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Flint Mayor wants disaster declaration Flint Mayor wants disaster declaration
- January 20, 2016

Weaver was in Washington, D.C., Tuesday trying to get a meeting with President Barack Obama's administration about Flint's needs. Snyder, whose office is exempt from Michigan's Freedom of Information Act, told Fournier he is considering releasing all of his emails related to the Flint water crisis , as requested by the Detroit Free Press, Common Cause in MI, and other individuals and groups. (more...)
Briton Tim Peake's historic ISS spacewalk is cut short Briton Tim Peake's historic ISS spacewalk is cut short
- January 19, 2016

However, it was the water entering Mr Kopra's helmet which ended up posing the main threat. It was his counterpart, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, who called off the mission two hours early when he noticed water in his helmet, Space.com reported . (more...)
Vive Pre Is HTC's Second-Generation Developer Edition VR System Vive Pre Is HTC's Second-Generation Developer Edition VR System
- January 19, 2016

The headset itself is slimmer and lighter than its previous incarnation, and the front of the headset is now rounder. And the screens inside the Vive Pre have been updated to be brighter and clearer. HTC does have one advantage, however, in that the HTC Vive will arrive with its position-tracked controllers whereas the Oculus VR equivalent, Oculus Touch, has now been delayed until H2 2016. (more...)
Apple to start charging for iTunes Radio Apple to start charging for iTunes Radio
- January 19, 2016

Beats 1, the global 24/7 radio station, will now be the free music option for listeners. The news was delivered to users via an email sent to them this Friday. Published on Monday 18 January 2016When Apple launched its all singing, all dancing, all buzzing streaming flim flam a year ago, the tech giant's previous effort at streaming music - the free-to-access ad-funded iTunes Radio - remained operational in the two markets where it had previously launched, the United States and Australia. (more...)
Russo Brothers Tease Captain America: Civil War Romance Russo Brothers Tease Captain America: Civil War Romance
- January 19, 2016

Marvel and Sony entered into a almost unprecedented deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe a year ago, as TechnoBuffalo points out, eventually settling on Tom Holland as the actor who would take on the role. Tony Stark recruited Peter Parker to his side of the Registration Act. "Peter started becoming Spidey because he grew up and idolized Tony." Before the revelation that The Wasp would be sharing title billing with Ant-Man in the coming sequel, Feige was asked ... (more...)
Spacewalk cut short because of water in astronaut's helmet Spacewalk cut short because of water in astronaut's helmet
- January 19, 2016

Kopra managed to taste the water and said that it was cold and the bubble was around a half-inch wide and two or three inches long. A tweet from its official account said: "As a precaution, spacewalk terminated due to small amount of water in Tim's helmet". (more...)
SpaceX rocket stage fails water landing
- January 18, 2016

About 10 minutes after lift off the first stage of its two-stage rocket headed back toward Earth for an attempt at landing on an un-crewed, autonomous drone ship floating 186 miles south of the California launch site, in the Pacific. The spaceflight company launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, near Los Angeles, at 10.42am. "Just to re-emphasize: this is a test that we're doing today", said Kate Tice, a SpaceX engineer who co-hosted the live broadcast. (more...)
NASA cuts spacewalk short after detecting water in astronaut's helmet NASA cuts spacewalk short after detecting water in astronaut's helmet
- January 18, 2016

The astronauts were not in any danger, but NASA curtailed the spacewalk as a precaution, flight director Royce Renfrew said during an interview on NASA TV. Nevertheless, the incident echoed a scary episode in 2013 when Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano almost drowned inside his spacesuit. The latest incident was particularly unnerving since it occurred some 200 feet from the astronauts' exit, about as far as spacewalkers safely can go. (more...)
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket attempts to land, tips over and explodes SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket attempts to land, tips over and explodes
- January 18, 2016

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted a video of the botched landing on Instagram, showing the rocket setting down softly but then toppling over and exploding on impact. Its satellite, will mainly monitor the topography of the ocean floor, examine global sea surface rise, observe tropical cyclones, and help seasonal and coastal forecast during its five-year-long mission. (more...)
SpaceX: ice buildup may have led rocket to tip over
- January 18, 2016

Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX's vice president of mission assurance, said before Sunday's launch that the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage could have returned to Vandenberg after the Jason 3 launch due to the satellite's relatively low mass and low orbit. (more...)
Astronaut Tim Peake takes first EVA for UK
- January 18, 2016

A spacewalk by a British astronaut was ended early Friday when he reported moisture inside his helmet. Peake and Kopra were back inside the pressurized space station at 12:31 p.m. But they have trained for years for the spacewalk, including in the world's largest swimming pool, and the entire operation has been timed and planned to the minute. (more...)
SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite, Unsuccessfully Lands Rocket
- January 18, 2016

The Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Los Angeles, transporting the Jason-3 satellite into orbit at 10:42 a.m. "We had a really good landing last time, so things are looking good at this point in time". At just 300-feet long by 100-feet wide, the drone ship is a small target. (more...)
Watch The Ocean Landing Attempt Here
- January 18, 2016

NASA's Launch Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for launch management and countdown operations for the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket . Mission scientists emphasized at a prelaunch briefing that it was important to maintain a continuous record of global sea level variation. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted a video of the botched landing on Instagram, showing the rocket setting down softly but then toppling over and exploding on impact. (more...)
Support leg gives way as rocket lands on ocean barge
- January 18, 2016

Sunday's failed landing is a blow to the Hawthorne-based company's plan to reduce launch costs by reusing rockets rather than having them fall into the ocean. Fingers crossed that the Falcon 9 has more success on the sea in one (or both) of its next two missions. "Jason-3 is a prime example of how our nation leverages NASA's expertise in space and scientific exploration to help address critical global challenges in collaboration with NOAA and our worldwide partners", said John Grunsfeld, ... (more...)
SpaceX launches climate satellite but botches ocean landing
- January 18, 2016

Last month, California-based company headed by entrepreneur Elon Musk managed to land the Falcon 9's first stage on land at Cape Canaveral. SpaceX founder Elon Musk initially tweeted the rocket had a hard landing on the drone ship and broke a leg off the rocket. (more...)
SpaceX's Ocean-Monitoring Satellite Fails to Land on Drone Ship Again SpaceX's Ocean-Monitoring Satellite Fails to Land on Drone Ship Again
- January 18, 2016

The exact launch time was 10:42:18.386 a.m. PST, or 1:42:18.386 p.m. EST - "the targeted bulls-eye", according to NASA Launch Commentator George Diller. The satellite being launched Sunday is called Jason-3, which would help the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration monitor sea levels and forecast hurricane intensities and tides for commercial shipping. (more...)
John Romero just released his first Doom level in over two decades John Romero just released his first Doom level in over two decades
- January 18, 2016

Romero recently uploaded the WAD file for a sprawling new version of "Phobos Anomaly" that he likes to call " Tech Gone Bad ". Though Romero's new level seems ideally timed to promote the upcoming launch of the new Doom game, which is scheduled to come out at some point in the spring, Romero told VentureBeat that he's just using Doom to crack his knuckles a bit. (more...)
Launch set for US-European ocean-monitoring satellite Launch set for US-European ocean-monitoring satellite
- January 18, 2016

After a rocket launch, the first stage flies several hundred miles downrange and must expend propellant to fly back to land. Last month SpaceX made a successful, first-of-its-kind return of a used booster that hurtled back from space and made a pinpoint touchdown on land seemingly without incurring any significant damage. (more...)
European ocean-monitoring satellite in orbit
- January 18, 2016

This will be a hard task to pull off, as the ship may be rocked due to ocean turbulence, further complicating the landing process for a rocket whose movement may be unstable. SpaceX came quite close to landing its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean barge named " Just Read the Instructions " in 2015. From low-Earth orbit, the Jason-satellite will map the floor of Earth's oceans in detail and gather topographical measurements to help provide scientists with data to track sea-level rises from ... (more...)
Former RNC Chair: Trump Will Be The Republican Nominee
- January 17, 2016

Every other president and presidential candidate in our history was born either within the United States or one of its possessions. MYRTLE BEACH , S.C. Trump also fired back against Cruz's attacks on NY. During Thursday's debate, moderator Maria Bartiromo asked Cruz to explain past comments he had made about Trump embodying "New York values". (more...)

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