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[Science] Facebook simulates itself up a better, more gradual product launch When you're launching a new social media product, like an image-sharing app or niche network, common wisdom is to make it available to everyone as soon as it's ready. But simulations carried out by Facebook — and let's be honest, a few actual launches — suggest that may be a good way to kneecap your product from the start. Published:11/11/2018 1:34:22 PM
[Science] NASA’s prolific planet-hunter Kepler has finally earned its retirement After nine years of service, half a million stars surveyed, and thousands of planets discovered around those stars, NASA's astonishingly successful Kepler space telescope is finally taking a well-earned rest. Out of fuel but in a safe orbit, the spacecraft will drift through the solar system looking at nothing in particular as its immense trove of data continues to drive discoveries here on Earth. Published:10/30/2018 4:44:27 PM
[Science] New plans aim to deploy the first U.S. quantum network from Boston to Washington DC About 800 kilometers of unused fiber optic cable running down the U.S. eastern seaboard is set to become the first stateside quantum network. The aim is to get the quantum network up and running and accepting customers by the end of the year, making it the first time that quantum keys will be exchanged commercially […] Published:10/25/2018 9:10:40 AM
[Science] NASA plans ‘on schedule’ Soyuz launch despite failure of Russian rocket The high-profile failure of a normally reliable Soyuz rocket during a crewed mission to the International Space Station earlier this week spooked the space community in more ways than one, but NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said he expects to launch a new crew in December via Soyuz anyway. Published:10/13/2018 1:51:20 PM
[Science] Stephen Hawking’s final paper about black holes is now online Stephen Hawking passed away earlier this year at the age of 76, but his incredible intellect isn’t yet done contributing to the scientific community. The acclaimed physicist’s final paper is now online for anyone to read and it revisits some mysteries of the physical world that came to define his illustrious career. Titled “Black Hole […] Published:10/12/2018 7:47:58 PM
[Science] Nobel Prize goes to laser-wrangling physicists, including first woman to be honored in 55 years The 2018 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to a trio of researchers whose work in lasers enabled all kinds of new experiments and treatments. Arthur Ashkin is the primary recipient, sharing the prize with Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland; notably, the latter is the first woman to receive the prize since 1963, and […] Published:10/2/2018 12:56:14 PM
[Science] Mars orbiter spots silent, dust-covered Opportunity rover as dust storm clears Mars rover Opportunity has been operating on the surface of the Red Planet since 2004, but a dust storm this summer may prove to be the mission's toughest challenges. The enormous storm caked Opportunity in dust and blocked out the sun, its source of energy — and there's no guarantee the batteries aren't dead for good. But now that the skies have cleared, we at least have our first look at the workhorse rover from orbit. Published:9/25/2018 7:09:54 PM
[Science] Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission lands on the surface of a distant asteroid The coolest mission you haven't heard of just hit a major milestone: the Japanese Hayabusa 2 probe has reached its destination, the asteroid Ryugu, and just deployed a pair of landers to its surface. Soon it will touch down itself and bring back a sample of Ryugu back to Earth! Are you kidding me? That's amazing! Published:9/21/2018 6:16:27 PM
[Science] Planet Earth Dodges a Bullet

A week ago, I wondered what was going on in Sunspot, New Mexico. The FBI had swept into this mountain-top solar observatory, complete with Black Hawk helicopters, ...

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Published:9/20/2018 7:39:38 PM
[Science] Science: The Cultural Politics of Gluten (Steven Hayward) And now for something completely different. . . Sometimes science can be positively hilarious, except when it sets up another screen for detecting bigotry and sexism. That’s the case for a brand new study just out from the National Institutes of Health entitled “Too picky for my taste? The effect of the gluten-free dietary restriction on impressions of romantic partners.” Summary: turns out that being gluten-free is just fine if Published:9/20/2018 4:23:20 PM
[Science] Trump castigates protesters at Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing: 'It is an embarrassment' President Trump criticized protesters Tuesday and questioned why they were allowed to continue interrupting the first day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings. Published:9/5/2018 4:56:49 AM
[Science] Political anonymity may help us see both sides of a divisive issue online Some topics are so politically charged that even to attempt a discussion online is to invite toxicity and rigid disagreement among participants. But a new study finds that exposure to the views of others, minus their political affiliation, could help us overcome our own biases. Published:9/3/2018 8:21:32 PM
[Science] Off to the Sun

In 1957, an astrophysicist at the University of Chicago named Eugene Parker submitted a paper to The Astrophysical Journal, the most prestigious journal in that field.  In ...

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Published:8/14/2018 3:28:41 PM
[Science] Please don't invite Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a debate unless she has formally invited you to send an invitation As though following a script written to parody the hysterical Left, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to Ben Shapiro's debate invitation by invoking gender. Published:8/11/2018 11:06:06 AM
[Science] Al Franken wants back into the Senate, and maybe he's not just groping at straws Al Franken sounds restless. The disgraced former senator misses being in public office, and it sounds like he’s toying with the idea of staging a comeback, telling a CBS News affiliate in Minnesota this week that he hasn’t ruled out the idea of getting back in the game. Published:7/31/2018 3:08:14 PM
[Science] Virgin Galactic agrees to launch space flights from Italy U.S. space venture Virgin Galactic announced it has partnered with two aerospace companies to help bring commercial space launches to Italy. The agreement with Italy’s largest private space company Sitael and Altec, a public-private company owned by the Italian Space Agency and Thales Alenia Space, has been two years in the making. The idea is to […] Published:7/6/2018 3:51:15 PM
[Science] Space X/Boring Company engineers are being sent to help with Thai cave rescue In a series of late night/early morning tweets, Elon Musk offered up engineers from Space X and the Boring Company to help the soccer team trapped in a Thailand cave. Musk began by suggesting a potential solution to help rescue the team and their coach who went missing late last month. As he noted, the […] Published:7/6/2018 10:23:21 AM
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