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How to fix disappearing iPhone passwords

Once you've changed your Apple/iCloud password you may find it keeps disappearing from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Here's how to bring it back …

Apple Pay

Inside the wild—and wildly successful—early years of Mission Control | Ars Technica

A new book tells of early flight directors, from biergartens to horses on campus.<p>Aside from a few famous names like Chris Kraft and Gene Kranz, the …

I found a secondhand telescope, now what?

It's amazing what you can find on the streets of San Francisco. No, the actual city streets, not the '70s cop drama starring Michael Douglas. I recently came across a scavenger's treasure in the city's Sunset neighborhood: a fully operational Meade NG-70 Altazimuth Refractor Telescope. It was just …

Mysterious moons and alien life: the 42 best space movies ever made

Science Fiction

The Slave-State Origins of Modern Gun Rights

The idea that citizens have an unfettered constitutional right to carry weapons in public originates in the antebellum South, and its culture of violence and honor.<p>Gun-rights advocates have waged a relentless battle to gut what remains of America’s lax and inadequate gun regulations. In the name of …

Guns

The Private Islands Inside National Parks

Not all of the land inside America’s most iconic public places is publicly owned.<p>In the years after the financial crisis, someone built a luxury home inside a national park.<p>That someone was a luxury developer notorious for finding land of value to the federal government and buying it himself, and …

National Parks

Google executive Alan Eustace jumps 130,000ft from edge of space - video

Google's vice president Alan Eustace sky dives from the edge of space, breaking the world altitude record previously set by Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner. Wearing a specially designed spacesuit, Eustace jumps from 130,000ft over the southern New Mexico desert, reaching a top speed of 822mph …

Video: The Golden Ratio vs. The Rule of Thirds

There are a lot of debates in the world of photography: Nikon Vs. Canon, DSLR Vs. Mirrorless and Full-Frame Vs. Everything Else just to name a few. …

Mars Spacecraft Snag Comet Views

Changing Planet<p>This amazing image from a Earthbound telescope captures the ghostly green comet Siding Spring passing by bright, orange-hued Mars 166.5 million miles (268 million kilometers) from Earth on October 19, 2014. Credit: © Rolando Ligustri<p><i>Update November 7, 2014: NASA scientists at the Jet</i> …

George Orwell on Writing and the Four Questions Great Writers Must Ask Themselves

George Orwell was a man of unflinching idealism who made no apologies for making his convictions clear, be they about the ethics of journalism, the universal motives of writing, or the golden rules for making tea — but never more so than in his now-legendary essay “Politics and the English …

So You Are Shocked Facebook Did #psyops on People?

Well then. Let's start with a working definition of psyops.<p>Here is some background on the Facebook mass psychological testing as being reported recently. The study about the test itself, an interesting take on it by another scientist.<p>You should not be either shocked, or surprised. Companies in the …

Facebook Doesn't Understand The Fuss About Its Emotion Manipulation Study

<b>* Updated since first published.</b><p>This weekend, the Internet discovered a study published earlier this month in an academic journal that recounted how a Facebook data scientist, along with two university researchers, turned 689,003 users’ New Feeds positive or negative to see if it would elate or …