Four weeks later, his grisly fate was revealed.This case spawned a fearful rumor that tapped into the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, that cultists were planning to kidnap children for their rituals.The man who d convinced his followers to join in his madness—the bodies found at Rancho Santa Elena were just some of the casualties—was El Padrino, the Godfather his real identity: he was 26-year-old Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo , with help from 24-year-old Sara Aldrete, a.k.a.Rolling Stone s in-depth investigation of the case excellent reading if you re not faint of heart, as is this Texas Monthly take on the story quotes an anthropologist as calling Constanzo the Pied Piper of death.Costanzo had grown up in the Santería religion, but his beliefs had morphed into something far darker, of his own design, as he gained more power.Jouret, a doctor, was the face of the organization, delivering the lectures that—despite warning of the looming environmental apocalypse—were magnetic enough to attract new followers.
Two spacecraft drifted closer to one another far above planet Earth, as they prepared to dock.USA Cap Com-Huston: Go ahead.The plot concerned a NASA mission in which a US spacecraft ran into problem.The three crew members on board were saved by a Soviet mission also in orbit.It is planned that the first experimental flight to test these systems be conducted during 1975, envisaging the docking of a United States Apollo-type spacecraft and a Soviet Soyuz-type spacecraft with visits of astronauts in each other s spacecraft.The implementation of these projects will be carried out on the basis of principles and procedures which will be developed in accordance with the summary of results of the meeting between representatives of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the USSR Academy of Sciences on the question of developing compatible systems for rendezvous and docking of manned spacecraft and space stations of the USA and the USSR dated April 6, 1972.
The Star Wars universe is packed with evocative locations, from the desert planets of Tatooine and Jakku in The Force Awakens, to the frozen environs of Hoth, the Cloud City of Bespin, the entrancing lakes of Naboo and the volcanic nightmare of Mustafar.Tatooine's binary suns in A New Hope - Kepler-16b"If there's a bright centre to the universe, you're on the planet that's farthest from," says Luke Skywalker in A New Hope.Actually, it's our solitary Sun that's the odd one out here; astronomers reckon that about 80% of stars are multiple-star systems, which means that worlds with two, three or even seven sunsets are the norm.Multiple star systems are everywhere you look; next time you're outside in clear night skies, look north to find the second star in from the tip of the handle of the Plough/Big Dipper and you'll notice that it's an obvious double star.However, the bigger star Mizar is actually four stars while smaller star Alcor is two, all gravitationally bound.
When they weren't failing to find the droids they were looking for, or challenging Sith Lords publicly about their hokey religion, the Empire must have managed to do something.Just to be entirely clear, we're absolutely not backing any kind of fascist totalitarian state - but they did manage to assemble a few moon sized death stars, overthrow a republic and take out an army of mythically impressive Jedi.Well we don't have Death Star rays that can do it in one fell swoop, but nuclear weapons are definitely the most insidious weapons that we do have on planet Earth.Stand up Prism, the technology that governments brought in under the radar to monitor all of our communications and store it.The Empire would love Prism, and whistleblower Edward Snowden would no doubt be dealing with a squad of Stormtroopers right now if the Grand Moffs weren't far, far away.We all know that R2-D2 would have been far better at flying the X-Wing than his master and his hokey religion and it's pretty clear that Darth Vader wouldn't have been troubled by Han Solo if he wasn't lumbered with incompetent humanoid pilots, so we reckon drones would be high up on the Empire's wishlist.
For more stories from WIRED's mission-driven businesses package, click here.US-based outdoor-clothing company Patagonia uses materials that either benefit, or cause minimal damage to, the environment.Having been steadily successful since it was founded in 1973, the company has doubled in size, tripled its profits and become a certified B Corp over the past ten years.The company's annual revenues, in excess of $600 million in 2013, have continued to rise, despite - or rather, partly due to - a programme called Worn Wear.Patagonia, still privately owned by its founder, 77-year-old Yvon Chouinard, continues to donate at least one per cent of its annual net revenue to environmental causes, to date totalling $36 million."There is nothing we can change about making clothing that would have more positive environmental impact than making less," she says.
Plodding third act, over-familiarity, repetitive sequences.'Cinematic', while the go-to adjective for almost any scripted action-adventure game, is key.The siblings' relationship is central to the game, woven through the narrative with a flashback to their orphaned childhood, and contrasted against Nathan's doubts over his future and discomfort at settling down.So, paragon of maturity, he runs off to track down the ultimate historical stash - $400 million worth of plunder, with a quest that takes him to the furthest reaches of the planet.Multiplayer has always seemed a strange addition to Uncharted, even though it's been a fixture since the second game; a bit like hugging a friend at a train station and then realising you're walking to the same platform.It packs in four modes, including ranked and unranked Team Deathmatch shootouts, king-of-the-hill style Plunder, and Command, where factions battle to take out the opposing team's captain.
