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Kepler spacecraft should pin down 'alien Earth' planets despite glitch

Science News<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 mission to determine how common Earth-like planets are …

Telescopes

Bill proposes turning moon sites into national park

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 may skip the requisite stop at the Grand Canyon and instead head for the moon. New legislation proposes establishing …

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

Nothing ever stays the same. On more than one occasion, it has taken Microsoft, one of the most important engines powering the rise of the technology …

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>"James Cameron's Story of Sci-Fi" airs tonight on AMC at 10 PM Eastern. The third episode of this six-part series focuses on space monsters and how they've been portrayed in science fiction.</i><p><i>(This</i> …

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

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 360TB per disc data capacity and the ability to withstand extreme temperatures up to 1,832 Fahrenheit.<p>By …

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 …

Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing

In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in <i>The New York Times</i> nearly a decade earlier, <i>The Guardian</i> reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her rules. My favorite is <b>Zadie Smith’</b>s list — an exquisite balance …