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Is A Sitcom Astronaut Hadfield’s Next Frontier? ABC Comedy In The Works, Report Says
Universe Today
It's possible that Chris Hadfield's best-selling book will become a sitcom! The astronaut who quickly became the world's most-wanted Canadian last year, based on his amusing YouTube videos and stunning space pictures, is involved in production of a sitcom based on An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth, Deadline reports. "The TV series is described&
Curiosity  Brushes ‘Bonanza King’ Target Anticipating Fourth Red Planet Rock Drilling
Universe Today
Eagerly eyeing her next drill site on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover laid the groundwork by brushing the chosen rock target called ‘Bonanza King’ on Wednesday, Aug. 17, Sol 722, with the Dust Removal Tool (DRT) and collecting high resolution imagery with the Mast Camera (Mastcam) to confirm the success of the operation. By brushing aside&
Some Spiders Grow Bigger in Urban Areas : DNews
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Bigger, beefier spiders are emerging because, as a new study has found, some spiders love city and suburban living. Continue reading →
Vine allows users to upload videos made with other apps
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Twitter’s video sharing service has expanded the options to users, letting them upload from the camera roll for the first time.
Kate Bush makes a valiant stand in the battle of transcendence v smartphones
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John Harris: Argument is raging between those who see concerts as collective film shoots and those who just want to lose themselves. I know whose side I’m on
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Watch A ‘Swan’ Fly Free From Its Trap In A Space Robotic Arm
Universe Today
What does it look like when a cargo ship goes flying away from the International Space Station? This timelapse gives you a sense of what to expect. Here, you can see the handiwork of the (off-camera) Expedition 40 crew as they use the robotic Canadarm2 to let go of the Cygnus spacecraft. "Great feeling to&
Australian Amateur Terry Lovejoy Discovers New Comet
Universe Today
It's confirmed! Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy just discovered his fifth comet, C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy). He found it August 17th using a Celestron C8 fitted with a CCD camera at his roll-off roof observatory in Brisbane, Australia.  "I take large sets of image triplets, i.e 3 images per star field and use software to find moving objects," said Lovejoy.  "The&
Why Is a Monsoon Flooding Phoenix? : DNews
DNews
The Arizona monsoon is actually a long-documented meteorological phenomenon there. Continue reading →
Four mobile-based tools that can bring education to millions
the Guardian
The ubiquity of mobile phones is providing a new low cost tool for teaching children and their parents in some of the poorest communities
Remembering the “World War I Eclipse”
Universe Today
The paths of total solar eclipses care not for political borders or conflicts, often crossing over war-torn lands. Such was the case a century ago this week on August 21st, 1914 when a total solar eclipse crossed over Eastern Europe shortly after the outbreak of World War I. Known as the “War to End All&
How the Human Brain Gets Its Wrinkles : DNews
DNews
The reason may be that the rapid growth of the brain's outer brain — the gray matter — is constrained by the white matter.
Vancouver man creeped out by drone buzzing near his 36th-story condo
Ars Technica
Drone was "a couple of feet away from my patio, camera pointed right at me."
James Foley: How social media is fighting back against Isis propaganda
the Guardian
In the wake of the journalist’s death, social media companies begin to take an editorial approach to the content they are hosting. By Hannah Jane Parkinson
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How The Panama Canal Changed The Shape Of War
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Or at least the shape of warships
'Beam Me to Mars' Lets You Send Martian Messages : DNews
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You may never set foot on Mars, but your words and pictures could land there later this year.
Patent troll speaks to podcasters: You’re so poor, we won’t sue you
Ars Technica
The troll will let anyone earn "modest amounts of money" from podcasting.
Leaked Comcast employee metrics show what we figured: Sell or perish [Updated]
Ars Technica
Training materials explicitly require a "sell" phase, even in support calls.
Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft board after 14 years to focus on LA Clippers
the Guardian
Former CEO of computer giant says he plans to spend time on basketball team, ‘civic contribution, teaching and study’
The Japanese Have an Entire Field of Research Devoted to Chillin' in the Forest
Motherboard
Everyone's better off after a day in the woods, except pet dogs, who are already too good to care.
Turning Old Lead Batteries Into New Solar Energy
Popular Science
MIT team's work could curb toxic waste while contributing to clean power
NASA's Greased Lightning Tests Vertical Takeoff
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But is it systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic?
Kuddle, An “Instagram With Training Wheels,” Introduces Social Media To Kids | TechCrunch
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A new mobile application called Kuddle is introducing a safer way for kids to get introduced to social media, while still under a parent's watchful eye. The..
Neanderthals and Humans Overlapped for 5,400 Years : DNews
DNews
Neanderthals did not really go extinct -- they were simply absorbed into the modern human gene pool of Europeans and Asians.  Continue reading →
Trouble in troll-ville: Intellectual Ventures lays off 140 workers
Ars Technica
Biggest patent holder can't get as many investors to pony up any more.
