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Buzz Aldrin Safely Evacuated From South Pole After Medical Emergency

Buzz Aldrin

Yesterday, Buzz Aldrin was evacuated during what was supposed to be a week-long visit to the South Pole due to unspecified medical issues: Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was evacuated from the South Pole on Thursday after falling ill during a visit with a tour group. The 86-year-old Aldrin arrived at a hospital in Christchurch, New […]

The Coal Industry Is Dying, And It Isn’t Coming Back

Coal Industry Facing Downturn With New EPA Rules And Alpha Natural Resources Bankruptcy

Canada is phasing out coal as a source of electricity production by 2030. The same thing will happen in the United States no matter how much politicians try to stop it.

Oops: Dell Offers $33 Laptops in Mexico

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Via the BBC:  Dell error hands Mexicans $33 laptop bargain Mexican officials have ordered Dell Computers to honour the sale of laptops that had been mistakenly advertised online for just 679 pesos (£27; $33). The computers normally sell for up to 50,000 pesos (£1,990; $2,500). But because of an apparent software malfunction, only the shipping […]

Google Account Hell

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I’m about to lose access to the primary email account I’ve had for more than a dozen years.

I Always Feel Like Someone is Watching me

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Via The Atlantic: All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You: A system called “WiKey” presented at a conference last year could tell what keys a user was pressing on a keyboard by monitoring minute finger movements. Once trained, WiKey could recognize a sentence as it was typed with 93.5 percent accuracy—all using nothing but […]

D.A. Henderson, Leader Of Effort To Eradicate Smallpox, Dies At 87

D.A. Henderson

A true, albeit largely anonymous, hero of humanity has passed away.

NASA’s Juno Probe Enters Orbit Of Jupiter

NASA Juno Probe

NASA’s latest probe has begun a two year mission to study the Solar System’s biggest planet.

Clinton Email Scandal and The ‘Powell Did it Too’ Defense

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Yes, Colin Powell used private email too. No, it’s not the same thing. No, it’s not because he was a Republican.

SpaceX Successfully Launches Cargo To ISS, Returns First Stage To Drone Ship At Sea

Space X Landing At Sea

Another historic launch and return by SpaceX.

Andrew Grove, Intel Chairman Who Helped Develop The Semiconductor Revolution, Dead At 79

Andrew Grove

One of the pioneers of the technology revolution of the past four decades has passed away.

Astronaut Scott Kelly Returns To Earth After A Year In Space

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American Astronaut Scott Kelly is back home after a year in orbit.

Federal Judge Denies Request To Force Apple To Extract Data From iPhones In Drug Case

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A Federal Judge in New York has denied an F.B.I. request to force Apple to extract data from iPhones involved in a Federal drug case.

Hottest January on Record

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Via the DMN:  Phil Plait: Last month was the hottest January on record — by a lot. January 2016 was the hottest January globally since records began in 1880. And it didn’t just edge out the previous record holder for January, it destroyed it.

JPL’s “Visions of the Future”

Quite cool:  click.

Edgar Mitchell, Sixth Man On The Moon, Dies At 85

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Edgar Mitchell, the Commander of Apollo XIV and the sixth man to walk on the Moon, has died at the age of 85: Edgar D. Mitchell, who became the sixth man to walk on the moon as a member of NASA’s first lunar mission devoted exclusively to scientific research, died Thursday at a hospice in […]

The Challenger Disaster, Thirty Years Later

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Thirty years ago this week, tragedy struck America’s Space Program.

Will Autonomous Vehicles Lead To A Ban On Human-Operated Cars And Trucks?

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As autonomous vehicles near the point where they’ll become a presence on American roads, are we approaching a day when it will largely be illegal for people to drive their own car?

SpaceX Pulls Off Historic Launch And Return Of Rocket After Delivering Satellites Into Orbit

SpaceX Launch And Landing

Last night, SpaceX successfully launched a rocket to the edge of space, deployed cargo, and returned to Earth. A huge and potentially revolutionary accomplishment.

Paris Climate Change Agreement Mostly Hype, With A Lot Of Hope

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Representatives from 195 nations reached an agreement supposedly devoted to addressing global climate change, but it’s really more hype than anything else.

Federal Judge Rules N.S.A. Mass Data Collection Unconstitutional

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A Federal Judge has ruled that the N.S.A. metadata collection program is unconstitutional, but it’s unclear if the ruling will have much of an impact.

Carson and Mannatech

Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson at National Press Club

Semantics aside, Carson has a clear relationship with a company whose products are nothing but junk science.

Nurse Kaci Hickcox Sues Chris Christie For Civil Liberties Violations During Ebola Quarantine

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The nurse who was detained by New Jersey officials in a quarantine despite not displaying any symptoms of Ebola is suing Chris Christie and others for civil liberties violations.

NASA Reports Finding Signs Of Liquid Water On Mars

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NASA had a potentially significant announcement today.

