Facebook Messenger is now the second most popular app in America

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Fireteam Chat Ep. 34 – Preparing for Destiny’s Taken King – IGN’s Destiny Show

In the next week there are a ton of changes coming to Destiny that are preparing us for The Taken King. Here’s what you can expect.

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Mad Max Graphics Comparison

It’s PC vs. Xbox One vs. PlayStation four in this graphics comparison for Mad Max that pits all three platforms against each other.

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I Wanna Fly Through This Gate to The Stars

I Wanna Fly Through This Gate to The Stars

Today’s APOD feature has just left me speechless. What is this astronomical beauty, this celestial rose, this heavenly gate I am staring at in this photo, taken after sunset on September 1, above the cold Chilean highlands?

Those reddish petals are not clouds, but luminous glowing air, caused by chemiluminescence, as experts over at APOD explains:

Above a sea of clouds and flanking the celestial Milky Way, the airglow seems to ripple and flow across the northern horizon in atmospheric waves. Originating at an altitude similar to aurorae, the luminous airglow is instead due to chemiluminescence, the production of light through chemical excitation. Commonly captured with a greenish tinge by sensitive digital cameras, this reddish airglow emission is from OH molecules and oxygen atoms at extremely low densities and has often been present in southern hemisphere nights during the last few years. On this night it was visible to the eye, but seen without color.

Photo: Yuri Beletsky/Las Campanas ObservatoryFacebook, 500px


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The Interdependency Of Stanford And Silicon Valley

stanforddish There was a time when Stanford University was considered a second-rate engineering school. It was the early 1940s, and the Department of Defense was pressed to assemble a top-secret team to understand and attack Germany’s radar system during World War II. It’s hard to imagine Stanford passed over as an innovation hub today — Stanford has outpaced some of the biggest Ivy… Read More

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Check Out These Fantastic Urban Makeovers Documented By Google Street View 

Check Out These Fantastic Urban Makeovers Documented By Google Street View 

Everyone loves a good before/after image, whether it’s a house flip or the makeover montage from Clueless. A group of Brazilian urbanists are expanding the genre to include public space transformations—as documented by Street View.

It’s called Before | After, and it’s an ever-growing collaborative database of urban spaces that have been dramatically improved by shifting the focus from cars to pedestrians. How do they collect these before and after images? Using Google Street View, of course! Right now, there are more than 300 submissions on every continent except Antarctica (forgivable), and the team behind the project is always accepting new submissions.

The site, first pointed out by Archinect and Business Insider, is run by a collaborative urban design studio called urb-i, based in São Paulo, Brazil. “Part of our mission is to open the eyes, sharing knowledge about what good urban design practice means and how it affects our lives in the cities,” they explain—a mission clearly supported by Before | After. Check out the full archive here, while a few examples follow below.

A safer intersection and pedestrian street in Montreal:

Check Out These Fantastic Urban Makeovers Documented By Google Street View 

An elevated highway removal in Seoul, South Korea:

Check Out These Fantastic Urban Makeovers Documented By Google Street View 

A pedestrian-focused street in Auckland, New Zealand:

Check Out These Fantastic Urban Makeovers Documented By Google Street View 

A parking lot transformation in Copenhagen:

Check Out These Fantastic Urban Makeovers Documented By Google Street View 

A particularly dramatic transformation in Budapest:

Check Out These Fantastic Urban Makeovers Documented By Google Street View 


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The striking launch of a satellite

The striking launch of a satellite

Here’s a wonderful photo from the US Navy showing their launch of a Mobile User Objective System communications satellite. The US Navy says the picture shows “a 5-meter payload fairing lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41”. I say the picture looks like it perfectly captures the idea of shooting for the stars.

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