Space Photos of the Week: Eyes in the Sky

NASA’s new exoplanet telescope, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS for short, recently released a new panoramic photo of the arc of our Milky Way surrounded by an endless array of stars.TESS—a successor to the Kepler Space Telescope, which ran out of fuel in 2018 after almost a decade in space—spends its time staring…

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Scott Adams Has Some Ideas for a Calmer Internet

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. A new book from Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert who came under fire for supporting Donald Trump in 2016, lays out some proposals for online civility. Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/APAfter expressing support for Donald Trump in 2016, Dilbert creator Scott Adams estimates that he lost about 30…

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How Overexcited Neurons Might Affect How You Age

A thousand seemingly insignificant things change as an organism ages. Beyond the obvious signs like graying hair and memory problems are myriad shifts both subtler and more consequential: Metabolic processes run less smoothly; neurons respond less swiftly; the replication of DNA grows faultier.Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of…

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A New Way to Make Comfy, Durable Smart Garments

Some so-called smart garments—clothing and accessories outfitted with sensors, Bluetooth, and other gadgetry—flirt with the absurd. Does anyone need a $1,000 touch-interface backpack that alerts you if you accidentally leave your phone somewhere? Or a (now discontinued) sweatshirt that tracks your movements and awards redeemable ‘points’ you can spend on gift cards and “VIP experiences”?…

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