Hit me baby one more time.Glu Mobile hopes that its new Britney Spears: American Dream game will follow in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, a mobile gaming sensation which has generated something like $80 million for Kardashian alone since in debuted in 2014.San Francisco-based Glu has struck celebrity mobile game deals with stars who collectively have more than a billion social followers.Glu has to pay these celebrities royalties, but the strategy is a way to avoid spending a ton of money on advertising a game, as it relies on the cachet of celebrities and social media to spread awareness of the game.As with the Kardashian game, the Britney Spears game is aspirational.You also have to fend off rival singers to reach the top, perform at venues from the local Starbeans to international stadiums, and try to get your own stage at Planet Hollywood, the big casino in Las Vegas where the real Britney Spears performs.For Spears, the game represents an opportunity to expand her entertainment empire, as mobile gaming has become a very lucrative endeavor for Kardashian.Glu learned the hard way that fans didn t like its rendition of Katy Perry when it launched a game last fall.Glu is also working with other celebrities including chef Gordon Ramsay and performer Taylor Swift.Niccolo De Masi, CEO of Glu, said in an interview with GamesBeat that the game has tested well and he has high hopes for it.This is a partnership with a woman who has been around as a performer for 17 years.
Here you can peer into the lives of some of Facebook s global community of 1.65 billion users.But don t expect too much – a random look through feeds late Wednesday showed a guy staring blankly at his smartphone camera, a shaky POV of a motorcycle journey, a person buttering toast, and a guy in a youth hostel eating noodles.Blue dots indicate the location of a stream, and hovering your mouse over it connects you to the feed.These point to where current viewers are located around the world, though maybe Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will look at them as an indicator of how well he s succeeding in his quest to connect everyone on the planet.Live Video s interactive map should certainly boost traffic for the service, as before the only way you d know if a user was broadcasting live was via a notification, meaning you had to already be following them.Facebook knows there s money to be made here – users reportedly watch live broadcasts for three times longer than recorded video, and post 10 times more comments.
Photo: SCMP PicturesAustralian scientists have found evidence of a huge asteroid they say slammed into Earth some 3.46 billion years ago – making it the second oldest known to have hit the planet and larger than the one blamed for wiping out the dinosaurs.Andrew Glikson, from the Australian National University s Planetary Institute, said that while the asteroid would have been massive, the exact location of where it hit was not known.The impact would have triggered earthquakes orders of magnitude greater than terrestrial earthquakes, it would have caused huge tsunamis and would have made cliffs crumble, he said in a statement.On Wednesday, Glikson said he and Arthur Hickman from the Geological Survey of Western Australia had found tiny glass beads called spherules, which are formed by vaporised material from an asteroid s impact, in Australia s remote northwest.It dates from 3.46 billion years ago.Tests on the beads found in Western Australia found levels of elements such as platinum, nickel and chromium corresponding with those found in asteroids, according to the scientists paper in Precambrian Research.
Eight studies have received funding under Phase 2 of the NASA innovative Advanced Concepts program, including a proposal to blast tiny spacecraft to other star systems using powerful lasers.The high-risk, high-reward ideas — which received grants under Phase 2 of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts NIAC program — include a possible way to induce a hibernation-like state in Mars-bound astronauts and a proposal to blast tiny spacecraft between the stars using powerful lasers."The NIAC program is one of the ways NASA engages the U.S. scientific and engineering communities, including agency civil servants, by challenging them to come up with some of the most visionary aerospace concepts," Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C, said in a statement Friday May 13 .This basic idea is at the heart of the $100 million Breakthrough Starshot project, which Stephen Hawking and other scientists announced last month.In this concept, a spacecraft would slow down upon approach to a planet by generating its own magnetic field.- See more at: http://www.space.com/32894-nasa-interstellar-flight-tech-niac-space-grants.html sthash.r4Idujwq.dpuf"Phase 2 decisions are always challenging, but we were especially challenged this year with so many successful Phase 1 studies applying to move forward with their cutting-edge technologies," Jason Derleth, the NIAC program executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., said in the same statement.
