Friday, September 13, 2002

1)
From:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2251386.stm

New 'moon' found around Earth
An amateur astronomer may have found another moon of the Earth. Experts say it may have only just arrived.
Much uncertainty surrounds the mysterious object, designated J002E3. It could be a passing chunk of rock captured by the Earth's gravity, or it could be a discarded rocket casing coming back to our region of space.
It was discovered by Bill Yeung, from his observatory in Arizona, US, and reported as a passing Near-Earth Object.
It was soon realised, however, that far from passing us, it was in fact in a 50-day orbit around the Earth.

Earth's new 'moon' is space junk - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2253385.stm

Earth's second one is called Cruithne. It was discovered in 1986 and it takes a convoluted horseshoe path around our planet as it is tossed about by the Earth's and the Moon's gravity.

MORE AT:
http://burtleburtle.net/bob/physics/cruithne.html

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3) From:
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/253/business/
Intel_chip_to_include_antipiracy_features+.shtml

Intel chip to include antipiracy features
Bracing itself for another potential fight with computer privacy advocates, Intel Corp. said yesterday that its next generation of microchips, due next year, would include anti-piracy features that will protect computers against hackers and viruses while giving digital publishers powerful new tools to control the use of their products.
The technology, code-named LaGrande, was designed to protect computers from viruses and bad-natured hackers. But the feature will also give Hollywood, the recording industry, and software makers much stronger controls over the way consumers use their digital music, films, and computer programs.
Publishers, for example, may prevent PCs that run LaGrande and Microsoft Corp.'s software-based Palladium security technology from copying CDs, forwarding certain documents, or running unlicensed software.


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