NASA Rocket Brings Home Cosmic X-Ray Answers — and a New Mystery

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 11:50am
A NASA sounding rocket zoomed above Earth's atmosphere, confirming one interstellar source for X-rays and one more local one — and discovering others whose origin remains a mystery.
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Vint Cerf Warns About the Perishability Of Human Knowledge

Slashdot - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 11:34am
Vint Cerf "worries about the decreasing longevity of our media, and, thus, about our ability as a civilization to self-document -- to have a historical record that one day far in the future might be remarked upon and learned from." An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes Motherboard: Magnetic films do not quite have the staying power as clay tablets. Clay tablets are more resilient than papyrus manuscripts are more resilient than parchment are more resilient than printed photographs are more resilient than digital photographs. At stake, according to Cerf, is "the possibility that the centuries well before ours will be better known than ours will be unless we are persistent about preserving digital content. "The earlier media seem to have a kind of timeless longevity while modern media from the 1800s forward seem to have shrinking lifetimes. Just as the monks and Muslims of the Middle Ages preserved content by copying into new media, won't we need to do the same for our modern content...? Unless we face this challenge in a direct way, the truly impressive knowledge we have collectively produced in the past 100 years or so may simply evaporate with time." He points out that much of this century's digital documents can't be viewed without software. Do we need to start carving our web pages into clay tablets?

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A New Generation of Astronomers Is on the Hunt for the Next Earth

Wired News - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 11:00am
Advances in radial velocity search—including a new instrument called EXPRES—could help scientists to find and weigh lots of other Earth-mass planets. The post A New Generation of Astronomers Is on the Hunt for the Next Earth appeared first on WIRED.
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The Painstaking Process of Building a Porsche Panamera

Wired News - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 11:00am
From the quality control room to the paint shop to the test track, here's how Porsche builds the Panamera. The post The Painstaking Process of Building a Porsche Panamera appeared first on WIRED.
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Can Westworld Do for Science Fiction What Game of Thrones Did for Fantasy?

Wired News - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 11:00am
Promising early episodes might not transcend their genre as magnificently as the fantasy saga does, but HBO's newest epic is off to a great start. The post Can Westworld Do for Science Fiction What Game of Thrones Did for Fantasy? appeared first on WIRED.
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Dazzling Long Exposures Capture the Fireflies of Japan

Wired News - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 11:00am
Kei Nomiyama captures hundreds of fireflies in mid-air. The post Dazzling Long Exposures Capture the Fireflies of Japan appeared first on WIRED.
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9 Pieces of Weird Furniture That’ll Cure the Dullest of Offices

Wired News - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 11:00am
Today's designers still think about how furniture can influence and inspire employees. Here's a handful of the latest innovations on the market. The post 9 Pieces of Weird Furniture That’ll Cure the Dullest of Offices appeared first on WIRED.
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Dope Queens, 70-Year Beefs, and 3 More Must-Hear Podcasts

Wired News - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 11:00am
This week's best podcasts feature acrophobia while building skyscrapers, footlong parasites, and Ilana Glazer. The post Dope Queens, 70-Year Beefs, and 3 More Must-Hear Podcasts appeared first on WIRED.
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The Ins and Outs of USB-C Mobile Charging

Wired News - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 10:50am
Devices with these (relatively) new power connections charge differently than iPhones or older Android phones. The post The Ins and Outs of USB-C Mobile Charging appeared first on WIRED.
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'UFO' Seen in Live Space Station Video Is Just Fluff

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 9:39am
Another strange light has been seen hanging over Earth from orbit ... but it's not your run-of-the-mill UFO.
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'Spaceman' Speaks! Astronaut Mike Massimino Takes Questions Live Tuesday

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 9:30am
Former astronaut Mike Massimino will appear live with Space.com Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. EDT (1930 GMT) to discuss his new memoir and take questions about his career and what it's like in space.
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Blue Origin Delays Rocket 'Escape Test' to Wednesday Due to Bad Weather

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 8:01am
Blue Origin has pushed the highly anticipated "in-flight escape test" of its New Shepard suborbital spaceflight system to Wednesday (Oct. 5), citing bad weather at its West Texas test site.
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India Ratifies The Paris Climate Change Agreement

Slashdot - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 7:34am
"India just ratified the Paris climate deal -- bringing it extremely close to taking effect," reports the Washington Post, calling India the world's fourth-largest producer of greenhouse gas. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes NPR's update on the Paris agreement: It will not become binding until it's ratified by 55 countries that contribute a total of at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The 55-country requirement has already been fulfilled -- India is No. 62 -- but...the current signatories account for about 52 percent of global greenhouse emissions, according to a statement released by the U.N. on Sunday. India currently produces about 4.5 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions [and] has set a goal of producing 40 percent of its electricity with non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. India also promised to plant or preserve enough tree cover to act as a sink for at least 2.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide, and has called on the U.S. and other fully developed countries to share technologies that help decrease emissions.

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Do Black Holes Die?

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 7:05am
Could these light-munching monsters actually be slain?
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Musicians Javier Colon, Matt Cusson and NASA Team Up For Moon-Inspired Music Video

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 6:47am
The music video for the inspirational song "The Moon and More" showcases "inspirational nature of studying the moon," according to NASA's Goddard Flight Center.
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It's World Space Week This Week! Here's How to Celebrate

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 6:08am
World Space Week — an international celebration of space and its impact on our lives — starts tomorrow (Oct. 4), and chances are good there's an event near you.
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NASA's 'Centennial Challenges' Engages Public For Tech Advancement | VIdeo

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 5:56am
The space agency is looking to the public for innovative technologies through a series of challenges.
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Spaceman: NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino's Space Career in Photos

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 5:12am
Retired NASA astronaut Mike Massimino flew two shuttle missions to repair the Hubble telescope and became the first person to tweet from space. Check out what else Massimino has been up to in our photo gallery.
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Linus Torvalds Officially Announces the Release of Linux Kernel 4.8

Slashdot - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 3:34am
Slashdot reader prisoninmate brings news from Softpedia: Today, Linus Torvalds proudly announced the release and availability for download of the Linux 4.8 kernel branch, which is now the latest stable and most advanced one. Linux kernel 4.8 has been in development for the past two months, during which it received no less than eight Release Candidate testing versions that early adopters were able to compile and install on their GNU/Linux operating system to test various hardware components or simply report bugs... A lot of things have been fixed since last week's RC8 milestone, among which we can mention lots of updated drivers, in particular for GPU, networking, and Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Module (NVDIMM), a bunch of improvements to the ARM, MIPS, SPARC, and x86 hardware architectures, updates to the networking stack, as well as to a few filesystem, and some minor changes to cgroup and vm. The kernel now supports the Raspberry Pi 3 SoC as well as the Microsoft Surface 3 touchscreen.

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WikiLeaks' Big Tuesday Announcement Will Now Take Place Via Video

Slashdot - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 1:41am
Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike writes that media outlets including Fox News were reporting WikiLeaks cancelled a big announcement scheduled for Tuesday and expected to reveal damaging information about Hillary Clinton. But they were all citing a tweet from NBC as their source. "Due to security concerns at the Ecuadorian Embassy, Julian Assange's balcony announcement on Tues has been cancelled," tweeted NBC producer Jesse Rodriguez -- which was apparently taken to mean the announcement had been cancelled altogether. But six hours ago, citing WikiLeaks, that same producer reported that Assange "will appear via video link" at a Tuesday press conference in Berlin marking the 10th anniversary of WikiLeaks. While it's possible this "appearance" will be different than the originally scheduled "announcement," it also seems very possible that the NBC producer's tweets were just misunderstood.

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