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New data help astronomers explore the hidden Milky Way

(Phys.org) —Today, astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, or SDSS-III – including University of Virginia astronomers – released a new online public data set featuring 60,000 stars that are helping to tell the story of how our Milky Way galaxy formed, the subject of scientific speculation and debate for hundreds of years. …read more

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Under leaden skies: Where heavy metal clouds the stars

(Phys.org) —In a paper shortly to be published in the Oxford University Press journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, a team of astronomers from the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland report the discovery of two unusual stars with extremely high concentrations of lead in their atmospheres. …read more

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The 10 Most Expensive Games On The 2013 NFL Schedule

By Jesse Lawrence, Contributor

While the 2013 NFL is still over a month away, fans and sellers have already voted with their wallets on the most compelling games of the season. With only eight home-games each season, NFL tickets are always the most expensive of all the major sports leagues. Across the league, the average price for an NFL home game is $186 on the resale market. At the high end, the Chicago Bears have an average price of $446, while the Browns have the lowest price at $109. While those prices are already expensive, when you add in key divisional match-ups, as well as legends and future stars with names like Manning, RGIII, Brady, and Wilson, ticket prices move to another level. …read more

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13 apps that will make you wish you had an Android smartphone

FP: In most cases, developers prefer to make new smartphone apps for iPhone first, only moving to Android and other platforms once they get some traction.

There are a bunch of great apps that happen to be Android exclusives. Check them out.

AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezThere are a bunch of great apps that happen to be Android exclusives. Check them out.

In most cases, developers prefer to make new smartphone apps for iPhone first, only moving to Android and other platforms once they get some traction.

(Android owners who had to wait months for Twitter’s video app Vine know what we’re talking about.)

But there are some outliers. There are a bunch of great apps that happen to be Android exclusives. Check them out.

Ingress is a unique real-world scavenger hunt game.

 

Ingress is a unique real-world scavenger hunt game.

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Ingress is a sci-fi game that sends you on a scavenger hunt through the real world to find “hidden” virtual goodies.

Google developed the game. Here’s the plot:

“A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.”

So, basically, you run around your town trying to find this illusive “energy” before the bad guys do.

Price: Free

Facebook Home turns your home screen into a Facebook photo gallery

Facebook Home turns your home screen into a Facebook photo gallery

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Facebook Home adds a Facebook-powered wrapper to your Android phone. Instead of seeing your normal lock screen, you get a beautiful slide show of your friends’ Facebook photos and status updates. You can comment and like those updates directly from the lock screen without opening the regular Facebook app.

Price: Free (Only works on select Android phones.)

DeskSMS makes sure you’ll never miss a message again.

DeskSMS makes sure you'll never miss a message again.

DeskSMS is a nifty app that allows you to forward text messages (and picture messages) from your Android smartphone to your desktop via Gmail, Google Talk, and the Chrome Web browser.

Price: Free

WiFi Analyzer lets you determine how strong a wireless network is in your vicinity

WiFi Analyzer lets you determine how strong a wireless network is in your vicinity

Have you ever been stuck on a slow wireless network?

WiFi Analyzer lets you see how strong networks are around you, helping you to pick the fastest, most reliable one.

Price: Free

Weather Bomb gives a data-intensive view of the weather on your Android device

Weather Bomb gives a data-intensive view of the weather on your Android device

Weather Bomb is an extremely detailed weather app that gives users seven days of data.

There are various views, but our favourite is the graph view, which gives the week’s rain, wind, and cloud forecast at a glance.

Other data includes rain, wind, cloud, temperature, pressure humidity and wave height.

PriceFree

Google Skymap lets you know exactly which star you’re staring up at.

Google Skymap is an open sourced app that lets you point your smartphone up at the night sky to decipher constellations, planets, and stars.

Price: Free

Llama Location Profiles uses where you are to change aspects of your phone like ringer and Bluetooth

Llama Location Profiles uses where you are to change aspects of your phone like ringer and Bluetooth

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Llama is a nifty app that automatically switches specific phone settings depending on where you are. You can automatically silence your phone when you arrive at your office or turn Bluetooth on at 7 a.m. to pair with your headphones for a morning run.

