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 Wednesday, 3-October-2007  03:57:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tomorrow marks 50 years since Sputnik 1 was launched, kicking off the space race between Russia and the USA. Today, Russia and the United States continue to lead the rest of the world in research and space flight. The two nations have put more than a hundred astronauts (not to mention plant seeds, fruit flies, and a dog named Laika) into space.

Tech Report have an enthusiast PSU roundup. So which power supplies are the quietest and the most efficient? More importantly, whose power is the cleanest? To find out, we've pushed 11 enthusiast-oriented PSUs to their limits through a brutal gauntlet of tests.

Pricing for Rock Band has been released. This is a multi-player, multi-instrument challenger to Guitar Hero. “Rock Band” garnered the official Best of Show award at E3. Its hook? It’s the first rhythm game to let players jointly play as a band, with one each on the mic, drums, lead guitar and bass.

PhysOrg report on the idea of using nanotube forests for cooling CPUs. This is another zillion-years-off technology but sounds interesting. The two engineers recently have shown how to grow forests of tiny cylinders called carbon nanotubes onto the surfaces of computer chips to enhance the flow of heat at a critical point where the chips connect to cooling devices called heat sinks.

Microsoft are unveiling a Web office suite called Office Live Workspace. PC users can upload Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, and use the site to e-mail friends or colleagues and invite them to read and add comments to those documents through a Web browser. However, if users want to edit the text, they must open the document using an installed copy of Microsoft Office. Jeez, that last part sounds like a coffin nail already. My wife has actually started using Google Docs recently and has found it a fantastic way to organise info between multiple locations and people.

PCPerspective have a guide to Athlon overclocking. This guide starts at the very beginning with definitions and descriptions of the how's and why's of overclocking and walks the user through a typical BIOS overclock. For anyone just starting out with overclocking or even the more experienced users, this guide will definitely be a great starting point!

LegionHW took a look at performance in the Clive Barker's Jericho demo, which you can grab here on AusGamers Files. Meanwhile Bjorn3D did a similar thing with World in Conflict. A week ago the game World in Conflict was released and this is yet another RTS that offers excellent visuals with lots of effects that all work together to bring your computer to its knees.

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