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Watch: How to brush your teeth in space

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International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield shows the world how astronaut's clean their chompers in orbit. [Read more]...
Watch: How to brush your teeth in space
Hands-on with the ZTE Era, Orbit and PF112

Analytics startups sweep the field in IBM contest

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Nine out of the nine finalists for IBM’s Global Entrepreneur of the Year title are analytics startups. That’s either an anomaly or proof that analytics is hot, hot, hot. Analytics, or business intelligence, helps businesses make sense,even visualize their data so it’s more useful to them. IBM, like other tech...
Analytics startups sweep the field in IBM contest

Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, and James Cameron will begin space mining operations by 2022, details later today

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As promised, Bellevue, Washington-based Planetary Resources is letting everyone else in its plans. The project, backed by Google's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, film director James Cameron, and Ross Perot Jr., will initially focus on the creation of low-cost robotic spacecraft designed for use in surveying missions. Ultimately, the...
Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, and James Cameron will begin space mining operations by 2022, details later today

Researchers use Hubble to map 3D structure of exploding star

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Witness now the death of a star in glorious 3D. It's not quite as exciting as all that, but astronomers have managed to map the eruptions of nova using footage from the Hubble telescope. Above are three images of T Pyxidis (that's T Pyx to its friends), a double...
Researchers use Hubble to map 3D structure of exploding star

Why can we send people to the moon but still not predict the weather? (video)

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Science has come a long way in the past 100 years. We’ve sent humans to space, landed devices on Mars, proposed groundbreaking theories, exploded nuclear bombs, decimated diseases, and more. But with all these advancements, why is still so hard for us to predict future weather conditions? A new...
Why can we send people to the moon but still not predict the weather? (video)

JAXA's Space Aquarium Puts Fish Families in Orbit, Out of Reach of Kittehs

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Space fishies in a self-cleaning aquatic habitat will show the impact of microgravity over generations....
JAXA's Space Aquarium Puts Fish Families in Orbit, Out of Reach of Kittehs

Mysterious, ZTE-made T-Mobile Aspect swings by the FCC

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Sometimes FCC filings are rife with details. T-Mobile and ZTE aren't playing that game right now: a device has shown up at the US agency bearing only the T-Mobile Aspect name and a ZTE F555 model number. That already tells us that it's likely to have 1,700MHz 3G inside,...
Mysterious, ZTE-made T-Mobile Aspect swings by the FCC

SAP builds out HANA platform and ecosystem

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Anyone remotely within the orbit of SAP lately knows that its number-one focus is the HANA in-memory database and development platform. At this week's Sapphire conference in Orlando, the vendor sought to show the progress it is making in both building out HANA's capabilities as well as attracting developers...
SAP builds out HANA platform and ecosystem

Picture of the Day: Hubble Marks 22 Years in Orbit With Stunning View of a Star-Forming Region

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Picture of the Day: Hubble Marks 22 Years in Orbit With Stunning View of a Star-Forming Region
Skylab, America's first space station, launched 40 years ago today

The first private mission to Mars will launch in 2018 and use poop for radiation shielding

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Dennis Tito, the world's first space tourist, plans to send a married couple to Mars in 2018. The married couple will leave Earth in January, orbit Mars at an altitude of 100 miles (160km) in August, and then return home. The entire journey will last a total of 501 days;...
The first private mission to Mars will launch in 2018 and use poop for radiation shielding

Boeing tapped to build ViaSat-2 satellite, launch set for mid-2016

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ViaSat-1 recently earned a Guinness World Record as the highest-capacity satellite in (or out of) the world, but it may need to hand off that title come 2016. ViaSat-2, the company's next-gen bird, will double the capacity of its predecessor while also extending coverage to a larger portion of...
Boeing tapped to build ViaSat-2 satellite, launch set for mid-2016

Is North Korea's Rocket Launch 'Tumbling Out Of Control'?

