23 Jul 2012
NASA's Cassini radar images show river networks draining into lakes in Titan's northern polar region. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/USGS

The thick and hazy atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, may hide a geological past similar to erosion seen on Earth according to a new study. 

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville studied images of Titan taken from the Cassini spacecraft and have investigated the erosion of its terrain over millions of years by rivers of liquid methane.

23 Jul 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast #19: Bursting with Fruit Flavor Recorded on July 23rd, 2012

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Windows 8 gets a general release date, Office 2013 Preview is ready for download, Yahoo gets hacked, AT&T announces Mobile Share, the Ouya Android console, Bionic eyes and more.

19 Jul 2012

Microsoft Office 2013 (Office 15) was unveiled officially on Monday by CEO Steve Ballmer at a conference in San Francisco.  It was revealed it is only compatible with PCs, tablets or laptops which are running either Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Systems which run Vista, XP or older versions of Windows will not be able to run the software.  This implies that nearly half of all computers running Windows will need an upgrade to get Office 2013.  This is a move by Microsoft to probably entice users to get Windows 8.  Though most organizations are probably still working on getting to Windows 7 and Office 2010.

17 Jul 2012
SKYLON, a concept space-plane from Reaction Engines Ltd., is a reusable single stage-to-orbit launch vehicle that uses revolutionary new engine technology.

Astrium Space Transportation and OHB AG will lead the design of a new heavy-lift vehicle for the European Space Agency (ESA).  This following a bidding war that included a third bidder, Reaction Engines Ltd. of Britain according to ESA director General Jean-Jacques Dordain.  This British bidder is a company that for more than 10 years has been designing a space plane called Skylon using a radical new single-stage engine design.

17 Jul 2012

In what could be viewed as an odd move, Autodesk, known for CAD software has agreed to buy Socialcam.  The deal is worth about $60 million according to both companies.  The deal is expected to close within 30 days.

17 Jul 2012

We are now reaching that point in time where we are beginning to see more devices that help the blind see, particularly in the area of bionics.  Such implants restore vision to blind individuals but only if the blindness was due to a faulty retina, such as with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or other degenerative eye disease.  Examples of these bionics are the Argus II and Bio-Retina.

16 Jul 2012

Microsoft is holding a press conference on Microsoft Office 2013 and related products.

Watch the event below (and archive of it).

16 Jul 2012

If you are getting excited for the forthcoming Mars Curiosity rover landing and the Seven Minutes of Terror that will precede the touchdown, then head over to your Xbox 360 and get Mars Rover Landing.  The free game requires a Kinect Motion controller and will test your skills on safely landing the Curiosity rover.

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