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NASA Perseverance rover snaps wild image of ancient 'garden of pavers'

Jak Connor | Fri, Jul 16 2021 2:31 AM CDT

NASA Perseverance rover is scouting the plains of Mars, and every day the rover uncovers more vital information about the past life of the Red Planet.

In a new post on the Perseverance Mars Rover Twitter account, NASA has shown off Perseverance inspecting an "ancient lakebed". The rover's Twitter account is orientated in a way that makes the rover look like it's the one doing the posting, hence the caption, "Check out this patch of rock I found: looks kind of like garden pavers, and is probably exposed bedrock."

NASA goes on to say that Perseverance gathering vital data in the Jezero Crater, where it landed back on February 18, will allow for scientists to have a better idea of what the Jezero Crater, and Mars, was like millions of years ago. The primary mission for Perseverance is to search for evidence of past life of the baron Red Planet, hence the landing in the Jezero Crater as researchers believe that "the area was once flooded with water and was home to an ancient river delta," per NASA.

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18-year-old to be youngest person in space, joins Blue Origin flight

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Jul 15 2021 9:49 PM CDT

After spending $28 million on a ticket aboard Blue Origin and then pulling out at the last minute, it will now see 18-year-old Oliver Daemen become the youngest person in space.

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Daemen will become the youngest person in space and enjoy the historic journey with an 82-year-old, who will become the oldest person in space -- they will be joined with Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. Daemen's father leads investment management firm Somerset Capital Partners, using his deep pockets to secure his son the wildest ride this planet has to offer.

Blue Origin said Jose Daemen "paid for the seat and chose to fly Oliver".

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Blue Origin auction winner spends $28 million, won't fly to space

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Jul 15 2021 9:11 PM CDT

Remember that auction winner who spent $28 million on a Blue Origin mission to space? Yeah, well, he's busy... and he can't go -- scheduling conflicts and all that.

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Blue Origin announced today that the anonymous winner wouldn't be able to jump on the Blue Origin New Shepard mission on July 20 over "scheduling conflicts". One would think after spending $28 million on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to space, you'd clear your schedule for it... not have something else come up on your schedule.

In his place will be 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, who will become the youngest person into space. His father purchased his Blue Origin ticket for an undisclosed sum of money, but I'm sure it would not have been cheap. Daemen will join Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, along with his brother Mark Bezos and Wally Funk -- who will become the oldest person in space at 82 years old.

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This $1790 humanoid robot keeps getting fired from jobs

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Jul 14 2021 9:39 PM CDT

SoftBank Robotics created Pepper, a humanoid robot, with the aim of it being used as a friendly face for the elderly, and used across public places like train stations, shopping centers, airports, and more.

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But the humanoid robot keeps getting fired from its job, with production on the robot now stopping and only being made-to-order by SoftBank. The company made 27,000 units with Pepper priced at $1790, but with multiple small, and big companies buying the humanoid robot and having it fail -- being fired from its jobs.

Plastics manufacturer, Nissei Eco Co., which also has a funeral business, hired the child-sized robot and then dressed it in Buddhist clergy robes. The company programmed the humanoid robot to chant scriptures, which if it worked, would've been a tech-infused-with-religion approach -- but it didn't, and the company ended its lease with Pepper and sent it back to SoftBank Robotics.

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Mysterious cluster of bright lights appeared in ISS live-stream, UFOs?

Jak Connor | Wed, Jul 14 2021 6:09 AM CDT

A cluster of bright lights has been spotted on a live stream from the International Space Station (ISS), sparking a viral discussion on whether or not they are UFOs or not.

Reddit user tyrannosnorlax posted on the r/UFOs subreddit asking the community what was spotted during the ISS livestream. The Reddit user then goes on to update the post with more information regarding plausible explanations for the mysterious lights, suggesting that they were city lights. However, that isn't the most likely explanation for the lights, as observing city lights from space looks like this.

Tyrannosnorlax returned to the post for a final update, saying that the lights weren't UFOs but are most likely squid fishing lights. As explained on the NASA Earth Observatory website, fishermen that are hunting for squid use bright lights to lure the squid in, and the color of these lights can vary in color. When observed from the ISS, these fishermen appear in clusters, as seen in the below image.

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Putin's weapon of choice to destroy US is this 'unstoppable' missile

Jak Connor | Wed, Jul 14 2021 4:04 AM CDT

A new report from the US Sun has revealed that Russia is scheduled to finish the final testing on a lethal hypersonic missile.

