NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

File-This Oct. 9, 2003, file photo shows John C. Houbolt explaining the size of different rockets required to launch various methods for landing on the moon at Grainger Engineering Library in Urbana, Ill. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. Houbolt's family confirmed his death Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at a Maine nursing home of complications from Parkinson's disease. (AP Photo/News-Gazette, John Dixon, File)

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Other Interesting arXiv Papers (Week Ending April 19, 2014) | MIT Technology Review

The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv preprint server.

The Best Stuff We Saw at WonderCon 2014 - IGN Video

IGN's Jim Vejvoda and Roth Cornet give a wrap-up on what movie presentations wowed this year's Con the most.

Drones help find World War II's missing soldiers

The BentProp Project has spent years finding American soldiers who went missing in the Pacific during World War II, but available technology has limited its success. Team members have frequently had to scan wide areas themselves, slowing down their efforts to find downed aircraft and unexploded bombs that might hide human remains. However, the outfit's searches have just taken a big step forward after it got cutting-edge drones from both the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of Delaware. BentProp can now automate much of its scanning, and CNET notes that the organization's latest expedition found two Navy airplanes . That's a breakthrough for a group that only occasionally makes a big discovery.

Jose Delgado, Jr. Compares His New 3D-Printed Hand to His More Expensive Myoelectric Prosthesis

I was very curious to see what sort of experience he would have with the 3D printed Cyborg Beast mechanical hand design (total cost in materials of about $50), but I wasn’t expecting too much. Jose works in an environment that involves a lot of lifting and moving of boxes, so I was kind of expecting that the Cyborg Beast, which in this case is made of ABS plastic (same material as legos), wouldn’t hold up for long. To my surprise, however, Jose says it’s been doing very well, and that he actually prefers it to his far more expensive myoelectric prosthesis!

With Google Glass, the Doctor Can See You Now

"The grand challenge of health IT has always been about delivering the right information to the right person at the right time," said Dr. Steven Horng, an emergency physician and assistant director of emergency informatics at Beth Israel. "A lot of our interaction is that connection and making patients feel comfortable. The more we can maintain that eye contact and that conversation, the better the patient feels. Google Glass helps us do that."

Surprise, Joss Whedon fans: His new film, <I>In Your Eyes</i>, is now available via Vimeo

Joss Whedon has taken inspiration from comic books and Shakespeare — his latest muse? Beyonce. The fanboy god surprised his fans tonight by releasing the newest film from his production company, exclusively on Vimeo On Demand.

8 on Heartbleed: Actually, Do Change Your Passwords

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Here Comes Facebook's Ad Network: Mobile Ads Launching This Month

Facebook will pitch the ads to publishers and developers as a way to leverage the social network’s vast database of user information for better ad targeting. And Facebook wins by expanding its ad reach — now it can make money from its billion-plus users even when they’re not on Facebook’s own properties.

Here's a look inside a typical VC's pipeline (a must-read for entrepreneurs)

While it may seem that one percent represents depressing odds for a founder to secure VC funding, in reality, the process tends to help entrepreneurs refine their strategy. If the first meeting didn’t result in moving to the next phase, a good venture firm will provide specific feedback and guidance. Most venture firms stay in touch with founders they have met in the past, and it is exciting when future meetings highlight changes that have led to more traction.

Toronto Already Won the NBA Trolling Championship

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

5 great apps to boost you in business (Mac, iOS)

There are plenty of mind-mapping solutions you can explore, but Mindly is one of the nicest I've seen. If you aren't familiar with these solutions, they exist to help you sketch out a visual understanding when you are attempting to plan projects, organize assignments or develop ideas. You begin with the core idea and then introduce new fields for each step (and sub-step) required to achieve it. What's neat about Mindly is its use of nature-based concepts to help you figure out your priorities as you put an idea together -- better yet, it works beautifully on iPad or iPhone. $6.99. (A review here ).


An integral part of examining the code is the development of test cases for the scaffolded version of the code. This needs to check for conformance to the RFC, and also explore what happens with intentionally malformed packets. This is the crucial step which appears to have been missing or incomplete with the pre-heartbleed OpenSSL code. Code inspection will catch stuff; test cases will expose those problems that were missed during the inspection. This process assumes that the program is structured in such a way that scaffolding is possible from a library of the code base, so each function, or small set of functions, can be tested in isolation. I find, in my own work, that I typically write several thousand lines of code during development to ensure that each major function works as expected -- and that code lives on as scaffolded test code so that when I make a change I can test it against a known set of test cases. (Sometimes, you have to change the test , or add tests, because the function changes or a bug sneaks through, but then you have a check-and-balance to minimize issues.

