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NASA's Swift satellite has beamed back a new image of Andromeda, our neighboring galaxy, in one of the highest-resolution views of a spiral galaxy ever attained in the ultraviolet, the agency announced this week (click on the image below for the full version).

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Human BrainReports have been coming in from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories that researchers have developed a system that can "reconstruct the images inside a person’s mind and display them on a computer monitor."

It seems that the scientists were able to reconstruct various images viewed by a person just by analyzing changes in their cerebral blood flow. In the process using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, the researchers at first mapped the blood flow changes that occurred in the cerebral visual cortex as subjects viewed various images held in front of their eyes. Subjects were shown 400 random 10 x 10 pixel black-and-white images for a period of 12 seconds each. While the fMRI machine monitored the changes in brain activity, a computer crunched the data and learned how to associate the various changes in brain activity with the different image designs being viewed.

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Battlestar Galactica PC Here's a PC case mod that is truly to die for if your a 'Battlestar Galactica' fan. This is a liquid-cooled work of art that has a numerous video screens, a side window hidden by a servo-controlled door, and a slot-loading DVD drive that lets you see its disc spinning through its semi-transparent front.

We are totally awed by the LED-lighted landing bay on top, it's set and ready to accommodate a squadron of Mark VII vipers...

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Zeno When roboticist David Hanson thinks of the future, he fears that man will accidentally create a super-sentient artificial intelligence that is heartless and clinically insane. So to save the world, he formed Hanson Robotics and built Zeno, a 17-inch robot boy, who smiles, laughs, recognizes your face and remembers your name. Fending off the end of the world may be a heavy mantle to hang on the shoulders of a 17-inch robot that's still in prototype stage, but Hanson does call Zeno the superhero of the singularity...

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Key ocean mission goes into orbit A space mission that will be critical to our understanding of climate change has launched from California.

The Jason-2 satellite will become the primary means of measuring the shape of the world's oceans, taking readings with an accuracy of better than 4cm.

Its data will track not only sea level rise but reveal how the great mass of waters are moving around the globe...

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New 'lookouts' for climate change Corries high in the Scottish mountains are to become "lookout posts" in an effort to better monitor the effects of climate change Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is leading the Snowbed Project... Read more...

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