Why Habitable Exoplanets Might Mean Humanity Is Doomed

Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler 186f, a planet 492 light years away in the Cygnus constellation. Kepler 186f is special because it marks the first planet almost exactly the same size as Earth orbiting in the “habitable zone” – the distance from a star in which we might expect liquid water, and perhaps life. What did not make the news, however, is that this discovery also slightly increases how much credence we give to the possibility of near-term human extinction. This because of a concept known as the Great Filter…

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Are you on T-Mobile US and want a Nokia Lumia 1520? You have options

The Lumia 1520 now holds my record for longest used Windows Phone, previously held by my Lumia 920. There’s just something about the raw horsepower of a quad-core 2.2 GHz CPU and that 1080P six inch display that makes it hard to resist.  Sure, it’s big, but it’s also awesome. Unfortunately, for those on T-Mobile in the US, the Lumia 1520 is but a pipe dream…

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Progressive Insurance uses SQL Server 2014 to grow its competitive edge

SQL Server 2014 now has in-memory Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), a technology that’s already being adopted by Progressive Insurance, a company that has long made customer service a competitive strength. As part of an app update, Progressive wanted to add the option to insure motorcycles, recreational vehicles, boats and even Segway electric scooters…

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Virgin Galactic SpaceshipTwo: What Your $250K Flight Will Feel Like

The future of manned spaceflight is coming into focus. Whether it’s through NASA’s Orion program, its partnerships with private companies or in the form of the quick, space-immersion experiences that Virgin Galatic’s SpaceshipTwo spaceships are soon to offer. Billionaire Richard Branson recently placed a full-scale replica of his spaceship on the deck of the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City. You can see it for yourself in the gallery above and Vine video below Despite the company working on private spaceflight for almost a decade, not many people have seen SpaceshipTwo (even an exact replica) in person or know a lot about what it will be like to fly in one of these things. Until now. …

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Barbie will become a brand-conscious Mary Poppins in live-action movie

Mattel’s venerable, proportion-defying fashion doll Barbie is having a big 2014 — she appeared in the pages of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue earlier this year, and now Deadline is reporting that a live-action Barbie movie is now in development, with production expected to start before the end of the year. The Barbie franchise has long served as a lightning rod for issues surrounding women’s body issues and female objectification, but Sony Pictures (who acquired the rights to the film) is pushing Barbie’s supposed female empowerment characteristics as the driving theme of the upcoming movie. According to Deadline, the Barbie character will use her “personal and professional skills” to help the lives of others — a role described as… Continue reading…

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Inside Sailthru’s New York City Offices

Homepolish recently redesigned the SoHo offices of marketing data company Sailthru. The new office houses 100+ employees in approximately 16,000 square feet. When we first met Sailthru, they had 100 employees, a slew of desks, and roughly 16,000 square feet of underutilized space in their SoHo office. And that’s about it…

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