US Internet service provider Mindspring has bought the Netcom arm of ICG Communications for $215 million (#130 million) in cash and $30 million (#18 million) in stock, acquiring 400,000 Netcom subscribers in the process.
ICG, a local telco in the US, bought Netcom in October 1997 for $283 million (#170 million) as a way of building up its data network. The deal gives Mindspring the rights to the Netcom name, and also includes some business customers and hosted Web sites. Mindspring, founded in 1994, will now boast more than one million dial-up customers.
New light-guiding nanoscale device can control and monitor a nanoparticle trapped in a laser beam with high sensitivity
Optical traps are scientific instruments in which a focused laser beam is used to exert an attractive or repulsive force on a microscopic object to hold it in place
Scientists estimate that the exoplanet has already lost up to 35 per cent of its mass over its lifetime
The observations were made using the Atacama Array in the Chilean desert
J1043+2408 was observed for more than 10 years, and its radio light curve exhibited a periodic signal repeating in about 563 days