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2016 April 23 - Milky Way in Moonlight

<b>Milky Way in Moonlight</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Babak Tafreshi (TWAN)<p><b>Explanation:</b> A waning crescent moon, early morning twilight, and Al Hamra's city …

I Don't Want To Hire You If You Can't Reverse a Binary Tree

The practice of asking brainteasers in interviews is a common punching bag for pundits. Last summer, Hacker News blew up over the following …

Computer Science

The ultimate true or false quiz: Scientific fact or fiction?

Can you separate fact from fiction in this fiendishly difficult quiz? <i>Scroll down for the explanations.</i><p>Chewing gum<p>“Nothing would reside that long, unless it was so large it couldn't get out of the stomach or it was trapped in the intestine,” an expert on these matters told the Scientific …

A Guide to Python and R: When to Use Which for What

Roger Huang recently wrote in The Next Web, “At Springboard, we pair mentors with learners in data science. We often get questions about whether to …

No Man's Sky Lets You Explore a Universe-Sized Universe

If you budget just one second for each planet in Hello Games’ imponderable <i>No Man’s Sky</i>, you’ll still spend 585 billion years visiting them all. In …

How to lock down your phone against hackers, cops – and your other half

This week, Whatsapp struck a blow for liberty by adding encryption to the popular messaging service – this foiling the plans of spies, cops and other …

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's "Episodes" are the Size of Full Games

Big talk.<p>Final Fantasy VII Remake's episodes will each be the size of a full-scale game, on par with installments of the Final Fantasy XIII …

Final Fantasy

Earth - The largest thing in the universe

More than ten years ago, while taking the temperature of the universe, astronomers found something odd. They discovered that a patch of sky, spanning the width of 20 moons, was unusually cold.<p>The astronomers were measuring the microwave radiation that bathes the entire universe, a glowing relic of …

The World’s First Decent Ad For Virtual Reality

Look, virtual reality is fantastic and immersive and transformative and blah blah blah. We’ve all heard that. The problem is, VR looks horrible in advertisements and media stories, which are forced to show:<p>Weird dude standing alone in VR headset, feeling around a room as if he lost a …

Microsoft’s Cloud App Security service becomes available to everyone

Microsoft today announced that its Cloud App Security service, based on technology from its 2015 Adallom acquisition, is now generally available for anyone to use.<p>The company announced in February that this tool would be coming, and now it’s here.<p>“The solution provides a set of capabilities to help …

NASA gives away the data from an Earth-mapping spacecraft

Want to know a whole lot about the Earth's surface? NASA and the Japanese government are now giving away all the data from the ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) instrument... for free. Previously, you had to pay if you wanted anything more than basic …

There's A Gorgeous Green Comet In The Sky That's 100 Times Brighter Than Expected

Two comets are currently cruising through the night sky for Earth-bound observers. If that wasn’t a good enough reason for you to have an early …

Astronomy

How one studio is building game AI to replicate a human storyteller

<i>A</i>rtificial intelligence in games is often designed to be an actor, not a director.<p>Typically, AI drives characters in games to behave and respond to …

This 4-Minute Video Explains Where We Should Be Looking for Aliens

Statistics tells us that looking for worlds just like our own is probably not the way to go—smaller and darker worlds are more likely to have intelligent life.<p>There are a lot of planets in the universe. With hundreds of billions of galaxies in the observable universe, and hundreds of billions of …

Looking for ETs who see us

Astronomers speculate on some 100,000 nearby stars could harbor planets with inhabitants who might have discovered us and might be trying to contact …

Repeating fast radio bursts found coming from outside our galaxy

Multiple short bursts of radio waves have been found coming from a single location far beyond the Milky Way Galaxy, Cornell astronomers have discovered. It's the first time researchers have found these enigmatic "fast radio bursts" to repeat, indicating that the waves are coming from a powerful …

Google introduces Docs templates 'designed by experts'

Part of the big update to Google Docs back in September was the introduction of new and useful templates to help users of the service start up common types of documents quickly. The company has now taken that one step further, announcing today that it has created new templates ‘designed by experts’ …

Watch: Short videos that TED says will recharge your brain

With more than 100 speakers over five days, attending TED conferences can be an emotional roller coaster ride, as attendees flit from talks on virtual reality to racial prejudice, climate change to Google art, incarceration to drones. TED uses brief videos in between talks to reset the mood and …

'Dragon Front' is Oculus Rift's most exciting game yet

High Voltage debuted its newest offering for the Oculus Rift, an immersive, turn-based collectible card game called <i>Dragon Front</i>. It plays much like Magic: the Gathering in that players draw from customized 30-card decks, arrange them on a standardized playing field -- in this case a 4 x 4 grid -- …

HTC's Vive Pre Is Still The Most Futuristic VR Headset

Virtual reality is calling<p>The HTC Vive release date and price have been confirmed today at the Mobile World Congress tech show in Barcelona, Spain: the virtual reality headset will be available to pre-order on February 29 for $799.<p>But there are more pieces to the virtual reality puzzle than just …

Top scientists explain how enormously exciting and important gravitational waves are

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which described how gravity warps and distorts space-time.<p>While this theory triggered a revolution in our understanding of the universe, it made one prediction that even Einstein doubted could be confirmed: the …

This App Turns Your iPhone Into A Dash Cam With Machine Vision

Our smartphones have become powerful enough to start understanding the physical world around us using their cameras and sensors. And mobile apps are just beginning to take advantage of these capabilities.<p>A new free iPhone app, called Nexar, wants to use computer vision to understand the road. …

Dashcam

Hackers could throw off our power grid by manipulating our AC units

Ingenuity isn't exactly a quality you want in hackers, unless of course, they're on your side. In a rather terrifying discovery, researchers have found an alarming vulnerability in our security system, and it's one that can be found in most American homes and offices -- the air conditioner.<p>Power …

Amazon launches free triple-A game engine

But if you want web services, you can only buy them from Amazon<p>Amazon has launched a new game engine named Lumberyard — and it's giving it away for free. The company says the software is capable of building triple-A games for PCs, consoles, mobile devices, and even VR platforms. And while it costs …

CSS variables are finally landing in Chrome

Developers who have built <i>any</i> size Website have had this problem: when you need to change one of your brand’s colors it’s no easy feat, requiring a risky search and replace or hunting down every instance of its use.<p>To get around the clutter, most developers have switched to using preprocessors like …

Google launches Android Studio 2.0 beta with Cold Swap, app indexing improvements, and multi-touch support

Google has released Android Studio 2.0 beta, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE). Until now, preview releases were available in the Canary channel, but Android Studio 2.0 has been promoted to the Beta channel.<p>In November, Google unveiled Android Studio 2.0, the second …

Android News

The Two Big Bangs

When you think about how the Universe got its start, from a scientific point of view, there’s one theory that explains what we see above all others: the Big Bang. But not everyone agrees on what “the Big Bang” actually means. In particular, there’s always some news that periodically goes around …

NASA's abandoned Santa Susana Field Laboratory, in pictures - Telegraph