Well, it looks like the little Beagle is in trouble; CNN reports No News is Bad News from Mars, and the Beagle 2 website notes: "The fate of Beagle 2 remains uncertain this morning after the giant radio telescope at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire, UK, failed in its first attempt to detect any signal from the spacecraft." Landing on Mars remains tough; out of nine known missions only three have succeeded. (I say "known" because it is rumored Russia made several more unsuccessful attempts during the early 70s.)
WorldChanging notes The Greenest Building in the World. "Two 45-foot wind towers and screen walls provide air pre-cooled by 10 degrees to the air-conditioning system, thereby reducing the amount of energy required for cooling. The core structure also has photovoltaic panels built into it to generate solar energy that takes care of 20% of the building’s annual energy requirements. Thanks to its circular design, fewer materials were used in the building’s construction." Very cool. [ via Ottmar Liebert ]
Here's a useful page: links to every Newspaper website in the U.S. and the world. Amazing and impressive! [ via Doc Searles ]
Microsoft has announced a creative solution to the problem of spam: "For any piece of e-mail I send, it will take a small amount computing power of about 10 to 20 seconds. When you see that proof, you treat that message with more priority." The idea is that it imposes a cost on the sender, but instead of money, you pay with computer time. This is quite clever; I sure hope it catches on... [ via Dave Winer ]
This is just so I can find it later (if you're not a geek, please ignore this): in order to make useable CDs from the ISO files on the MSDN distribution DVD, they must be burned in "disk at once" mode.
Okay, back to real life.