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Astrium Plans for a hotel in space are to go ahead in 2012 according to a report by MSNBC. The cost of a three-night stay at ‘Galactic’ resort is estimated at $4.4 million, making it a destination for the super rich. The idea of a space getaway started as a hobby for space enthusiast and chief operating engineer for Galactic Suite, Xavier Claramunt. There have been doubts however, concerning the feasibility of Claramunt’s brainchild. The Spanish Technical Centre for the Aeronautical and Space Industry says that the project has been vastly underestimated in terms of cost. Mystery surrounds the financier of the project, who has supplied €3 billion in funds. Claramunt is optimistic about space tourism as an emerging industry, insisting that “in 15 years, your children could spend a week in space.”

Launched officially in January 2010, the iPad was supposed to eliminate the need for owning a laptop, an iPod and an X-box by combining all three. It is essentially a big iPhone, albeit with a price tag that's a lot cheaper than most were expecting (prices in the States have started at $499). The quality of the picture is pretty outstanding though. The 9.7 inch screen is brightly illuminated by LED backlighting with a multi-touch display and a pixel resolution of 1024x768 and 16 to 64 gigabytes of flash memory. Stephen Fry has praised its “speed, responsiveness, smooth glide” and several other tech reporters have admired the new iPad as a welcome addition to the world of technology. Official sale of the Apple iPad will begin in March 2010. Presale iPads are available on the Apple website.

The digitalisation of books is nothing new. Amazon is currently the market leader with its Kindle 2 and Kindle DX readers. The Sony PRS-700 Reader fights a distant second, while Barnes & Noble’s recently launched Nook reader is set to take a considerable stake in the American market. The iPad is the Kindle’s newest competitor and with Apple’s reputation for captivating the consumer, the Kindle faces stiff competition. Openness to this new technology would be a wise approach for those in the publishing world. For publishers, time invested in deciding as to how the two media may coexist, as opposed to endless litigation, could prove far more productive and profitable than trying to fight a losing battle with the digital world.

Two scientists have suggested that the reason the Large Hadron Collider (LCH) has experienced so many setbacks is that it is being sabotaged- from the future. The LHC is a large particle accelerator situated in Geneva, built with the intention of proving the existence of the Higgs-Boson, a tiny particle, often called the “God” particle because scientists hope to recreate the conditions at the “Big Bang”, or creation of the universe. Recently a bird dropped a piece of bread onto one of the LHC’s superconductors, raising the temperature by 3°C. In order to be operational they need to be in an environment one degree above zero. This was somewhat unusual however - the the most interesting thing they normally have to contend with is lightning.


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