Nick Karatzas

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Strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed

A dwarf planet is shining two bright lights at a NASA spacecraft right now, and our smartest scientists are unsure what they are.<p>As bizarre as that …

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

Text Messaging

See the submarine NASA wants to send to Saturn's moon Titan

Spaceships are great, but to explore the weird world that is Titan, a space sub might make more sense. Fortunately, NASA is already working on a design.<p>I think we can now officially say that NASA's real-life mission concepts have met, if not exceeded, the wildest dreams of Jules Verne and the other …

6 Totally Unromantic Truths About Valentine's Day Spending

Sure, people celebrate Valentine's Day to show how much they love that very special someone in their lives. But that's not the only reason people …

How We Know Russia's Economic Crisis Has Officially Arrived

Judging by the lack of economic news in Russia's media, a crisis has arrived.<p>Just as in Soviet days, state television does not report facts, it conceals them. The official picture is dominated by the war in Ukraine (fuelled by America), Ukraine's economic collapse (ignored by America), and Russia's …

Economy

How much of London is owned by Qatar’s royal family?

Qatar’s royals are adding a massive £200m-plus Regent’s Park palace to their multiple investments in the capital. So apart from Harrods, what else have they acquired in their ongong spending spree?<p>It will by all accounts be one hell of a gaff: a Grade I listed, 13-bedroom, 30,000 sq ft, twin-lift …

North Korea Denies Involvement in Sony Pictures Hack

North Korea also applauds the "fatal" hack, calling it "a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers"<p>North Korea has denied involvement in the …

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‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

Experts including Stephen Hawking look at the value of human and robotic spaceflight<p>• Astronauts lift our spirits. But can we afford to send humans into space? • Artificial intelligence could spell end of human race – Stephen Hawking • New Horizons probe rouses from hibernation for Pluto …

Climate change is an obvious myth – how much more evidence do you need?

Many people just refuse to accept the facts that surround them, even if we saw 100 more years of it plain and apparent<p>Climate change is a myth. We all know this, deep down. Some of you reading this may have been taken in by the fear-mongering governments or corrupt scientists so have been …

Uber Is Generating A Staggering Amount Of Revenue

Uber keeps 20% of every transaction, which means Uber will be netting about $2 billion on $10 billion gross revenue.<p>What's more, most of Uber's revenue comes from 10 of its earliest cities, including San Francisco and New York. When its other 140+ cities mature, you can imagine that $10 billion …

Autonomous Vehicle

So Far Feds Have Only Confirmed Seizing 27 "Dark Market" Sites In Operation Onymous

On Thursday, the FBI arrested 26-year-old Blake Benthall, the alleged operator of the Silk Road 2.0, just over a year after the original Silk Road’s alleged mastermind, Russ Ulbricht, was also arrested in San Francisco. By Friday morning, it became clear that Benthall’s arrest was just one part of …

This Map Shows How Climate Change Will Screw The Whole World

For example, climate change effects can harm food production and cause famines; alter habitats and cause mass die-offs of plants, animals and other organisms; and even threaten human health.<p>The biggest climate-related risks vary across different regions of the world. The handy chart below, …

Climate Change

Flying car approaches liftoff as most advanced prototype yet is unveiled

Creators say AeroMobil’s Flying Roadster 3.0 could become regular mode of transport for commuters<p>With its sportscar cockpit and dragonfly wings that fold in neatly behind the cabin, it looks like something straight out of the Batcave or Q’s secret laboratory. But the creators of AeroMobil’s Flying …

8 Steps to Launching Your Product

<i>Jason SurfrApp is the founder of IWearYourShirt and author of Creativity For Sale.</i><p>After Skyping with some college students, I wanted to share my process for launching a product or creative campaign. Whether it was launching IWearYourShirt, starting a non-profit, selling my last name, or various …

A Look at the Apple 'Skankphone'

Everyone’s heard about how hard Apple worked to keep the original iPhone a secret. Last year, Fast Co Design wrote a great look into Apple’s paranoia about someone leaking the device before the big unveil:<p>For the majority of people involved in Purple [The iPhone project], including most of Ive’s ID …