Proximate goals

“WE’VE been wondering what planet we’re first going to look for life on. Now we know.” Rory Barnes, of the University of Washington, puts it nicely. Proxima Centauri, the star closest ...

Thu 25 Aug 16 from The Economist

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Early human ancestor Lucy 'died falling from tree'

New evidence suggests that the famous fossilised human ancestor dubbed 'Lucy' by scientists may have died falling from a great height - probably from a tree.

3 hours ago from BBC News

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Boredom was hardest part of yearlong dome isolation: NASA crew

Monotony was the hardest part of a yearlong NASA experiment about the mental and psychological rigors of longterm spaceflight, crew members said after the test came to a close.

5 hours ago from Phys.org

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World's largest marine reserve created off Hawaii

US President Barack Obama expands a national monument off Hawaii, creating the world's largest marine reserve.

Fri 26 Aug 16 from BBC News

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Fitbit motivational feature to take users on virtual hikes

Fitbit wants to help you exercise more by making you think you're hiking famous trails instead of your neighborhood.

7 hours ago from Phys.org

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Whatsapp and Facebook data sharing: Privacy group threatens legal action over invasive new terms

Company under fire for backtracking on 2014 pledge never to share users' data

Sun 28 Aug 16 from The Independent

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Israeli Hacking Firm Said to Be Behind Groundbreaking iOS Malware

NSO Group, a firm that trades in spyware, stands accused of peddling an unprecedented attack on iPhones.

Fri 26 Aug 16 from MIT Technology Review

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Image: Olympic National Park fires in Washington State

The National Park Service reports that:  "There are currently four small, lightning-caused fires burning in the Olympic National Park wilderness. Although there is no threat to visitor safety ...

Fri 26 Aug 16 from Phys.org

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Here's one place in the world you can already hail a driverless taxi

This company has begun taking passengers on free rides, and has beaten Uber to the punch.

Thu 25 Aug 16 from The Washington Post

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The proliferation of Jupiter-like worlds

Our galaxy is home to a bewildering variety of Jupiter-like worlds: hot ones, cold ones, giant versions of our own giant, pint-sized pretenders only half as big around.

11 hours ago from Phys.org

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