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SpaceX found unexpected 'erosion' to its spaceship's heat shield after its first NASA astronaut mission, so it revamped the system

The SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship lifts the Crew Dragon capsule out of the Gulf of Mexico, near the coast of Pensacola, Florida, August 2, 2020. NASA/Bill Ingalls SpaceX discovered unexpected erosion on its Crew Dragon spaceship's heat shield after its first astronaut mission. A SpaceX executive said the crew members — NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley — were never in danger. But as a precaution, SpaceX has updated the heat shield ahead of its next crewed launch in October. V...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, California, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Astronauts, Spaceflight, Gulf of Mexico, Ames Research Center, Hurley, Mike Hopkins, Crew Dragon, Pensacola Florida


Astronauts just named SpaceX's newest spaceship 'Resilience' ahead of a major launch

NASA's Crew-1 crew members in SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft (left to right): NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Mike Hopkins, as well as JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi. SpaceX via NASA SpaceX's next astronauts — Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi — have named their new spaceship "Resilience." The astronauts are set to launch aboard the capsule, a Crew Dragon spacecraft funded by NASA and designed by SpaceX, on October 31. Visit Busi...
Tags: Japan, Spacex, Science, News, US, Trends, Nasa, Resilience, Astronauts, Boeing, Falcon, Hopkins, Hurley, Mike Hopkins, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Crew Dragon


Don’t Miss October 2020’s Biggest, Must-Play Games You Can Pre-Order Now

The new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S consoles arrive in November, but you don’t have to twiddle your thumbs for the next month-plus before big games arrive. October will bring us a pretty packed slate of games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch, including new entries in the Star Wars and Mario Kart…Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Video Games, Xbox One, Ps4, Mario Kart, Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S


A new SpaceX video shows never-before-seen footage of its first astronaut flight

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley wish their families goodnight after launching into low-Earth orbit. Screenshot via SpaceX/YouTube SpaceX just released new footage of Demo-2, its first crewed mission. The footage shows astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley at various stages of the mission. SpaceX hoping its next mission, Crew-1, will be similarly smooth — it's scheduled to launch on Halloween.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SpaceX released a video on Tuesday th...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Demo, Gulf of Mexico, Coo, Falcon, Hopkins, Hurley, Walker, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Glover


Disney Parks Announces 28,000 Layoffs, Citing Covid-19 Closures and Low Attendance

The novel coronavirus pandemic has continued to surge throughout the United States, which means Florida’s Disney World has run at reduced capacity and California’s Disneyland isn’t even open yet—despite continued efforts to reopen. It might be the , and people in general, but Disney has…Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, California, Disney, United States, Disneyland, Disney Land, Disney World, Disney Parks, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Disney Parks Announces


Coronavirus live news: 60m Indians may have contracted Covid; Disney announces mass layoffs

India’s pandemic agency says cases may be ten times official figure; New York introduces face mask fines as positivity rates climb; Boris Johnson apologises for getting north-east England lockdown rules wrong. Follow the latest updatesGlobal coronavirus deaths pass 1m with no sign rate is slowingWalt Disney sheds 28,000 jobs at theme parks as pandemic bitesInteractive: how did we get to one million deaths?France struggles to push Covid app as neighbours race aheadSee all our coronavirus coverage...
Tags: England, New York, Science, India, Disney, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, United States, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Boris Johnson, Helen Sullivan


Near-blind Ansell's mole-rats detect magnetic cues with eyes, study shows

Research shows Zambian species with surgically removed eyes change nest-building habits but other behaviours remain intact Near-blind, underground-burrowing, African Ansell’s mole-rats can sense magnetic fields with their eyes, a study has found.Native to Zambia, the animals have eyes that span just 1.5mm in diameter, live in elaborate underground tunnel systems of up to 1.7 miles (2.8km) long and feed on plant tubers and roots. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Zambia, Ansell


The Apple Watch Is Having Its Very Own Quibi Moment

Earlier this year, medical device maker Masimo filed a complaint against Apple alleging that the tech giant had stolen information and trade secrets for sensor technologies that have become features of its Apple Watches. Now, Masimo is claiming that Apple’s attempts to stay the case are merely thinly veiled attempts…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Lawsuits, Applewatch, Masimo, Apple Watch Series 6


Even This Tiny Proposal to Limit Section 230 Looks Like a Huge Mess

Maybe more so than any other piece of tech legislation, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has really been taking a beating by members of Congress as of late whether by democrats who want to see it reformed, or republicans who seem intent to repeal it entirely. Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Drugs, Section 230, Moderation, Covid 19


Even This Tiny Proposal to Limit Section 230 Looks Like an Huge Mess

Maybe more so than any other piece of tech legislation, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has really been taking a beating by members of Congress as of late whether by democrats who want to see it reformed, or republicans who seem intent to repeal it entirely. Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Drugs, Section 230, Moderation, Covid 19


