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Icy 'Super-Earth' Exoplanet Spotted Around Nearby Barnard's Star...
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Astronomers have found compelling evidence of a frigid alien world about 3.2 times more massive than Earth circling Barnard's Star, a dim red dwarf that lies just 6 light-years from the sun.

Cord cutting accelerates as pay TV loses 1 million customers in largest-ever quarterly loss...
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Pay-TV providers lost more than 1 million customers from July to September, the worst-ever decline a sign that cord cutting is accelerating.

Astronomers Have Stumbled Upon One of the Most Ancient Stars in the Universe...
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A tiny star located about 1,590 light-years from Earth could be as old as 13.53 billion years, making it one of the most ancient stars ever discovered.

The Kepler spacecraft is dead but its planet-hunting legacy lives on...
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On 30 October, NASA announced that the Kepler planet-hunting spacecraft is being shut down. Over almost a decade, it changed our views on our place in the universe

Number of Habitable Exoplanets Found by NASA's Kepler May Not Be So Big After All...
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NASA's Kepler spacecraft hasn't discovered quite as many potentially habitable worlds as previously thought, new results from Europe's Gaia mission suggest.

NASA Needs Help Shipping Cargo to Its Future Lunar Space Station...
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NASA is asking for help making shipments to a future lunar space station 240,000 miles (almost 400,000 kilometers) away. The agency opened a solicitation this week asking companies to consider what they'd need to deliver cargo; United States firms have until Nov. 2 to provide their input.

Amazon hits $100M in donations to more than 1M charities in 5 years through AmazonSmile...
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Amazon has now donated more than $100 million since 2013 to charities chosen by customers through its AmazonSmile program. Amazon announced the donation milestone Monday and said on some items, like its in-house Alexa-powered devices, it will donate 5 per

Twitter looking to remove 'Like' button as a way to improve debate on social network...
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said he plans to remove the

Researchers can now legally restore “abandoned” online game servers...
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Limited exemption requires original server code; games must be played on premises.

Oldest Intact Shipwreck Ever Discovered Found in Black Sea...
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Researchers have found the oldest known intact shipwreck on Earth, at the bottom of the Black Sea. The post Oldest Intact Shipwreck Ever Discovered Found in Black Sea appeared first on ExtremeTech .

NASA's Ailing Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Is Offline Again...
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NASA's long-suffering Kepler Space Telescope returned to sleep mode just a few days after its most recent observing campaign began, the agency said in a statement released yesterday (Oct. 23).

Liverwort could prove to be more medically effective than cannabis, research suggests...
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Researchers have for the first time investigated a substance found in liverwort that resembles THC. The psychoactive substance, which is consumed as a 'legal high,' also exerts analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, which might be superior to th

Firefox 63 blocks tracking cookies, offers a VPN when you need one...
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Mozilla is trying to diversify its income streams by promoting a VPN service.

NASA's First Image of Mars from a CubeSat...
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NASA's MarCO mission was designed to find out if briefcase-sized spacecraft called CubeSats could survive the journey to deep space. Now, MarCO—which stands for Mars Cube One—has Mars in sight.

Hubble Telescope's Broken Gyroscope Seemingly Fixed After Engineers Try Turning It Off and On Again...
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If you've ever worked in IT, you know that most problems require eye-rollingly simple solutions. One, check that the device is plugged in. Two, turn the device off and back on again. Three, wiggle some things around. It appears that such thinking will

NASA Chandra telescope resurrected after glitch...
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The space agency gets some good news about one of its stricken space telescopes, though Hubble remains in safe mode.

Giant planets around young star raise questions about how planets form...

Researchers have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets in orbit around it, the first time that so many massive planets have been detected in such a young system.

'Better Call Saul' Boss Talks AMC Show's Future: 'We're Closer to the End'...
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Now that Jimmy McGill has completed his professional transition into Saul Goodman, "Better Call Saul" finally paid off on its long-awaited premise. Since that is settled, fans of the series are now left wondering how much of the "Breaking Bad&

Microsoft has added $20 to the price of Windows 10 Home, but there are sales elsewhere...
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Microsoft may have quietly raised the price of Windows 10 Home by $20 just over a month ago, but don't worry, you can find cheaper prices from some legitimate retailers. Microsoft confirmed that in August it started charging $139 for Windows 10 Home R

Hubble Space Telescope Malfunction Won't Last Long, NASA Says...
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Worry rippled through the astronomical community this weekend as NASA announced that the Hubble Space Telescope was in safe mode — but NASA confirmed in a statement released yesterday (Oct. 8) that the agency expected the instrument to be back at wo

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