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Metro L.A. hosts nation’s worst cities for air quality, study finds

Los Angeles County was home to 14 of the nation’s 25 worst cities for air pollution in 2019 and the Inland Empire accounted for three more, according to a new study ranking 4,682 cities worldwide. But it could be worse. Maywood, ranked as having Southern California’s worst air in 2019 and third worst in the country, comes in a distant 1,112th in global worst air rankings, according to the report by IQAir, a Swiss company that has partnered with the United Nations to create the world’s largest ai...
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You Can Help NASA Design the Next Venus Rover

The last spacecraft to land on Venus was the Soviet Vega 2 in 1985. Many other missions have visited the planet, but due to it's "hellish landscape" where surface temperatures can exceed 840 degrees Fahrenheit and the surface pressure is 90 times that of Earth, only very few have been able to make contact. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is designing missions that will be able to better survive on Venus—and they want your help. The JPL is currently running a public design challenge to develop "...
Tags: Design, Nasa, Competition, Venus, Jpl, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sauder, Jonathan Sauder


Earth captures new 'mini moon'

Earth has acquired a second "mini-moon" about the size of a car, according to astronomers who spotted the object circling our planet. The mass -- roughly 1.9-3.5 meters (6-11 feet) in diameter -- was observed by researchers Kacper Wierzchos and Teddy Pruyne at the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona on the night of February 15. The astronomer said it was a "big deal" as "this is just the second asteroid known to orbit Earth (after 2006 RH120, which was also discovered by the Catalina Sk...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Arizona, Catalina, Teddy Pruyne, Kacper Wierzchos


China's Rover Finds Layers of Surprise Under Moon's Far Side (slashdot)

The Chang'e-4 mission, the first to land on the lunar far side, is demonstrating the promise and peril of using ground-penetrating radar in planetary science. From a report: China's robotic Chang'e-4 spacecraft did something last year that had never been done before: It landed on the moon's far side, and Yutu-2, a small rover it was carrying, began trundling through a crater there. One of the rover's instruments, a ground-penetrating radar, is now revealing what lies beneath. In a paper publishe...
Tags: News, China, Nasa, Houston, Chang, Yutu, Msmash, Von Karman, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Elena Pettinelli, Rome Tre University, David A Kring


How to delete a listing on Airbnb, or snooze or temporarily unlist it instead

You can delete a listing on Airbnb if you no longer wish to rent out your property on the rental platform. If you deactivate a listing from Airbnb, it's still best practice to honor any bookings made before shuttering the property. Temporarily unlisting your property will remove it from Airbnb indefinitely, but allow you to relist the rental at any time. You can also opt to snooze listings for a set period of time, in case you want to use a property yourself or simply don't want to manage your...
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Astronomers begin to unravel a new mystery held in a 'cocoon galaxy'

Seven years ago, then 70-year-old Allen Lawrence had just begun studying a system where two galaxies, NGC 4485 and NGC 4490, were -- and still are -- in the process of interacting with each other.Lawrence had first enrolled in astronomy courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 after retiring from a career as an electrical engineer. He announced in a statement released by Iowa State that this was around the time he made a connection that astronomers before him hadn't.Through usi...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Lawrence, University of Wisconsin Madison, Iowa State, Northern Hemisphere, NGC, Arp, Lawerence, ESA Hubble NASA, Samuhel, Allen Lawrence, Astrophysical Journal Lawrence, David Samuhel, Cocoon Galaxy


NASA provides first evidence of “marsquakes”

The spacecraft InSight detected tremors from deep underneath the rust-colored surface of Mars indicating, for the first time ever, that the planet is geologically active. The quakes could potentially give seismologists insights into the interior composition of the planet.The Insight lander also uncovered magnetized rocks "consistent with a past dynamo with Earth-like strength" under the surface of the landing sight. Stirrings detected from deep below the surface of the Red Planet indicate, fo...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, California, Nasa, Earth, Geology, Innovation, Universe, Planets, Mars, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Nature Communications, Red Planet, Heat Transport, Science News


