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'First archaeological study' to take place in space by astronauts

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Tue, Jan 25 2022 4:30 AM CST

The "dig sites" of this archaeological study are found aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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The team orchestrating the archaeological study is SQuARE, or Sampling Quadrangle Assemblages Research Experiment. They have defined six locations within the ISS that will be photographed daily and documented over sixty days to observe the changes.

"We are extremely excited and proud to announce that the first archaeological study ever performed outside the Earth began today. NASA astronaut Kayla Barron set up an experiment consisting of six sample areas in as many modules that will be documented by the crew for us every day for the next 60 days, said SQuARE on its blog.

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Apparent Martian groundwater may be something else entirely

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Tue, Jan 25 2022 4:00 AM CST

A new study clarifying the origin of the apparent groundwater has been published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

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Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have determined that what was previously thought to be liquid water at the Martian south pole was likely a mirage. In 2018, scientists observed bright radar reflections under the polar cap, but now researchers conclude the observation is likely volcanic rock buried under ice.

"For water to be sustained this close to the surface, you need both a very salty environment and a strong, locally generated heat source, but that doesn't match what we know of this region," said the study's lead author, Cyril Grima from the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG).

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James Webb Telescope reaches final destination, NASA says what's next

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Tue, Jan 25 2022 3:33 AM CST

Following up on yesterday's article about NASA planning on performing a correctional burn for the James Webb Space Telescope, the space agency has announced good news - the burn is complete and Webb has reached its destination.

NASA took to its blog and social media channels to announce that at 2 p.m EST Webb fired its onboard thrusters for 297 seconds, or nearly five minutes. This burn was the final post-launch course correction to Webb's overall trajectory, and pushed the observatory into its final destination - the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point (L2) located nearly 1 million miles away from Earth.

Despite the thrusters burning for nearly 5 minutes, Webb only increased in speed by 3.6 miles per hour, but that was all that was required to get the space telescope in its designated position. Now that Webb has arrived in its final location, engineers will begin the sophisticated three-month process of aligning all of Webb's optics, while also simultaneously waiting for its instruments to cool down for optimal use.

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World's biggest NFT marketplace exploited, nearly $800,000 stolen

Jak Connor | Cryptocurrency & Mining | Tue, Jan 25 2022 3:01 AM CST

One user has managed to purchase a Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT for tens of thousands less than the price it originally listed for (floor price).

According to a report from Decrypt, Twitter user Tballer announced that he had "lost an ape" and that he began to cry when he had realized what had happened. Tballer's ape sold to "jpegdegenlove" for just 0.77 Ethereum (ETH), which is about $1,700. Additionally, the same buyer also purchased two more BAYC NFTs, one for around $14,000 and another for around $50,800. Notably, the floor price or starting price for a BAYC NFT is 86 ETH, or around $200,000 (at the time this was written).

So, how did this happen? After a group of Twitter users got together on a thread to work out how it was possible that these Bored Apes sold for less than the floor price it was discovered that TBaller, and some other users attempting to sell their NFTs didn't pay the correct amount in Ethereum gas fees to completely de-list their NFT from the marketplace. Instead, these users chose to use OpenSea's "transfer" feature.

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Trump family discovers crypto 'TrumpCoin', vows to take 'legal action'

Jak Connor | Cryptocurrency & Mining | Tue, Jan 25 2022 2:32 AM CST

Some members of the Trump family have been made aware of the existence of cryptocurrency that uses their family name.

Eric Trump took to Twitter to announce a "Fraud alert" for a cryptocurrency called "TrumpCoin" that uses the ticker symbol $TRUMP. Eric Trump goes on to write that this cryptocurrency project has nothing to do with the Trump family, and that they "do not authorize the use and we are in no way affiliated with this group." Eric concludes his tweet by writing that "legal action will be taken".

Notably, the TrumpCoin is a meme cryptocurrency, which means it has been created as a joke, holds no inherent utility or value. In response to the tweet from Eric Trump, the TrumpCoin Twitter account posted a screenshot of its website that states that "TrumpCoin" is in no way owned, operated, endorsed, or affiliated with Donald Trump, the Trump Organization, or any other organization owned and/or operated by Donald J. Trump or any of his affiliates.

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Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos lose billions amid horror stock market crash

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Tue, Jan 25 2022 2:02 AM CST

Over the last seven days, the stock market has taken a tumble causing top technology billionaires to lose a considerable amount of money.

