New Horizons: Nasa braces for historic flyby of Ultima Thule four billion miles away 

Nasa is preparing for a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever explored by humankind. The US space agency is hoping to take a closer look at a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule early on Tuesday, hoping the frozen cosmic object will reveal some clues as to how planets took shape 4.6 billion years ago.   The US space agency is ringing in the New Year with a live online broadcast to mark New Horizons' zoom past the mysterious object located about ...
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Space probe Osiris-Rex makes closest ever orbit of smallest ever object

Nasa sampling mission skims a mile above tiny asteroid Bennu where it will try to land and collect samplesThe Nasa spacecraft Osiris-Rex has gone into orbit around an ancient asteroid, setting a pair of records.Osiris-Rex spacecraft entered orbit on Monday around Bennu, 70m miles (110m kilometres) from Earth. It is the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft, at just 500 metres across (1,600ft). Continue reading...
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5.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 5.0 magnitude earthquake has rattled Alaska residents on New Year’s Eve but no damage or injuries are reported. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the quake occurred Monday around 6 p.m. in the Cook Inlet region. It was widely felt in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The center says the quake […]
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Nancy Grace Roman, ‘mother’ of the Hubble telescope, dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman, who began working with NASA in 1959 and is credited as a major force behind the effort fund and deploy the Hubble Space Telescope, passed away on December 25th at the age of 93. She was a pioneer in science and the space industry, becoming the very first woman executive within NASA as well as the agency's first chief of astronomy. Roman's incredible efforts to push NASA to new frontiers is still felt today, and even though Hubble launched over a decade after she retir...
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Hello 2019 – what are you likely to bring?

Politics, science, technology, TV, books … here’s what to expect in the year aheadA year is much more than just 365 days, or one orbit of the Earth around the sun. One year produces so many events and human stories that in 2018 alone, the Guardian published more than 73,000 news articles.Much of what happens is unpredictable. But with 2019 only hours old, there are a few things that can confidently be foretold. Continue reading...
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OSIRIS-REx probe goes into close orbit around asteroid Bennu and sets a record

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft today maneuvered into an orbit that takes it within 4,000 feet of the surface of Bennu, a diamond-shaped asteroid that’s 70 million miles from Earth. The orbit sets a record for interplanetary travel. The quarter-mile-wide asteroid is now the smallest body ever orbited by a spacecraft, and the spacecraft is tracing the closest sustained orbit around a celestial body. Bennu beat out Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the 2.5-mile-wide comet that the European Space Agenc...
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In first, NASA spaceship begins orbit of asteroid

A NASA spacecraft set a new milestone Monday in cosmic exploration by entering orbit around an asteroid, Bennu, the smallest object ever to be circled by a human-made spaceship. The spacecraft, called OSIRIS-REx, is the first-ever US mission designed to visit an asteroid and return a sample of its dust back to Earth. On Monday, after closely studying the asteroid for several weeks, the spaceship fired its thrusters to bring it into orbit around Bennu at 2:43 pm (1943 GMT).
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Recycling: Where is the plastic waste mountain?

A year ago China imposed a ban on waste imports, so what's happened to the UK's plastic?
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NASA spacecraft enters orbit around asteroid, sets records

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft has gone into orbit around an ancient asteroid, setting a pair of records. The Osiris-Rex spacecraft entered orbit Monday around the asteroid Bennu, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) from Earth. It’s the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. Bennu is just 1,600 feet […]
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This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task

Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google will be either terrifying or fascinating. A machine learning agent intended to transform aerial images into street maps and back was found to be cheating by hiding information it would need later in “a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.” Clever girl! This occurrence reveals a problem with computers that has existed since they were invented: they do exactly what you tell them to do. The intention of the researc...
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What Are You Leaving Behind in 2018?

Tomorrow begins a New Year, full of resolutions, throbbing hangovers, and gym membership contracts. Missed opportunity if you ask me!Read more...
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NASA's New Horizons Spies Elongated Target Ultima Thule Ahead of Flyby

LAUREL, Md. — After months of staring at only a single pixel of their target, members of NASA's New Horizons mission team now have considerably more to look at. On the eve of its historic flyby, the spacecraft has sent home an image that confirms its distant target, Ultima Thule, has an elongated shape. "We know it's not round," John Spencer, a New Horizons deputy project scientist, told reporters today (Mon, Dec 31).
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A Day in the Life of Earth, review: a sobering reminder of our effect on the planet

How appropriate that BBC Four chose to see out 2018 with Dr Hannah Fry, who’s just pipped to the title of ubiquitous television face of the year by Romesh Ranganathan. Her intonation may be becoming worryingly arch and Clarksonian (“fortunes can be won… or lost”, “We can’t forget about the other 29 per cent of the Earth’s surface – you know, the stuff we walk on”, and so on), but Fry has the popular touch and the expertise to back it up. Broadcasters who can make maths both comprehensible and in...
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NASA probe nears distant space rock for landmark flyby  

At 12:33 a.m. Eastern time (0533 GMT), the New Horizons probe will arrive at the "third zone" in the uncharted heart of the Kuiper Belt, scientists said. In this peripheral layer of icy bodies and leftover fragments from the solar system's creation, the interplanetary probe will position its seven on-board instruments for the first close-up glance of Ultima Thule, a cool mass roughly 20 miles (32 km) long and shaped like a giant peanut. Scientists had not discovered Ultima Thule when the probe...
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FBI Botched Interrogation of Former NSA Contractor Accused of Stealing Secrets

In the case of a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor accused of stealing a large cache of classified documents, a federal judge this month agreed to toss out statements made by the contractor, Harold “Hal” Martin, on the basis that federal agents failed to advise him of his Miranda rights while he was…Read more...
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Nasa sends final commands to New Horizons probe before historic flyby of Ultima Thule

