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newly discovered letter by galileo resolves puzzling historical mystery

enlarge/ the original letter in which galileo argued against the doctrine of the roman catholic church.royal societyshare this storyrenowned astronomer galileo has been lauded for centuries for his courageous principled stance against the catholic church. he argued in favor of the earth moving around the sun, rather than vice versa, in direct contradiction to church teachings at the time. but a long-lost letter has been discovered at the royal society in london indicating that galileo tried to soften his initial claims to avoid the church's wrath.in august, salvatore ricciardo, a postdoc in science history at the university of bergamon in italy, visited london, searching various british libraries for any handwritten comments on galileo's w...




ecuador wanted to make julian assange a diplomat and send him to moscow

enlarge/ julian assange, the founder of wikileaks, gestures from the balcony of ecuador's embassy in london.jack taylor/getty imagesshare this storylast year, ecuador attempted to deputize wikileaks founder julian assange as one of its own diplomats and send him to russia, according to a friday report by reuters.citing an "ecuadorian government document," which the news agency did not publish, assange apparently was briefly granted a "special designation" to act as one of its diplomats, a privilege normally granted to the president for political allies. however, that status was then withdrawn when the united kingdom objected.the associated press reported earlier in the week that newly-leaked documents showed that assange sought a russian ...




post-cody wilson’s arrest, few know what’s up with his company or legal efforts

enlarge/ at defense distributed's nondescript space among the north austin business parks, it was business as usual on september 21, 2018.nathan mattiseshare this storyaustin, texas—on the surface, everything appears to be normal at defense distributed, the firearms company founded by 3d printed guns activist cody wilson. employees have been reporting to work as usual. sales of the ghost gunner and the related 3d-printed gun files on a usb stick continue. and the defense distributed team has been working to fulfill those just like any other week.but of course, it hasn't been just any other week for the austin company. on wednesday, september 19, an arrest warrant was issued for wilson related to his alleged sexual assault of an unnamed ...




taiwanese authorities arrest cody wilson, intend to deport him

enlarge/ cody wilson speaks at the 2015 sxsw conference for the premiere of the documentary, deep web.amy e. price/getty images for sxswshare this storydefense distributed founder cody wilson was arrested at a hotel in taipei city's wanhua district at around 6pm local time in taipei today, according to reports in taiwanese outlets the liberty times (chinese, google translate) and united daily news (chinese, google translate).authorities had seen wilson on hotel security monitors earlier in the day, around 3pm local time. they soon sent staff to wait outside the door, and wilson eventually walked out three hours later. liberty times notes wilson did not have any contraband on him at the time of the arrest, and he appeared calm when app...




get ready for a flood of new exoplanets: tess has already spotted two

enlargenasashare this storynasa's successor to the kepler mission, the transiting exoplanet survey satellite (tess), is already paying dividends. the satellite was only launched in april and spent time undergoing commissioning and calibration. but it has now started its science mission, and researchers have already discovered two new planets.these are expected to be the first of as many as 10,000 planets spotted by tess. so we thought this was a good opportunity to take a careful look at the planet hunter's design, the goals that informed the design, and what its success should mean for our understanding of exoplanets.four eyesthe body of tess is pretty simple, being composed largely of a fuel tank and thrusters. it has reaction wheels for...




taiwanese authorities arrest cody wilson, intend to deport him

enlarge/ cody wilson speaks at the 2015 sxsw conference for the premiere of the documentary, deep web.amy e. price/getty images for sxswshare this storydefense distributed founder cody wilson was arrested at a hotel in taipei city's wanhua district at around 6pm local time in taipei today, according to reports in taiwanese outlets the liberty times (chinese, google translate) and united daily news (chinese, google translate).authorities had seen wilson on hotel security monitors earlier in the day, around 3pm local time. they soon sent staff to wait outside the door, and wilson eventually walked out three hours later. liberty times notes wilson did not have any contraband on him at the time of the arrest, and he appeared calm when app...




paypal bans alex jones, saying he “promoted hate”

enlarge/ alex jones in cleveland in 2016.brooks kraft/ getty imagesshare this storypayment processing giant paypal has cut off the account of alex jones—the latest in a long line of technology companies to cut ties with the radio host and online provocateur."we undertook an extensive review of the infowars sites and found instances that promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance," a paypal spokesperson told new york times journalist nathaniel popper.paypal has given jones' site, infowars, 10 days to find a new payment processor.alex jones has now been banned from a long list of high-profile technology platforms. twitter, facebook, and youtube all recently removed jones' accounts from ...