H-1B loophole may help California utility offshore IT jobs

The evidence pointing to offshore outsourcing, and to Infosys and iGate as at least two of the vendors, is based on government records. Edison runs some of its IT operations in Irwindale, Calif. As part of the hiring process for H-1B visa-holding workers, outsourcing vendors file a Labor Condition Application (LCA), a U.S. document with salary information and the address of the visa workers' worksite. There were as many as 130 LCAs filed by Infosys alone in the past year for the Irwindale address associated with SCE's offices, according to a large sampling of those filings collected by visa data analysis firm MyVisaJobs .

It’s a fucking startup. Why are you here?

Times are tougher now than they’ve ever been, but I’m also more energized than ever by the strategic direction of the company.  We are narrowing our focus to the categories where we have the largest market opportunity and investing deeply into private label to increase our contribution margins.  We are building content rich consumer experiences that communicate the value of the products we sell and help get the user over the hump of making large purchases without being able to touch and feel the product.  We are making deep investments in analytics so that people across the company can be armed with the right data to make smarter and more informed decisions.  And we are evolving our culture into a collaborative work environment that fully engages the brain power of leaders across the company to solve our hardest problems.  I believe these decisions are putting us squarely on the path of becoming that disruptive design technology company, and that gets right at the passions that brought me to the company in the first place.

Will Colorado Become a Weed-Tourism Destination?

Marijuana is also prohibited by the TSA , so tourists will not be leaving the state with any smokable souvenirs. Airports in Colorado Springs and Aspen/Pitkin County have "amnesty boxes" in their terminals for tourists to drop off any remaining marijuana in their possession on the way out. Anyone flying in and out of Denver International Airport should dispose of any marijuana before arriving at the airport.

Why Your Favorite App Isn’t Business-Related And How It Can Be | TechCrunch

Take the various (and now abundant) transportation-related apps like Uber, Lyft and Waze, for example. A few years ago, if you were using your phone to get a ride to the office or the airport, you were probably calling a cab company. Now a ride just about anywhere is only a few clicks away, and if your driver doesn’t know the best way, or wants to check the traffic, that only takes a few seconds on your phone, too. Users love Uber, Lyft and Waze because they’re useful – they enhance your travel and driving experiences so much so that I’d venture to guess you haven’t dialed Yellow Cab in months, maybe years.

First Generation Apple TV having problems connecting to iTunes

According to a lengthy thread on Apple’s discussion forums, first-generation Apple TV users are complaining that their boxes aren’t able to connect to iTunes despite having no problem with internet connectivity.

Mattermark - Quantifying Private Company Growth for Startup Investors

We’re hiring a Frontend Developer to build the early key pieces of the service. Mattermark is driven to uncover all the information investors need to find startups they want to invest in. As a Frontend Developer at Mattermark, you will build the interface used by investors as a core part of their day.  You’ll help them keep their portfolio pipeline organized and visualize trends in the industry.  Your work will help the next young Oculus or Tesla get the funding they need to take off.  To be successful, you’ll need to have a firm grasp of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  You should also have good taste.

Disney unveils first clip from 'Star Wars: Rebels' animated series

It's nearly time to get your animated Star Wars fix. The new original animated series Star Wars: Rebels will premiere this fall with a one-hour special on Disney XD, and now we're getting our first real look at the show. Executive Producer Dave Filoni and actress Vanessa Marshall, who voices rebel leader Hera in the clip, revealed the brief scene yesterday during a panel at WonderCon in Anaheim, California.

Record industry finds a new way to squeeze Pandora, but it won't help musicians

Record companies are using obscure state laws to take another legal whack at Pandora. Making a scapegoat out of the internet radio service is unlikely, however, to make new money for musicians.

Acer has no plans for 4G Intel smartphone - CNET

The Taiwanese company will be launching a 4G handset in Taiwan in the next quarter, but will be using chips from MediaTek and Qualcomm instead.

Behold the internet's power: Quentin Tarantino to rewrite movie ending after script leaks

What the internet giveth, it also taketh away... and then giveth back again (sort of). Back in January, the script for Quentin Tarantino's next film, a western called the Hateful Eight , showed up online and Defamer drew the web's attention to its presence. In response, the filmmaker sued for copyright infringement and shelved the project. It appears time has caused Tarantino to reconsider that initial reaction, however, as Deadline Hollywood reports that he's simply going to rewrite the ending to the movie and film it next winter. (The lawsuit remains pending, though the parties are currently trying to settle things via court-ordered mediation.)

