An Analysis of the LEGO City Deep Space Rocket

The LEGO City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control is a “modular, multi-stage rocket with cockpit, booster and payload storage modules.” Prominently featured on the page are images of the launch control tower, launchpad, and various extra equipment such as a lunar rover. But can this rocket really fly? LEGO helpfully provides an “Explore in…

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How Long Was Venus Habitable?

How Long Was Venus Habitable?

Earth and Venus are “sister worlds,” sharing a similar size, mass, and bulk composition. You wouldn’t want to visit modern-day Venus, though, with its atmosphere of carbon dioxide and nitrogen and surface temperatures hovering around 450°C. But our neighbor probably wasn’t always so inhospitable. Deciphering what early Venus looked like isn’t easy—in part because the…

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Finding new physics will require a new particle collider

Finding new physics will require a new particle collider

DEEP UNDER the countryside north of Geneva, straddling the Franco-Swiss border, one of the most advanced scientific machines ever built has been banging subatomic particles together for more than a decade. This device, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), accelerates beams of protons (members of a class of particle called hadrons) in opposite directions around a…

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The Newspaper Navigator Dataset: Extracting And Analyzing Visual Content from 16 Million Historic Newspaper Pages in Chronicling America

[Submitted on 4 May 2020] Download PDF Abstract: Chronicling America is a product of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historic newspapers. Over 16 million pages of historic American newspapers have been digitized for Chronicling America to date, complete with…

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James Damore and three others end Google suit

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How does Chrome decide what to highlight when you double-click Japanese text?

How does Chrome decide what to highlight when you double-click Japanese text?

So it turns out v8 has a non-standard multi-language word segmenter and it handles Japanese. function tokenizeJA(text) { var it = Intl.v8BreakIterator([‘ja-JP’], {type:’word’}) it.adoptText(text) var words = [] var cur = 0, prev = 0 while (cur < text.length) { prev = cur cur = it.next() words.push(text.substring(prev, cur)) } return words } console.log(tokenizeJA('どこで生れたかとんと見当がつかぬ。何でも薄暗いじめじめした所でニャーニャー泣いていた事だけは記憶している。')) // ["どこ",…

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The X-37B Space Plane’s Microwave Beam Experiment Is A Way Bigger Deal Than It Seems

The X-37B Space Plane’s Microwave Beam Experiment Is A Way Bigger Deal Than It Seems

When the X-37B launches on May 16, it will carry a technology that could eventually allow drones to stay aloft indefinitely anywhere on the globe.Space ForceThe shadowy X-37B, the Air Force’s unmanned, reusable spacecraft, is set to launch for its sixth flight on May 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. While most of…

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