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Satellites Could Predict Floods Months Ahead Of Time

You can look at the crick and read the almanac, but that ain't the best way to predict when a flood is a-comin'.<p>In the spring and summer of 2011, the Missouri River swelled past its banks, reaching a high-water mark not seen in decades. Flooding persisted from May to August, causing $2 billion in …

NASA Flight Controller talks space with students

How a phone call after bypass surgery could save $165M - Futurity

For heart bypass surgery patients, depression screening combined with follow-up phone calls from a nurse improves quality of life and lowers medical …

What's the Next Quinoa? Farmers, Foodies Revive Heritage Grains

Ancient grains and "orphan crops" like fonio and amaranth have advantages for farmers and consumers.<p><b>Once as popular as corn in Mexico, amaranth was more or less forgotten for centuries before its recent revival there and in other countries. Now, the crop’s edible seeds could be "the new</b> …

As Engines Sputter To Life, Vintage Spacecraft Turns Toward Moon

A gung-ho group of space enthusiasts has started the process of putting a vintage NASA spacecraft on a new flight path, so that this venerable piece of hardware will be able to do useful science once again.<p>The old spacecraft, called ISEE-3, launched back in August 1978. Its original job was to hang …

New blood test is an early warning system for Alzheimer's disease

Of all the tragic things that come with Alzheimer's disease, its tendency to sneak up on people is one of the toughest to deal with. That's because by the time the condition is even <i>detectable</i>, there's a good chance it's already too late to turn back the tide. Earlier diagnoses could mean the …

Buzz Aldrin's AMA: colonising Mars and the moon's 'magnificent desolation'

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, responded to questions posed on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything (AMA) feature on Tuesday. He was on the site to promote the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which is on 20 July, and a social media campaign connected to the …

Read J.K. Rowling's new post for the latest Harry Potter 'gossip' - TODAY.com

<i>Can’t get enough of Harry Potter? Then this is for you.</i> <i>Since March, best-selling author J. K. Rowling has been writing original stories about the imaginary 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals for</i> Pottermore<i>, the online home for the world of Harry Potter.</i><p><i>Rowling shared her latest Pottermore.com</i> <i>story</i> …

‘Battleborn’ Is The Crazy, Colorful New Game From The Makers Of ‘Borderlands’

We’re getting a new <i>Borderlands</i> game in <i>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel</i> this year, but series creators Gearbox aren’t actually making that game. Instead, Gearbox is working on the all-new, just revealed title, <i>Battleborn</i>.<p><i>Battleborn</i> is an online battle arena game in the vein of <i>League of Legends</i>, but with a …

Apple Has Relaunched Its 'Secret' eBay Store To Unload Refurbished Phones

Apple's eBay store— which undercuts the prices on Apple's online store — appears to be back up, according to TechCrunch. The store originally appeared in October 2012.<p>It makes sense that Apple might link arms with eBay once again. Apple doesn't sell refurb phones online, but with the iPhone 6 on …

New Startup Normal 3-D Prints Custom, Premium Earphones on Demand

Its first product was chosen in part because earbuds are notorious for falling out when they don't fit.<p>The real promise of 3-D printing isn’t about manufacturing products for everyone. It’s about manufacturing products for just one person. Some people call this idea “mass customization.”<p>Normal is a …

Report: Samsung and Oculus will launch co-developed 'Gear VR' headset at IFA 2014

A new report today says Samsung and Oculus VR are definitely working on virtual reality headset, and that the new device will be launched at IFA 2014.<p>Sam Mobile says the headset will be called the Gear VR and will be announced “alongside the Galaxy Note 4, at IFA 2014.<p>The partnership between …

Leaked Render Shows Samsung’s Rumored Gear VR Headset

Samsung and Oculus VR are believed to be working on a virtual reality headset together, with Oculus providing the software and Samsung producing the hardware. SamMobile has obtained a reported render of the headset, which is said to be called the Gear VR and could launch at the IFA 2014 trade show …

Wink’s Connected Home Collection Arrives At Home Depot

Everyone’s gunning to be the platform for your smart home, including Apple and Google, but Quirky spin-off startup Wink has its range in stores as of today at The Home Depot, giving it access to a market of average consumers. The Wink platform is basically a central hub for devices from …

