Richard Branson aims to beat Jeff Bezos into space by nine days

Virgin Galactic founder has announced he will take off on board the next test flight on 11 JulyVirgin Galactic’s Richard Branson is aiming to beat fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos into space by nine days. Branson’s company announced on Thursday evening that its next test flight will take place on 11 July and that its founder will be among the six people on board. All other passengers are company employees. It will be only the fourth trip to space for Virgin Galactic.The winged rocket ship – the fir...
Tags: Space, Science, US, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Richard Branson, New Mexico, Jeff Bezos, Branson, Federal Aviation Administration, JulyVirgin Galactic

Russian Military Hackers Have Been On a Worldwide Password Guessing Spree

An elite team of hackers connected to Russian military intelligence have been using brute force attacks to target hundreds of organizations throughout the world, according to officials with U.S. and U.K. security agencies. Read more...
Tags: Security, Politics, Science, Crime, Vladimir Putin, Articles, Cybercrime, Hillary Clinton, Cyberattack, Brute Force Attack, Biden, Cyberwarfare, Computer Security, Fancy Bear, War Conflict, Hacker Groups

Cops Are Getting Free High-Tech Lassos to Use on Suspects by Sharing Their Body Camera Footage

Cops are handing over body camera footage and testimonials to Wrap Technologies to help the security firm market its controversial high-tech lasso, the BolaWrap, to other police departments, the Daily Dot reports. In some instances, Wrap purportedly sweetened the deal by offering a free device to departments that…Read more...
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In Space Jam: A New Legacy, When Porky Pig Raps, the World Weeps

Dear readers of io9, I’m worried about Space Jam: A New Legacy. You see, I’m a child of the 1990s. Like so many of us, I grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and was the perfect age to see the 1996 original Space Jam when it was released. So the news of the long-gestating sequel, featuring this generation’s closest Jordan…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Films, Michael Jordan, Jordan, Lebron James, Warner Bros, Looney Tunes, Space Jam, Porky Pig, Space Jam A New Legacy, Creative Works, English Language Films, Entertainment Culture, Porky Pig Raps

Billionaire Richard Branson aims to fly to the edge of space as early as July 11, narrowly beating Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos (left) and Richard Branson (right) may be in a very tight space race. Alex Wong/Getty Images; Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Richard Branson has finally confirmed he's trying to beat Jeff Bezos to the edge of space. Virgin Galactic announced Thursday that it aims to launch Branson as early as July 11. Bezos flies July 20. Both billionaires are set to touch the edge of space, and ultimately hope to fly paying customers. See more stories on Insider's business page. After ...
Tags: Transportation, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Spaceshiptwo, Virgin, Spaceships, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Rocket Launch, Branson, Billionaire, Blue Origin, Bezos

X-Factor's Final Issue Was an Ugly Low Point for Marvel's Queer Representation

Over the course of Marvel’s X-Factor—from writer Leah Williams and artists David Baldeón and Carlos Gómez—the eponymous team did the important work of making sure that mutants were actually dead before they were brought back to life with the use of Krakoa’s unique resurrection process.Read more...
Tags: Science, David, X Factor, Marvel Comics, Ed Buck, Xavier, Carlos, Prodigy, Tommy, Carlos Gomez, Marvel Comics Characters, New Mutants, Alleyne, X Men, Fictional Characters, Professor X

Of Course You Can Run Windows 11 on an Old Windows Phone

It hasn’t even been a whole week, and Windows 11 has already been successfully ported over to a smartphone. A very committed student of engineering, Gustave Monce, published a video to YouTube showing the latest developer preview of Windows 11 running on an old Windows Phone.Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Smartphones, Windows Phone, Computing, Qualcomm, Operating Systems, Microsoft Hardware, Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft Lumia, Windows Mobile, Computer Architecture, Gustave Monce, Videotelephony, Mobile Operating Systems, Technology Internet

Error Found in the NFT of Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Code

On Wednesday, Tim Berners-Lee sold off a copy of the source code of the world wide web (that he’d written) for a mind-boggling $5.4 million at Sotheby’s. Apparently, though, the lucky anonymous buyer should have gotten a bit of a discount. Not long after the sale, a security researcher uncovered some errors hiding in…Read more...
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1,000 US counties still have vaccination rates below 30% - particularly in the Southeast and Midwest, CDC says

Maryland National Guard Specialist James Truong administers a Moderna coronavirus vaccine in Wheaton, Maryland, May 21, 2021. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 1,000 US counties have vaccination rates below 30%, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Thursday. Coronavirus transmission will likely increase in these areas as the Delta variant keeps spreading. But the US is struggling to put shots in arms: Vaccination rates fell 85% in the last three months. See more stories on Insider's busines...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, Scotland, White House, US, Trends, Cases, United States, Missouri, Arkansas, Delta, Vaccinations, Associated Press, Public Health England

