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Solar Power Satellites: A Visual Introduction

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 23:04
Of all the spaceflight concepts NASA has seriously studied, the most enormous of all was the Solar Power Satellite (SPS) fleet of the 1970s. Czech-born physicist/engineer Peter Glaser outlined the concept in a brief article in the esteemed journal Science in November 1968, and was awarded a patent for his invention on Christmas Day 1973. […]






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X-Men Director Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teenage Boy

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:50
Director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexual abuse of an underage boy in a new civil lawsuit filed just weeks before the release of his next movie X-Men: Days of Future Past.






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CDC: Foodborne Illness in the US Not Getting Better

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released their annual survey of foodborne illnesses in the United States, and the news is, well, not great. In the words of the press announcement they sent out to announce the data release: “limited progress.” The survey — technically the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, but usually […]






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Heartbleed Bug Leads to Massive Bandwidth Costs

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:02
The exposure of the Heartbleed vulnerability last week had a number of repercussions, one of which was to set off a mad scramble by companies to revoke the certificates for their domains and services and obtain new ones. The total costs of Heartbleed are yet to be calculated, but CloudFlare has come up with some […]






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College Hackers Teach Siri To Unlock Your Tesla

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:30
When Apple first introduced Siri, three years ago, she amazed the world with her warm voice and her human-like voice response. But the years since her debut have been quietly underwhelming, in large part because Siri isn’t able to access the wide range of apps that are available on the iPhone. So a group of […]






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The Miata Celebrates 25 Years of Brilliance With a Limited Edition

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:44
Hard to believe the utterly amazing Mazda MX-5 Miata is 25 years old, which means it's time for the obligatory anniversary edition.






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What’s Driving Google’s Wild Moonshots? Desperation

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:13
A Google ad isn’t worth as much as it used to be. In its quarterly earnings report yesterday, the company said the “cost per click” of an ad on the site dropped again, a years-long trend that shows no sign of reversing. The decline contributed to Google missing Wall Street’s profit expectations. But it wasn’t the only factor.






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Your iPhone Will Be the Center Console in Volvo’s New Cars

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:13
Today at the New York International Auto Show, Volvo provided a live demo of how Apple’s CarPlay system -- a newly developed in-car interface for the company’s iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c -- will work in the company’s upcoming vehicles.






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Meet the Inventors of a 3-D Printer for Hyper-Complicated Candy

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:13
The only limitation is its build chamber, which can hold the equivalent of 4,200 sugar cubes or 105,000 calories.






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New Exoplanet Could Be Earth’s Cousin — Or Something Totally Alien

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:57
Astronomers are one step closer to discovering Earth Two. They have found an exoplanet slightly larger than our own, orbiting a star at a distance where it could have liquid water on its surface.






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Science Graphic of the Week: 5.3 Million Years of Sea Level Change on One Cliff Face

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:42
It's not often that we think about deep time. Lucky to live for a century, humans flitter like mayflies across Earth's surface, our own epoch an eyeblink in a planetary history that's largely hidden from everyday consciousness. Every now and then, though, that history punches right through into the present.






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Scientists Discover Bugs With Sex-Reversed Genitalia Doing It for 70 Hours

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:37
Writing today in Current Biology, researchers for the first time describe a critter that has traded sex organs. Females are equipped with a penis-like structure called a gynosome, which “deeply penetrates” the duct leading to the male’s sperm storage organ.






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New ‘Google’ for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:46
The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband online.






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It’s Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:41
The Heartbleed bug crushed our faith in the secure web, but a world without the encryption software that Heartbleed exploited would be even worse. In fact, it's time for the web to take a good hard look at a new idea: encryption everywhere.






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Catch Up on Orphan Black With This Handy Cheat Sheet

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:41
The fantastic sci-fi thrillers is back for a new season. Missed the first one? Never fear: our handy-dandy cheat sheet can help you get through without having seen a minute of it.






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Epic Photos Expose Mankind’s Uneasy Relationship With Water

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:41
Ed Burtynsky’s Water project is a jaw-dropping survey in photos and film about the most essential substance to life on Earth.






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See How Cadbury Hatches 350 Million Goo-Filled Eggs a Year

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:41
Here's how the Cadbury factory in Birmingham, England, achieves candy magic, ova and ova.






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Costs of Censorship Haunt ‘Chinese Twitter’ IPO

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:41
When shares of Chinese microblogging network Weibo -- a.k.a. the Twitter of China -- begin trading on the NASDAQ stock market today, investors will be calibrating their enthusiasm to account for the risk of future censorship by Chinese officials.






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How Greed Almost Sabotaged the Smartphone Kill Switch

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:41
The wireless industry's new pledge to include anti-theft technology in smartphones may be a step in the right direction, but it should have happened years ago. Here's what's been holding it back.






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What It’s Like to Spend 20 Years Listening to Psychopaths for Science

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:41
Kent Kiehl has been interviewing psychopaths for more than 20 years. More recently he's acquired a mobile MRI scanner and permission to scan the brains of New Mexico state prison inmates. He talked with WIRED about what's different in the brains of psychopaths and why he views psychopathy as a preventable mental disorder.






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