Neptune looks extremely sharp and very blue in these new images

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Several billion miles from Earth, Neptune’s looking particularly sharp in a set of new images captured by one of the most powerful telescopes in the world.

Located in Chile, the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) used what’s known as laser tomography to capture test images of the planet and surrounding star clusters.

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The telescope’s Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument works with what’s called the GALACSI adaptive optics module. This allows the telescope to correct for turbulence at different altitudes in the atmosphere, resulting in some incredibly clear, sharp images captured from Earth. Read more…

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These are the clearest views of Saturn’s moon Titan we’ve seen yet

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Long live Cassini, which has delivered the clearest views of Saturn’s moon, Titan, to date.

Six infrared images of Titan have been captured by the noble Cassini spacecraft, which, after 13 years of exploration, finally (and sadly) burned up in Saturn’s atmosphere in September 2017.

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The images are some of the clearest global views of the moon’s surface produced to date. You can spy Titan’s icy surface in incredibly clear detail. 

According to NASA, the photographs were created using 13 years of combined data from the Cassini spacecraft, acquired by an on-board instrument called the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer.  Read more…

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Glass phones are about to get really, really cool

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Are you ready for translucent phones? What about wood, or snakeskin? That’s the promise of Gorilla Glass 6, Corning’s newest generation of Gorilla Glass. 

The next-gen display tech, which is used by Apple and Samsung, comes with the usual upgrades in scratch and impact resistance, but perhaps more exciting is that the glass can also be engineered to look and feel nothing like actual glass.

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During a press event at the company’s Sunnyvale, Calif. facility Wednesday, the company showed off new designs that add realistic textures to its glass. It’s called “Vibrant” Gorilla Glass, and it was first introduced in 2016 with the promise that phone makers could print high resolution images directly onto it. Read more…

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Oh joy, it’s your elected officials rambling on about cryptocurrency

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Look, cryptocurrency is complicated. We get it. What with all the different coins, tokens, ICOs, exchanges, scams, protocols, and DApps, it’s borderline impossible for the casual observer to keep it all straight. 

And so, with that in mind, let us now turn to approximately three combined hours of our elected officials rambling on about the blockchain and our decentralized future.

SEE ALSO: Desperate Coinbase customers turn to SEC with allegations of fraud

The fun started early Wednesday, when members of the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to discuss the future of the crypto-verse.  Read more…

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Lego’s model of Jason Momoa as Aquaman is zaddy material

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Lego’s human-size model of Aquaman, a.k.a. actor Jason Momoa, is here to break hearts with his mighty trident.

Behold, the great sea warrior…rendered in the form of thousands of tiny plastic bricks.

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Nothing sea-weathered about this Aquaman.

Image: LEGO/DC

The 150-pound model — inspired by the upcoming DC Entertainment film based off the classic DC comic — debuted at San Diego Comic Con on Wednesday. According to a spokesperson for the toy company, the Lego master builders spent 190 hours imagining and constructing the model, which is made from 30,450 individual bricks.  Read more…

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Joaquin Phoenix’s standalone Joker origin movie gets a release date

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There’s been a lot of rumors swirling around various standalone Joker movies over the past couple months. And sorry, Jared Leto, but yours isn’t the one far enough into development to have a solid release date.

Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix will play the legendary supervillain in the upcoming Warner Bros Joker origin story set in the ’80s, to be released on Oct. 4, 2019 according to a studio announcement. Filming is supposed to begin this fall.

SEE ALSO: No one needs Jared Leto’s new Joker movie. No one.

Not much is known about the untitled film, but The Hangover director Todd Phillips will helm the movie and also co-write the script with Scott Silver (The Fighter). Read more…

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Voters’ data was left exposed online because of course it was

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Sure, our ballot may be secret. But our voter data? Yeah, not so much.

Our most recent reminder of this disconcerting truth: Bob Diachenko, a self-described cybersecurity enthusiast who works for an IT development firm, discovered an online database containing information on thousands of US voters. The apparently misconfigured database, which belonged to a Virginia-based robocalling firm, reportedly included voters’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and political affiliation, along with other personal information.   

And it was all there for the taking. 

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A single House Republican sides with Democrats on net neutrality

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There’s a Democratic bill in the House of Representatives that seeks to void the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality, restoring the Obama-era rules that once ensured a free and open internet. 

But even with the support of nearly every Democrat in the House, the petition still falls far short of the 218 signatures it needs to force a vote in the lower chamber on overturning the net neutrality repeal. 

SEE ALSO: Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s SCOTUS pick, could be the final nail in net neutrality’s coffin

However, on Tuesday, the vast majority of Americans who support the Obama-era policy were given a new reason to hope: Rep. Mike Coffman became the first House Republican to stand with Democrats on net neutrality, signing his name to their petition to force a vote. Read more…

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Someone please stop these copycat emoji Twitter accounts

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Twitter is inexplicably being taken over by walls and walls of emoji.

The trend most likely started with @AngrymanFuckin, an account that got popular for tweeting just the angry face emoji.  

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AngrymanFuckin is A STATEMENT. Similar to the way Dadaists of the early 20th century sought to make art that questioned the purpose of art, AngrymanFuckin created tweets that questioned the purpose of tweeting. And like the Dadaists’ tendency to use household objects with minimal artistic manipulation to reconsider art as a practice, AngrymanFuckin used readily available emoji instead of original thought.  Read more…

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4 things you can do to help keep Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive

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Today would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. 

The South African political leader, who died in 2013, fought against apartheid in South Africa, had a long history of public service, and believed in eradicating poverty.

People are celebrating his legacy with #MandelaDay, a social media campaign to inspire positive change in our world. Luminaries like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Bill Gates are posting their memories of Mandela, along with their own take on the message that each person has the ability and responsibility to make positive difference in the world. 

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