From: Digital Trends - Enjoy breathtaking views of the cosmos with one of these five ‘stellar’ telescopes

Choosing the right telescope is a daunting task, not to mention an expensive one. Knowing the exact model and accessories you need, however, can save you valuable time and money. Here are five of our favorite models.

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From: GeekWire - Volunteer crew begins an eight-month mission on Hawaii’s make-believe Mars

HI-SEAS surroundings
Six volunteers – including two with connections to Washington state – have begun eight months of being cooped up in a Hawaii habitat that’s meant to simulate life on Mars. The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation project, known as HI-SEAS, is one of several long-running experiments that use earthly environments as a training ground for future Red Planet expeditions. This is the fifth simulated mission to be staged on the slopes of Mauna Loa on Hawaii’s Big Island, 8,200 feet above sea level. The University of Hawaii at Manoa has conducted the simulations since 2012, thanks to $1.2 million in NASA funding.… Read More

From: GeekWire - What’s next for science and tech? Key posts are in limbo as Trump takes charge

Although President Donald Trump says he’s ready to delve into the mysteries of space, he still has to make key appointments at NASA and other agencies dealing with science and technology policy. And some of the picks he’s already made pose challenges. For example, his nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency has in the past filed lawsuits against the EPA. And his nominee for energy secretary, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, once sought to have that Cabinet department eliminated (even though he couldn’t remember that during a debate). Here’s a quick rundown on the questions surrounding seven agencies that deal with… Read More

From: GeekWire - Tech shines as bright spot in Donald Trump’s dark inaugural speech

Donald Trump
Donald Trump’s first address as president may have sounded like a “Make America Great Again” campaign speech, but he did include at least a few bright words about the promise of science and technology. “We stand at the birth of a new millennium,” he said at the U.S. Capitol after his swearing-in, “ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights and heal our divisions.” Trump’s references to the technologies of tomorrow provided some… Read More

From: Gizmodo - NASA’s Goddard Director Explains What Really Matters In 2016’s Extraordinary Temperature Data

For the third consecutive year, NASA and NOAA have announced record high temperatures. It’s upsetting yet unsurprising, given the dearth of fucks we seem to give about the state of our planet. As Gizmodo previously reported, temperatures were 0.07 degrees F (0.04 degrees C) higher last year than they were in 2015—but…

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