Science


Europe's Rosetta to crash-land on comet
- September 30, 2016

While speaking on a European Space Agency (ESA) YouTube hangout, Rosetta flight director Andrea Accomazzo mentioned that if we consider energy, it is going to be a soft landing. "The unique measurements obtained during this final descent will be a fitting closing chapter to Rosetta's time spent living with this comet". Rosetta will gather extra data and capture fresh images as it drops to the pit covered Ma'at area of the surface, and hopefully send them back to Earth prior to impact. (more...)
Colombian gov't, FARC sign historic peace deal Colombian gov't, FARC sign historic peace deal
- September 30, 2016

President Juan Manuel Santos and Farc leader Rodrigo Londono signed the accord at a ceremony attended by 2,500 foreign dignitaries and special guests, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry . Besides killing 6-year-old Yorman Gonzalez, whose body was riddled with shrapnel, the blast injured his friend, who is recovering in a nearby hospital. (more...)
Korea orders battery safety measures for Samsung Note 7
- September 30, 2016

Three weeks into the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 nationwide recall, USA wireless carriers Sprint and Verizon are now selling new safe models of the Galaxy Note 7. It can also be found by going to a phone's setting using this path: "Apps Settings About Phone or General Management Status IMEI information or Serial number". (more...)
Scientists bid farewell to comet probe, eye more discoveries
- September 30, 2016

With that, the mission that began with the landing on Comet 67p will come to a fiery end as it collides with the space debris, but its success gives great hope for future asteroid missions. "It is not a crash". Meanwhile, the spacecraft and its lander will continue their journey, riding on the comet's surface indefinitely. "The spacecraft will tenderly land on the comet and once it impacts on the surface the spacecraft will switch off all the communication equipment", he said . (more...)
Automakers show off electrics at Paris show
- September 30, 2016

The new electric vehicle line will be based on a new platform specifically developed for battery-electric models. The ID concept is the first of what VW calls a "fleet of electric cars" and showcases full autonomy ahead of the technology's release in the year 2025. (more...)
Ford Outfits 2017 F-150 Raptor with 450-hp EcoBoost V6 Ford Outfits 2017 F-150 Raptor with 450-hp EcoBoost V6
- September 30, 2016

The transmission's closer ratio between gears and Ford-patented hydraulic control system better optimize the power and torque curves of the new 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost engine. Raptor goes on sale in December with a starting price of $49,520 including shipping. This drivetrain setup will make the new Raptor almost unstoppable, but it will also allow the new Raptor to be 23% more fuel efficient than the previous model. (more...)
Elon Musk describes his plans for colonizing Mars
- September 30, 2016

In April, SpaceX said it was planning to send an unmanned Dragon spacecraft to the Red Planet as early as 2018. SpaceX, which Musk founded specifically with the objective of colonising Mars, is one of several private and government funded ventures vying to put people and cargo on the red planet and other destinations beyond Earth's orbit. (more...)
Amazon Launches $2.5 Million Alexa Prize Competition Amazon Launches $2.5 Million Alexa Prize Competition
- September 30, 2016

With the launch of its voice-enabled assistant Alexa, Amazon has leap-frogged towards making artificial intelligence ubiquitous in households today. Plus, if the winning team's socialbot can coherently engage with humans for 20 minutes, their school will be awarded $1 million. (more...)
Many women say Trump showed too much testosterone at debate Many women say Trump showed too much testosterone at debate
- September 30, 2016

Bottom line: Trump takes a cholesterol-lowering statin medication and a baby aspirin, has some mild plaque in his arteries and is overweight - but was declared generally in good health. Just over a third said that the government is doing enough to prevent a future terrorist attack and almost 60 percent said the government isn't doing enough. (more...)
Hillsides collapse onto Chinese villages during typhoon, 32 people reported missing Hillsides collapse onto Chinese villages during typhoon, 32 people reported missing
- September 30, 2016

At least one person has been confirmed killed by the storm in Fujian, with millions of homes left without power following severe flooding. 17 homes were flooded as well'. Megi dropped 300 millimeters (12 inches) of rain in the south and eastern mountains of Taiwan, and more than 220 flights were canceled at Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Helps Out During Disaster
- September 30, 2016