Twitter: it's official, get used to tweets from people you don't follow
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Company updates support page to say that it may add content from all sorts of sources on Twitter - but changes are unpopular. By Charles Arthur
How Virtual Reality Could Help Diagnose Dementia
Motherboard
Instead of video games, this new virtual reality system catches dementia.
A Piece of Vesta Has Been Stolen!
Universe Today
Calling all meteorite collectors and enthusiasts! There's a hot space rock at large and, as Indiana Jones would say, it belongs in a museum. Perhaps you can help put it back in one. On Aug. 19 a burglary was reported at the Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory in Utrecht, Netherlands, and one of the items missing is a&
Space Plane Tech Could Power Aircraft for US Military : DNews
DNews
Engine technology being developed for a British space plane could also find its way into hypersonic aircraft built by the U.S. military.
Creepy, Electronic 'Make Up' for Future Faces : DNews
DNews
Cameras equipped with real-time face-tracking software plus a projector map video onto the contours, ridges and valleys of a face. Continue reading →
Netflix ends one of its oldest disputes, agrees to pay Time Warner Cable
Ars Technica
TWC is "the last of the four" ISPs to demand payment, Netflix says.
Chatterbox: Wednesday
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The place to talk about games and other things that matter
Google working on child-friendly sites – report
the Guardian
Firm said to be developing versions of YouTube and Gmail to which it could let children under 13 sign up
What Proof of Life on Mars Might Look Like
Motherboard
The ​Nakhla martian meteorite is the gift that keeps on giving. Did it just give again?
A Volcanic Asteroid Roamed Our Solar System Billions Of Years Ago
Popular Science
Even small, early Solar System objects hosted volcanic activity, a new study finds.
Facial Recognition: Now Helping You Find Hot Dates, Cute Pets
Popular Science
Introducing the services Three Day Rule and PetMatch
Everdwell Gives Real Estate Agents A More Beautiful Online Home | TechCrunch
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Real estate is a business where tech is only slowly starting to make a dent into the traditional way of doing things. But even the most technophobic agent now..
Rock-Eating Microbes Found in Buried Antarctic Lake : DNews
DNews
The subglacial lakes in Antarctic are home to at least 3,931 species of microbes, a finding that resolves earlier controversies over whether life can exist in the dark, subzero temperatures.
Researchers find it’s terrifyingly easy to hack traffic lights
Ars Technica
Open wireless and default passwords make controlling a city's intersections trivial.
The James Foley Videos Worth Watching
Motherboard
It's worth remembering the late reporter for his motivation and dedication, not what ultimately happened to him.
An Electronic Camouflage Cloak Inspired By Color-Changing Octopus Skin
Popular Science
Eat your heart out, Harry Potter
Ferguson Follows Long History of Civil Unrest in US : DNews
DNews
The protests in Ferguson, Mo. are just the most recent in a decades-long history of civil unrest following violence against unarmed African Americans.
Satellite Image Shows Massive Forest Fire Burn : DNews
DNews
Firefighters are still putting out a huge forest fire that erupted in Washington state last month, but the fire's devastating effects may be felt for years to come. Continue reading →
Sony doesn’t understand why so many people are buying PS4s
Ars Technica
Exec worries about possibly exhausting "core gamer" market too quickly.
Kate Bush asks fans not to use phones or tablets at London comeback gigs
the Guardian
Singer joins growing backlash against filming performances, telling fans she wants to 'have contact with you as an audience'
Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds
the Guardian
Research suggests that recall of plot after using an e-reader is poorer than with traditional books
Drought-Stricken California Is Basically Running a Water Ponzi Scheme
Motherboard
The state's water control board has been promising to produce about five times more water than it actually can. Whoops.
Twitter Bot Helps Chicago Officials Find Dirty Restaurants
Popular Science
The bot led to 133 restaurant inspections and 21 shutdowns in a 10-month period.
Hailo Launches API For E-Hailing On The Same Day As Uber | TechCrunch
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Not to be left behind in the growing feud between Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and others, Hailo has launched a public API for its taxi hailing service, on the very..
Vine Finally Lets You Import Video From Your Camera Roll | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
With more than 100 million people watching Vines across the web each month, and over 1 billion loops every day, Vine has just released an update to the app..
How Do Black Holes Form? Clue Found : DNews
DNews
A recent discovery of an intermediate-mass black hole in a nearby galaxy offers the best evidence yet that a class of medium-size black holes exists.
More evidence that microbes inhabit lakes deep under Antarctic ice
Ars Technica
One kilometer below the ice's surface, there's an ecosystem full of life.
