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Revolutionary approach to powering satellites with lasers

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sat, Jan 29 2022 1:30 AM CST

The University of Surrey and Space Power are collaborating to solve the problem of keeping satellites powered.

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The team is working on a new space infrastructure project to develop laser technology that can beam solar power between satellites. The goal of the technology is to provide power to satellites that are in shadow and cannot receive solar energy directly from the sun at a given time. The collaboration aims to be able to commercialize the technology by 2025.

The project is part of the Space Research and Innovation Network for Technology (SPRINT) program. It will see a plug-and-play system developed that satellite manufacturers can incorporate into their low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

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Chinese hypersonic space plane to enable rapid point-to-point travel

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sat, Jan 29 2022 1:00 AM CST

The Chinese aerospace company Space Transportation is developing the new space plane.

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Known by its full name as Beijing Lingkong Tianxing Technology, the company has touted the plane as a "rocket with wings," which will be fully reusable and will be used for space tourism and high-speed suborbital transportation between different places on Earth. Ground tests are planned by 2023, with its first flight slated for 2024 and first crewed flight in 2025. It is expected to reach approximately 2,600 miles per hour (4,184 kilometers per hour).

"We are developing a winged rocket for high-speed, point-to-point transportation, which is lower in cost than rockets that carry satellites and faster than traditional aircraft," the company said in a recent interview with Yicheng Times.

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Toyota unveils insane lunar rover designs with robotic arms

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sat, Jan 29 2022 12:30 AM CST

The rover is a collaboration between Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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The rover is dubbed the Lunar Cruiser, which pays homage to Toyota's Land Cruiser sport utility vehicle and is planned to launch late in the 2020s. By 2040, JAXA and Toyota have ambitions to help people live on the moon and to go live on Mars eventually.

"We see space as an area for our once-in-a-century transformation. By going to space, we may be able to develop telecommunications and other technology that will prove valuable to human life," said Takao Sato, who heads the Lunar Cruiser project at Toyota Motor Corp.

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The list of Artemis Accords signatories grows with Israeli signing

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sat, Jan 29 2022 12:00 AM CST

Israel signed the Artemis Accords on January 26th.

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The document to seal the deal was signed by the Israel Space Agency Director General Uri Oron in Tel Aviv. According to NASA's website, the Artemis Accords "describe a shared vision for principles, grounded in the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, to create a safe and transparent environment which facilitates exploration, science, and commercial activities for all of humanity to enjoy."

More than a dozen countries have signed the Artemis Accords, including: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. Notably, China and Russia have opposed the accords, suggesting it violates the United Nations' Moon Treaty.

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Rambus announces PCIe 6.0 controller: pumps up to 64GB/sec speeds

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Fri, Jan 28 2022 6:28 PM CST

Rambus has joined its competitors in announcing a next-gen PCIe 6.0 controller for next-generation data centers.

The new Rambus PCIe 6.0 controller will allow super-speeds across data-intensive markets, these include not just data centers but also AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning) as well as IoT (Internet of Things), defense, and aerospace.

Sean Fan, chief operating officer at Rambus explains: "The rapid advancement of AI/ML and data-intensive workloads requires that we continue to provide higher data rate solutions with best-in-class latency, power, and area. As the latest addition to our portfolio of industry-leading interface IP, our PCIe 6.0 Controller offers customers an easy to integrate solution that delivers both performance and security for advanced SoCs and FPGAs".

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Ubisoft clearly doesn't get NFT market, Quartz NFTs are bad business

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jan 28 2022 4:07 PM CST

Ubisoft's recent Quartz NFTs are disastrous PR nightmare that've been ridiculed by pundits, consumers, fans, and the press. Instead of reversing course, Ubisoft is doubling down.

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Ubisoft believes in NFTs and isn't giving up. The wildly unpopular Quartz NFTs are "just the beginning" of what's to come. Ubisoft has a grand vision in how its NFT platform will work out--despite not actually revealing said plan or discussing details. It's the gamers and consumers who "don't get it," one dev says.

The bottom line: Ubisoft is trying to iterate on a speculative platform. NFTs are nebulous and no one video games company has outlined how exactly they work or what value they can offer players. There's lots of vague promises. It's not just consumers who don't know--Ubisoft doesn't know either.

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New Evil Dead game delayed to Friday the 13th, May 2022

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jan 28 2022 12:54 PM CST

The new Evil Dead game has been delayed for a second time and will now release on Friday the 13th in May.

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Evil Dead: The Game has been pushed back again. This time it will launch May 13, 2022 on all systems as a feature-complete product with PVP, PVE, and solo play.

"When we set out to create a brand new game worthy of the Evil Dead franchise, we knew it had to be groovy as hell. This delay gives our team the time they need to get things just right, so your boomstick will be polished, fully loaded, and ready to blast Deadites in May."

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SEGA sells all arcade business shares, will still make arcade cabinets

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jan 28 2022 12:08 PM CST

For decades SEGA's name has been above Japan's bustling arcades. Then COVID-19 disrupted the market, forcing SEGA to spin off its arcade business to avoid disastrous losses. Now SEGA's name is being removed entirely.

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In 2020, SEGA sold off 85.1% of its arcade business shares to Genda Inc. A new company was born from this transaction: Genda SEGA Entertainment.

Today Genda announced that it has purchased 14.9% of SEGA's remaining shares and the company will be renamed to Genda GiGo Entertainment. SEGA's name will be removed from all arcade centers throughout Japan and be replaced with the new GiGo brand.

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Warzone 2: Separate game that starts fresh with Modern Warfare 2

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jan 28 2022 11:15 AM CST

Call of Duty Warzone is getting a sequel that will flip the reset switch and start fresh.

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Warzone 2 will essentially follow in Destiny 2's footsteps. Reports from Tom Henderson indicate that the Warzone sequel will wipe the slate clean and start fresh, complete with new content, operators, weapons, etc. Warzone 2's map is reportedly being made by Infinity Ward, and will launch alongside the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 reboot sequel in November 2022.

The existing Warzone isn't going anywhere. Sources say the current F2P Warzone will be supported in parallel alongside Warzone 2, which will ultimately add more work for Raven Software, the studio responsible for Warzone and whose Q&A team is trying to unionize.

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Trees will likely be smaller and capture less carbon in future forests

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Fri, Jan 28 2022 2:00 AM CST

A new study published in the journal Global Change Biology discusses the future of forests.

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Researchers from the University of Arizona have combined tree-ring data from the U.S. Forest Service with inventory data on ponderosa pines in Arizona to model the drivers of future tree growth. They predict a 56 to 91 percent decline in individual tree growth, decreasing each tree's individual capacity to remove carbon from the atmosphere.

"While Arizona's forests are relatively small in terms of their contribution to the total U.S. carbon sequestration, our approach can be used to make the same predictions for forests around the world," said lead study author Kelly Heilman, a postdoctoral research associate in the University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.

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