SpaceX gets ready to rehearse worst-case scenario for Crew Dragon spaceflights

SpaceX and NASA are doing a dress rehearsal for something they hope will never happen: a catastrophic failure at virtually the worst time in the launch of a crewed mission to the International Space Station. Fortunately, the closest things to crew members on this in-flight abort test of the Crew Dragon spaceship are two test dummies, hooked up to sensors that will tell engineers how flesh-and-blood fliers would have weathered the aborted trip. If all goes well, that should take care of the final...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley

Elon Musk: A New Life Awaits You in the Off-World Colonies—for a Price

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who has previously conceded that many of the people whom he desires to send to Mars must be prepared to risk death in the process, has sweetened the deal with the hint of some indentured servitude.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Mars, Starship, Mars Colonization

Elon Musk: A New Life Awaits You on the Off-World Colonies—for a Price

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who has previously conceded that many of the people whom he desires to send to Mars must be prepared to risk death in the process, has sweetened the deal with the hint of some indentured servitude.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Mars, Starship, Mars Colonization

The Villain Always Wins

Courier service DoorDash—the company that’s managed with some success to dream up multiple predatory wage models for its independent contractors—has, according to recent data, pulled ahead of rival food delivery companies like Uber Eats and Grubhub. By every indication here, the bad guys are winning.Read more...
Tags: Science, Delivery, Doordash, Tony Xu

Microsoft's Climate Plan Has One Huge, Oil-Filled Hole

On Thursday, Microsoft CEO Brad Smith made a bold climate pledge: By 2030, he said the company will remove more carbon from the environment than it emits, and by 2050, will remove more carbon than the company has ever produced.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Microsoft, Oil And Gas, Brad Smith

Android Users Can Finally Get in on Co-Star’s Brutally Honest Horoscopes

Co-Star, the very best app, is now available to download on the Google Play store. Android users, prepare to have your minds completely blown.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Android Apps, Horoscopes

US dumps huge amounts of sand on Miami Beach to tackle climate change erosion

Dozens of trucks have started dumping hundreds of thousands of tons of sand on Miami Beach as part of US government measures to protect Florida's tourist destinations against the effects of climate change. "We have erosion hotspots," said Stephen Leatherman, an expert on beaches and the environment at Florida International University. Leatherman -- known locally as "Dr Beach" -- said that rising sea levels, triggered by climate change, are causing the accelerated erosion of the famous beach, a...
Tags: Florida, Science, US, Beach, Miami Beach, Stephen Leatherman, Florida International University Leatherman

436-Million-Year-Old Scorpion Was Among the Planet's First Air Breathers

A newly described scorpion dating back to the early Silurian period is answering important questions about the first arachnids and the adaptations that enabled some of the earliest animals on Earth to migrate from aquatic to terrestrial habitats. Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Evolution, Paleontology, Arachnids, Scorpions

America's Most Powerful Woman Called Mark Zuckerberg a Crook. Facebook Has No Rebuttal

Shameful. Irresponsible. Accomplices.
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Science, America, Disinformation

Amazon Web Services enlists AI to help NASA get ahead of solar superstorms

If the sun throws out a radiation blast of satellite-killing proportions someday, Amazon Web Services may well play a role in heading off a technological doomsday. That's the upshot of a project that has NASA working with AWS Professional Services and the Amazon Machine Learning Solutions Lab to learn more about the early warning signs of a solar superstorm, with the aid of artificial intelligence. Solar storms occur when disturbances on the sun's surface throw off a blasts of radiation ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Amazon Web Services, AWS Professional Services, Amazon Machine Learning Solutions Lab

Pokémon Sword and Shield Is Secretly About Climate Change—and My Weezings Are Here to Prove It

In good news for Pokémon-obsessed people (me), Nintendo appears to only be getting started with its Sword and Shield world. The company has plans to add expansion packs later this year to bring new adventures to the Galar region. That’s dope!Read more...
Tags: Science, Nintendo, Pokemon, Galar, Earther Is A Gamer Blog Now, Pokémon Sword and Shield, Weezing

You Can Now Forget Your Existential Dread With Pokémon ASMR

The world is terrible and everything is on fire, but heading into the weekend, you can at least try to stifle the urge to scream with two new Pokémon ASMR videos. The first features a cheeky little Chespin nomming on some macarons, while the second stars a snoozy Charmander napping by a crackling campfire.Read more...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Pokemon, Asmr, Charmander, Gotta Asmr Em All

Rise of the Resistance Is as Much a Star Wars Story as It Is a Theme Park Ride

There’s no doubt that stepping into Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge feels like you’re stepping into the Star Wars universe. But up until now, that’s been a mostly passive experience. Starting today, it’s anything but.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Theme Parks, Disneyland, Lucasfilm, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Disney World, Walt Disney Imagineering, Star Wars Galaxys Edge, Rise of the Resistance

Biden to Zuckerberg: You Wanna Go? Let’s Go You Cow-Handed Fussbudget!