The US Sun reports that the missile named Zircon or Tsirkon can reach speeds of 6,100 mph, or Mach 8, and according to Moscow's state-controlled TV, the Zircon missile is Russia's President Vladamir Putin's "weapon of choice to destroy coastal American cities in the event of an atomic conflict." Additionally, Putin has stated that the Mach 8 Zircon is "truly unparalleled in the world", and described it as "unstoppable".

The missile is designed to take out enemy ships, and officially it has a range between 188 and 620 miles, but unconfirmed reports state that the missile's true range is 1,200 miles. "The ship-based Tsirkon hypersonic missile system will carry out firings at land and sea targets from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov," said the source. The missile is currently undergoing final tests that will take place before the end of July. Mass production of the missile is expected to begin in 2022.

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Did Richard Branson really go to space? Neil deGrasse Tyson says 'no'

Jak Connor | Wed, Jul 14 2021 3:33 AM CDT

Sir Richard Branson recently took the VSS Unity to what was called "space", but now astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has said its technically not "space".

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On Sunday, Branson took the first tourist space flight in history aboard the VSS Unity. After reaching an altitude of 9 miles the spacecraft released the spaceplane which then blasted its way to 50 miles altitude. Now, here's where things get technical. The pilots aboard the VSS Unity welcomed all passengers on board to "space", however, deGrasse Tyson says technically Branson as well as Bezos won't reach "space".

Using a globe to explain what he is talking about, Tyson says that if you look at it proportionately, the International Space Station would be one centimeter from the scale model (globe), which would put the Moon more than 10 meters away. Using the same arithmetic, Tyson says that Branson reached less than 2 millimeters from the scale model.

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Lightning strike kills 11 people taking selfies on a tower in India

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jul 13 2021 8:34 PM CDT

11 people have died in the western state of Rajasthan, India -- after a lightning strike near a watchtower at the 12th century Amber Fort -- the tourists were taking selfies when the lighting struck and killed them all.

Shankar Lal Saini, a senior disaster management official in Jaipur spoke with CNN, where he said that the lightning struck the tower -- which caused its walls to collapse, and buried people with rubble. He said: "Since the fort is on a hill, when the debris was falling and space reduced, some people also fell into a ditch".

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "Saddened by the loss of lives due to lightning in parts of Madhya Pradesh. The State Government will provide all possible assistance to the affected. From the PMNRF, Rs. 2 lakh would be given to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 would be given to the injured".

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This new weight-loss device literally locks your mouth shut, can't eat

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jul 13 2021 8:06 PM CDT

The year is 2025 and you've said something online that goes against community standards (I'll use the words Group Think while I still can) and you hear a snap... you try to gasp but realize you can't, because your mouth has been locked shut, remotely.

That's not exactly the idea but it's close -- at least that's what the "positive" narrative is telling us about the magical fight against the "global obesity epidemic" and its new device that magnetically clamps your jaw shut. That's the best way to fight obesity for experts, and a huge money maker which I'm sure is definitely not the reason why it's being made.

They're calling it the DentalSlim Diet Control, an intra-oral device that gets professionally installed by a dentist to your lower, and upper back teeth. With magnets inside, it uses locking bolds that will be customized perfectly for your mouth -- every user will have their own unique set.

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Researchers post 'extremely rare' video of a see-through Glass Octopus

Jak Connor | Tue, Jul 13 2021 5:09 AM CDT

A rare sighting of an octopus that is so transparent that you can see its internal organs and digestive tract has been caught on video.

The video has been posted to the Schmidt Ocean Twitter account, and according to the post, the footage of the octopus is "extremely rare". Researchers suspect that the species of octopus is Vitreledonella richardi, or more commonly known as a Glass Octopus. The researchers managed to capture the amazing creature while on an expedition near the Phoenix Islands Archipelago.

Dr. Jyotika Virmani, executive director of Schmidt Ocean Institute, said, "Working with scientists and local researchers, this expedition is a remarkable example of the frontiers of science and exploration that we are able to support. Live-streaming the dives gives us a glimpse of rarely seen and fascinating creatures such as the transparent glass octopus. By providing this platform to further the understanding of our ocean, we trigger the imagination while helping to push forward scientific insights and the protection of our underwater world."

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