Want to Take a Cool Photo? Stick an Explosion in It

Wired News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:00pm
Ken Hermann is obsessed with stuff that goes boom. And now, he photographs it. The post Want to Take a Cool Photo? Stick an Explosion in It appeared first on WIRED.
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Meet a Couple of Web-Surfing, Voice-Activated … Fridges

Wired News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:00pm
A fridge should do more than just keep your food cold. The post Meet a Couple of Web-Surfing, Voice-Activated ... Fridges appeared first on WIRED.
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Don’t Turn Earth Into Venus, Warns NASA Ex-Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan

Wired News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:00pm
NASA's former chief scientist talks rocket explosions, Carl Sagan, cats, and climate change. The post Don't Turn Earth Into Venus, Warns NASA Ex-Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan appeared first on WIRED.
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Gaze Upon the Coolest Cars at This Year’s Detroit Auto Show

Wired News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:00pm
Motown is still the center of the American auto industry, and it's got plenty to show you. The post Gaze Upon the Coolest Cars at This Year's Detroit Auto Show appeared first on WIRED.
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3 Key Questions Senators Must Ask Rex Tillerson, Trump’s Secretary of State Pick

Wired News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:00pm
From trade to climate change to his ties to Vladimir Putin, Tillerson faces a tough day of questioning from both sides of the aisle. The post 3 Key Questions Senators Must Ask Rex Tillerson, Trump's Secretary of State Pick appeared first on WIRED.
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January Full Moon 2017: When to See the 'Full Wolf Moon'

Space.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:00pm
Learn more about January's full "Wolf Moon," which peaks Thursday (Jan. 12).
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Step Into the Comfiness of NYC’s 2nd Ave. Subway (Yes, Comfiness)

Wired News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:30am
Improvements for all five senses along the United States' most long-anticipated transit line The post Step Into the Comfiness of NYC's 2nd Ave. Subway (Yes, Comfiness) appeared first on WIRED.
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The Milky Way's Most Distant Stars May Be Stolen Goods

Space.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:26am
Our galaxy may have pickpocketed stars — and a healthy scoop of dark matter — from an unsuspecting nearby dwarf galaxy.
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Wolf Moon - What Is It? When Does It Occur? | Video

Space.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:34am
A Wolf moon is one of the nicknames of January's full moon. The name comes from "Native American tribes, in the north and east, where you would have packs of wolves in the wintertime," according to Space.com managing editor Tariq Malik.
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Could Dark Streaks in Venus' Clouds Be Signs of Alien Life?

Space.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:11am
Russian and U.S. scientists are exploring a mission that may end up looking for signs of alien life in Venus' sulfur clouds.
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Monopoly May Replace Iconic Pieces With Emoji Faces and Hashtags

Slashdot - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:00am
Hasbro, the toymaker behind Monopoly, is letting the public decide whether or not they should replace the game's iconic game pieces with new pieces inspired by pop culture and social media. CNNMoney reports: Gamers can visit the Vote Monopoly site and choose from more than 50 new options. The old tokens, including the thimble, top hat and Scottie dog, are also on the table. The voting takes place inside a digital house with shelves and furniture stocked with both classic and newfangled token options. Jazzy music plays in the background as you explore and take a closer look at the figurines. Some aren't too surprising. There's a horse, a sailboat, an airplane, a bike and a helicopter. Two of the stranger options are sliced bread and a fuzzy bunny slipper. Hasbro is offering up a number of tokens that may appeal to tech consumers. There's a cell phone that looks like it came out of the '80s, a television that looks very '50s, and a computer with keyboard that vaguely resembles the first flat-screen iMac. Internet denizens can also vote for a hashtag and emoji options, including a winking smiley-face, thumbs-up symbol, crying-laughing face and a Rich Uncle Pennybags version of an emoji face. Voting is open to internet users worldwide until January 31. The chosen tokens will be part of a fresh Monopoly game due to hit stores this summer, so think long and hard about whether you want to stare at a kissy-face emoji for the next decade or so. A special edition called Token Madness will offer the original tokens as well as the new winners.