SpaceX's next astronaut mission for NASA has been pushed back to Halloween

NASA's Crew-1 crew members in SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft (left to right): NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Mike Hopkins, as well as JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi. SpaceX via NASA NASA announced on Friday that its next mission with SpaceX won't launch until late October at the earliest. That mission, called Crew-1, will ferry four astronauts to the space station and back. It was initially slated to launch as early as this month, but the delay better accommodat...
Tags: Transportation, Halloween, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, Russia, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Boeing, Mike Hopkins


Sonos Smacks Google With Yet Another Lawsuit Over Its Speaker Tech

Thanks to an accidental leak from Walmart, we’re pretty sure a new Google Nest speaker is on the docket for tomorrow’s Launch Night In event. You know who’s not too happy about that? Sonos. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Walmart, Patents, Sonos, Google Nest, Smart Speakers, Big Techs Legal Spats


Fake Kung Fu masters

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola pandemic pals,                                   I recently got sucked into a YouTube rabbit hole that had me watching dozens upon dozens of videos where professional fighters take on supposed “streetfighters” and “martial arts masters” to prove they’re frauds.  The streetfighter videos are extremely satisfying. ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Kung Fu, Newsletter, Tech, Coronavirus


The Verdict Is In: These Are the Best Non-Stick Pans You Can Buy Online, According to the Experts

Featured Product: Circulon Radiance Non-Stick Frying PanRead more...
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Batman Gets an RPG and Hasbro Revives HeroQuest in the Latest Gaming News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. This time around, we’ve got a solo mission for Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, a new roleplaying game for Batman, and a survival game starring The Thing. Check it out! Read more...
Tags: Science, Hasbro, Batman, The Princess Bride, Board Games, RPG, Fallout, Tabletop Games, John Carpenter, The Thing, Gaming Shelf, Heroquest


After measuring radiation on the moon for the first time, scientists say a lunar base should be built underground to protect astronauts

An artist's concept of the Artemis base camp on the moon. NASA NASA recently unveiled the plan for its Artemis program, a series of missions that would return astronauts to the moon.  A new study reveals how much radiation astronauts are exposed to on the lunar surface: a daily dose about 200 times greater than on Earth. NASA wants to build a base on the moon, but the new data suggests it'd be safest to bury such a base under 2.5 feet of moon dirt to protect astronauts from radiation. ...
Tags: Space, Science, News, China, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Astronauts, Radiation, Artemis, Lunar Surface, Chang, Eugene Cernan, NASA NASA, Aylin Woodward


Brexit: controversial internal market bill passes final Commons hurdle — as it happened

Bill passes to Lords after MPs vote 340-256 in favour; UK hits record daily number of new Covid casesBoris Johnson apologises for getting lockdown rules wrongCovid lockdowns in north-east England: new rules explainedIs Boris Johnson really ‘fit as a butcher’s dog’?UK economy faltering before second Covid-19 waveCoronavirus – latest global updates 9.55pm BST That’s it for tonight, after another tumultuous evening in the House of Commons. To recap, MPs voted 340 to 256, majority 84, in favour ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Education, Wales, UK News, Theresa May, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Further Education, Bill, Johnson, north east England, EU Continue


World Bank announces $12bn plan for poor countries to buy Covid vaccines

Initiative aims to ensure low-income countries are not frozen out by rich nationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe World Bank has announced plans for a $12bn (£9.3bn) initiative that will allow poor countries to purchase Covid-19 vaccines to treat up to 2 billion people as soon as effective drugs become available.In an attempt to ensure that low-income countries are not frozen out by wealthy nations, the organisation is asking its key rich-nation shareholders to bac...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Economics, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Global Economy, Microbiology, World Bank, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus outbreak


Lockheed Martin Is Getting Sued for Creating an 'Environmental Nightmare' in Florida

On Monday, lawyers filed two suits against Lockheed Martin. They allege that the weapons manufacturer spawned an “environmental nightmare” by exposing people to toxic chemicals in Orlando. Just in case you needed another reason to fight the military industrial complex.Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Pollution, Lawsuits, Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Environmental Justice, Defund The Pentagon As Part Of A Green New Deal


We Have to Stop With the +

Every day, my sicko coworkers drop galaxy brain takes and all manners of cursed content into our Slack channel. Sometimes it’s obscene gifs that no one should be subjected to. Today, it’s also this Fast Company article claiming that the “+” branding streaming services have glommed onto is, in fact, good. Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Netflix, Streaming Services, HBO Max, The Gotta Go, Subscription Wars


