After the Moon, people on Mars by 2033...or 2060

The dates fixed by the space agency are 2024 for the Moon and Mars in 2033, but according to experts and industry insiders, reaching the Red Planet by then is highly improbable barring a Herculean effort on the scale of the Apollo program in the 1960s. "The Moon is the proving ground for our eventual mission to Mars," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said at a conference this week. According to Robert Howard, who heads up the lab developing future space habitats at the legendary Johnson Spac...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Houston, Red Planet, Johnson Space Center, Robert Howard, Jim Bridenstine

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just hit an absolutely crazy milestone

Of all the pieces of hardware that NASA has sent to Mars, we don't hear about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter nearly as much as we'd like. It's an incredible machine that has dramatically outlived its initial mission timeline and continues to relay important information about the Red Planet thanks to its suite of cameras and high-tech sensors.The spacecraft's primary mission was expected to last just two years, but it's already spent a whopping 13 years in orbit around Mars, ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Jpl, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, MRO, Red Planet, Dan Johnston

Exclusive: Saudi's Falih says not sure there is oil shortage, OPEC will act

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Saturday that OPEC will be responsive to the oil market's needs, but that he was not sure there is an oil shortage with data, particularly from the United States, still showing inventories building. Speaking in Jeddah ahead of a ministerial panel gathering on Sunday by top OPEC and non-OPEC producers, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, Falih told Reuters OPEC will not decide on output until late June when the group is due to meet. Falih sa...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Opec, United States, Jeddah, Reuters OPEC, Khalid al Falih, Falih

Compassionate conservation is 'seriously flawed'

The idea that you cannot kill any animal is "fatally flawed" as a conservation concept, scientists argue.
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SpaceX files lawsuit against the federal government — but asks to keep the details under wraps

SpaceX today filed a lawsuit against the federal government, apparently protesting a contract bidding process — but asked the court to keep the proceedings under seal and covered by a protective order. The California-based company said the details had to be kept out of the public eye because they include “confidential and proprietary information and source selection information not appropriate for release to the public.” SpaceX’s lawyers told the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that the proceedings...
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Australian voters tipped to elect Labor government

Australian bookies predict a return to power for the Labor party in an election on Saturday after six years in the political wilderness and a campaign in which it has put climate change and tax reform at the top of its agenda. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made economic management the centerpiece of the campaign for his conservative Liberal-National coalition, which has held power since 2013. Voting is compulsory in Australia and the result should be known on Saturday evening.
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California utility in big 2015 gas leak had failed to probe leaks for decades

Because Southern California Gas, a unit of Sempra Energy, had failed to investigate and analyze leaks since the 1970s, the consequences of such corrosion were not understood, leading to the 2015 incident, the report found. The report was commissioned by two state regulatory agencies, the California Public Utilities Commission and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, and conducted by a third party, Blade Energy Partners. More than 60 casing leaks occurred since the 1970s at the Al...
Tags: Science, California, Aliso Canyon, Sempra Energy, California Public Utilities Commission, Division of Oil Gas, Because Southern California Gas, Blade Energy Partners More

Brazil's environment minister challenges Amazon Fund

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's environment minister questioned on Friday the effectiveness of the Amazon Fund created to contain the deforestation of the vast rainforest, the latest challenge to environmentalists from climate-change sceptics within the far-right government of President Jair Bolsonaro.
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Poop-Testing Startup Founder Allegedly Lied About Her Age, Just About Everything Else

The founder of uBiome, an embattled startup claiming to employ “machine learning, artificial intelligence, and advanced statistical techniques” and probably a few other buzzwords to assess gut health, repeatedly misrepresented her actual age, Business Insider reports, landing her on several minimally-prestigious lists…Read more...
Tags: Science, Poop, Ubiome, Jessica Richman, In The Shit, Poop Testing Startup

Skyrim Now Has Two Different Mods Based On The Game Of Thrones Coffee Cup

Skyrim player DarkMaster06 didn’t waste a second pretending that their request on the Skyrim Mods subreddit was anything more than an elaborate “troll” mod. But they asked for it all the same: “This is my request,” they wrote. “Based on the Game of Thrones series, we should add a Starbucks cup to Dragonsreach.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Pc, Humor, Game Of Thrones, Kotakucore, Bethesda, Mods, Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls

Olis Robotics wins $50K from Air Force to study options for satellite-servicing robots

Seattle-based Olis Robotics says it has received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to lay out a plan for using its AI-driven software platform to control satellite-servicing robots in orbit. The initial Small Business Innovative Research grant could set the stage for as much as $1.5 million in future Air Force funding, depending on how the plan is received. Olis, formerly known as Bluhaptics, is a five-year-old spinout from the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory. It spec...
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Olis Robotics wins $50K from Air Force to work on software for satellite-servicing robots

Seattle-based Olis Robotics says it has received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to lay out a plan for using its AI-driven software platform to control satellite servicing robots in orbit. The initial Small Business Innovative Research grant could set the stage for as much as $1.5 million in future Air Force funding, depending on how the plan is received. Olis, formerly known as Bluhaptics, is a five-year-old spinout from the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory. It ...
Tags: Science, Air Force, Seattle, U S Air Force, Olis, Olis Robotics, Small Business Innovative Research

Here's the Best Way to Protect Your Accounts From Hacker Takeovers

It’s easy to be a security pessimist.
Tags: Science, Privacy And Security, Security Key, Dont Leave Your Front Door Unlocked