NASA sending Google's Project Tango smartphone to space to improve flying robots

"This is no ordinary upgrade," Terry Fong, director of the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA's Ames Research Center, says in a statement. "We’ve customized cutting-edge commercial technologies to help us answer questions like: How can robots help humans live and work in space? What will happen when humans explore other worlds with robots by their side? Can we make this happen sooner, rather than later?" Google and NASA have already conducted tests to see how SPHERES and Tango behave in a zero-gravity environment. The partnership began last summer, and a Tango smartphone should be sent up later this year.

Choosing the best cloud based music app on iOS for your CD music library

For those of you that still purchase music CDs, the following guide will help decide which is the best cloud based music library to access your digitized music library from your iOS device.

User experience is the new differentiator. How will that affect the internet?

The world of business is changing, as are the locations of the people who are driving that business. How companies reach new users and how they treat them once they do will be the defining business issue of the future. Those who deliver the best user experience to a global audience will win this race will change the internet as we know it.

Sci-Fi Contest Roundup: Stargate

The Sci-Fi contest runs until the end of the month, so there’s still time for you to get in on the action and get your hands on some really great prizes. We’re giving away O’scopes, soldering stations, dev boards, some sweet Sci-Fi prizes, and awesome Hackaday T-shirts.

Minimal On Building A Bike That's Ready For Anything (Even Chicago Weather)

Last December we got a call from the folks at Oregon Manifest. They threw down a challenge. Would Minimal be interested in representing the Chi in a competition to design and build the world’s best utility bike? They asked that we deliver a bike that adapts to the challenges of living and commuting in an urban environment, and does so with some verve. They also paired us with a killer frame builder, Garry Alderman from Method Bicycles. Together with Method, we agreed to pool our skills and starting working on the next greatest bike you didn’t know you have to own. With a deadline of July 1, there was no time to lose.

This Military Robot Can Jump From The Sidewalk Onto A Roof

It moves along the ground like a remote control car, but when the operator wants to get airborne, the Sand Flea props itself up at an angle and fires a piston into the ground that sends the robot hurtling forward through the air at heights of up to 30 feet. That's high enough to jump onto the roof of an average house from the ground.

Everything you need to know about wearables in 2014 (eBook)

Every week, a new smartwatch receives funding on Kickstarter, a new connected fitness band emerges from a Fortune 100 tech manufacturer, and an Ivy League dropout in a garage in Southern California takes aim at Google Glass.

Weekend news roundup: All the best Apple news from last week

As we close out one week and kick off another, let’s take a moment to look back at the attention-grabbing headlines from the past seven days. Some of the news you may recall, some may be new to you, but all the topics below are worthy of a second mention. below are worthy of a mention.

Thin film electronics may hold the key to human size health care

As Gigaom Research analyst Jody Ranck writes in his forthcoming report on health care and the internet of things, sensors and other electronics will drive tremendous innovation in medical devices, building off the current momentum in fitness and wellness devices. Much of this development is centered on making devices ever smaller, from ingestible sensors in the form of pills to nanowires and lab-on-a-chip technologies.

Keep Your Devices Alive with the World's Slimmest Backup Battery [Deals Hub]

We hate it when our portable tech die on us while we’re on the go and can’t get to an outlet for a recharge. The idea of lugging around a backup battery to give you a quick battery boost can seem like a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be if you have the Bookmark backup battery, the world’s thinnest battery backup. You can pick one up on sale from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub .

Jailbreak tweak brings iOS 7.1 style Call button to the Phone app in iOS 7

It replaces the rectangular Call button with iOS 7.1 style circular button. It also removes the Add to Contacts text, and replaces it with a “+” icon that allows you to add the dialed number to your Contacts as you can see in the screenshot below.

Windows' new normal shows software-as-a-service ambitions

The problem, as enterprises see it, is that the accelerated pace gives them little time to run the deployment processes they've honed for decades. With those processes, each iteration of an operating system is thoroughly tested to insure it doesn't break existing applications or workflows, then rolled out to a subset of the company's client devices and servers for additional real-world evaluation before finally being re-imaged on all systems to create a homogeneous environment that's easier to support.

Google scoops up another high-profile scientist for anti-death project

To that end, the company has been recruiting some of the top names in anti-aging and genetics research. The latest is Cynthia Kenyon, a high-profile biochemist and biophysicist at the University of California, San Francisco, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle .

Sci-fi short film imagines a world without paper

What would our world be like without paper? According to the renegade scientist in "Scattered," a sci-fi short film adapted from a story by author Ken MacLeod, it'd be a place freed from the restrictions of human history. Without the original source documents, mankind would have a clean slate. In this world, "we look to the future, not the past," and some sort of modern human existence could be created based on all of the advancements that have brought us to where we are today.

