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‘Wright Brothers Moment for Space’

March 24th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: If the rocket Elon Musk’s SpaceX expects to launch next week looks familiar, that’s because it is. The Falcon 9 rocket slated to take off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, has flown before, marking the first time Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will refly one of the 14-story-tall boosters it recovered […]

Seeking Adventure And Gold? Crack This Poem And Head Outdoors

March 15th, 2017

This is a bit like, Ready Player One, but outdoors. Well, assuming that there is a chest of gold out there… Just buy Forrest Fenn’s books to read the clues. *wink* On a more ominous note, I hope the guy is aware of rubber hose cryptanalysis! It’s probably best to wait until you kick the […]

SpaceX to Fly Passengers On Private Trip Around the Moon in 2018

February 27th, 2017

Via: space.com: SpaceX will fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon in 2018, the company’s founder Elon Musk announced Monday (Feb. 27). The private spaceflight company will use its Falcon Heavy rocket to send the two paying passengers into space aboard one of the company’s Dragon spacecraft. The two private citizens, who […]

How EV West Recovers Battery Modules from Wrecked Tesla Vehicles

February 25th, 2017

Ever wonder what the highest power density battery modules in the world look like? Via: Jehu Garcia:

AMD’s Ryzen Launches March 2

February 22nd, 2017

My nine year old son has watched me build a few high end PCs and he wants to build his own so badly that he can practically taste it. For months, I’ve been saying, “Wait for Ryzen, you must, young Padawon.” After many years, AMD will again be offering strong alternatives to Intel’s CPUs. Ryzen […]

Our 9,000-Year Love Affair With Booze

February 12th, 2017

Via: National Geographic: Alcohol isn’t just a mind-altering drink: It has been a prime mover of human culture from the beginning, fueling the development of arts, language, and religion.

SNOLAB: Inside the Dark Matter Lab Buried Over a Mile Underground

February 2nd, 2017

Via: Vice: SNOLAB, one of the world’s premier laboratories, searches for dark matter, supernovas, and neutrinos 6,800 feet underground.

PR1ME Mathematics: Singapore Mathematics in New Zealand for Homeschooling Families

January 15th, 2017

Quick homeschooling announcement… If you’re homeschooling in New Zealand and interested in Singapore Maths, you will have no doubt noticed that getting the materials here is an expensive hassle. We have been buying the California standards edition materials from the U.S. and having them shipped over to New Zealand at astonishing expense. Thankfully, those days […]

Los Angeles: Unclaimed Dead To Be Buried In Mass Grave

November 30th, 2016

I thought this would be one for the Collapse category, but it doesn’t really fit because the practice is standard operating procedure: The county has interred unclaimed remains every year since 1896. Via: Los Angeles Daily News: Many were homeless. Most are now nameless. A few came from families hopeless of having enough money to […]

Hubble Reveals Observable Universe Contains 10 Times More Galaxies Than Previously Thought

October 13th, 2016

Via: NASA: The universe suddenly looks a lot more crowded, thanks to a deep-sky census assembled from surveys taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories. Astronomers came to the surprising conclusion that there are at least 10 times more galaxies in the observable universe than previously thought. … In analyzing the data, a […]

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