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 Friday, 1-August-2008  16:00:29 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

NASA says it has proof that water exists on Mars, after further tests on ice found on the planet in June by the Phoenix Mars Lander. Dr Boynton says traces of water have only been observed from a distance before by the Mars orbiter."But we've now finally touched it and tasted it. That's one thing that hasn't been done before and I'd like to say from my standpoint, it tastes very fine, I'm very glad to be in this position". Discussion on the forum.

Scientists at MIT have come up with a new fuel cell process that mimics the way plants store the sun's rays, overcoming a major barrier to large-scale solar power: storing energy for use when the sun doesn't shine. Inspired by the photosynthesis performed by plants, Nocera and Matthew Kanan, a postdoctoral fellow in Nocera's lab, have developed an unprecedented process that will allow the sun's energy to be used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases.

Tom's Hardware compare Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI based Motherboards. Nvidia's history left us expecting little in the way of improvements from its 790i series chipsets. But we were in for a surprise. In spite of its antiquated 90 nm production process, the new northbridge features a fully modernized design.

QuakeCon 2008, the world's premier multiplayer gaming event is happening right now in Dallas, Texas. QuakeCon isn’t just a gaming event, many of the world’s hottest technology companies are there to demonstrate their products and meet their customers. You can find coverage on GameSpy, MaximumPC and Shacknews.

Dan answers questions about Memory access patterns, de-gooping a CPU, measuring the thickness of one's pipe, and mysterious LCD resolutions. His latest letter can be found here.

TweakTown have a simple guide to buying blu-ray movies from overseas. Where the good ole' DVD is no longer bound by region locked woes, Blu-ray still is. TweakTown assists you bypassing this issue.

Dell made a statement earlier this week regarding Nvidia's mobile graphics chip issue, now Hewlett Packard has released a list of affected notebook models, which may have defective GPUs from Nvidia. A list of notebooks and links can be found here.

Some random time wasters: Amorphous+, 3D Logic, Bollix and Orange Runner.

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