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Submission + - "Splat" of Schiaparelli Mars lander likely found (

Tablizer writes: "Views from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter released Friday show the crash site where Europe’s experimental Schiaparelli lander fell to the red planet’s surface from a height of several miles, leaving a distinct dark patch on the Martian landscape...

The image from MRO’s context camera shows two new features attributed to the Schiaparelli spacecraft, including a large dark scar spanning an estimated 50 feet (15 meters) by 130 feet (40 meters). Schiaparelli’s ground team believes it is from the high-speed impact of the lander’s main body...

A little more than a half-mile (1 kilometer) to the south, a bright spot appears in the image, likely the 39-foot-diameter (12-meter) supersonic parachute and part of Schiaparelli’s heat shield, which released from the lander just before ESA lost contact."

Submission + - A Mesh Network Radio For The Masses? (

tedlistens writes: A new device debuting today on Kickstarter, the goTenna Mesh, aims to bring the dream of mesh networking to the masses. The 6" pill-shaped radio connects to phones over Bluetooth and allows them to âoemeshâ together in order to transmit messages in daisy chains that can reach miles. Relying on a protocol that sends short bursts of data over long-range radio signals, the device, retailing for $179 and preselling for $129, won't replace an internet connection or allow users to watch Netflix. But it may be the first consumer-friendly device for a reliable off-grid peer-to-peer communication network.

Users neednâ(TM)t need know the nodes relaying their message, only the person they are communicating with, via the appâ(TM)s encrypted chat. The app also has a "Shout" feature, allowing a goTenna or goTenna Mesh user to send a message to whomever is in the vicinity.

GoTenna hopes the device will change the way people communicate during outdoor adventures, on field trips, or at large events or protests, during emergencies, when network service is otherwise bad or nonexistent.

Submission + - SPAM: XKCD's Take on Global Warming

cakiwi writes: XKCD has created a handy chart to show people who say "Climate has changed before".

Submission + - The Downsides of Google's Chrome Security Push (

Lauren Weinstein writes: While the push to encrypt Internet connections by default is a laudable one, it is also essential that fundamental aspects of practicality and user reactions also be carefully considered.

I touched on some of this over a year ago in “Falling Into the Encryption Trap” — but now that Google has made more explicit their plans for browser address bar warnings to users regarding http: connections, I’m again concerned.

Submission + - Google Chrome to Mark HTTP Pages as Not Secure

Trailrunner7 writes: Sites that send sensitive user data over HTTP will soon find their pages marked as insecure in Google Chrome.

The company is planning to begin marking as insecure pages that send information such as passwords or credit card numbers over HTTP rather than HTTPS. The change is a major one, but it’s just one step in a process that will eventually see Chrome designate all HTTP pages as insecure, Google officials said Thursday. The intermediate change will take place in January, with the release of Chrome 56.

Submission + - India's GSLV-F05 lobs advanced weather satellite into geostationary orbit

vasanth writes: More than two decades after the Indian cryogenic engine programme was formalized, an indigenous cryogenic engine developed by Indian Space Research Organisation successfully propelled for the first time an operational flight of GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) lifting into space the country's third exclusive meteorological satellite on Thursday evening.

INSAT-3DR is the second heaviest satellite placed in orbit by an indigenous cryogenic engine propelled GSLV.

Submission + - Intel Acquires Computer Vision Startup Movidius

Frosty Piss writes: Intel is acquiring computer vision startup Movidius for an undisclosed sum in order to bolster its RealSense gesture-sensing platform. In a blog post, Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane announced that his startup will continue in its goal of giving "the power of sight to machines" as it works with Intel's RealSense technology. Movidius has seen a great deal of interest in its radically low-powered computer vision chipset, signing deals with major device makers, including Google, Lenovo and DJI. "We're on the cusp of big breakthroughs in artificial intelligence," wrote El-Ouazzane. "In the years ahead, we'll see new types of autonomous machines with more advanced capabilities as we make progress on one of the most difficult challenges of AI: getting our devices not just to see, but also to think. The company's Myriad 2 family of Vision Processor Units are being used at Lenovo to build the company's next generation of virtual reality products while Google struck a deal with the company to deploy its neural computation engine on the platform to push the machine learning power of mobile devices.

Submission + - Krebs warns of cyber criminal mind shift (

River Tam writes: Renowned investigative journalist Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security warns that cyber criminals are changing tact in how they go about their work and seek gains for their exploits.

Submission + - Philae Found! Rosetta Spies Dead Comet Lander (

astroengine writes: With only a month before its mission ends, the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission swooped low over Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko to see the stranded Philae lander jammed in a crack. After months of searching for the lander, which made its dramatic touchdown on Nov. 14, 2014, mission scientists had a good idea as to the region the robot was in, but this is the first photographic proof of the lander, on its side, stuck in the craggy location called Abydos. "This wonderful news means that we now have the missing 'ground-truth' information needed to put Philae's three days of science into proper context, now that we know where that ground actually is!" said Rosetta project scientist Matt Taylor in a statement.

Submission + - Did China suffer the first space launch failure of 2016? ( 1

schwit1 writes: A scheduled Chinese launch has apparently ended in failure, though exactly what happened remains presently unknown.

China was early this morning expected to launch its Gaofen-10 Earth observation satellite from Taiyuan, following the issuance of an airspace exclusion zone days in advance. However, it seems the launch did not go to plan. Gaofen-10, nominally part of the ‘CHEOS’ Earth observation system for civilian purposes, was due to be launched on a Long March 4C rocket between 18:46 and 19:11 UTC on Wednesday (02:46-03:11 Thursday Beijing time). China usually releases information of launches once payloads are successfully heading towards their target orbits around an hour after launch. Much earlier, spectators and insiders often share details and photos of the launch on social media.

However, many hours after the launch window passed there was still silence, with the launch timing and location of the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre apparently limiting opportunities for outside viewers.

The launch however was not scrubbed, as first stage launch debris was found as expected along the flight path, suggesting that some failure occurred with the upper stage.

Like today’s Falcon 9 failure, this Chinese failure could have a rippling effect on their ambitious plans this fall, including the launch of their next space station followed by a 30-day manned mission.

Submission + - India successfully tests scramjet rocket engine (

knwny writes: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday successfully tested its own scramjet — an engine that takes atmospheric oxygen to burn engine fuel — a senior ISRO official said.
According to an official statement, "The mission was successful. Two scramjet engines were tested during the flight. The scramjet engines were ignited 55 seconds into the rocket's flight. The engines were tested for six seconds."

Submission + - White House is planning to let more foreign entrepreneurs work in the U.S (

Peter Hudson writes: After failing to get Congress to pass a “startup visa” as part of broad immigration reform, the Obama administration is moving ahead with an alternative that would allow overseas entrepreneurs to live in the U.S. for up to five years to help build a company. Already speaking out in favor of the new rules is PayPal co-founder Max Levchin: “I believe that the most promising entrepreneurs from around the world should have the same opportunity I had — the chance to deliver on their potential, here in America.” Levchin moved to the U.S. from the Soviet Union in 1991.

To be eligible to work in the U.S. under the new rule there are three conditions: 1) the foreigner would have to own at least 15 percent of a U.S.-based startup, 2) the foreigner would need to have a central role in the startup's operations and 3) the startup would need to have ”potential for rapid business growth and job creation.” The third requirement could be met by having at least $100K in government grants or $345K invested from US venture investors.

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