Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence Beam Up! 'Passengers' Heads to Space Station

Space.com - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:08am
Sony pictures is teaming up with NASA to beam the new science fiction movie "Passengers" to the International Space Station.
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Best Refrigerator: GE Café CFE28TSHSS

Wired News - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:00am
For four years in a row, a GE French door refrigerator has won our coveted Best Refrigerator award. The post Best Refrigerator: GE Café CFE28TSHSS appeared first on WIRED.
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Best Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35

Wired News - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:00am
The over-ear-style cups form a cushiony seal around your ears, and the noise cancellation software puts you in nearly total aural isolation. The post Best Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35 appeared first on WIRED.
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Best Chromebook: HP Chromebook 13 G1

Wired News - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:00am
Even though it's more expensive than most Chromebooks, its svelte metal chassis, USB-C ports, and pretty display won us over. The post Best Chromebook: HP Chromebook 13 G1 appeared first on WIRED.
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Best TV Under $1,000: Samsung UN55KU7000

Wired News - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:00am
Samsung's been a leader in bright-room HDR all throughout 2016, and the KU7000 series is one fruit of that labor. The post Best TV Under $1,000: Samsung UN55KU7000 appeared first on WIRED.
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Best Television: LG B6 Series

Wired News - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:00am
LG's 4K, HDR OLEDs dominated our top spot again this year. The post Best Television: LG B6 Series appeared first on WIRED.
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Former Astronaut John Glenn Hospitalized in Ohio

Space.com - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:00am
The former NASA Astronaut and current U.S. Senator John Glenn has been in the hospital for over a week.
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Swimming in a Starship Pool? Gravity Loss Would Be Bad - 'Passengers' Film Clip

Space.com - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 10:05am
Jennifer Lawrence's character "Aurora Lane" goes for a swim when suddenly artificial gravity is lost. The film premieres December 21, 2016.
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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Makes Game For Third Annual Hour of Code

Slashdot - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 10:00am
Eloking writes: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Twitter account lit up today with a message all too familiar to many indie devs: Mr. Trudeau has made a video game, and he'd like everyone to play it. It was a cute bit of promotion for Hour of Code, the computer science education event masterminded every year by the Code.org nonprofit. While the Hour of Code websites hosts one-hour tutorials (in 45 languages) for coding all sorts of simple applications, game developers may appreciate that the lion's share appears to be game projects, like the one Trudeau modified into a sort of hockey-themed Breakout variant.

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You've Never Seen Saturn's Weird Hexagon Storm Like This (Video)

Space.com - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 9:07am
NASA's Cassini probe has beamed home the first close-up images of Saturn from the new phase of its venerable mission, and they're a doozy.
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The Universe Is Flat — Now What?

Space.com - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 8:28am
Spoiler alert: the universe is flat.
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SpaceX Targets Early January for Return-to-Flight Rocket Launch

Space.com - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 8:15am
SpaceX is now eyeing early January for its next mission, the first one the company will have launched since a Sept. 1 explosion grounded its fleet of Falcon 9 rockets.
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3D-Print Your Laugh and Launch It Into Space

Space.com - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 8:10am
An Israeli artist is crowdsourcing audio that will be sent to the International Space Station's 3-D printer and then shot into space.
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Quest to Reveal Asteroid's Mysteries Before Japanese Spacecraft's Visit

Space.com - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 7:43am
The JAXA Hayabusa-2 mission will arrive at Asteroid Ryugu in 2018, but first astronomers need to study it from afar to understand what it's made of long before the spacecraft attempts to touch down.
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Slowing of Earth's Spin Revealed in Ancient Astronomers' Tablets

Space.com - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 7:35am
Records dating back to clay tablets from 720 B.C. reveal that the slowing of the Earth's rotation isn't as large as expected.
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NASA Awards $127 Million Contract For Refueling Mission Spacecraft

Slashdot - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 7:00am
Satellites cost millions of dollars to be launched into space and there's no guarantee that they will work without electrical or mechanical problems once in orbit. NASA has recently announced that it will award a $127 million contract to a company that aims to use a robotic spacecraft to fix satellites in space, thus potentially saving millions of dollars in the long-run by fixing satellites that would otherwise be "expensive e-waste." Gizmodo reports: NASA has just announced that it will award a $127 million contract to the California-based satellite company Space Systems/Loral for Restore-L, a robotic spacecraft capable of grasping, refueling and relocating a satellite in low Earth orbit, in addition to testing technologies for future missions. SSL has three years to build the bot, which is projected to launch in 2020. Without the ability to refuel, a satellite's lifespan is restricted by the amount of propellant engineers can pack in its tank at launch. That lifespan can be cut even shorter should the spacecraft encounter any electrical or mechanical problems on orbit. As more and more satellites reach the end of their operational lifespans, government agencies and private companies have been working to remedy this problem by developing robots that can give satellites a tune-up in zero-gravity. DARPA, for instance, recently launched a program aimed at designing robots capable of servicing satellites at the hard-to-reach but highly-desirable perch of geosynchronous orbit, 22,000 miles above Earth. NASA's Satellite Servicing Division, meanwhile, has a handful of on-orbit repair and refueling technology demonstrators in the works, including a robotic arm with the same range of motion as a human arm, a navigation system designed to help robots rendezvous with moving objects in space, and Restore-L, which combines these and other capabilities into a multi-purpose space mechanic. For now, Restore-L's primary goal is to refuel Landsat 7, a critical Earth-monitoring satellite operated by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. If successful, the spacecraft may be modified for all sorts of other useful tasks, from mopping up the ever-growing halo of space junk encircling our planet, to servicing exciting new science missions like the Asteroid Redirect Mission, which will grab a multi-ton boulder from the surface of an asteroid and tow it back to orbit around the Moon.

