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The International Space Station may get a new lease on life

November 11th, 2019

The International Space Station has been around for long enough that it’s easy to forget that it has a finite lifespan. The massive orbiting laboratory has been flying for over two decades now, and it’s been inhabited for over 19 years. Keeping it up and running is a massive effort, and it’s not cheap. When …

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Letting coral reefs die will actually cost us more than saving them

June 14th, 2018

Earth’s coral reefs are having a rough go of things as of late. Ocean warming — prompted by manmade climate change — is wreaking havoc on established reef systems and scientists don’t think they’ll ever be able to fully recover. The scientific community is unified in its acknowledgement that mankind needs to do something to …

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Trump’s immediate plan for NASA doesn’t totally suck

March 22nd, 2017

President Donald Trump’s gutting of many government entities has created some serious outrage from both sides of the isle, but one scientific agency Trump isn’t really messing with is NASA. The newly minted NASA Transition Authorization Act which just gained Trump’s signature lays out the agency’s budget for 2018, and it includes almost the exact same amount …

Samsung announces Android-powered Transform Ultra for Sprint

October 24th, 2011

Samsung announced the Transform Ultra for Sprint on Monday, an Android 2.3-powered smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Transform Ultra is powered by a 1GHz processor and has a 3-megapixel camera, a secondary front-facing VGA camera for video chat, a 3.5-inch touchscreen display with an HVGA resolution, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of on-board storage, …

ARM reveals Cortex-A7 MPCore processor, its most power efficient processor to date

October 20th, 2011

ARM announced the Cortex-A7 MPCore processor on Wednesday, which it is touting as its most power efficient mobile processor yet. The Cortex-A7 is just one-fifth the size of the Cortex-A8 but provides 5x the energy efficiency and greater performance. The single-core chip was designed for use in budget-friendly smartphones that will be priced under $100. …

Join Amazon or go home, analyst tells Android tablet makers

October 5th, 2011

Android tablet vendors should follow Amazon’s lead and introduce lower-priced devices with Amazon content or exit the market altogether, one analyst recently suggested. Nomura International technology securities analyst Richard Windsor believes Amazon will dominate the cheap end of the tablet market with its new Kindle Fire, while Apple’s iPad will continue to own the high-end. …

Sprint to launch Kyocera Milano on September 9th for $49.99

September 9th, 2011

Sprint announced on Thursday that it will launch the Kyocera Milano next week for $49.99 with a new two-year contract. The Milano is a very basic Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) handset with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It comes equipped with a 3.2-megapixel camera, 512MB of memory, a 2GB microSD card and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. It …