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Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads

Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up th
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If you're looking for a reason to leave Comcast...

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If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it?

If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it? | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
What's it gonna take? These free backup tools are a good start.
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Good article and solid basic advice and instructions. Create a system image as well as backing-up files and folders!

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Found! Seven Dwarfs Surround The 'Pinwheel Galaxy' Field Of View

Found! Seven Dwarfs Surround The 'Pinwheel Galaxy' Field Of View | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

 “The previously unseen galaxies may yield important insights into dark matter and galaxy evolution, while possibly signaling the discovery of a new...

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And the Pinwheel itself as Snow White.

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Top 8 Fastest Ways To Lose Fat

Top 8 Fastest Ways To Lose Fat | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Via Troy Mccomas (troy48)
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8 solid tips.

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Experience the White House Kitchen Garden!

Experience the White House Kitchen Garden! | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Apply now: @WhiteHouse Kitchen Garden tours are back! Find out how your school or community can come visit

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I hadn't heard about this. Sounds like a good thing for school groups and other visitors. Wonder if they would accept small homeschool groups...

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Distant Triple Monster Black Hole Discovered

Distant Triple Monster Black Hole Discovered | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Astronomers have witnessed a triplet of monster black holes swirling in the center of a distant galaxy, a new study says.

 

Astronomers have learned over the past decade or two that virtually every full-size galaxy such as our own Milky Way has a giant black hole lurking in its core. These monsters weigh in with a mass equal to millions or even billions of stars.


The new observations, however, described in the journal Nature, suggest that many galaxies have not one, but two or more giant black holes in their centers, orbiting each other in a tight gravitational dance that will ultimately lead the objects to merge together into something even more gigantic.


Watching these mergers will offer insight into how gravity behaves when stretched to its limits, astronomers predict, with clues revealed by monster black hole mash-ups such as the just-discovered triplet.


"We were quite surprised to find it," says Roger Deane, of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, lead author of the report. In one sense, Deane and his colleagues shouldn't have been surprised. It's widely accepted that when galaxies come close together, their gravity can force them to form a single agglomeration of stars. In fact, the Milky Way and the (relatively) nearby Andromeda galaxy will probably experience such a merger in about four billion years. Since each galaxy hosts a single massive black hole, the resulting single galaxy should end up with two.


Deane and his group originally became interested in this particular galaxy, known by the unwieldy name SDSS J150243.091111557.3, because it had been flagged by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (thus the "SDSS" in the name) as having what looked like two sources of bright light in its core.


That indicated the possibility of two black holes there, with the light coming not from the invisible objects themselves but from the whirlpools of gas heated to incandescence as they spiral in under the black holes' intense gravity. Jets emitted by the black holes pinpointed their location.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Whoa...!

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NASA Wants To Study The Universe's Dark Energy Using An Infrared Probe

NASA Wants To Study The Universe's Dark Energy Using An Infrared Probe | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

NASA says it will send a new probe meant to understand the nature of mysterious dark energy, which makes up of about three-quarters of the universe...

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The ability to spot planets that are further away from their home star than what Kepler can normally see sounds very worthwhile.

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Close-Up Bee Portraits Are A Glimpse Into A Gorgeously Weird World

Close-Up Bee Portraits Are A Glimpse Into A Gorgeously Weird World | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


It's not very often that you get a chance to take a very, very close look at a bee.

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Great photography!

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The Best Free Video Editors For Windows

The Best Free Video Editors For Windows | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Video has become an incredibly common part of everyday life. People take videos on smartphones, upload them via YouTube, and share them on Facebook. You'd think, then, that free video editors would be common, but it turns out the selection is limited for anyone not blessed with Mac OS X (and, as a result, access to…
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Also, if you can, check out Cyberlink Power Director (my favorite, though usually not free).  ;-) 

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Observatory Identifies "Weird" Ring in Cloud of Pre-star Dust

Observatory Identifies "Weird" Ring in Cloud of Pre-star Dust | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

 "In addition, we have found a gigantic ring structure and the weird thing is, we're not at all sure what created it," lead investigator Cassandra...

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You had me at "Fast-moving O-type galaxy..."  ;-)

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Neighboring Dwarf Galaxies Refuse To Fit The Standard Model Of The Universe

Neighboring Dwarf Galaxies Refuse To Fit The Standard Model Of The Universe | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

 These observations don't just poke holes in the current understanding of how galaxies form – that in turn questions the theory behind the origin and...

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Kinda cool.

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The Curious Passions of Mr. Cosmos

The Curious Passions of Mr. Cosmos | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Neil deGrasse Tyson On Space, Climate, and Why Curiosity Wins Every Time
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He's a very worthy successor to Carl Sagan and for everyone who hasn't seen the new Cosmos yet, check it out!

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Giant Argentinian storm: International Space Station snags view

Giant Argentinian storm: International Space Station snags view | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Astronaut snaps photo of massive storm near Argentina

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In the beginning, we marveled at the weather, our knowledge not extending much past the horizon. Now that we're in space, able to see cloud formations across the planet, we're feeling the same kind of awe and inspiration.

