Dive Into a Galaxy of Footage From NASA's Legendary X-Plane Program

Wired News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 12:30pm
The space agency has just released a trove of archival video, and it's awesome.
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Magical, Striking Scenes From ... Google Street View?

Wired News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 12:00pm
Jaqui Kenny roams the world searching for the perfect photo without ever leaving home.
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Reading, Writing & Eclipse-Watching: How We Got Our Students Excited About Aug. 21 (Op-Ed)

Space.com - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 11:30am
Three Illinois teachers discuss strategies they used for getting students excited about the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
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Volcanic Eruptions Rocked Mars' Huge Canyon Valles Marineris, Study Finds

Space.com - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 11:26am
Volcanoes erupted inside Mars' enormous equatorial canyon in the not-too-distant past, a new study suggests.
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Curiosity Rover Spies Sand Dunes on Mars & Ancient Freshwater Deposits (Photos)

Space.com - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 11:23am
In the last few months, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has moved to a new locale on Mount Sharp and is trying to learn more about the environment there. These images show the rover's journey around Vera Rubin Ridge.
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How Long Is a Day on Saturn? Cassini Is Racing to Find Out in Its Final Months

Space.com - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 11:19am
How long is a day on Saturn? The answer is still unclear as the Cassini spacecraft approaches its "Grand Finale" plunge into the ringed planet's atmosphere.
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At Comic-Con This Year, the Biggest Stars Were the Moderators

Wired News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 11:00am
With Reggie Watts, Terry Crews, and Damon Lindelof descending on Hall H, the era of prestige panel moderation may be upon us.
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'Dunkirk' Ambushed Genre Movies at the Box Office–And Won

Wired News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 11:00am
So much for our assumption that genre movies and comedies have an unshakeable stranglehold on the summer!
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The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers

Wired News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 11:00am
The race to build up artificial intelligence is driving software companies to roll their own silicon.
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Today in Space! July 25, 1984: First Spacewalk by a Woman

Space.com - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 11:00am
Find out what happened on July 25, 1984, when Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to take on a spacewalk.
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Inside Andy Rubin's Quest to Create an OS for Everything

Wired News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 10:00am
The Android mastermind is on a mission to connect our devices into a single consciousness. Ambitious? Absolutely. Possible? Maybe.
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iOS 11 Will Prevent Your iPhone From Automatically Connecting To Unreliable Wi-Fi Networks

Slashdot - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 10:00am
A new feature spotted in iOS 11 beta 2 intelligently manages wireless networks based on their reliability, learning to ignore those that are too far away to provide a consistent experience. TrustedReviews reports: It follows the company's Wi-Fi Assist feature which meant handsets would switch to a data connection when Wi-Fi networks became too slow. Naturally, users weren't thrilled with the resulting data usage issues, and it seems Apple is looking to do better this time around. This new feature will disable "Auto join" for any network which suffers from low speed issues or is deemed to be generally unreliable. Users will, of course, still be able to join these networks manually, but the change should prevent the frustration that comes from iPhones automatically joining networks users know to be inadequate. At this point, there's no way to know how well the feature will work, and there will undoubtedly be issues when it eventually arrives in iOS 11.

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Seeing in the Dark: Excerpt from 'Expressive Nature Photography'

Space.com - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 9:42am
An excerpt from "Expressive Nature Photography" by Brenda Tharp walks photographers through how to take stunning images incorporating the night sky.
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Microsoft Confirms It's Not Killing Off Paint After Outpouring of Support

Slashdot - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 8:45am
Microsoft said late Monday that it will not be killing off its Paint app in the next update of Windows 10. It will be made available via the Windows Store for free and will not be completely removed. CNBC reports: The U.S. technology company recently released a list which labeled Paint "deprecated," meaning it was considering removing the app when the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update gets released later this year. Fans on social media decried the potential death of Paint, which has been in existence for 32 years. But Microsoft released a blog post shortly after to clarify that Paint would not be completely removed, but instead made available via the Windows Store for free. "Today, we've seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. If there's anything we learned, it's that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans. It's been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app," Megan Saunders, a general manager at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post on Monday. "Amidst today's commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news: MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free."

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NASA Posts Archive of Flight Test Videos on YouTube

Space.com - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 8:25am
The space agency is celebrating 70 years of aircraft testing by releasing a trove of old videos showing X-planes, lunar landers, and various space shuttles.
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'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Is Returning to Theaters! (Here's the New Trailer)

Space.com - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 8:13am
Once again, we are not alone.
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Cool the Planet? Geoengineering Is Easier Said Than Done

Space.com - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 7:52am
Scientists are exploring ways to re-engineer the planet to counter the effects of global warming.
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Mitochondria or Midi-Chlorians? 'Star Wars' Hoax Paper Published in 4 Journals

Space.com - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 7:46am
A ridiculous hoax paper mixing up mitochondria with 'Star Wars' midi-chlorians gets published in four predatory journals.
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A New Study Shows the Moon's Interior Could Contain Water

Slashdot - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 7:00am
A new study from Brown University shows the moon might be flowing with more water than we thought, thanks to ancient volcanic deposits. NPR reports: Using satellite data, scientists from Brown University studied layers of rock on the moon that likely formed from large volcanic eruptions, called lunar pyroclastic deposits. The magma created by these eruptions has been carried to the moon's surface from very deep within its interior, the study showed. What's interesting about this new study, though, is that it shows the water is far more than just ice hiding in shadowy areas of the moon. In fact, there are likely pools of water in the moon's mantle, as well. If there's water in the moon's mantle, that suggests that the water was delivered to the moon very early in its formation, before it fully solidified, the study's lead author, Ralph Milliken told Space.com. Because the magma originally comes from deep within the lunar interior, Milliken explains, "the deep interior of the moon must also contain water."

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Global Network of Labs Will Test Security of Medical Devices

Slashdot - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 3:30am
chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: Amid increasing concerns about cyber threats to healthcare environments, a global network of labs will test the security of medical devices, according to an announcement on Monday by a consortium of healthcare industry firms, universities and technology firms, The Security Ledger reports. The "World Health Information Security Testing Labs (or "WHISTL") will adopt a model akin to the Underwriters Laboratory, which started out testing electrical devices, and focus on issues related to cyber security and privacy, helping medical device makers "address the public health challenges" created by connected health devices and complex, connected healthcare environments, according to a statement by The Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium. "MDISS WHISTL facilities will dramatically improve access to medical device security know-how while protecting patient privacy and the intellectual property of our various stakeholders," said Dr. Nordenberg, MD, Executive Director of MDISS. The labs will be one of the only independent, open and non-profit network of labs specifically designed for the needs of medical field, including medical device designers, hospital IT, and clinical engineering professionals. Experts will assess the security of medical devices using standards and specifications designed by testing organizations like Underwriters Labs. Evaluations will include application security testing like "fuzzing," static code analysis and penetration testing of devices. Any vulnerabilities found will be reported directly to manufacturers in accordance with best practices, and publicly disclosed to the international medical device vulnerability database (MDVIPER) which is maintained by MDISS and the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC). The group says it plans for 10 new device testing labs by the end of the year including in the U.S. in states like New York to Indiana, Tennessee and California and outside North America in the UK, Israel, Finland, and Singapore. The WHISTL facilities will work with Underwriters Labs as well as AAMI, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. Specifically, MDISS labs will base its work on the UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program specifications (UL CAP) and follow testing standards developed by both groups including the UL 2900 and AAMI 80001 standards.

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