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Mystery space asteroid' set to pass close by earth, NASA says

  1. 1. h t t p : / / w w w. t e h r a n t i m e s . c o m / s c i e n c e SCI/TECH 9 TEHRAN TIMES INTERNATIONAL DAILY JANUARY 18, 2010 Google’s Android platform Mystery space ‘asteroid’ set to Birds ‘read numbers from poised to take on iPhone DENVER (Billboard) — One of the most important developments of the past 18 months has been the pass close by earth, NASA says A mystery space object, believed to be an asteroid, is set to left to right’ iPhone’s emergence as a breakthrough platform for pass close by the earth, NASA has said, as astronomers at- It is not just many humans who music applications. But thanks to Google’s Android tempt determine its origins. read numbers from left to right, a platform, Apple’s iPhone will face some meaningful NASA said it was more likely to be a tiny asteroid, one new study shows, birds do too. competition this year in the mobile music app market. of approximately 2 million such objects in near-Earth space The animals also appear to Unlike the iPhone, which is a device developed and such as this one pictured. learn better after a good night’s manufactured by one company, Android is a smart- The object, called 2010 AL30, is set to pass within 76,000 sleep, scientists have found. phone operating system offered to any phone manu- miles (122,000km) of the Earth, or just a third of the distance Researchers tested the reac- facturer that wants to build products around the tech- out to the moon, around lunchtime on Wednesday. tions of a group of adult Clark’s nology. Its discovery earlier this week has baffled scientists, with Nutcrackers and newborn chicks. In addition to integrating such popular Google serv- some astronomers speculating it may be space junk given its Shown a set of objects, the ices as Gmail and Google Maps, Android devices can width is similar to a man-made object. birds were all trained to pick out access the Android Market -- Google’s answer to Ap- NASA said it was more likely to be a tiny asteroid, one of the fourth one in a line, in re- ple’s App Store, where users can buy and download a approximately 2 million such objects in near-Earth space. turn for food. Initially the objects variety of mobile apps from a selection of third-party Measuring between 33 to 50 feet (10 to 15 meters) wide, were placed in a vertical line in developers. experts say it is too small to cause any damage to the earth. front of birds but when they had Music apps created for the iPhone have already The object, which will pass the earth at 1247 GMT, was successfully learned which to had a huge impact on digital music services. Such discovered by, NASA-funded Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid pick, the researchers changed access-based services as Pandora, Spotify and Rhap- Research program on Monday and pictured by the Austral- the test to lay the objects out in sody created free and fee-based apps for the iPhone ian Skylive-Grove Creek Observatory in Trunkey Creek, New a horizontal line. as their default portable option. Labels and recording South Wales. The birds continued to cor- artists have followed with custom iPhone apps of their Experts say professional astronomers will be able to see rectly count to four, reading from own. it shining with a brightness of a 14th-magnitude star similar left to right, the findings, pub- cause its orbital period is nearly identical to the Earth’s one That’s great for the 30 million-plus iPhone users. to that of Pluto in the constellations of Orion, Taurus, and year period, some have suggested it may be a manmade lished in the journal Biology Let- But developing mobile music apps for more than just Pisces. rocket stage in orbit about the sun,” he said. ters show. iPhone users will be critical if mobile access to dig- Italian scientists Ernesto Guido and Giovanni Sostero, “However, this object’s orbit reaches the orbit of Venus The team behind the re- ital music is to become mainstream. So far, Android from the Remanzacco Observatory, told Ria Novosti, the at its closest point to the sun and nearly out to the orbit of search, from Padua University phones have been a mere afterthought, capturing to Russian News Agency, that it had an orbital period of almost Mars at its furthest point, crossing the Earth’s orbit at a very in Italy, said that the results “in- date just 3.5 percent of the worldwide smart-phone exactly one year and might be a man-made object such as a steep angle. This makes it very unlikely that 2010 AL30 is a dicate for the first time a disposi- market compared with the 17 percent that the iPhone spent rocket booster. rocket stage. tion to map a number line from has harnessed, according to tech research and con- A NASA spokesman said the asteroid did not pose a risk “Furthermore, trajectory extrapolations show that this ob- left to right exists in non-human sulting firm Gartner. with stony asteroids under 25 meters in diameter more likely ject cannot be associated with any recent launch and it has … species.” This year, that’s expected to change. Not only will to “burn up in our atmosphere, causing little or no ground not made any close approaches to the Earth since well be- Sleep also helps birds to con- existing Android-based manufacturers like HTC, Mo- damage”. fore the Space Age began.” solidate information they have torola and Samsung increase production of sleek new He also dismissed claims it was a man-made object. “Be- (Source: Daily Telegraph) learned during the day, in the Android handsets in the months ahead, but LG Elec- same ways as it does with hu- tronics and Sony Ericsson will join them. mans, a separate study shows. By 2012, Android phones will be the second-larg- Flooding rains bring rare waterfalls to Australia’s Uluru Tests on starlings showed that they performed better in est smart-phone platform worldwide with 18 percent of the market, according to Gartner, second only to SYDNEY (AFP) — Heavy rains which flooded parts of Aus- said park manager Christine Burke. memory tests after a good Nokia. Gartner projects BlackBerry to rank third at tralia’s vast desert centre have brought rare waterfalls spilling “It’s a very exciting time at the park now to see what hap- night’s sleep. 