The company behind 'Fortnite' is skipping the biggest video game industry conference of the year because of the coronavirus outbreak

Epic Games, the company behind "Fortnite" and one of the world's most popular game development engines, will no longer attend the 2020 Game Developers Conference, the annual meeting of video game industry employees scheduled for March 16 to 20 in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney was scheduled to make a keynote presentation, and Epic made plans to sponsor multiple panel discussions during the week. Facebook, Microsoft, Sony, and more than a dozen other companies have also an...
Tags: Facebook, China, US, San Francisco, Trends, Nasa, United States, Epic, Who, GDC, Moscone Center, Unity, Tim Sweeney, Fortnite, World Health Organization Nearly, Facebook Microsoft Sony


Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says the company just isn't 'capable' of fact-checking political ads (FB)

Following the 2016 US Presidential election, Facebook has faced persistent scrutiny from users and lawmakers over how it handles politics. The most recent controversy involves Facebook's decision not to fact-check political ads, which it considers "political speech." Facebook executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, have argued that the policy keeps Facebook from becoming the "arbiter of truth." But in an interview with Sandberg on the Byers Market podcast published ...
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China's Rover Finds Layers of Surprise Under Moon's Far Side

The Chang'e-4 mission, the first to land on the lunar far side, is demonstrating the promise and peril of using ground-penetrating radar in planetary science. From a report: China's robotic Chang'e-4 spacecraft did something last year that had never been done before: It landed on the moon's far side, and Yutu-2, a small rover it was carrying, began trundling through a crater there. One of the rover's instruments, a ground-penetrating radar, is now revealing what lies beneath. In a paper publishe...
Tags: China, Tech, Nasa, Houston, Chang, Yutu, Von Karman, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Elena Pettinelli, Rome Tre University, David A Kring


15-Million-Year-Old Crater On Earth Reveals Clues About Mars' Watery Past

Iwastheone shares a report from Space.com: Ries Crater, or Nordlinger Ries, is located in western Bavaria, Germany, and formed roughly 15 million years ago, when a meteorite struck. This site has incredibly well-preserved rocks and minerals that bear similarities to the Martian surface. Therefore, samples from this impact site on Earth may shed light on Mars' past, according to a new study. Today, Mars is too cold to host liquid water on its surface, which is a requirement for life as we know it...
Tags: Nasa, Earth, Mars, Martian, Bavaria Germany, Nördlinger Ries


NASA’s InSight lander discovers active faults in Mars’ crust

Most space missions investigate the surface or atmosphere of a body. But NASA’s InSight probe, which landed on Mars in November 2018, is different – it is the first mission dedicated to studying the interior structure of the planet and whether it gives rise to “marsquakes.” Now the results from its first ten months on the Martian surface have been published in a series of papers in Nature Geoscience and Nature Communications (see an overview here). InSight touched down via parachute and retroroc...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Nasa, Mars, Nature Communications, Gale Crater, Syndication, Elysium Planitia, Elysium Mons


YouTube isn't bound by the First Amendment and is free to censor PragerU videos, a court ruled

In 2017 right-wing organization Prager University sued YouTube, claiming the platform had violated its First Amendment rights by flagging some of its videos as "inappropriate." A court on Wednesday ruled in YouTube's favor, saying private companies like YouTube and its parent company Google are not bound by the First Amendment. A lawyer for PragerU said the organization was "disappointed" but would continue to pursue claims that YouTube discriminates against it. Visit Business Insider's homepa...
Tags: Google, California, Youtube, Trends, Nasa, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Prager University, Margaret McKeown, PragerU, Despite YouTube, First Amendment Circuit Judge, Peter Obstler


