What Trump or Clinton Would Mean for Space: Experts Weigh In

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:47am
Ahead of tomorrow's presidential election, some voters may wonder what each candidate will do for America's space program. So Space.com spoke with space policy experts to see what they had to say.
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NASA Investigating Possible Link Between Juno and Intelsat Thruster Problems

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:09am
An ongoing investigation into a thruster problem on NASA's Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter is looking into a possible connection with a malfunction of a similar thruster on a recently launched Intelsat satellite.
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Switzerland Tries to Save a Glacier by Covering It in Blankets

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:00am
A Swiss photographer photographs the blankets covering parts of the Rhone Glacier in Switzerland. The post Switzerland Tries to Save a Glacier by Covering It in Blankets appeared first on WIRED.
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Satellites 'You Can Hold In Your Hand' Spurring Innovation | Video

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:52am
Next-generation satellites, with limited capabilities, are part of the next wave of Earth observation by NASA.
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NASA Seeks Concepts for Commercial Lunar Lander Instruments

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:10am
NASA announced Nov. 1 that it is seeking information regarding instruments that could be flown to the moon on future commercial spacecraft, with one company that is developing a lander offering financial support for their development.
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SpaceX Finds Rocket Explosion 'Smoking Gun'

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 9:55am
And it's made of solid oxygen.
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Galactic 'Eyelids' Show Space Gas 'Tsunami' (Photo)

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 8:38am
Look out! A "tsunami" of gas is crashing through a spiral galaxy, creating an image that bears a striking resemblance to a pair of eyelids.
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Elon Musk Predicts Automation Will Lead To A Universal Basic Income

Slashdot - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 8:34am
An anonymous reader quotes Mashable's new article about Tesla/SpaceX founder Elon Musk: Tech innovators in the self-driving car and AI industries talk a lot about how many human jobs will be innovated out of existence, but they rarely explain what will happen to all those newly jobless humans. In an interview with CNBC on Friday, Musk said that he believes the solution to taking care of human workers who are displaced by robots and software is creating a (presumably government-backed) universal basic income for all. "There's a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation," said Musk. "I'm not sure what else one would do. That's what I think would happen." And what will this world look like? "People will have time to do other things, more complex things, more interesting things," Musk told CNBC's interviewer. "Certainly more leisure time." President Obama has also talked about "redesigning the social compact" with MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito, and in August predicted the question of whether there's support for the Universal Basic Income is "a debate that we'll be having over the next 10 or 20 years."

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Martian Samples Risk Earth Contamination in Search for Life

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 8:30am
The people building the Mars 2020 rover are confronting the challenges of collecting samples from the Red Planet without contaminating them with organic molecules from Earth.
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High-Flying NASA Mission Sets New GPS World Record

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 8:26am
A NASA mission's GPS prowess is now part of the record books: The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission just broke a Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a GPS signal.
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Voting From Space? NASA Astronaut Explains From ISS | Video

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 7:54am
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins explains how American astronauts vote from the International Space Station. The video is an excerpt of NASA's Johnson Space Center's 'Space To Ground' weekly video series.
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'Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet' Examines Exploration Issues | Video

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 7:09am
Leonard David, author of the companion book for the new National Geographic Channel show "Mars," talks to Space.com's Tariq Malik about what to expect from his new book. It's available now on Amazon.
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are American Tech Workers Paid So Well?

Slashdot - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 4:45am
Slashdot reader davidwr is "an American-born, American-educated mid-career IT professional." But he's still curious about why American geeks earn more than their IT counterparts overseas: If I'm a mid-career programmer looking for a job, why should I expect to be paid a whole lot more than my peer in India when applying for a job that could easily be outsourced to India? If I do get the job, why should I expect to keep it more than a year or two instead of being told "your job is being outsourced" before 2020? Is my American education and 5-25 years of experience in the American workplace really worth it to an employer? Should we, as an industry, lower our salary expectations -- and that of students entering the field -- to make us more competitive with our peers in India and similar "much cheaper labor than first world" economies? If not, what should we be doing to make ourselves competitive in ways that our peers overseas cannot duplicate? What's the secret ingredient that justifies those higher salaries? Leave your answers in the comments. Why are American tech workers paid so well?

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Yes, Donald Trump, the FBI Can Vet 650,000 Emails in Eight Days

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 3:37am
That's what computers are for. The post Yes, Donald Trump, the FBI Can Vet 650,000 Emails in Eight Days appeared first on WIRED.
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FBI Completes New Review of Clinton Emails, Finds Nothing

Wired News - Sun, 06/11/2016 - 9:59pm
Good thing no one got carried away or anything. The post FBI Completes New Review of Clinton Emails, Finds Nothing appeared first on WIRED.
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