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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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Spot unveils Global Phone satellite handset for near-global coverage

Spot unveils Global Phone satellite handset for near-global coverage

Spot has introduced a satellite-powered global cell phone called - quite aptly - the Spot Global Phone. The handset offers connectivity almost anywhere in the world, making it ideal for trekkers, frequent travelers, sailors, or anyone else who ventures off into places unknown - or unserviced by your regular cell phone provider. As you might suspect, the candy-bar style phone comes with a hefty price tag, in this case a dollar shy of $500, with the monthly plans starting at $25 for 10 minutes of talk time.

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Chinese space junk collides with Russian satellite

Chinese space junk collides with Russian satellite

While outer space is vast with distances that are hard for the human mind to comprehend, the space around our planet is becoming quite crowded. There are approximately 900 satellites in orbit around the Earth today and untold amounts of orbiting space junk and debris. The space junk and debris includes things such as defunct satellites, small parts from spacecraft, and satellites that have been purposely destroyed or exploded accidentally.

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Canada launches NEOSSat to keep an eye out for asteroids

Canada launches NEOSSat to keep an eye out for asteroids

More than a few asteroids have neared our planet this year, with some getting pretty close, relatively speaking. This has prompted a variety of theories on how to deal with them, such as laser beams that will evaporate threatening space rock. Less an asteroid sneak up on us, Canada has launched the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite, called NEOSSat for short, which is equipped with a camera to help us keep an eye out for asteroids.

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Dish Network’s chairman says he doesn’t want to kill advertisements, talks about AutoHop

Dish Network’s chairman says he doesn’t want to kill advertisements, talks about AutoHop

Dish Network has been a source of controversy for many months now thanks to its AutoHop commercial-skipping feature, which allows users to automatically skip commercials in DVR recordings. Broadcast networks have stated that such a feature is detrimental to the industry as a whole, which earns quite a bit of revenue through the advertisements. Dish's chairman Charlie Ergen has responded to this criticism in an interview with AllThingsD, stating that he doesn't want to kill commercials.

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NASA launches Landsat 8 into orbit

NASA launches Landsat 8 into orbit

Today, NASA launched the eighth Landsat satellite into space, continuing the tradition of tracking various environmental changes and resource usage around Earth. The Landsat program has been around since 1972, and has been providing quality data of our planet for over four decades now. The satellite officially launched at 1:02 pm ET from from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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