Space the Final Frontier

Name NASA’s New Free-Flying Robot and Win $1,000

Name the ISS's new free-flying robot! (Wikipedia)

Need some cash? All you have to do is come up with a really sweet name for NASA’s new space robot.

NASA has teamed up with TopCoder to award $1,000 to whomever comes up with the best name for space agency’s new free-flying robot, NBC News reports. The robot will be sent up to the International Space Station in 2017, by which point we think “North,” “Khaleesi,” and “Kale” might unfortunately be out of style. Read More

Space the Final Frontier

Pinterest-Obsessed Astronaut Makes American Flag Cookies in SPACE

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Is your Pinterest flooded with crafts projects you’ll never complete because you’re not Brit Morin, vintage furniture you can’t afford and comically caloric cheese dip recipes? Well, get ready to feel wildly inadequate.

Meet astronaut Karen Nyberg. As GeekSugar points out, she’s currently working on the International Space Station and yet still just pinning away. Her bio: “Astronaut by day. Aspiring quilter, crafter, artist, runner by night. Wife and Mommy 24/7. Currently living & working on the International Space Station.” Read More


Booting Up: All the Cool Kids Aren’t Getting Twitter Verified

Twitter IPO. (Photo: Ynaija)

President Obama issued a mandate yesterday ordering government agencies to make their data “open and machine-readable.” Perhaps soon you’ll have a machine to read Betabeat for you. [Ars Technica]

The U.S. government has been buying up cyberweapons that rely on software holes in widely used programs to attack computers overseas, but that means it doesn’t want everyday consumers to know about their own computers’ vulnerabilities.  [Reuters]

The International Space Station was using Windows up until now, apparently, which seems ill-advised? They’ve finally switched to Linux. [Extreme Tech]

Oh, you got verified on Twitter? Whatever, I don’t even want to be. [The Awl]

Cybercriminals stole $45 million from ATMs across the world in a matter of hours, and their ringleader was a 20-something kid from Brooklyn. [New York Times]

Amazon is reportedly building its own smartphone and it’s going to have a 3D screen. [Wall Street Journal]