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Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers

Forecast of social network's impending doom comes from comparing its growth curve to that of an infectious disease<p>Is Facebook really losing its appeal? Tell us what you think<p>Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, and the platform will be …

Google loses case to patent troll seeking $125 million in damages

Google has been hit by a patent troll. A company that's gone after Apple, Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung — among other tech companies — has proven in court that Android's push notification services infringe on one of its patents, and it's now seeking damages of $125 million or more. The infringed …

A Rare, Stunning Glimpse Inside The World’s Space Programs [Slideshow]

Vincent Fournier’s crisp, detached pictures of space facilities straddle the divide between documentary and fantasy.<p>Vincent Fournier has the dream job of anyone who ever fantasized about being an astronaut (but shrinked away from the zero-G simulator): For the past decade he has traveled to space …

Stanley Kubrick

Solar Power Beamed From Space Inches Toward Reality

High above the atmosphere, virtually limitless power is raining down on the Earth. Dreams of launching a satellite to collect this sunlight and beam it back to Earth as clean power remain science fiction–for now.<p>A recent experiment called <i>Suaineadh</i> (or “twisting” in Scots Gaelic) has brought “space …

Better Than A Van Gogh: NASA Visualizes All The World’s Ocean Currents

Our oceans are every bit as turbulent as “Starry Night.”<p>We imagine the ocean as having high tides and low tides, water that comes in and out in waves. Beyond that, how does water actually move around the world? What’s that flow look like?<p>NASA Scientific Visualization Studio assembled this …

Global Warming

NASA Is Planning To Send A New Rover To Mars In 2020

NASA has announced plans to build a new rover to land on Mars in 2020. NASA’s current estimated cost for the new rover is $1.5 billion. It will be built based on the design developed for the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August this year.<p>Curiosity has an on-board lab, but the plan is for …

NASA

New Satellite Images From NASA Show Ghostly Earth By Night

Scientists have dubbed it The Black Marble, but new images from NASA show just how much light is emitted from our planet at night. The pictures, taken by the Suomi NPP satellite, show both light coming from natural sources as well as the lights made by man, from the twinkling lights on fishing …

Imaging

Why In The World Would NASA Throw An Asteroid Into Orbit Around The Moon?

A seemingly crazy idea from the Keck Institute for Space Studies in California may in fact be just crazy enough to work (cue dramatic music!).<p>The Keck institute imagines a long-distance craft rocketed into space using existing technology. The probe would propel itself slowly to a small target …

Asteroids

Experience 18 Kinds of Deja Vu With Dan Deacon’s Looping New Video

In a playfully experimental video, Dan Deacon and 37 other people (almost) recreate the same scene over and over.<p>Perhaps the best way to explain the video for Dan Deacon’s new song, “True Thrush” is to say it’s like the game Telephone, but for filmmaking.<p>Here’s how the caption that runs beforehand …

NASA’s Latest Discovery, The Galaxy’s Youngest Black Hole, Looks Like A Technicolor Dreamscape

Hey world, meet W49B and its many stunning wonders.<p>Brand-new info from NASA’s powerful Chandra X-ray Observatory, a space telescope whizzing above your head in Earth orbit, has revealed what may be the most recent black hole that our Milky Way galaxy has made. The data also suggest that it was made …

Universe

5 Ways To Build Brands In The Post-digital World

Interbrand’s Jez Frampton offers a roadmap for success in the post-digital world, wherein digital underlies everything and consumers are co-creators of brands.<p>Simon Smith, our European Head of Digital, has a mantra–“Everything is digital.” He also believes that “Digital is the most misunderstood …

Customer Experience

Iridium Chose SpaceX for Value and Innovative Management

Yesterday Iridium Communications signed a $490 million satellite launch deal–the largest single commercial launch deal ever. The company’s choice of rocket provider? Upstart newbie SpaceX. We spoke to Iridium’s CEO, Matt Desch, to find out why.<p>Iridium offers what cell phone grids can’t: truly …

Space Exploration

Dear people in charge of commercials targeting women

“Also, did I miss something, or is there a requirement that I have to dance while I mop my floor?<p>Am I supposed to be really excited about getting stains out of my kids’ clothes? And about how absorbent my paper towels are when my kid knocks over a cup of Kool-Aid and my husband just watches while I …

Advertising

Black Holes Spin At Nearly The Speed Of Light

New science from NASA‘s brand-new NuStar space telescope and Europe’s XMM-Newton space telescope has proven that black holes don’t just sit there sucking matter into their wickedly heavy black cores: They also spin. In fact, they can spin almost at the speed of light.<p>Observations of the X-ray …

Black Holes