Tech Could Do More to Oppose Trump—at a Price

Wired News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 12:00pm
Silicon Valley heavyweights are backing the court fight against Trump's immigration ban. But they risk alienating users—and the tweeter-in-chief. The post Tech Could Do More to Oppose Trump---at a Price appeared first on WIRED.
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Watch How Terrifyingly Bad Car Safety Was Just 20 Years Ago

Wired News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 12:00pm
Maybe it's time to get a new car. The post Watch How Terrifyingly Bad Car Safety Was Just 20 Years Ago appeared first on WIRED.
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AI Is About to Learn More Like Humans—with a Little Uncertainty

Wired News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 12:00pm
Neural networks are all the rage right now. But they're still flawed. So top tech companies are looking at new forms of AI better at handling uncertainty. The post AI Is About to Learn More Like Humans—with a Little Uncertainty appeared first on WIRED.
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Now’s Probably the Time to Consider One of These Burner Phones

Wired News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 12:00pm
If you're concerned that your devices will be confiscated and searched, start carrying a burner phone. The post Now's Probably the Time to Consider One of These Burner Phones appeared first on WIRED.
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A Pirate Podcast App Takes on Iran’s Hardline Censors

Wired News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 12:00pm
RadiTo hopes to bring forbidden audio to Iran's growing audience of smartphone users---and stay a step ahead of the country's internet filters. The post A Pirate Podcast App Takes on Iran's Hardline Censors appeared first on WIRED.
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How Madden Got So Good at Predicting Super Bowl Winners

Wired News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 12:00pm
EA Sports' 'Madden' games have correctly predicted the Super Bowl's outcome nine out of 13 times. How? Data. The post How Madden Got So Good at Predicting Super Bowl Winners appeared first on WIRED.
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Congress’ Phone System Is Broken—But It’s Still Your Best Shot

Wired News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 12:00pm
Call Congress. It works if you want to get your voice heard. Probably because it's a pain in the ass. The post Congress' Phone System Is Broken---But It's Still Your Best Shot appeared first on WIRED.
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Cutting International Science Funding Will Only Hurt America

Wired News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 12:00pm
If Trump tries to improve Americans' lot by cutting international research funding, he'll accomplish just the opposite. The post Cutting International Science Funding Will Only Hurt America appeared first on WIRED.
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NASA Spacecraft to Hunt for Earth's Asteroid 'Ghosts'

Space.com - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 12:00pm
This month, NASA's asteroid-sampling Osiris-Rex mission will search for possible Trojan asteroids that could be traveling along with Earth around the sun.
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Real Spaceships and Mushy Love: 'The Space Between Us' Delivers

Space.com - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 12:00pm
A new science fiction film, "The Space Between Us," hits theaters today (Feb. 3), and it just might be the most spaced-out teenage love story yet.
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Explore an Abandoned Cold War Base in the Middle of the Ocean

Wired News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 10:00am
Adak Island sits midway between the United States and Russia. So of course the government built a base there. The post Explore an Abandoned Cold War Base in the Middle of the Ocean appeared first on WIRED.
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Electric Car Battery Prices Fell By 80% In the Last 7 Years, Says Study

Slashdot - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: A new study published this month by McKinsey and Company looks into how automakers can move past producing EVs as compliance cars and "drive electrified vehicle sales and profitability." Unsurprisingly, it describes battery economics as an important barrier to profitability and though the research firm sees a path to automakers making a profit selling electric vehicles as battery costs fall, it doesn't see that happening for "the next two to three product cycles" -- or between 2025 and 2030. That's despite battery costs falling from ~1,000 per kWh in 2010 to ~$227 per kWh in 2016, according to McKinsey. The company wrote in the report: "Despite that drop, battery costs continue to make EVs more costly than comparable ICE-powered variants. Current projections put EV battery pack prices below $190/kWh by the end of the decade, and suggest the potential for pack prices to fall below $100/kWh by 2030." Automakers capable of staying ahead of that cost trend will be able to achieve higher margins and possible profits on electric vehicle sales sooner. Tesla is among the automakers staying ahead of the trend. While McKinsey projects that battery pack prices will be below $190/kWh by the end of the decade, Tesla claims to be below $190/kWh since early 2016. That's how the automaker manages to achieve close to 30% gross margin on its flagship electric sedan, the Model S. Tesla aims to reduce the price of its batteries by another 30% ahead of the Model 3 with the new 2170 cells in production at the Gigafactory in Nevada. It should enable a $35,000 price tag for a vehicle with a range of over 200 miles, but McKinsey sees $100/kWh as the target for "true price parity with ICE vehicles (without incentives)": "Given current system costs and pricing ability within certain segments, companies that offer EVs face the near-term prospect of losing money with each sale. Under a range of scenarios for future battery cost reductions, cars in the C/D segment in the US might not reach true price parity with ICE vehicles (without incentives) until between 2025 and 2030, when battery pack costs fall below $100/kWh, creating financial headwinds for automakers for the next two to three product cycles." UPDATE 2/3/17: We have changed the source to Electrek and quoted McKinsey and Company -- the company that conducted the study.

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Super Bowl 2017: How to Tailgate Like a NASA Astronaut

Space.com - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 9:30am
When you're making munchies for Sunday's Super Bowl party, consider the challenge astronauts face in space: In an environment where everything floats and much of the food is freeze-dried, how can you make good football-watching food?
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Space Football Fail! NASA Gives Pigskin a Beating Ahead of Super Bowl 2017

Space.com - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 9:30am
Can a football stand up to a space telescope's intense testing regimen? In honor of Sunday's Super Bowl, NASA put a football through similar tests to those undergone by its next big space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope.
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Mixed Reactions in Space Community to Immigration Executive Order

Space.com - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 9:26am
As scientists and others protest a White House executive order restricting immigration from several nations, many in the space industry are not yet taking a stand on the issue.
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Bus-Sized Asteroid Spotted by Slooh During Close Flyby | Video

Space.com - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 8:45am
A ~39 foot asteroid (2017 BS32) flew within 101,000 miles of Earth on Feb. 2nd, 2017 and Slooh.com telescopes were on the case.
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Here's What Mars' Amazing Polar Ice Cap Swirls Look Like From Above

Space.com - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 8:25am
Courtesy of the European Mars Express orbiter, a new perspective of the Red Planet's north pole provides a stunning new view of the ancient Martian ice.
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Lonely Ice Volcano On Ceres May Have Once Had Company

Space.com - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 7:51am
The dwarf planet Ceres may once have harbored many ice volcanoes, all but one of which have flattened out and vanished into the dwarf planet's surface, a new study suggests.
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NASA Goes to Super Bowl 2017 (Photos)

Space.com - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 7:42am
NASA and other spaceflight companies threw a spaced-out, football-themed festival called Super Bowl LIVE in Houston, Texas during the nine days leading up to the Super Bowl LI football game.
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NASA's Home for EPIC Photos of Earth from Space Just Got Better

Space.com - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 7:30am
NASA had updated its Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) website to provide daily, up-close views of the planet in both natural and enhanced color.
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