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The addictive little game Angry Birds has over one billion users so we're all familiar with the movements required to control the birds on their revenge quest to decimate the green pigs and any of their fortifications. When you think of the mission, you think of complex gameplay to reach your goal and you get pretty darn excited when you achieve a new level.
It's a subject we can't stop exploring — just how are we going to find alien life forms? Will we receive radio transmissions? Could we stumble upon them as we start asteroid-mining and deep space exploration? Or — could it be their use of hairspray, deodorants and other aerosols that could finally give them away?
As the Los Angeles Auto Show gets ready to open its doors next week they've given the public an advance look at their annual design challenge. This year's theme, chosen by the Design Los Angeles Board of Directors, tackles what kind of vehicle we might be seeing in our rear view mirrors in the future — namely the cop car.
We all probably do it at least once or twice a day — Googling something. As we get near instant results we probably aren't giving too much thought as to what powers the all-knowing search engine. For the first time, Google has opened the doors to their various data centers so we can take a peek inside. It's all part of their new website 'Where the Internet Lives,' a project showing the people and colorful guts behind its services.
NASA has a huge arsenal of equipment set up to monitor the Earth's atmosphere. Satellites, balloons bearing instruments and ground devices all take up to 30 million observations every day. That alone provides interesting and important data but they are just pieces of the puzzle; a complete picture of all the activity in the Earth's atmosphere is only visible after the various data is layered together through climate modeling.