NASA Tweets More ‘Cosmos’ Photos for Space Lovers


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The universe is full of unseen elements, but the sixth episode of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey helps viewers visualize things they'd likely never see without a microscope or top-of-the-line telescope.

From entire ecosystems that exist in a droplet of water to the atoms that make up the center of a star, "Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still" explains how tiny particles may hold the key to understanding how the universe has expanded from the size of a marble into what it is now.

Cosmos is a revamped version of astronomer Carl Sagan's 1980s series by the same name, and aims to teach viewers about the universe. It is hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and director of the New York-based Hayden Planetarium, who was mentored by SaganFamily Guy creator Seth MacFarlane serves as executive producer of the show, which is slated for 13 episodes, and airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Fox Read more...

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Must Reads: 1 Year After Boston, No Escape From Heartbleed and More

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During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles.

Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can't-miss stories from around the web to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here). Read more...

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Watch Coachella Day 2 Live: Lorde, Pharrell, Skrillex and 25 More Acts

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Day one of Coachella has come and gone, paving the way for a stellar day-two lineup of nearly 30 musical acts — all of which you can watch via the live streams, below

Lorde, fresh off performing with Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is among the many highlights of the day. "Happy" man Pharrell Williams will also entertain the Coachella audience just before headliner Skrillex closes out the night.

The three YouTube videos, below, let you choose which performances to watch. We've provided a schedule for each channel to guide your online Coachella experience: Read more...

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Verizon seems to have caught the startup competition bug.

Last year, the company launched its first-ever Powerful Answers award, which awarded $ 1 million prizes to innovative startups working on education, healthcare, and sustainability solutions. Now the contest is back for 2014, and it’s adding a new startup category: transportation.

If you’ve got a startup that’s focused on those four categories, you can submit an entry in the competition here. The winners in each category will once again receive $ 1 million, while two runner-ups in each category will receive $ 250,000.

“Last year was just us beginning from a standing start,” said John Doherty, senior vice president of corporate development at Verizon, in an interview with VentureBeat.

“It was just absolutely phenomenal; we expected wonderful things; but we really didn’t know what would come out of it.”

The original contest was announced by Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam at last year’s CES as proof that the company was getting serious about using LTE for social good. And with the winners for last year’s competition, Verizon seems to have proved his point: Smartvision Labs is developing a way to conduct eye exams using smartphones; Lavamind developed the fantasy business simulation game Zapitalism; and BridgingApps is developing ways to use technology to help people with disabilities.

“One of the things we absolutely learned is that if you do something like [put on a competition like Powerful Answers], amazing things happen,” Doherty said.

As for the new focus on transportation, Doherty noted, “It made the most sense to us at this point in time. This contest is very much about innovation. We are a commercial institution; we want to make sure there’s also some relation to our business as well.”

“In transportation, we also have some use from companies that offer machine-to-machine products, and there are some things that connect back to our core business.”

Of course, while Verizon’s focus on social good is praiseworthy, the contest is also clearly a way for the company to ingratiate itself with the startup community. The company’s court case against the FCC ultimately led an appeals court to decide that the FCC couldn’t impose net neutrality restrictions on businesses. That’s a move that could have far-reaching implications for the way the internet works in the future.

The Powerful Answers Award also gives Verizon a way to promote its Innovation Centers. Located in San Francisco and Waltham, Mass., the centers feature tools for companies to test their technology on its network. Technology from Powerful Answers Award winners will also be featured in Verizon’s Innovation Centers.

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Six more years: Ludlam on track for Senate win

Greens Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam looks set to be re-elected to the Senate for another six years in Western Australia's Senate by-election, with projections late on Saturday night showing the technology-focused politician had easily won a full Senate quota.
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Renai LeMay

Why Is Facebook Page Reach Decreasing? More Competition And Limited Attention

Every Page on Facebook wants everything they post shown to everyone. But people only read a limited amount of News Feed per day. There simply isn't room for everything, and the competition for feed space is intensifying. The total number of Pages Liked by the typical Facebook user grew more than 50% last year -- a new stat that came from a 45-minute interview with Facebook's head of News Feed. Read More
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Josh Constine

Make Your Own Sour Cream For A Fresher, More Customisable Condiment

If you like sour cream, you ought to consider making it yourself. The stuff you buy in the store comes as-is. If you make it yourself, you get a fresher product and total control over how thick it turns out.
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African Telecom Proposes More Diverse Emoticons

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Less than a week after Apple pledged to make its emoticons more racially diverse, African telecom Oju has stepped into the fray with an app that lets you send emoticons of color.

The Android app includes the gamut of basic emotions, including happy, surprised, sad, really sad and embarrassed. A test of the app shows it doesn't really work like an emoticon, though. Instead, it merely sends an MMS of a pic of one of the emotions, which includes a plug for Oju's website.

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Still, it's a step in the right direction

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Airbnb valuation soars to more than $10bn

Online home rental site raising at least $ 400m in latest round, which is close to being finalised but not yet closed and could yet rise to $ 500m
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Want More Privacy In Your App? Wickr Resells Its Encryption, Self-Destructing Tech To Other Apps

Wickr, one of the wave of messaging apps built on the idea of private, encrypted and self-destructing data, has vowed never to make money off its users -- with its app remaining free, and user data never getting sold on or accessed by others. But it is starting the process of making money regardless. Read More
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