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Huygens Probe's Titan Landing Revisited By NASA | Video

Space.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 7:57am
The ESA probe landed on the Saturn moon on January 14, 2005. It 'hitched a ride' to the Titan aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Actual descent images captured by Hyugens and animations are shown here.
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Black Holes Regurgitate 'Spitballs' After Devouring Stars

Space.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 7:42am
When a black hole devours a star, it spews planet-size "spitballs" of regurgitated gas tumbling through the galaxy — and some of these globs can come within a few hundred light-years of Earth, new research shows.
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How Old Is the Moon? Scientists Say They Finally Know

Space.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 7:01am
A new analysis of lunar rocks brought to Earth by NASA's Apollo 14 mission in 1971 suggests that the moon formed 4.51 billion years ago — just 60 million years after the solar system itself took shape.
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An Asteroid Passed By Earth At About Half the Distance Between Our Planet and Moon

Slashdot - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 7:00am
On Monday at 7:47 A.M. EST, an asteroid thought to be between 36 and 111 feet wide passed roughly 120,000 miles from Earth -- and astronomers didn't spot it until Saturday. Smithsonian reports: According to astronomer Eric Edelman at the Slooh Observatory, 2017 AG13 is an Aten asteroid, or a space rock with an orbital distance from the sun similar to that of Earth. AG13 also has a particularly elliptical orbit, which means that as it circles the sun it also crosses through the orbits of both Venus and Earth. Lucky for us, 2017 AG13 wasn't a planet killer; according to Wall, the asteroid was in the size range of the space rock that exploded in Earth's atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February, 2013. According to Deborah Byrd at EarthSky, that meteor exploded 12 miles in the atmosphere, releasing 30 times the energy of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb. Not only did it break windows in six cities, it also sent 1,500 people to the hospital. That meteor also came out of the blue, and researchers are still trying to figure out its orbit and track down its origins. While 2017 AG13 would have caused minor damage if it hit Earth, the close call highlights the dangers of asteroids.

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Orbital ATK's Next Cygnus Cargo Launch for NASA Set for March 16

Space.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 6:00am
Orbital ATK's next Cygnus cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA will lift off on March 16, NASA officials said Tuesday (Jan. 10).
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Author of Swift Language Chris Lattner is Leaving Apple; We're Interviewing Him (Ask a Question!)

Slashdot - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 5:30am
Software developer Chris Lattner, who is the main author of LLVM as well as Apple's Swift programming language, is leaving Apple, he said today. From a post: When we made Swift open source and launched Swift.org we put a lot of effort into defining a strong community structure. This structure has enabled Apple and the amazingly vibrant Swift community to work together to evolve Swift into a powerful, mature language powering software used by hundreds of millions of people. I'm happy to announce that Ted Kremenek will be taking over for me as "Project Lead" for the Swift project, managing the administrative and leadership responsibility for Swift.org. This recognizes the incredible effort he has already been putting into the project, and reflects a decision I've made to leave Apple later this month to pursue an opportunity in another space. We're delighted to share that we are interviewing Lattner, who says he's a "long-time reader/fan of Slashdot." Please leave your question in the comments section. Lattner says he'll talk about "open source (llvm/clang/swift/etc) or personal topics," but has requested that we do not ask him about Apple, which is understandable. Update: Lattner is joining Tesla.

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How Spy Agency Vets Read That Bombshell Trump Report: With Caution

Wired News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 5:17am
An explosive new report about Trumps relationship with Russia shouldn't be taken at face value. The post How Spy Agency Vets Read That Bombshell Trump Report: With Caution appeared first on WIRED.
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Obama Urges Americans Not to Take Democracy for Granted

Wired News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 5:02am
Obama's final speech was as much a warning as it was a farewell—a warning that the United States is still in the middle of crafting its history. The post Obama Urges Americans Not to Take Democracy for Granted appeared first on WIRED.
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Why You Shouldn't Trust Geek Squad

Slashdot - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 3:30am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Network World: The Orange County Weekly reports that Best Buy's "Geek Squad" repair technicians routinely search devices brought in for repair for files that could earn them $500 reward as FBI informants. This revelation came out in a court case, United States of America v. Mark A. Rettenmaier. Rettenmaier is a prominent Orange County physician and surgeon who took his laptop to the Mission Viejo Best Buy in November 2011 after he was unable to start it. According to court records, Geek Squad technician John "Trey" Westphal found an image of "a fully nude, white prepubescent female on her hands and knees on a bed, with a brown choker-type collar around her neck." Westphal notified his boss, who was also an FBI informant, who alerted another FBI informant -- as well as the FBI itself. The FBI has pretty much guaranteed the case will be thrown out by its behavior, this illegal search aside. According to Rettenmaier's defense attorney, agents conducted two additional searches of the computer without obtaining necessary warrants, lied to trick a federal magistrate judge into authorizing a search warrant for his home, then tried to cover up their misdeeds by initially hiding records. Plus, the file was found in the unallocated "trash" space, meaning it could only be retrieved by "carving" with sophisticated forensics tools. Carving (or file carving) is defined as searching for files or other kinds of objects based on content, rather than on metadata. It's used to recover old files that have been deleted or damaged. To prove child pornography, you have to prove the possessor knew what he had was indeed child porn. There has been a court case where files found on unallocated space did not constitute knowing possession because it's impossible to determine who put the file there and how, since it's not accessible to the user under normal circumstances.

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