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What will the night sky look like in 2 million years?
Two Million Stars on the Move
Video Credit: +European Space Agency, ESA, Gaia, DPAC

If you could watch the night sky for one million years -- how would it change? Besides local effects caused by the Earth's spin and the reorientation of the Earth's spin axis, the stars themselves will move. Combining positional data of unprecedented accuracy for two-million stars taken over years by ESA's Earth-orbiting Hipparcos (now defunct) and Gaia satellites, a future extrapolation of star movements was made over millions years. As shown in the featured video, many stars make only small angular adjustments, but some stars -- typically those nearby -- will zip across the sky. Once familiar constellations and asterisms will become unrecognizable as the bright stars that formed them move around. Not shown are many local nebulas that will surely dissipate while new ones will likely form in different places. Perhaps reassuringly, future Earth inhabitants will still be able to recognize the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy.
2017 April 17

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I read this article as an argument supporting personal AIs that respond to simple messages for you automatically. Google Inbox already offers basic suggestions for replies and Google's new messaging service, Allo, will do the same thing. I think the world would really benefit from a system of personal AIs that are able to act as a proxy for an individual's digital life. 

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Shame on you!
I imagine once +Kirill Grouchnikov​ finds out about this site, he'll open it on his phone and start walking around the office looking for people still using Eclipse.

#shame #GoT #gameofthrones

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Wow, this is a huge turn for Google. Very exciting!
Really excited about our big news, announcement of Alphabet!

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I wonder if you could attach them to some sort of backpack to help with dangerous scientific experiments. I think four arms would probably do it. 
It's beginning to feel like the future :o

The three golden rules to ensure computer security are:
do not own a computer;
do not power it on;
and do not use it.

Robert Morris

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Hello everyone,

I have to perform a survey for my Operating Systems class. It's only 3 quick questions and takes a couple minutes to complete. Please take it if you have the time.

Thanks for your help!

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I don't know whether to be impressed or terrified... or both. 
Oh my.

And yes, this is very much not legal. But it doesn't make any less awesome scary. 

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Pluto, King of the Kuiper Belt!
Pluto Resolved
Image Credit & Copyright: +NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Inst.

New Horizons has survived its close encounter with Pluto and has resumed sending back images and data. The robotic spacecraft reported back on time, with all systems working, and with the expected volume of data stored. Featured here is the highest resolution image of Pluto taken before closest approach, an image that really brings Pluto into a satisfying focus. At first glance, Pluto is reddish and has several craters. Toward the image bottom is a surprisingly featureless light-covered region that resembles an iconic heart, and mountainous terrain appears on the lower right. This image, however, is only the beginning. As more images and data pour in today, during the coming week, and over the next year, humanity's understanding of Pluto and its moons will likely become revolutionized.

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