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These NASA inventions are saving thousands of lives on Earth

When most people think of NASA, they think of astronauts, space shuttles and men on the moon. What’s less well known is that in making space travel possible, the US space agency has created new technology that’s saving lives all over the planet.<p>NASA’s Technology Transfer Program makes the …

Inventions

NASA wants you to design human habitats for Mars

NASA wants your help in keeping humans alive on the long trip to Mars in the 2030s.<p>NASA is aiming to put people on Mars some time in the 2030s, but in order to get there it needs your help in creating habitats that will keep humans alive on the long trip to the red planet.<p>The best ideas submitted …

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code for Windows, OS X and Linux hits 1.0

Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Microsoft’s cross-platform text editor for developers, hit version 1.0 today after about a year in beta. The company says more than 500,000 developers now actively use the application each month.<p>The launch of VS Code came as quite a surprise when the company first …

NASA Really Is Trying to Grow Potatoes on Mars

Scientists cooking up test with potato pros in Peru; 65 varieties, red desert dirt<p>PAMPAS DE LA JOYA, Peru—As humans prepare to blast off to Mars, there is still the question of what they’ll eat once they colonize the red planet. Scientists who have traveled here to the Peruvian desert say they have …

Study Skills

Cutting-edge theatre: world’s first virtual reality operation goes live

Medical experts hope surgery live-streamed in VR will make healthcare fairer and boost training<p>Stretched out on a table in a large, bright operating theatre at the Royal London hospital, a patient is awaiting Shafi Ahmed’s first incision in a procedure that will remove cancerous tissue from his …

Virtual Reality

Elon Musk Says SpaceX ‘City on Mars’ Will Be Announced in Guadalajara, Mexico

Following last Friday’s historic landing of the Falcon 9 rocket on the company’s autonomous drone ship, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made a surprise (and …

“Sweden must change quickly”: Spotify threatens to leave the country

Spotify’s founders have written an open letter to Sweden’s politicians, saying they’ll be forced to divert thousands of jobs away from Sweden if major changes to the country’s housing, taxation, and education systems aren’t made.<p>The founders, CEO Daniel Ek and chairman Martin Lorentzon, warn that …

Uncle Sam wants you… to hack the Pentagon

Christopher Lynch Contributor<p>Chris Lynch is a director of the U.S. Digital Service's program with the Department of Defense.<p>The name, I was told, was a non-starter. There was simply no way we would call it Hack the Pentagon. None. You simply can’t call it that. Here’s a tall glass of Nope.<p>So …

Satya Nadella is playing a deeper game with Microsoft than anyone gave him credit for

It was true 30 years ago when Windows 1.0 came out, and it's true today: Without developers to build great apps for Microsoft's platforms, the company is sunk.<p>Speaking at a pair of Microsoft events in the last week and a half, Nadella proved that he may not be as outgoing as his predecessor, but …

What If Apple Is Wrong? - MIT Technology Review

Soon after Devon Godfrey was shot to death in his apartment in Harlem on the evening of April 12, 2010, officers with the New York Police Department …

Privacy

Would Tesla want a former nuclear plant as a French factory? Government offers it up

What do you do with a decommissioned nuclear power plant?<p>If you’re the French government, you offer the land it sits on to Tesla Motors as a potential new factory site.<p>Tesla has mulled large-scale European production for some time, and French Energy Minister Segolene Royal believes she can get the …

Earth Is Tipping Because of Climate Change

The north pole is on the run. Although it can drift as much as 10 meters across a century, sometimes returning to near its origin, it has recently …

Breaking: SpaceX successfully lands its rocket on a floating drone ship for the first time

It’s also the second time the company has pulled off a landing<p>SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. It's the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four previous attempts ended …

SolarCity Just Produced Enough Power to Charge Every Tesla on the Planet

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk should be over the moon right now: The reveal of the Tesla Model 3 (tsla) at the end of March was a veritable …

California has too much solar power. It needs another grid to share with.

