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DEATH FROM THE SKIES  Computer simulations reveal that most of the lethality of an earthbound asteroid (illustrated) comes from gusting winds and shock waves. Winds and shock waves are most deadly, computer simulations of 1.2 million hits suggest It won’t be a tsunami. Nor an earthquake. Not ...
Answer: a whole lot of things. But prospects for the IoT are not all bleak. We talk to the man behind the Internet of Shit Twitter account and others for their insight. If the Internet of Things (IoT) industry is the Jedi order, with Philips Hue lightsabers and "smart" cloud-based Force powers, then...
Following Mirai, the Persirai botnet is the latest to take over connected devices and use them to launch denial-of-service attacks Researchers have uncovered a new botnet that takes over Internet-connected cameras in order to launch denial-of-service attacks, following in the footsteps of the notori...
LAST UPDATED May 30: These dates are subject to change, and will be updated throughout the year as firmer dates arise. Please DO NOT schedule travel based on a date you see here. Launch dates collected from NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, Spaceflight Now and others. Please send any co...
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After a successful mission studying the rings and moons of Jupiter and the landing of the Mars rover, NASA is turning its eyes towards the sun. In a release posted to its website, NASA explained that a solar probe is set to launch in the summer of 2018.   Solar Probe Plus already has a ni...
We're all getting used to voice assistants, so it should be no surprise that Microsoft has a great new feature in Windows 10 that uses Cortana, the company's digital assistant, to guide you through the setup process. This is new in version 1703 or "Creators Edition" and it represents a real change t...
Our current understanding of the Universe states that it's governed by four fundamental forces: gravity, electromagnetic, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. But there are hints of a fifth force of nature, and if it exists, we'd not only be able to fill the remaining holes in Einstein's gen...
An artist's concept of Made In Space's Archinaut spacecraft 3D-printing and assembling satellite reflectors in space.Archinauts 3D-Printing Satellite Reflectors The nascent off-Earth manufacturing industry is getting set to take its next big steps. Made In Space, the California-based company that ow...
As the size of a black hole defined by the Schwarzschild radius relates to its mass, it's only by acquiring more mass that a supermassive black hole will grow larger, as a greater mass means spacetime is curved over a larger area. Note however that the Schwarzschild radius doesn't denote an actual s...
The Galaxy S8 may not be able to beat the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s in speed tests, but it still delivers remarkable performance. The phone is the first one to offer users new 10nm chips from Qualcomm and Samsung, the same kind of chip technology that will be found in various other flagship handsets th...
The Extremely Large Telescope is five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today Construction has begun on the world's first "super telescope", which could prove to be a vital tool in the search for alien life. The telescope, appropriately named Extremely Large Telescope ...
Super Earth orbiting dwarf star The newly discovered planetary body is the lightest exoplanet found orbiting an M-dwarf star. Astronomers have found a new "super-Earth" circling an M-dwarf star, and it could be habitable. The dwarf star, designated as GJ 625, is around 21 light years away from our s...
Is it possible that space-time is curved in such a way that one (or many) of the galaxies we see in telescopes is actually our own Milky Way a few billion years earlier? This infrared view reveals galaxies far, far away that existed long, long ago. Taken by the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object ...
NASA is in hot pursuit of a supermassive black hole that is hurtling through its galaxy. NASA finds astonishing supermassive black hole HURTLING through galaxy The huge phenomenon which has a mass of approximately 160 million times that of our sun and is being propelled at an astonishing speed. Boff...
Every year sees the birth of tens of thousands of new startups. This means it’s getting harder and harder to get some attention as a fledgling company. There simply aren’t enough journalists to give startup the attention they might deserve. TNW started out as a prime source for news about startu...
The Search For Technosignatures For those familiar with indie space game Stellaris, one of the key moments before encountering ancient intelligent life is finding traces of technology. While the game is a work of science fiction, the concept isn’t  outlandish to those behind the rea...
Beijing's bid to mine space rocks could bring so much wealth back to Earth that it crashes the planet's economy CHINA plans to build a base on an asteroid and begin mining billions or even trillions of dollars worth of precious metals. Yesterday, a top scientist revealed plans to land an unmanned cr...
Brains been the subject of speculation, prodding, poking, and just plain head-scratching approximately ever since they started to function. The Ancient Egyptians saw no spiritual significance for the brain, so it never got its own special jar for burial. However, as time marched on, and medical adva...
The GLEAM view of the center of the Milky Way in radio color. Red indicates the lowest frequencies, green the middle frequencies and blue the highest frequencies. Each dot is a galaxy with around 300,000 radio galaxies observed as part of the GLEAM survey. The word “spectacular” comes to mind. &...
SHUTTERSTOCK Typo in your cover letter? Drunk message to your ex? At last, there’s a way to “unsend” these emails. Criptext Mail, a new Chrome and Safari extension, offers a “recall” option that will prevent recipients from reading a message that you regret sending. It ...
Credit: agsandrew/Shutterstock.com A new study may help reveal the nature of dark energy, the mysterious substance that is pushing the universe to expand outward. Dark energy may emerge from fluctuations in the nothingness of empty space, a new hypothesis suggests. That idea, in turn, could also exp...
Artist's Concept of HD 1885 Ab  (NASA/JPL-Caltech) Eat your heart out, Tatooine: A newly discovered alien planet has not one, not two, but three suns in its sky. While scientists know of many planets with two suns, a planet with three bright stars in its sky is much rarer. The newly found ...
Credit: NASA Intro Early this Saturday (July 17) morning EDT, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will rendezvous with the asteroid Vesta. This will be our best look yet at an asteroid, and what the probe digs up could help scientists answer several questions about this and the hundreds of thousands of asteroids...
Christopher Mondini of ICANN, Christian Dawson of the i2Coalition, Shane Tews of the American Enterprise Institute, and Matt Perault of Facebook gather to discuss the Internet's vulnerabilities—and what we can do about them Austin, Tx.—If you’ve ever wondered whether there is a single point of...
A type of supernova detected in other galaxies—but as of yet, rarely in our own—could explain why the Milky Way contains so much antimatter. Antimatter is an umbrella term for a family of antiparticles; for every “regular” particle, there’s a corresponding antiparticle that has the opposit...

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