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■ The GBT, located in Green Bank, WV,
weighs 16 million pounds, has a
surface area of 8,000 square meters,
and is taller than the Statue of Liberty.
In case you weren’t keeping track,
the National Radio Astronomy
Observatory (NRAO, www.nrao.edu)
turns 50 this year, and they will be
observing the occasion at the Science
Symposium June 18-21. Its official
title is “Frontiers of Astrophysics: A
Celebration of NRAO’s 50th
Anniversary,” and the event will be
held at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel
in Charlottesville, VA. The scientific
program has not been announced as
of this writing, but a downloadable
poster mentions such subjects as
cosmic microwave background, dark
energy and dark matter, extreme
gravity, and the origin of cosmic
fragmentation of broadcast radio standards, this has been a difficult goal to
achieve — until Frontier introduced the
Venice 6 module.” Indications are that
the device will be appearing in radios,
small CD systems, boom boxes, and
HiFi tuners sometime in July.
5 MPIXEL SENSOR
Eastman Kodak Co. (www.kodak.
com) has changed quite a bit from
the days of Brownie cameras and Plus-X film, and its latest venture into the
digital world takes the form of the
KAC-05010 5.0 megapixel CMOS
image sensor aimed for digital still
cameras and mobile phones. The 2. 2
structure and galaxy evolution.
Registration will run you $350,
which includes a reception, coffee
breaks, lunches, and a poster session
reception. Also offered (separately)
is a tour of the NRAO Green
Bank, WV, facility, which houses —
among other things — the Robert C.
Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT),
said to be the world’s largest fully
steerable single-aperture antenna
GATES WINS AGAIN
In case you were worried about it,
rest assured that Bill Gates has once
again come out on top of the Forbes
magazine ( www.forbes.com) list of
billionaires, with a net worth of $56.0
billion. Next in line is investment guru
Warren Buffet, with $52.0 billion, but
both are losing ground to Carlos Slim
Helu, a Mexican telecommunications
mogul who has $49.0 billion ($19 billion more than last year).
The sad news is that Gates’
buddy Steve Ballmer dropped in ranking from 24th to 31st, although his
holdings actually grew from $13.6 to
$15 billion. Other heavy-walleted
folks from the electronics industry
include Oracle’s Larry Ellison ($21.5
billion), former Microsoft guy Paul
Allen ($18 billion), and Michael Dell
($15.8 billion). Steve Jobs, with a paltry $5.7 billion, didn’t even crack the
top 100. Oh, well.
micron pixel, 1/2.5 format sensor is
said to offer improved image quality,
lower noise, and top-notch color
The sensor incorporates the company’s PIXELUX technology, which is
an architecture that uses pinned pho-todiodes and a four-transistor shared
pixel structure to produce lower noise.
It also includes charge-domain binning
of multiple pixels on the imaging array
for higher sensitivity and 30 frame/sec
The KAC-05010 is now available
in samples, with production quantities
to be available at an unspecified time.
Kodak also offers products for the
automotive and industrial imaging