Ebola Vaccine Proves To Be Very Effective

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A vaccine to fight Ebola is showing very promising success: In a development that could change the way the deadly Ebola disease is fought, researchers have announced promising results of a new vaccine’s trial in Guinea, one of several countries affected by a historic outbreak in West Africa. “The estimated vaccine efficacy was 100 percent,” […]

New Horizons Flies By Pluto

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New Horizons got within just a few thousand miles of Pluto’s surface today, and the data it sends back promises to be amazing.

Smell-O-Vision 2015?

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Via the NYT:  Scent Received, With a Tap of a Smartphone. A)  Who wants this? B)  The technology is inevitably going to lead to teenage boys texting farts to their friends.

Tech 1776

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Via Shelly Palmer:  7 Hottest Tech Trends in 1776

After Six Years, GMail Finally Takes ‘UnSend’ Out Of Beta

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After a long, long time in Beta testing, Google has finally made Unsend a feature that everyone can use, here’s how to turn it on: So how do you enable Gmail’s undo feature? Go to the little cog icon in the upper righthand corner and select “Settings.” About a third of the way down the […]

Supreme Court Bars Cops From Accessing Hotel Registries Without A Warrant

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The Supreme Court ruled that police are not entitled to access to a hotel registry without a warrant.

Apple Reverses Course On Music Royalties

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Well, that didn’t take long.

Taylor Swift, Apple Music, And The Future Of The Music Business

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Taylor Swift is taking a stand against Apple’s new streaming music service, and she’s largely right.

Google Targets Revenge Porn in Weakest Way Possible

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Google has announced a new policy regarding revenge porn: We’ve heard many troubling stories of “revenge porn”: an ex-partner seeking to publicly humiliate a person by posting private images of them, or hackers stealing and distributing images from victims’ accounts. Some images even end up on “sextortion” sites that force people to pay to have […]

Pope Francis Writes On The Environment, And Many People Miss The Point

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Pope Francis’s new encyclical isn’t exactly being received positively by American conservatives, because they seem to be missing the point.

Was China OPM Hack Fair Game?

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Was this simply ordinary intelligence collection? Or something more insidious?

Jawbone Sues Fitbit Over Patent Infringement

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Jawbone is suing Fitbit for infringing a patent that should never have been granted.

Supreme Court Tosses Out Conviction For “Threats” Made On Facebook

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The Supreme Court has narrowed the means by which Federal prosecutors can prosecute someone for making statements online that could be perceived as threats.

FCC May Ban Robocalls, Including Polling

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The FCC appears set to “encourage” telephone companies to install robocall blocking technology. Pollsters are panicking.

Curiosity Rover Captures The Blue Sunset Of Mars

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover has captured the best photos yet of the stunning blue sunsets of Mars: More than three years after Curiosity first began its mission on Mars, the NASA rover finally had some time to observe — and photograph — its first sunset. And yes, a sunset on the Red Planet is blue. […]

Uber Sets $50 Billion Valuation Target In New Funding Drive

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Uber, the mobile phone based car service that has upended the taxi industry across the nation and around the world, is raising another round of funding from private investors, and aiming for a valuation of $50 billion: Uber Technologies Inc., the world’s most highly capitalized startup, plans to raise another large round of funding. The […]

Appeals Court Rules N.S.A. Data Mining Illegal

National Security Agency

A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that the N.S.A.’s data mining program is illegal, but its ruling may not have a very big impact.

Thanks To Vaccination, Rubella Has Been Eliminated From The Western Hemisphere

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Vaccination has eliminated a disease that used to be a serious threat from the Americas.

Colorado Man Shoots Malfunctioning Computer

Colorado Shot Computer

A Colorado Man finally had enough of his malfunctioning Dell: When ctrl + alt + delete doesn’t work, just shoot the darn thing. That’s what one man did on Monday night, according to Colorado Springs police. Lucas Hinch, 37, was cited for discharging a weapon within city limits after he took the fight with his […]

New Study Finds No Link Between Autism And Childhood Vaccination

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Yet another study has found no link between autism and childhood vaccines. However, that’s unlikely to mean the end of the anti-vaccination movement.

Norway Phasing Out FM Radio By 2017

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Norway is moving to all-digital radio.

Should We Boycott Moron Clothing Designers?

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Elton John is leading a boycott against Dolce & Gabbana.

Big Brother Meets Mickey Mouse

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Ubiquitous tracking isn’t all bad.

Pi Day 3.14.15

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Cornell math prof Steven Strogatz is very excited about Pi day.

Florida State Employees Ordered Not To Refer To “Climate Change” Or “Global Warming”

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Don’t say “climate change” or “global warming” if you work for Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Coffee News (and Another Example of Bad Science Reporting)

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First comes the spiffy headline via the BBC:  Regular coffee drinkers have ‘cleaner’ arteries Hooray! he thought, between sips of strong, black Colombian… But then, actually reading the article: Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries – a known risk factor for heart disease – Korean researchers believe. […]

The Internet is Getting Faster

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Aaron Brazell explains why “THE INTERNET IS ABOUT TO BECOME WAY FASTER.”

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