Best of all, the app doesn’t use your phone’s GPS, which can drain your battery. Instead, it uses cell towers in your area to figure out where you are.

Price: Free

BetterBatteryStats helps you spend more time unplugged.

BetterBatteryStats helps you spend more time unplugged.

BetterBatteryStats lets you analyze your phone’s behavior, pinpointing exactly which applications are causing your battery to drain. Once you know what the culprit is you can specifically fix the issue.

Price: $2.89

APP Lock password protects specific apps.

APP Lock password protects specific apps.

The premise behind APP Lock is simple: password protect installed applications with a password or pattern. Now you don’t have to be nervous when someone else is playing around with your smartphone.

Price: Free

SwiftKey 3 will change how you type on your Android smartphone.

SwiftKey 3 will change how you type on your Android smartphone.

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SwiftKey improves your productivity by helping you to type better.

Swiftkey gives much more accurate corrections and predictions than other keyboards. Very sloppy typing will make sense, even if you miss spaces, and SwiftKey 3 also predicts your next words.

Price: $3.99

Tasker lets you automate everything on your smartphone from settings to SMS

Tasker lets you automate everything on your smartphone from settings to SMS

Tasker is an awesome app that lets you tweak specific phone features like turning the flash on for alerts. You can even cancel specific notification pop-ups.

Tasker features more than 200 actions, triggers, and even an app creation section for making your own app.

Price: $6.49

Friday helps you discover new things to do

Friday helps you discover new things to do

Friday’s makers say that the app brings self discovery to your life by introducing the first passive auto journal.

Friday captures your entire life through your phone and builds a timeline of the things you do. You can even filter and search your life to find the exact information you want.

Friday allows you to share and log your favourite activities that you’ve been doing all day.

Price: Free

Robin is a great alternative to Apple’s Siri

Robin is a great alternative to Apple's Siri

Before Google Now, Robin was the first true Siri challenger.

We love the expanded capabilities of the newer virtual assistant. You can ask Robin for directions, local places, real-time parking, traffic info, gas prices, weather, your Twitter news, and much more.

Robin is disrupting the personal assistant arena, and we only hope that her existence pushes developers to make personal assistant apps feel more like true personal assistants.

Price: Free

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Watch the American Hustle Trailer

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Director David O. Russell reunites with two of his stars from The Fighter, Oscar winner Christian Bale and Amy Adams, for American Hustle, which also stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro (all of whom previously worked with Russell on Silver Linings Playbook). Jeremy Renner rounds out the star-studded ensemble.

The crime flick (set against the backdrop of the ABSCAM case) has an especially Scorsese-esque vibe to it, wouldn’t you agree?

Sony has slated American Hustle for a December 13th release.

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Teen Vogue's Andrew Bevan Gets Talk Show

By Jen Michalski

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'Real Housewives' Stars Indicted On Bankruptcy, Fraud And Tax Charges

By Kelly Phillips Erb, Contributor

Things are about to get even more real for two of the stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Teresa Giudice and her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, of the Bravo reality TV show were indicted today on 39 counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. The charges, which were handed down by a federal grand jury also include separate charges for Giuseppe Giudice for failure to file federal income tax returns for tax years 2004 through 2008. …read more

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Auctions: Shelby Cobra, Mercedes 300SL and 1947 Woodie from Petersen Museum headed to auction

By Jonathon Ramsey

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The changes happening at the Petersen Museum have been making the rounds in major press, but it probably won’t be until August 18, during Pebble Beach, when we get the full story on what’s happening; that’s where and when museum reps plan on announcing the way forward for the SoCal institution. In the meantime, the museum is still reorganizing its collection, and that means auctioning some of its showpieces at this weekend’s Auctions America event in Burbank.