skype support coming to alexa later this year

enlarge/ skype calling on alexa hardware.microsoftshare this storylater this year you'll be able to say "alexa, call mom on skype" and have amazon's digital assistant do the right thing with microsoft's messaging network.microsoft and amazon have been working to integrate their technology. earlier in the year, cortana and alexa gained the ability to talk to each other (albeit with some limitations), and the skype integration is another sign of cooperation between the two companies.any alexa-enabled device will support voice calls, and hardware with screens and cameras, such as the echo show, will also support video calling. the skype support includes skypeout support calls to phone numbers, and you'll be able to receive incoming calls on...




potential buyers for largest coal plant in the western us back out

enlarge/ navajo generating station and navajo mountain. (photo by: education images/uig via getty images)getty imagesshare this storytwo investment companies that had been negotiating a purchase of the navajo generating station (ngs) outside of page, arizona, have decided to end talks without purchasing the coal plant. the 2.25 gigawatt (gw) plant is the biggest coal plant in the western us, and it has been slated for a 2019 shutdown. that decision came in early 2017, when utility owners of the plant voted to shut it down, saying they could find cheaper, cleaner energy elsewhere.the 47-year-old plant employs hundreds of people from the navajo and hopi tribes in the area. it is also served by arizona's only coal mine, the kayenta mine, wh...




telltale games begins wave of layoffs, cancels stranger things game [updated]

enlarge/ if today's news about telltale games' closure is true, that "final" season description may prove more accurate than telltale originally intended.telltale gamesshare this storyupdate, 5:49 p.m. et: telltale games has issued a statement to ars technica confirming that the game maker has begun taking steps to shut down completely. the full statement, below:today telltale games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. a majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners. ceo pete hawley issued the following statement:“it's be...




get ready for a flood of new exoplanets: tess has already spotted two

enlargenasashare this storynasa's successor to the kepler mission, the transiting exoplanet survey satellite (tess), is already paying dividends. the satellite was only launched in april and spent time undergoing commissioning and calibration. but it has now started its science mission, and researchers have already discovered two new planets.these are expected to be the first of as many as 10,000 planets spotted by tess. so we thought this was a good opportunity to take a careful look at the planet hunter's design, the goals that informed the design, and what its success should mean for our understanding of exoplanets.four eyesthe body of tess is pretty simple, being composed largely of a fuel tank and thrusters. it has reaction wheels for...




valkyria chronicles 4 review: same as it ever was

enlarge/ once you take aim, behind-the-scenes math takes control.share this storyturn-based tactics with an action game twist: that’s the simple, potent blend that made the original valkyria chroniclesso immediately striking back in 2008. now, two psp sequels and one ill-conceived pseudo-spin-off later, that formula returns to consoles in valkyria chronicles 4. it has the same hooks of that original game, including the watercolor-and-pencil graphics and plenty of anime relationships to tease out over 35-ish combat-heavy hours.in fact, despite being the fourth game in the series, vc4 even returns to the series’ original conflict—a sort of norse-flavored, alternate-history world war ii. an evil empire (a fantastical mix of nazi germany a...




taiwanese authorities arrest cody wilson, intend to deport him

enlarge/ cody wilson speaks at the 2015 sxsw conference for the premiere of the documentary, deep web.amy e. price/getty images for sxswshare this storydefense distributed founder cody wilson was arrested at a hotel in taipei city's wanhua district at around 6pm local time in taipei today, according to reports in taiwanese outlets the liberty times (chinese,  google translate) and united daily news (chinese, google translate).authorities had seen wilson on hotel security monitors earlier in the day, around 3pm local time. they soon sent staff to wait outside the door, and wilson eventually walked out three hours later. liberty times notes wilson did not have any contraband on him at the time of the arrest, and he appeared calm when a...




drugged puppies blamed for spreading diarrhea superbugs in multi-state outbreak

enlarge/ i don't feel so good. getty | christopher furlongshare this storypuppies given a startling amount of antibiotics have spurred a multi-state outbreak of diarrhea-causing bacterial infections that are extensively drug resistant, federal and state health officials report this week.the finding, published in the september 21 morbidity and mortality weekly report by the centers for disease control and prevention, suggests that the dog industry is in serious need of training and obedience classes. the “widespread administration of multiple antibiotic classes” to puppies, including all of the classes commonly used to treat diarrhea infections in humans, is an alarming finding, the officials suggested. they called for fairly simple fixes...




