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'Whitey on the Moon' poem garners social media attention on anniversary of moon landing, Bezos's spaceflight

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket takes off on July 20, 2021 with Jeff Bezos on board. Tony Gutierrez/AP Billionaire Jeff Bezos launched into space on Tuesday, the anniversary of the 1969 moon landing. Gil Scott-Heron, the revolutionary poet and soul artist, released "Whitey on the Moon" in 1970. The poem resurfaced on social media in response to the billionaire space race. See more stories on Insider's business page. Gil Scott-Heron's poem "Whitey on the Moon" has been used in ...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Science, Poem, Los Angeles, Trends, Ap, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Branson, Billionaire, Blue Origin, Space Race, Moon Landing, Bezos


Why does Jeff Bezos’s rocket look like that? An inquiry

Experts weigh in on the ‘anthropomorphic’ design of New Shepard, the Amazon CEO’s Blue Origin rocketJeff Bezos’s 11-minute trip aboard a Blue Origin rocket to the edge of space on Tuesday left the world’s richest man feeling “unbelievably good” and his crew “very happy”. But afterwards, as he wondered aloud how fast he could refuel, the rest of the world was left pondering just why the New Shepard rocket had such a distinctive shape.As social media erupted with innuendo, we contacted a few exper...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, US news, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, Jonathan McDowell, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, New Shepard the Amazon


Samsung Will Show Off Its New Foldables at Unpacked Event Aug. 11

After months of leaks and rumors, Samsung has officially announced that its next Unpacked event will take place virtually on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT. Read more...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Smartphone, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Samsung Electronics, Samsung Galaxy, Tizen OS, One UI, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung Mobile Phones, Samsung Galaxy Note Series, Samsung Galaxy Z Series, Technology Internet, Draftsamsung Unpacked Event


Presidents, Prime Ministers, and a King Among Potential NSO Spying Targets, Including French Leader Macron

The NSO Group’s spyware may have been used to surveil high-level politicians throughout the world, including more than a dozen world leaders, recent reports show. Read more...
Tags: Science, Macron, NSO Group


Whoa! Keanus Abound in This Excellent Art Piece

Keanu Reeves has made a lot of movies. Some of them are good, some of them are bad, and some of them are very good or very bad. But all of them share one thing that makes them watchable: Keanu himself. He’s the best.Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Ted, Speed, Bill, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Peter Pan, Keanu Reeves, The Matrix, Point Break, Scott, John Wick, Keanu, Bill Ted, Cinema of the United States, Creative Works


Instagram Is Rolling Out a Sensitive Content Control Option

Seeking to give users ever-increasing control over their scrolling experiences, Instagram on Tuesday unveiled plans to debut a Sensitive Content Control option that will allow users to better control which content appears in their Explore feeds.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Software, News Feed, Operating Systems, World Wide Web, Mobile Software, Video Software, Blog Hosting Services, Technology Internet, Privacy Concerns With Facebook, Privacy Concerns With Social Networking Services


This Butterfly May Have Been the First Insect Driven Extinct by U.S. Urbanization

Scientists say they’ve confirmed a decades-old suspicion about the loss of the Xerces blue butterfly in the U.S by the 1940s. Based on genetic analysis of a 93-year-old specimen and others, they say the Xerces blue really was a distinct species of butterfly, rather than a sub-group of another existing species, as some…Read more...
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A Super-Pressure Balloon Will Keep This Telescope in the Air for Weeks

A unique telescope is set to launch from New Zealand in April 2022, designed to survey the gravitational lensing that occurs when galactic clusters collide. The instrument, called SuperBIT, will be suspended by a stadium-sized helium balloon in Earth’s stratosphere.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, Hubble, New Zealand, Spaceflight, James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Spacecraft, Euclid, Goddard Space Flight Center, Richard Massey, Space Telescopes, Technology Internet, Physical Cosmology, Infrared Telescopes


