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  • Admin 11:14 pm on June 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin   

    Russia Bans U.S. From International Space Station: How Should America Respond?

    Oh, no. Russia is mad at us again.

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has vowed to punish the U.S. for imposing sanctions over his nation’s invasion of Crimea. After being included on the list of targets for sanctions, Rogozin released rapid-fire statements last month in which he:

    • objected to the Pentagon using Russian equipment to launch U.S. military satellites
    • promised to block the sale of Russian RD-180 rocket engines to U.S. space launch company United Launch Alliance (ULA)
    • threatened to terminate “cooperation” with the United States on the International Space Station — presumably by denying U.S. astronauts rides to the ISS aboard Russian rockets
    • mocked America’s too-early termination of its space shuttle program, quipping: “I propose that the United States delivers its astronauts to the ISS with the help of a trampoline.”

    So I guess you could say that relations between the United States and Russia are not particularly strong right now. And with the U.S. lacking a single operating spacecraft certified for manned spaceflight, this poses something of a problem.

    But fear not. The U.S. Air Force is searching for a solution.

    An end to outsourcing national security
    Commenting on the impasse, Air Force Undersecretary Eric Fanning said it’s time for the U.S. to “explore ways to mitigate our reliance on the RD-180.” (That’s the Russian engine that ULA partners Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT  ) use to power the core stage of their Atlas V rocket.) Responding to Rogozin’s threats, the Pentagon set up a committee under retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Howard Mitchell to recommend options to deal with the RD-180 issue. It quickly came up with the obvious one.

    We need a new rocket engine.

    One made in the U.S. of A.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel agrees. In recent testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, Hagel said, “I don’t think there’s any question” but that the U.S. needs to begin building its own heavy rocket engines.

    Why? Because the Pentagon says our dwindling supply of RD-180 rocket engines means that in just 22 months, space launches will become “not supportable.”

    How to fix the problem
    So how will we ensure America’s continued access to space? Fanning believes developing an alternate engine via a “public-private partnership” between the Air Force and private industry may be the way to go. The good news is that several American companies — publicly traded entities that you can invest in — are already hard at work developing alternatives to the RD-180.

    The better news is that you really only need to know three of them.


    Photo: ATK.

    Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK  ) 
    Space-tech specialist Alliant builds the solid-fuel rocket boosters that help lift America’s rockets into space. Alliant’s boosters were used on the space shuttles, and have been chosen to power NASA’s shuttle replacement, the “space launch system,” or SLS. Alliant was also chosen as one of a handful of companies working on ways to improve the affordability, reliability, and performance of our boosters, for use on the SLS as a new “advanced booster.”

    NASA expects the improved design to generate “more thrust than any existing U.S. liquid- or solid-fueled boosters,” enabling the launch of up to 143-ton payloads aboard the SLS. The space agency plans to execute the first SLS test flight as early as 2017, sending an unmanned spacecraft into lunar orbit.

    Orbital Sciences (NYSE: ORB  ) 
    In 2010, NASA named Orbital as one of several space tech companies permitted to compete for development work on a new heavy-lift rocket engine to power the SLS. The company’s biggest rocket engine today is the Antares, used to lift Cygnus unmanned spacecraft to the ISS on resupply missions. Antares is only capable of lifting payloads of 5,000 kilograms, however. That’s barely a quarter of what’s needed to get even an Atlas V launcher into low-earth orbit.

    Orbital is due to merge with Alliant later this year, combining two strong players in space tech into one — and potentially accelerating the rocket development efforts of each.


    Testing the cutting-edge JX-2 engine. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

    Leaked: Apple’s next smart device (warning, it may shock you)
    At The Motley Fool, we’re big fans of innovation — and Apple is one of the best at it. Apple recently recruited a secret-development “dream team” to guarantee its newest smart device was kept hidden from the public for as long as possible. But the secret is out, and some early viewers are claiming its everyday impact could trump the iPod, iPhone, and the iPad. In fact, ABI Research predicts 485 million of this type of device will be sold per year. But one small company makes Apple’s gadget possible. And its stock price has nearly unlimited room to run for early in-the-know investors. To be one of them, and see Apple’s newest smart gizmo, just click here!

     

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      What does anyone expect foreign countries to do? America has been and still is the leading country of the world,however ; a president who is an idiot is turning america and the american people into the laughing stock of the world. O’well if the people of america are stupid enough to elect leaders like is represented in the DEMOCRATIC PARTY why shouldn’t other countries take advantage.

      WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!
      TURN FROM YOUR WICKED WAYS and I (GOD) will heal your land. If your to stupid to do that you will lose your land !!!!!

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  • Admin 1:31 pm on May 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Android this week: G3 launched; Asus PadFone X nearly here; NFC smart case coming 

    Gigaom

    With Samsung and HTC launching their Android flagships earlier this year, it’s LG’s turn. This week, the company officially introduced a phone we unofficially knew everything about: The LG G3 is available in South Korea with many markets around the world to follow in the coming weeks and months.

    LG G3 colors

    While competing high-end phones settled on similar hardware qualities, LG decided to try and one-up the competition. A 1080p display wasn’t good enough; instead, the G3 uses a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 screen, packing in 538 pixels per inch. Even though it has a larger screen, the phone isn’t much bigger than the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8.

    Another big difference in the G3 is the first laser autofocus camera system. LG says the phone can focus on an object in two or three tenths of a second and once my review unit arrives, I’ll put that claim to the test. The…

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  • Admin 4:08 pm on May 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Motorola, predictable rate, smartphones   

    Review: Motorola’s $129 Moto E is good and cheap (but mostly good) 

    We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: budget smartphones have become much more interesting than their high-end counterparts in the last year or so. While $600 flagships continue to get slightly larger and slightly faster and slightly better at a predictable rate, the amount of phone you can get for $200 or even $100 has increased by leaps and bounds. OEMs are looking to sell smartphones to people who don’t have smartphones yet, and making things cheaper is the easiest way to do that.

    Many of the smartphone OEMs offer budget models, but they’re mostly either ancient or terrible. They have slow, no-name processors; not enough RAM or storage; old versions of Android that time has forgotten. You can buy these and use them, but why on Earth would you everwant to?

     

     

     
  • Admin 1:36 pm on May 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: biometrics security, Face, Joseph J. Atick, Remember, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center,   

    Never Forgetting a Face 

    Joseph J. Atick cased the floor of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington as if he owned the place. In a way, he did. He was one of the organizers of the event, a conference and trade show for the biometrics security industry. Perhaps more to the point, a number of the wares on display, like an airport face-scanning checkpoint, could trace their lineage to his work.

    A physicist, Dr. Atick is one of the pioneer entrepreneurs of modern face recognition. Having helped advance the fundamental face-matching technology in the 1990s, he went into business and promoted the systems to government agencies looking to identify criminals or prevent identity fraud. “We saved lives,” he said during the conference in mid-March. “We have solved crimes.”

    Thanks in part to his boosterism, the global business of biometrics — using people’s unique physiological characteristics, like their fingerprint ridges and facial features, to learn or confirm their identity — is booming. It generated an estimated $7.2 billion in 2012, according to reports by Frost & Sullivan.

    Making his rounds at the trade show, Dr. Atick, a short, trim man with an indeterminate Mediterranean accent, warmly greeted industry representatives at their exhibition booths. Once he was safely out of earshot, however, he worried aloud about what he was seeing. What were those companies’ policies for retaining and reusing consumers’ facial data? Could they identify individuals without their explicit consent? Were they running face-matching queries for government agencies on the side?

    Read more on the new york times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/technology/never-forgetting-a-face.html?_r=0

    The New York Times

     
  • Admin 1:34 pm on May 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Twitch, YouTube   

    YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion: Sources 

    Google’s YouTube has reached a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame-streaming company, for more than $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the pact.

    The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion. The impending acquisition comes after longtime Google ad exec Susan Wojcicki was named CEO of YouTube earlier this year.

    Reps for YouTube and Twitch declined to comment.

    San Francisco-based Twitch lets users upload and watch free, live gameplay videos that can be streamed from Microsoft Xbox and PlayStation 4 consoles. The company claims to have more than 45 million monthly users, with more than 1 million members who upload videos each month. It also has deals to distribute shows from partners including CBS Interactive’s GameSpot, Joystiq and Destructoid.

    Gameplay videos already are a highly popular category on YouTube. Other players in the videogame-entertainment market include tournament organizer Major League Gaming, a New York-based company whose investors include Oak Investment Partners and Relativity Media CEO Ryan Cavanaugh.

    In March 2014, Twitch represented 1.35% of all downstream bandwidth on North American fixed-access broadband networks — nearly triple from last fall, according to bandwidth-equipmentcompany Sandvine.