13.9 percent, with the iPhone fourth with 13.6 per- from the iconic monolith Uluru, or Ayers Rocks, officials said pens after we have a good rain and it looks beautiful,” she told (Source: Daily Telegraph) cent. Saturday. state radio. The deluge, which swept across much of the continent’s Situated near the centre of the semi-arid Sturt Desert, Uluru Leading the drive is Motorola’s Droid, which is avail- east after a tropical cyclone last month, prompted a wave of typically receives little more than 12 inches of rain a year, and Electric car road able through Verizon Wireless. According to app ana- lytics firm Flurry, Verizon sold more than 250,000 Droid green in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home to the giant red rock. January is its hottest, driest month, with temperatures topping to 45 degrees Celsius (113 F). test planned for devices in the first week of availability, benefiting from a massive TV ad campaign. Time magazine named it “It’s something that a lot of people actually wouldn’t experi- ence, seeing the park at this time of year when it is green and Conditions are overcast, on average, just five days of the year. Uluru is a sacred part of Aboriginal tribes’ creation mythology Quebec the top gadget of the year. OTTAWA (Reuters) — Quebec’s the plants are really shooting and the flowers are coming out,” and one of the nation’s most recognisable landmarks. power utility is teaming up with Mitsubishi Motors to road test the LEDERLY Software will be the e-reader’s kingmaker performance of up to 50 all-elec- tric vehicles against the rigors of In my last post, I talked about the & Noble (Que) or Borders. the Canadian climate and meas- SHOWROOM AND display technology that makes e- readers possible .But the screen is only one part of what it will take to But there’s more to the device than the store, and the new devices at CES show how the software is changing in ure their infrastructure needs. The C$4.5 million ($4.4 million) project, which organizers say will SALESROOM make a successful market here. I’m convinced that, as in most cases other ways as well. Sony has been early with a touch screen device, its be Canada’s biggest trial yet of all-electric vehicles, is planned for this autumn near the Boucherville Leather, Suede these days, it’s the software that will drive the hardware and determine Reader Touch , which does seem to make navigating menus a bit easier. research facility of Hydro-Quebec, and Skin Clothes the eventual winners and losers in this market. The Que ProReader has a touch screen interface and a home screen the provincial government-owned electricity utility. A well-reputed brand for smart That’s where the Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle have had such that shows your calendar, your favorite publications, recently-added docu- “It will allow us to advance our knowledge of the technol- dressers in Iran and Worldwide a big lead over all their competitors ments, etc. It seems particularly de- ogy and its integration into our to date. The E-ink technology had signed for business documents, includ- grid, which in turn, will help us Globally reputable in the natural leather been out for a while, but it took Sony ing PDF files and Microsoft Office files, plan the necessary charging in- to make the device commercial, and will let you easily annotate files; and frastructure for homes, offices and suede-made clothes industry Amazon to wirelessly link the device with its online the company has deals with a number of publications, and public places,” said Thierry store; and that combination helped make this a real with a focus on business-related titles. Vandal, Hydro-Quebec’s chief Orders Accepted market. . The 10.7-inch screen lets those publications have executive. Address: Lederly Building, End of Gandhi Ave., Clearly, the store is still important. Amazon is pushing richer layouts than on earlier e-readers. But the down- Organizers said the road test Next to Hemmat expressway, Tehran its own, as are Barnes and Noble (with the Nook) and side is it will be expensive, at $689 for a 4GB version is the first to include a car manu- Sony. Nearly all the Android-based devices have access and Wi-Fi, and $799 for an 8GB version with 3G wire- facturer, public utility, municipal- Tel: 88882148 & 88672198 Fax: 88771357 to Google Books (typically for older, public domain ti- less. ity and local businesses, which tles), but several have content partnerships with Barnes (Source: PC Magazine) will integrate Mitsubishi i-MiEVs into existing fleets. Mitsubishi says its Innovative Electric Vehicle, or i-MiEV, is an all-electric, highway-capable, charge-at-home commuter car. Quebec was Canada’s first province to adopt California’s Arg. Steak-House strict auto emission standards. The new rules came into effect Prize Winner in 31st Intl. 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