‘Part-time adventurers’: amateur fossil hunters get record haul in Cotswolds

More than 1,000 scientifically significant specimens taken from former quarry after discoveryWhen Sally and Neville Hollingworth started going stir crazy in lockdown, rather than baking bread or doing quizzes on Zoom, the amateur palaeontologists turned to Google Earth.The couple passed the time planning for their next trip – using the satellite images to inspect sites that had previously yielded fossils – when they stumbled across a quarry in the Cotswolds. From the exposure of the geology Nevi...
Tags: Google, UK, Science, Biology, UK News, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Sally, Neville, Neville Hollingworth


Captain America and Red Guardian to Meet... in an Unrelated Netflix Ghost Movie

In Black Widow, the Red Guardian talks about wanting to show down with Captain America. Well, he’s going to get his chance... sorta. Both David Harbour (Red Guardian in Black Widow) and Anthony Mackie (Captain America in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) are set to co-star in a new Netflix movie that has nothing to…Read more...
Tags: Science, America, Netflix, Faith, Black Widow, Ghost, Ernest Borgnine, Kevin Feige, WINSTON, Sam Wilson, Anthony Mackie, Isabella Russo, Jennifer Coolidge, Murphy Brown, Marvel Comics Characters, Geoff Manaugh


Jeff Bezos went to space to realize how fragile Earth is. A 10-minute flight may not be long enough to experience this 'overview effect.'

Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin. Blue Origin Astronauts realize Earth is fragile when seeing it from space. This is called the "overview effect." Jeff Bezos endeavored to feel that sensation during his roughly 10-minute spaceflight on Tuesday. One expert isn't sure a short flight is enough to profoundly change the billionaire's perspective. See more stories on Insider's business page. When NASA astronaut Alan Shepard saw Earth while walking on the moon in 1971, he cried. Oth...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Jeff Bezos, Astronauts, Spaceflight, Blue Origin, Bezos, Alan Shepard, Frank White, New Shepard


This Synth Demo Will Make You Experience Feelings You've Never Had Before

Musical product demos aren’t known for producing masterpieces. Typically, they feature a fine technical musician running through a few unnotable bars of a song while they emphasize a specific feature of the gear. Then there’s Realitone’s demo for its Realivox Ladies software which features a segment of sound that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Demo, Sound, Pivot, Voiceover, Patty, Entertainment Culture, Technology Internet


The CW's Batwoman Is Bringing DC Hero Renee Montoya Into the Fold

The CW’s Batwoman is bringing a familiar DC character into its third season, and she’ll be played by a familiar face, too. Victoria Cartagena, who played former Gotham City cop Renee Montoya on Fox’s Gotham, is now joining the Batwoman cast as... Renee Montoya.Read more...
Tags: Comics, Science, Gotham, Fox, Batwoman, Birds Of Prey, Gotham City, Rosie Perez, Cw, Sykes, Ben Mckenzie, Ruby Rose, Leslie, Jim Gordon, Fictional Characters, Kate Kane


Jeff Bezos's guests describe a short, crowded spaceflight experience: 'There was not quite enough room'

A screengrab from video recorded inside the New Shepard capsule shows (left to right) Oliver Daemen, Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, and Wally Funk in microgravity. Blue Origin Jeff Bezos and three others flew to the edge of space on Blue Origin's rocket Tuesday morning. Wally Funk, now the oldest person to reach space, said the flight was dark, short, and crowded. Overall, though, the passengers gave rave reviews. Funk said she would fly again. See more stories on Insider's business page....
Tags: Transportation, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Netherlands, Jeff Bezos, Rocket Launch, Blue Origin, Funk, Mark, Bezos, West Texas, New Shepard


Jeff Bezos' guest describe a short, crowded spaceflight experience: 'There was not quite enough room'

A screengrab from video recorded inside the New Shepard capsule shows. From left, Oliver Daemen, Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, and Wally Funk in microgravity. Blue Origin Jeff Bezos and three others flew to the edge of space on Blue Origin's rocket Tuesday morning. Wally Funk, now the oldest person to reach space, said the flight was dark, short, and crowded. But overall, the passengers gave rave reviews. Funk said she would fly again. See more stories on Insider's business page. Blue Or...
Tags: Transportation, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Netherlands, Jeff Bezos, Rocket Launch, Blue Origin, Funk, Mark, Bezos, West Texas, New Shepard


