Epic Cassini Saturn Mission Begins 'Grand Finale' This Month

Space.com - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:58am
NASA's veteran Cassini mission will officially kick off its farewell tour of the Saturn system on April 22 with a final close encounter of the ringed planet's largest moon, Titan. Then, on Sept. 15, Cassini will burn up in Saturn's atmosphere.
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Relatively Pricey: Einstein Letter Fetches $54K at Auction

Space.com - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:05am
An Einstein letter shows a generous spirit and a little criticism.
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NASA Plays Down Proposed Earth Science Cuts

Space.com - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:00am
Despite a proposed cut of more than five percent in the administration's fiscal year 2018 budget request, NASA officials argued that its Earth science programs should not face major disruptions.
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Nintendo Switch Consoles Are Reportedly Warping When Docked

Slashdot - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:00am
When the Nintendo Switch was launched in early March, some users complained about dead or stuck pixels, which Nintendo later dismissed as being "normal." We're now approaching the one-month mark and some users are reporting that the console can warp when it's been docked for an extended period of gaming. The Independent reports: [Reddit] User _NSR has posted a picture of a bent Switch online, alongside a message reading, "The Nintendo Switch is starting to warp while only being in dock mode." _NSR expanded on the issue in further comments, explaining, "It does get very hot, considering how small the system is and it is outputting Breath of the Wild for long periods of time on a big screen, it may be too much for it to handle. I'm wondering if it being docked is the problem though, most of my time has been on the dock, and it has to work harder to output to a larger screen. Luckily it hasn't affected the way that it plays, the lack of disc drive is definitely a good thing here." Fellow Reddit users have offered multiple possible explanations for the warp, with battery issues and thermal expansion being suggested. Another Switch user, Magnaha23, backed up _NSR's claim, commenting, "I actually checked my Switch after seeing this. It's starting to do the exact same thing just not as bad as yours yet. I called Nintendo and got a repair set up in like 10 minutes. "I got a prepaid label for overnight shipping. Once they get it it takes a few days to process and repair. If they can repair the unit, which if the whole thing is warped they probably can't, they will send back. Otherwise, they will transfer my data over to a new unit and send that back. They said 6-8 business days once they get my Switch. We shall see..." Other people on the thread, however, say they haven't noticed any warping despite using it for lengthy gaming sessions while docked.

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Zip Line to Safety: ULA Installs Launchpad Escape System for Astronauts

Space.com - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:45am
United Launch Alliance (ULA) has installed a 1,350-foot-long (410 meters) zip line on its Atlas V launchpad in Florida to serve as an emergency-escape system for astronauts aboard Boeing's new Starliner capsule.
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In Photos: ULA's Zip Line Astronaut Escape System for Boeing's Starliner

Space.com - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:08am
The United Launch Alliance will use a novel zip line to move astronauts away from the Launchpad in case of an emergency with their Atlas V rocket or Boeing Starliner CST-100 spacecraft. See how it works in photos.
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The Scientists Trying to Keep Zika Out of Your Placenta

Wired News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:00am
Because if scientists can prevent virus transmission in utero, they can prevent Zika's devastating birth defects. The post The Scientists Trying to Keep Zika Out of Your Placenta appeared first on WIRED.
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NASA's Epic Cassini Mission to Saturn Gets Awesome Video Treatment

Space.com - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 8:17am
The NASA Cassini mission has studied the Saturn system for many years and will have one final act later this year as it dives into the gas giant. Take a look back at its epic journey and an animation of the final moments of the mission.
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