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Kepler spacecraft should pin down ‘alien Earth’ planets despite glitch

An artist's interpretation of the Kepler observatory in space.<p>NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft should be able to achieve its primary mission goal regardless of whether or not it can bounce back from a recent malfunction, researchers say.<p>Kepler launched in March 2009 on a 3.5-year prime …

Planetary Habitability

Bill proposes turning moon sites into national park

House representatives launch a bill to establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the moon.<p>Pack a sack lunch. Load the kids into the family rocket. We're going to the moon! In some far distant future when every family has a space-worthy vehicle, the typical summer vacation …

National Parks

Why Microsoft’s reorganization closes the books on an era of computing

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / ToddABishop<p>Nothing ever stays the same. On more than one occasion, it has taken Microsoft, one of the most …

How Not To Worry: Timeless 1934 Advice on Controlling Anxiety and Mastering Life

As far as vintage finds go, they hardly get more fortuitous than <b>You Can Master Life</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a marvelous 1934 compendium of sort-of-philosophical, sort-of-self-helpy, at times charmingly dated, other times refreshingly timeless advice on cultivating “the power to think, to create, to …

Philosopher Judith Butler on the Value of the Humanities and Why We Read

Joining the crop of notable commencement addresses — including Debbie Millman on courage and the creative life, Greil Marcus on “high” and “low” culture, Arianna Huffington on success, Joss Whedon on embracing our inner contradictions, and Oprah Winfrey on failure and finding your purpose — is …

Do Scientists Pray? Einstein Answers a Little Girl’s Question about Science vs. Religion

Whether in their inadvertently brilliant reflections on gender politics or in their seemingly simple but profound questions about how the world works, kids have a singular way of stripping the most complex of cultural phenomena down to their bare essence, forcing us to reexamine our layers of …

How the Pentagon Could Destroy All Monsters

PM would like to offer the following advice when taking down massive reptiles that have bad intentions.<p><i>This post was originally published in July 2013. We find that its suggestions are still valid for</i> Pacific Rim<i>'s latest installment,</i> Pacific Rim Uprising<i>.</i><p>First, don't go toe-to-toe with them on the …

Military

A 360TB disc that holds data for more than 1 million years?

A major breakthrough in storage technology could dramatically change our perception of data preservation.<p>In the future, we might be able to save our history to a glass storage medium that could potentially outlive humankind. The new type of memory also touts mind-blowing specifications, such as …

Breakthroughs

Mac Utility Bundle: Parallels 8, Snagit, Typinator, xPlan and More for $49.99

StackSocial has launched its Summer 2013 Mac Utility Bundle which includes 10 Mac Apps, including Parallels Desktop 8, for $49.99. The total retail value for the package is $482. The apps in the bundle are:<p>- Parallels Desktop 8 ($80) - Run Windows on your Mac<br>- Snagit ($50) - Record screen videos<br>- …

The Secret to Learning Anything: Albert Einstein’s Advice to His Son

Here comes a fine addition to history’s greatest letters of fatherly advice from none other than <b>Albert Einstein</b> (March 14, 1879–April 18 1955) — brilliant physicist, proponent of peace, debater of science and spirituality, champion of kindness — who was no stranger to dispensing epistolary …