NASA’s NEXT ion drive breaks world record, will eventually power interplanetary missions

NASA’s NEXT ion drive breaks world record, will eventually power interplanetary missions

Proving yet again that Star Trek was scarily prescient, NASA has announced that its NEXT ion drive — NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster — has operated continually for over 43,000 hours (five years). This is an important development, as ion thrusters are pegged as one of the best ways to power long-term deep-space missions to other […] more…
The Cold Hard Facts of Freezing to Death

The Cold Hard Facts of Freezing to Death

Even today, scientists can’t predict who hypothermia will strike down and who it will spare. See full story on outsideonline.com more…
Here come the design patents: new law boosts rights in shapes, designs — Tech News and Analysis

Here come the design patents: new law boosts rights in shapes, designs — Tech News and Analysis

The United States is already struggling to reform an overgrown patent system. But now the President has signed a law that will make it easier to obtain patents in shapes and other designs. One of Apple’s key weapons in its legal battle against competitors is a special type of patent that protects the visual appearance […] more…
Why We Need to Rediscover Wonder

Why We Need to Rediscover Wonder

What do we do with wonder? Do we bottle it up and try to hold on to it? Do we pull out our iPhones and try to share it with the world? Or do we merely bask in its glow? See full story on goinswriter.com more…
No One Uses Smart TV Internet Because It Sucks

No One Uses Smart TV Internet Because It Sucks

People aren’t using their internet-connected smart TVs for anything beyond, well, watching TV. It turns out, nobody wants to tweet from their TV. Or read books. Or do whatever it is people do on LinkedIn. Worse, more than 40 percent of the people who buy a connected TV aren’t even using it for its ostensible […] more…
Toughest Scene I Wrote: Rian Johnson on Looper

Toughest Scene I Wrote: Rian Johnson on Looper

Over the next few weeks, Vulture is talking to the screenwriters behind 2012’s most acclaimed movies about the scenes they found most difficult to crack. What pivotal sequences underwent the biggest transformations on their way from script to screen? Today, Rian Johnson discusses the most pivotal scene in his time travel mind-bender Looper, as told […] more…
Israelis find 2,750-year-old temple

Israelis find 2,750-year-old temple

Archaeologists have uncovered a 2,750-year-old temple near Jerusalem,along with pottery and clay figurines that suggest the site was the home base for a ritual cult, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said Wednesday. The discovery was made during excavations at the Tel Motza archaeological site, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Jerusalem, during preparations for work […] more…
Become a Crime-Fighting Superhero in Your Spare Time

Become a Crime-Fighting Superhero in Your Spare Time

Chris Goodroe doesn’t do Facebook, and he doesn’t do Twitter. Online socializing isn’t his thing. But after watching his neighbors use the internet to bust a pair of burglars earlier this year, the Oakland attorney decided to make an exception for Nextdoor, a neighborhood social network that is increasingly being used to fight crime. See […] more…
Merry Christmas From the Feds, Who Can Still Read Your Emails Without a Warrant

Merry Christmas From the Feds, Who Can Still Read Your Emails Without a Warrant

It’s no secret that the CIA and FBI can read your emails for any old reason they choose without having to clear it with anyone first (because you’re a terrorist). That was on track to change with an amendment attached to an upcoming bill… before said amendment was quietly dropped from said bill. See full […] more…
Scientists Develop World’s First Peel-Off Solar Cells

Scientists Develop World’s First Peel-Off Solar Cells

Stanford University researchers created the first flexible, reusable decal-like solar panels that can attach to almost any surface. The Thin-Film Solar Cells (TFSCs) can be affixed to paper, plastic and glass without direct faication. The adhesive comes off with some room-temperature water. See full story on mashable.com more…
MIT discovers a new state of matter, a new kind of magnetism

MIT discovers a new state of matter, a new kind of magnetism

Researchers at MIT have discovered a new state of matter with a new kind of magnetism. This new state, called a quantum spin liquid (QSL), could lead to significant advances in data storage. QSLs also exhibit a quantum phenomenon called long-range entanglement, which could lead to new types of communications systems, and more. See full […] more…
Taking Advantage of the Spotlight Effect

Taking Advantage of the Spotlight Effect

This might shock you and I’m not sure how to tell you this but you are not the center of the universe. At least not in the eyes of others around you. Quite a few studies have shown that people assume their features and behaviors are more salient to others than what they generally are. […] more…
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