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Radio Waves From Earth Have Reached Dozens of Stars

For billions of years, Earth has been playing a cosmic game of hide-and-seek. New research published today in Nature posits that roughly 1,700 stars are in the right position to have spotted life on Earth as early as 5,000 years ago. From a report: These stars, within 100 parsecs (or about 326 light-years) of the sun, were found using data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the European Space Agency's Gaia mission. And with thousands of exoplanets already found orbiting other ...
Tags: Energy, Tech, Nasa, Earth, American Museum of Natural History, Cornell, Jackie Faherty, Carl Sagan Institute, Lisa Kaltenegger, Kaltenegger


10 things in tech: Shopify's ad push, Leaked Amazon documents, New Spotify app

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Google reportedly sits on new ideas until a competitor forces its hand. Known as "pantry mode," the tactic is tied to CEO Sundar Pichai's struggle to make important decisions in a timely manner, an issue that's causing tension among employees. More on "pantry mode" here.2. The Hubble Space Telescope has been offline for a week. NASA has ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Spacex, Elon Musk, London, China, America, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Eu, Nasa, Shanghai


Max Q — China’s space station gets a staff

Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Mondays in your inbox. This week, China started staffing up its own space station, and Rocket Lab got the nod from NASA to develop small satellites for the purposes of exploring Mars. Meanwhile, space startups continue to raise money and it doesn’t look like the pace of that is going to slow much heading into summer. China delivers 3 astronauts to its space station Image Credits: China News Ser...
Tags: TC, Space, China, US, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, International Space Station, Agriculture, European Space Agency, Space Exploration, Wildfire, Mars, Astronaut, Iss


NASA Struggles to Fix Failure of Hubble Space Telescope's 1980s Computer

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into low-earth orbit in 1990 with an even older computer. Over the next 13 years it received upgrades and repairs from astronauts on five different visits from America's Space Shuttle. But now in 2021, "NASA continues to work on resolving an issue with the payload computer on the Hubble Space Telescope," reports SciTechDaily — though "The telescope itself and science instruments remain in good health." The operations team will be running tests and colle...
Tags: America, Tech, Nasa, Hubble Space Telescope


Protecting space stations from deadly space debris

NASA estimates that more than 500,000 pieces of space trash larger than a marble are currently in orbit. Estimates exceed 128 million pieces when factoring in smaller pieces from collisions. At 17,500 MPH, even a paint chip can cause serious damage.To prevent this untrackable space debris from taking out satellites and putting astronauts in danger, scientists have been working on ways to retrieve large objects before they collide and create more problems.The team at Clearspace, in collaborat...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Sustainability, Nasa, Innovation, European Space Agency, ClearSpace


Earth is Trapping 'Unprecedented' Amount of Heat, NASA Says

The Earth is trapping nearly twice as much heat as it did in 2005, according to new research, described as an "unprecedented" increase amid the climate crisis. From a report: Scientists from NASA, the US space agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa), reported in a new study that Earth's "energy imbalance approximately doubled" from 2005 to 2019. The increase was described as "alarming." "Energy imbalance" refers to the difference between how much of the Sun's "radi...
Tags: US, Tech, Nasa, Earth


Anduril raises $450M as the defense tech company’s valuation soars to $4.6B

The AI-powered defense company founded by tech iconoclast Palmer Luckey has landed a $450 million round of investment that values the startup at $4.6 billion just four years in. In April, reports suggested that the company was on the hunt for fresh investment and headed for a valuation between four and five billion, up from $1.9 billion in July 2020. The new Series D round was led by angel investor and serial entrepreneur Elad Gil, a former Twitter VP and Googler with a track record of investmen...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Technology, Government, Tech, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Border, Marine Corps, Andreessen Horowitz, Customs, Air Force, General Catalyst, Science and Technology, Founders Fund


Hydrosat raises $5M seed round to deliver ground temperature data to customers

A lot of information can be gleaned about a surface area just by taking the ground temperature data. If a crop field is under stress, for example, the ground temperature will be elevated long before there’s any actual indication of the stress on the plant itself, Hydrosat CEO and co-founder Pieter Fossel explained to TechCrunch. Now, with a new $5 million injection in seed funding, he hopes to launch Hydrosat’s first surface temperature analytics product for customers. The seed round was led by ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Funding, Tech, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Esa, Satellites, Private Equity, Satellite Imagery, University Of Michigan, European Space Agency ESA, SpaceX Falcon, U S Air Force, SBIR, Seed Round


