Cue up Cat Stevens' Moonshadow. NASA's Juno spacecraft went in for a scenic flyby of Jupiter in September and sent back a lovely view of the moon Io dropping a perfect shadow on the swirly gas giant.I took my own shot at processing the Juno raw image NASA released last week. You can also see what one of the pros did with it. Citizen scientist and NASA software engineer Kevin Gill shared his version of the image, which really makes Jupiter's intriguing atmospheric formations pop out. Astrophysicist Katie Mack took to Twitter to explain why the shadow of Io on Jupiter is so sharp while the moon's shadow on Earth appears fuzzy during a lunar eclipse. "Io is so big and close that it more than blocks the Sun (it appears 4x as big as the Sun from Jupiter's perspective) and it's so close that the penumbra (fuzzy outer edge of shadow) is super thin," Mack wrote. So that's why Io's shadow looks like a portable hole from a Looney Tunes cartoon. Jumpin' Jupiter Jupiter just got … [Read more...] about NASA Juno spacecraft spots moon shadow on Jupiter
Edward Snowden doesn't argue about whether he broke the law by leaking the details of top-secret NSA surveillance programs to journalists in 2013. Instead, he says there should be an exception for whistle-blowers who release information for the benefit of the public.Snowden reiterated this stance in an interview with CBS News Monday. (Note: CBS News and CNET are both owned by parent company CBS.) The former federal contractor was charged in 2013 with breaking the Espionage Act, and has lived in Russia ever since. Snowden told CBS News that he was making a connection to Latin America in Moscow when his passport was canceled, leaving him stranded in Russia. A return to the US would force him to face a trial that he says would be improperly closed off from the public and wouldn't let the jury consider his motivations."This is the bottom line that any American should require," Snowden said. "We don't want people thrown in prison without the jury being able to decide that what they did … [Read more...] about Edward Snowden: A jury should hear the case for NSA leaks
Are there any vehicles that require the use of midgrade gasoline? Read on… You see it every time you pull in to the gas station to fill up. Situated there, between the regular and premium gasoline options on the fuel pump, is a mysterious third choice: Midgrade. What is midgrade gas? Read on… The overwhelming majority of car owners fill their vehicles with regular-grade gasoline. This is fine, as regular fuel’s 87 octane rating (which can be lower at higher altitudes and in Mexico) meets the needs of most new-car engines. Consumers fortunate enough to drive certain luxury or high-performance models may purchase premium fuel, as its higher octane rating (typically 91-93) is often recommended or required for optimal engine performance in those vehicles. Do I Really Need to Use Premium Gas? Branded “Silver” or “Plus” by some gasoline retailers, midgrade fuel is usually rated at 89 octane. But what about midgrade? Per one industry … [Read more...] about What Is Midgrade Gas?
Get yourself some chocolate babka and start practicing your thumb dance. Seinfeld is coming to Netflix, yada yada yada. On Monday, the streaming service tweeted out that all 180 episodes of the Emmy-winning sitcom will be available worldwide on Netflix beginning in 2021.The streaming deal will last for five years, starting in 2021, The Los Angeles Times reports. Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment.This is good news for the streaming service following the loss of two other popular sitcoms that were well-loved on Netflix. Workplace comedy The Office will leave Netflix in 2021 for NBCUniversal's new streaming service, and Friends will head to HBO Max, another new service.Seinfeld, starring comedian Jerry Seinfeld as a New York comedian with goofy friends Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), George (Jason Alexander) and Kramer (Michael Richards), ran from 1989 to 1998. 2019 movies to geek out over 77 Photos Related stories by Gael Fashingbauer … [Read more...] about Seinfeld coming to Netflix in 2021, yada yada yada
Two US Senators are pushing the Federal Communications Commission to take another look at licenses granted in the early 2000s to two Chinese telecommunication providers amid national security concerns. Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday stating they believe China Telecom and China Unicom could pose serious risks to US national security. "These state-owned companies continue to have access to our telephone lines, fiber optic cables, cellular networks and satellites in ways that could give it (China) the ability to target the content of communications of Americans or their businesses and the U.S. government, including through the 'hijacking' of telecommunications traffic by redirecting it through China," the senators wrote in a letter. The letter was also sent to the US Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. The FCC voted unanimously in May to deny a … [Read more...] about Senators urge FCC to scrutinize Chinese carriers operating in US