Nasa flight controllers have sent their final set of commands to the space agency’s New Horizons spacecraft ahead of its planned historic flyby of the icy Ultima Thule. The spacecraft is on a path to pass by the 30-kilometre-wide body on Tuesday, marking a new record for the furthest object ever explored in the Solar System — roughly 6.5 billion kilometres from the Earth. “The spacecraft is healthy and we’re excited!” Alice Bowman, the mission operations manager, told reporters at Johns Hopkin...
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The Long, Terrible Saga of Pooey Puitton, 2018's Hottest Poop-Shaped Toy

When I was a young, stupid, and spoiled tween, I wanted a Louis Vuitton bag, because all the other young, stupid, and spoiled tweens I knew had one. My parents could not and would not purchase me a multi-hundred dollar handbag, so I bought a $20 knockoff and told everyone it was real. No one believed me! I was so sad.Read more...
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Trump's Shutdown Is Making the National Parks Overflow With Shit and Garbage

In a truly fitting end to 2018, the Associated Press reported on Monday that in the second week of President Donald Trump’s government shutdown, the National Parks are all going to shit, literally.Read more...
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Mysterious deep space world Ultima Thule already looks weird — and we've only had a glimpse

Ultima Thule — an uncharted world over 4 billion miles away — is coming into view. On Monday, planetary scientists released a fuzzy image of Ultima Thule, snapped the day prior by the New Horizons exploration spacecraft from some 1.2 million miles away. Previously, New Horizons swooped by Pluto in 2015, capturing the icy, mountainous world in unprecedented detail. Increasingly rich, detailed images of Ultima will start arriving on January 2, but already the deep space object looks elongated, not...
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There Is an Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug Outbreak in Gaza

The West Bank and Gaza are experiencing an epidemic of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that doctors say are taxing already overwhelmed hospitals and medical facilities, and could spread elsewhere.
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We Have Some Sweet Images From the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Art Book

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is our favorite movie of the year. It’s so amazing in so many ways that we simply can’t stop thinking about it. Thankfully, Titan Books is here to help, with their newest title, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - The Art of the Movie by Ramin Zahed. And io9 has some exclusive images…Read more...
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Why Is Jeff Bezos on a Horse? 2018 Is Nearly Over, So Here Are Some Random Guesses

Why is Amazon CEO and world’s richest man Jeff Bezos a cowboy now? On Monday—New Year’s Eve—the Western-themed apparel store Kemo Sabe posted a video of Bezos riding a horse right on into what appears to be the entrance of its Aspen, Colorado branch (apparently accompanied by his brother, Mark).Read more...
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U.S. Strategic Command Helpfully Reminds World It Could Still Annihilate Everyone Before Midnight

The United States Strategic Command—a high-level U.S. military unified command that oversees everything from nuclear deterrence, command, control, and communications to intelligence, cyber warfare, and combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction—helpfully reminded the world on New Year’s Eve that it has…Read more...
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NASA speeds toward historic flyby of faraway world, Ultima Thule

NASA counted down Monday to a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever explored by humankind -- a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule -- in the hopes of learning more about how planets took shape. The US space agency planned to ring in the New Year with a live online broadcast to mark the spacecraft's zoom past the mysterious object located about four billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away in a dark and frigid region of space known as the Kuiper B...
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Record Breaker! NASA Probe Slips into Orbit Around Asteroid Bennu

A NASA asteroid-sampling probe has begun circling its space-rock target, setting a new record for the smallest body ever orbited by a spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx probe achieved orbit around the 1,640-foot-wide (500 meters) near-Earth asteroid Bennu with an eight-second engine burn today (Dec. 31) at 2:43 p.m. EST (1943 GMT). "The team continued our long string of successes by executing the orbit-insertion maneuver perfectly," Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University o...
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Tech Rout Spurs Second-Biggest Quarterly ETF Outflow on Record

About $3.5 billion was pulled in November alone, a month that saw huge declines in bellwethers including Apple Inc. and Nvidia Corp. It came as technology stocks in the S&P 500 Index, which had been among the biggest gainers in the bull market, tumbled 18 percent in their worst quarter since the 26 percent plunge they posted during the fourth quarter of 2008. “Tech was such a hot sector for so long that the flows it built up in the first three quarters of the year are enough to offset the four...
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China has 20 Megawatt Power System Modules and More Railgun Sea Trials

China’s is performing more sea trials of its navy ship with a railgun. They have also made progress on 20 Megawatt power modules to power more railguns. Long time no see, the railgun test ship... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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NASA spaceship zooms toward distant Ultima Thule

A NASA spaceship is zooming toward the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever photographed by humankind -- a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule -- in the hopes of learning more about how planets took shape. The US space agency will ring in the New Year with a live online broadcast to mark the historic flyby of the mysterious object located about four billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away in a dark and frigid region of space known as the Kuiper Belt. A solo track r...
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Desperately Horny Australian Cane Toads Ride Snake Train to Sex Town

Are these invasive cane toads waterlogged, or just really, really thirsty? The below photo, captured by one Andrew Mock of Kununurra in northern Australia, shows 10 cane toads riding out a storm that dumped nearly 70mm of rain by hitching themselves to the back of an approximately 3.5-meter python,
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New Horizons team gets first fuzzy glimpse of elongated Ultima Thule on solar system’s edge

LAUREL, Md. — The science team for NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft released its first multi-pixel view of Ultima Thule, an icy world more than 4 billion miles from Earth, and the analysis suggests it’s an elongated space cigar. “We know it’s not round, we can say that with confidence,” John Spencer of the Southwest Research Institute, one of the mission’s project scientists, said today during a news briefing scheduled just hours before the probe was due to fly just 2,200 miles past the mysterious ...
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