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U.S. boosts ISS for the first time without needing Russia to help

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Tue, Jun 28 2022 4:32 AM CDT

The International Space Station (ISS) periodically requires boosts from external spacecraft to help it maintain its orbit.

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The ISS weighs 444 tonnes and continues to expand, while orbiting at an altitude of about 250 miles (400 kilometers). However, atmospheric drag brings the space station closer to Earth by about one mile (1.6 kilometers) each month, and consequently, it needs to be lifted back up.

The task is currently Russia's responsibility, for which they use the thrusters on the Progress cargo spacecraft and the ISS' Zvezda module. However, Russia's future with the ISS is unclear, with the nation potentially withdrawing from the space station in 2024 despite NASA's commitment to keep it operational until 2030. Therefore, the remaining countries need a way to manage the space station responsibilities currently left to Russia.

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NASA's Curiosity rover just found a key ingredient for life on Mars

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Tue, Jun 28 2022 4:01 AM CDT

A study on organic carbon on Mars titled "Organic carbon concentrations in 3.5-billion-year-old lacustrine mudstones of Mars" has been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

NASA scientists have measured the total organic carbon present in Martian rocks for the first time with the help of data from the Curiosity rover. Organic carbon refers to the carbon found in organic compounds, which consist of carbon and hydrogen, and form the basis of all known forms of life. Organic carbon does arise on Mars as a result of non-living sources, however, such as volcanic activity or meteorites.

The Curiosity rover has found organic carbon and evidence of water existing long ago on Mars in the Gale crater, where it has been exploring and collecting samples. These conditions in the crater, as well as low acidity, and the presence of chemicals like oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur, show Mars could have supported life at some point.

Continue reading: NASA's Curiosity rover just found a key ingredient for life on Mars (full post)

Hackers announce war has now begun on anti-abortion states

Jak Connor | Hacking & Security | Tue, Jun 28 2022 1:35 AM CDT

A group of hackers have announced a digital war has begun on anti-abortion states with gigabytes of data already reportedly stolen.

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The hacking group is called SiegedSec, and according to reports, in the past, has concentrated on stealing/destroying portions of user data held by private companies. The group announced on its Telegram that it will be launching attacks against government bodies and organizations that don't hold their pro-choice views. Notably, the group declared that they are "pro-choice" and "one shouldn't be denied access to abortion".

Adding to the announcement, the group said that it has already hacked government servers in Arkansas and Kentucky, claiming that they have already stolen approximately 8 gigabytes of data that contains government workers' personal information. Taking to Telegram, SiegedSec declared that the attacks will continue and that their targets are any "pro-life entities", which will include any government servers within states that have anti-abortion laws.

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NASA drops update for James Webb Telescope and its coming completion

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Tue, Jun 28 2022 1:04 AM CDT

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is closing in on its goal of calibrating all of its extremely sensitive and highly advanced instruments.

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NASA has taken to its blog to update the public on the progress being made on the agency's next-generation space telescope. According to NASA, one of the four primary scientific instruments aboard the observatory is known as the Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph instrument (NIRISS), and the testing of the final "mode" on the instrument, the Single Object Slitless Spectroscopy (SOSS) capability, was recently completed - leading NASA engineers to give the thumbs up for science operations.

The space agency explains that the SOSS mode is a specifically designed prism that absorbs the light from the cosmos and splits it into three separate rainbows. The observatory will be able to capture more than 2,000 infrared colors from a single observation, which will allow researchers to lock onto planets and probe their atmosphere for certain molecules. Observing exoplanets and determining their atmospheres will be the main task of the SOSS mode, according to NASA.

Continue reading: NASA drops update for James Webb Telescope and its coming completion (full post)

TikTok of man AirDropping his nudes to plane passengers goes viral

Jak Connor | Online Video | Tue, Jun 28 2022 12:31 AM CDT

A video posted to the TikTok account @daddystrange333 shows a man aboard a plane being accused by flight attendants of sending lewd images of himself to passengers.

@daddystrange333 explains that she was aboard a flight when she noticed that she had an AirDrop request on his phone. The man that was seated next to @daddystrange333 that she was speaking to told her not to open the request, but she was curious as she could see that the AirDrop request was coming from a man she calls "Larry". @daddystrange333 realized that Larry was sending the images with his iPad, and once she accepted the request, she immediately notified staff aboard the flight.

Flight attendants approached Larry and asked him if he sent explicit images of himself to passengers, to which he agreed to doing by nodding. The flight attendants then followed up by asking him why he would do that, and he said he was "just having a little fun". @daddystrange333 can then be heard saying directly to Larry, "It's sexual harassment, disgusting, it is assault". Before the video ends, Larry can be heard apologizing for his actions.

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Record-breaking 30,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth discovered

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Tue, Jun 28 2022 12:03 AM CDT

A gold miner has made a shocking discovery in Yukon, Canada as a mummified baby woolly mammoth has been found in a record-breaking discovery.

