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APOD: Martian Anniversary Selfie (2014 Jun 27) Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140627.html Explanation: June 24th marked the first full Martian year of the Curiosity Rover's exploration of the surface of the Red Planet. That's 687 Earth days or 669 sols since its landing on August 5, 2012. To celebrate, consider this self-portrait of the car-sized robot posing next to a rocky outcrop dubbed Windjana, its recent drilling and sampling site. The mosaicked selfie was constructed with frames taken this April and May using the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), intended for close-up work and mounted at the end of the rover's robotic arm. The MAHLI frames used exclude sections that show the arm itself and so MAHLI and the robotic arm are not seen. Famous for panoramic views, the rover's Mastcam is visible though, on top of the tall mast staring toward the left and down at the drill hole. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ http://www.msss.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140627 #APOD

2015 Ford Focus ST: Tweaked for Your Pleasure

Revised looks, a freshened interior—and newly available stripes!<p>The Goodwood Festival of Speed, held annually on the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, England, is a mecca for speed freaks. Started essentially as a showcase for historic marques, it has ballooned to include all manner of …

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Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

Cooking

Watch an R8, M4, Aventador, and Rally Fiesta Dance in the Dark

Motor oil isn’t the sexiest of topics, a truth Castrol seems to have grasped. After all, why simply talk about how awesome your oil is when you can have pro drivers wheeling hot cars around a course lit only by lasers and strobe lights? It’s an effective way of inserting your brand and product into …

Audi R8

APOD: A Live View from the International Space Station (2014 May 14) Credit: NASA, UStream, HDEV Project http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140514.html Explanation: If you were floating above the Earth right now, this is what you might see. Two weeks ago, the robotic SpaceX Dragon capsule that delivered supplies to the Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS) also delivered High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) cameras that take and transmit live views of Earth. Pictured above, when working, is the live video feed that switches between four cameras, each pointed differently. Watch white clouds, tan land, and blue oceans drift by. The above video will appear black when it is nighttime on the Earth below, but the space station's rapid 90-minute orbit compresses this dark time into only 45 minutes. The present location of the ISS above the Earth can be found on the web. If the video appears gray, this indicates that the view is either being switched between cameras, or communications with the ISS is temporarily unavailable. As the HDEV project continues, video quality will be monitored to assess the effects of high energy radiation, which types of cameras work best, and which Earth views are the most popular. Although this feed will eventually be terminated, lessons learned will enable better cameras to be deployed to the ISS in the future, likely returning even more interesting live feeds. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.ustream.tv/ http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/917.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140514 #APOD

The Soldier of the Future Looks A Lot Like Science Fiction

This story originally appeared on CNBC<p>Forget an Apple iWatch, the U.S. military is the one really taking wearable technology to new levels.<p>Different divisions of the U.S. armed forces, as well as other government agencies such as Darpa, are all working on developing high-tech armor that will help …

Armed Forces

Cadilac Estill Super Car Concept by Ondrej Jirec

<b>Cadilac Estill super car project</b> was born out of the idea of re-designing the classic Cadillac brand with futuristic touch. You can read Ondrej Jirec …

The Big Picture: NASA's 3.2-gigapixel global selfie

"Where are you on Earth Right Now?" That's the question NASA posed the public on Earth Day recently. The twist? NASA wanted you to answer, not with words, but with a selfie. 36,422 of you replied with images that were then stitched together to form the mosaic you see above. To fully enjoy the …

The Last of the Wild and Man-Eating Tigers

Through the eyes of a tiger, the colors of the forest are muted, but its outlines are very, very sharp. Staring ahead, the tiger also sees far to the right and far to the left, due to exceptional peripheral vision. The tiger is crepuscular, meaning it hunts at twilight or in the twilit light before …

Wildlife

New Study Strengthens Gut Bacteria-Autism Link

New research adds more strength to the potential link between gut bacteria and autism.<p>In a small study, researchers from Arizona State University found evidence that gut bacteria may differ between children with and without autism.<p>Specifically, the researchers found that the fecal concentrations of …

New meteor shower could make for heavenly viewing

The May Camelopardalids could make a fantastic debut in the night skies over North America Friday night. Here's what you need to know to take in the show.<p>Night skywatchers are anticipating a rare debut of a never-before-seen meteor shower this Friday and Saturday evening. The cosmic premiere of the …

Astronomy

Dissected: 2015 Jeep Renegade

Unholy Toledo: Homegrown no more, Jeep has its first import in the import-fighting Renegade.<p>The significance of Fiat Chrysler’s decision to unveil the 2015 Renegade in Geneva in March is plain: It will be the first U.S.-market Jeep to be built abroad. Sharing a platform with the Fiat 500L and built …

Automotive Design

31 Craziest Moments From the Cannes Film Festival

Sylvester Stallone, Justin Bieber, and Viggo Mortensen, oh my!<p>Last week, dozens of our most prized possessions (famous people) gathered in Cannes, France to publicly celebrate and privately get hammered at the Cannes International Film Festival. The festival, which continues until next Sunday, is …

UK launches largest study of mobile phone effects on children's brains

Department of Health funding two-year Scamp study to see whether use of mobile phones has any effect on development<p>The Department of Health has commissioned the world's biggest study into the effects of mobile phones' radio waves on childrens' brains, nine years after a government study said …

2015 Kia Optima Receives Minor Updates

The Kia Optima was significantly refreshed for the 2014 model year, but that hasn’t stopped the Korean automaker from further improving the 2015 Optima with subtle interior changes and an upgraded UVO infotainment system.<p>Although changes are minor, they should help improve driver functionality. The …

Kia Motors

Royal 2011 Lexus LS, 197-hp Honda CR-Z

May 18, 2011 — Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding took place earlier in the spring of 2011, and after seeing the parade of royal coaches that included an Aston Martin Volante and all the Jaguars, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys you can dream of, the automotive world was waiting to see …

New Chinese Fisker Owners Aim to Challenge Tesla

Lu Guanqiu, the Chinese billionaire who purchased the remains of Fisker in a bankruptcy auction earlier this year, has high hopes for the currently defunct automaker. When Lu and his company Wanxiang Group get Fisker back up and running, he plans to challenge Tesla in the U.S., and eventually China.<p>…

Tesla

Thailand's tourist attractions open despite martial law decree

Soldiers were positioned on street corners after months of anti-government protests. Thailand’s army chief denied that the intervention was a military coup however and the caretaker government remains in office.<p>Troops were deployed to television stations also and some parts of the media are being …

'Biggest dinosaur ever' discovered

<b>A new species of titanosaur unearthed in Argentina is the largest animal ever to walk the Earth, palaeontologists say.</b><p><b>Fossilised bones of a dinosaur believed to be the largest creature ever to walk the Earth have been unearthed in Argentina, palaeontologists say.</b><p>Based on its huge thigh bones, it …

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