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Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field

Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Heading off to exotic locales to conduct research is one of the great joys of science. But many young scientists say they have been sexually harassed or assaulted by superiors while out there.
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Parents, keep in touch with your kids who want to be archaeologists and anthropologists. Know where they are if overseas and have a plan to get them out if need be.

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Reminder: Ubuntu One to close at end of July

Reminder: Ubuntu One to close at end of July | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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If you're familiar with Linux Ubuntu, you may know that they had a free file upload and storage service called Ubuntu One. I recently got this email about the closure of this service. If anyone has used it, remember to retrieve your files.

 

As previously announced, the file services for Ubuntu One have been discontinued.  Your data is available for download until the end of July - if you haven't taken action already, you need to do so now in order to ensure you have a copy of all your data.

In order to make it easy for you to retrieve all of your content, we have released a new feature that lets you download all your content at once. Our website (https://one.ubuntu.com/) has been updated with instructions on how to conveniently download all your files.

In addition, you still can use Mover.io's offer to transfer your data to another cloud provider for free. And the Ubuntu One web interface is available for you to download individual files.

The previously announced option of downloading your files as a zip file is producing unreliable results for a small number of users and therefore we have removed that option. If you already retrieved your files as a zip file, we encourage you to check for the validity of the zip file contents. If there are problems with that file, please use one of the options above to retrieve a complete copy of your data.

Remember that you will have until 31st July 2014 to collect all of your content. After that date, all remaining content will be deleted.

We know you have come to rely on Ubuntu One, and we apologise for the inconvenience this closure may cause.  We've always been inspired by the support, feedback and enthusiasm of our users and want to thank you for the support you've shown for Ubuntu One.

The Ubuntu One team

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California gets creative to supply farmers with water

Amid record drought, one California county wants to reverse the flow of the state's main aqueduct to get more water to farmers. Linda So reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe...
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Some well levels down thirty percent in a year...reversing the aqueduct will help, but for how long?

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Science is open to error, misinterpretation and even fraud -

Science is open to error, misinterpretation and even fraud - | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


Since science is a human enterprise, it is open to error, misinterpretation and, rarely but notoriously, fraud and fakery.

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This makes for a good, engaging read and a humbling reminder of how little we truly know.

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First quantum transmission sent through space

First quantum transmission sent through space | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

The first quantum transmission to go via space paves the way for ultra-secure communications satellites. Secret encryption keys transmitted via quantum links provide the ultimate way to communicate securely. That's because any attempt to intercept the key will be revealed thanks to the laws of quantum mechanics, which say that interception will introduce changes that give away eavesdroppers.

 

The technology is already available for fibre-optic cables, but a truly global network would need satellites to beam quantum data between distant locations. To test how these might work, Paolo Villoresi at the University of Padua in Italy and his colleagues turned to satellites covered in ultra-reflective mirrors. These are normally used to bounce laser beams back to Earth. The time they take to return shows up any shifts in gravity.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Very cool indeed.

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With Prizes Like This, Who Needs a Nobel? - Scientific American

With Prizes Like This, Who Needs a Nobel? - Scientific American | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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Bright young geniuses getting paid to keep on working without having to get under the wing of some sugar daddy corporation is a good thing.

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The universe as you've never seen it before: Incredible 360 degree panoramic

The universe as you've never seen it before: Incredible 360 degree panoramic | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


The universe as you've never seen it before: Incredible 360 degree panoramic timelapses show stunning star trails and ALL the night sky.

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Kinda reminds me of "The Scream"

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The Milky Way's magnetic fingerprint could help reveal the history of the universe

The Milky Way's magnetic fingerprint could help reveal the history of the universe | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a new image from the Planck telescope, which at first glance could easily be mistaken for a frothy swirl in a coffee cup, but in fact depicts the Milky Way’s magnetic field lines, and could help...
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Planck telescope FTW!

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Calling Back a Zombie Ship From the Graveyard of Space

Calling Back a Zombie Ship From the Graveyard of Space | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


For 17 years, it has been drifting on a lonely course through space.

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This is just a fantastic story. Best science story I've read all month. It reads like a movie plot.

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Crustaceans experience 'anxiety'

Crustaceans experience 'anxiety' | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Crayfish, once thought too primitive to experience emotion, may feel anxious, a study suggests.
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Well they certainly make me a little nervous.

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Space Smells and 4 Other Things We Learned From Astronaut Mike Hopkins

Space Smells and 4 Other Things We Learned From Astronaut Mike Hopkins | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

 After spending 166 days as a resident of the International Space Station, astronaut Mike Hopkins is back on Earth and sharing his insights into the quirks of...

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Care for a cool glass of sweat?

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NASA's Using Space Laser to Download Video From Orbit at Gigabit Speeds

NASA's Using Space Laser to Download Video From Orbit at Gigabit Speeds | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
NASA's latest data download just covered way more distance, and contained way more awesome, than any earthbound file transfer: the agency beamed a high-def video down from the International Space Station this week using a high-powered laser.
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"NASA says the boost in data transmission capabilities is like going from dial-up to DSL."

 

Very cool. The ability to get more data across is a good step for the future in general and mission potential in specific.

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