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Watch Mark Zuckerberg call the International Space Station on Wednesday

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Facebook will be getting social with astronauts next week. The company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, will be chatting live with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, and viewers will be able to both watch and submit questions for him to ask, NASA announced Friday. Interested parties on Earth can tune into NASA’s Facebook page for the 20-minute video call, which will begin at 12:55 p.m. EDT on June 2. Zuckerberg will be speaking with two NASA astronauts on the ISS, Jeff Williams and Tim Kopra, as well as Tim Peake of the European Space Agency.

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May 28th

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Why Jeff Bezos’s space company is going to deliberately crash a spaceship

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Space is hard, and space is even harder when you take away all the parachutes. But that's exactly what Blue Origin, the pet space company of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is going to do on its next test flight.

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Chris Mills

May 28th

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This algorithm could make DNA origami as simple as 3D printing

MIT-DNA-Origami-1_0 If you want to print something a few inches tall, extruded plastic is a good medium. But when you need something at the nanometer scale, DNA is a better bet — but who has the time to design and assemble it base by base? New research lets would-be DNA origami masters design the shape — while an algorithm determines where to put our friends A, T, G, and C. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 27th

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ForcePhone adds pressure sensitivity to any phone using ultrasonics

force-feeling-phone-software-lets-mobile-devices-sense-pressure-orig-20160526 Force touch may be a feature exclusive to the latest iPhones, but something like it is now possible on pretty much any phone out there, thanks to research from engineers at the University of Michigan. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 27th

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That Scary Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug Is Now In The US

Earlier this month, a frightening report warned of an antibiotic-resistant superbug which might kill as many as 10 million people worldwide by 2050. Now it looks like the first case of that superbug has been documented in the US.

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Alissa Walker

May 26th

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Watch right here as SpaceX attempts a difficult rocket landing

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SpaceX is ramping up the number of launches of its Falcon 9 rocket, which is good for the company, and great for fans of large explosions. Tonight, Elon Musk's rocket company is shooting a commercial communications satellite to geostationary orbit. The first stage will once again try and land on a barge in the ocean, but the trajectory of the launch means that the landing will be "challenging."

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Chris Mills

May 26th

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Terrapattern is reverse image search for maps, powered by a neural network

culdesacs Terrapattern is a visual search engine that, from the moment you first use it, you wonder: Why didn’t Google come up with this 10 years ago? Click on a feature on the map — a baseball diamond, a marina, a roundabout — and it immediately highlights everything its algorithm thinks looks like it. It’s remarkably fast, simple to use and potentially very powerful. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 25th

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Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

MIT-Solar-Thermal-1_0 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 25th

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Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

MIT-Solar-Thermal-1_0 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 25th

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E Ink brings rich color to ePaper, but not to e-readers

Pencils E Ink, maker of the ePaper displays found in many e-readers (maddening to have three different e prefixes in one sentence, but it’s unavoidable), announced a brand new type of reflective display that can show a huge range of colors — but the tech is only going to be deployed as signage for now. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 24th

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