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APOD: Twisting with NGC 3718 (2013 Aug 03) Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh (Heaven's Mirror Observatory) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130803.html Explanation: A careful look at this colorful cosmic snapshot reveals a surprising number of galaxies both near and far toward the constellation Ursa Major. The most striking is NGC 3718, the warped spiral galaxy near picture center. NGC 3718's spiral arms look twisted and extended, mottled with young blue star clusters. Drawn out dust lanes obscure its yellowish central regions. A mere 150 thousand light-years to the right is another large spiral galaxy, NGC 3729. The two are likely interacting gravitationally, accounting for the peculiar appearance of NGC 3718. While this galaxy pair lies about 52 million light-years away, the remarkable Hickson Group 56 can also be seen clustered above NGC 3718, near the top of the frame. Hickson Group 56 consists of five interacting galaxies and lies over 400 million light-years away. This picture was chosen as the overall winner in the 2013 David Malin Astrophotography Competition. http://www.martinpughastrophotography.id.au/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130803 #APOD

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

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Who Would Take A One-Way Trip To Mars? This Woman.

Katrina Wolfe, a 24-year-old video game designer, wants to live and die on Mars.<p><i>Mars One, a Netherlands-based private spaceflight project, announced April 22 that it would begin accepting applications for a one-way mission to colonize Mars; three weeks later, 78,000 people had already signed up. We</i> …

APOD: Io's Surface: Under Construction (2013 Aug 04) Image Credit: Galileo Project, JPL, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130804.html Explanation: Like the downtown area of your favorite city and any self-respecting web site ... Io's surface is constantly under construction. This moon of Jupiter holds the distinction of being the Solar System's most volcanically active body -- its bizarre looking surface continuously formed and reformed by lava flows. Generated using 1996 data from NASA's Galileo spacecraft, this high resolution composite image is centered on the side of Io that always faces away from Jupiter. It has been enhanced to emphasize Io's surface brightness and color variations, revealing features as small as 1.5 miles across. The notable absence of impact craters suggests that the entire surface is covered with new volcanic deposits much more rapidly than craters are created. What drives this volcanic powerhouse? A likely energy source is the changing gravitational tides caused by Jupiter and the other Galilean moons as Io orbits the massive gas giant planet. Heating Io's interior, the pumping tides would generate the sulfurous volcanic activity. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00583 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130804 #APOD

Google Play edition HTC One and Galaxy S4 start to see Android 4.3 OTA

Scattered reports of users with both the HTC One Google Play edition and the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition phones seeing an OTA update to Android 4.3 …

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 2, 2013

With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where …

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Apps of the Week: GyroSpace 3D, Flashify, Rymdkapsel and more!

It's a new month, but we're going to keep moving along with our Apps of the Week column just like nothing changed. As we do each Saturday, we've …

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Getting the most out of Google Now voice actions

Google Now gets more and more powerful every day, which is aided by the fact that much of the processing it does is handed off to a Google data …

Fair For Canada campaign paints Verizon as the greedy incumbent

<i>“It makes me angry that the government is selling us out.”</i> – Mike from Bell.<p>That sentence, along with many others, ring out emotionally and …