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Stardust trapped deep within the ocean reveals a 2.6-million-year-old mystery

This supernova was so close to our planet that, depending on where it went off, our evolutionary ancestors might have seen it as a bright light in the sky.<p>As our solar system traveled through radioactive specks of stardust left over from the explosion, some of the dust broke through our atmosphere …

The most spectacular meteor shower of the year is going to be extra special tonight — here's how to watch

As our planet spins through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet, tiny grain-of-rice-size bits of debris smack into our atmosphere and burn up, sizzling through the sky like shooting stars.<p>The meteor shower runs from July 17 until August 24 this year and will reach its peak in the evening hours of …

Researchers Made the First Quantum Enigma Machine

A quantum enigma machine is theoretical device that is able to use photons to encrypt messages using keys that are shorter than the message itself—and now it’s real.<p>In 1949, the father of information theory Claude Shannon wrote a paper proving that it was possible to create a perfectly secure …

How I became (and stayed) a successful programmer

3 strategies that have been crucial to the longevity of my programming careerFor a while now, interest in programming has been skyrocketing. So there …

Self-improvement

Review of PocketCHIP Hackable Handheld Linux Computer

It's not that easy to describe PocketC.H.I.P in a couple of words, as it's so versatile. It's a Debian based portable Linux computer with a resistive …

Elon Musk Wants To Build The World’s First 21st Century Energy Empire

Tesla isn't just an electric car company anymore.<p>Tesla Motors made a bid on Tuesday to buy its sister company, SolarCity, as CEO Elon Musk looks to consolidate his growing clean-energy empire.<p>The offer comes as Tesla, best known for its electric automobiles, pushes to become a behemoth in the …

Tesla

ISS installs networking tech that may soon connect the whole Solar System

When you really need to get a signal in from Pluto, a direct connection isn’t always possible. Oh sure, when it’s a big project like New Horizons, you can make sure the line is clear and someone’s listening — but for routine updates from a Neptune orbiter or power-starved comet lander, there’s …

The top 10 frustrations for every Android developer

Developing for Android is awesome. It’s a completely open platform with tons of support and a massive community to help you. It’s installed on countless devices and has a brilliant distribution platform that allows anyone to create a potential hit… <i>blah blah blah!</i><p>Nothing is perfect and …

Android News

3tags.org

Is Infinity Real?

Three puzzles test whether the concept of infinity has purchase in the physical world.<p>Euclidean geometry has a way of turning mathematically inclined …

Mathematics

Will We Ever Meet Aliens? A Guide To The Fermi Paradox

Is humanity alone in the universe? We’ve spent centuries arguing over this very question, but there’s been deafening silence from the universe around us, barring the occasional UFO sighting by NFL players. So, are there aliens? And will we ever meet them?<p>What Is The Fermi Paradox?<p>The Fermi paradox …

First Private Moon Landing Slated for 2017

There's $20 million waiting on the Moon. You just have to get there to claim it.<p>Artist's concept of SpaceIL's Lunar Lander, one competitor for Alphabet's Google Lunar XPRIZE. Image source:SpaceIL.<p>Last year, we introduced you to SpaceIL, the Israeli space tech start-up that will attempt to ride a …

Space Exploration

One thing spacecraft have never achieved – until now

The era of fully reusable spacecraft may soon be upon us – something sci-fi has predicted for decades. Why has it taken so long?<p>A space rocket plunges earthward, twitching its steering fins and firing gas jets to stabilise itself. It looks for all the world like it is doomed. But as it nears the …

Space Travel

Watch 13 Billion Years of Galaxy Evolution in Just 30 Seconds

A lot happened in the 13.8 billion years of our universe's existence, and now you can watch a fast-forwarded version of most of it.<p>The simulation …

What Would Happen If Humans Disappeared from Earth?

