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NASA UHD Video Stunning Aurora Borealis from Space in Ultra High Definition 4K

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NASA Television’s newest offering, NASA TV UHD, brings ultra-high definition video to a new level with the kind of imagery only the world’s leader in space exploration could provide.

Using time-lapses shot from the International Space Station, showing both the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis phenomena that occur when electrically charged electrons and protons in the Earth’s magnetic field collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere.

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NASA Release First Ever Images Of Their Landing On Saturn

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NASA releases photos of Saturn

NASA releases photos of Saturn

NASA has released the first images of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, to mark the end of their historic Cassini mission.

The space expedition took place 12 years ago when the Cassini probe captured the most detailed images of Saturn, and it’s companion Huygens was sent to investigate Titan.

The new footage shows the rugged ice on the highlands as well as the dried up river beds that Hugens captured with a tiny camera, Engadget reports.

NASA releases photos of Saturn

NASA releases photos of Saturn

Titan, with it’s lakes and clouds of liquid hydrocarbons, is the only other known place in the solar system with an active weather cycle where rainfall erodes the landscape.

Carolyn Porco, the Cassini imaging team lead at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said:

” The Huygens images were everything our images from orbit were not.

Instead of hazy, sinuous features that we could only guess were streams and drainage channels, here was incontrovertible evidence that at some point in Titan’s history—and perhaps even now—there were flowing liquid hydrocarbons on the surface.

Huygens’ images became a Rosetta stone for helping us interpret our subsequent findings on Titan.”

The probe is running out of fuel and so will end its journey with a self-destruct mission into Saturn’s atmosphere.

NASA are planning a second trip to the gas giant to investigate the possibility of life in its liquid methane seas.

Exciting times!

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Intel to release a press release

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On January 26, microprocessor giant Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) will report its financial results and provide financial guidance for the coming quarter and, likely, the entirety of 2017.

Although the company is planning to host its financial analyst day shortly thereafter, on February 9, during which the company will go into deeper dives into each of its business units, there are still several questions I’d like to hear answered during the company’s upcoming earnings call. Here are three.

Will the memory business be profitable this year?
Over the course of 2016, Intel’s non-volatile memory business — which builds and sells products based mainly on NAND flash and will soon begin shipping products based on its 3D XPoint technology — has lost a bunch of money.

Intel solid-state drive

A NAND flash-based solid-state drive. Image source: Intel

The losses Intel has racked up here during the first three quarters of 2016 are $453 million, with more losses likely on the way during the fourth quarter.

I’d like to see Intel management answer the following question: When will the memory business stop losing money and begin turning an operating profit?

Indeed, if Intel just brought this business up to break even, it would add $453 million in operating profit.

To put this into perspective, current estimates peg Intel’s operating profit for 2016 at roughly $16.3 billion. An additional $453 million would represent approximately 2.8% operating profit growth alone, all else equal. A move into solid profitability would help even more.

Update on manufacturing technology
It has been a while since Intel has updated investors on its chip manufacturing technologies, and some information about the strategy and recent developments on the earnings call would be most welcome.

Wafer of chips manufactured by Intel

A wafer of chips manufactured in Intel’s 14nm-plus technology. Image source: Intel.

I’d like to see the company provide some insight into its manufacturing strategy for both personal computer products as well as its data center products. What manufacturing technologies does the company intend to use for what product lines/segments over the next couple of years?

Some preliminary insight on the earnings call followed by a deeper dive at the company’s investor meeting would be quite reasonable.

Data center growth rate?
For a while now, Intel’s publicly stated long-term growth rate expectations for its Data Center Group (DCG), the company’s second largest business unit by revenue, is 15%. However, the company is expected to miss this target in 2016 because of a slowdown in sales of enterprise servers.


Image source: Intel.

Since Intel is likely going to give its revenue growth forecast for 2017 on the call, it would be helpful if the company also provided its growth expectations for DCG in 2017 and, if it has changed, over the next five years or so.

Then, during the company’s investor meeting in February, Intel can go into more of the details, such as growth rate by sub-segment within the data center segment (enterprise servers, cloud, networking, and so on). It could also go into more detail on operating margin expectations, and its view of the competitive landscape longer term.

There are definitely some things best saved for the investor meeting since earnings calls are generally about an hour long, but getting the expected long-term DCG growth rate out there as soon as possible — if it has changed — would be a good thing.


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Some cool gadgets

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Some cool gadgets you should pick up!

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