Democratic presidential contender and former Vice President Joe Biden called the Silicon Valley set “creeps,” said that Facebook and “other platforms” should lose their Section 230 protections under the Communications Decency Act, and argued that Mark Zuckerberg should face lawsuits and possibly criminal charges over…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Technology, Social Media, Joe Biden, Copyright, Silicon Valley, Biden, Free Speech, Zuckerberg, Platforms, Tech Policy, Section 230, 2020 Election

Appeals Court 'Reluctantly' Kills Youth Climate Case Against Trump

On Friday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to kill the landmark case where youth were suing the U.S. government for taking insufficient action on climate change.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Youth, Lawsuits, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Sad News, Climate Kids

The Most and Least Physically Active U.S. States

New government research paints a dire picture of Americans and their exercise habits. Across all 50 states, at least 15 percent of adults reported being physically inactive, while in some areas of the country, nearly 50 percent of adults said they got no form of exercise.Read more...
Tags: Science, Cdc, Excercise

Microsoft and Univ. of Washington join Georgia Tech team in $25M DNA data storage project

The University of Washington and Microsoft will take part in a federally funded effort to develop data storage techniques using synthetic DNA. The Molecular Information Storage program (also known as MIST) was launched this week by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (also known as IARPA), which is within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It's a multiyear research effort aimed at creating DNA-based storage systems that can archive exabytes of data — that i...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Washington, Georgia Tech, University of Washington, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Utah Pulls Free Condoms After Packaging Deemed Too Horny

A collection of innuendo-heavy, Utah-themed condoms that were produced as part of an HIV awareness campaign are getting pulled from distribution for being incredibly horny.Read more...
Tags: Utah, Science

Dispensed: Verily's big debut, Oscar's health insurance bet, and what else you missed at the biggest healthcare conference of the year

Welcome to Dispensed, Business Insider's weekly healthcare newsletter. This week, all the news coming out of a major industry conference.
Tags: Science

Greta Thunberg: 'You have not seen anything yet,' climate activist says as Davos nears

“To the world leaders and those in power, I would like to say that you have not seen anything yet. You have not seen the last of us, we can assure you that. And that is the message that we will bring to the World Economic Forum in Davos next week.” In the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and was joined by an estimated 10,000 others for a protest march, before many of them travel to Davos for next week's annual gathering of political and business elites. Their g...
Tags: Post, Business, Politics, Science, News, Climate Change, Environment, Climate, World news, Davos, Lausanne, Reuters, World Economic Forum, Klosters, Greta, Cecile Mantovani

You're Going to Want to Fill Your Closet With These Stretch Chino Pants While They're $38

Chino Restock Sale | $38 | Jachs | Promo code CHNRead more...
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'Remarkable' Mathematical Proof Describes How to Solve Seemingly Impossible Computing Problem

You enter a cave. At the end of a dark corridor, you encounter a pair of sealed chambers. Inside each chamber is an all-knowing wizard. The prophecy says that with these oracles’ help, you can learn the answers to unanswerable problems. But there’s a catch: The oracles don’t always tell the truth. And though they…Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Mathematics, Quantum Computing, Proofs, Quantum Entanglement

Australia fires: Air-dropping veggies to feed wallabies [NEW VIDEO]

The massive scale and force of the ongoing bushfires in Australia is hard to comprehend. The number of living creatures killed by flame, smoke, and habitat destruction fires is already staggering, and incomplete. Here is a new video from Reuters with more on a story we've covered here at Boing Boing previously -- NWS workers are dropping vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes from aircraft, to feed displaced wallabies who can't find anything to eat because everything has burned. Vid...
Tags: Post, Video, Science, News, Delightful Creatures, Climate Change, Australia, Animals, Environment, Climate, Fire, World news, Earth, Wildfires, Nws, Bushfires

Here's What io9's Staff Is Personally Psyched About for 2020

The Skywalker Saga and the latest phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe might be over, but if our lists of upcoming comic books, movies, and TV shows are any indication, it’s that 2020 promises to be another huge year for genre entertainment. Read more...
Tags: Science, Final Fantasy, Dune, SAW, Lovecraft Country, New Mutants, The Haunting of Hill House, Locke and Key, Wonder Woman 1984, Star Trek Picard, The Haunting of Bly Manor, WandaVision, Halloween Kills, Ghostbusters Afterlife, Io9 2020 Preview, 2020 Preview

Video Game Delays Cause More Crunch

These days, most video game fans are sympathetic to delays. They recognize that more time makes for better games, and that game development is too complicated for anyone to accurately predict release dates very far in advance. So after a string of high-profile delays this week, including the role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077Read more...
Tags: Science, Cyberpunk, Kotakucore, Delays, Crunch, CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077, The Last Of US 2

Power Line: Introducing a new clean-energy newsletter from Business Insider, and a look at the top clean-energy startups

In our first installment, we cover the top clean-energy startups and investors, new 2019 financing figures, 2020 trends, and this week's top deals.
Tags: Science

Microsoft's Xbox Console Streaming Preview Is Now Available Worldwide

Following a pretty successful trial run in the U.S. and U.K., Microsoft is now opening up its Xbox One Console Streaming Preview to the world, or at the very least, every country where Microsoft supports Xbox Live.Read more...
Tags: Android, Gaming, Science, Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox, Game Streaming, Consumer Tech, Xbox Console Streaming Preview Goes Worldwide, Xbox Console Streaming, U K Microsoft

Investors are pouring billions into the alternative plastics industry — and these companies are racing to deliver

More than $30 trillion in global investments are driving companies to innovate new forms of plastic that can be recycled over and over.
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