     
    • Megan 8:21 pm on May 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sweeeeet! This would be an amazing add on to youtube… :p

  • Admin 10:11 pm on May 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Netflix Wins International Award at BAFTA for ‘Breaking Bad’ 

     
  • Admin 10:11 pm on May 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Life360 founder calls patent holder ‘Piece of sh*t.’ Lawsuit ensues 

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  • Admin 10:10 pm on May 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Wallace and Gromit creators want to help your kids learn to code 

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  • Admin 9:47 pm on May 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Godzilla   

    Behind the Roar: Finding Godzilla’s Iconic Voice 

    Sound designer Erik Aadahl has worked with some pretty intimidating on-screen characters in his film career, from transforming robots to muscle-bound superheroes like Superman and Daredevil to big, green animated ogres.

    This time, Aadahl had to handle a real monster: Godzilla. He was hired to update the creature’s run-for-your-life bellow three years ago, before the latest update of the 1954 monster movie had been green-lit for production. It opens in theaters nationwide Friday.

    “It’s one of the most famous sound effects in cinema history,” said Aadahl. “We really wanted to embrace that and use the original as our template, and pay homage to that.”

    The original film’s composer, Akira Ifukube, used a double bass, a leather glove and some pine tar to produce Godzilla’s trademark call.

    They started recording animals: Elephants, dolphins and anything with a shriek — “nothing quite felt right,” Aadahl said. He and Van der Ryn moved on to inanimate objects that made shrill sounds: Ironing boards, rusty car doors.

    Finally, they elected to use a scientific microscope that recorded in high frequencies to capture sounds that are inaudible to humans.

    “There’s this whole invisible universe of sound that we do not perceive, we cannot perceive,” Aadahl said. “But we can record those high frequencies, then slow them down so they come into our human range of perception.”

    Aadahl won’t say what sound, exactly, he recorded to capture Godzilla’s iconic roar, which he broke into two parts: The cathartic shriek and the rumbling, almost melancholic, finish. Whatever it was, it required a thousand different takes before Aadahl arrived at what he called “the winner.”

     
  • Admin 9:35 pm on May 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brain,   

    Inside the Science of an Amazing New Surgery Called Deep Brain Stimulation 

    Like most people in need of major surgery, Rodney Haning, a retired telecommunications project manager and avid golfer, has a few questions for his doctors. He wonders, for example, exactly how the planned treatment is going to alleviate his condition, a severe tremor in his left hand that has, among other things, completely messed up his golf game, forcing him to switch from his favorite regular-length putter to a longer model that he steadies against his belly.

    “Can anyone tell me why this procedure does what it does?” Haning asks one winter afternoon at UF Health Shands Hospital, at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

    “Well,” says Kelly Foote, his neurosurgeon, “we know a lot, but not everything.”

    The vague answer doesn’t seem to bother Haning, 67, an affable man who has opted for the elective brain surgery. And it’s hard to fault Foote for not going into greater detail about the underlying science, since he is, at that very moment, boring a hole in Haning’s skull.

    Smithsonian

     
  • Admin 9:33 pm on May 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Mario Kart, Piranha Plant   

    Chomping Piranha Plants and 4 Other Surprises From ‘Mario Kart 8′ 

    Mario Kart returns to the television in May in full, crisp HD glory in Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, with enough new editions and old staples for fans of the series to drool over.

    Mashable got hands on time with Mario Kart 8, and got to see how the improved graphics and new features fit together. Here’s what got us most excited:

    1. Piranha plants and boomerangs will make other drivers cry

    Since playing Mario Kart is all about ruining your friends’ perfect run with a well-placed item, it’s good to know there are new ways to do that in this game. Nintendo has introduced a biting Piranha Plant, which will attack objects and other players as the driver holds it. Each time it bites, it also produces a small speed boost.

    There’s also the Boomerang Flower, which gives players three looping shots to stun other drivers in their path.

     
  • Admin 9:31 pm on May 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Simpsons   

    ‘The Simpsons’ Bid Farewell to David Letterman With Couch Gag 

    The longest-running scripted show paid tribute to the longest-running late-night talk show host this week, when The Simpsons couch gag got the David Letterman treatment.

    On Thursday, Letterman announced he would retire in 2015 after more than 30 years in the business, prompting social-media tributes from television colleagues, as well as fervent replacement rumors.

