Cora Delivers Organic Cotton Tampons On Demand And In Style

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 5.57.45 AM You can’t swing a bag of cats without hitting a new tampon startup. Whether it’s about scheduling deliveries or getting something sweet with the deal, startups are looking to disrupt the age-old feminine care industry with a number of twists and tricks. But Cora, a startup launching today, is looking to re-imagine the entire experience of buying and using tampons, from delivery… Read More

Dan Gilbert And Campless Founder Launch A Marketplace For Sneakers

IMG_0347 The goal is to create a marketplace that sells items at the real market price. Sounds great. As the buyer of a lot things through the Internet, I’m all for fair prices. But will sellers buy into the service, too?
Called StockX, the site is a so-called “stock market of things”, offering items for sale priced using live market data. At launch the company will sell only… Read More

North Korea’s new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

TOKYO – Here’s a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea’s newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended.

Whatever motives Pyongyang may have about using its rocket launches to develop nuclear-tipped long-range missiles, it now has two satellites circling the Earth, according to NORAD, the North American Aerospace Command, which monitors all satellites in orbit.

Both of the Kwangmyongsong, or “Shining Star,” satellites complete their orbits in about 94 minutes and based on data released by international organizations tracking them, the new one passed almost right over Levi’s Stadium about an hour after the Super Bowl ended.

“It passed almost directly overhead Silicon Valley, which is where I am and where the stadium is,” tech watcher Martyn Williams said in an email to The Associated Press. “The pass happened at 8:26 p.m., after the game. I would put it down to nothing more than a coincidence, but an interesting one.”

The game in Santa Clara, California, ended at 7:25 p.m. local time.

North Korea claims Sunday’s successful satellite launch was its fourth.

The first two have never been confirmed by anyone else, but experts worldwide agree it got one into orbit in 2012 and NORAD, which is hardly a propaganda mouthpiece for Pyongyang, now has both that and the satellite launched on Sunday on its official satellite list.

Kwangmyongsong 4, the satellite launched Sunday, has the NORAD catalog number 41332 and Kwangmyongsong 3-2, launched in 2012, is 39026. They are described as Earth observation satellites, and weigh about 100 kilograms (220 pounds) apiece.

Their main applications, according to Pyongyang, are monitoring the weather, mapping natural resources and forest distributions and providing data that might help farmers improve their crops.

North Korea’s state-run media quoted scientists and researchers at the North’s State Hydro-Meteorological Administration as saying Sunday they are “are delighted at the news” of the launch. Its deputy director, Ryu Pong Chol, reportedly said it will give a big boost to North Korean weather forecasters.

That remains to be seen.

No signals from the previous satellite, which North Korea claimed transmitted the “Song of General Kim Il Sung” and “Song of General Kim Jong Il” after achieving orbit, have ever been confirmed by outside observers. That might be because it was never stable enough to transmit anything back home.

Signals from the new satellite had also yet to be detected. Amateurs and experts alike are doing their best to listen in around the world, but it is unclear exactly what frequency the satellite is supposed to be using, or what it will be transmitting.

Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said four objects from the 2012 launch are still trackable in their orbits – the satellite itself, the final stage of the Unha-3 rocket that lifted it into space and two small pieces of debris.

“It will stay up for a few more years,” McDowell said. “There’s no evidence that the spacecraft ever transmitted any signals. If it did work, I suspect it was for only a few hours, if at all.”

He said the satellite was in an initial orbit of 498×587 kilometers – figures that denote the object’s closest and farthest distance from Earth – similar to the orbit of the satellite launched Sunday. But over 3 years, friction with the Earth’s outer atmosphere has brought the older one’s orbit closer, to 467×529 kilometers. That’s still well above the orbit of the International Space Station.

“Perhaps if the new one works they’ll actually release Earth images from it,” McDowell said. “We’ll see.”

He also said the Super Bowl coincidence would fit known tracking data.

“I have no idea when the end of the Super Bowl was, not a sports fan,” he said. “But KMS-4 did pass over that part of California at 8:27 p.m. PST at an altitude of 480 kilometers. I calculate it was 35 miles west and 300 miles up as it passed overhead heading almost due north.”

For the space buffs out there, the orbits of both satellites can be tracked in real time on the website N2YO.com under the names KMS-4 and KMS 3-2.

SpaceX Sets Feb. 24th Target Date For Next Launch

Rei writes: After some consternation about the pacing of Falcon 9 upgrades, SpaceX has announced that it plans to launch again from Cape Canaveral with a target date of February 24th. While the primary mission will be to place the SES-9 communications satellite in orbit, this will also mark their fourth attempt to land the first stage on an autonomous drone ship, after their last launch touched down softly but fell over when one leg failed to latch. SpaceX is working to significantly accelerate the rate of production and launches — they are reportedly moving the factory from 6-8 cores produced per year to 18 at present, and expect to reach 30 by the end of the year. After the upcoming launch, they expect to launch one rocket every two to three weeks.

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Maine’s congressional delegation demands VA program fix

Good morning from Augusta, which should be reasonably quiet today, with three legislative committees set to do work today. This week, the Maine Legislature’s biggest topic of discussion will likely be conformity with federal income tax changes, an issue that has consisted mostly of partisan posturing so far between Gov. …

This Psycho-Pass Dominator Replica Switches Battle Modes Like Wow

dm_01 While I am not a huge fan of anime – I stopped at Akira and never picked it back up – I can appreciate attention to detail and true proplica badassery when I see it. And so we present the Dominator from Psycho-Pass, a quick-converting replica gun that moves from “paralyzer” to “eliminator” mode. It also connects to your smartphone for some added fun… Read More

Was Black Friday A DiSaaSter Or Simply Reversion To The Mean?

3309463811_91fd202317_o Last Friday, LinkedIn, Salesforce and Workday lost $18B in market capitalization. To put that in perspective, these three SaaS companies lost more in market cap on Friday than 15 current SaaS leaders are worth…combined. How can this be possible? LinkedIn, Salesforce and Workday are growing revenue with sticky customers and they are targeting large addressable markets. Are they now… Read More

India says yes to net neutrality, no to Facebook’s Free Basics

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In a significant move, India’s telecom regulator has banned the differential pricing for different kinds of data according to the principles of net neutrality. This implies that zero-rating initiatives like Facebook’s Free Basics platform, which offers a small set of services free of cost, will not be allowed in the country.

“Given that a majority of the population are yet to be connected to the Internet, allowing service providers to define the nature of access would be equivalent of letting TSPs (telecom service providers) shape the users’ Internet experience,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in its release Read more…

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Here’s what $20,000 will buy you at the Super Bowl

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Some views are worth the extra price.

While getting tickets to the Super Bowl is probably a once-in-a-lifetime purchase for a lot of people out there, dropping almost $20,000 can also have its perks.

Imgur user themvf shared their incredible experience from their seats at Levi’s Stadium. Honestly, the view is not too shabby to say the very least.

For everyone else who didn’t have $20,000 to spend on tickets, at least we can bask in this football rainbow on the Internet.

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Voices of the Sea: Songs, Stories and Poetry of Maine’s Fishermen and Those Who Work on the Water

Thursday, March 10, 2016 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland, Maine For more information: 207-443-1316; mainemaritimemuseum.org PORTLAND — Maine Maritime Museum will present the fifth annual Voices of the Sea at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St. The performers …