The CW's 4400 First Look Teases an Intriguing Connection

In USA’s The 4400, which premiered in 2004, thousands of people from throughout various points in recent history—who were all thought to be abducted—suddenly returned as a group in the present day, with no real recollection of what had happened to them. Initially, there was little rhyme or reason to the 4400's mission…Read more...
Tags: Usa, Science, Johnson, Cw, Thompson, Logan, Andre, Roach, Mildred, Claudette, The, Television Shows, TL, Television Series, Shanice, American Television Series


Ebola-Like Pig Illness Pops Up in Germany, Doesn't Pose a Threat to Humans

Health officials in Germany have reaffirmed that the virus behind African swine fever isn’t likely to endanger humans, even if they eat meat from infected animals. However, the reassurance comes in the wake of the virus recently being found on several pig farms within the country, a troubling development, since ASF…Read more...
Tags: Ebola, Science, Medicine, Germany, Environment, Assessment, Pandemics, Veterinary Medicine, Pig, Medical Specialties, Zoonoses, Animal Virology, Influenza A Virus Subtype H1n1, Classical Swine Fever, Asfarviridae, African Swine Fever Virus


Watch Jeff Bezos throw Skittles to companion Oliver Daemon in space: 'See if you can catch this in your mouth'

Jeff Bezos laughs as he speaks about his flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard into space during a press conference on July 20, 2021 in Van Horn, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Jeff Bezos tossed Skittles in zero gravity aboard the Blue Origin spaceflight on Tuesday. "See if you can catch this in your mouth," he said to 18-year-old passenger Oliver Daemon. Video footage also shows the crew throwing orange ping pong balls and floating around the cabin. See more stories on Insider's busines...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Astronauts, Branson, Federal Aviation Administration, Skittles, Blue Origin, Funk, Mark


Siberia’s Wildfire Season Is Raging Out of Control. Again.

Wildfires raging across usually-frozen land, temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius), smoke blanketing cities—it’s close to apocalyptic right now in Siberia as one of the world’s most northern regions struggles through another intense fire season. Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Siberia, Wildfire, Regions, Earth Sciences, Russian Far East, Yakutsk, Tundra, Permafrost, Physical Geography, Disaster Accident, Sakha, Grigory Mochkin, Vasiliy Krivoshapkin


Venmo to Stop Snitching

Venmo is discontinuing its longtime policy of telling every stranger on the fucking planet who new users are sending money to and why for no reason whatsoever, according to Bloomberg.Read more...
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The New iPad Mini Might Be Able to Replace Your Laptop

A fresh new look isn’t the only change we’re expecting to see with the iPad mini this fall. According to a 9to5Mac report, the smallest iPad will be getting an A15 processor, USB-C, and a magnetic Smart Connector. This would be a significant boost in its processing power, but also means you could possibly use the…Read more...
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Cyberpunk 2077's Retrofuturistic World Is Worth Exploring Beneath the Flaws

When Cyberpunk 2077 came out last December, all eyes were on what I like to call “the little game that couldn’t.” CD Projekt Red’s long-anticipated dive into the cyberpunk genre was laden with bugs, glitches, and reports of horrible work conditions for the development team. Six months later, enough patches have come…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Fiction, Memory, Best Buy, Cyberpunk, Scarlett Johansson, Dystopia, Jrr Tolkien, Keanu Reeves, Retrofuturism, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Windows Games, CD Projekt Red, First Person Shooters


6 Photos Show Siberia’s Raging Wildfire Season

Wildfires raging across usually-frozen land, temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius), smoke blanketing cities—it’s close to apocalyptic right now in Siberia as one of the world’s most northern regions struggles through another intense fire season. Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Siberia, Wildfire, Regions, Earth Sciences, Russian Far East, Yakutsk, Tundra, Permafrost, Physical Geography, Disaster Accident, Sakha, Grigory Mochkin, Vasiliy Krivoshapkin