Three of the stars are a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289, one of less than 20 produced with a three-speed C-4 automatic transmission, a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL owned by actor Robert Stack and the last 1948 Ford Sportsman ‘Woodie’ ever produced. The Cobra, now restored to its original white exterior and red leather interior, was a factory demonstrator that first sold for $5,250. Showing just 38,950 miles on the odometer, its pre-sale estimate is $800,000 to $1 million.

The 300SL is actually a 1957 model but wasn’t titled until Robert Stack took possession in 1960. The lead actor in the The Untouchables TV series used to drive by the Sunset Boulevard Mercedes dealership to ogle the car, but couldn’t justify spending the money to buy it. When he and the producer of The Untouchables won Emmys for the show, the producer, who happened to be Desi Arnaz, bought the car for Stack. He owned it his whole life, it has been left as Stack drove it and still bears the California license plate “UNTCHBL.”

The 100-horsepower 1947 Woodie is considered to be the last Sportsman ever built, one of just 28 examples produced that year. It’s been thoroughly restored and returned to its Maize Yellow hue, with the original Birdseye Maple along its flanks and gray cardboard lining in its trunk.

They will go up on the plinth with rarities like a Jaguar XJ220, 1974 Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman Limousine and 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. You can read about the cars and the auction in the press releases below.

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Play POPSUGAR's Bikini Bracket and Enter to Win a Tropical Getaway!

By Molly Goodson

It’s time for our annual POPSUGAR Bikini Bracket! Once again there are 64 gorgeous stars in the running for this year’s title, and we need your help to crown the bikini queen. Who will follow in the footsteps of Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, and Sofia Vergara? Play by picking your favorite bikini picture each time, and continue until there is only one bikini babe left! Plus, for even more Summer fun, once you finish choosing your winner, be sure to enter your email for your chance to win a tropical getaway! Play our Bikini Bracket now!

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Looking In The Sun's Rear-View Mirror: A New Map Of The Local Interstellar Medium

By Bruce Dorminey

The first comprehensive map of the local interstellar medium — the gas drifting between the nearest stars — will not only help theorists better understand the dynamics of our tiny swath of the galaxy, but represents the first crucial step in paving the way for interstellar travel. …read more

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Harper, Desmond sit; Rendon gets first start at short

By Tom Schad The Nationals’ lineup was missing two of its most prominent stars on Wednesday. Manager Davey Johnson said that Ian Desmond has a blister on his left hand and could miss a few days. Bryce Harper also didn’t start after recently receiving some treatment on his previously injured left knee, but Johnson expects him back Thursday. …read more

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At Lynda.com Content Is Queen, But The Contributor Model Could Be In Jeopardy

By Meghan Casserly, Forbes Staff

Sometimes being first to market makes you feel old. At the recent Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz. Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, the husband-and-wife team of the online video-tutorial site Lynda.com, were the aging rock stars among startups. “We’re an 18-year-old overnight sensation,” laughs Weinman, who is 58, tall, quietly intense and never without her trademark glasses. “And we’ve got a huge target on our back.” …read more

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Twilight Star in Talks to Join The Expendables 3

Kellan Lutz, aka Emmett Cullen in Twilight, is in early talks to join the ranks of The Expendables 3. Read on for minor plot spoilers….

According to The Wrap, the action stars of yesteryear will share the spotlight with a “younger group of tech-savvy action heroes” in the third iteration of the macho franchise, which will likely include Lutz. The two generations will initially clash, but will eventually put aside their differences to save the day. Naturally.

If negotiations are successful, Lutz will join new cast members  Milla Jovovich, Wesley Snipes and Jackie Chan alongside regulars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham and Jet Li. Rumoured cast members include Mel Gibson, Nicholas Cage and Steven Segal.

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New app puts idle smartphones to work for science

Android smartphone users will soon have a chance to participate in important scientific research every time they charge their phones. Using a new app created by researchers at UC Berkeley, users will be able to donate a phone’s idle computing power to crunch numbers for projects that could lead to breakthroughs ranging from novel medical therapies to the discovery of new stars. …read more

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