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Glaciers on Mars?

Posted by baffa on Nov 07, 2004 - 05:00 PM
According to Nature: "The Mars Express spacecraft has returned stunning images of mountains and valleys that show signs of past volcanic activity, and suggest that glaciers once shaped the red planet's surface."

OpenBSD 3.6 Released

Posted by baffa on Nov 03, 2004 - 05:20 PM
The OpenBSD project have released version 3.6 containing significant new features such as: SMP support for i386 and amd64 archs, better hotplug support, and more recent hardware support. for a full list of changes consult the 3.6 changelog.

ELT Science Case Meeting

Posted by baffa on Nov 02, 2004 - 10:00 AM
The Thirth ELT Science Case Meeting will be held at Florence, Italy, on 8-10 November 2004. The goals of this meeting are to discuss the exciting scientific drivers for an ELT and to work towards a quantitative science case and requirements document.

Marseille Fifth International Conference

Posted by baffa on Oct 28, 2004 - 09:29 AM
The Marseille Fifth International Conference, titled The fabulous destiny of galaxies :
Bridging past and present
, wil be held on 20-24 June 2005 in Marseille, France.

Cassini Titan Flyby

Posted by baffa on Oct 27, 2004 - 09:00 AM
On october 26th the Cassini spacecraft had finally do its first flyby of Titan, the first of 46 such flybys planned for the coming years. Data, images and even sounds are starting to arrive.

IAU Colloquium on Near-Field Cosmology

Posted by baffa on Oct 15, 2004 - 12:10 AM
The IAU Colloquium No. 198 on Near-Field Cosmology with Dwarf Elliptical Galaxies will be held at Les Diablerets, Switzerland, on 14 - 18 March 2005

Which HW/SW is used in Astronomy?

Posted by baffa on Oct 14, 2004 - 05:46 PM
Skysoft Team (, in collaboration with N.Caon, from IAC (, has launched a campaign to collect and to make available on the WEB, data on which hardware and software is used in astronomical institutions. We think these data can be very useful to EDP professional planning future developments.
People willing to collaborate with their institute data, can fill this form and send the result, by mail, to Skysoft team or to N.Caon.

Real Time Internet VLBI

Posted by baffa on Oct 11, 2004 - 11:22 AM
The European VLBI Network and the Arecibo Observatory have used the internet to make a real-time transatlantic synthesis telescope.

SpaceShipOne got X Prize

Posted by baffa on Oct 08, 2004 - 12:18 PM
SpaceShipOne's second flight on 4/10/2004 was a success: the craft successfully launching from mothership White Knight and returning safely about 20 minutes later. If the flight is certified to have reached the X Prize's target height (100 Km), it will win the $10 million purse.

Heat it to Make Solid

Posted by baffa on Oct 01, 2004 - 01:35 PM

Comparing Linux Compilers

Posted by baffa on Sep 27, 2004 - 01:43 PM
Scott Robert Ladd posted a comparison of recent GCC versions with Intel C++ 8.1. This new comparison is the first of an ongoing series that tracks the quality of Linux compilers.

User Guide to Using the Linux Desktop

Posted by baffa on Sep 25, 2004 - 12:00 AM
The International Open-Source Network published a desktop manual aimed at end-users with little prior knowledge of PCs. Some translation are in progress.

Conference on Low-mass stars and brown dwarfs.

Posted by baffa on Sep 25, 2004 - 12:00 AM
On October 17 - 19, 2004, a Conference on Low-mass stars and brown dwarfs: IMF, accretion and activity will be held at Volterra, an ancient etrurian city in the heart of Tuscany, Italy.

Exceptional Astronomical Seeing Conditions

Posted by baffa on Sep 16, 2004 - 10:32 AM
A paper published in Nature today reports on the exceptional astronomical seeing conditions at Dome C (Coral link) in Antarctica.

Genesis capsule destroyed

Posted by baffa on Sep 08, 2004 - 07:02 PM
As reported by Nasa, the Genesis sample return capsule's drogue and parafoil did not deploy as expected and the capsule crashed on desert.
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