Abdulrahman Ashraf Ahmad Nourdien

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After a Brutal Audit, NASA Unveils Its New Asteroid Detection Program

Let’s not go the way of the dinosaurs.<p>In the great pantheon of apocalyptic events, few scenarios inspire more dread than the threat of a cataclysmic asteroid impact. After all, we know that Earth has already taken several punches to the face in the past, sparking mass extinctions in some cases, and …

Former NASA Engineer Explains the Fastest Way to De-Fog Your Windshield

Science proves you can blast away the fog twice as fast.<p>Winter's here, and for lots of us, that means dealing with a foggy windshield full of condensation when we go to start our cars. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't take <i>that</i> long for your defroster to clear your windshield, but if you're …

This Is the Entire Universe Squeezed into One Image

An enterprising artist has taken on one of the biggest concepts known to man: the universe.<p>Pablo Carlos Budassi is drawing eyes across the Internet …

Scientists observing V404 Cygni discovered that even amateur telescopes are capable of capturing violent outburst from black holes closest to Earth<p>Astronomers have discovered that black holes can be observed through a simple optical telescope when material from surrounding space falls into them and …

Black Holes

17 Times "Steven Universe" Won Over Our Hearts In 2015

Warning: mild spoilers, many feels.

NASA sends its Valkyrie humanoid robots to college

NASA wants to send its 6-foot-tall, 290-pound humanoid robot R5 (which also goes by the more intimidating name "Valkyrie") to Mars and other extraterrestrial locations. The agency originally designed the R5 for search-and-rescue missions, though, so to prepare the machine for a future of …

Robotics

NASA Teams Up With Universities to Prep Robots for Space Exploration

Two university groups have been selected to help upgrade NASA robots that could one day explore deep space and perhaps even Mars.<p>Teams at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University were awarded prototypes of NASA's R5 humanoid robot for advanced research and development …

MIT scientists have charted a course for Mars that they say beats NASA's by a landslide

It's a very different plan than the NASA astronauts in the latest sci-fi action film "The Martian" take.<p>Moreover, it's not what the real NASA describes in their outline for human exploration of Mars, called the Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0.<p>But the US space agency might want to reconsider …

Microsoft works with GameStop to help Xbox One combat PlayStation 4 Black Ops III bundle

November and December are the two most important months of the year for game sales, and Microsoft is working with a key retail partner to get off to strong start.<p>This weekend, GameStop is offering a deal where anyone who buys an Xbox One bundle will get an extra controller and a free game. But the …

Call of Duty

How to Get a New Nintendo 3DS XL for $100

GameStop has launched yet another trade-in offer, this one for the New Nintendo 3DS XL. Effective immediately, GameStop will pay you $100 in store credit toward the purchase of a New Nintendo 3DS XL when you trade in a 3DS, 3DS XL, or PlayStation Vita. That means you can get a new system for just …

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the best shooter game of 2015

Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III is one of the finest installments in a series that has generated $10 billion in lifetime revenue. The single-player campaign is challenging, surprising, and has more interesting missions that take full advantage of the next-generation game consoles. It’s too …

Here's When Gears of War Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Codes Start Going Out

Everyone who bought Gears of War Ultimate Edition on Xbox One will soon receive codes to download the promised backwards-compatible versions of every game in the series for Xbox 360.<p>Starting December 1, Microsoft will send out download codes for Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and …

Jersey Jack’s pinball wizards dissect the state of their beloved games

The pinball industry has been riding a steady incline for the last five years, and one of the two manufacturers pushing it forward is a shop out of New Jersey.<p>The company is Jersey Jack Pinball, and in a discussion I had earlier with the founder “Jersey Jack” Guarnieri, we covered the ride of this …

Pinball

New Star Wars: Force Awakens Footage Revealed in First TV Spot

The first official TV commercial for <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> has been released. Published on Twitter, the 30-second spot features new footage from the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster. Expect to see this on TV a lot in the lead-up to the movie's release in December. A YouTube version is available …

Blizzard: Warcraft 4 or Other New RTS Games "Depends On the Players"

At Blizzcon this weekend Blizzard announced that the next chapter for the Starcraft story will be a series of episodic adventures due out next year, but what about the next entry in the developer's other big RTS franchise, Warcraft? Earlier this year, Blizzard said in an interview that Starcraft 3 …

Heroes of the Storm Matchmaking System Being "Completely Refactored"

Following its announcement of new Heroes of the Storm characters, maps, and modes on Friday, Blizzard has now revealed that major changes are coming to the PC game's matchmaking system.<p>During a presentation at BlizzCon today, Blizzard announced that the matching program is being "completely …

Why isn't Overwatch free-to-play, and what are Blizzard's plans for DLC?

Will Blizzard sell more heroes after launch? That depends.<p>This week, Blizzard announced that its next game, the hero-focused shooter <i>Overwatch</i>, wasn't going to be a free-to-play game. That Blizzard would pursue the business model that it employed with <i>Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</i> and <i>Heroes of the</i> …

Prototyping

Tomorrow, Watch A Live Spacewalk On NASA TV

To complete a very long repair job<p>How long does it take to get a broken cooling system back to normal? If it's on the International Space Station (ISS), it might take three years.<p>On Friday, astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren will perform a six and a half hour spacewalk. Both astronauts made …

Spacewalkers Encounter Leaking Ammonia, NASA Says No Danger

Spacewalking astronauts encountered leaking ammonia and minor glove damage while performing plumbing work outside the International Space Station on Friday, but NASA said neither issue posed an immediate threat.<p>NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren reported intermittent flakes of toxic ammonia while making …

Astronauts carry out marathon spacewalk to recharge cooling system

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two U.S. astronauts spent nearly eight hours spacewalking outside the International Space Station on Friday, grappling with an escape of potentially hazardous ammonia as they switched out a cooling system, NASA said.<p>Station commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer …

The Real Cost Of NASA Missions

How much are we really paying to explore the universe?<p>Since its inception in 1958, NASA has accomplished some pretty spectacular feats of science. Our country has landed humans on the Moon six times. We’ve successfully put laboratories onto the surface of Mars, and we’ve flown by every single …

Watch NASA Test A Rocket Engine That Could Fuel Up On Other Planets

Let 'er rip!<p>Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that we're all very worried about here on Earth. But up in space? That's a whole different ballgame.<p>Unlike liquid hydrogen, which is the fuel of choice for today's rockets, methane is more stable, can be stored safely at higher temperatures, and is …

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (7 November 2015)

<b>Top picks</b><p>From me at The Atlantic:<p>Why Do Most Languages Have So Few Words for Smells?<br>• The Hottest New Cancer Drugs Depend on Gut Microbes<br>• The Woman Who Tweets Cheetahs<br>• A Venomous Fight Among Reptile Scientists<p>Through twin histories of telescopy and Hawaii, Adrienne LaFrance covers the bitter debate …

Why Can’t We Live On Mars? Blame The Sun

Findings from the MAVEN spacecraft suggest solar eruptions helped to destroy Mars' atmosphere<p>Billions of years ago, Mars might have looked a lot like Earth. It had vast amounts of water on its surface, and it was wrapped in a nice thick atmosphere. Now, after losing 99 percent of its atmosphere, …

SETI seeks signal from mystery star

Star KIC 8462852 made headlines last month for having a possible alien megastructure. SETI team now seeking deliberate radio signal. None found …