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Comment Fly me to the exoplanets and let me sing among the (Score 1) 1


NASA has n exciting Exoplanet visualization tool at http://eyes.nasa.gov/exoplanets.
You can see where in the Milky Way we have discovered exoplanets. You can fly to an exoplanet system and see which planets lie in the habitable zone. You can compare the planetary system with an overlay of our solar system. All data driven from the Caltech Exoplanet Archive, it was a finalist in the SXSW Interactive awards in the Technical Achievement category. It's amazing to see how far humans have come in the 50 years since the Drake equation

Submission + - India launches five foreign satellites

vasanth writes: India has put into orbit five foreign satellites, including one built by France two from Canada and one each from Singapore and Germany. The PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) has so far successfully launched 67 satellites, including 40 foreign ones, into space. The PSLV costs about 17 Million USD and the cost is seen as a major advantage India has over other countries in terms of commercial launches. When talking about the cost of the project, the Prime Minister of India noted that the launch was cheaper than Hollywood film Gravity.

Submission + - NSA possibly using loophole for additional unconstitutional surveillance

An anonymous reader writes: By routing American traffic out of the country using either BGP or DNS attacks, a new research paper posits that the NSA could be using an Executive Order permitting unfiltered foreign data collection to justify thwarting its duty to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens. From a new article:

the lesser-known Executive Order (EO) 12333, which remains solely the domain of the Executive Branch — along with United States Signals Intelligence Directive (USSID) 18, designed to regulate the collection of American's data from surveillance conducted on foreign soil — can be used as a legal basis for vast and near-unrestricted domestic surveillance on Americans.

The legal provisions offered under EO 12333, which the researchers say "explicitly allows for intentional targeting of U.S. persons" for surveillance purposes when FISA protections do not apply, was the basis of the authority that reportedly allowed the NSA to tap into the fiber cables that connected Google and Yahoo's overseas to U.S. data centers.

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