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Duncan is a science and technology editor for CDN. Any opinions expressed in his articles are his own and not necessarily shared by CDN, its staff, officers, or their pets.

NASA offers Tour of the Moon in 4K

Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar terrain. Music Provided By Killer Tracks: “Never Looking Back” – Frederick Wiedmann. “Flying over ...

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Astronauts Answer 50 of the Most Googled Space Questions

NASA astronauts and One Strange Rock contributors Jeffrey Hoffman, Chris Hadfield, Jerry Linenger, Leland Melvin, Mae C. Jemison, Mike Massimino and Nicole Stott answer 50 of the most Googled questions about space. Does space ever end? Can birds fly in space? How much money do astronauts make??

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STUDY: Two-Thirds of Voice-Assisted Device Owners Never Purchase Through Them

Even though it seems everyone is talking about voice-assisted devices and smartwatches, the majority of consumers don’t own these new devices, and even fewer use them to complete purchases, according to a recently released study by Episerver, the company transforming digital experiences. For its annual “Reimagining Commerce: Global Findings” report, Episerver surveyed 4,000 online shoppers in four global markets and found ...

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Watch: SpaceX to launch Falcon 9 with PAZ satellite

spacex falcon 9 on pad

SpaceX is hoping to launch the next Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday morning carrying Hisdesat’s PAZ satellite into low-Earth orbit. The private space company is targeting 9:17 a.m. EST for the launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with satellite deployment to occur 11  minutes after launch. The rocket’s first stage was previously used to lunch FORMOSAT-5 in August ...

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Watch: This Robot REALLY wants to get the heck out of the room

Boston Dynamics spotmini disturbance test

Boston Dynamics posted a video last week of one robot helping another leave this very same room. When you see how the worker treats the “SpotMini” robot, you just might understand why they’re all trying to escape. In actuality, the testing is intended to understand how well the robot handles unanticipated events. A test of SpotMini’s ability to adjust to ...

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Watch: Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster is in outer space

Star Man Tesla Roadster above Earth

update: SpaceX has shut down the live stream likely due to reception issues as the Tesla continues on its journey away from Earth. The 4.5-hour video captured during the live stream is included below. Elon Musk’s private space transportation company, SpaceX, successfully launched their first Falcon Heavy rocket with a payload entirely made up of Mr.Musk’s midnight-red Tesla Roadster and ...

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Watch: Elon Musk sends his car to Mars … sort of

Falcon Heavy launch of Tesla Roadster to Mars

Video of the launch and current live stream available at the bottom of the post SpaceX has scheduled the first Falcon Heavy launch for Tuesday the goal of which is to put CEO Elon Musk‘s midnight-cherry red Tesla Roadster in an orbit going between Earth and Mars repeatedly. The Falcon Heavy launch would place the Roadster into a heliocentric orbit, meaning that ...

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eSports Athletes Won Over $2.7 Million in 2017

Grossing over $2.7 million in total prizes, the top 10 mobile video game player rankings were dominated by women who accounted for 70% of the list. The top mobile athlete claimed tournament prizes totaling over $420,000 in 2017, placing her in the top 25 highest-earning eSports athletes in the world, according to eSportsEarnings.com. Top Skillz Competitors of 2017 Ranking Username State Prizes Won 1 yutourmaline ...

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Watch: SpaceX Launch of GovSat-1/SES-16 on 1-31-18

SpaceX SES-10 Falcon 9 used booster launch 3-30-17

SpaceX is targeting Wednesday afternoon for a Falcon 9 launch of the GovSat-1 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Elon Musk’s successful private space launch company expects to launch during a 2-hour and 31-minute window beginning at 4:25 p.m. EST. The payload will be delivered to a transfer orbit ...

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SpaceX Launched 10 Satellites Monday [Video and Images]

SpaceX launch Iridium-3 10-9-17

SpaceX, a private aerospace manufacturer and transport service, launched another payload into low Earth orbit Monday morning using a Falcon 9 rocket. Ten Iridium Next satellites, numbers 21 thru 30, represent the third such launch for the SpaceX/Iridium partnership as the satellite communication company looks to build its next-generation constellation for voice and data. The Falcon 9 spacecraft lifted off on ...

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Google Announces Awesome, Must See Technology [Video]

Google event oct 4 2017

Google announced a slew of new gadgets and capabilities at its event in San Francisco on Wednesday and while a some are yawn-worthy, many are absolutely amazing (read to the end for “amazing”.) The event began with advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, shared updates on existing products and announced some brand new products. The event was heavily focused ...

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SpaceX to Launch and Land Two Falcon 9 Rockets Next Week

Falcon 9 FORMOSAT-5 8-24-17

Update: The Falcon 9/SES-11/Echostar 105 launch set for Saturday has been delayed until Oct 11. SpaceX will no longer have two launches in a 48-hour window. The Iridium mission set for Monday is still a go. SpaceX is set to launch and land two Falcon 9 rockets next week after pushing a planned Saturday launch to Wednesday. The launches will ...

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Watch: What Happens When You Use Sound to Deflect a Laser Beam?

Laser visualization of sound

Steve Mould uses a ballon, bowl, laser, and piece of a mirror to reveal some of the amazing patterns that sound can create. This wasn’t Steve’s first foray into sound visualization. In March, he uses couscous, a metal plate and a violin bow to visualize two-dimensional standing waves with Chladni figures. See more Steve Mould videos HERE.

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