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2009-08-04 07:00:00

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DivX, Inc. (Nasdaq: DIVX), a digital media company, today announced that it has signed agreements with three European download-to-own (DTO) stores allowing them to sell premium Hollywood content in the DivX((R)) format upon completion of their own studio deals. Under the DivX agreement, DTO sites ERG (Belgium, the Netherlands), FilmOn.com (UK), and Play4film.com (international film portal headquartered in Italy) will be enabled to provide DivX...

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2009-02-27 08:00:00

Titan's vast dune fields, which may act like weather vanes to determine general wind direction on Saturn's biggest moon, have been mapped by scientists who compiled four years of radar data collected by the Cassini spacecraft. Titan's rippled dunes are generally oriented east-west. Surprisingly, their orientation and characteristics indicate that near the surface, Titan's winds blow toward the east instead of toward the west. This means that Titan's surface winds blow opposite the direction...

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2008-12-17 14:16:12

Data collected during several recent flybys of Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft have put another arrow in the quiver of scientists who think the Saturnian moon contains active cryovolcanoes spewing a super-chilled liquid into its atmosphere. The information was released Monday during a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, Calif. "Cryovolcanoes are some of the most intriguing features in the solar system," said Rosaly Lopes, a Cassini radar team investigation scientist...

2008-12-09 09:39:21

Dr. Rusty Feagin was managing several ecosystem research projects on Galveston Island when the 2008 hurricane season began.Then he got an unexpected visit from a research assistant named Ike."Ike reconfirmed the basic idea I've had for several years," said Feagin, ecosystem scientist with Texas AgriLife Research. "The plants on sand dunes and in marshes build an island's elevation, so we shouldn't compromise that."Most of the dunes and marshes he and his graduate students had studied were...

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2008-07-30 13:05:00

Scientists have confirmed that at least one body in our solar system, other than Earth, has a surface liquid lake. Using an instrument on NASA's Cassini orbiter, they discovered that a lake-like feature in the south polar region of Saturn's moon, Titan, is truly wet. The lake is about 235 kilometers, or 150 miles, long. The visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, or VIMS, an instrument run from The University Arizona, identifies the chemical composition of objects by the way matter reflects...

2008-06-25 09:03:19

Russian oil major Lukoil and Italian company ERG have signed an agreement to establish a refining joint venture in Italy. This joint venture will operate the exisiting ISAB refinery complex in Priolo, Sicily. As part of the transaction, Lukoil will acquire a 49% stake in the joint venture for a cash consideration of E1.35 billion excluding inventory, while ERG retains 51%. The transaction structure provides Lukoil with a possibility to increase its stake in future. The ISAB refinery...

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2008-03-20 14:05:00

PASADENA, Calif. - NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered evidence that points to the existence of an underground ocean of water and ammonia on Saturn's moon Titan. The findings made using radar measurements of Titan's rotation will appear in the March 21 issue of the journal Science. "With its organic dunes, lakes, channels and mountains, Titan has one of the most varied, active and Earth-like surfaces in the solar system," said Ralph Lorenz, lead author of the paper and Cassini radar...

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2008-02-13 13:00:00

Saturn's orange moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, according to new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes. The new findings from the study led by Ralph Lorenz, Cassini radar team member from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., are reported in the Jan. 29 issue of the Geophysical Research...

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2007-10-08 10:11:14

If space travelers ever visit Saturn's largest moon, they will find a tropical world where temperatures plunge to minus 274 degrees Fahrenheit, methane rains from the sky and dunes of ice or tar cover the planet's most arid regions. These conditions reflect a cold mirror image of Earth's tropical and subtropical climates, according to scientists at the University. "You have all these things that are analogous to Earth. At the same time, it's foreign and unfamiliar," said Ray Pierrehumbert,...

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2007-01-03 18:55:00

Scientists report definitive evidence of the presence of lakes filled with liquid methane on Saturn's moon Titan in this week's journal Nature cover story. Radar imaging data from a July 22, 2006, flyby provide convincing evidence for large bodies of liquid on Titan today. A new false-color radar view gives a taste of what Cassini saw. Some highlights of the article follow below. Lake Characteristics: -Radar-dark patches are interpreted as lakes based on their very low radar reflectivity...