14th > October > 2012 Archive

Skydiver Baumgartner in 128,000ft plunge from brink of space

Updated Skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped 128,000 feet (24 miles, 39km) out of a balloon today, to complete the highest skydive in history.
University of Santa Barbara's Quantum von Neumann Architecture illustration

UNSW offers free online Computing 1 class

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has jumped on the international bandwagon of Universities giving their courses away for free, with a 12-week Computing 1 course starting today.
Air New Zealand plane

NZ government network leaking data like a sieve

A row has broken out in New Zealand after a blogger exposed serious security flaws in that country’s job-seeker network.

Successful launch readies Galileo satellites for test

The European Space Agency’s Galileo satellite positioning system is soon to enter its “service validation phase”, following the successful launch of the third and fourth satellites in the system.
Artist's impression of a lightning storm on Venus. Credit: ESA

Australian boffins have a ball with lightning maths

Scientists at Australia’s CSIRO have put forward a mathematical model which they believe could help explain the origin of ball lightning.

Fukushima operator feared shutdown if risks revealed

The operator of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, TEPCO, has admitted it was ill-prepared to cope with the tsunami of March 2011, and promised to do better in future.