Tech & Science The MAVEN mission to Mars entered the upper atmosphere of the planet four years ago as of Friday and NASA is celebrating with one of its signature space selfies. The composite image, made up of 21 images, was released Friday on NASA’s website and shows the craft taken by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph, or IUVS, instrument on the craft. The craft is in orbit around the planet studying the interaction between the upper atmosphere and the solar wind and the sun. Usually, the IUVS is used to image the ultraviolet emissions coming from the upper atmosphere of the planet, according to NASA. NASA has a history of making it possible for its craft to take selfies in space, the Mars Curiosity Rover has taken many over the years it’s been on the planet. The MAVEN's IUVS is mounted on the end of boom, similar to a selfie stick. Recommended Slideshows 67 The Best Pictures Ever Taken in Space 47 Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 … [Read more...] about NASA’s Mars MAVEN Craft Captures Selfie on Fourth Birthday
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Tech & Science Fortnite Fortnite Season 6 Fortnite Season 6 is set to begin Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. EDT, so we’re here to offer up five theories about the next Battle Pass. Using leaks from qualified sources, we’ll discuss the Cube, potential weapon skins and possible themes. 1) Kevin the Evil Cube: One of the most popular theories about Fortnite Season 6 revolves around the giant purple Cube that some fans call Kevin. Believed to have been brought to the Battle Royale map by the Enforcer, this geometric wonder is a massive bundle of mystery. It just absorbed into Loot Lake and made it bouncy, but is that just the beginning of a larger story? The Brite Bomber looks worried about what she's seeing. Epic Games Observe the Week 10 secret loading screen for Season 5. Here we see the Brite Bomber staring at her reflection in the Cube. Suffice to say, she doesn’t look thrilled with the reverse image. This normally happy character has a sinister grin, war paint … [Read more...] about ‘Fortnite’ Season 6 Theories & Leaks
Tech & Science Fermented and alcoholic drinks have played an important role in human society for thousands of years, however, the origins of the sophisticated technologies required to make it have remained elusive. Now, researchers have cast new light on this issue after uncovering what they say is the oldest evidence of beer-brewing in the world—and indeed the earliest evidence of man-made alcohol production—at a site in Israel. A team led by archaeologist Li Liu from Stanford University were investigating Raqefet Cave near Haifa, which was once a burial site of the Natufians—a group of nomadic and semi-nomadic people who lived in the eastern Mediterranean region of the Levant between roughly 15,000 and 11,500 years ago. Inside the cave, among the human remains, are stone mortars which contain the 13,000-year-old residue of beer, according to a paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. Recommended … [Read more...] about Oldest Evidence of Evidence of Alcohol Production Found from 13,000 Years Ago
Tech & Science The smart device Facebook has been rumored to be planning to launch for months now might actually be released in the next week or so, according to Cheddar. Anonymous sources told Cheddar that the device, rumored to be called “Portal,” was originally set to be unveiled in May at the F8 conference but that the announcement was delayed. Concerns from consumers about privacy following the Cambridge Analytica scandal prompted Facebook to hold off on announcing the product, Cheddar reported. But the new date for launch could be as early as next week. In January, Cheddar reported that the device would be similar to Amazon’s Echo and would be voice controlled with video capabilities and face recognition. The device will reportedly have a privacy shutter included in its design that can cover the wide-angle lens when users don’t want the camera to be able to recognize them or capture anything going on around it. But when the shutter isn’t on the … [Read more...] about Facebook’s New Home Device May Have a Camera That Will Follow You Around the Room: Report
Tech & ScienceIf you live in California, you’ll know the Big One is coming: a powerful earthquake of up to magnitude eight is headed for the state. Energy has been building up along the San Andreas Fault for more than a century. No-one knows exactly when or where, but that one day that energy will be unleashed.It might strike at the heart of San Francisco, last devastated by a Big One in 1906. Or maybe it will tear through southern California like the magnitude 7.9 quake that hit in 1857 and ruptured some 225 miles of the San Andreas Fault.More than 100 years on, it’s hard to predict exactly how hard the next Big One will hit. John Vidale, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center and affiliate professor at the University of Washington, told Newsweek it won’t look like in the movies—cities won’t collapse into rubble and tsunamis probably won’t sweep through California. But without adequate preparations, the Big One could … [Read more...] about San Andreas Fault: The Big One Is ‘Inevitable’—but What Will Happen When It Hits?