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imageA new theory of inertia could explain how NASA is generating thrust with a new drive design, and may even show them how to make it more powerful....
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imageSent to dive into cryovolcanic plumes on Saturn's moon Enceladus, the Cassini orbiter managed to get stardust in its electronic eye....
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imageThe best news for consumers looking to take the plunge into buying a hybrid Windows tablet-laptop is that there are now plenty of options. The new Lenovo Miix 700 has a lot to offer for those looking for something between the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4....
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imageSamsung is announcing its new 10nm class of DDR4 products, with increased clock speeds, lower power consumption, and next-generation manufacturing techniques....
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imageSome expensive drones might be vulnerable to theft or interference with just $40 worth of equipment because manufacturers aren't encrypting connections....
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imageNetflix's library has shrunk by a third in recent years, and while the company is producing critically acclaimed original content, it's still lost access to multiple high-profile movies and TV shows....
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imageA new paper argues that massive volcanism on the moon may have actually tilted its axis millions of years ago. This axial tilt would have impacted the distribution of ice at the lunar north and south pole -- and we see evidence of unusual variation that persists to this day....
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 |

In death, there is life

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MAX PLANCK, the inventor of quantum theory, once said that science advances one funeral at a time. He meant—or, at least, is presumed to have meant—that the death of a dominant mind in a field liberates others with different points of view to make their cases more freely, without treading on the toes of established authority. It might...

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 |

Of more than academic interest

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SOME programmers call it “spaghetti code”. Though error-strewn, it works—most of the time. It is likely to have been written in an out-of-date language, possibly more than one of them. It has grown by accretion, as different graduate students and postdocs, many long since departed to other institutions, have tweaked it, fixed it...

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“NEVER tried sharing data like this before,” said the tweet. “Feels like walking into a country for the first time. Exciting, but don’t know what to expect.”

David O’Connor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison was announcing his decision on February 14th to post online data from his laboratory’s latest...

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