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NASA Just MacGyvered A Spacecraft To Fly Between Saturn And Its Rings

You can always count on NASA to jury-rig   its way into a successful mission. Its Cassini spacecraft just gave Earth another first in space exploration: It passed through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on Wednesday, then relayed stunning photographs of the planet’s atmosphere and invaluable data back to Terra. But you can’t safely navigate an unexplored, potentially hazardous region of space without channeling MacGyver . The gap between Saturn’s rings and the top of its atmosphere is only 1,500 miles wide, and Cassini was hurtling through at 77,000 miles-per-hour relative to the planet, according to NASA. Models suggested that Saturn’s ring particles still exist in that gap ― they would be small, “on the scale of smoke particles,” but it wouldn’t take much to wreak havoc on sensitive technology that’s zipping along at Cassini’s speed

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Facebook Says It Will Ramp Up Fight Against Propaganda

Facebook Inc acknowledged on Thursday that it has become a battleground for governments seeking to manipulate public opinion in other countries and outlined new measures it is taking to combat what it calls “information operations” that go well beyond the phenomenon known as fake news. In a report and summary of response plans on its website on Thursday, Facebook describes well-funded and subtle efforts by nations and other organizations to spread misleading information and falsehoods for geopolitical goals. These initiatives go much further than posting fake news stories to include amplification – essentially widening the circulation of posts through a variety of means – carried out by government employees or paid professionals, often using fake accounts. Reuters reviewed an advance copy of the 13-page report, which was written by two veteran security analysts who joined Facebook from cyber security firms FireEye Inc and Dell SecureWorks, along with Facebook’s chief security officer.

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New Sci-Fi Novel Is Set In A World Where Hillary Clinton Actually Won

In the aftermath of last year’s presidential election ― which turned out differently than most media outlets predicted ― the questions on a lot of minds seemed to be “How?” and “Why?” Today, William Gibson ― the American-Canadian science fiction novelist behind the 1984 cyberpunk classic Neuromancer , in which he coined the term “cyberspace”  ― is exploring another question in his forthcoming novel: What if? What if instead of electing President Donald Trump , whose  first 100 days in office have in many ways chipped away at the constitutional value of free expression , Hillary Clinton had won instead? Gibson applied this question to a book he was already working on before last year’s results came in. In an interview with The New York Times , he explained why he didn’t alter his plot after Trump’s victory. “It was immediately obvious to me that there had been some fundamental shift and I would have to rebuild the whole thing,” he said.

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This Teen Dancer Went Viral For Her Body Image. Now Comes The Aftermath.

NEW YORK ― It was a late January evening, and Lizzy Howell’s iPhone would not stop buzzing. The 15-year-old from Milford, Delaware, watched in bewilderment as notification after notification flashed on her screen until her battery died. Quite by accident, a video she’d posted of herself on Instagram a few months before had gone viral. In the 10-second clip, Lizzy, wearing a maroon leotard and footless tights, is spinning on her toes, practicing a classical ballet move called fouetté turns . Eleven times she twirls, gracefully extending her leg and whipping it around. Behind her, several young dancers watch in appreciation.

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‘The Circle’ Is A Messy Adaptation And A Feeble Addition To The Cyber-Panic Genre

“ The Circle ” commits a terrible movie crime: It botches its own premise, coming up hollow and spineless.  There’s no use trying to be more measured. The big-screen adaptation of Dave Eggers’ best-selling 2013 novel about a surveillance-happy internet corporation betrays stories that tackle techno-panic in our increasingly digital world. Eggers’ book is a pulpy page-turner that updates elements of  1984  and Brave New World , even if its execution isn’t as immersive or clever. In movie form, almost everything gets lost in translation. The tone isn’t alarming enough to be a thriller, nor is it witty enough to be a satire, offering no effective commentary about the breadth of our electronic footprints. No movie should be required to preach a message, but what’s the point in depicting the ills of technology without offering a point of view

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Trump’s Wall Is Worthless If He Doesn’t Back It Up With Tech

By Issie Lapowsky and Lily Hay Newman for WIRED . If Congress were to fail to pass a spending bill before the end of the day Friday, the government could shut down. That’s why President Trump just blinked. He shelved a plan to demand that funding for a border wall be included in that bill after both Democrats and Republicans voiced fierce opposition. President Trump seemed intent on avoiding the humiliation of seeing his plan for a “big, beautiful wall” shut down along with the government, particularly when his own party controls Congress

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Father Kills Toddler On Facebook Live

For the second time in roughly a week, a brutal killing has been uploaded to Facebook. According to police, a 20-year-old man on Monday used Facebook Live to stream the hanging of his 11-month-old daughter. The video, which was filmed at an abandoned hotel in Phuket, Thailand, showed the man tie a noose around the child’s neck before dropping her over the side of the building. The child’s relatives, including his mother, reportedly saw the video and contacted police. “The mother of the child was crying and was very sad,” Thai police Col

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FCC Chairman To Propose Reversing ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others. A plan to reverse the rules approved by the FCC under Democratic President Barack Obama is expected to set off a fight over the future of the internet regulation. Ajit Pai, who was named chair of the FCC by President Donald Trump in January, said at a speech in Washington he was aiming to reverse rules that gave the government greater regulatory powers over internet service providers, arguing they cost jobs and depressed investment. “Do we want the government to control the Internet? Or do we want to embrace the light-touch approach” in place since 1996 until revised in 2015, he asked.

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