16 Dec

The 22 foot-long trailer by Colorado's MitchCraft Tiny Homes manages to squeeze in several features while also sleeping four people. The mobile unit also boasts a composting toilet, solar power, and containers for water storage, which provide the user with a great deal of off-grid flexibility.

New Atlas reports that the compact unit "is based on a double-axle trailer and clad in cedar, with a relatively large drop-down deck at the entrance providing some outdoor living space. Its small size is unusual for North America and its design reminds us of the tiny houses by Baluchon and other European firms."

The cozy living room includes a wood-burning unit and a sofa. Because the home sports plenty of window spaces finished in wood, the interior comes off as bright and airy, despite the compact confines. A kitchenette sits within close range, complete with a space for two people to dine at a breakfast bar. There's also a modest two-burner stove unit, pull-out pantry, a refrigerator and shelving. A sink and washer/dryer unit are also present.

14 Dec

Some users of the Square Cash app can now roll the digital dice on Bitcoin, the virtual currency that has rocketed to huge gains in recent years.

The news comes as shares of Square, a payments company, have been on a meteoric rise of their own: As of the beginning of November, Square's market cap exceeded that of Twitter.

Square Cash allows users to stockpile money and generate peer-to-peer payments without needing to use a bank account. A while back, the company launched a physical card so that customers could store cash on its platform and make their purchases from Square Cash.

In a note to clients, Credit Suisse AG analyst Paul Condra wrote, “Given Square’s tendency to move judiciously into new technologies, we expect it will do the same with bitcoin purchases. The upside could be significant if cryptocurrencies become more mainstream.”

12 Dec

On July 20, 1969, America made history by becoming the first country to put a man on the moon. Although an estimated 600 million people watched the event live on TV, there has always been a subset of the population who believe the moon landing was faked by a government under pressure to beat the rest of the world.

Those conspiracy theorists may have gotten a boost recently, thanks to a photo of Apollo 17’s landing that has been circulating. The photo seems to depict a man walking around on the moon without a space suit, as reflected in the visor of one of the astronauts. This was the sixth and final mission to the moon, led by Eugene Cerman.

10 Dec

In November, researchers theorized that we could see a large bout of earthquakes in 2018. The reason for the earthquakes, which would cause mass destruction, is a small slowdown in the rotation of the Earth.

However, another group of scientists have taken aim at that theory, comparing it to the ideas posited by author Ken Ring, who tries to predict weather using lunar cycles. Scientists call into question the paper written by these theorists, saying that it has not been peer reviewed and follows many other similar theories that simply correlate phenomena to weather events.

08 Dec

The cigar-shaped mass is the first confirmed interstellar object to travel through our solar system, though astronomers are not yet ready to pin down the asteroid's origins.

It's possible that the 400 meter-long asteroid has simply wandered throughout the galaxy for millions of years, with no one star system considered as its "home."

Until, that is, it made an appearance in our skies, where it was discovered on October 19, 2017, by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii. Dubbed Oumuamua, the object was also picked up by other observatories around the globe. According to a report from Forbes magazine, the asteroid "seems to be a dark red highly-elongated metallic or rocky object, about 400 metres long, and is unlike anything normally found in the Solar System."

In a statement, astronomer Karen Meech added, “This thing is very strange, with a complex, convoluted shape."

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