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Saturn's Weird Hexagon Seen Through Multiple Filters, Set To Techno | Video

Space.com - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 6:08am
NASA's Cassini mission has captured new imagery of the the unusual cloud pattern in the northern hemisphere. The camera filters used by the spacecraft are "sensitive to violet , red , near-infrared and infrared.
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'The Circle' Trailer Looks An Awful Lot Like Google

Slashdot - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 5:15am
theodp writes: If you never got around to reading Dave Eggers' novel The Circle, the tale of a powerful tech company that bears a more-than-passing resemblance to Google (and has an Apple spaceship-like HQ) is coming to the big screen and the first trailer is out. The film has a release date of spring 2017, and stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega. Remember, sharing is caring!

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Microsoft Researchers Offer Predictions For AI, Deep Learning

Slashdot - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 3:30am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft polled 17 women working in its research organization about the technology advances they expect to see in 2017, as well as a decade later in 2027. The researchers' predictions touch on natural language processing, machine learning, agricultural software, and virtual reality, among other topics. For virtual reality, Mar Gonzalez Franco, a researcher in Microsoft's Redmond lab, believes body tracking will improve next year, and then over the next decade we'll have "rich multi-sensorial experiences that will be capable of producing hallucinations which blend or alter perceives reality." Haptic devices will simulate touch to further enhance the sensory experience. Meanwhile, Susan Dumais, a scientist and deputy managing director at the Redmond lab, believes deep learning will help improve web search results next year. In 2027, however, the search box will disappear, she says. It'll be replaced by search that's more "ubiquitous, embedded, and contextually sensitive." She says we're already seeing some of this in voice-controlled searches through mobile and smart home devices. We might eventually be able to look things up with either sound, images, or video. Plus, our searches will respond to "current location, content, entities, and activities" without us explicitly mentioning them, she says. Of course, it's worth noting that Microsoft has been losing the search box war to Google, so it isn't surprising that the company thinks search will die. With global warming as a looming threat, Asta Roseway, principal research designer, says by 2027 famers will use AI to maintain healthy crop yields, even with "climate change, drought, and disaster." Low-energy farming solutions, like vertical farming and aquaponics, will also be essential to keeping the food supply high, she says. You can view all 17 predictions here.

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Weather Channel To Breitbart: Stop Citing Us To Spread Climate Skepticism

Slashdot - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 2:25am
Breitbart.com published an article last week that erroneously claims global warming is coming to an end, claiming "global land temperatures have plummeted by 1 degree Celsius since the middle of the year -- the biggest and steepest fall on record." The Weather Channel finds this report especially upsetting as it's not only inaccurate but it features a video from weather.com at the top of the article. The Weather Channel reports: Breitbart had the legal right to use this clip as part of a content-sharing agreement with another company, but there should be no assumption that The Weather Company endorses the article associated with it. The Breitbart article -- a prime example of cherry picking, or pulling a single item out of context to build a misleading case -- includes this statement: "The last three years may eventually come to be seen as the final death rattle of the global warming scare." In fact, thousands of researchers and scientific societies are in agreement that greenhouse gases produced by human activity are warming the planet's climate and will keep doing so. Along with its presence on the high-profile Breitbart site, the article drew even more attention after a link to it was retweeted by the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The Breitbart article heavily references a piece that first appeared on U.K. Daily Mail's site. The Weather Channel went on to refute the Breitbart article's hypothesis: This number comes from one satellite-based estimate of temperatures above land areas in the lower atmosphere. Data from the other two groups that regularly publish satellite-based temperature estimates show smaller drops, more typical of the decline one would expect after a strong El Nino event. Temperatures over land give an incomplete picture of global-scale temperature. Most of the planet -- about 70 percent -- is covered by water, and the land surface warms and cools more quickly than the ocean. Land-plus-ocean data from the other two satellite groups, released after the Breitbart article, show that Earth's lower atmosphere actually set a record high in November 2016.

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