NASA begins testing drilling Mars rover in Chilean desert

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NASA this month began testing a prototype robot in the Chilean desert, as part of the agency’s ongoing search for evidence of life on Mars. The prototype, known as Zoë, is a solar-powered, autonomous robot equipped with onboard sensors, cameras, and a one-meter drill. The robot will use its drill to find and analyze soil samples from Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest on Earth. Led by Carnegie Mellon University and the SETI Institute, the Life in the Atacama Project was launched earlier this month as NASA began testing a variety of new technologies that could be used on the craft that replaces the Curiosity rover in 2020.

Zoë is explicitly designed to search for signs of microbial life, which experts say would likely exist well below…

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Peruvian royal tomb reveals secrets behind a long-lost empire

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Not much is known about the Wari empire, which is thought to have ruled over what is now coastal Peru from the 4th to the 11th century. Indeed, some question whether the South American society should even be referred to as an empire. But a royal tomb discovered a four- hour drive away from the Peruvian capital of Lima has revealed some of the structure and traditions of Wari society. The remains of over 60 people, including 3 Wari queens, were found among over a thousand artifacts, including gold tools, bronze axes, and “sophisticated gold and silver jewelry.” Evidence found in the tomb points toward a people that participated in royal ancestor worship, a nd archaeologists expect it will take another eight-to-ten years to fully explore…

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Man creates “invisible headphones” by implanting magnets into his ears

A man has implanted magnets into his ears to use as invisible headphones in a remarkable example of DIY transhumanism.

Rich Lee, a self-described transhumanist and body modification fan (or “grinder”), was inspired by a similar idea posted on the Instructables site that featured two small in-ear magnets stimulated with a magnetic coil necklace connected to an amplifier (you can see the video with this piece). The difference is that Lee actually implanted his inside his fleshy lobes.

The coil necklace is completely hidden by his clothing, and the scars from the implants are also unnoticeable, so it’s unlikely you’d realize that as he was standing in front of you he could be listening to music. In a way it’s reminiscent of the bone vibration Google Glass uses instead of conventional earphones.

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Five Best Cloud Storage Providers

Five Best Cloud Storage Providers

Free cloud storage is easy to come by these days—anyone can give it out, and anyone can give out lots of it. However, the best cloud storage providers give you more than just storage. They offer availability, multi-platform support, security, app integration, and more. This week we’re going to look at five of the best cloud storage providers on the market, thanks to your nominations.

Earlier in the week we asked you to nominate the cloud storage providers you thought were the best. You came in with tons of great nominees—way more than we could highlight here. Regardless, some definitely stood higher than the others, especially considering the last time we asked you about cloud storage services. Here’s what you said:

Five Best Cloud Storage Providers

Dropbox

If you’re reading this, you probably already know what Dropbox is. We’ve covered Dropbox and services that support it extensively, and most of you here have followed along with our tricks to get as much space as you possibly can. Many people bemoan Dropbox’s position at the top of the pack as being a matter of popularity and the fact that they were one of the first to really popularize cloud storage (referral links and storage bonuses didn’t hurt), but it’s not just popularity that makes Dropbox special. Support for virtually every operating system, both desktop and mobile, experimental and beta builds that add tons of useful features, and a vast third-party developer community taking advantage of its open APIs to build applications on top of it make Dropbox a great cloud storage service, whether you use it for your files and just sync with the desktop clients, or you have another favorite app that uses Dropbox to keep your files synced across devices. Dropbox has its woes (especially with regard to security), but it’s a stellar option—if it weren’t, people wouldn’t keep using it. Plans start with 2GB, but you can get way more than that via referrals, mobile app use, photo and video uploads, or by using an EDU address. You can check out their plans here.

Google Reader, αποθηκεύστε τα RSS feeds όσο προλαβαίνετε

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Μετά την 1η Ιουλίου 2013 το Google Reader θα αποτελεί ανάμνηση καθώς η Google αποφάσισε να διακόψει οριστικά τη λειτουργία του λίγους μήνες πριν.

Αυτό σημαίνει ότι τα RSS feeds που έχετε αποθηκευμένα στο λογαριασμό σας θα διαγραφούν για πάντα χωρίς να έχετε τη δυνατότητα μετέπειτα ανάκτησης τους. Έτσι, καλό θα ήταν να αποθηκεύσετε τ&al pha; feeds στον υπολογιστή σας όσο προλαβαίνετε έτσι ώστε να μπορείτε να τα εισάγετε μέσω του αντίστοιχου αρχείου σε κάποιο άλλο RSS Reader.

Δείτε πώς να αποθηκεύσετε τα RSS feeds του Google Reader λογαριασμού σας ακολουθώντας τα παρακάτω βήματα.

Αποθηκευση των RSS feeds του Google Reader

Αφού συνδεθείτε στο Google Reader πατήστε στην επιλογή Reader settings που θα βρείτε στην πάνω δεξιά γωνία.

Google Reader RSS feeds

Στη σελίδα των ρυθμίσεων μεταφερθείτε στην καρτέλα Import/Export και έπειτα πατήστε στην επιλογή Download you data through Takeout.

Google Reader RSS feeds

Αφού τα αρχεία του Google Reader είναι έτοιμα μέσω του Takeout, πατήστε στο κουμπί Create Archive για να δημιουργηθεί το αρχείο .zip που θα περιέχει όλα τα απαραίτητα δεδομένα των feeds.

Google Reader RSS feeds

Τέλος, πατήστε στο κουμπί Download για να κατεβάσετε το αρχείο στον υπολογιστή σας. Αυτό ήταν!

Google Reader RSS feeds

Ανοίγοντας έπειτα το αρχείο .zip στον υπολογιστή σας θα βρείτε ορισμένα .json αρχεία καθώς και το αρχείο subscriptions.xml που μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε για να εισάγετε τα RSS feeds σε ένα διαφορετικό RSS Reader που υποστηρίζει αυτή τη δυνατότητα.

Google Reader RSS feeds

Ποιον RSS Reader να επιλέξετε; Δείτε 10 προτάσεις που θα σας βοηθήσουν να συνεχίσετε την ανάγνωση των feeds όπως είχατε συνηθίσει.

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Possible Photos of Plastic Rear Shell from Apple’s Lower-Cost iPhone

Nowhereelse.fr shares [Google translation] a pair of photos of what may be the rear shell of Apple’s rumored lower-cost plastic iPhone. While the site acknowledges that the part could simply be a Chinese clone of an iPhone 5 rear shell, certain features such as a round rear microphone hole and rounded rear edges are consistent with previous claims for the lower-cost iPhone, including leaked design drawings from a case maker.

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How To Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery the Right Way

How To Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery the Right Way

Your smartphone is a minor miracle, a pocket-sized computer that can fulfill almost every whim. But none of its superpowers matter a bit if it runs out of juice. With removable batteries becoming more and more rare, you’ve got to take good care of the one you got. Fortunately, it’s not to hard keep the lithium-ion powering your everything machine happy if you follow a few simple rules.

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Digg Reader web, iOS apps are open for the public

As we stand on the precipice of the shutdown of Google Reader the search for replacement RSS clients is more frantic than ever, and now Digg has opened access to its app for any users interested. Currently available on the web and as an iOS app (Android coming soon), importing ones Google account is just a few mouse clicks away. The experience as it exists now is pretty barebones, and Digg says it plans to add a “View unread items only” option, “Mark as unread” button and the always crucial “accurate” unread coun ts for feeds and folders in the near future. Hit the source link below to give it a shot, and then let us know if it’s a contender for the throne.

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