Biden Assembles the Final Member of His Big Tech Nightmare Squad

President Joe Biden has selected attorney and frequent critic of Google parent company Alphabet to lead the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, the White House announced Tuesday. If approved, Kanter would join the Biden administration’s robust legal team that’s poised to combat Silicon Valley’s…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Microsoft, White House, Joe Biden, United States, Silicon Valley, Biden, Alphabet, Tim Wu, Weiss, Kanter, Big Tech, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton Garrison LLP, Competition Law


Verizon Finally Embraces RCS, Now the Lone Holdout Is Apple

Starting next year, Verizon will make Android Messages the default texting app on all its Android devices.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Android, Verizon, Science, Technology, Smartphones, Telecommunications, Computing, Messages, Att, Google Hangouts, Text Messaging, T Mobile, Hiroshi Lockheimer


Use This Tool to Check If Your Phone's Been Hacked by the NSO Group's Spyware

If you’ve been watching the news this week you may have heard something about the NSO Group, an Israeli spyware firm that currently stands accused of helping bad actors to hack journalists, politicians, and human rights activists throughout the world.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Android, Security, Science, Malware, Spyware, Security Breaches, Computing, Amnesty International, Pegasus, Espionage, Emmanuel Macron, NSO Group, Technology Internet, Whatsapp Snooping Scandal


G.I. Joe's Real-Life Connection Between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow

In the mythology of G.I. Joe, the link between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow is dense and complex. The two fought together, trained together, and became as close as brothers—only to eventually turn into bitter rivals. That relationship carries over not just into the new movie, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, but its…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Hasbro, Jinx, COBRA, Robert Schwentke, Origins, Fortnite, Anna Waterhouse, Joe Shrapnel, Evan Spiliotopoulos, Henry Golding, Gi Joe, Snake Eyes, Andrew Koji, Creative Works


Lauren Sanchez, Jeff Bezos' family, and a former NFL player were among the crowd that welcomed the flight crew back to Earth - see who else was there

Jeff Bezos hugs his mom, Jackie, after his spaceflight. Blue Origin / New Shepard First Human Flight A swarm of well-wishers showed up for hugs and champagne after Jeff Bezos' spacecraft landed. The group included his parents, Mike and Jackie, and his son, Preston. Bezos' girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, and former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez, were there too. See more stories on Insider's business page. On Tuesday morning, Jeff Bezos and his fellow passengers floated down to the We...
Tags: Science, NFL, Trends, Earth, Features, Jeff Bezos, Tony Gonzalez, Jackie, Oliver, Blue Origin, Mark, Mike, Bezos, Sánchez, West Texas, New Shepard


Benjamin Franklin on vaccination and a deadly virus outbreak

Exactly 300 years ago, in 1721, Benjamin Franklin and his fellow American colonists faced a deadly smallpox outbreak. Their varying responses constitute an eerily prescient object lesson for today's world, similarly devastated by a virus and divided over vaccination three centuries later.As a microbiologist and a Franklin scholar, we see some parallels between then and now that could help governments, journalists and the rest of us cope with the coronavirus pandemic and future threats. Smallpox ...
Tags: Asia, Science, Boston, Africa, US, History, Public Health, Canada, Innovation, West Africa, Francis, Benjamin Franklin, Vaccines, Viruses, New England, James


Billionaire ‘cashtronauts’ should force flat-Earthers on their ego trips

While 99% of you are stuck here on Earth like a herd of disgusting millionaires – or worse, actual poor people – a bunch of billionaires have spent their summer preparing for jaunts into the inky black beyond. Honest question: who cares? I love space as much as the next person. And I think it’s amazing that humans have managed to ascend beyond the clouds and into the very stars we’ve gazed upon from the moment our ancestors slithered out of the primordial ooze and began developing the iPhone. It...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Earth, Next Featured



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