The Real Reason the US Is Giving Bomb-Grade Uranium to Europe

Wired News - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 11:00am
Bomb-grade uranium is really useful---not just for nuclear weapons--but for perfectly peaceful scientific research. The post The Real Reason the US Is Giving Bomb-Grade Uranium to Europe appeared first on WIRED.









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Who Gives the Best Performance in The People v. O.J. Simpson?

Wired News - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 11:00am
Everyone on FX's dramatization of the O.J. Simpson trial is great. But who's the greatest? We decided to talk/fight it out. The post Who Gives the Best Performance in The People v. O.J. Simpson? appeared first on WIRED.









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Your Healthy Lifestyle Won’t Necessarily Make You Healthier

Wired News - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 11:00am
Public health researchers are beginning to see that changes in how you live are no guarantee of changes in your health. That changes how they should do research. The post Your Healthy Lifestyle Won't Necessarily Make You Healthier appeared first on WIRED.









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Private Lynx Space Plane Could Take Off in Early 2017

Space.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 11:00am
XCOR Aerospace is making steady progress on its Lynx space plane, and could be flying a prototype version of the vehicle by early next year.
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SpaceX, Boeing on Track to Launch Astronauts in 2017: NASA

Space.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 11:00am
SpaceX and Boeing are still on track to start launching astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017, NASA officials said.
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Twister on Mars! Opportunity Rover Makes Tracks Ahead of Dust Devil (Photo)

Space.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 11:00am
A photo snapped by the Opportunity Mars rover Friday (April 1) shows the six-wheeled robot's tracks in the foreground and a Martian twister off in the distance, perhaps giving viewers the impression that the rover is in full retreat from a tornado.
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NASA Science Chief, Former Astronaut John Grunsfeld Retiring

Space.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 9:58am
NASA science chief John Grunsfeld, a former astronaut who famously helped repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit, will end his nearly quarter-century of service to the agency on April 30.
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Is Mysterious 'Planet Nine' Tugging on NASA Saturn Probe?

Space.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 9:20am
Astronomers are homing in on the whereabouts of a hidden giant planet in our solar system, and could discover the unseen beast in roughly a year.
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What happens when drones and people sync their vision?

Kurzweil AI - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 9:09am

Multiple recon drones in the sky all suddenly aim their cameras at a person of interest on the ground, synced to what persons on the ground see …

That could be a reality soon, thanks to an agreement just announced by the mysterious SICdrone, an unmanned aircraft system manufacturer, and CrowdOptic, an “interactive streaming platform that connects the world through smart devices.”

A CrowdOptic “cluster” — multiple people focused on the same object.  (credit: CrowdOptic)

CrowdOptic’s technology lets a “cluster” (multiple people or objects) point their cameras or smartphones at the same thing (say, at a concert or sporting event), with different views, allowing for group chat or sharing content.

Drone air control

For SICdrone, the idea is to use CrowdOptic tech to automatically orchestrate the drones’ onboard cameras to track and capture multiple camera angles (and views) of a single point of interest.* Beyond that, this tech could provide vital flight-navigation systems to coordinate multiple drones without having them conflict (or crash), says CrowdOptic CEO Jon Fisher.

This disruptive innovation might become essential (and mandated by law?) as AmazonFlirtey, and others compete to dominate drone delivery. It could also possibly help with the growing concern about drone risk to airplanes.**

Other current (and possible) users of CrowdOptics tech include first responders, news and sports reporting, advertising analytics (seeing what people focus on), linking up augmented-reality and VR headset users, and “social TV” (live attendees — using the Periscope app, for example — provide the most interesting video to people watching at home), Fisher explained to KurzweilAI.

* This uses several CrowdOptic patents (U.S. Patents 8,527,340, 9,020,832, and 9,264,474).

** Drone Comes Within 200 Feet Of Passenger Jet Coming In To Land At LAX

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Coordinate Calendars and Meeting Times in Google Calendar

Wired News - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 9:00am
A major challenge with any #worksquad is making sure you're all available for meetings at the same time, especially if you're working in various time zones. The post Coordinate Calendars and Meeting Times in Google Calendar appeared first on WIRED.









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Unsend Emails in Gmail and Inbox

Wired News - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 9:00am
The ability to pull back sent messages in Gmail used to be an experimental Labs plugin, but now it's a core feature. The post Unsend Emails in Gmail and Inbox appeared first on WIRED.









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Ditch Your Mouse; Use Gmail’s Keyboard Shortcuts

Wired News - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 9:00am
Clicking things in an email program only slows you down. The post Ditch Your Mouse; Use Gmail's Keyboard Shortcuts appeared first on WIRED.









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Sync Google Docs For Offline Editing

Wired News - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 9:00am
The beauty of Google Drive is that you can access the latest revisions of your documents from anywhere. But what if you don't have a data connection? The post Sync Google Docs For Offline Editing appeared first on WIRED.









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How to Get Your Google Docs Footnotes Just Right

Wired News - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 9:00am
You've heard of "inbox zero." Now it's time to master the art of "tab one." The post How to Get Your Google Docs Footnotes Just Right appeared first on WIRED.









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Scan and Search PDFs With Google Drive for Android

Wired News - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 9:00am
When you create a new project on Google Drive for Android, you have the option of scanning a document with your smartphone camera and converting it to a PDF. The post Scan and Search PDFs With Google Drive for Android appeared first on WIRED.









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China Censors Online Discussion About Panama Papers

Slashdot - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 8:49am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: China appears to be censoring social media posts on the Panama Papers document leak which has named several members of China's elite, including President Xi Jinping's brother-in-law. Hundreds of posts on networks such as Sina Weibo and Wechat on the topic have been deleted since Monday morning. According to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the Panama Papers show that Mr. Deng acquired two offshore companies in 2009, at a time when Mr. Xi was rising in politics. State media appeared to black out the news. But many on microblogging network Sina Weibo and mobile chat network Wechat were discussing the topic on Monday morning, sharing Chinese translations of details of the story, including information on Mr. Deng. A hashtag created on the topic quickly trended. Checks by the BBC found that by the end of the day many of those posts had disappeared, with at least 481 discussions deleted from the hashtag's Weibo topic page, and other posts shared on Wechat also deleted. The website Freeweibo.com, which actively tracks censorship on Weibo, listed "Panama" as the second-most censored term on the network.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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What's The Space Weather Like Around Pluto? | Video

Space.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 8:26am
Coronal mass ejections from the Sun act very differently by the time they reach the Kuiper Belt. Pluto New Horizons gave scientists a reality check on its way past the dwarf planet.
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NASA Snaps 3D Pics of Weather From Space

Space.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 8:21am
Satellites capture 3-D pictures of raindrops and snowflakes, to measure their size and understand how storms work.
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Disney's 'Miles from Tomorrowland' Teams Up with Yuri's Night

Space.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 8:18am
Disney Junior's hit animated TV series "Miles from Tomorrowland" is teaming up with Yuri's Night, the "world space party," to make this year's celebration of the world's first human spaceflight even more stellar. Or as Miles might put it, "so Yuri!"
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The Most Extreme Human Spaceflight Records

Space.com - Tue, 05/04/2016 - 7:30am
A look at some of the records people have set during spaceflight.
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