Download Great Works of Art from 40+ Museums Worldwide: Explore Artvee, the New Art Search Engine

Dilbert creator Scott Adams once wrote of his early experiences introducing the World Wide Web to others. “In 1993, there were only a handful of Web sites you could access, such as the Smithsonian’s exhibit of gems. Those pages were slow to load and crashed as often as they worked.” But those who witnessed this technology in action would invariably “get out of their chairs their eyes like saucers, and they would approach the keyboard. They had to touch it themselves. There was something about t...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Technology, College, Nasa, Paris, Smithsonian, Rembrandt, New York Public Library, Seoul, Rijksmuseum, Scott Adams, Art Institute of Chicago, Museo, Hilma, Colin Marshall


Amazon's Prime Day Show features performances by Billie Eilish, Kid Cudi, and H.E.R. - here's how to watch for free on June 17

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. The Prime Day Show features musical performances from Billie Eilish, H.E.R. and Kid Cudi. Amazon Studios Amazon's Prime Day Show will stream special musical performances ahead of Prime Day 2021. Episodes will include Billie Eilish, H.E.R., and Kid Cudi. The show will be available to anyone with an Amazon account starting June 17. Before Prime Day 2021 kicks off with a massive selection of deals o...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Music, TV, Entertainment, Trends, Tech, Amazon Prime, Nasa, Paris, Streaming, Ames Research Center, Amazon Prime Day, Amazon Music, Kid Cudi, SETI Institute


What Lies Beneath Jupiter's Pretty Clouds

For something that was to have been done and thrown away three years ago, NASA's Juno spacecraft has a busy schedule ahead exploring Jupiter and its big moons. From a report: The spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016, and has survived bombardment from intense radiation at the largest of the solar system's planets. It is now finishing its primary mission, but NASA has granted it a four-year extension and 42 more orbits. Last week, it zipped past Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon....
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Jupiter, San Antonio, Juno, California Institute of Technology, Southwest Research Institute, Ganymede Jupiter, Scott J Bolton, David J Stevenson


Rocket Lab to design two orbital spacecraft for NASA to study Mars

Rocket Lab is developing two spacecraft based on its Photon platform to orbit Mars, studying the planet’s magnetosphere in order to gain a better understanding of the ways in which Mars’ climate has changed over time. The science mission was awarded through NASA’s Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx) program, and will fly to Mars in 2024, aboard a yet-to-be-identified commercial lunch vehicle contracted by NASA as a rideshare rocket. This is a noteworthy development for ...
Tags: TC, Space, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Exploration, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Outer Space, Curie, Rocket Lab, Photon, Rocket Lab s Photon


Andreessen Horowitz goes into publishing with Future

Today, venture firm Andreessen Horowitz is officially launching its media property, called Future. I’m on vacation today but couldn’t resist covering this fascinating new project.   The publication will initially focus on topics related to areas that the firm invests in but will expand over time using a mix of full-time staff, paid contributors and industry operators like founders, academics and entrepreneurs. And yes, they did get the dot com.   The Future.com that is launching today is an MV...
Tags: TC, Tech, Nasa, Marvin, Andreessen Horowitz, Watch Dogs, Marvin Ammori, University of Arizona She, Jade Raymond, Ubisoft Toronto, Betül Kacar, Wennmachers, Maggie Leung, Amelia Salyers, Vanessa Tolosa, Mavato Engineering LLC


NASA Finally Shows Off Assembled 'Space Launch System' Megarocket

Slashdot reader ytene writes: The BBC are showing the first set of images of NASA's now-assembled "Space Launch System" (SLS) vehicle, noting that NASA intends to use it to launch a human crew back to the moon later this decade. Testing will take place before astronauts are expected to ride the vehicle to space some time in 2023. It's enormous. From the BBC's report: On Friday, engineers at Florida's Kennedy Space Center finished lowering the 65m (212ft) -tall core stage in-between two smaller ...
Tags: Florida, Tech, Nasa, Bbc, Artemis, Kennedy Space Center, Orion America


NASA seeking proposals for two new private astronaut missions to ISS

NASA said Friday it was seeking proposals from commercial companies for two new private crewed missions to the International Space Station. The first mission would likely take place between fall of 2022 and mid-2023. The second one would follow sometime between mid-2023 and the end of 2023. Private astronaut missions are a relatively recent initiative from NASA, part of its Commercial low Earth Orbit (LEO) Development program. For most of humanity’s history in space, trips to the ISS were reserv...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Spacex, Florida, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Commercial Spaceflight, Leo, Houston, Iss, Spaceflight, Artemis, Axiom, Kennedy Space Center, Private Spaceflight


