28 May 2013

Interplanetary GPS Using Pulsar Signals

Like GPS, but using Pulsar Signals--

An Interplanetary GPS Using Pulsar Signals | MIT Technology Review: "Astronomers are aware of well over 2,000 pulsars and the next generation of radio observatories are expected to reveal tens of thousands more. The basic idea behind this interplanetary navigation system is to use the signals from these pulsars in essentially the same way that we use GPS satellites to navigate on Earth. By measuring the arrival time of pulses from at least three different pulsars and comparing this with their predicted arrival time, it is possible to work out a position in three-dimensional space."

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New York Times
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Register
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Reuters
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Apple Insider
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Reuters
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io9
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Android Police
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DVICE
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BBC News
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VentureBeat
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TechCrunch
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ABC News (blog)
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CNET
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PCWorld
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GigaOM
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ABC News (blog)
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New York Times
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National Geographic
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VentureBeat
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New York Daily News
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TechSpot
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New York Times
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PC Magazine
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Science Recorder
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Science World Report
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Register
Google has posted what it's describing as “factory system images and the kernel source code for Glass”. First spotted by Android Police, the downloads “allow you to root your Glass and flash it back to factory specifications.” Which sounds just the thing for ...

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KpopStarz
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USA TODAY
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Design & Trend
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Computer Business Review
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WTVY, Dothan
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PhoneDog
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Inside AX
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Lazygamer
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Headlines & Global News
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Wall St. Cheat Sheet
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VentureBeat
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