Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.

U.S. State Department email systems hacked

A U.S. national flag and its shadow on the Harry S. Truman Building at the Department of State are pictured in Washington, in this October 24, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files


A U.S. national flag and its shadow on the Harry S. Truman Building at the Department of State are pictured in Washington, in this October 24, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

Unclassified U.S. State Department email systems were cyberattacked in recent weeks, around the same time as White House systems were breached, a senior U.S. official told Reuters on Monday.

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Do your eyes have perfect pixel pitch? Here's a fun test to find out.

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Pixactly is “an online tool that tests how well you know your pixels.” Just draw a box that matches the dimensions provided. “Sounds easy, right? Pixactly.”

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Series of photos documenting a dog's rescue is pretty inspiring

Faith in humanity: restored.

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Caturday

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Winston's Raspberry.” Boing Boing reader Andrew Walsh shared this photo in our Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

Supercell tornado in Nebraska: GIF

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“Supercell tornado at West Point Nebraska.” via Reddit.

Animated GIF playing cards

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Created by AVBH [madebyabvh.tumblr.com]

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Hand-carved wood emoji, a manly-man's emoticon set by Nick Offerman

“Nick Offerman's solid oak emojis are a more old-fashioned, more personal, more American mode of communication.” From CONAN.

Sleepy red panda takes a nap

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A photo by Boing Boing reader John Sonderman shot at Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn, NY, and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

Relative Scale of the Solar System Planets, in Fruits

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Image by Avi Solomon, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

We landed a freaking spacecraft on a comet. This GIF and video explain Rosetta's 12-year journey.

Human beings reached a new space exploration milestone this week: landing the Rosetta mission's Philae probe on a comet some 316 million miles from Earth.

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Camouflage cakes and sweets are a (delicious) thing

Photo: @iheartbaking


Photo: @iheartbaking

Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, a Baltimore-based pastry chef famous for creative sweets, has jumped on the camo-cake bandwagon with “Camouflage” and “Pink Camouflage” cake mixes.

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Drinking delicious warm brown coffee from Kim Kardashian's butt

#BreakTheInternet #LadyGoatse

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@SomeChrisTweets via thisisnthappiness.com

Concern about Philae's fate as lander sends back first image from comet

Philae’s CIVA instrument captured this image of its landing site. Photograph: European Space Agency


Philae’s CIVA instrument captured this image of its landing site. Photograph: European Space Agency

European space agency scientists believe the Philae lander may have plopped down on its side when landing on comet 67P.

The first monochome image sent back from the space craft more than 300 million miles away from us shows the bumpy, crackled comet surface with one of Philae’s three legs in the bottom left. Scientists don't yet know if that leg in the photo is touching the comet's surface, but it's clear that Philae is not level. It may be wedged into a pit.

“We’re either looking into a ditch or we are against a wall,” ESA Rosetta project scientist Matt Taylor said.

From Spaceflight Now's coverage:

We saw both something that man built — the lander — you see the foot there, and something that nature built 4.6 billion years ago, which is a comet essentially preserved as it was at that time, containing all the history that we’re trying to look at,” said Jean-Pierre Bibring, Philae’s chief scientist and head of the CIVA camera team from Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale in Paris. “We have no idea what is around, or whether or not what is black is just shadow or open sky.”

Bibring said many scientists expected the comet’s surface to be powdery, allowing the lander to settle instead of rebounding back into space.

“It’s not a powder, it’s a rock, so it’s like a trampoline,” Bibring said. “You go there and it ejects you immediately afterwards.”

Officials have not pinpointed the lander’s location on the comet.

More at Spaceflight Now.

How Esa scientists believe Philae has landed on the comet – on its side. Photograph: European Space Agency


How Esa scientists believe Philae has landed on the comet – on its side. Photograph: European Space Agency

This image from Rosetta’s camera, taken in September, shows the place Philae first landed before bouncing twice and finally coming to rest about a kilometer away. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA.


This image from Rosetta’s camera, taken in September, shows the place Philae first landed before bouncing twice and finally coming to rest about a kilometer away. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA.

That comet we just landed on? It's singing us a song. Listen.

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Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) has detected a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space.

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