    In The Simpsons tribute, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie travel from their hometown to New York City to appear on the Late Show With David Letterman, but their their cameo doesn’t sit well with the animated version of the 66-year-old talk-show host. Check out the full video, above.

     
  • Admin 9:30 pm on May 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Roku, Tech   

    ​Why Roku Matters More Than Ever 

    You have more streaming TV options than you could hope for, especially now that Amazon has entered the fray. And while Apple TV, Chromecast, and Fire TV all have their strengths, they also share the same crippling weakness: self-interest. That’s what makes Roku so important.

    It’s more clear than ever that when you buy a streaming device from Apple, Google, or Amazon, what you’re really buying is the opportunity to buy more stuff from those companies. There are conveniences thrown in, like seamless mirroring and bonus cloud storage, but Apple TV, Chromecast, and Fire TV are at their hearts all just gateways. Or more accurately, they’re all drawbridges, each leading to different highly walled, fiercely defended castles. And once you’re in, you’re not allowed back out.

    Gizmodo

     
  • Admin 9:29 pm on May 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Family guy   

    Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff destroys Quahog and hits Android and iOS April 10 

    Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, a free-to-play game from Fox Digital Entertainment and developer TinyCo, will arrive on Android and iOS April 10.

    The game’s story takes place after a fight between Peter Griffin and Ernie the giant chicken so massive that it destroys the town of Quahog. Players need to rebuild using the cast of the TV show. Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff will include quests to help Peter become a pirate, help Quagmire find Gold Digger Island and work with Mayor Adam West to survive the town running of the bulls.

    Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff will also makein-­app purchases available for a variety of digital goods to speed up, decorate or differentiate gameplay,” according to a press release.

    Press play above to watch a 30-second teaser for the game. You can also check out a gallery of screenshots below and learn more about Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff‘s genesis in our interview with Rick Phillips, senior vice president at Fox Digital Entertainment, from late last year.

     
  • Admin 9:15 pm on May 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Circle L Trailer, Steven Wise   

    Should a Chimp Be Able to Sue Its Owner? 

    Just before 4 p.m. on Oct. 10, Steven Wise pulled his rental car in front of a multiacre compound on State Highway 30 near the tiny Adirondack hamlet of Gloversville, N.Y., and considered his next move. For the past 15 minutes, Wise had been slowly driving the perimeter of the property, trying to get a better read on the place. An assortment of transport trailers — for horses and livestock, cars, boats and snowmobiles — cluttered a front lot beside a single-story business office with the sign “Circle L Trailer Sales” set above the door. At the rear of the grounds was a barn-size, aluminum-sided shed, all its doors closed, the few small windows covered in thick plastic.

    With each pass, he looked to see if anybody was on the grounds but could find no one. A number of times Wise pulled off the road and called his office to check whether he had the right place. It wasn’t until he finally spotted a distant filigree of deer antlers that he knew for certain. The owner of Circle L Trailer, Wise had read, runs a side enterprise known as Santa’s Hitching Post, which rents out a herd of reindeer for holiday events and TV spots, including commercials for Macy’s and Mercedes-Benz.

    After spotting a man tightening bolts on one of the trailer hitches, Wise paused to explain his strategy to me and the documentary filmmaker Chris Hegedus, who had a video camera. “I’m just going to say that I heard their reindeer were on TV,” Wise said. “I happened to be driving by and thought I might be able to see them in person.”

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  • Admin 9:06 pm on May 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blood   

    Drinking Someone Else’s Blood Doesn’t Make You a Vampire 

    Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed, the Hungarian countess born in 1560 and descended from various princes of Transylvania, was publicly accused of murdering 80 young girls; it’s often speculated she killed over 650. Considered the “most prolific female serial killer in history,” a dubious superlative if ever there was one, Báthory has been nicknamed “The Blood Countess.”

    As a well-connected noblewoman, Báthory never faced trial for her crimes. In 1610, a few years after rumors of the atrocities taking place inside the castle began to spread, the Palatine of Hungary began a formal investigation. Testimony was collected from over 300 witnesses, who described severe beatings, burnings, mutilations, and starvation. In some cases, Báthory was seen biting the flesh off the victims’ bodies. Four people were tried and convicted for acting as Báthory’s accomplices; two were burned at the stake, one was beheaded, and another was sentenced to life in prison.

    “The Blood Countess” sounds fantastic. But surely, in the few cases of so-called Renfield syndrome examined thus far, the unembellished facts—complex and nuanced and difficult—are horrifying enough.

     
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