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A psychotherapist explains the 5 stages of changing your behavior

<i>Wait, just thinking about changing is a stage of change? That’s how you start to change — by thinking about it without doing anything?</i><p>YES.<p>The idea …

Dating

This flight-sharing service is like Uber Pool for private planes

No shoes were removed, no toiletries put into separate clear bags, and there was no need to arrive two hours before the flight.<p>As part of …

San Francisco

NASA’s Opportunity rover still hasn’t woken up from a Mars dust storm, and engineers are getting nervous

NASA’s Opportunity rover has had an incredible career already, spending years upon years studying the Martian surface and proving to be an incredibly …

Dust Storms

Observe.AI raises $8M to use artificial intelligence to improve call centers

Being stuck on the phone with call centers is painful. We all know this. Observe.AI is one company that wants to make the experience more bearable, and it’s raised $8 million to develop an artificial intelligence system that it believes will do just that.<p>The funding round was led by Nexus Venture …

Artificial Intelligence

Essential Design Thinking Videos and Methods

<i>The following resources are recommended in order to assist you to better understand Design Thinking. These resources, videos, and tools should be</i> …

Design

New spin on heat shields could cut cost of spacecraft

If you're building a spacecraft that's going to be landing on a planet that has an atmosphere, then you'd better equip it with a heat shield. …

Engineering

Study helps solve mystery under Jupiter's coloured bands

Scientists from Australia and the United States have helped to solve the mystery underlying Jupiter's coloured bands in a new study on the …

Astronomy

Hayabusa2 descends again, this time to lower than 1000 meters above Ryugu

This week Hayabusa2 completed its closest approach yet to asteroid Ryugu. In a successful gravity measurement experiment on August 6, the spacecraft …

Alien Mineral Discovered Inside Russian Meteorite

As Russian gold hunters sifted through rocks they came across something entirely more valuable, a meteorite found to host an alien mineral we have yet to document.<p>The mineral was found in the Uakit meteorite, which was named for the tiny town in eastern Russia where it was found. There are over …

Geology

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launches tonight to ‘touch the sun’

NASA’s ambitious mission to go closer to the Sun than ever before is set to launch in the small hours between Friday and Saturday — at 3:33 AM Eastern from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, to be precise. The Parker Solar Probe, after a handful of gravity assists and preliminary orbits, will enter a …

Space

Behind the $90 Billion Brawl Over Credit Card Swipes

Every time a credit or debit card is swiped or a website’s "buy" button clicked, a series of events moves money from consumer to merchant. The …

FinTech

New Horizons may have seen a glow at the solar system’s edge

New Horizons may have seen a hydrogen wall just past the edge of the solar system, where the solar wind meets the stuff of interstellar space.

Astronomy

Rosetta Image Makes You Feel Like You're on the Surface of a Comet

The Rosetta orbiter ended its mission in September 2016, but science fans continue to unearth and reprocess some of its incredible images of comet …

Space

செவ்வாய் கிரகத்தில் எடுக்கப்பட்ட படங்களில் 'ஒளி கீற்று' போல தோன்றிய பூமி

படத்தின் காப்புரிமை NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS<p>செவ்வாய் கிரகத்தில் பயணித்து வந்த நாசாவின் கியூரியாசிட்டி என்ற ரோவர் 2000 நாட்களை நிறைவு செய்துள்ளது. அந்த ரோவரின் சாதனைகளில் சிலவற்றை கியூரியாசிட்டி அறிவியல் குழு தேர்வு செய்து அனுப்பியுள்ளது.<p>படத்தின் காப்புரிமை NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS<p><b>தொலைவில் உலகம்:</b><p>விண்வெளி …

The giant rogue planet abuzz with auroral radio signals

To the casual observer, the difference between a planet and a star is pretty stark, but in reality things are a little murkier. A class of object …

Universe

ESA Video Shows Two Meteors Crash Into The Moon Ahead Of July’s Total Eclipse

The two space rocks are believed to have separated from the Alpha Capricornid meteor shower.<p>Last month, the moon was pelted by two rogue space rocks …

India’s moon mission Chandrayaan-2 launch delayed for 2nd time | science

There will be a further delay in the launch of India’s second mission to the moon Chandrayaan-2 and it may be no sooner than January, according to a …

Space Exploration

Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Wakes From 4-Week Slumber, Just In Time For Its Next Campaign

No worries, Kepler's doing just fine.<p>NASA’s veteran planet-seeking telescope is alive and well. After hibernating for a period of four weeks to save …

Universe

The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain

Science suggests we’re hardwired to delude ourselves. Can we do anything about it?<p>I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of some measure of my present bias, which is the tendency …

Psychology

Scheduled for launch this weekend, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will be on a mission to touch the sun

NASA is on a mission to "touch" the sun.<p>The unmanned Parker Solar Probe, which is set for liftoff from Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, Aug. 11, will be mankind's first-ever visit to our nearest star.<p>The probe "will travel through the sun’s atmosphere, closer to its surface than any spacecraft …

Parker Solar Probe

This is what an asteroid looks like under a microscope

Japan's first Hayabusa mission to visit an asteroid launched back in 2003. It was a mission fraught with peril and technical challenges, but it succeeded in bringing a little bit of the asteroid Itokawa back to Earth.<p>The European Space Agency shared a microscope view of a grain of Itokawa on …

European Space Agency

Mars closest to Earth at 57m kilometres

Mars will be at its closest distance to Earth in 15 years tonight, wrapping up a memorable month for stargazers.<p>And we may never see the Red Planet …

Astronomy

Report: Increasingly Desperate MoviePass May Not Be Paying for Major Films Anymore

Last week, movie-ticketing service MoviePass’ ongoing business problems hit crisis mode when its app stopped working in the middle of Thursday night, …

MoviePass

An easier way to search for life on Europa

Jupiter’s moon Europa is a promising place to search for evidence of alien life. New research provides insights on what might be the best – and …

Astronomy

BepiColombo to target mid-October launch

Europe's first mission to Mercury will target the early morning of 19 October for launch, Arianespace and ESA announced today.<p>The joint ESA-JAXA …

European Space Agency

Google announces AutoML Vision, Natural Language, Translation, and Contact Center AI

Today at Google’s Cloud Next conference in San Francisco, the Mountain View company announced it’s expanding Cloud AutoML — the machine learning platform it announced at Google I/O last year — into new domains.<p>Starting this week, AutoML Vision, a graphical drag-and-drop tool that lets users …

Machine Learning

A Large Body of Water on Mars Is Detected, Raising the Potential for Alien Life

For the first time, scientists have found a large, watery lake beneath an ice cap on Mars. Because water is essential to life, the discovery offers an exciting new place to search for life-forms beyond Earth.<p>Italian scientists working on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission announced on …

Astronomy

Grubhub acquires payments and loyalty company LevelUp for $390M

Grubhub announced this morning that it’s agreed to acquire LevelUp for $390 million cash.<p>Founder and CEO Matt Maloney told me that while previous Grubhub acquisitions like Eat24 were designed to give the company’s delivery business more scale, “This is kind of a different acquisition. It’s a …

Startups

SpaceX has entered a new stage of reusability

The rocket company will now be attempting to land and reuse all the rockets it launches.<p><b>Over the weekend …</b> SpaceX launched and landed its second …

Space Travel

Still no word from Opportunity as massive Martian dust storm blows on

Things aren't looking good for the Opportunity Mars rover as the global dust storm socking the Red Planet looks set to continue into September. …

Dust Storms