistic missiles.

And finally, Deeana spotted this toilet flushing Lego robot. Using only parts from a standard NXT Mindstorms kit, Will Gorman rigged up a contraption that employs the ultrasonic sensor module to detect the presence and then absence of a bathroom-goer, and also features a dedicated button to perform a Rube Goldberg-esque manual flush. Keep on reading for a thankfully-SFW demo vid of the so-called "RoboFlush".

Thanks to Deeana who linked me to most of the articles here.

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