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This Week in Space: From Paranal to Proxima B

We won’t know if Proxima b is habitable until we can get some sharp telescopes pointed straight at it, which doesn’t happen until next year. But until then, everyone’s an armchair astronomer, speculating about the little red dot. What if it’s habitable? It lies within the habitable radius around its star. If it has an atmosphere, it could even support life. A team of scientists based in the UK has been running models to see what they can tease out of the data we currently have on Proxima b, and ...

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Facebook will stream one MLB game a week

Twitter: A whole new way to watch the NFL Facebook is getting in on the big leagues. The social network will stream one Major League Baseball game every Friday for the rest of the season, beginning this week with the Colorado Rockies at the Cincinnati Reds. The games will not be subject to local blackouts. MLB also has a deal with Twitter, but those games are blacked out in local markets. Twitter also recently announced a live, three-hour weekly MLB highlights show. Related: NFL partners with Amazon to stream games ...

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Best PC Hardware Deals Of The Week

It’s yet another week to hunt for deals on PC hardware and components, and we’re here to help find a few of the best online. If you’re looking out for a decent monitor, beefy power supply, or spacious solid-state drive, be sure to jump on these offers before they expire or sell out. Big ticket items such as the GTX 1070 video card from Gigabyte and a 144Hz monitor from Acer can also be snagged at a discount. If you’ve found any other great deals we missed, please let us ...

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This Week in Space: the ISS, a Heavy Rocket, and a Dance of Alien Planets

Buzz Aldrin wants NASA to privatize LEO and retire the ISS. At the 2017 Humans to Mars conference, according to Space.com, Aldrin remarked that “We must retire the ISS as soon as possible…We simply cannot afford $ 3.5 billion a year of that cost.” Aldrin’s plan for Mars is heavily dependent on “cyclers,” shuttle orbits between Earth and Mars that could enable the regular transport of cargo and crew between a Mars colony and Earth. But PCMag points out that the ISS is funded through 2024, so Aldrin’s vision isn’t ...

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Destiny Servers Will Be Offline Next Week, Here's When And For How Long

Destiny‘s servers will be offline for a period of time next week, developer Bungie has announced. The downtime will begin on Wednesday, May 17, starting at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. The maintenance period is expected to end at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET that day, meaning the downtime should be around four hours if all goes to plan. During the downtime, players won’t be able to sing into Destiny’s servers. On top of that, “some” Bungie.net and Destiny companion app features won’t be online. Next ...

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Mostly NASA, Lightly Salted With a Spy Satellite: This Week in Space

As strange bedfellows go, canning jars and spy satellites don’t seem to have much in common. But Ball Corp. produces both. And one of their spy satellites may have just gone up on a Falcon 9. Mum’s the official NRO word on the launch, which makes sense if the payload is a sensitive one. The FAA launch license claimed a low-Earth orbit. Next up for the Falcon 9 is a May 15 mission to put an Inmarsat communications satellite in orbit. At the end of the month, SpaceX is also ...

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Week in tech: Bullied robots, 'flying cars' and apps for addicts

This app wants to reprogram your addiction Some weeks you just want to unwind with a few cocktails and beat up a robot. Since that can land you in jail, try decompressing with a look back on some tech news you may have missed. Technology for good Let’s start with the good. These startups are tackling addiction in an effort to destigmatize it and pioneer new ways of prevention and treatment. They’re using machine learning, apps, and online support networks to offer modern alternatives to AA. Meanwhile, Monday was Holocaust ...

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This Week in Space: Cassini, the James Webb Space Telescope, and Bricks

NASA finally unfurled the James Webb Space Telescope! The JWST has been undergoing acoustic and vibration testing for months, but it’s been fully opened because now it’s time for the next phase of testing. That will take place at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. There, mission techs and scientists will test and calibrate the telescope’s instruments. The James Webb Space Telescope is the scientific successor to the Hubble telescope. Behold here the completely opened telescope mirror in all its glossy, high-tech beauty: Bears a certain resemblance to an ...

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This Week in Space: Metal on Mars, Hydrogen Inside Enceladus, and a Meteoric Near-Miss

We didn’t get pasted by that asteroid that sailed through Wednesday, which is arguably a good thing. Discovered in 2014, it was due to pass by Earth at a close but safe distance, which it won’t do again for another 500 years. Scientists all over the world took the opportunity to make a number of radar and other observations of the asteroid, so soon we’ll have some data on its structure and properties. While we’re talking about icy rocks from the outer Solar System, it would be a shame not ...

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What Dinesh Paliwal is reading this week

This week, the guest curator for “The Big Idea” is Dinesh Paliwal. Occupation: President and CEO, Harman Paliwal joined Harman International Industries, a U.S. company that develops connected car systems and audio products, in 2007. In November, Samsung announced plans to acquire Harman for $ 8 billion. The deal was finalized in March 2017. Prior to joining Harman, Paliwal spent 22 years with power and robotics firm ABB(ABB). While there, Paliwal was able to turn a profit for the multi-billion dollar North American operation following 18 years of losses. Related: ...

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