Spraying the wheat crops with pesticide could be a thing of the past if EU gets current with scienceIn a rebuke to the EU, and environmental activists worldwide, the biggest scientific metastudy yet conducted of genetically modified foods concludes they re good for human health and the environment.The National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an advisory body of scientists, finds no evidence of risks over conventional crops, and huge benefits in the shape of increased yields in poor countries, and healthier crops.More resilient GM foods reduce reliance on pesticides.Since then, it s merely tried to strangle them by heavy regulation, giving member states the right to impose their own obstacles in the shape of temporary bans so much for single market harmonisation .Paul Dacre s Frankenfoods campaign, and the media s promotion of work by the now discredited scientist Árpád Pusztai were instrumental in fuelling revulsion against GM crops.Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore now promotes vitamin A-fortified blindness-fighting Golden Rice, which Western NGOs are attempting to restrict in the countries that most need it.
Try these cheeky codes.Paradox InteractiveDiplomacy and exploration are a huge part of the Stellaris experience.Paradox Interactive's real-time strategy sci-fi opus follows the basic tenets of the 4X structure: expand, explore, exploit and exterminate.However, your first few hours spent nursing your civilisation will focus more on politics and resource-gathering than on all-out skirmishes.Stellaris Console Commands list and guideai – Toggles enemy AI on or offcash amount – Adds 5,000 cash by default or specified amountcontact – Toggles contact with other empires on or offcontrol planet ID – Instantly occupy planet if not at war with colonydamage amount – Selected ship takes specified damage amountdemocratic election – Start an electiondeposits – Toggle deposit visibility on or offengineering amount - Adds 5,000 engineering by default or specified amountfast forward value – Jumps forward in-game days by specified valuefinish research – Instantly finishes any active researchftl – enables/disables unlimited FTL travelhuman ai – Toggles AI for human empires on and offinfluence amount - Adds 5,000 influence by default or specified amountinstant build – Instantly finish building active upgrades, ships, stations and buildingsinvincible – God modekill country country ID – Instantly kills entire countryminerals amount - Adds 5,000 minerals by default or specified amountpeace on player country ID – Selected country offers peace to playerphysics amount – Adds 5,000 physics by default or specified amountplanet happiness amount – Selected planet given happiness buffpopulate – Selected planet reaches maximum populationresearch technologies – Instantly finishes any active technology researchresource resource type amount – Adds 5000 to specified resource by default or specified amountskills amount – Adds specified amount of skill to all player leaderssociety amount – Adds 5000 to society by default or specified amountsurvey – Surveys all planetswar on player country ID – Selected country declares war on playerThe 'planet resource' code allows players to gather materials quickly for a specific location.Stellaris Planet Resource Console CommandsThe 'planet resource' command fills random tiles on a selected planet with a definable resource.
Other inventions NASA science has created include the pacemaker, scratch-resistant lenses and the solar panel.As we enter the transhumanist age — the era of bionic limbs, brain implants and artificial intelligence — space exploration might once again dramatically lead us forward in discovering the most our species can become.The hope, of course, is that within the next 10-15 years, astronauts will be stepping foot upon the red planet, too.That may sound low, but it also adds up when extrapolated to century-scale.Experts say it will soon be possible to mine asteroids from space — some that are worth billions of dollars each.This type of thinking should be a priority for whoever ends up in Congress and the White House come 2017.
See more of Folny s artwork at Artstation.While Disney s Star Wars canon has been spreading itself across all sorts of mediums, it s mainly focused on books, so we don t really know what a lot of these fascinating new characters look like.That makes it all the more interesting when we finally get official looks at some of these book-based heroes.The above image is the first official image released of Ciena Ree, one of the two lead characters in Claudia Gray s brilliant novel Lost Stars, released last Fall in the first wave of The Force Awakens merchandise.Ree was an Imperial Academy graduate who worked her way up the ranks in the Imperial Navy before eventually commanding a Star Destroyer in the Battle of Jakku, the engagement that lead to the sandy planet being covered in the scrap Rey scavenges in The Force Awakens.Revealed by the latest episode of The Star Wars Show, the image was commissioned for use by Fantasy Flight Games, who make several Star Wars table top games like Armada and X-Wing Update: Fantasy Flight have just confirmed that Ree will be part of an expansion for Star Wars: Armada .
Microsoft is stepping up its commitment to reduce the impact its data centers have on the environment, with a goal to use 50 percent renewable energy by 2018.A wind farm in Norfolk, EnglandAs more services move to the cloud, online giants are building more data centers to keep up.On Thursday, Microsoft said it will step up its commitment to reduce the impact its data centers have on the environment.Across the tech sector, we need to recognize that data centers will rank by the middle of the next decade among the largest users of electrical power on the planet, Brad Smith, the company's president and chief legal officer, said in a blog post.Today, roughly 44 percent of the electricity used by Microsoft s data centers comes from renewable energy sources, he said.And it's experimenting with undersea data centers, which may be able to tap into offshore wind farms and require less energy for cooling.
