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2004-11-28 06:00:07

AN IRISH firm has won a prestigious two-year research and development contract with the Euro-pean Space Agency. Fibrepulse Limited will assess the feasibility of using fibre optic tech-nology on satellites. Fibre optic technologies allow for the transmission of high data rates using light signals. Current satellites use copper cables, but fibre optics would bring advant-ages including faster speed and lower weight. Shane Scott, Technical Director of Fibrepulse, said: "The effects...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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