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NASA ramps up search for habitable planets near Earth

NASA ramps up search for habitable planets near Earth

We've written several times about recent habitable planet findings, such as the discovery of three such planets on April 18 via the Kepler space telescope. Such planets exist within the habitable zone, but aren't necessarily capable of supporting life, and we won't know for sure without studying each one individually. The distance at which many of these exo-planets are located from our planet makes this a problem, with current technology being able to do little more than recognize their existence and potential habitability. That is where NASA's upcoming TESS telescope will come in.

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GeForce Experience replaces “NVIDIA Update” as graphics driver standard

GeForce Experience replaces “NVIDIA Update” as graphics driver standard

NVIDIA's GeForce Experience isn't a baby anymore - several months in and 2.5 million downloads since this system's introduction and eventual public beta release, this game optimizing control center will replace the company's "NVIDIA Update" system as the standard. In each driver package included with a GeForce graphics card, the GeForce Experience will be packaged, starting this week with the R320 GeForce GTX 780 launch driver.

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NVIDIA ShadowPlay aims for always-on screen recording for gamers

NVIDIA ShadowPlay aims for always-on screen recording for gamers

In a move that most gamers will instantly see as a battle up against FRAPS, NVIDIA has this week shown off ShadowPlay, a screen capture feature for the future of the GeForce Experience. Before you get too excited, it's important to note that ShadowPlay will not be implemented until later this summer with an update to the GeForce Experience - for now you'll have to wait and wish for this optimized setup.

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Google and NASA buy D-Wave quantum computer

Google and NASA buy D-Wave quantum computer

Google will co-invest in a quantum supercomputer lab near its Mountain View campus, exploring the potential for incredibly-fast processing tipped to run 11,000x faster at some tasks compared to a standard Intel chip. The computer itself will be manufactured by D-Wave and based at NASA's Ames Research Center, where the Universities Space Research Association nonprofit will be responsible for its operation; Google and other companies will share access to the "D-Wave Two" hardware, which is rumored to cost around $10m.

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NVIDIA Q1 earnings show year-on-year numbers up across the board

NVIDIA Q1 earnings show year-on-year numbers up across the board

In February, NVIDIA posted the financial data for both its fiscal 2013 Q4 and its year-end 2012 data, showing record profits and stating an anticipated $940 million for its fiscal 2014 first quarter. Now the numbers are officially in, and it turns out the company beat expectations, with revenue coming in at $954.7 million. While nearly all of its numbers are down over the previous quarter, year-on-year numbers are up across the board.

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Hunt for alien life is too Earth-fixated argues expert

Hunt for alien life is too Earth-fixated argues expert

An obsession with Earth-like conditions is blinding astronomers to other potential locations where alien life could flourish, one controversial theoretical physicist has argued, suggesting scientists are too inflexible to recognize all the possibilities. While the hunt for extraterrestrial life has so far focused on rocky planets that occupy roughly the same "sweet spot" in terms of where they orbit a star, MIT's Sara Seager says that ignores the possibility of liquid water and other essentials on exo-planets with orbits ten times further out than Earth is from our sun, National Geographic reports.

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Indiana University’s petaflop supercomputer bucks public trend

Indiana University’s petaflop supercomputer bucks public trend

Indiana University's new petaflop supercomputer is the first supercomputer to be a "dedicated university resource." It has been named Big Red II, and is a big replacement to IU's previous supercomputer, Big Red, which reached speed of 28 teraflops, drastically slower than Big Red II's one petaflop speeds. Big Red II will be used to help students and staff members with their research on various subjects.

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NVIDIA GeForce 700M brings on five notebook-bound beasts

NVIDIA GeForce 700M brings on five notebook-bound beasts

With the release of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan GPU this year, we knew NVIDIA wasn't going to pull any punches when it came to offering the highest-powered hardware to the public at any cost. Here with the reveal of the GeForce 700M family, the battle continues with notebook warriors galore. You'll be seeing the NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 745M, 740M, 735M, and 720M coming your way soon - get pumped up about laptop graphics monstrousness!

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Universe is 80 million years older than previously thought

Universe is 80 million years older than previously thought

The universe is billions of years old, but new research suggests that it's a bit older than we all originally thought. According to the European Space Agency, who looked at the findings by its Planck space probe, the universe is actually around 80 million years older than previously expected, making it just over 13.8 billion years old now.

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SlashGear 101: Remote Computing with NVIDIA GRID VCA

SlashGear 101: Remote Computing with NVIDIA GRID VCA

This week at NVIDIA's own GPU Technology Conference 2013, we've been introduced to no less than the company's first end-to-end system: NVIDIA GRID VCA. The VCA part of the name stands for "Visual Computing Appliance", and it's part of the greater NVIDIA GRID family we were re-introduced to at CES 2013 earlier this year. This VCA is NVIDIA's way of addressing those users - and SMBs (small-to-medium businesses) - out there that want a single web-accessible database without a massive rack of servers.

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