10 things in tech: Bezos tax credits, Facebook smartwatch, Mars helicopter landing

MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Jeff Bezos reportedly claimed a tax credit intended for families earning less than $100,000 - but he was worth $18 billion. In 2011, Bezos received a $4,000 tax credit for his children, according to tax documents obtained by ProPublica. We explain how he was able to do that.2. Facebook's first-ever smartwatch is slated to roll out next s...
Tags: Facebook, Senate, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Nasa, Pegasus, Miami, Silicon Valley, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, Newsletters, Tech Insider, Frank Slootman


10 things in tech: Apple WWDC, Trump's suspension, SpaceX tardigrades

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Roy Rochlin/WireImage/Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Apple's annual WWDC is expected to reveal new features for iOS 15, MacOS 12, and WatchOS. The developer conference will be a virtual event for the second year running. Here's how to watch the event from 1 p.m. ET on June 7.2. Apple employees wrote a letter protesting Tim Cook's return-to-office order. Cook has a...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Spacex, Cook, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Nasa, Tim Cook, Mars, Donald Trump, Robinhood, Oracle, Newsletters


A rare NASA camera lens created by Zeiss is going up for auction in Austria, while a Leica prototype by Apple's Jony Ive has been pulled from the sale

Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm lens with an aperture of 0.7f. Leitz Photographica Auction A rare Ziess lens designed for NASA's Apollo moon missions will go up for auction in Vienna. Germany lens maker Ziess produced 10 of the Zeiss Planar 0.7/50 lenses, selling most to NASA. The lens is expected to sell for between €100,000 and €120,000 in next weekend's auction. See more stories on Insider's business page. When one of the rarest photo lenses in the world goes up for auction next wee...
Tags: Apple, Germany, US, Trends, Nasa, Austria, Vienna, Stanley Kubrick, Nikon, Walker Evans, Jony Ive, Electric Motor, Leica, Zeiss, Vienna Austria, Hotel Bristol


Twitter dips its toes in the pay-to-play waters

Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech, including:Twitter wants your money;Oracle's feared cloud boss;What it's really like working with angel investor Jason Calacanis. Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Sign up here. Soundtrack: This week's newsletter has been specially designed to be consumed while listening to The Toasters' "Weekend in LA" This week: Twitter dips its toes in the pay-to...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Hollywood, Enterprise, Media, Supreme Court, Australia, La, Finance, Disney, Newsletter, Trends, Nasa, Netflix


NASA's Juno To Get a Close Look At Jupiter's Moon Ganymede

On Monday, NASA's Juno spacecraft will come within 645 miles of the surface of Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede. "The flyby will be the closest a spacecraft has come to the solar system's largest natural satellite since NASA's Galileo spacecraft made its penultimate close approach back on May 20, 2000," reports Phys.Org. From the report: Along with striking imagery, the solar-powered spacecraft's flyby will yield insights into the moon's composition, ionosphere, magnetosphere, and ice shell. Jun...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Jupiter, Juno, Ganymede, MWR, Radiometer, Ultraviolet Spectrograph UVS, Moon Ganymede


Why NASA Is Blasting Water Bears And Bobtail Squid Into Space

NASA is sending water bears and bobtail squid to the International Space Station, "as NASA researchers attempt to learn more about how the conditions of spaceflight can affect biological organisms and, by extension, future astronauts," writes Joe Hernandez via NPR. From the report: Tardigrades are microscopic organisms better known as "water bears" because of their shape and the fact that they commonly live in the water. (They have also been called, endearingly, "moss piglets.") Water bears can ...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Npr, Joe Hernandez


SpaceX launches Dragon cargo spacecraft to the Space Station with new Falcon 9

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is once again heading to the International Space Station. The company launched its 22nd Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission for NASA on Thursday. This is the fifth capsule SpaceX has sent to ISS in the last twelve months, SpaceX director of Dragon mission management Sarah Walker noted in a media briefing Tuesday. It’s also the first launch of the year on a new Falcon 9 rocket booster. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 1:29 PM eastern time, right...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Tech, Nasa, Atlantic, International Space Station, Falcon 9, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, Outer Space