A Synthetic Bio Startup Is Making Cat Poop Coffee Without the Poop (or the Cat)
Motherboard
It's all in how you ferment the beans, the company says.
Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying
Popular Science
In a fun competition to design a 3-D-printed Martian habitat, three designs are finalists.
Street Drug 15 Times Stronger Than Heroin : DNews
DNews
Apparent heroin overdoses may actually be overdoses of acetyl fentanyl, an opiate that is mixed into street drugs marketed as heroin. Continue reading →
Speed Limits Could Save Rarest Dragonfly : DNews
DNews
The Hine's emerald dragonfly is the only dragonfly on the federal endangered species list. Summer drivers kill about 3,300 of them each year.
FilmOn’s Alki David: Comic-Con’s Homer Simpson hologram violated my patent
Ars Technica
David was slapped down twice for TV-over-Internet broadcasts. Now—holograms.
The costly trail of British government IT and 'big bang' project disasters
the Guardian
From e-borders to the NHS, the billions spent tell a cautionary tale – but have lessons been learned for universal credit?
The Sketchy Emissions Argument for Pumping US Coal Across the Pacific
Motherboard
A best-case finds that sending US coal to South Korean power plants might cut coal-related emissions 21 percent.
Feel The Beat: Black Hole’s Pulse Reveals Its Mysterious Size
Universe Today
There's a bit of a mystery buried in the heart of the Cigar Galaxy, known more formally as M82 or Messier 82. Shining brightly in X-rays is a black hole (called M82 X-1) that straddles an unusual line between small and huge black holes, new research has revealed. The new study reveals for the first&
Antarctica From Pole To Coast In Stunning Detail
Popular Science
A mosaic of more than 3,150 high-resolution satellite images creates the best continent-wide view since 1997.
TC Cribs: Storm8, The Land Of Very Colorful Desks And Lots Of Fancy Beer | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
In this episode of Cribs we headed to Storm8, the company that makes lots of popular mobile social games. Storm8 is housed in a, well, pretty bland looking..
Could Body Cams Reduce Police Tensions? : DNews
DNews
While many say that mandating police officers to wear recording devices would lessen unnecessary police force, the reality may be more complicated.
In wake of Ferguson shooting, calls escalate for cops to wear body cams
Ars Technica
Cameras serve as a "check against the abuse of power by police officers," says ACLU.
iPhone 6: leaked photos show possible design
the Guardian
Apple developer software also indicates larger iPhone 6 could have higher resolution to fit more on screen. By Samuel Gibbs
Scientists Found a Way to Email Brain Waves
Motherboard
An international team of researchers was able to use electroencephalography (EEG) to convert the words “hola” and “ciao” from a person's brain waves into binary.
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Lord Byron's 'Darkness': A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Climate Change
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The Byronic post-apocalyptic Earth is extreme, but so is the way we interact with the planet.
Scientists Have No Idea Why U.S. Teens Are Having Fewer Babies Than Ever
Popular Science
We're doing so much better than teens in the 1950s.
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo Enlists Reddit Users To Rebrand Net Neutrality | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
Today in a video and accompanying post, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo asked Reddit users to help come up with new branding for net neutrality. The term 'net..
FarmBot Will 3D Print Your Crops and Email You When It Harvests Them
Motherboard
Printing is the new sowing.
Players Build Working Hard Drive Inside Minecraft
Popular Science
It's a computer inside a computer game.
Instagram Starts Offering Essential Ad Tools At Last | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
Facebook-owned Instagram is making itself more advertising-friendly today with the rollout of a suite of business tools aimed at brands which offer insights..
What the New Reddit and Imgur Research Project Plans to Do with User Data
Motherboard
A new project is going to open up the internet's largest social communities to researchers.
This is What Curiosity Looks Like After Two Years On Mars
Popular Science
It’s a little battered and dirty, but still going strong.
Camu Is A Beautiful, All-In-One Camera App, Photo Editor And Mobile Messenger | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
A new mobile application called Camu, launching today, is designed to serve as a lightweight replacement to the iPhone's default camera app while also..
How Watching 13 Billion Years Of Cosmic Growth Links To Storytelling
Universe Today
How do you show off 13 billion years of cosmic growth? One way that astronomers can figure that out is through visualizations -- such as this one from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, called Illustris. Billed as the most detailed computer simulation ever of the universe (done on a fast supercomputer), you can slowly see&
Pandora, Indiegogo Release Employee Diversity Reports | TechCrunch
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Indiegogo reported 33 percent of its tech employees are female, a relatively higher percentage than other companies that have recently released diversity..
Swift Navigation Raises $2.6 Million For Its Ultra-Precise GPS System | TechCrunch
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Swift Navigation has developed centimeter-accurate GPS technology that can be used for a much wider range of applications. The company has developed a GPS..
   
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