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Firefox 4 RC vs. IE 9 RC: The First Duel

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“Mozilla posted the first builds of the Release Candidate of Firefox on its FTP servers: Time for a first comparison with IE9 RC, its main rival. How fast is Mozilla’s Firefox 4 RC1?

At the time of this writing, Mozilla’s Firefox 4 RC has not been released, at least not officially. However, the first build of the release candidate was available openly for some time last Friday and we accepted the invitation to take a closer look.

According to Mozilla’s developer posts, the Firefox team does not expect to make any more changes to the code of the posted RC (build1) and release it as the final version in the near future. In fact, the version posted on Mozilla’s FTP server was built from the Firefox 4.0 beta 13-pre builds based on the Mozilla 2.0 core. The version number of the browser tested in this article is “4.0″ and not “4.0 RC”. We feel confident that the browser on our computers is the version that will be released early in the week as Firefox 4.0 RC.”

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SurfSens – the Computing Surfboard

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“In an activity that for many of its participants is akin to a religion, the merging of surfing and technology might seem a bit like blasphemy.

But while surfing is still about lifestyle for many of us, these days it’s also a competitive sport offering huge amounts of prize money, so it’s no surprise to see the emergence of boards packing more than just polyurethane within their fiberglass shells.

With the aim of “turning feelings into facts and figures”, research company Tecnalia and Spanish surfboard manufacturer Pukas have teamed up to create a surfboard that packs a gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS compass, pressure sensors and strain gauges to measure the flex of the board – but no headlights.”

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The Dark Cave of the Moon

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“India’s space agency announced it had discovered an enormous volcanic cave under the surface of the moon, in the midst of analyzing 3D images taken last year by the lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1.

Thanks in large part to its stable climate, the cave could provide suitable housing for humans who want to further explore the moon. Here’s a brief guide to this groundbreaking discovery:

How big is this thing? The cave, which was formed from “ancient volcanic lava flows,” is more than one mile long and 393 feet wide — big enough to “contain a small lunar city or a secret Nazi base with a few thousand UFOs,” says Jesus Diaz at Gizmodo.

It’s far bigger than what was previously the largest-known hole on the moon, which is 213 feet across and 289 feet deep, and was discovered by the Japanese Space agency Jaxa in 2009.”

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Printing Food

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“An engineering lab and a culinary school have teamed up to construct novel edible objects with 3D printers that use pureed foods in place of ink.

Miniature space shuttles made of ground scallops and cheese are among the masterpieces that had already been made using 3D food printers designed by the computational synthesis laboratory at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

The lab is collaborating with the New York City-based French Culinary Institute to make new edible creations through a project called fab@home.

The printer precisely squirts out a paste made of pureed foods to create a 3D object, such as this stack of raw turkey around a cube of celery. (French Culinary Institute/Cornell University)”It lets you do complex geometries with food that you could never do by hand,” said Jeffrey Lipton, a researcher and graduate student at the lab.”

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