Stunning Blue Star Enjoys Spotlight Moment in Dazzling New View (Video)

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 12:30pm
A star known as HD 97300 lights up a nearby cloud of dust and gas particles, creating a "reflection nebula." The reflection nebula featured in the new image is called IC 2631, scientists said.
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NASA's Next Big Space Telescope Coming Together Despite 'Snowzilla'

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 12:30pm
Last month, "Snowzilla" pummeled the U.S. East Coast with the biggest blizzard in years. The storm may have stopped traffic and closed schools, but it could not stop scientists prepping the James Webb Space Telescope for its planned 2018 launch.
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Black Holes, Too! Gravitational Wave Find Had Other Surprises

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 12:30pm
In addition to directly detecting gravitational waves for the first time, the LIGO experiment detected the first direct evidence of binary black holes, and the monstrous pair surprised astrophysicists.
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Watch One of the First Volcanic Eruptions Ever Filmed

Wired News - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 12:00pm

Could this film of Lassen Peak erupting in 1915 be one of the oldest existing films of a volcanic eruption?

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Review: Bragi Dash

Wired News - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 12:00pm

Truly wireless headphones are here. Can you hear me now?

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SF’s Tech Bus Problem Isn’t About Buses. It’s About Housing

Wired News - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 12:00pm

To many, these shuttles are the rolling symbol of a class war pitting cash-rich tech workers against longtime San Franciscans who are being pushed out.

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A Go Grandmaster Will Battle Google’s AI in a $1M Prizefight

Wired News - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 12:00pm

Three weeks from today, Google's artificial intelligence will go head-to-head with the real thing.

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Lots of People Are Losing Distance Vision, and No One Knows Why

Wired News - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 12:00pm

Myopia, or nearsightedness, has taken off like a silent epidemic. What's behind its sudden rise?

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TED Confessions: Changing the World Actually Kind of Sucks

Wired News - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 12:00pm

As Shonda Rhimes put it, having a dream job isn't always about the dreaming. It's about the job.

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The Subversive Women Who Self-Publish Novels Amid Jihadist War

Wired News - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 12:00pm

Photographer Glenna Gordon captures the lives of remarkable women self-publishing romance novels and other stories in northern Nigeria.

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Cox Stands Pat, Won't Spy On Customers To Appease Copyright Holders

Slashdot - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 11:38am
MojoKid writes: Cox Communications is standing up for its subscribers by so far refusing to spy on their online activities and take legal action against those who download copyrighted material. That stand has already cost the ISP $25 million (the amount a Virginia federal jury recently came up with when it ruled that Cox was responsible for the activities of those using its service), and it could cost Cox even more. The ruling against Cox took place last December. Since then, music publisher BMG has followed up by asking a court to issue a permanent injunction against Cox. BMG also wants the ISP to boot customers who have pirated content and share the details of those subscribers with copyright holders. The topic of deep packet inspection has also come up. Despite all this, Cox is holding firm in its position. "To the extent the injunction requires either termination or surveillance, it imposes undue hardships on Cox, both because the order is vague and because it imposes disproportionate, intrusive, and punitive measures against households and businesses with no due process," Cox stated in its reply.

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Rocket Lab to Launch Spire Satellites

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 10:40am
Rocket Lab, a company developing a small launch vehicle, announced a contract Feb. 14 with Spire to launch somes of that company’s smallsats through 2017.
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New Study Shows Mystery 'Hobbits' Not Humans Like Us

Slashdot - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 9:51am
According to a study published on Monday, diminutive humans that died out on an Indonesian island some 15,000 years ago were not homo sapiens, but rather a different species. The Homo floresiensis, known as "hobbits" since they looked like small humans, were found to be a distinct species based on the layers in the specimens' skulls. This discovery could be the end of one of the most heated arguments in anthropology.

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High in the Sky: How to Spot 'Circumpolar' Constellations

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 9:10am
Here's how to see the circumpolar constellations, such as the Great Bear, which are always with us.
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Japan Launches X-Ray Observatory to Study Black Holes, Star Explosions

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 8:41am
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Astro-H X-ray observatory launched to orbit today (Feb. 17) at 3:45 a.m. EST (0845 GMT; 5:45 p.m. local time in Japan) atop an H-IIA rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center.
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'The Last Man On The Moon' Delivers Rare Archive Footage | Trailer

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 8:17am
NASA astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan placed the last footprint on the moon in 1972. He "reflects on an extraordinary life" in the new documentary. Opens in theaters on Feb. 26th, 2016.
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NASA's 'Star Trek' Replicator Challenge Asks Kids for Food Tech Ideas

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 7:35am
NASA is asking youngsters to help design 3D-printed tools and other hardware that would help future space travelers prepare meals or create food.
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Scientists Propose Using Cold War Era Weapons To Deflect Asteroids

Slashdot - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 7:26am
MarkWhittington writes: Many people are considering what to do if an asteroid was headed for a collision with Earth. One such collision wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Now, films such as "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact" depict what might happen if Earth were threatened with a similar event in modern times. As a result, some people are repurposing weapons that were built or envisioned during the Cold War to confront the celestial threat, from old ICBMs to space-based laser systems.

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Sci-Fi Novel 'Zero-G' Soars to Edge of Space

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 7:00am
A new sci-fi novel launched on a truly fitting mission last month, as documented in a new video: Rob Boffard's "Zero-G" cruised to the upper stratosphere for a very unusual author reading at the edge of space.
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Virgin Galactic: Richard Branson's Space Tourism Company

Space.com - Wed, 17/02/2016 - 6:13am
Entrepreneur Richard Branson aims to take paying passengers into space in the next few years.
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