Image of the Day

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:15pm
Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is taking a spacewalk with Shane Kimbrough today, will be adding lubricant to the Latching End Effector, the "hand" at the end of the Space Station Remote Manipulator System, otherwise known as Dextre.
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Enough With the Unoriginal Sci-Fi. Looking at You, Life

Wired News - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:00pm
Even if you haven't seen this movie, you've seen this movie. The post Enough With the Unoriginal Sci-Fi. Looking at You, Life appeared first on WIRED.
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Hollywood Producer Blames Rotten Tomatoes For Convincing People Not To See His Movie

Slashdot - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:00pm
An anonymous reader shares a VanityFair report: These days, it takes less than 60 seconds to know what the general consensus on a new movie is -- thanks to Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregator site that designates a number score to each film based on critical and user reviews. Although this may be convenient for moviegoers not necessarily interested in burning $15 on a critically subpar film, it is certainly not convenient for those Hollywood directors, producers, backers, and stars who toiled to make said critically subpar film. In fact, the site may be "the worst thing that we have in today's movie culture" -- at least according to Brett Ratner, the Rush Hour director/producer who recently threw the financial weight of his RatPac Entertainment behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Sure, the blockbuster made over $850 million worldwide in spite of negative reviews ... but just think of how much more it could have made had it not had a Rotten Tomatoes score of 27 percent! Last week, while speaking at the Sun Valley Film Festival, Ratner said, "The worst thing that we have in today's movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. I think it's the destruction of our business."

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Dwarf Planet Ceres' Water-Ice Deposits Tied to Its Changing Tilt

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 1:53pm
The location of newfound water-ice deposits on Ceres are linked to wild swings in the dwarf planet's tilt over the eons, a new study suggests.
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The Clever Lindlund Ruler Measures the Digital and Physical Worlds

Wired News - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 1:30pm
The Lindlund ruler closes the gap between analog and digital design. The post The Clever Lindlund Ruler Measures the Digital and Physical Worlds appeared first on WIRED.
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Rogue One’s Director Reveals the Secrets of That Crazy Vader Scene

Wired News - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 1:00pm
According to Gareth Edwards, the scene almost didn't happen. Here's how he pulled it off. The post Rogue One’s Director Reveals the Secrets of That Crazy Vader Scene appeared first on WIRED.
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Sea Ice Extent Sinks To Record Lows At Both Poles

Slashdot - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 1:00pm
According to NASA, Arctic sea ice appears to have reached on March 7 a record low wintertime maximum extent. On the opposite side of the planet, Antartica ice hit its lowest extent ever recorded by satellites (since satellites began measuring sea ice in 1979) on March 3 at the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Science Daily reports: Total polar sea ice covered 6.26 million square miles (16.21 million square kilometers), which is 790,000 square miles (2 million square kilometers) less than the average global minimum extent for 1981-2010 -- the equivalent of having lost a chunk of sea ice larger than Mexico. The ice floating on top of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas shrinks in a seasonal cycle from mid-March until mid-September. As the Arctic temperatures drop in the autumn and winter, the ice cover grows again until it reaches its yearly maximum extent, typically in March. The ring of sea ice around the Antarctic continent behaves in a similar manner, with the calendar flipped: it usually reaches its maximum in September and its minimum in February. This winter, a combination of warmer-than-average temperatures, winds unfavorable to ice expansion, and a series of storms halted sea ice growth in the Arctic. This year's maximum extent, reached on March 7 at 5.57 million square miles (14.42 million square kilometers), is 37,000 square miles (97,00 square kilometers) below the previous record low, which occurred in 2015, and 471,000 square miles (1.22 million square kilometers) smaller than the average maximum extent for 1981-2010.

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Building a market for renewable thermal technologies

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:30pm
Renewable thermal technologies have significant market potential in the state if supported by appropriate public policy and financing tools, a new analysis concludes.
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Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:30pm
A new project aims to create an efficient, simple-to-manufacture oxygen-evolution catalyst that pairs well with semiconductors for advanced solar cells. The technique could lead to unique catalysts for other applications.
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An algorithm that knows when you'll get bored with your favorite mobile game

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:30pm
Researchers have developed a new algorithm that predicts when a user will leave a mobile game. This information is useful for game studios so that they can design strategies to maintain the player's interest.
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Computer program developed to diagnose and locate cancer from a blood sample

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:30pm
Researchers in the United States have developed a computer program that can simultaneously detect cancer and identify where in the body the cancer is located, from a patient's blood sample.
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Photo of the Week: Scientists Fire Up the World’s Largest Artificial Sun (Without Melting Earth)

Wired News - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:30pm
"Synlight," as it's called, puts out light 10,000 times as intense as that of the sun. The post Photo of the Week: Scientists Fire Up the World’s Largest Artificial Sun (Without Melting Earth) appeared first on WIRED.
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Witness 60 Years of Glorious F1 Race Car Evolution

Wired News - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 11:30am
From the front engined tubes to of yore to the mystic aerodynamic future. The post Witness 60 Years of Glorious F1 Race Car Evolution appeared first on WIRED.
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Tech Bigwigs Know How Addictive Their Products Are. Why Don’t the Rest of Us?

Wired News - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 11:30am
The world's greatest technocrats follow the cardinal rule of drug dealing: never get high on your own supply. The post Tech Bigwigs Know How Addictive Their Products Are. Why Don’t the Rest of Us? appeared first on WIRED.
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The Journey of NASA’s Smartest Satellite Finally Comes to an End

Wired News - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 11:00am
The Earth Observing-1 satellite is retiring, and leaving behind an oddball technological legacy. The post The Journey of NASA’s Smartest Satellite Finally Comes to an End appeared first on WIRED.
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Space Station Astronauts Are Taking a Spacewalk Today: Watch It Live

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:33am
Two astronauts are taking a spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (March 24) to prepare the outpost for a new docking ring among other upgrades.
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Watch Live Now! Astronauts Taking Spacewalk Outside Space Station

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:30am
Two astronauts are taking a spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (March 24) and you can watch the 6.5-hour EVA live here in a webcast from NASA TV.
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Riding Along with Comets Using Mobile Astronomy Apps

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:20am
Comets are some of the most captivating sights for skywatchers. Here's how to spot these objects using mobile apps.
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'Life' Brings Alien Terror to the International Space Station

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:20am
No science-fiction movie that takes place at the International Space Station has been quite as terrifying as "Life," a new space thriller that comes out in theaters today (March 24).
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Breaking the 'Speed Limit': Simulation Shows Monster Black Holes' Rapid Growth

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:10am
They grow up so fast: A new simulation shows how supermassive black holes could have gotten so large, so quickly in the early universe — by taking a shortcut via a star.
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