Asgardia, Proposed Space-Based Nation Accepting Citizenship Applications

Leaders of a proposed space nation called Asgardia discussed the project at a news conference in Paris on Oct. 12, 2016. The team discussed the possibility of one day building a space station, like the one shown in this artist’s rendition, which they released to media outlets. PARIS ─  A proposed space nation called Asgardia is now accepting applications for future citizens. Leaders of the Asgardia project discussed the prospective space nation at a news conference in Paris Wednesday (Oct. 12). The leaders aim to launch Asgardia’s first satellite in 2017 and say they would like to eventually have a space station where some, but not all, of its planned 150 million (mostly Earth-dwelling) nationals would live and work. Asgardia, named after the Norse gods’ home of Asgard, will be …

Vikings: "The Vision" Review Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. Vikings followed up its effectively emotional midseason premiere with a slightly jumbled episode in "The Vision," which was all about the preparations and ceremonies proceeding Ragnar and Bjorn's separate expeditions. The "vision" part of the chapter, along with a big visual effects-driven storm-at-sea set piece, came right at the end however, giving what could have been an impressive element a tacked-on/rushed feel. At this point, we're all used to time jumps on Vikings. I don't mean the massive kind, like what just happened at the end of the midseason finale, but the smaller ones in the midst of episodes that take us ahead weeks, or even months. They never feel right, usually working to...

Apple is reportedly using drone-captured data to improve Maps app APPLE IS REPORTEDLY employing drones to improve its homegrown Maps service in a bid to catch-up with Google. So says Bloomberg, which has heard from "people familiar with the matter" that Apple is dumping its camera-equipped minivans in favour of drones that can capture and update map information quicker. According to the report, Apple will focus its efforts on examining street signs, tracking changes to roads and monitoring if areas are under construction. This drone-captured data will then be sent back to Apple staffers that will use it to quickly update Apple Maps, as the firm looks to challenge Google Maps' integrated Waze functionality.  The firm is said to be assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts to manage the fleet and...

Facebook Express Wi-fi goes live in India Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has launched a scheme to bring internet access to underserved locations in India. Express Wi-fi offers software to local entrepreneurs to allow them to work with service providers and share their internet connection with the public for a fee.Users have access to a variety of services, including news and weather reports.One critic of Facebook's previous plans was more receptive to this one."I think it's a great initiative, we need more companies providing access to the internet in India," said Nikhil Pahwa, editor and publisher of MediaNama, an Indian news site. "So long as they don't only provide access to certain websites or under certain conditions, then this is a great thing."Mr Pahwa had previously criticised Facebook's...

Why has Oklahoma experienced a nearly 4000% increase in earthquake activity? Seismogram being recorded by a seismograph at the Weston Observatory in Massachusetts, USA. Credit: Wikipedia In 2015 alone, residents of Oklahoma felt the earth move beneath them a total of 907 times, as an unprecedented number of magnitude three or higher earthquakes racked the state. While Oklahoma has historically experienced its share of seismicity, in the last eight years the rate of earthquake occurrence in the state has increased by a factor of 43—approximately 4,000%. According to earthquake researchers, including civil and environmental engineering (CEE) Ph.D. student Pengyun Wang, wastewater injection and other fluid injection technologies have something to do with it. Along with his advisors CEE Professor Mitchell Small and Assistant Professor Matteo Pozzi, and collaborator William Harbert, professor of Geology and Environmental Science at the University...

OpTic Gaming wins the ELeague 'CS:GO' Season 2 championship OpTic Gaming defeated Astralis to win the ELeague Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Season 2 championship Saturday, walking away with $400,000 and a team achievement: their first-ever championship at a major international tournament. Both Astralis and OpTic Gaming came into the finals never having won a big international tournament, but the North American OpTic managed to control the pace of the second and third maps to beat the Danish Astralis, 2-1.  OpTic is only the second North American team to win a major championship in nine years after Cloud9 won ESL Pro League Season 4 in October. OpTic Gaming defeated Mousesports and FaZe Clan to make it to the finals. Astralis took out two CS:GO powerhouses Ninjas in Pyjamas and SK Gaming in the playoffs, both of which have...

Microsoft Surface Book vs Surface Pro 5: Weighing in on the difference Customers view laptop computers during the opening of the first Microsoft Corp. store in New York, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. In the making for more than six years, the five-floor, 22,369 square-foot store features products and in-store services familiar at Microsoft's more than 110 retail locations. Photographer: Stephanie Keith/Bloomberg via Getty Images Advertisement When it comes to laptops, Microsoft will always have an edge in terms of adaptability. Considering that the Redmond-based tech giant has been able to provide new units based on a user's need, it will be essential to evaluate two of its upcoming products. The entry of the new Surface Book introduces a convenient machine that is known to be one of the most powerful ones in the market today...

G.Skill Ripjaws KM570 RGB mechanical keyboard keeps it simple G.Skill has another mechanical keyboard that it's adding to its growing pile of planks. This latest one is the Ripjaws KM570 RGB with a rather simplistic (intentionally so) design for gamers who are tired of the funky looking keyboards that are often thrown at them from peripheral makers. While we haven't seen the KM570 RGB in person, it appears as the though the only piece of flair is the customizable RGB backlighting. Beyond that, it's a standard looking rectangular keyboard, save for a contoured design to make it easier to reach all five levels of keys. It doesn't have the aggressive (and sometimes gaudy) styling of some of its competitors. The simplistic design philosophy also means it's short on features. You won't find any dedicated macro...