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Mosaic showcases Ceres' brightest bright spot

Mosaic showcases Ceres' brightest bright spot

Science
Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A new mosaic image shared Friday by NASA showcases one of Ceres' bright spots. The dwarf planet's bright spots were first discovered and photographed in 2015. In the time since, high resolution images have offered scientists clearer and clearer views of the bright spots. Ceres' brightest spot is located on a feature called Cerealia Facula, found in the Occator Crater. The latest mosaic combines several photographs of the feature, some from altitudes as low as 22 miles above the dwarf planet's surface. "The mosaic is overlain on a topography model based on images obtained during Dawn's low altitude mapping orbit," according to NASA. NASA scientists believe Ceres' bright spots are evidence of geologic activity. When Dawn was first approaching Ceres, only a couple of large ...
New retirees: Don't overlook this tax-planning sweet spot

New retirees: Don't overlook this tax-planning sweet spot

Finance
A special opportunity to do some serious tax-planning awaits many people heading into retirement. This sweet spot is the stretch of time that starts after you're done with full-time work and before you begin taking required minimum distributions from your 401(k) account or traditional individual retirement account at age 70½. And presumably, you'll find yourself in a lower tax bracket. "This is a good time to look at whether some strategies can work that help with taxes," said Avani Ramnani, director of financial planning and wealth management at Francis Financial in New York. ...
Uber applies for patent to spot drunk passengers

Uber applies for patent to spot drunk passengers

Technology
Taxi app company Uber has applied for a patent to use artificial intelligence to determine how drunk potential passengers might be.The app used to summon rides could also feed other information to the driver, including a passenger's location, how accurately they are typing and even the angle they are holding their phone at.It could help drivers who do not want to pick up inebriated riders.But critics said it could also be used to identify vulnerable passengers.According to the application to the US patent office, the system would spot "uncharacteristic user activity".Uber does not have the best track record when it comes to collecting data. In 2014 it was revealed the company used a software program known as God View to monitor r...
Nuggets have playoff spot in mind facing Lakers

Nuggets have playoff spot in mind facing Lakers

Sports
The Denver Nuggets enter their game at the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday in a three-way tie for eighth place in the Western Conference with 15 games remaining. The Nuggets (37-30) have won two in a row, including a 125-116 win against the visiting Lakers on Friday. Denver enters Tuesday with the same record as the Utah Jazz and also tied in the standings with the Los Angeles Clippers (36-29), who have played two fewer games. The Nuggets have not qualified for the postseason since 2013. "We're getting there," Denver coach Michael Malone told reporters after a 130-104 win against the visiting Sacramento Kings on Sunday. "Every game, I think we're moving forward." The Lakers (30-36) are coming off an impressive 127-113 win against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Even with the loss...
'Pen' device can spot cancer in 10 seconds

'Pen' device can spot cancer in 10 seconds

Technology
Scientists have invented a device the size of the pen which can detect cancer in a matter of seconds, aiding surgeons to remove "every last trace" of the disease.The device is capable of identifying cancerous cells 150 times faster than conventional technologies and was 96% accurate in tests.Researchers from the University of Texas say that the MasSpec Pen can help surgeons identify which tissue should be removed and which should be preserved, to help patients' recover.Dr Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, who designed the study, said: "If you talk to cancer patients after surgery, one of the first things many will say is 'I hope the surgeon got all the cancer out'."It's just heartbreaking when that's not the case. But our technology could vastly improve the odds that surgeons really do remove eve...