This Is Not the Samsung Wear OS Watch I Was Expecting

Last week, we got a glimpse at what the rumored Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4 might look like. This week, Android Headlines leaked what it claims are renders for the flagship Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. But, looking at the design itself, perhaps Samsung is going a little too classic.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Samsung, Smartphones, Smartwatches, Tizen, Wearable Devices, Operating Systems, Samsung Galaxy, Computer Architecture, Wear OS, One UI, Wearable Computers, Mobile Operating Systems, Technology Internet

MAGA Crowd Gets Its Wish for a Free Speech Hellhole, Patiently Awaits Trump’s Presence

Today, the Trump crew flies closer to that social media platform in the sky. Gaze upon GETTR, the “marketplace of ideas,” possibly the news cycle’s next black hole, and possibly the target of the next greatest cyberattack of all time.Read more...
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Covid-19 Vaccines Make Breakthrough Infections Shorter, Less Contagious: CDC Study

New research published this week is the latest to indicate that vaccinated people have much less to fear from covid-19. The study found that even in the rare cases when people given mRNA vaccines developed infections, they tended to experience shorter illness and produce less of the virus than unvaccinated people—both…Read more...
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The io9 Guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

He-Man was the most powerful man in the action figure universe during the ‘80s, a pioneer in kid’s cartoons that made the toy company Mattel $400 million in 1986 alone during the height of his popularity. But after that, he and the other Masters of the Universe fell from grace to near total obscurity, minus the…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Fiction, Ronald Reagan, Superheroes, Conan the Barbarian, Masters Of The Universe, Oracle, Action Figures, Mattel, Kevin Smith, Adam, Dolph Lundgren, RA, Teela, Orko

Magic: The Gathering's New 'Story' Is a Series of D&D Adventures

To accompany every new major Magic: The Gathering set, the Magic website usually serves a series of short stories in the run-up to release to get fans ready for the setting and story arc being introduced through the new cards’ art and flavor. The game’s next set is a bit thematically different... which calls for a…Read more...
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New Philips Hue Smart Bulbs Are Incoming, and They're Gonna Be A Lot Brighter

Do you think your Philips Hue bulbs could be a little brighter? Well, you’re in for some good news. A leak from HueBlog points to improvements on the horizon for the Hue lineup of smart bulbs. If it’s true, the new bulbs will be brighter by up to several hundred lumens.Read more...
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Kylie Cosmetics relaunches with new 'clean' ingredients, excluding 1,600 potentially harmful chemicals

Kylie Cosmetics are displayed at Ulta beauty on November 18, 2019 in New York City. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images Kylie Cosmetics announced a product relaunch on Thursday with new, clean ingredients. Kylie Jenner started her own makeup brand in 2015, which is now valued at about $1.2 billion. In 2019, Jenner sold 51% of Kylie Cosmetics to Coty for $600 million. See more stories on Insider's business page. Kylie Cosmetics, the billion-dollar makeup company started by celebrity model a...
Tags: Science, News, Makeup, New York City, Trends, Retail, Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Notre Dame, Jenner, University of Notre Dame, Coty, Ulta, Kylie Cosmetics, Clean Beauty, PFAS

Mark Zuckerberg knows how bad Facebook's misinformation problem is because the White House has told him directly

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images White House chief of staff Ron Klain said Facebook is "a giant source" of vaccine misinformation. In a call with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Klain pressed the social media giant to "do better." "This is a life or death situation," Klain told NYT's Kara Swisher on her podcast "Sway." Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is facing harsh criticism from President B...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Science, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, World Health Organization, Vaccine, Vaccines, Biden, Wall Street Journal, Zuckerberg, Misinformation

Wildfires and record temperatures in Canada are generating 'fire-breathing' pyrocumulonimbus thunderstorms

A pyrocumulonimbus cloud above eastern Washington, as seen from 30,000 feet up in August 2019. NASA Earth Observatory Wildfires in western Canada are producing pyrocumulonimbus storm clouds. Dubbed the "fire-breathing dragon of clouds," these clouds can generate tornadoes and lightning that may cause more fires. See more stories on Insider's business page. Record heat and growing wildfires are creating firestorms that can generate their own lightning in the skies above British Columbia...
Tags: Science, News, Climate Change, Australia, California, Washington, Mexico, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Clouds, Canada, Wildfires, Fires, Argentina

