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Submission + - China Launches Second Space Lab (

hackingbear writes: China's next space laboratory, Tiangong-2 launched from the country's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center today at 10:04 a.m. EDT (1404 GMT) on a Long March 2F carrier rocket. Like its predecessor Tiangong-1, Tiangong-2 is an orbiting space lab – but this latest model has made several improvements in the series. Among the advances: astronauts can remain on the station up to 30 days; New systems allow in orbit refueling of propellant; and 14 new experiments in a wide range of sciences including composite material fabrication, advanced-plant cultivation, gamma ray burst polarization, fluid physics, space-to-earth quantum communications. The space lab is also equipped with a cold atom space clock, that has an estimated precision of 10 to the power of minus 16 seconds, or a one-second error every 30 million years, enhancing accuracy of time-keeping in space by one to two orders of magnitudes. This exactitude will help measure previously undetectable fluctuations for experiments conducted in zero-gravity.

Submission + - The 50th Anniversary of "Star Trek"

Dave Knott writes: Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first television broadcast of Star Trek. The first episode of the science fiction series was aired on September 8, 1966. From its humble beginnings, Star Trek has gone on to become one of the best-loved and most successful television concepts of all time, an enduring pop culture touchstone that changed science fiction forever and spawned multiple series and movies that continue to this day.
What does Star Trek mean to you? Are you a trekkie/trekker? What are your best memories of the series, and how has it affected your life?

Comment 15-inch Macbook Pro Retina with Debian Sid (Score 2) 326

Laugh all you want, but at the time of release the 15-inch retina Macbook Pro was not that expensive.

I prefer 16:10 displays to 16:9 !
After three years, it still runs 8+ hours on its battery.

root@retinad:~# lshw -short (EDITED)
/0/0 memory 7895MiB System memory
/0/1 processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4750HQ CPU @ 2.00GHz
/0/100 bridge Crystal Well DRAM Controller
/0/100/1 bridge Crystal Well PCI Express x16 Controller
/0/2/0.0.0 /dev/sda disk 251GB APPLE SSD SM0256
root@retinad:~# uname -a
Linux retinad 4.6.0-1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.6.2-2 (2016-06-25) x86_64 GNU/Linux

Comment Re:why is this on slashdot? (Score 1) 1011

Would you just shut up with your pathetic bleating.

It's stuff that matters and slashdot has never ever ever been nothing but tech.

What's is with all the whiners about topicality recently?

Well, maybe because Slashdot used to be a tech site ? (with the exception of 9/11 because all other news sites were not handling their massive web visitors)

We used to get news about hackers doing really nice tricks with hardware or software, about kernel releases, driver updates, mp3 or decss legal stuff, SCO vs IBM, space elevators, etcetera...
Now get off my lawn ;-)

Comment Re:why is this on slashdot? (Score 1) 1011

this is the first page i still read in the morning, and i havent heard yet. i have friends in Brussels, thankfully they are all ok, but still. i appreciate the occasional major story. its not like its new either, they posted about 9/11 as well and that was 15 years ago

The only reason 9/11 was on Slashdot was because most other websites (like were not handling the traffic.

Comment Re:Not far enough. (Score 1) 78

India and China have outsourced the West's pollution. They are building factories and power stations by the week with a 19th century regard [lack of] to the environment.

You do realize that this is exactly the reason a lot of *American* companies are building/using factories in China., right?

On a side note, you cannot just sanction Russia + China + India + Iran + N.Korea + Syria + Lybia + $evil_state_of_the_week since this would isolate the USA from most of the world's economy. Not to mention that the USA still relies on Russian rockets to get to the space station.

Comment Re:how low can it go? (Score 1) 45

Clearly it is at a good height now for imaging the whole surface, but as there is no atmosphere could it get down to a mountain scraping orbit? Just high enough to get round the lumps and bumps and variability in the roundness of the object? Would that enable it to image things at a really small pixel size?

Not really. The lower your orbit, the faster your spacecraft has to fly to maintain that orbit.

Comment Re:Republicans and their unhealthy space obscessio (Score 1) 110

5) There is nothing wrong with a good test platform.

Really? Now imagine what the posts on this article would be like if this was a Russian or a Chinese 'test platform'. It would be panic all over the place and 'invasion of our air space' etcetera. But somehow it's okay for the US to have secret military 'test platforms'.

Comment Morgan Freeman? Indiegogo ? (Score 1) 150

Why bother with Morgan Freeman or Indiegogo for asteroids when there is real information out there.

What are asteroids (90 minutes with a NASA expert):

What can we do against asteroids (again 90 minutes with an expert):

Form your opinion after you see these.

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