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Curiosity rover reaches long-term goal: a massive Martian mountain

A little over two years after landing, Curiosity has reached a milestone. NASA recently announced that the rover has arrived at the base of Mount Sharp, a 3.4-mile-high mountain that Curiosity has been heading towards since July of 2013. The initial landing was in Gale Crater, and the total journey has been around 9km or 5.5 miles — a number that becomes more impressive if you consider that Curiosity was designed to travel a maximum of 660 feet per day and navigate difficult terrain on its six wheels. The Spirit rover traveled only 4.8 miles over its lifespan, although the still-active Opportunity rover has logged about 25 miles since 2003. Curiosity’s path was rerouted earlier this year after scientists found that sharp rocks were…

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The Seafoam Palace, Museum of Curiosity: Restoring a historical building into a public space for intrigue and inspiration

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The Seafoam Palace is part restoration project and part creative endeavor. The interdisciplinary project is currently spearheaded by a group of artists, writers, filmmakers, sociologists, engineers, historians and more (including Burning Man co-founder John Law)…

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Curiosity captures eclipse from the surface of Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has certainly been a prolific photographer since landing on the surface of Mars little over a year ago. But recently the rover took a rare look skywards to capture an eclipse of the Sun from the Red Planet using its telephoto camera. During the rover’s long trip to the base of Mount Sharp, it took a short break to watch as the smaller of Mars’ two moons, Phobos, quickly passed overhead. The event’s known as a ring — or annular — eclipse, with the edges of the Sun poking out from around the moon, and the shot above is a composite of three pictures taken three seconds apart. Phobos is just about 14 miles in diameter and it’s only 3,700 miles from the surface, making it roughly 66 times closer than the Moon is…

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What’s in the cube? Peter Molyneux reveals the end of ‘Curiosity,’ making the winner a ‘digital god’

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“After 25 billion cubelets have been destroyed, over 150 days… we have reached the end,” Peter Molyneux says in a video that was first revealed to the winner of his experimental game, Curiosity. “How can anything be worth all that effort?”

Curiosity – what’s inside the cube, a game about a secret inside a gigantic digital cube, has come to an end — and the secret is how the developer’s next game, Godus, will operate. Appearing to speak from inside the center of the game’s digital cube, Molyneux says that the winner of Curiosity will literally become the ruler of Godus, determining the game’s rules and sharing in its success. “You will decide on how many people play a game,” Molyneux says to the winner. “You will accrue riches from…

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Curiosity rover snaps panorama of massive Mars mountain

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NASA this week released new high-resolution panoramic images of Mars’ Mount Sharp, captured by its Mars Rover Curiosity. Named after late geologist Robert Sharp, the massive Martian mountain is a gently sloping formation that sits at the center of the Gale Crater, where Curiosity recently uncovered evidence that the Red Planet may have supported microbial life forms. According to NASA, Mount Sharp rises three miles above the surface of the crater, making it higher than any point within the 48 contiguous United States.

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Curiosity enters ‘safe mode’ after memory is corrupted, possibly by cosmic rays

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A memory issue on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has led engineers to switch the rover’s operations onto its backup computer. NASA says Curiosity is currently in a “safe mode” while its backup computer is updated to take control of the rover — once it’s running again, the rover will be able to use the backup system for it’s primary operations. The issue shouldn’t result in any long-term disruptions for Curiosity.

The memory issue was caught on Wednesday when engineers noticed that Curiosity had not sent recorded data back to Earth or switch into a daily sleep mode as it was expected to. The error was caused by corrupted memory files that led to a glitch on the rover’s primary computer. The cause of the corrupted memory is still…

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Interview: Sebastian Kaufmann: The Kaufman Mercantile founder on curiosity, aesthetics and the rigorous selection process behind his online shop

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By Paul Cantagallo It all started with a stapler. Sebastian Kaufmann of Kaufmann Mercantile, a Brooklyn-based online store specializing in all things beautiful, functional and durable, had been working in film production in Los Angeles for seven years when yet another cheap stapler found its way onto his desk. He…

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90 Seconds on The Verge: ‘Under the Dome,’ Curiosity on Mars, and an Apple smartwatch

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Baader-Meinhof. Babel. Babies. Battery. Backpack. Bacon. Badger. Ballad. Bane. Barracuda. Barrage. Because. Beefsteak. Bela Lugosi. Beowulf. Blame. Blaster. Blazer. Bleach. Blob. Board game. Bonanza. Bookcase. Botany. Bow tie. Breakfast. Byzantium.

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Curiosity successfully drills Martian surface in search for evidence of water

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After six months on the surface of Mars, the Curiosity rover has finally commenced the drilling and analysis of Martian bedrock. This morning, NASA released an image of a tiny hole on the Martian surface, measuring 0.63 inches across and 2.5 inches deep, and tweeted that the mission to drill and collect a sample was a success. The site for drilling, situated in the Gale Crater, was chosen because it showed signs that water may have once flowed over it in the past.

To collect the sample, Curiosity used the drill at the end of its seven-foot robotic arm to…

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Artst Tlk: Pharrell Williams on curiosity and knowledge in a discussion about his new inquisitive video series

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Pharrell Williams can easily be called a modern-day renaissance man. Already known as a gifted musician, producer, skateboarder and fashion designer, in his new video series Artst Tlk Williams subtly reveals himself as a highly capable conversationalist, asking some of contemporary culture’s finest minds a bevy of curious questions…

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