Sharelock lets you share Photos directly from the Lock screen [Jailbreak Tweak]

But you can’t share the photos taken as the Share button is not available when you access the photos from the Lock screen. You’ve to unlock the device, launch the Photos app or the Camera app to share the photo. I find it quite annoying.

Is Microsoft Locking OneDrive Users Out of Their Accounts?

One paid subscriber of Redmond's cloud storage and syncing service says he's been locked out of his account for 24 hours with no specific reason given.

This week's new games

The Trials series has spent the last 14 years adding ridiculous spectacle to riding motorbikes over tricky obstacles. Set in the near future, Trials Fusion escalates the visual extravaganza, starting off in vast exploding industrial facilities with drones scudding past and pieces of tracks swooping in at the last second, as you use careful throttle control and balance to land improbably large jumps. There are new skill stages and courses where you need to pull off tricks to score points, but this is still mostly about getting to the end of each track without crashing. There's also an excellent level editor that lets you knock together your own rider-tormenting creations.

Florida, Get Ready to Pay Sales Tax on - Personal Tech News - WSJ said it will begin collecting sales tax in Florida starting next month, affecting as many as 20 million people in the nation’s fourth-largest state by population.

Meteor-like Object Explodes Over Russia | I Fucking Love Science

Overnight on April 18-19, a meteor-like object was observed streaking across the sky over Murmansk, Russia. It is possible that the object is part of the annual Lyrid meteor shower, which is nearing its peak. There were no reports of any emergency services being called, but it did put on quite a show.

First Earth-size planet that may hold water confirmed - CNET

Kepler-186f orbits an M dwarf star in the constellation Cygnus. More importantly, it's the first confirmed Earth-size, potentially habitable planet elsewhere in the universe.

Looking For Tom Lehrer, Comedy's Mysterious Genius

He then replied to our letter full of nostalgia and curiosity with a genial dismissal. “You seem to have devoted so much thought to the questions you ask that you should perhaps just write what you think is the truth, even if it’s just speculation, which — judging by today’s commentators on TV — is the easiest and therefore the most common form of punditry. I neither support nor encourage your efforts, but I shall not try to thwart them,” he wrote. And he was true to his word. He didn’t respond to a second letter, nor to a fact-checking email sent to his AOL email address; his email handle includes a phrase along the line of “living legend.” When we stopped by his Sparks Street house on a cold night in February, a light was on and a Prius was in the driveway, but nobody answered the door and Lehrer wrote that he had left town for California. (One underrated classic: “Hannukah in Santa Monica.” )

The Invention of the AeroPress

The World AeroPress Championship started at the behest of a Norwegian brewer who loved the product. Competitors use the AeroPress to brew the best cup of coffee, which is judged using a blind test. Some of them get pretty crazy, says Adler: “brewing upside down is a big thing. I don’t know if it’s effective or not, but people have tried all sorts of things.” Today, the World AeroPress Championship has attracted competitors from around 25 countries, and has helped to boost international sales to 38% of Aerobie’s overall revenue. The AeroPress has seen especially strong sales in northern Europe (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland), where they “are very serious about their coffee; ” the product is now sold in 56 countries worldwide.

It's Bliss: behind the iconic Windows XP photo

" "That particular spot, or this area of the wine region, is known for that same thing — the rolling hills. I have been photographing them for a long time, with film. And yet colours never quite came out the same on Kodachrome 64, the best film you could possibly have. They were never quite green enough.""Eerrr.....Kodachrome 64 is good but there was never a best film for everything. In fact, its colours for a slide film are very muted. There were better suited emulsions, like Velvia and others. There are other things in the article that makes me question things as a photographer reading this article. So, i am taking his statements with a pinch of salt there...

How to spot a liar

On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

Six Reasons VCs Won't Back Your Deal

But the reality is that VCs want to cruise to an IPO – and will actively avoid entrepreneurs without the mojo to steer them there.  Here are some fatal flaws they’re quick to spot when they get pitched. Get some intervention now if you’re struggling with any of these.

A bionic ankle so natural, it's worth a happy dance - CNET

The effect can be akin to a power boost. When Herr first tried out a bionic leg his research group at the MIT Media Lab created, he said: "It was as profound as when you're walking through the airport and you hit the moving walkway. When you get off and return to normal walking, you're like, 'Walking is really strenuous and slow.' That's what it was like going from our powered system to passive conventional systems. So I knew there was magic there clinically."

Stock photos that don’t suck

Finding great stock photos is a pain. You’re left with either low-res amateur photos, people wearing cheesy headsets, or photos that are out of budget for the project you’re working on. Below is an ongoing list (so bookmark it) of the best stock photo sites I’ve come across.

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