Virgin Galactic to fly Kellie Gerardi to space on a dedicated research mission

Virgin Galactic has a new customer: The International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS), which will be flying researcher, citizen scientist and STEM influencer Kellie Gerardi on an upcoming dedicated Virgin Galactic launch. Gerardi will be conducing a range of experiments on her flight, focused on researching healthcare technologies including a new biomonitor system to study the effects of spaceflights on astronauts in real time. Gerardi has flown on multiple previous parabolic researc...
Tags: TC, Space, Tech, Nasa, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Aerospace, Outer Space, Hexoskin, Alan Stern, Canadian Space Agency, Gerardi, Kellie Gerardi, Southwest Research Institute Much


NASA Plans Blockbuster Return To Venus

sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Venus can no longer wait. NASA will send two new robotic missions to Earth's hothouse twin, the agency's new administrator, Bill Nelson, announced this afternoon at his "State of NASA" speech here at the agency's headquarters. The missions, together costing up to $1 billion, mark NASA's first visit to the planet since the early 1990s, whereas nearby Mars has seen a host of robotic visitors. They're expected to launch by the decade's end. The sc...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Venus, Bill Nelson, Science magazine


SpaceX will launch four private astronaut missions to the Space Station through 2023

SpaceX is going to be providing more rides to private astronauts to the International Space Station, on top of the previously announced mission set to take place as early as next January. All four of these flights will be for Axiom, a private commercial spaceflight and space station company, and they’re set to take place between early next year through 2023. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 spacecraft make up the first commercial launch system certified for transporting humans to the ISS, and t...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Nasa, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Iss, Spaceflight, Falcon, Space Station, Axiom, Outer Space, Space Adventures, Private Spaceflight


Webb Telescope Launch Date Slips Again

The James Webb Space Telescope, the largest science observatory to ever be placed into space, won't launch as scheduled on Halloween this year due to a "combination of different factors." The new launch date is expected to be pushed into November or possibly early December. Ars Technica reports: During a press briefing with reporters on Tuesday, the telescope's director for launch services, Beatriz Romero, said that there are a "combination of different factors" to consider when setting a new la...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Nasa, South America, James Webb Space Telescope, Northrop Grumman, Romero, Webb, Guiana, Arianespace, Thomas Zurbuchen, Zurbuchen, Beatriz Romero


Space Debris Has Hit and Damaged the International Space Station

Obipale shares a report from ScienceAlert: The inevitable has occurred. A piece of space debris too small to be tracked has hit and damaged part of the International Space Station -- namely, the Canadarm2 robotic arm. The instrument is still operational, but the object punctured the thermal blanket and damaged the boom beneath. It's a sobering reminder that the low-Earth orbit's space junk problem is a ticking time bomb. Canadarm2 -- formally known as the Space Station Remote Manipulator System ...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Csa, Canadian Space Agency


36 Amazon Prime-eligible gifts to shop when you're short on time

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon Amazon Prime gets you what you need when you need it, which is why we love it for last-minute gifts. We rounded up great finds you can shop at Amazon Prime, from high-tech gadgets to quirky home decor. Keep reading for 36 last-minute gifts from Amazon Prime and check out all of our gift ideas here. I almost always default to Amazon when I need last-minute, well, anything. Because I love procrast...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Gift Guide, America, Trends, Amazon Prime, Nasa, Gifts, Lego, Nintendo, North Carolina, Gift Guides, Kitchen Tools, Alexa, Luna


Max Q: Selling space

Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Mondays in your inbox. This week actually includes two, since I was out last week for a Canadian national holiday (and back today for the U.S. one, ironically). There’s plenty to cover, including Blue Origin’s bidding process, lunar landers, spaceships launching at sea and the return of our very own space event. Blue Origin’s big bid Blue Origin is auctioning off one seat on its first ever human ...
Tags: Google, TC, Space, Japan, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Canada, United States, Space Tourism, Gm, Lockheed Martin, Spaceflight, Lockheed


China's 'Artificial Sun' Fusion Reactor Just Set a New World Record

The South China Morning Post reports that China "has reached another milestone in its quest for a fusion reactor, with one of its 'artificial suns' sustaining extreme temperatures for several times longer that its previous benchmark, according to state media." State news agency Xinhua reported that the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak in a facility in the eastern city of Hefei registered a plasma temperature of 120 million degrees Celsius for 101 seconds on Friday. It also maintain...
Tags: France, China, Tech, Nasa, ITER, Song, State, Xinhua, South China Morning Post, Hefei, United States Europe Russia South Korea China



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