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. The head of SoftBank's $100 billion Vision Fund reportedly tried to lure another company executive into a sexual "honey trap" to collect blackmail and secure his rise to CEO. A Wall Street Journal report said Rajeev Misra had a "dark-arts campaign" to sabotage two other SoftBank executives in the years leading up to his promotion to CEO of SoftBank's investing arm in 2017 — but Misra and SoftBank deny the report. Microsoft sai...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Etsy, China, Softbank, US, Trends, Nasa, Netflix, Salesforce, Wall Street Journal, Amazon Echo, Rian Johnson, Alexa, Marc Benioff


How to see Venus and a crescent moon side-by-side this Thursday

A celestial phenomenon is set to occur between Venus and the moon Thursday night, according to NASA's calendar.
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How to see Venus and a crescent moon side-by-side tonight

A celestial phenomenon is set to occur between Venus and the moon Thursday night, according to NASA's calendar.
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Astronomy student discovers 17 new planets, including Earth-sized world

University of British Columbia astronomy student Michelle Kunimoto has discovered 17 new planets, including a potentially habitable, Earth-sized world, by combing through data gathered by NASA's Kepler mission.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Kepler, University of British Columbia, Michelle Kunimoto


China's groundbreaking lunar rover found nearly 40 feet of dust on the far side of the moon

China landed a spacecraft called Chang'e 4 on the moon's far side in January 2019 — the first country ever to do so. The rover has measured a layer of lunar dust, or regolith, that's "quite thick": It extends 12 meters (39 feet) deep. The moon's dust caused problems for the Apollo missions, and understanding it better could help future spacecraft. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The first rover ever to visit the far side of the moon has discovered a layer of lunar dust up ...
Tags: China, India, Israel, Trends, Nasa, Atlantic, Italy, Chang, Whitson, Peggy Whitson, Von Karman, moon Lunar, Brian O Brien, Science Advances Lunar, Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo


What happened to the Aral Sea

Reaching what is left of the Aral Sea will take a long time no matter where you choose to depart from. Located in a remote corner of Central Asia between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the lake that was once the fourth largest in the world has been receding for the past six decades, with disastrous consequences for the communities relying on its waters. The dark pools staining the vast expanse of arid flatlands that can be seen today on a map represent a fraction of what the Aral Sea used to be. ...
Tags: Travel, Nasa, Bbc, Unesco, Uzbekistan, Ecology, Union, Ussr, Kazakhstan, Tashkent, All, Soviet Union, Central Asia, Almaty Kazakhstan, NASA Earth Observatory, Islam Karimov


OceanGate and NASA are teaming up to build better carbon-fiber pressure vessels

Everett, Wash.-based OceanGate says it's forged an agreement with NASA to support the development of carbon-fiber pressure vessels that could handle the crushing demands of deep-sea exploration — as well as the strains encountered in the vacuum of space. The agreement calls for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama to serve as the site for developing and manufacturing a new type of aerospace-grade hull. OceanGate said the joint design effort will be key to its plans for building...
Tags: Science, Alabama, Nasa, Marshall Space Flight Center, EVERETT Wash, OceanGate


Tim Cook said he would answer questions about the 'fairly dynamic situation' of Coronavirus at Apple's shareholder meeting, then closed the meeting without addressing it (AAPL)

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak was not a major talking point during Apple's annual shareholder meeting, despite the fact that it prompted the company to revise its March quarter revenue guidance earlier this month. Apple CEO Tim Cook briefly touched on the outbreak, calling it a "fairly dynamic situation" that has posed "a challenge" for the tech giant. Although the coronavirus wasn't a major talking point during the meeting, some advocates of shareholder proposals did bring it up in their t...
Tags: Apple, Cook, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Tim Cook, Ubs, Cupertino, Denver, RBC Capital Markets, Robert Muller, China Apple, Timothy Arcuri, Ajit Rao


The head of SoftBank's $100 billion Vision Fund reportedly tried to lure another company executive into a sexual 'honey trap' in order to collect blackmail and secure his rise to CEO