It’s an age old question that we love to entertain because we’re all obsessed with our own mortality and the future of the world: what would happen …

JavaScript Factory Functions vs Constructor Functions vs Classes

Prior to ES6, there was a lot of confusion about the differences between a factory function and a constructor function in JavaScript. Since ES6 has …

5 Ways You Can Market Your Business on the Internet Today

While marketing your business can seem like an expensive affair, by implementing the strategies in this post your marketing efforts is a lot easier.

Internet

India Just Launched an Adorable Mini Shuttle Into Space

India is joining the reusable space race. Its space agency has today launched a 22-foot space shuttle, that will be used test the country’s plans for …

Astronauts 'step' inside Nasa's Beam habitat for the first time

Nasa's Jeff Williams has become the first astronaut to 'step' inside the agency's recently inflated Bigelow Expandable Activity Module …

ESA’s Swarm Mission Is Mapping How the Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Changing

Data reveals it’s changing quicker than we thought.<p>The Earth's magnetic field acts as a shield, protecting us from damaging cosmic rays and harsh solar winds. It's as important to our survival as water and oxygen, yet it's in a constant state of flux. New research presented this week at the Living …

The 7 Best Web Hosting Companies for Linux

If you are a website administrator, developer, or designer (or perhaps the three of them), you probably want to devote your time to those tasks …

Linux

What is the strongest force in the Universe?

The answer depends on what scales you’re looking at.<p><i>“The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.” -</i>Swami Vivekananda<p>When …

3 Earth-like planets orbiting nearby star could have life, water

Our science fiction dreams of Martians may never come true, but three earth-like planets discovered orbiting a nearby star have potential life and water, astronomers announced Monday.<p>The sizes and temperatures of these worlds are similar to those of Earth and Venus, and hold the best promise yet …

Space Exploration

We’re probably not alone in the universe

When we ask "Are we alone?", we are wondering about how life itself begins, and what our place and function is in this universe.<p>A new paper, published in Astrobiology, uses the most recent discoveries of exoplanets to estimate the likelihood that other technologically advanced civilizations have …

NASA just released the most complete look at Pluto we’ve ever seen

Scientists created a full world map of Pluto by stitching together all the images NASA has slowly released over the past few months. The image link is here; zoom in closely and start exploring.<p>The middle part of the image is the side of Pluto that was facing the New Horizons spacecraft during its …

Solar System

Are we alone in the universe? Not likely, according to math

By flipping the question of possible alien life to a question of whether we are unique, researchers find it much more likely the universe has seen many civilisations come and go.<p>One of the most vexing mysteries of the universe is whether or not we're alone. There are potentially hundreds of …

University of Washington

If Something Is Going To Destroy Humanity, It’s Going To Be One Of These Catastrophes

Pandemics, asteroids, nuclear war, and sudden, destructive climate change are all unlikely–but not so unlikely that we shouldn’t be planning for them.<p>Global catastrophes–events that wipe out at least 10% of the world population–obviously don’t happen very often. But they have happened in the past; …

Climate Change

Why Widespread Fusion Energy Is Taking So Damn Long

The most powerful experimental fusion reactor is under budget and a decade behind schedule.<p>The dream of fusion energy hit a roadblock on Monday after it was revealed that it would take at least another decade and 4 billion euros for an international coalition to get its experimental reactor working.<p>…

Energy

Tonight’s SpaceX rocket launch: start time, live stream, and what to expect

SpaceX is gearing up for its next launch this week, and this one is taking place well past bedtime (at least for those of us on the East Coast). The company's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch a Japanese communications satellite, JCSAT-14, from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:21AM ET on Friday. …

While Musk dreams of colonizing Mars, a TV space thriller confronts the philosophical questions

For the last year, some 250 million miles from Earth, an American spacecraft called Dawn has been orbiting Ceres, a dwarf planet—really a big asteroid—between Mars and Jupiter. It is Dawn’s second stop within the asteroid belt: Four years ago, it took a close look at Vesta, another protoplanet. …

Apollo Missions