Venezuela's Maduro says Norway talks sought 'peaceful agenda' with opposition

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that two of his envoys went to Norway this week to begin "exploration" into a dialogue with the opposition to "build a peaceful agenda." The South American country was plunged into a deep power struggle in January when opposition leader Juan Guaido invoked the country's constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate. (Reporting by Deisy Buitrago and Luc Cohen; Editing ...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Norway, Nicolás Maduro, Reuters, Caracas, Maduro, Luc Cohen, Deisy Buitrago, Juan Guaido

Angry Venezuelans wait hours for fuel as shortages worsen

Shortages of motor fuel have become a periodic occurrence in the OPEC nation, particularly in border regions where smuggling to neighboring countries is rife, the result of generous subsidies from state-run oil company PDVSA that have made gasoline nearly free in Venezuela. Unusually, hours-long lines also appeared outside service stations in the central states of Carabobo and Aragua - abutting the capital Caracas - after a regional storage center ran out of fuel, sources said. "This is an out...
Tags: Science, Opec, Venezuela, Caracas, PDVSA, Aragua, Carabobo, Mario Garcia, Puerto Cabello

Guys, You're Making the Dude in Charge of Facebook's Toxic Content Problem Cry

Soon after Mike Schroepfer was promoted to Facebook CTO, he began recruiting top neural network researchers to build up the company’s AI capabilities. At the time, he and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wanted to use machine learning to focus on areas like facial recognition, targeted ads, language translation, and chatbots. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Mike Schroepfer, Facebook CTO, Janitors

Smokers have higher risk for multiple strokes

Smoking has long been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and serious cardiac events like heart attacks and strokes. Among the 3,069 stroke survivors in the study, 1,475, or 48 percent, were current smokers and another nine percent were former smokers. Among the current smokers, 908, or 62 percent, managed to quit within a few months after their stroke.
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Utility failed to probe gas leaks at Aliso Canyon before 2015 accident: state report

The long-awaited report, an independent analysis of the cause of the 2015 leak commissioned by the state's public utility and oil and gas regulatory agencies, found the leak occurred because contact with groundwater caused microbial corrosion that led to the rupture of a well casing. SoCalGas, as the utility is known, never conducted failure investigations on 60 casing leaks at the Los Angeles area gas storage facility going back to the 1970s, the report by Blade Energy Partners found.
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Aliso Canyon, Socalgas, Blade Energy Partners

Missouri follows Alabama by passing restrictive abortion bill

Missouri lawmakers passed a bill on Friday that prohibits women from seeking an abortion after the eighth week of pregnancy, days after Alabama enacted the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. The legislation allows for an abortion after the eighth week only in the case of medical emergencies. On Wednesday, Alabama banned abortions at any time, with the same exception.
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Alternative view to greenhouse effect – that atmospheric density causes heat (Nikolov-Zeller effect)

Publishing this email I received for those with time to investigate further. I won’t have time at present. Some web resources – there is also a peer reviewed paper: On the average temperature of airless spherical bodies and the magnitude of Earth’s atmospheric thermal effect New Climate Discovery Nikolov-Zeller solar system wide climate discovery Dear Mr. […]
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My Tribe Is the Only Reason I Continue to Fight My Progressive Condition

A woman with Lynch syndrome, a rare condition causing multiple cancers, reveals the one reason she's able to keep fighting her progressive condition.
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Jay Inslee Calls For Accepting ‘Historic Levels’ Of Refugees Amid Climate Crisis

The Democratic presidential candidate said fighting far-right anti-immigrant fervor is “the same battle America has always fought.”
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You Should Be Able to Stream Exactly One Thing

Are we living in a golden age of television? Quite possibly, if your idea of TV is “a piece of visual entertainment to be watched alone, enjoyed, and never thought about again.” Personally, I find shows themselves less interesting than talking about them—even if it’s just complaining about why bad episodes were…Read more...
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19 Songs That Help People Keep Powering Through Cancer

People who have gone through cancer share the songs that helped encourage them. Check out the songs and download the Spotify playlist here.
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Tooth Analysis Suggests Neanderthals and Modern Humans Split Apart Far Earlier Than We Thought

Dental evidence suggests Neanderthals and modern humans diverged from a common ancestor around 800,000 years ago—hundreds of thousands of years earlier than standard estimates. The finding could finally reveal the provenance of our shared ancestry, but some experts say the new evidence is unconvincing. Read more...
Tags: Science, Neanderthals, Human Evolution, Human Origins, Neanderthal Evolution, Tooth Analysis Suggests Neanderthals

This DJ Found Her Creative Calling After Beating Cancer

Quiana Parks' life changed at a New York nightclub.
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Twitter and Facebook Should Give Us a 'Start From Scratch' Button

The best buttons on the internet are all children of the “delete” key.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Privacy And Security, Give Me Control Of My Data Please

Joint Hypermobility: What Causes Loose Joints?

In most people, joint hypermobility causes no problems and requires no treatment.
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10 Little-Known Medicare Benefits You Might Easily Miss

What's covered by the government's health insurance program for seniors can be surprising.
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Google Knows That I Seamlessed Chicken Fingers Last Night

It’s commonly accepted at this point that if you’ve spent enough time online, Google has a wealth of data on you. But did you know this also includes an itemized list of purchases you’ve made, and not just through Google services? For instance, the first (humbling) item on my purchases page is “chicken fingers,” which…Read more...
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