Google's been hard at work over the past couple of years getting a virtual reality platform ready for the planet - this week they've opened the doors.Not just a flat, smartphone screen ride, but a 3D, spherical, immersive ride, the likes of which have only been available with multi-hundred-dollar headsets before now.This includes 360 video and photo previews of the app or VR experience.Nathan Martz, Product Manager for Google said "the foundation of Daydream is the phone itself."Martz listed the following bits that'll be coming with all Daydream Ready phones:• Low Persistence Displays• High Performance SoCs• Low Latency, High Quality SensorsThe Nexus 6P may not end up being the first Daydream Ready device, but it WILL be the first device that developers will be using to create Daydream apps.We'll see more of Daydream Labs soon!
Bell ASU , and M. Wolff Space Science Institute Mars is nearing its closest approach to us in a decade, so Hubble took that opportunity to capture a brand new up-close look at the red planet.The planetary portrait reveals the Martian surface so closely that researchers were able to make out details just 20 miles across.Particularly notable were changes in the observed ice on Mars surface and large forming cloud banks, like that big blue glow drifting over the right middle section of the plant.What we re catching here is a detailed look at how the changing of the seasons looks on Mars.In fact, knowing about those seasons was key to the recent discovery water s existence on the planet.Of particular note is a rapid retreat of the planet s polar ice cap in its northern hemisphere, due to the Martian summer.
On May 10, NASA added 1,284 new planets to its running list of confirmed planets outside of our solar system, or exoplanets.That brings the total well above 3,000.And those are just the ones we've detected.Scientists now believe that, on average, every star in the Milky Way has at least one planet orbiting it.And there are more than 100 billion stars in our galaxy alone.With numbers like those, its hard to believe that we're all alone.Exploring these exoplanets is our best bet to locate distant neighbors in our lonely chunk of the universe.Here are some of the most promising places we might find life beyond our solar system: View As: One PageSlides
US aerospace and defence firm Lockheed Martin has unveiled a concept for a new Mars base that will orbit the Red Planet instead of being based on the planet's surface, enabling humans to be sent to Mars by 2028.Lockheed Martin has envisioned a heavy lift rocket that turns into a space station, orbiting Mars to allow scientists to gather valuable researchUnveiled at the Human to Mars space conference in Washington DC on Wednesday 18 May, the Mars Base Camp is a space station designed to orbit around the Red Planet, similar to the International Space Station ISS , only smaller.Also included in the design are radiators to keep sensitive electronics and living quarters cool, solar arrays to harness power from the sun for spacecraft operations and propulsion, and a cryogenic rocket engine that produces a high-powered thrust to get the spacecraft from lunar orbit into deep space to Mars and enables the astronauts to go on excursions around the Red Planet's moons; Phobos and Deimos.Much can be learnt from Mars orbitLockheed Martin's mission timeline for the Mars base campBy being in orbit of the Red Planet, scientists can learn a lot more about Mars even without landing, and it means that we could learn more instead of spending more time creating and constructing the right habitats.So Lockheed Martin has come up with a proposal it hopes the space agency will consider in order to cement plans to get humans to Mars.To that end, it has drawn up set targets – have the rocket and capsule ready to launch on an unmanned mission by 2018, and if that is successful, take astronauts to deep space, just beyond the moon in 2023 for the first time ever, and then work their way towards orbiting Mars by 2028.
Two asteroid strikes had huge consequencesScientists think they have spotted the remains of two huge tsunamis on Mars caused by asteroids striking the planet back when it still had water.In a paper published in Nature Scientific Reports, the boffins say pictures from the imaging and radar satellites orbiting Mars show the effects of two separate asteroid strikes on what was once a vast ocean in the northern hemisphere of the Red Planet, 3.4 billion years ago."For more than a quarter century, failure to identify shoreline features consistently distributed along a constant elevation has been regarded as inconsistent with the hypothesis that a vast ocean existed on Mars approximately 3.4 billion years ago," said lead author J. Alexis Palmero Rodriguez from the Planetary Science Institute.Shoreline development asteroid-styleThe second strike occurred a few million years later, when the sea was much colder, the theory goes.As a follow-up investigation we plan to characterize these terrains and assess their potential for future robotic or human in-situ exploration," Rodriguez said.The idea is that these areas are likely to have the highest concentrations of water remains, so when the next rovers get sent to Mars, such as NASA's proposed Curiosity 2.0 mission in 2020, they can drill down and have a better chance of finding water, or even signs of ancient life.