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 Sunday, 10-May-2009  23:47:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Space Shuttle Atlantis has the green light for launch tomorrow (Monday). Veteran astronaut Scott Altman will command the final space shuttle mission to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and retired Navy Capt. Gregory C. Johnson will serve as pilot. This mission had been delayed since September to allow extra repairs to be made to Hubble. Because of the difficulty of getting a stranded Shuttle from Hubble to the ISS in the event of a problem, Endeavour is also positioned for launch in case a rescue is required.

HWZone have a browser showdown. With growing complexity of the web and its rich media content, Internet browsers are ever-changing to keep up with both technical and personal needs. We check out the latest builds of IE, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome to see how they are shaping up in compatibility, features and performance. Cue the fanboy flamewars!

Wired have a little more on the new Wolfram|Alpha search engine, which could end up being surprisingly good news for Google. It seriously needs a more catchy name, though.

TrustedReviews have a headphone roundup. Welcome to the third and probably last of our full-sized headphone round-ups, covering established classics that - whether new or old - are widely considered to be the best in their price-range.

TechReport went and spoke to GlobalFoundries, the chip foundry spinoff from AMD. Although much is new about GlobalFoundries, including the company's name and mission, key parts will be familiar to industry observers, because they include many assets and personnel formerly from AMD. Those assets include two chip fabrication plants in Dresden, Germany.

DigitalTrends have an article about home servers. Over the last couple of weeks, I've been testing three new home servers, two from HP and a potential revolutionary concept called a nano-plug server.

From slipkord: A team of coders at the Georgia Institute of Technology used the open-source Atari 2600 emulator Stella and tweaked its graphics routines to successfully emulate the visual characteristics of CRTs on today's LCD screens - including effects such as RF noise, phosphor glow-induced afterimages, colour-bleeding between scanlines and sprite edges. The GIT team is working closely with the Stella developers in order to get their modifications incorporated into the official Stella release.

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