Software Glitch Pauses LightSail Test Mission
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May 26, 2015
U2 Play Old Hits, Share Stories at Thrilling 500-Capacity Roxy Gig
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May 29, 2015
How tech is rewiring your brain
You can't remember phone numbers any more, your body clock is shot and your hippocampus – the part of the brain that controls your sense of direction – is shrinking. . In addition to examining the effects of radio waves, the SCAMP study will also ...
June 5, 2015
3-pointer: What we learned from Cavaliers-Bulls Game 4
After going up 57-55 with a couple of free throws by Mozgov, the Cavs spent the next 7:12 failing to make a shot (also going 0-of-13) and allowing the Bulls to take control of the game with a 13-0 run to grab a 68-57 lead. It looked like with the way ...
May 10, 2015
Mariota humble as usual, leaves for Tennessee tonight
And a few minutes later, Mariota's phone rang. He said the connection dropped, but eventually he spoke with Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt. "Just talking about the future," said Mariota, who was to leave Honolulu on Thursday night on a red-eye flight ...
April 30, 2015
NCAA committee calls for switch to 30-second shot clock
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May 15, 2015
How Wisdom Might Emerge From the Amtrak Tragedy
The accident on a curve in North Philadelphia looks more and more like a case of madness or dysfunction on the part of the engineer, a problem in all modes of transport that technology is ripe to solve (except in bicycling, where operator insanity is ...
Topics: mission status , LightSail . The Planetary Society’s LightSail test mission is paused while engineers wait out a suspected software glitch that has silenced the solar sailing spacecraft. Following a successful start to the mission last Wednesday , LightSail spent more than two days sending about 140 data packets back to Earth. But the long Memorial Day weekend here in the United States offered no respite for the LightSail team, as they scrambled to figure out why the spacecraft's automated telemetry chirps suddenly fell silent. It is now believed that a vulnerability in the software controlling the main avionics board halted spacecraft operations, leaving a reboot as the only remedy to continue the mission. As of late Friday afternoon, LightSail was continuing to operate normally. The spacecraft’s ground stations at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Georgia Tech were receiving data on each pass. But inside the spacecraft's Linux-based flight software, a problem was brewing. Every 15 seconds, LightSail transmits a telemetry beacon packet. The software controlling the main system board writes corresponding information to a file called beacon.
Their Innocence + Experience tour is high-tech and high-concept , but here they seemed excited to deliver a straight-ahead rock show of passion and drive with a set list that included four songs from their 1980 debut, Boy. Even the band's first L. A. show in 1981 was at the old Country Club in suburban Reseda – a venue with about twice the capacity of the Roxy. Things kicked off with the post-punk swirl of "The Ocean" before the Edge's slicing guitar signaled the transition to "11 O'Clock Tick Tock. " The group played another cut from its debut album, "The Electric Co. ," and here Bono kneeled while the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. stretched out on a fitful instrumental break. Midway into the song, Bono introduced the three musicians he's played with since they were Dublin teenagers, giving Clayton a long hug. " he then asked the crowd, singing of fools and regrets via the melancholy lyrics of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns," which the band has quoted within "The Electric Co. " since that first U. S. tour. The military beat of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" followed as Bono sang for his fellow Irishman on a stage lit up in deep red.
Bad news: all that technology we’ve been urging you to buy for the past 20 years, it’s making you dumber. You can’t remember phone numbers any more, your body clock is shot and your hippocampus – the part of the brain that controls your sense of direction – is shrinking. You’re almost certainly skim-reading this article, especially if you’re reading it online, and the chances of you making it all the way to the end are negligible. Relax: you’re not even carrying your phone. It doesn’t have to be. . Soon, you won’t even need to know how to drive: your Google car will get you home without you even having to put your hands on the wheel. In 20 years’ time, you’ll be able to connect your brain directly to the cloud and access all of the knowledge on the internet on demand. Technology has already rewired your brain. now you’re going to need to wire your brain to technology. Brain damage The debilitating impact of the internet, and modern technology in general, has been a growing concern for some years. In 2008, the writer Nicholas Carr wrote a seminal essay for The Atlantic asking “Is Google making us stupid. “Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory,” Carr wrote.