Alien Life? Radiation May Erase Mars, Europa Fossils

Space.com - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:47am
Radiation from beyond the solar system may destroy any organic fossils lying on the surface of Mars or Jupiter's icy moon Europa.
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1st Kid-Built Mini Satellite Launches from Space Station (Video)

Space.com - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:46am
On May 16, the International Space Station launched the first miniature satellite, called a cubesat, designed and built by grade-schoolers.
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The Snowy Graveyards Where Soviet Subs and Planes Go to Die

Wired News - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:00am
Apocalyptic photos of once-glorious technology now sitting empty and abandoned. The post The Snowy Graveyards Where Soviet Subs and Planes Go to Die appeared first on WIRED.
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Playboy Wouldn’t Be Playboy Without Groovy Bachelor Pads

Wired News - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:00am
“Playboy Architecture, 1953—1979" is a new exhibit that’s up at the Elmhurst Art Museum in Chicago. The post Playboy Wouldn’t Be Playboy Without Groovy Bachelor Pads appeared first on WIRED.
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The 10 Must-Watch Movies Leaving Netflix Next Month

Wired News - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:00am
It's about to be summer, and you should go outside. Before you do, watch these movies on Netflix. The post The 10 Must-Watch Movies Leaving Netflix Next Month appeared first on WIRED.
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Imzy: Can an Ex-Reddit Exec Really Hack the Online Abuse Problem?

Wired News - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:00am
Reddit's former product chief says the best way to curb abuse online is to build in community standards from the start. The post Imzy: Can an Ex-Reddit Exec Really Hack the Online Abuse Problem? appeared first on WIRED.
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Why People Confess to Crimes They Didn’t Commit

Wired News - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 10:50am
Police interrogations are built on the assumption that innocent people never confess to crimes they didn’t commit. But false confessions are fairly common. The post Why People Confess to Crimes They Didn't Commit appeared first on WIRED.
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10 Years After An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore May Actually Be Winning

Wired News - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 10:50am
In this exclusive WIRED interview, Al Gore weighs in on the presidential election, the Iraq war, and, of course, the ongoing battle against climate change. The post 10 Years After An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore May Actually Be Winning appeared first on WIRED.
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Humans In Mars Orbit By Late 2020s? - Lockheed Martin Concept Video

Space.com - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 10:42am
The first crewed mission to Mars could be a scouting mission. Lockheed Martin's concept is calling for 'astronaut-scientists' to study the Red Planet from orbit for future landing sites, to remotely operate rovers...
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A Severed Head, Two Cops, and the Radical Future of Interrogation

Wired News - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 10:40am
A novel interrogation technique borrowed from the war on terror is transforming the art of detective work: Shut up and let the suspect do the talking. The post A Severed Head, Two Cops, and the Radical Future of Interrogation appeared first on WIRED.
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Milky Way Glitters Over Arches National Park

Space.com - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 10:18am
Astrophotographer Manish Mamtani took this image of the Milky Way in April 2016 from Arches National Park in Utah.
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Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Scorch Earth, Says Study

Slashdot - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 10:00am
mspohr quotes a report from Phys.Org: A new study published in the Journal Nature Climate Change shows our precarious climate condition: "Using up all known fossil fuel reserves would render Earth even more unlivable than scientists had previously projected, researchers said on Monday. Average temperatures would climb by up to 9.5 degrees Celsius (17 degrees Fahrenheit) -- five times the cap on global warming set at climate talks in Paris in December, they reported. In the Arctic region -- already heating at more than double the global average -- the thermometer would rise an unimaginable 15 C to 20 C." This would make most of Earth uninhabitable to humans (although the dinosaurs seemed to do fine with it 65 million years ago). The report also stated that if fossil fuel trends go unchanged, ten times the 540 billion tons of carbon emitted since the start of industrialization would be reached near the end of the 22nd century. For comparison, "older models had projected that depleting fossil fuel reserves entirely would heat the planet by 4.3 C to 8.4 C. The new study revises this to between 6.4 C and 9.5 C," writes Phys.Org.

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Mystery Solved? Supermassive Black Holes Likely Born Big

Space.com - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 9:55am
These behemoths — which lie at the hearts of most if not all galaxies, and can contain billions of times more mass than the sun — probably form after the collapse of gigantic gas clouds, rather than the death of individual stars, a new study suggests.
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Euro Soyuz Rocket Launches 2 Galileo Satellites (Video)

Space.com - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 9:30am
A Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket on May 24 successfully placed two European Galileo positioning, navigation and timing satellites into medium-Earth orbit — the 13th and 14th in a series of 26 Galileo spacecraft, with more to come.
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Mystery Plumes: Did the Sun Bruise Mars?

Space.com - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 8:35am
Strange plumes have been spotted high in the Martian atmosphere that have, so far, defied explanation. Now scientists think space weather is to blame.
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Facebook Is Tweaking Trending Topics To Counter Charges of Bias

Slashdot - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 7:00am
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has said once again in an open letter to Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, that its Trending Topics section is free of any political bias or manipulation. But in response to Gizmodo's report that Facebook employees were suppressing conservative news stories, Facebook is revamping how editors find trending stories. "We could not fully exclude the possibility of isolated improper actions or unintentional bias in the implementation of our guidelines or policies," Facebook general Counsel Colin Stretch wrote. Of course, Facebook is going to train the human editors who work on their trending section; they're also going to abandon several automated tools it used to find and categorize trending news in the past. Recode provides some examples, writing, "[Facebook] will no longer use its "1K list," a group of 1,000 websites it used to help verify headlines." Facebook will also get rid of several top publications, including the New York Times and CNN.

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Best Telescopes for the Money

Space.com - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 6:16am
Here are the best telescopes for the money. Our top picks include recommendations for city dwellers, hobbyists and gift-givers, as well as budget picks. Our editors have selected a few of the best options in each of four categories.
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Best Telescope for Beginners

Space.com - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 6:11am
Here are the best beginner telescopes for the money; a computerized ‘GoTo’ scope driven by your smartphone or tablet, as well as a manually operated scope that comes fully assembled.
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The New Underwater Olympus Is the Platypus of Cameras

Wired News - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 6:01am
The unique Olympus TG-Tracker shoots 4K video through an ultra-wide-angle lens and has a pistol-grip handle, a headlight, and instruments galore. The post The New Underwater Olympus Is the Platypus of Cameras appeared first on WIRED.
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Cassini-Huygens: Exploring Saturn's System

Space.com - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 5:37am
The mission is still sending back data and fueling new discoveries — for a few more months, until it plunges into the ringed planet.
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