The US has no national electricity grid. Instead, it has a patchwork of grids, operated as closed-off regional and local fiefdoms with little trade among them.<p>One of the most important steps America can take to integrate more wind and solar power is to connect and expand those grids.<p>California is …

A crisp intro to CRISPR, the gene-editing tool shaking up science

A world free from malaria, full of woolly mammoths<p>CRISPR may be that rarest thing in science: a genuine breakthrough.<p>The young DNA editing tool has dominated science headlines for months, as a mounting pile of studies highlight its potential to fight deadly diseases and customize organisms. It's …

MIT's new Wi-Fi tech is eerily accurate

Wi-Fi could soon have a very detailed geofence, if MIT researchers have their way. They’ve introduced a new project named ‘Chronos’ that helps Wi-Fi signals locate you within “tens of centimeters.”<p>The team managed this by monitoring several Wi-Fi bands, then cobbling the data together to find out …

Wi-Fi

The inside story of how Amazon created Echo, the next billion-dollar business no one saw coming

"This is going to be hard," Limp recalls thinking. "It foretold a magical experience. But it would require a lot of inventions."<p>The reaction was understandable given the lofty goals outlined in the Echo's original plan: It envisioned an intelligent, voice-controlled household appliance that could …

A Landscape Of Abundance Becomes A Landscape Of Scarcity

"This landscape has been humbled."<p>Photographer Matt Black grew up in California's Central Valley. He has dedicated his life to documenting the area's small towns and farmers.<p>Last year, he says he realized what had been a mild drought was now severe. It had simply stopped raining.<p>"It was kind of a …

New HBO Now Streaming Service Shows Consumer's Will Is King

There's a lesson at the heart of the announcement Monday by HBO that it was finally starting the standalone video streaming service they have been talking about for five months, HBO Now.<p>In a media world fragmented by digital technology, the consumer's will is king.<p>That's because HBO Now isn't just …

“Extraordinarily dirty”: Watch Obama deliver his harshest anti-Keystone assessment yet

The president isn’t sounding optimistic about the pipeline’s potential environmental impact<p>President Obama, in vetoing a bill that would have fast-tracked approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, has ensured that the final decision about whether or not to allow the project to go forward will be his to …

MARK CUBAN: Here's how to fix America's crippling student debt crisis

"This is just the beginning of the college implosion," Mark Cuban tweeted last week, after the news about Sweet Briar, an all-women's college in Virginia.<p>Cuban, the well-known entrepreneur and billionaire investor, was not surprised by the news. For years, Cuban has warned of a "student loan …

Cracks in ISIS are becoming more clear

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, which controls a chunk of Iraq and Syria the size of Britain, is facing pressing internal problems, according to multiple reports. The so-called caliphate's promises of Muslim unity have not stopped bitter disputes between foreign fighters and native …

Insurers worry self-driving cars could put a dent in their business

A world of robot cars may still be a long way off but that hasn’t stopped some big insurance companies from worrying about them. And not for the reasons you might think.<p>That three insurance companies and an auto parts manufacturer mentioned driverless cars in their annual reports to the Securities …

Insurance Industry

Obama in Selma: Ferguson report shows civil rights 'march is not yet finished'

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>Barack Obama address on civil rights in Selma, Alabama – full text<p>Read more<p>Barack Obama delivered one of the most poignant speeches of his presidency on Saturday, using the backdrop of Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge to call for an end to the discrimination he said …

Black History

NASA Dawn spacecraft arrives at dwarf planet after 7 years

NASA engineers said Friday they are "exhilarated" by the final maneuver in a 7 1/2 year "celestial dance" that put the spacecraft Dawn into orbit around the mini-planet Ceres 310 million miles from Earth.<p>At 7:39 a.m., EST, as the spacecraft, trailing a beam of blue-green vapor, closed in on the …

Astronomy

Office 2016 for Mac finally catches up to its Windows equivalent

It’s slowly approaching five years since Microsoft first released Office for Mac 2011 in October 2010. While a final version of Office 2016 for Mac isn’t ready just yet, Microsoft is announcing a preview program today for Mac users to get an early look at the company’s work. Microsoft has been …

Report finds discrimination in Ferguson

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A Justice Department civil rights investigation has concluded that the Ferguson Police Department and the city's municipal court engaged in a "pattern and practice" of discrimination against African-Americans, targeting them disproportionately for traffic stops, use of force, and …