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WATCH: SpaceX launch a government satellite on Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX Launch 5-1-17

SpaceX successfully launched its first U.S. national security payload Monday morning after having aborted the launch Sunday just 52 seconds before ignition. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on time, without issue and the first stage returned to earth and landed exactly in the center of the pad at landing area one. The classified payload belongs to the National Reconnaissance ...

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How Do We Know The Universe Is ACCELERATING?

is the universe expanding

The universe is expanding – this we know from looking at redshifts of distant galaxies – but the acceleration of the universe’s expansion is harder to measure. It requires measuring the change of recession velocity over time, and it’s done by comparing Type Ia supernovas as standard candles at different distances, which is how we know the universe is accelerating!

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It’s Not the Heat; It’s the Sensitivity in Global Warming

The Heartland Institute’s 12th International Conference on Climate Change was nothing like I expected. When joining a group described in pejorative terms as “deniers,” one would expect to see furtive movements and disreputable haircuts, yet the crowd displayed good humor and a welcoming attitude. Even the dour Washington Post, which sees potentially fatal darkness around every corner, described the event ...

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Happy Science Day?

This last Saturday was Earth Day. It all started back in 1970 to bring awareness to what damage humans have done to the earth over the billions of years we have been here (or not). This “movement” led to the making of the demonic EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency. I say demonic not because I don’t think the planet needs ...

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President Trump to hold video call with record-breaking NASA astronaut Monday

ISS International Space Station

On Monday, April 24th, at 10 a.m. ET, President Donald J. Trump will host a video conference call from the Oval Office with NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, who are currently orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station. On Monday, Dr. Whitson will break the record for the most cumulative days in space of any American astronaut. ...

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NASA Image Shows Earth, moon between rings of Saturn

NASA Cassini earth and moon thru rings

A new image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn. The spacecraft captured the view on April 12, 2017, at 10:41 p.m. PDT (1:41 a.m. EDT on April 13). Cassini was 870 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away from Earth when the image was taken. Although far too small ...

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WATCH: NASA to Live Stream Launch of ISS Resupply in 360

Rocket Launch 360 View

NASA used four cameras to give viewers a 360-degree view of an Atlas rocket launch Tuesday morning. “It’s great, I mean, to be able to get in there and experience that 360-degree view,” said ULA program manager Vern Thorp. The launch went off as scheduled at 11:11 AM, but the video cuts out during the ignition and liftoff sequence which ...

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How to Make a Homemade Rechargeable 15000mAH Power Bank

Homemade 15000 mAH portable charger

If you’re devices never seem to have enough juice to make it through the day, a portable charging bank like this one from Amazon.com can help, but if you’d rather build your own and aren’t afraid of a soldering iron, here’s how to make a homemade 15000mAH USB charger. If that looks like more than you’d like to tackle. Amazon does ...

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Cutting the Cord Part II: Trial Evaluation

PS Vue screen

Read the ‘Cutting the Cord’ Series: Part I: Considerations Part II: Trial Evaluation Part III: One Month Review (coming May 2017) Last week, I announced that my family had decided to give cord-cutting a shot by taking advantage of Sony’s 5-day trial of their Playstation Vue service. Here’s the feedback from my wife, my kids and me after our trial ...

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Climate Change Doesn’t Affect NWS Forecasts

How long would firemen remain the nation’s genial mascot if they forced you to move into a hotel for a few days because you smelled smoke in the garage? As you were wondering if ten years of chainsaw, lawn mower and leaf blower gas cans were about to be launched into a low earth orbit while you waited for firemen ...

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Hyperloop One Unveils 11 Routes in USA

Hyperloop One test track

Executives from Hyperloop One joined leading policymakers and transportation experts here today to reveal details of select Hyperloop routes in the United States and to initiate a nationwide conversation about the future of American transportation. Of more than 2,600 participants in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, 11 teams presented routes, linking 35 states and covering more than 4,200 miles. They ...

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NASA at Saturn: Cassini’s Grand Finale

NASA grand finale cassini space probe

The final chapter in a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery, Cassini’s Grand Finale is in many ways like a brand new mission. Twenty-two times, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will dive through the unexplored space between Saturn and its rings. What we learn from these ultra-close passes over the planet could be some of the most exciting revelations ever returned by ...

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Cutting the Cord: Considerations

Cutting the cord

My wife and I have been discussing cutting the cord for years and after another maddening interaction with our satellite television provider and increasing monthly costs – we may be letting them loose next Monday. Read the ‘Cutting the Cord’ Series: Part I: Considerations Part II: Trial Evaluation Part III: One Month Review (coming May 2017) We have been formulating ...

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