nationalpost:

NASA’s Kepler telescope finds 26 new planets
Kepler, NASA’s planet-hunting space telescope, has found 11 new planetary systems, including one with five planets all orbiting closer to their parent star than Mercury circles the Sun, scientists said on Thursday.

The discoveries boost the list of confirmed planets outside the Earth’s solar system to 729, including 60 found by the Kepler team. The telescope, launched in space in March 2009, can detect slight but regular dips in the amount of light coming from stars. Scientists can then determine if the changes are caused by orbiting planets passing by, relative to Kepler’s view.

Kepler scientists have another 2,300 candidate planets awaiting additional confirmation. (Photos/illustrations by NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech; University of Toulouse; Reuters/AFP/Getty Images)

The Text Message turns 19 years old today

techme101:

According to Wikipedia, the first SMS message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom on 3 December 1992, from a man named Neil Papworth using a personal computer to Richard Jarvis of Vodafone using an Orbitel 901 handset. The text of the message was “Merry Christmas”.

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Groupon to be investigated by UK consumer body over misleading adverts

techme101:

Daily deals website Groupon is set to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the UK consumer protection body, after it was found to have regularly broken advertising regulations throughout this year. It’s claimed that Groupon fell foul of advertising laws almost 50 times in the first 11 months of 2011, and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has finally referred the company to the OFT.

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http://bit.ly/u8boXl

The failure of Internet intellectuals actually to grapple with the intervening centuries of momentous technological, social, and cultural development is glaring. For all their grandiosity about technology as the key to all of life’s riddles, they cannot see further than their iPads. And even their iPad is of interest to them only as a “platform”—another buzzword of the incurious—and not as an artifact that is assembled in dubious conditions somewhere in East Asian workshops so as to produce cultic devotion in its more fortunate owners. This lack of elementary intellectual curiosity is the defining feature of the Internet intellectual. History, after all, is about details, but no Internet intellectual wants to be accused of thinking small. And so they think big—sloppily, ignorantly, pretentiously, and without the slightest appreciation of the difference between critical thought and market propaganda.

joshuanguyen:

Sometimes on Tumblr I come across the perfect post to go along with what’s playing on my headphones at the moment.  There ought to be a name for this.

joshuanguyen:

Sometimes on Tumblr I come across the perfect post to go along with what’s playing on my headphones at the moment.  There ought to be a name for this.

(Source: malfascination)