Facebook Is Expanding Its Cloud Gaming Efforts with Wider Coverage and More Ubisoft

Last fall, Facebook announced a preview for its cloud gaming service, and today, Facebook is updating its cloud gaming efforts with expanded coverage and a new injection of content from Ubisoft.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Computing, Ubisoft, Cloud Gaming, Cloud Strife, xCloud, Google Stadia, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Video Game Characters, In Video Gaming, Technology Internet, Cloud Game

TSR Games Distances Itself From Ernie G. Gygax Jr., the Owner of Another TSR Games

For Dungeons & Dragons fans, TSR: The Game Wizards conjures up memories of gathering around the tabletop for a friendly gaming session. Now, the folks who are trying to revive the company have chosen to give up the name they worked so hard for—because of Gary Gygax’s son’s troubling comments about race, gender…Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Dragon, Role playing games, Gary Gygax, Dungeons Dragons, G, Ernest, TSR Inc, Game Designers, Greyhawk, Tsr Games, Ernie G Gygax Jr, Gygax Jr, Luke Gygax, Brian Blume

Juror Hit With 'Extreme' Fine After Googling Suspected White Supremacist Badge on ICE Officer's Uniform

Word of warning: A simple Google search in defiance of a judge’s order can result in huge fines, one juror learned that the hard way recently when he tried to alert his fellow jurists that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer involved in an assault case may actually a white supremacist.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Law, Government, Jury, Articles, Joe Biden, Contempt Of Court, Alison Frankel, Customs Enforcement, John Browning, Ruiz, Quesada, Spencer Fane, Robert Kugler, Law Crime

How Loki's Mid-Credits Scene Revealed the Most Promising Part of the Show

As Loki’s become more familiar with the inner workings of the Time Variance Authority over the course of his Disney+ solo series, the Asgardian’s conceptualization of reality’s been repeatedly torn asunder, in moments where he’s presented with truths about the wider multiverse the MCU takes place in. Take, for…Read more...
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Tucker Carlson Sure Did Pick a Great Time to Tussle With the NSA

Whether Tucker Carlson is an actual victim of government spying or a fraud trying to rile up his viewers, Americans should remember: no matter how much you hate the smug, punchable face of said Fox News darling, the National Security Agency is not your friend and surveillance in our country is out of control. Read more...
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The Tomorrow War Explains Perfectly How Aliens Could Just Swoop in and Take Over

Most of the marketing around Amazon’s The Tomorrow War has focused on Chris Pratt’s character, a regular dude who becomes a time-traveling soldier to help Earth fight an ongoing war with aliens in the year 2051. But in this clip io9 is debuting today, thanks to a military scientist played by The Handmaid’s Tale’s…Read more...
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SpaceX's first civilian crew will have 'one hell of a view' from the spaceship's toilet in a new glass dome

An illustration of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship with a glass dome "cupola" at its nose. SpaceX SpaceX could launch the world's first all-civilian crew into orbit as soon as September. The Inspiration4 crew will have a glass dome, or "cupola," on their Crew Dragon spaceship. That's where SpaceX's mysterious toilet is, according to mission commander Jared Isaacman. See more stories on Insider's business page. SpaceX's first civilian crew is poised to enjoy what may ...
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macOS Monterey Might Make You Want to Actually Update Your Mac

Of all Apple’s OSes, macOS is the one most people delay updating. How many of you, when you boot up your Mac, banish update reminders for days—sometimes weeks or even months—with a click of “remind me later” rather than wait to finish the task you sat down to accomplish? I would guess a large number. In the days…Read more...
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macOS Monterey Preview: iOS 15 Features Come for Your Mac

Of all Apple’s OSes, macOS is the one most people delay updating. How many of you, when you boot up your Mac, banish update reminders for days—sometimes weeks or even months—with a click of “remind me later” rather than wait to finish the task you sat down to accomplish? I would guess a large number. In the days…Read more...
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Fibromyalgia may be a condition of the immune system not the brain – study

New research challenges widely held view of the condition and could pave way for better treatmentFibromyalgia – a poorly understood condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body and extreme tiredness – may be caused by be an autoimmune response that increases the activity of pain-sensing nerves throughout the body.The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, challenge the widely held view that the condition originates in the brain, and could pave the way for more...
Tags: Health, Science, Fibromyalgia, Long Covid

Nobody Knows How Many People the Pacific Northwest Heat Has Killed

The record-breaking heat wave that’s blanketed the Pacific Northwest this week has quietly killed dozens across the region. Not everyone is affected equally, though. A disproportionate number of the elderly, the poor, and the alone have died of heat-related illnesses.Read more...
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