Injuries at Amazon Warehouses Are Staggering, the Company’s Own Reports Show

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting released a massive report Tuesday morning detailing how Amazon has been hiding the true extent of warehouse workforce injuries for the last several years. Reveal obtained a trove of internal safety reports and weekly injury numbers from more than 150 of Amazon’s…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Injuries, OSHA, Center for Investigative Reporting, Fulfillment Center, Amazon Warehouses Are Staggering the Company


Scientists Reveal More About Volcanic Eruption That Rocked the Ancient Maya

Using a combination of archaeological and geological evidence, scientists have finally pinpointed the date of the infamous Tierra Blanca Joven eruption, which likely devastated Maya communities in what is now El Salvador.Read more...
Tags: Science, Disasters, Natural Disasters, Volcanic Eruptions, El Salvador Read, Maya Civilization, Ilopango Volcanic Eruption, Tierra Blanca Joven


Engineers found the location of an elusive leak on the space station: It's in a Russian module that provides crucial life support

The International Space Station, with an arrow pointing to the Zvezda module. NASA NASA and Roscosmos determined that a leak on the International Space Station is located in the Zvezda Service Module module on the station's Russian side. That module provides crucial life support, including oxygen. Engineers are still working to pinpoint the leak's exact location within the module.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On Monday night, NASA flight controllers woke the three m...
Tags: Space, Science, News, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Leak, Kazakhstan, Roscosmos, Northrop Grumman, Mike Hopkins, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Dmitry Rogozin, Chris Cassidy


'Fake Private Plane Girls': The Deceptive Genius of the Influencer Backdrop Economy

“Come fly with the angels,” the TikTok house known as @the7angels captioned a video on Friday, a montage of the seven influencers lounging on leather couches and tables on a private jet while lip-syncing to a song by viral rapper ppcocaine. But the TikTok “house,” a group of users including twin influencers Azra and …Read more...
Tags: Science, Instagram, Influencers, Azra, Youre Not Leaving On This Jet Plane, Not A Jet


Joe Biden to Facebook: What's Your Problem, You Chicken-Hearted Milksops?

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his electoral retinue remain steamed as heck at Facebook, which they accuse of complicity in Donald Trump’s efforts to brazenly steal the 2020 election by encouraging chaos at the polls and distrust of the final results.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Elections, Science, Social Media, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Political Ads, Section 230, 2020 Election, You Want Fisticuffs Lets Fisticuff


The Nerd's Watch: The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Streaming in October

Viewers are turning to streaming entertainment more than ever thanks to the global pandemic—the plethora of services can serve as a much-needed escape. At the start of each month, most streamers do a little shuffle, adding new movies and taking some away, and io9 is here to help with your decision making.Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Streaming, Hulu, Unsolved Mysteries, Amazon Studios, Monsterland, Over the Moon, The Nerds Watch, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Terminator Dark Fate


Brexit: controversial internal market bill passes final Commons hurdle

Bill passes to Lords after MPs vote 340-256 in favour; UK hits record daily number of new Covid casesBoris Johnson apologises for getting lockdown rules wrongCovid lockdowns in north-east England: new rules explainedIs Boris Johnson really ‘fit as a butcher’s dog’?UK economy faltering before second Covid-19 waveCoronavirus – latest global updates 8.51pm BST The SNP has responded to the Internal Market Bill passing its final hurdle in the Commons, calling it a “power grab bill” Ian Blackford ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Education, Wales, Scotland, Eu, UK News, Theresa May, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, SNP, Boris Johnson, Tories, Further Education


Brexit: MPs to vote on controversial internal market bill

UK hits record daily number of new Covid cases; Williamson says students can go home for Christmas – but might have to self-isolate firstBoris Johnson apologises for getting lockdown rules wrongCovid lockdowns in north-east England: new rules explainedIs Boris Johnson really ‘fit as a butcher’s dog’?UK economy faltering before second Covid-19 waveCoronavirus – latest global updates 8.22pm BST A controversial government Brexit bill that breaches international law is expected to pass its final...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Education, Wales, Eu, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Further Education, Johnson, Brexit, Williamson, north east England


There's No Time to Explain, But Stop Getting Your News from YouTube

Hello, time-traveling secret agent here with a dispatch: abandon your independent so-called “news” channels on YouTube—this is a really important warning!!Read more...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Media Literacy, Pew Research


A comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus pandemic at 9 months, from China's first case to the present

Medical staff wearing protective gear move a patient infected with the coronavirus from an ambulance to a hospital on March 9, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images The first case of the novel coronavirus was reported in Wuhan, China, in December. In the nine months since, the virus has infected more than 33 million people and killed more than 1 million. Here is a timeline of the most significant events and milestones of the pandemic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Europe, UK, Science, News, Congress, California, Cdc, Washington, France, Senate, White House, China, Russia, India



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