Science


Samsung Will Give Combusting Galaxy Note 7's A Second Life
- April 01, 2017

Following a worldwide recall of about 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, Samsung said it would refurbish some, and break down others for parts and precious metals. Ahead of this week's Galaxy S8 unveiling, Samsung has announced a three-point programme for recycling of its failed phablets, and some of them will eventually make their way back into consumers' hands. (more...)
Nintendo to Offer More Switch Units in Stocks Soon
- April 01, 2017

SnipperClips is a game that feels like it was meant to show off features of the new console, the co-op play of a split JoyCon. "I even tried removing the foam, and sure enough: The controller stops working properly when it's not there". The GameStop executives predicted continued supply issues for the Switch while also acknowledging a recent report that Nintendo is planning to double its production of the system for the upcoming fiscal year-from 8 million units to 16 million units ... (more...)
SpaceX has successfully landed a recycled rocket
- April 01, 2017

Once it landed after its initial flight, the first-stage booster traveled via ground transport to Florida for refurbishment before heading to SpaceX's McGregor, Texas, development facility for testing and then, finally, the launch site at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (more...)
Astronaut Peggy Whitson Just Shattered A Spacewalking Record
- April 01, 2017

Whitson and her station commander Shane Kimbrough completed preparations for a new docking port at the station. About halfway through the procedure, though, a piece of cloth shielding floated away from the astronauts . Crew 50 and Mission Control certainly demonstrated that this week, maintaining a tradition that brought the Apollo 13 astronauts safely back to Earth and has kept the ISS running for nearly two decades. (more...)
Sky Patrol: Watch Out for April Fools' Day Comet This Weekend Sky Patrol: Watch Out for April Fools' Day Comet This Weekend
- April 01, 2017

The comet's official name was given in honor of the three astronomers who discovered it, but due to it's unusual timing this year, it's been dubbed the April Fools' Day Comet. Just face the north and aim the telescope slightly above the North Star (also called Polaris or Pole Star) just over the horizon, and you will see a green-glowing fuzz ball - that's the Green Comet, 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, discovered on May 3, 1858 by Horace Parnell Tuttle, L'uber Kresak and Michel Giacobini. (more...)
Female astronaut spacewalks into history
- April 01, 2017

So, needless to say, the mood at Mission Control was tense. Cameras tracked the shielding as it drifted into the distance, and Mission Control said there was no danger the lost shield could hit and damage the space station. During the first spacewalk , the Pressurised Mating Adapter-3 (PMA-3) was prepared for installation of the second International Docking Adapter, which serves as a home to commercial crew vehicle dockings. (more...)
Ohio Lt. Gov. stepping down as state insurance director Ohio Lt. Gov. stepping down as state insurance director
- April 01, 2017

Taylor, a former state auditor and state representative from the Akron suburb of Green, also said the decision to step down was made partly to allow more time for campaigning for governor. OH authorities continue to look for ways to slow an epidemic that a year ago killed a record 3,050 Ohioans. The Kentucky State Senate voted 29-9 on Wednesday to approve a bill that would forbid doctors from prescribing more than a three-day supply of prescription painkillers in a state that has been ... (more...)
Cyclone Debbie damages homes, cuts power to 63000 in Australia Cyclone Debbie damages homes, cuts power to 63000 in Australia
- April 01, 2017

Palaszczuk said assessing the full damage of Debbie may take several days as some communities are still cut off from communication and access, though she said damage is not as widespread as initially feared. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was aware of one death, which police officials attributed to a auto crash caused by severe weather linked to Debbie. (more...)
Solar wind, radiation stripped Mars of its atmosphere Solar wind, radiation stripped Mars of its atmosphere
- April 01, 2017

As the planet cooled off and dried up, any life could have been driven underground or forced into occasional or rare surface oases. Early in its history, Mars had a substantial magnetic field similar to that of Earth, but geologic evidence showed that it all but disappeared around 4 billion years ago . (more...)
China's Xi will meet Trump in US April 6-7-Beijing
- April 01, 2017

