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APOD: Mars and Orion over Monument Valley (2014 Feb 02) Image Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (Astropics, TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140202.html Explanation: Welcome to The World At Night. Sharing the night sky seen around the world, this view from Monument Valley, USA includes a picturesque foreground of famous buttes. Buttes are composed of hard rock left behind after water eroded away the surrounding soft rock. The two buttes on the image left are known as the Mittens, while Merrick Butte is on the right. Recorded in 2007 December, planet Mars is at the left of the skyscape, a glowing beacon of orange that is the brightest object in the frame. To the right of Mars lies the constellation of Orion. Betelgeuse is the reddish star near the center and the Belt of Orion and the Orion Nebula are farther right. Finally, the bright blue star Rigel appears above Merrick Butte in this stunning view of The World At Night. http://www.astropics.com/ http://twanight.org/Pacholka Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140202 #APOD #TWAN

Japanese 'smart clothing' uses nanofibers to monitor your heart-rate (video)

Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo and materials developer Toray have been working on joint projects for a while and now they're publicly announcing one. Welcome <i>Hitoe</i> (Japanese for "one layer"), cloth that contains Toray's nanofibers that are coated in a transmittable layer. It's not the orange …

A Map Of (Almost) Every Job in America

Do you know how many Americans work in your field? Find out with a graphic from NPR’s Planet Money.<p>It’s easy to forget the diversity of workers who keep America chugging. Truck drivers could fill Boston and San Francisco combined, but they’re largely out of sight and mind as they zip across the …

Men’s Fashion Club Jackthreads Makes Online Shopping Less Lonely

Jackthreads, the members-only online shopping club helmed by founder Jason Ross and Thrillist’s Ben Lerer, is working on something brand new in the ecommerce space. The goal: to make the online shopping experience more like the real-life, brick-and-mortar shopping experience.<p>Today, the move is but …

PGP creator’s new ‘Blackphone’ is a secure Android phone that may protect you from the NSA

It was only a matter of time until someone developed a smartphone entirely focused on security.<p>Phil Zimmermann, best known among techies as the creator of the email encryption tool PGP, announced his latest security effort today: Blackphone, a smartphone powered by a custom secure version of …

You can now 3D print directly from Adobe’s Photoshop

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>First Microsoft, now Adobe: 3D printing will get a big mainstream boost Thursday when users find they …

Why you can't travel at the speed of light

A short history of Einstein's theory of relativity<p>Albert Einstein is famous for many things, not least his theories of relativity. The first, the special theory of relativity, was the one that began the physicist's reputation for tearing apart the classical worldview that had come before. Special …

In 2014 the next billion will access the mobile internet—at $20 a handset

For the first time ever, in 2013 smartphones outsold feature phones, and the dean of Silicon Valley tech investing, Marc Andreessen, says that within three years you simply won’t be able to buy a non-smartphone. But what proportion of phones in use right now are smartphones?<p>Less than half, is the …

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New money for new businesses: where to find the cash for your start-up

More people want to be entrepreneurs, but need start-up funds. Here are some avenues to explore<p>The number of Britons starting their own businesses is rocketing, and this entrepreneurial spirit looks set to continue in 2014. More than 520,000 new businesses registered with Companies House during …