Einstein's Love Life Gets Messy in Nat Geo's 'Genius'

Space.com - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 10:45am
In the second episode of "Genius" – which airs tonight (May 2) at 9 p.m. ET on the National Geographic Channel – watch young Einstein make the first of many mistakes that would characterize his messy love life.
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World's Largest Space Telescope Graduates Goddard Testing, Heads to Texas

Space.com - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 10:45am
After passing its final test at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the megatelescope is ready for the next stop on its trip to space: further testing at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
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India’s Silicon Valley Is Dying of Thirst. Your City May Be Next

Wired News - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 10:00am
Bangalore was once the icon of a globalized, high tech, utopian future. Now it's the thirsty sign of a global catastrophe The post India’s Silicon Valley Is Dying of Thirst. Your City May Be Next appeared first on WIRED.
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Microsoft's Surface Laptop With Windows 10 S Leaks Ahead of New York Unveil

Slashdot - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 10:00am
MojoKid writes: Microsoft is holding an event in New York City tomorrow, the core theme of which is "Microsoft in Education." It's widely expected that the company will be unveiling a new Surface Laptop device running a Windows 10 Cloud version OS. As it turns out, images of a new Surface laptop leaked to the web tonight portray very much that type of product, though it's not necessarily a budget machine. For starters, it has a 13.5-inch PixelSense display with 3.4 million pixels, which appears to retain the 3:2 screen ratio that we've seen with previous Surface-branded products. Given that this is a laptop, there's no detachable keyboard here. The display is permanently attached to the base and features an Alcantara-covered keyboard deck (the same material used on the Surface Pro 4's optional Signature Type Cover). It also appears the Surface Laptop will be available in four colors: Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue and Graphite Gold. Other images of the machine show an SD slot, a single USB 3.0 port, mini DisplayPort and a headphone jack. Microsoft apparently hasn't equipped the machine with a USB-C port, unfortunately.

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Cosmic Tsunami! Galaxy Cluster Flyby Triggers Gravitational Disturbance | Video

Space.com - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 8:57am
A new look at the Perseus galaxy cluster with the Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed a massive wave rippling out into a spiral.
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NASA's Alien-Planet Hunter Spacecraft Gets a New Look at Neptune

Space.com - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 8:10am
The Kepler space telescope, NASA's dedicated exoplanet hunter, has provided a new look at a world close to home: the gas giant Neptune.
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Hear Saturn's 'Big Empty' from Cassini, Which Just Made 2nd Ring Dive

Space.com - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 8:05am
The space between Saturn and its rings is eerily silent: Researchers monitoring the Cassini spacecraft were surprised to encounter almost no dust and debris during the spacecraft's first dramatic dive through the gap.
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Australia's Back in the Satellite Business with a New Launch

Space.com - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 8:00am
The first Australian-built satellites to be launched in 15 years are set to take off this week from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
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UK's Newest Tokamak Fusion Reactor Has Created Its First Plasma

Slashdot - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 7:00am
After being switched on for the first time last Friday, the UK's newest fusion reactor has successfully generated a molten mass of electrically-charged gas, or plasma, inside its core. Futurism reports: Called the ST40, the reactor was constructed by Tokamak Energy, one of the leading private fusion energy companies in the world. The company was founded in 2009 with the express purpose of designing and developing small fusion reactors to introduce fusion power into the grid by 2030. Now that the ST40 is running, the company will commission and install the complete set of magnetic coils needed to reach fusion temperatures. The ST40 should be creating a plasma temperature as hot as the center of the Sun -- 15 million degrees Celsius (27 million degrees Fahrenheit) -- by Autumn 2017. By 2018, the ST40 will produce plasma temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius (180 million degrees Fahrenheit), another record-breaker for a privately owned and funded fusion reactor. That temperature threshold is important, as it is the minimum temperature for inducing the controlled fusion reaction. Assuming the ST40 succeeds, it will prove that its novel design can produce commercially viable fusion power.

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The Abort Rocket Motor for NASA's Orion Spacecraft Just Aced a Big Test

Space.com - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 6:29am
Flanked by a forest view, a motor for the Orion spacecraft underwent a three-pronged fiery test ahead of being used for flights across the solar system.
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Listen In! Saturn Probe Hit with Very Few Particles in Daring Dive | Video

Space.com - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 5:57am
NASA Cassini’s Probe’s first dive between Saturn’s innermost ring and the planet itself delivered a surprising find. There appears to be relatively little dust in the area.
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