The local government of the region where the fossil was found issued a press release that explains the discovery was made on June 21, 2022, when miners that were working in the Klondike gold fields within Tr'ondek Hwech' in Traditional Territory in Yukon, Canada, were removing permafrost. The fossil is described as being "near-complete", and according to Yukon's local government, the mammoth calf has been named Nun Cho ga, which translates to "big baby animal".

The newly discovered fossil has since been quickly examined, and according to the press release, it was a female mammoth that died during the ice age approximately 30,000 to 40,000 years ago. Notably, the press release states that Nun Cho ga is about the same age as "Lyuba", a 42,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth that was discovered in Siberia back in 2007. Furthermore, Nun Cho ga is now renowned as the best preserved mummified woolly mammoth found in North America.

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU delidded: lower temps, higher CPU clocks

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Mon, Jun 27 2022 10:56 PM CDT

AMD's new Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor with its flashy new 3D V-Cache technology has been delidded, with some impressive results.

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The new AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor was delidded by "@Madness7771" and said that when cooled with his Noctua ND-D14 cooler, the delidded Ryzen 7 5800X3D chip was running cooler, saying "it doesn't hit 90C anymore".

Before the Ryzen 7 5800X3D was delidded, his chip (because all chips won't perform the same) was hitting an average CPU clock of 4436MHz, meanwhile, it had a minimum of 77C, an average of 78C, and maximum of 80C temperatures.

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AMD: our RDNA 3 GPUs have 'enhanced ray tracing', higher GPU clocks

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Mon, Jun 27 2022 10:37 PM CDT

The closer we get to AMD's next-gen RDNA 3 GPU launch, the more details that are leaking out: today, we have news that the rearchitected RDNA 3 GPU Compute Units will have "enhanced ray tracing" capabilities, and even faster GPU clocks.

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AMD itself has confirmed the news of the boosted ray tracing capabilities and higher GPU clocks during its Financial Analyst Day 2022. AMD's SVP of Engineering at Radeon Technologies Group, David Wang, explained that the company has architectured the compute units inside of RDNA 3 that will increase ray tracing capabilities.

We don't know what these "enhanced ray tracing capabilities" are going to do, but it should be obvious that ray tracing performance and upgraded (and new) features inside of the next-gen AMD RDNA 3-based Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs will be plenty. AMD will better compete against NVIDIA in the ray tracing department, as NVIDIA is the clear dominating GPU in ray tracing, but RDNA 3 won't be messing around.

Continue reading: AMD: our RDNA 3 GPUs have 'enhanced ray tracing', higher GPU clocks (full post)

Apple has booked TSMC to make its next-gen M3 and M2 Pro chips on 3nm

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Mon, Jun 27 2022 10:16 PM CDT

Apple's new M2 processor is official, but after it comes better versions with the M2 Pro and M2 Max, which I reported on weeks ago. But now, it seems it's being highlighted that they're being made on the new TSMC 3nm process node.

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It was back on June 8 that I wrote about Apple's upgraded M2 Pro + M2 Max SoCs would be made on TSMC's new 3nm process node, and would release later this year. This was on information from 9to5Mac, who reported from Jeff Pu of Haitong Intl Tech Research who said that TSMC would start mass production of the more powerful M2 Pro chip later this year on its 3nm process node.

Now we have Digitimes saying that Apple has booked TSMC for its new M2 Pro and next-gen M3 processors. In their report, Digitimes explained: "Apple reportedly has booked TSMC capacity for its upcoming 3nm M3 and M2 Pro processors".

Continue reading: Apple has booked TSMC to make its next-gen M3 and M2 Pro chips on 3nm (full post)

Intel Arc Pro A50 workstation GPU: ACM-G11 with 6GB of GDDR6 memory

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Mon, Jun 27 2022 9:41 PM CDT

We only just heard about Intel's first Arc workstation GPU -- the Arc Pro A40 -- just yesterday, and now we're already hearing about the Intel Arc Pro A50 workstation GPU.

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Intel recently launched its new desktop Arc GPUs in a China exclusive, with benchmarks and more being revealed over the last few days, then news of the Arc Pro GPUs started. First, we heard about the Intel Arc Pro A40 workstation GPU, and now news of the Arc Pro A50 workstation GPU is here.

In new listings on SiSoft Sandra, the Intel Arc Pro A40 and Arc Pro 40 workstation GPUs are found -- with the new Arc Pro A50 workstation featuring the full ACM-G11 GPU with 8 Xe-Cores (128 Execution Units and 1024 FP32 cores). Both the Intel Arc Pro A50 and Arc Pro A40 workstation GPUs seem to be packing 6GB of GDDR6 memory, which should be pumping through a 96-bit memory bus.

Continue reading: Intel Arc Pro A50 workstation GPU: ACM-G11 with 6GB of GDDR6 memory (full post)

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