Rajeev Misra, the head of SoftBank's $100 billion Vision Fund, reportedly tried to lure SoftBank's then-president into a "honey trap" in order to blackmail him with compromising sexual photos, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. The Journal report outlines Misra's "dark arts campaign" to sabotage two other SoftBank executives in the years leading up to his promotion to CEO of SoftBank's investing arm in 2017. Under Misra's leadership, the Vision Fund has poured billions into ...
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How to add Pandora to Alexa on your Amazon Echo speaker

You can add Pandora to Alexa on your Amazon Echo smart speaker and use it as the speaker's primary music streaming service. The default source of tunes on your Amazon Echo is Amazon Music, so when you ask Alexa to play a song or playlist it will usually come from Amazon Music. Even if you don't change the primary music streaming service on your Echo, you can still play content from Pandora by adding "on Pandora" at the end of your voice command. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stor...
Tags: Amazon, Samsung, Trends, Nasa, Pandora, Roku, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Google Home, Best Buy Samsung, Alexa Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo is Amazon Music


How to connect your Kindle Paperwhite to Wi-Fi in 5 easy steps

You can easily connect your Kindle Paperwhite to Wi-Fi by accessing your Settings menu. Kindle allows for offline reading, but you will need to connect to Wi-Fi to sync your device and access the Kindle Store. The process of connecting other Kindle devices to Wi-Fi varies slightly depending on the model. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While you can certainly read downloaded Kindle books offline, you'll need to connect to Wi-Fi to update your library and search for new b...
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Space cookies and the future of pizza pockets beyond Earth

Last month, the first cookies baked in space returned to Earth. This test of a new oven designed for microgravity aboard the International Space Station was not only a delightful experiment but also an important one. After all, this was the first time astronauts cooked raw ingredients in space. And yes, the ISS did smell of fresh-baked cookies. From Space.com's interview with NASA astronaut Mike Massimino who consulted on the experiment back on Earth: Further investigation and analysi...
Tags: Cooking, Post, Space, News, Nasa, Earth, Cookies, Iss, Mike Massimino, Massimino


Astra Launching Rockets Moved in a Shipping Container Needing Only Days to Prepare

Astra Space is developing pump-fed, liquid bipropellant propulsion engines for DARPA and NASA. The current vehicle, Rocket 3.0, is designed to have a payload capacity of approximately 100 kg to low... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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NASA’s Public Design Challenge For Venus Exploration

Supported by an internal grant, a new creative challenge posed by NASA asks the general public to submit ideas for an “innovative obstacle avoidance  sensor” that will be featured on a future Venus Rover Concept. The planet’s notoriously rough surface will prove quite difficult to maneuver around and weather and pressure conditions are extreme. Officially titled “Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover,” the …
Tags: Space, Design, Nasa, Earth, Sensors, Vehicles, Planets, Venus, Linkaboutit, Outer Space


Our Long Bets and Predictions about 02020

The year 02020, like 02000 before it and 02050 after it, has long captivated the popular imagination as a kind of shorthand for “the future.” Some predictions about life in 02020 are remarkably prescient: In 02004, the National Intelligence Council predicted that an “America first” movement would rise in the United States; In Ray Bradbury’s 01953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, he that people would listen to “little seashells” filling their ears with “an electronic ocean of sound, of musi...
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'Mars quakes': First seismological data help understand the Red Planet's composition

Almost 14 months after the landing of NASA's InSight Mission on Mars, researchers present the first data ever gathered on the Red Planet's seismic activity.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars


Amazon is reportedly deleting some third-party listings that jack up surgical mask prices as the coronavirus creates a shortage (AMZN)

The coronavirus outbreak has led to a shortage of protective masks and other medical supplies, leading some sellers to significantly increase prices. Amazon has been trying to prevent the practice on its platform, alerting sellers who may be in violation of its pricing policies, according to Wired. Most states in the US have "price gouging" laws which prevent businesses from taking of advantage of consumers by charging exorbitant amounts of money during emergencies. Authorities in countries su...
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