APOD: Gliese 832c: The Closest Potentially Habitable Exoplanet (2014 Jul 09) Image Credit & Copyright: The Planetary Habitability Laboratory @ UPR Arecibo; Discovery: Robert A. Wittenmyer (UNSW Australia) et al. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140709.html Explanation: This planet is only 16 light years away -- could it harbor life? Recently discovered exoplanet Gliese 832c has been found in a close orbit around a star that is less bright than our Sun. An interesting coincidence, however, is that Gliese 832c receives just about the same average energy from its parent star as does the Earth. Since the planet was discovered only by a slight wobble in its parent star's motion, the above illustration is just an artistic guess of the planet's appearance -- much remains unknown about Gliese 832c's true mass, size, and atmosphere. If Gliese 832c has an atmosphere like Earth, it may be a super-Earth undergoing strong seasons but capable of supporting life. Alternatively, if Gliese 832c has a thick atmosphere like Venus, it may be a super-Venus and so unlikely to support life as we know it. The close 16-light year distance makes the Gliese 832 planetary system currently the nearest to Earth that could potentially support life. The proximity of the Gliese 832 system therefore lends itself to more detailed future examination and, in the most spectacularly optimistic scenario, actual communication -- were intelligent life found there. http://phl.upr.edu/phl-website-content-license http://phl.upra.edu http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/astro/people/postdoc_fellows.html#map http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/astro/ http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014arXiv1406.5587W Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140709 #APOD

Microsoft To Abandon The Bastard Child Of Windows Phone In Two Months

Remember Windows Phone 7.8? Microsoft built it as a stop-gap measure to lessen the ire of Windows Phone 7.5 users, a group technologically precluded from making the leap to Windows Phone 8. If you had forgotten about it don’t worry, Microsoft is about to do the same.<p>Mary Jo Foley today detailed the …

Bitcoin Vault Xapo Raises $20 Million From Greylock, Index And Announces BTC Debit Cards Are Shipping This Month

Secure BTC vault Xapo has announced it’s raised $20 million from Greylock Partners and Index Ventures, bringing its total investment capital to $40 million. Other investors include Emergence Capital Partners, Max Levchin, Yuri Milner, and Jerry Yang.<p>Reid Hoffman and Mike Volpi will join Xapo’s …

Intel, Samsung create Internet of Things group

The effort to reduce complications for the Internet of Things just got more complicated.<p>A handful of tech-industry heavyweights including Intel, Broadcom, and Samsung Electronics on Tuesday unveiled a new nonprofit group called the Open Interconnect Consortium, or OIC, with the mission to develop …

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Nasa equips space robots with smartphones

<b>Nasa plans to send Google's 3D smartphones into space to function as the "eyes and brains" of free-flying robots inside the Space Station.</b><p>The robots, known as Spheres (Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental satellites), currently have limited capabilities.<p>It is hoped the …

Satellites Could Predict Floods Months Ahead Of Time

You can look at the crick and read the almanac, but that ain't the best way to predict when a flood is a-comin'.<p>In the spring and summer of 2011, the Missouri River swelled past its banks, reaching a high-water mark not seen in decades. Flooding persisted from May to August, causing $2 billion in …

Bungie's 'Destiny' Gets Finalized Beta Dates, Special Editions, New Trailer

If Destiny is one of the biggest launches of the fall, its beta might actually be one of the bigger launches of the summer, given a relatively sparse selection of games coming out during that time. Bungie has just unloaded a new wave of beta-related info, including the official dates for both the …

Why GameStop wants to get involved in a game's development

With an aim to offer better pre-order exclusives to consumers in the future, GameStop is looking at getting involved earlier in a game's development to help secure better pre-order exclusives, the company confirmed to GamesBeat.<p>"We are working with our [development] partners to build in a longer …

League of Legends will be easier for beginners with this new tutorial system

Riot Games is rebooting the <i>League of Legends</i> tutorial system to help make the learning process easier for new users, the company confirmed in a new blog post.<p>The tutorial system, known as Intro Bots, is a simplified version of the full game and covers the basics of the combat system without the …

Game of Code: Checkio gamifies and crowdsources the task of programming

Who says coding has to be boring? Checkio, a Las Vegas company funded by Zappos founder Tony Hsieh, has come up with a way to turn writing code and helping others write code into a game.<p>The company’s latest addition to its web-based code-editing platform is a publish-and-share feature, where …