nyt sues fcc, says it hid evidence of russia meddling in net neutrality repeal

enlarge/ fcc chairman ajit pai speaks to the media after the vote to repeal net neutrality rules on december 14, 2017.getty images | alex wong share this storythe new york times has sued the federal communications commission over the agency's refusal to release records that the times believes might shed light on russian interference in the net neutrality repeal proceeding.the times made a freedom of information act (foia) request in june 2017 for fcc server logs related to the system for accepting public comments on fcc chairman ajit pai's repeal of net neutrality rules. the fcc refused to provide the records, telling the times that doing so would jeopardize the privacy of commenters and the effectiveness of the agency's it security pract...




ifixit’s iphone xs and xs max teardown: like the iphone x with a couple surprises

share this story the iphone xs has a different battery design than the iphone xs max, which has the same design as the iphone x. ifixit here, the iphone x stacked on top of the xs and xs max. note that there's a new antenna band. ifixit camera components from the iphone xs and xs max. ifixit one of many shots of the logic board from ifixit's teardown. ifixitwhen we went hands-on with the iphone xs and xs max, we were mainly struck by how similar they felt to the iphone x—particularly the iphone xs. but it turns out that inside, it's the iphone xs that diverges with an unusual new battery design. ifixit tore down both phones and provided analysis and gorgeous pictures as always. be sure to check out their full teardown, but a few...




inside the eight desperate weeks that saved spacex from ruin

enlarge/ the falcon 1 rocket ascends toward space on its fourth flight.spacexshare this storythey bunked in a double-wide trailer, cramming inside on cots and sleeping bags, as many as a dozen at a time. in the mornings, they feasted on steaming plates of scrambled eggs. at night, beneath some of the darkest skies on earth, they grilled steaks and wondered if the heavens above were beyond their reach. kids, most of them, existed alone on a tiny speck of an island in the middle of the pacific ocean. it was the middle of nowhere, really.and they worked. they worked desperately—tinkering, testing, and fixing—hoping that nothing would go wrong this time. already, their small rocket had failed three times. one more launch anomaly likely meant...




fcc angers cities and towns with $2 billion giveaway to wireless carriers

enlarge/ a verizon construction engineer inspects a pair of radio heads on a mock small cell near sacramento city hall in 2017.verizonshare this storythe federal communications commission's plan for spurring 5g wireless deployment will prevent city and town governments from charging carriers about $2 billion worth of fees.the fcc proposal, to be voted on at its meeting on september 26, limits the amount that local governments may charge carriers for placing 5g equipment such as small cells on poles, traffic lights, and other government property in public rights-of-way. the proposal, which is supported by the fcc's republican majority, would also force cities and towns to act on carrier applications within 60 or 90 days.the fcc says th...




japan has attempted to land two tiny rovers on a distant asteroid

enlarge/ the hayabusa2 spacecraft spies its shadow thursday night as it descends toward ryugu to deploy two small rovers.jaxashare this storyjapan's hayabusa2 spacecraft hasn't garnered much attention in the western world, but on friday night the 609kg vehicle attempted something rather amazing. the spacecraft descended from its station-keeping orbit 20km above a small asteroid down to just 60 meters, and there it deployed two miniature rovers bound for the surface.each weighed only about a kilogram, and after separating from the main spacecraft they approached the asteroid named ryugu. japanese mission scientists think the rovers touched down successfully, but are not completely sure. communication with the two landers stopped near the mo...




matt murdock is back and darker than ever in new trailer for daredevil season 3

share this storymarvel’s daredevil season 3 trailer.man, marvel is on a roll these days. season two of iron fist just dropped a few weeks ago, and marvel is already trotting out the teaser trailer for daredevil's third season. it's clear charlie cox's matt murdock is in for a dark descent, psychologically, along with the regular beatings that leave him bloodied but unbowed. and could kingpin be making a reprise as matt's arch nemesis?(mild spoilers for first two seasons below)daredevil s1 is among my favorite stories in the defenders universe, second only to jessica jones s1, in large part because wilson fisk (aka kingpin, played to perfection by vincent d'onofrio) was such an incredibly complex and even occasionally sympathetic vill...