Trump's tweet and Haley's comments appeared to be orchestrated, coming just hours after both countries publicly announced Xi's visit, which had been in the pipeline for weeks. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang gave no details of the agenda in announcing Xi's travel plans at a daily news briefing in Beijing , but spoke of the need to see the big picture while fostering mutual interests in trade relations. (more...)
UK Authorities Pressure Facebook To Gain Access To Whatsapp
- April 01, 2017

The WhatsApp messaging service is owned by internet giants, Facebook, and has more than a billion worldwide users. Home Secretary Amber Rudd appeared on BBC and Sky News urging WhatsApp along with other encrypted services to let intelligence services and police, trying to carry out lawful eavesdropping, to access their platforms. (more...)
Trump's DOE Climate Office Reportedly Bars Use of Phrase "Climate Change"
- April 01, 2017

The Center for Biological Diversity filed four Freedom of Information Act requests today with the Trump administration's Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration demanding records of communication censoring agency staff from using words or phrases related to climate change. (more...)
NASA Discovers Supermassive Black Hole Kicked Out of Own Galaxy NASA Discovers Supermassive Black Hole Kicked Out of Own Galaxy
- April 01, 2017

Black holes are mostly located at the center of the galaxies where their massive gravitational pull sucks in nearby objects. The discovery is very important since it shows that supermassive black holes don't have to spend their entire life tied to the galaxy's core. (more...)
NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Just Shattered Another Space Record
- April 01, 2017

Astronaut Peggy Whitson of NASA made history Thursday morning when she became the first female astronaut to have embarked on eight spacewalks. Up until that point, about 3 1/2 hours into the spacewalk , everything had been going smoothly, NASA spokesman Dan Huot told The Washington Post . (more...)
Brunei celebrates Earth Hour with lights out
- April 01, 2017

We look forward to working with our newly crowned Champions for Earth Hour 2017'. Tonight, for 60 minutes, the Earth will be in the dark recognizing the hour of no power for a 10th straight year. More than 170 countries and territories of the world are showing their support for protecting the planet. Don't let Earth Hour go unnoticed - participate. (more...)
Venezuela's chief prosecutor warns congress annulment broke law Venezuela's chief prosecutor warns congress annulment broke law
- April 01, 2017

The secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, called an emergency meeting and released a statement echoing claims by Maduro's opponents of an internal "coup d'etat". "It's one thing to try and build a dictatorship and another to complete the circuit". "You have a new opportunity to show the country and worldwide community if you are with the dictatorship or want your children and grandchildren to grow and live in a country where there's democracy and ... (more...)
What the Samsung S8 means for the iPhone 8
- April 01, 2017

The company apologised to consumers for the recall and was forced to postpone the S8 launch. Months before Apple could release a new iPhone that's all screen, glorious screen, Samsung beat it to the punch. This is in line with previous reports from KGI Securities analyst - Ming-Chi Kuo which claimed that Apple, indeed, is working on a 3D camera which will help Apple built upon its Augmented Reality (AR) objectives. (more...)
Prom dress posters at Florida school draw criticism Prom dress posters at Florida school draw criticism
- April 01, 2017

Whether you're looking for the flawless dress that fits just right, or looking to donate a dress that's in good shape, you can get involved this week during the " Once Upon a Prom Dress Giveaway ". Luckily, this story has a happy and inspiring ending. And while the pictures themselves were not necessarily a big deal, it was the commentary below each one that infuriated both students and parents. (more...)
SpaceX has successfully launched the first ever re-used rocket
- April 01, 2017

The company tweeted in January that it had completed a successful static fire test of the first-stage booster in Texas. Screengrab from SpaceX's live video feed. But more importantly, it'll gain the company a lot more customers - Musk said that many firms were waiting for the outcome of the launch before agreeing to fly on a recycled rocket. (more...)
EU offers pre-Brexit trade talks, tough on transition EU offers pre-Brexit trade talks, tough on transition
- April 01, 2017

Michel Barnier, a former French diplomat, will be the EU's lead Brexit negotiator and is already setting the terms of the agenda. In her letter, May repeated that the vote for Brexit was not meant to harm the EU, and said she wanted a "new deep and special relationship with a strong European Union". (more...)

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