Saturday, January 20, 2018

Land a job as a flight attendant for Area 51's airline!

The US defense contractor AECOM is known to operate a mysterious, classified airline called Janet that mostly flies between a terminal at Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport and the Nevada National Security Site, including Area 51. Janet's fleet includes a half-dozen Boeing 737-600s and five executive turboprop planes. Of course those planes need flight attendants to bring coffee, tea, and milk to the Men in Black. (The ETs prefer to fly their own craft.) Sound like fun work? Well, AECOM is hiring flight attendants! The job description sounds rather traditional except for this key requirement: "Must qualify for and maintain a top secret government security clearance and associated work location access. "

"Flight Attendant, Las Vegas, Nevada" (AECOM via Mysterious Universe)

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Luxury SUV for the über-rich

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5a6128bd6a94703de253b277_o_U_v1.jpg Rhino GX Executive is a luxury SUV from the California startup, U.S. Specialty Vehicles. The Rhino is built on a Ford Super Duty chassis and is nearly 19 feet long. It comes with either a 6.7L power stroke turbo diesel V8 engine, or a 6.8L naturally aspirated V10. The rear holds a 40-inch television with an intercom system. For more details head over to http://bit.ly/2ES8UZq

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Google inks patent deal with Tencent

 Google has yet more news from China after the U.S. search firm announced a patent cross-licensing agreement with Chinese tech giant Tencent. The terms were not disclosed, but Google said the tie-in with Tencent, which is valued at over $500 billion, covers “a broad range of products and technologies” and is “long-term.” The two firms pledged to work together on… Read More
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Oldest "oxygen oasis" marks Earth's first breath of fresh air

Sediment studies of the Pongola Basin, South Africa, have now found that the area was home ...

Carbon dioxide is the current villain in the story of atmospheric gases, but billions of years ago the bad guy was our friend oxygen. Although it's weird to think that we wouldn't be here today were it not for a global catastrophe, the Great Oxygenation Event actually wiped out most life on Earth at the time. This ramped up about 2.5 billion years ago, but now scientists have discovered signs of the oldest known "oxygen oasis" in South Africa, showing that the process started almost half a billion years earlier.

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Here's an amazing three-year timelapse of Seattle shot from atop the Space Needle

Since January 2015, the high-def 360 panoramic webcam on top of the Space Needle has been consistently capturing images every ten minutes of Seattle. Ricardo Martin Brualla took that footage and made this super-groovy timelapse video.

He explains his process in depth on Hackernoon:

I started with two full panoramas a day for the last two years, more than 2000 panos. Then, the sequence was stabilized, as the camera shakes and moves over time, either by being knocked, or because of the wind and other forces of nature. The final step was to smooth temporally the sequence, to remove the variation due to weather and lighting conditions.

Also, he's created a bunch of GIFs that highlight some of the cooler parts of the video (like the one below). Be sure to check them out.

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Backseat Experience: How You Should Prepare To Fly In A Combat Jet As A Passenger

I’m often asked what flying in a military jet looks like and how I do prepare for such missions. Here are some tips that might be useful to get the most out of your fast jet ride. May 25, 2017 “Raven 08, Deci Tower, cleared for take-off, wind calm”. I’m in the backseat of a […] http://ift.tt/2DqO9Yz
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Apple’s enterprise evolution

 Back in 2010, Apple’s iconic co-founder Steve Jobs was not entirely enthralled with the enterprise. In fact, Jobs is famously quoted as saying, “What I love about the consumer market, that I always hated about the enterprise market, is that we come up with a product, we try to tell everybody about it, and every person votes for themselves.” Read More
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Norwegian Air claims record for shortest transatlantic flight, propelled by 200 mph tailwinds

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A bunch of lucky passengers may have made aviation history this week on a Norwegian Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from New York to London. The plane rode tailwinds of more than 200 mph on Jan. 15, allowing it to make the trip in just 5 hours and 13 minutes.

According to Norwegian Air, that's the fastest transatlantic trip ever for a subsonic commercial aircraft. 

Those tailwinds — which hit 202 mph, according to Norwegian — propelled the plane to a top speed of 776 mph relative to the ground, also known as its groundspeed. The Dreamliner is the fuel-efficient plane Boeing unveiled in 2007. It boasts more leg room and larger windows than your average commercial jetliner, smart LED lighting, and the use of lightweight composite materials. Read more...

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Friday, January 19, 2018

NASA Runs Successful First Tests of Compact Nuclear Reactor for Mars Base

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If humans have any hope of sticking around on Mars for longer than a few days, they’ll need some form of power to sustain themselves. A successful test in Nevada has demonstrated that that power could be nuclear.

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GPU Prices Skyrocket, Breaking the Entire DIY PC Market

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GPU prices are so high, they're killing the value proposition of building your own gaming PC.

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