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The object is in orbit, says South Korea, but declines to say whether it is working correctly or not. There are conflicting views over the success of yesterday's North Korean rocket launch. While Pyongyang is giving it a double thumbs-up with all the trimmings, U.S. officials told NBC news...
Is North Korea's Rocket Launch 'Tumbling Out Of Control'?
Meet the Sun's new neighbors
Global temperatures hung a U-turn in 1900, reversing a 5,000-year chill-down

Google X Lab will reveal another 'moonshot' next month - but it's not working on a space elevator

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In a talk at SXSW today, the head of Google’s X Lab ‘moonshot’ division, Astro Teller, revealed a previously undisclosed project the clandestine group had worked on. He also hinted at a new project to be announced in a few weeks. Don’t go expecting a Space Elevator though, that’s a...
Google X Lab will reveal another 'moonshot' next month - but it's not working on a space elevator

X-37B finally touches down, completing its not-so-secret classified mission (video)

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After more than a year of circling the globe, the US Air Force's X-37B has finally touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The unmanned, reusable space plane spent 469 days in orbit, performing a number of experiments (many of which are classified) before finally ending its...
X-37B finally touches down, completing its not-so-secret classified mission (video)

Pilgrimage to the grave of Ham the Astrochimp

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Crave's Nerdy New Mexico series delivers flowers to the grave of Ham the Astrochimp, the first chimpanzee launched into space. It was a big confidence booster for NASA prior to sending humans into orbit. [Read more]...
Pilgrimage to the grave of Ham the Astrochimp

ISS orbit raised to avoid Chinese satellite fragment

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The ISS and its international crew have been silently orbiting the Earth for many years now. Typically, the ISS maintains a consistent orbit, but at times, that orbit has to be tweaked to avoid any debris that might be in the path of the space station. The smallest chunk of...
ISS orbit raised to avoid Chinese satellite fragment

Even Knitting Needles Are Awesome in Space [Video]

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Even the most mundane objects and experiences seem to become totally amazing up in space. Like, say, this knitting needle that's been charged with static electricity interacting with tiny droplets of water. Combine the electric charge with the velocity of the droplet, and the result is a gravity-like orbit...
Even Knitting Needles Are Awesome in Space [Video]
'Angry Birds Space' now available on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC

Google X Acquires Makani Power And Its Airborne Wind Turbines

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After previously investing into the company, Google has now acquired Makani Power, a green energy startup that is currently building airborne wind turbines. The acquisition was first reported in Brad Stone’s Businessweek story about Google X and judging from Stone’s story, the team will join Google X. Google invested $10...
Google X Acquires Makani Power And Its Airborne Wind Turbines

ZTE Orbit carries NFC, gets passive Microsoft support

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ZTE has confirmed that the Orbit should be the first Windows Phone with NFC. Both the booth display and zpokespeople confirmed both to The Verge and Electronista that it would have the short-range wireless when carriers ask for it. Specific use cases weren't outlined, although providers' requests could point to...
ZTE Orbit carries NFC, gets passive Microsoft support

Picture of the Day: Snowfall Across Italy From Space

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The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA'a Aqua satellite captured this picture of Italy last week, shortly after recent snowstorms had blanketed much of the country. The Aqua satellite has been in orbit since 2002, collecting information about all aspects of the Earth's water cycle, including evaporation,...
Picture of the Day: Snowfall Across Italy From Space
NASA's Space Food Systems lab shows what astronauts really eat in orbit

Keep Your Facebook Friends Close & Your Facebook Enemies Closer

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The adage says: "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." And that's exactly what the creators of EnemyGraph had in mind. It's an application that allows users to list their "enemies," whether these are ideological enemies of your mind, Facebook friends, pages or even groups. Hate a politician? Name...
Keep Your Facebook Friends Close & Your Facebook Enemies Closer
Kickstarter's Obsolescence Problem, Illustrated By A Fantastic iPhone Cable I'll Never Use

NASA's 19-Gigapixel Filmstrip of the Earth from Russia to South Africa

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NASA's Landsat satellites have been snapping pictures of the Earth from orbit since 1972. The most recent iteration of the project, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, arrived at its orbital resting place on April 12, and shot this series of 56 images shortly thereafter. NASA stitched the pictures together...
NASA's 19-Gigapixel Filmstrip of the Earth from Russia to South Africa
Earth celebrates ten years of GRACE
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