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NVIDIA’s Shield Tablet and The Future of in Car Technology

NVIDIA just launched their new Shield Tablet and it is an impressive piece of hardware. Read more about NVIDIA’s Shield Tablet and The Future of in Car Technology

Planetary science review to be released soon

The long-awaited—apprehensively, in some quarters—senior review of NASA planetary science missions is effectively complete and will be publicly released in the next week or two, a NASA official said Monday. “The planetary senior review,...Show More Summary

Women Working on Mars: Curiosity Women's Day

Just after completing the primary mission of 669 sols on Mars, Curiosity's managers planned a special day -- June 26, 2014 -- in which mostly women were assigned to the more than 100 different operational roles.

No quick end for 2015 appropriations process

For a time this spring, it appeared that Congress would make quick work of fiscal year 2015 spending bills. The House, for example, passed its version of a Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) appropriations bill, which funds NASA, NOAA, and NSF among other agencies, in late May. Meanwhile, debate on the Senate version of the [...]

The Sky This Week - Thursday July 24 to Thursday July 31

20 hours agoAcademics / Astronomy : Astroblog

The New Moon is Sunday July 27. Jupiter is lost in the twilight. Mars and Saturn are prominent in the evening sky. Venus is prominent in the morning sky. The crescent Moon is close to Venus on the 25th, and Mercury on the 26th. A brightish comet may be glimpsed under good conditions low in the morning skies.The New Moon is Sunday July 27. Show More Summary

Chang'e 3 update: Both rover and lander still alive at the end of their eighth lunar day

Despite the fact that it hasn't moved for 6 months, the plucky Yutu rover on the Moon is still alive. Its signal is periodically detected by amateur radio astronomers, most recently on July 19. A story posted today by the Chinese state news agency offers a new hypothesis to explain the failure of the rover's mobility systems.

Identity fraud in the UK reaching all-time high

An interesting infographic from shows that British identity fraud is growing and people living in London are almost four times as likely to become victims. Read more about Identity fraud in the UK reaching all-time high

Chrome is draining your battery

There is a bug in Google’s Chrome browser that steals system clock cycles on Windows machines that could drain a laptop’s battery as much as 25 percent faster than any other browser. Read more about Chrome is draining your battery

Asimo can now run, jump and recognise voices

by Barclay Ballard After its most recent upgrade, Honda's humanoid robot can run, go up stairs and understand sign language, but there are still few indications as to when the robot will be available to buy. Read more about Asimo can now run, jump and recognise voices

Will Blackberry ever just give it up?

by Miles Bulloch Blackberry is hoping to recapture its previous position as the must-have business smartphone with the launch of a Siri-like assistant for its new Passport smartphone. Read more about Will Blackberry ever just give it up?

Microsoft doesn't want to do Nokia Android smartphones

by Darren Allan Redmond is ending Nokia’s Android experiment rather abruptly, just shortly after the launch of the Nokia X2 handset. Read more about Microsoft doesn't want to do Nokia Android smartphones

Samsung launching high-end headphones

by Miles Bulloch Smartphone giant Samsung is set to fuel rivalry with Apple-led Beats, as it launches its first set of high-end headphones into the US market. Read more about Samsung launching high-end headphones

One Day on Mars

A single day's observations take us from orbital overviews all the way down to ground truth.

Senators debate RD-180 replacement, EELV competition

A hearing several days ago held jointly by subcommittees of the Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee on space access issues covered two of the key issues facing that topic in recent months: developing a domestic replacement for the RD-180 and competition for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) missions. However, members showed little [...]

Galactic roles, a cosmic puzzle and a dusty answer

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice Giant galaxies are the ones that catch the space enthusiast’s eye, with their spiral patterns or cigar-like blobs in images taken with large telescopes. But their more elusive and tiny cousins, the dwarf galaxies, played a major role in switching on the Universe, it turns out. Show More Summary

Mars and Europa: Contrasts in Mission Planning

Several announcements for proposed missions to Mars and on the planning for a NASA return to Europa that highlight the contrasts in planning missions for these two high priority destinations.

Is Microsoft adopting a more agile approach?

Microsoft announced they will be laying off nearly 18,000 people and CEO Satya Nadella all but said they would be using agile techniques to boost productivity. Read more about Is Microsoft adopting a more agile approach?

New Horizons to take new photos of Pluto and Charon, beginning optical navigation campaign

Technically, Pluto science observations don't begin for New Horizons until 2015, but the spacecraft will take a series of photos of Pluto and Charon from July 20 to 27 as it begins the first of four optical navigation campaigns.

Capitol Hill Responds to the Lure of Europa

A standing-room only crowd learned the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth, at a special Planetary Society event on capitol hill.

Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited

After a leak briefly surfaced earlier this week Amazon has officially launched Kindle Unlimited, a $9.99 per-month eBook subscription service. Read more about Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited

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