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New Facebook data breach shows why you should never reveal personal information on social media

Facebook, still reeling from the Cambridge Analytica personal data scandal, is facing scrutiny again as the intimate details of 3 million of its users were exposed in a data breach. The data came from a popular Facebook hosted personality app which stored answers to very personal questions in a database that was accessible to anyone on the internet. ‘This type ...

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NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars

NASA is sending something to Mars that no one before has, a helicopter. The Mars Helicopter will be included in the Mars 2020 Rover mission which was announced on May 11.   Once landed, the autonomous flying rover will undergo a 30-day test cycle to understand the viability of flying a heavier-than-air craft across the Martian terrain. “NASA has a ...

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SpaceX launches satellite atop first Block 5 Falcon 9 Rocket on second attempt

Falcon 9 FORMOSAT-5 8-24-17

update: The Block 5 Falcon 9 successfully launched and deployed the satellite on Friday afternoon. Both the Thursday aborted attempt and the Friday success videos are below. SpaceX was set to launch a satellite Thursday on the first flight of a block 5 Falcon 9 vehicle. Block 5 is the first iteration of the booster that is intended to be ...

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Elon Musk touts new tunnel under L.A. in video, promises free rides [video]

Elon Musk, CEO of The Boring Company, SpaceX and Tesla released a video late Thursday night showing the first tunnel that his “boring” company has completed underneath Los Angeles. “First Boring Company tunnel under LA almost done! Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months,” Musk said in the description next ...

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Google’s CEO announces robot assistants that can do everything for you

Google announced several exciting technologies that they’re working on and expect to release in coming weeks during the I/O’18 conference Tuesday. CEO Sundar Pichai delivered the keynote address Tuesday during which he talked about their artificial intelligence, voice technology, image enhancement, chip technology improvements and more. Wait until you see the part on Google ‘Duplex’ where the google assistant will ...

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What is NASA’s InSight Mars Mission? [Launch Video and Info]

InSight, the first planetary mission to take off from the West Coast, launched at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT) from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The rocket is on its way, carrying NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) to begin its ...

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Twitter Advises All Users To Change Their Passwords After Discovering Bug

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  by Eric Lieberman Twitter announced Thursday that a recently discovered “bug” left account passwords “unmasked” and thus vulnerable. The social media company is now advising users of the social media platform to change their passwords “out of an abundance of caution.” “I’d emphasize that this is related to our internal systems only, is not a breach and our investigation has shown ...

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Liver Fix Thyself

How Some Liver Cells Switch Identities to Build Missing Plumbing  By studying a rare liver disease called Alagille syndrome, scientists from Cincinnati Children’s and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have discovered the mechanism behind an unusual form of tissue regeneration that may someday reduce the need for expensive and difficult-to-obtain organ transplants. The team’s findings, published in the journal Nature, show that when disease ...

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Shrink Wrapping Machine Process

For business owners who are looking for a professional packaging solution at a very affordable price, investing in a shrink wrapping machine can be a great option. As a matter of fact, it is more effective and cost-effective compared to other packaging machines. And it offers efficient and high-quality finish products as well. Either way, if you are aware of ...

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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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What standard for science in court?

As Florida’s top court debates the governing standard for admission of scientific evidence in court, the spotlight has once again been thrown on the dilemma facing judges when trying to pick through multiple expert testimonies, often containing questionable and conflicting conclusions. This closely watched case hinges on the importance of ensuring high standards of admissible evidence and will impact the ...

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Facebook Deleted Zuckerberg’s Personal Messages Retroactively. No One Else Can Do That

  by Eric Lieberman Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had some of his communications retroactively deleted at some point in the past, the social media company essentially admitted in a statement to TechCrunch. Such a benefit, even power, is not afforded to the average person, of course. Facebook introduced a feature for its proprietary Messenger app in 2016 that empowered users with the ...

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Watch: SpaceX to launch a Falcon 9 rocket to resupply the international space station

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SpaceX is targeting Monday, April 2 for an instantaneous launch of its fourteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-14) at 4:30 p.m. EDT, or 20:30 UTC, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. An instantaneous backup launch opportunity is on Tuesday, April 3 at 4:08 p.m. EDT, or 20:08 UTC. Dragon will separate from Falcon ...

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We know when the Chinese space station will enter the atmosphere, and have a decent idea of where it will splash down

update: The estimated time of re-entry was updated to reflect Aurospace.org’s new estimate as of 5:12 pm EDT 4/1/18 The out-of-control Chinese space station, Tiangong-1, is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere and begin burning up late on Easter Sunday, and now officials have a good guess where the 8 and a half ton spacecraft will come down. According to Aerospace.org, ...

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Watch: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 mission to put Iridium satellites into orbit

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

SpaceX is targetting a 10:13 a.m. EDT launch on Friday for the Iridium-5 NEXT mission. The Falcon 9 spacecraft is carrying 10 satellites for the mission which is the 5th of 8 planned launches that will put 75 total NEXT satellites into low Earth Orbit for Iridium. Falcon 9’s first stage for the Iridium-5 mission previously supported the Iridium-3 mission ...

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