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Following the announcement that the Federal Reserve is expected to announce an increase in interest rates in an effort to combat inflation, the stock market has dipped, marking the biggest decrease since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Billionaires such as Elon Musk felt the dip as his personal fortunes decreased by a staggering $25 billion over seven days.

Notably, former Amazon CEO and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos also felt the drop as reports indicate a loss of $20 billion over seven days. According to a Bloomberg analysis, the dip in the stock market didn't just affect Musk and Bezos, as the top five technology billionaires collectively lost $67 billion over the same seven-day period. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg lost $10.4 billion, Google founder Larry Page lost $7.6 billion, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates lost $4.3 billion.

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Star Wars-inspired hoverbikes available in 2024, but there's a catch

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Tue, Jan 25 2022 1:33 AM CST

What was once believed a dream is coming to reality, or at least it kind of is with the upcoming release of the Jetson ONE.

A Swedish electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL) startup is planning on releasing an ultralight hoverbike inspired by the hoverbikes seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. In October last year, Jetson released an incredible promotional video for the Jetson ONE, the company's first all-electric aircraft that it plans on bringing to market. The video showcases the aircraft that looks similar to a large drone that can be sat in, flying across a desert landscape that was deliberately chosen to create that sci-fi atmosphere for the viewer.

The Jetson ONE doesn't require the driver to hold a pilot's license as it falls under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) category of being an ultra-light vehicle which is defined by the vehicle being less than 254 pounds and a maximum speed of 63 mph. However, Jetson co-founder Peter Ternstrom told the BBC that he wants the first people that use the Jetson ONE to have currently or previously held a pilots license.

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NASA pushes back the date for touring the International Space Station

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Tue, Jan 25 2022 1:02 AM CST

The organizer for NASA's first tourism mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has announced the mission is delayed.

According to Axiom Space, the Ax-1 mission that will be the first-ever private astronaut mission to the ISS will now be targeting a new launch date. Originally, Axiom Space planned on launching three amateur astronauts to the ISS sometime at the end of February, but now NASA and Axiom are targeting a launch window at the end of March.

The reason for the delay is for "additional spacecraft preparations and space station traffic," which, as Digital Trends reports, suggests that there is going to be some other spacecraft traveling to the ISS at the end of February causing "traffic". The three amateur astronauts traveling to the ISS will be Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy, American entrepreneur Larry Connor, and former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe.

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NASA says Tonga eruption is equivalent to hundreds of Hiroshima bombs

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Tue, Jan 25 2022 12:32 AM CST

Tonga was recently devastated by an underwater volcano erupting 40 miles north of the main island, and now NASA has estimated the power of the explosion.

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The underwater volcano that erupted was the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano, and upon eruption, it shot plumes of debris 25 miles into the atmosphere while also spawning a tsunami that flattened most houses and structures across two Tongan islands. Additionally, the eruption spewed volcanic high up into the air that eventually blanketed islands, contaminating running water and making it difficult for neighboring countries to provide aid by air.

The NASA Earth Observatory has estimated that the amount of energy that was released by the eruption was equivalent to somewhere between five to 30 megatons of TNT. If that estimate is correct, it would mean the eruption was hundreds of times more powerful than the atomic bomb that was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945, which NASA estimates to be around 15 kilotons of TNT.

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Real-life doomsday comet hits New York City in prank video for Netflix

Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Tue, Jan 25 2022 12:02 AM CST

Netflix decided to hire director Michael Krivicka to create a prank-style video to promote the streaming platform's now-released disaster movie "Don't Look Up".

Krivicka has produced content for Netflix's "Sweet Tooth", Sony's "Spider-Man: Homecoming", Warner Bros.' "Geostorm," and many companies. This time around, Krivicka decided he was going to prank some unsuspecting New Yorkers into believing a doomsday comet was about to hit New York City. The prank included hundreds of extras, stunt people, and a multitude of hidden cameras both inside the office and out on the street.

The director explains to Space.com that this stunt was "by far the most ambitious stunt to date", and that the most challenging part was creating a doomsday atmosphere for the unsuspecting individuals when they couldn't see anything with their own eyes. To get the innocent victims believing it was real, Krivicka recorded a fake news report on the comet, and made sure the location was specifically tailored not to allow individuals to see outside each window.

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