Microsoft has selected 2,000 iPhone users to participate in the beta testing of Cortana, a virtual assistant with combined features from Siri and Google Now into one package. —> Read More
On future missions, a silver, metallic-based thermal control coating will be bonded to the Orion crew module’s back shell tiles. Credit: NASA
In the wake of NASA’s supremely successful inaugural test flight of the Orion deep space capsule on the EFT-1 mission in Dec. 2014, NASA is beefing up the critical thermal protection system (TPS) that will protect astronauts from the searing heats experienced during reentry as the human rated vehicle plunges through the Earth’s atmosphere after returning from ambitious expeditions to the Moon and beyond.
Based in part on lessons learned from EFT-1, engineers are refining Orion’s heat shield to enhance the design, ease manufacturing procedures and significantly strengthen is heat resistant capabilities for the far more challenging space environments and missions that lie ahead later this decade and planned further out in the future as part of NASA’s agency-wide ‘Journey to Mars’ initiative to send humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s.
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A Japanese spacecraft, which failed to make it into Venus orbit in 2010, it making a return trip to the planet after being stuck in solar orbit and engineers are hopeful it will complete its mission. —> Read More
While technical details are sparse, the French car manufacturer claims it will be the ‘world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car.’ —> Read More
Researchers argue over just how common infidelity is within the confines of a monogamous relationship, with some reports claiming it affects as many as half of all couples. Whatever the exact number, there’s a high probability that you or someone you know has been cheated on — it just may not have been for the reason you think.
The Monogamy Gap author Eric Anderson explained to HuffPost Live on Monday that people who experience a cheating partner often fall into a “victimization narrative” to explain why it happened. The idea is that “there’s something so fundamentally wrong in the emotional relationship that one cheated,” Anderson said. But according to his research, most infidelity has nothing to do with how much someone does or does not love the person they’ve committed to. He argues it has more to do with biology.
Watch Anderson explain his findings in the video above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation about the science of monogamy.
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A stand up paddle boarder could be the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean in the chillest way possible. —> Read More
Dressing for cybersuccess: Japanese fans of Pepper robotic assistant create online fashion boutique with everything from $163 kimonos to makeup and jewellery
A few months after the launch of Softbank Corp.’s robot, Pepper, fans have developed an online store that sells dresses, hairpieces, makeup stickers and more for the foot tall humanoids. —> Read More
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India and China’s capitals suffer from record breaking smog as the summit to limit greenhouse gas emissions kicks off in Paris Monday.
The United Nations climate summit opened Monday with more than 130 world leaders expected to attend. Its a huge security challenge for a city still recovering from the November 13th terror attacks.