Daily Archives: September 12, 2018

This Giant, Ultrathin NASA Balloon Just Broke an Altitude Record

https://www.space.com/41791-giant-nasa-balloon-big-60-breaks-record.html NASA’s largest scientific balloon, called the ”Big 60,” is pictured here taking off from Fort Sumner, New Mexico, on Aug. 17, 2018.
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NASA’s Orion Space Capsule Aces Final Parachute Test Before Moon Flight

https://www.space.com/41802-nasa-orion-aces-final-parachute-test.html A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft safely touched down today (Sept. 12) under three parachutes, completing the final parachute test to get the vehicle ready for a journey around the moon and back. While it will … Continue reading

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You Don’t Own the Music, Movies or Ebooks You ‘Buy’ on Amazon or iTunes

https://twocents.lifehacker.com/you-dont-own-the-music-movies-or-ebooks-you-buy-on-ama-1829000327 When you purchase music, movies or books from Amazon or Apple’s iTunes store, you might be under the impression that that material is yours to enjoy forever; that’s how CDs and paper books work, after all. Why rent You’ve … Continue reading

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The Lex Chair: An Exoskeletal Wearable Chair

https://geekologie.com/2018/09/the-lex-chair-an-exoskeletal-wearable-ch.php This is the Kickstarter campaign for Astride Bionix’s Lex Chair, a ~$250 exoskeletal chair that looks like some sort of climbing harness and provides a place to sit no matter where you go. Alternatively, save yourself $250 and just … Continue reading

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Verizon’s 5G Home internet and TV service launches October 1st

https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/11/verizon-5g-home/ Verizon Today Verizon announced it’s launching “the world’s first commercial 5G broadband internet service” on October 1st. 5G Home service uses the next generation wireless technology to offer home internet service without a cable or fiber hookup. Residents of … Continue reading

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AI Detects 72 Fast Radio Bursts Coming from a Distant, Unknown Source

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=26993 Blazing across the sky for mere milliseconds, fast radio bursts (FRBs) are among the newest and most puzzling astronomical phenomenon. They come from extreme distances and appear without any known rhyme or reason, making them almost impossible to study … Continue reading

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A Massive Floating Boom Is Supposed To Clean Up The Pacific. Can It Work?

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/11/646724291/a-massive-floating-boom-is-supposed-to-clean-up-the-pacific-can-it-work?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news A nearly 2,000-foot-long tube is towed offshore from San Francisco Bay on Saturday. It’s a giant garbage collector, and the brainchild of 24-year-old Boyan Slat, who aims to remove 90 percent of ocean plastic by 2040. The Ocean Cleanup … Continue reading

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