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Mind the Gap: Rapid Burster behaviour explained

ESA - 1 hour 18 min ago
Scientists observing a curious neutron star in a binary system known as the 'Rapid Burster' may have solved a forty-year-old mystery surrounding its puzzling X-ray bursts. They discovered that its magnetic field creates a gap around the star, largely preventing it from feeding on matter from its stellar companion. Gas builds up until, under certain conditions, it hits the neutron star all at once, producing intense flashes of X-rays. The discovery was made with space telescopes including ESA's XMM-Newton.
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Gaia turns its eyes to asteroid hunting

ESA - 1 hour 18 min ago
Whilst best known for its surveys of the stars and mapping the Milky Way in three dimensions, ESA's Gaia has many more strings to its bow. Among them, its contribution to our understanding of the asteroids that litter the Solar System. Now, for the first time, Gaia is not only providing information crucial to understanding known asteroids, it has also started to look for new ones, previously unknown to astronomers.
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ESA Planetary Science Archive gets a new look

ESA - 1 hour 18 min ago
Today, ESA launches a new version of its Planetary Science Archive (PSA) website, the online interface to data from the agency's space science missions that have been exploring planets, moons and other small bodies in the Solar System. With a new design and enhanced search functionalities, the platform now provides a direct and simple access to the scientific data, helping scientists to discover and explore the archive content.
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Rosetta's last words: science descending to a comet

ESA - 1 hour 18 min ago
On 30 September 2016, at 11:19:37 UTC in ESA's mission control, Rosetta's signal flat-lined, confirming that the spacecraft had completed its incredible mission on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko some 40 minutes earlier and 720 million km from Earth. Rosetta was working up to the very end, collecting reams of science data as it descended towards a region of pits in the Ma'at region on the comet's 'head'.
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Next step towards a gravitational-wave observatory in space

ESA - 1 hour 18 min ago
Today, ESA has invited European scientists to propose concepts for the third large mission in its science programme, to study the gravitational Universe.
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The LISA Pathfinder Science Archive is online

ESA - 1 hour 18 min ago
Today, ESA's LISA Pathfinder Science Archive opens its virtual gates to the world. It contains data collected by the satellite during the mission's first few months, covering the nominal operations phase of the LISA Technology Package (LTP) – the European payload on LISA Pathfinder.
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How origami could provide 'revolutionary' police protection

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

Scientists at BYU borrowed a pattern from the ancient paper-folding technique to make a shield that's a vast improvement over current technology.

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Privacy concerns threaten sales of hi-tech doll

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

Regulators in Germany have already banned My Friend Cayla, and consumer-watchdog groups want the US Federal Trade Commission to follow suit.

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As traffic deaths rise, will public warm to driverless cars?

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

Last year was the deadliest year on US roads in nearly a decade. Automakers hope that statistic will pique drivers' interest in self-driving vehicles. But, at least so far, much of the public remains wary.

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The Zuckerberg Manifesto: Are we ready for a Facebook-led world?

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

Mark Zuckerberg's open letter promises a socially responsible Facebook of the future that's decentralized, personalized, and built on AI. 

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Why we need international students

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

Inviting foreign students to study in the United States doesn't just create jobs, it also brings in perspectives that can help the United States solve complex global challenges.

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Could AI-guided balloons bring the internet to developing countries?

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

With a multi-year 'moon shot,' Google's parent company Alphabet is betting that it can.

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'When I am bigger I would like a job with Google': CEO replies to 7-year-old girl's 'application'

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

Chloe Bridgewater might be too young to get a job as a computer programmer, but for many young women who want to be part of the tech industry, the future can be bright – with the right support.

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Startup pairs man with machine to crack the 'black box' of neural networks

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

New startup Gamalon has come out with a machine learning approach it claims is a hundred times more efficient than what Google has to offer. 

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No more watching videos at work: Facebook will now default to audio

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

The company says the changes will improve the mobile viewing experience.

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Mercedes: Electric Smart cars will replace gas-powered cars in US

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

Buyers in Europe – where the tiny Smart car is more popular – will still be able to buy the gas-powered model.

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Coming soon to Dubai: A flying passenger-carrying drone

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

The Dubai government says it hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state by July.

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Verizon gives its customers unlimited data plans

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

Verizon recently announced that for the first time in more than five years, it would begin offering unlimited data plans for its wireless customers.

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Apple's Tim Cook joins the fake news war

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

Apple CEO Tim Cook suggests that tech companies share the responsibility of fighting fake news, but will people trust them? 

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Can AI help Facebook stop discriminatory advertising?

Christian Science Monitor - 1 hour 18 min ago

Advertisers have grown accustomed to targeting ads to specific audiences. But the tech giant is hoping to crack down on the use of metadata to exclude minorities from offers of housing, employment, or credit.

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