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Chinese space station will fall to Earth within two weeks

Ars Technica - 18 min 44 sec ago

Enlarge / Tiangong-1 altitude decay forecast as of March 22, 2018. (credit: ESA)

China's first space station may fall to the ground as soon as one week from now, and certainly within two, orbital debris experts with the European Space Agency say. Scientists, however, still cannot predict with any confidence where pieces of the 10.4-meter long Tiangong-1 station, which is traveling at 17,000 km/h, will land.

The latest estimate from ESA indicates the station will enter Earth's atmosphere between March 30 and April 3, at which time most of the station will burn up. However, the station is large enough—it weighed 8.5 tons when fully fueled but has since used much of that propellant—that some pieces will very likely reach the planet's surface.

Beyond the fact that the station will reach a final impact point somewhere between 42.8 degrees North and 42.8 degrees South in latitude and probably near the northern or southern extremity of those boundaries due to Tiangong-1's orbital inclination, it is not possible to say where on Earth the debris will land. However, the likelihood of it affecting humans is quite low. Scientists estimate the "personal probability of being hit by a piece of debris from the Tiangong-1" is about 10 million times smaller than the annual chance of being hit by lightning.

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Congress votes for spending bill without Trump energy cuts; Trump may veto it

Ars Technica - 26 min 1 sec ago

Enlarge (credit: CatLane / Getty Images)

On Friday morning, the US Senate passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill which could avert yet another government shutdown. Although the bill covers the breadth of US government activities, one interesting outcome of budget negotiations is that the spending bill reflects none of President Trump's most drastic proposed cuts to Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) renewable energy and early-stage energy programs.

In fact, the omnibus spending bill, which would secure funding out to September 2018, even increased the budgets of some renewable energy programs.

Still, it's unclear if the bill will escape a veto from Trump. Politico reported on Thursday that the president was in favor of the bill, but on Friday he tweeted that he might veto it due to the fact that the bill did not include funding for a border wall.

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback finally gets key tech for NY debut - Roadshow - News - 27 min 18 sec ago
With rakish looks, next-gen advanced driver assist features and long-overdue Apple CarPlay compatibility, Toyota's new five-door has come to play.

Zuckerberg urged to testify to House committee - CNET - News - 34 min 20 sec ago
In a letter, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce calls on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to personally answer questions at an upcoming hearing.

Incoming US national security adviser used Cambridge Analytica - CNET - News - 46 min 38 sec ago
John Bolton's Super PAC started working with Cambridge Analytica in 2014.

DNC “lone hacker” Guccifer 2.0 pegged as Russian spy after opsec fail

Ars Technica - 58 min 12 sec ago

Vladimir Putin at an award ceremony at the Museum of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency. A GRU officer was reportedly behind the creation of the Guccifer 2.0 persona. (credit: Office of the President of Russia)

Soon after the June 2016 announcement by CrowdStrike that the Democratic National Committee's network had been the victim of a long-running breach perpetrated by Russian intelligence agencies, someone going by the name "Guccifer 2.0" suddenly materialized to take credit for the breach. Guccifer 2.0 started leaking internal DNC documents soon after. Intelligence officials and security experts have previously insisted that Guccifer 2.0 was in fact part of a Russian intelligence information operations campaign and not, as the person or persons behind the blog and social media accounts associated with the Guccifer 2.0 identity insisted, a Romanian hacker inspired by the original Guccifer.

Now, the Daily Beast reports that intelligence officials had direct evidence of Guccifer's true identity. One of the individuals maintaining Guccifer 2.0's social media presence forgot to use a virtual private network to access a US-based social media platform, thus leaving an Internet Protocol address located in Moscow in the service's logs. Working from that address, a source told the Daily Beast's Spencer Ackerman and Kevin Poulsen that analysts were able to dig deeper and associate Guccifer 2.0 with a single individual: "a GRU officer working out of the agency’s headquarters on Grizodubovoy Street in Moscow," Paulson and Ackerman reported. (The GRU, or Russian General Main Staff Intelligence Directorate, is Russia's largest foreign intelligence agency.)

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FDA launches app that lets you search for drug information - CNET - News - 1 hour 6 min ago
Continuing the FDA's foray into digital health, the Drugs@FDA Express app promises to help people search for information about FDA-approved drugs.

DOJ Indicts 9 Iranians For Brazen University Cyberattacks

Wired - 1 hour 9 min ago
A new indictment asserts a long string of attacks against hundreds of universities and private companies, in which Iran pilfered more than $3 billion worth of intellectual property.

Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid recalled for power loss - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 19 min ago
Fewer than 3,000 vehicles are affected in the US.

UK's data watchdog seizes suspected Scottish nuisance caller's kit

The Register - 1 hour 22 min ago
ICO gets search warrant... for firm accused of jamming up railway safety hotline

A Scottish company suspected of making 200 million nuisance calls that may have blocked railway safety hotlines has been raided by the Information Commissioner's Office.…

Nissan to debut 8 new EVs by 2022 - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 55 min ago
It also hopes to sell 1 million electrified vehicles per year in that same timeframe.

Get the new Dell XPS 13 laptop for $854 - CNET - News - 1 hour 56 min ago
Plus: FOUR sweet bonus deals, including a free game and the return of an earphone favorite.

Best Travel Gear: Mophie, Amazon Kindle, Allbirds, Lululemon, Hex

Wired - 1 hour 58 min ago
Fit everything for your trip into a bag that slides under the seat in front of you.

US targets 10 Iranians for university cyberattacks, HBO hack - CNET - News - 2 hours 4 min ago
The Department of Justice announces charges against alleged hackers, as well as sanctions over attempts to hack hundreds of universities.

Zap-Map brings two peer-to-peer EV charging networks to the UK - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 6 min ago
It's an interesting way for homeowners and businesses to offset the costs of EV charger installation.

Dropbox to start trading after strong IPO - CNET - News - 2 hours 15 min ago
The file-sharing company sold shares at $21 a piece in its initial public offering, according to a report, and will begin trading Friday on Nasdaq.

NAND chips are going to stay too pricey for flash to slit disk's throat...

The Register - 2 hours 27 min ago
For a while at least... spinning rust is going to stick around

Analysis Flash chip bits cost eight times more than spinning rust and SSDs aren't going to get cheap enough to kill off disk entirely.…

KeepVid scraps YouTube-ripping function in favour of legal approach

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 47 min ago
A popular video-downloading site has unexpectedly turned into a copyright advocacy page.

Ex-ZX Spectrum reboot man threatens sueball over unpaid invoices

The Register - 2 hours 47 min ago
Meanwhile, the company accounts are overdue

Yet more financial claims are piling up against failing ZX Spectrum Vega Plus firm Retro Computers Ltd, with the company's former web fixer threatening to sue over allegedly unpaid invoices.…

DeepMind explores inner workings of AI

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 56 min ago
Research throws light on how a general AI that can adapt and understand new situations might work.

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