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Observation of Gravitational Waves from Binary Black Hole Mergers - Dawn of a New Astronomy

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves. Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of spacetime as predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity. Even though gravitational waves can carry enormous amounts of energy, they cause only tiny effects on earth such that it took 100 years from prediction to detection. The mergers of stellar-mass black holes approximately 1.3 billion years ago were identified as the source of the gravitational waves.

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OSGi/Java in Industrial IoT: More than a Solid Trend — Essential to Scale into the World of Internet-Connected Things

With the promise of "real" IoT, the requirements for computational capabilities and agility at the edge demand IT-centric architectures and solutions that are based on open and industry standards. "IoT stacks" that are built on OSGi and Java’s solid foundation ensure effective modular software development and management on abstracted hardware.

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The Shuttle Case

January 28, 1986: The space shuttle Challenger explodes just one minute after launch. As the world looked on horrified, few realized that this was an inevitable accident that had been predicted by the designers for years. Indeed, the day before the key engineers believed that there was "essentially a 100% probability of disaster."

After the accident, NASA embarked upon major management reforms. Sadly, the reforms made the launches look almost too safe, and as a result over the subsequent years standards and relationships slipped once more.

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