Tuesday, December 12, 2017

This tiny South Pacific Island should be dead by now, but it’s still alive and kicking

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Scientists want to know why it's lingering instead of crumbling into the sea.

The island, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai emerged from the waters in the Kingdom of Tonga, rising nearly 400 feet above the sea.
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Inside Faraday Future's money mess

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the-faraday-future-ff91-electric-car-is- This article from The Verge lifts the veil on Faraday Future.

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After a year away from test flights, Blue Origin launches and lands its rocket again

Private spaceflight company Blue Origin is back to launching rockets again after pulling off another successful launch and landing of its New Shepard tourist vehicle today. The sub-orbital rocket took off from the company’s facility in West Texas around noon ET, a source at Blue Origin confirmed to The Verge.

It’s the first big test flight the company has done in more than a year. In fact, Blue Origin has had a relatively quiet 2017 compared to the company’s previous years. In 2015, Blue Origin became the first to vertically land a rocket just after launching it to space; the company would then go on to launch and land that same New Shepard vehicle a total of five times. Blue Origin fully expected to crash the vehicle during its last...

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

2019 McLaren Senna Hypercar Revealed: It Certainly Has a Name to Live Up To

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We’ve been telling you about McLaren’s plans for a new Ultimate Series hypercar for some time, a project heretofore known only by its P15 internal project code. This is the stripped-out super-performer that insiders promised would be faster around a racetrack than the seminal P1. The fundamental ingredients—an overabundance of power in an extremely lightweight package—were already known, so it seemed that the only secrets left to spill would be the relative quantities of those, as well as the final exterior design. READ MORE ››

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Even Coinbase thinks you should maybe chill for a goddamn minute on Bitcoin

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Bitcoin. It's pretty great, amirite? But, ya know, could you maybe just chill the fuck out on it for a single goddamn second?

I mean, jeez, this rocket ship is on a one-way trip to the cryptocurrency moon — that much we know for sure — but, what if, and just bear with me here for a second 'cause this is gonna sound crazy, what if it's not?

Sure, Bitcoin is hitting record highs seemingly every day now, and if there's one thing spending BTC at dark-web marketplaces has taught me it's that monumental highs feel like they'll last forever. But perhaps it's time to cut our unbridled exuberance with some downers.  Read more...

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Explainer video shows how secure 256 bit security is

Hash functions are important in data security. SHA-256 (Secure Hash Algorithm) converts text of any length to a 64-digit hexadecimal number. Play around with the hash generator here by copying and pasting text into it.

Here's a Shakespeare quote:

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

The SHA-256 hash is:

CCF93A73CA8089926E3511F7FEDACB4450415E6726677BA071B9995FAF569F00

If you change a single character, the hash is completely different. If you take the end period off the quote, the hash becomes:

DD1912DD6274B91DCD3302D7C6C37FB52DCF7E0C516F39E6AD64ECB9FCBE9417

Hashes are "one-way" -- it's easy to generate a hash from any text, but there is no know way to convert a hash back into the source text. In other words, if you are given this hash:

9A9680545E3BDDB29751764C55AA8519FC2FF55C9D7588C440C6E12261193FEC

The only way to get the source text is by guessing. How long would it take? The video above shows you that it would take a long time, indeed.

If this kind of thing interests you, I highly recommend Simon Singh's The Code Book, which clearly explains cryptographic principles.

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SpaceX Set to Make History Next Week During Supply Mission to the ISS

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On December 12, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, sending an uncrewed Dragon cargo capsule filled with supplies to the International Space Station. No big deal, except that two components, both the first stage rocket and the spacecraft, have already flown on…

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If you believe the Amazon reviews for this ridiculous $9,000 Swiss army knife, it can basically do everything

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If you're looking to give someone a very one of a kind, expensive, dangerous, and unnecessary gift this holiday season, why not purchase the Wegner 16999 Swiss Army Giant?

This over the top knife metal thing is made up 87 implements and apparently has 141 functions — that is if you can even figure out an actual safe and adequate use for it. 

The Swiss Army Giant consists of all sorts of knives, a compass, a nail clipper, a magnifying glass, a wire cutter, and more meshed altogether.

It's intense. Just take a look for yourself.

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With a product as unique and pricey as this one (it costs a roughly $8,999.99), you know the reviews will be filled with trolling.  Read more...

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dramatic photos show the devastating Southern California wildfires from space

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As wildfires in California rage on Earth, astronauts watch from space. 

Crewmembers onboard the International Space Station have taken some particularly arresting images of smoke plumes pouring out of the fires burning more than 100,000 acres of land in Southern California.

"Thank you to all the first responders, firefighters, and citizens willing to help fight these California wildfires," NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik said in a tweet on Thursday.

Today’s pass over SoCal unfortunately doesn’t look any better. The fires east of Camp Pendleton and in Baja are visible as well#CaliforniaWildfires http://pic.twitter.com/khM9TK1u0F

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Boom's supersonic jets get $10 million boost from Japan Airlines

boom-supersonic-factory.jpgBoom's plan to revive supersonic passenger jets just got an important financial boost. The startup has revealed that Japan Airlines is investing $10 million, and that the carrier also has the option of buying up to 20 of the company's faster-than-so... http://ift.tt/2jUCgx5
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