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

Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, and the platform will be largely abandoned by 2017, say researchers at Princeton University (pdf).<p>The forecast of Facebook's impending doom was made by comparing the growth curve of epidemics to …

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 …

Solar Power Beamed From Space Inches Toward Reality

A recent experiment called <i>Suaineadh</i> (or “twisting” in Scots Gaelic) has brought “space solar power” a few steps closer to a reality. For decades, …

Paper Giant Sinar Mas to Greenpeace: Stop Targeting Developing Countries

Many corporations have scrambled to update their sustainability standards after Greenpeace attacks. Both Apple and Trader Joe’s have made strides in producing non-toxic electronics and selling sustainably-farmed fish, respectively, since being targeted by the environmental group. But Asia Pulp and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Here’s how the caption that runs beforehand explains it, though: “Dan and Ben filmed a scene. It was shown to the next team. They had one hour and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Dear people in charge of commercials targeting women

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 …

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 …