Certain top-load washing machines made between March 2011 and April this year were affected, both the company and the CPSC said. Customers can find out if their washing machine is defective by entering the 15-digit serial number, which can be found on the rear of the washer, on a dedicated webpage set up by Samsung . (more...)
Evidence of 'water jets' found on Jupiter's moon
- September 30, 2016

The possibility of plumes of ejected material means that scientists could fly an instrumented spacecraft through the jets, and potentially even capture a sample of the ejected material, to analyze its composition. "These plumes, if they do indeed exist, may provide another way to sample Europa's subsurface", Yoder concluded. Way back in 2012, another team, led by Lorenz Roth of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, had detected the plumes of water vapour erupting from the south ... (more...)
Gaglianone out for the Season Gaglianone out for the Season
- September 30, 2016

It makes it very hard for a defense. But the Wolverines will take their shots at young quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Chryst voiced his confidence for Endicott and his kicking range prior to UW's game at Michigan State last week . I think he's got a really good staff and obviously they've got really good players. "You feel bad for him", UW coach Paul Chryst said. Wisconsin recognizes Michigan's all-encompassing talent and is prepared to stop both the run and the pass with their ... (more...)
Sony Xperia XZ Smartphone Launched in India : Price Specs & Features Sony Xperia XZ Smartphone Launched in India : Price Specs & Features
- September 30, 2016

Added to this is the Laser AF sensor with distance sensing technology, which enables you to capture attractive blur-free photos in challenging low light conditions. As usual for Sony, this phone is also dust and water resistant with IP65/IP68 rating. The Sony Xperia X Compact has been available in Europe for a couple of weeks. (more...)
United States asks for de-escalation of tension between India, Pakistan following surgical strike
- September 30, 2016

Pakistan has officially denied there was any incursion by Indian forces into territory held by it, but said that there was shelling across the LoC and two of its soldiers were killed. "What we have said it many times from the podium - is we want to see closer and normalisation of relationship between India and Pakistan", State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters. (more...)
NASA may have spotted water on Jupiter's moon
- September 30, 2016

Europa , one of Jupiter's large, ocean-bearing moons, appears to have plumes of water vapor intermittently blasting off the icy surface into space . With the bright backdrop of Jupiter, Hubble was just able to detect what appear to be plumes of liquid water erupting from the moon's surface. (more...)
Oil prices slip as focus shifts to details of OPEC deal
- September 30, 2016

Nuttall, whose Sprott Energy Fund has risen roughly 44 per cent year to date, was referring to any company that claims their business has made improvements to withstand a world where crude prices remain well below US$50 a barrel. He said that once inventories are worked off, there won't be enough of a cushion of additional, quick production to prevent that run-up. OPEC cut production by 2.3 million barrels a day, and by the winter of 1999, prices were back at $25 a barrel. (more...)
Only once in a 'black moon' will you see this Only once in a 'black moon' will you see this
- September 30, 2016

A black moon is coming, but you won't see it. The last occurrence of a black moon happened just over two years ago in March 2014. Since it is a new moon, it will not be a visible event as the side of the moon that is illuminated will be facing away from the Earth. (more...)
Snapchat Is Making Sunglasses With Built-In Cameras Snapchat Is Making Sunglasses With Built-In Cameras
- September 30, 2016

Spectacles sunglasses connect to Snapchat and record video. "We're going to take a slow approach to rolling them out", Snap Inc. A light on the front of the glasses alerts people that the camera is recording, so hopefully no one will accuse you of invading their privacy. (more...)
Over 84 Million Watch First 2016 Presidential Debate Over 84 Million Watch First 2016 Presidential Debate
- September 30, 2016

So, Trump has a chance to talk more about his economic plans, show a better grasp of foreign policy, and attack Clinton on her emails, speeches to Goldman Sachs GS, +0.87% the Clinton Foundation and other issues that highlight the distrust most voters feel about her. (more...)

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