NSF offers a closer look at how the Arecibo Observatory collapsed

The scientific community is still reeling from the collapse of the world’s second largest radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico two days ago, and the National Science Foundation is starting to share more about what happened that day. In a briefing…

Source: Engadget – NSF offers a closer look at how the Arecibo Observatory collapsed

NASA Video Captures Decades of the Sun's Spitting Fury

An anonymous reader shares a report: Dec. 2 was the 25th anniversary of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint project from NASA and the European Space Agency. To celebrate, the agencies released a dramatic, nearly 50-minute-long video showing the sun blasting out solar material from 1998 through 2020. The SOHO spacecraft constantly stares at the sun, recording its every whim. It’s spectacular and mesmerizing. “What becomes clear as the sun turns and years pass and background stars whirl by, is how constant the stream of material is that is blasted in all directions — the solar wind,” ESA said in a statement on Wednesday. “This constant wind is interrupted only by huge explosions that fling bows of material at vast speeds, filling the solar system with ionized material and solar radiation.”

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Google Is Now Accepting Street View User Submissions For Google Maps

Google Is Now Accepting Street View User Submissions For Google Maps
As it turns out, mapping every part of the inhabited world is an enormous undertaking, but since the launch of Google Street View in 2007, a significant dent has was made in this effort. According to Stafford Marquardt, product manager at Google Street View, people have traveled over 10 million miles to collect 170 billion images. Even though

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Audi and BMW to both leave Formula E—here’s why that’s OK

Formula E probably hoped that its preseason test would be the cause of many headlines this week. Ahead of the electric racing series’ seventh season start in Chile in January, 12 teams gathered at a race track in Valencia, Spain, to run their new cars in earnest for the first time. Instead, it was the sudden announcement that both Audi and then BMW will make season seven their last that got most of the attention.

Predictably, the sport’s detractors have been quick to seize on this as evidence that electricity and racing cars just don’t go together. Here’s why I think they’re wrong.

Racing to make better road cars

When Audi unveiled its FE07 last week, the team held a virtual tech talk showing off its new Formula E powertrain. Called the MGU05, it’s a compact package of carbon fiber and metal that makes the series-mandated 250kW (335hp) with 97 percent efficiency and an overall mass of just 77lbs (35kg). For the first time since Audi entered the sport officially in season four, it developed the powertrain completely in-house, an experience that Stefan Aicher, head of development e-Drive at Audi Sport, said was “one of the most intensive and challenging projects ever.”

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Source: Ars Technica – Audi and BMW to both leave Formula E—here’s why that’s OK

Drone Video Shows Dramatic Moment of Arecibo Observatory Collapse

Video of the recent collapse at the Arecibo Observatory, taken from two different perspectives, show the dramatic moment when a main cable failed, causing the 900-ton instrument platform to fall onto the large radio dish below.

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Source: Gizmodo – Drone Video Shows Dramatic Moment of Arecibo Observatory Collapse

Meet Ravn X—a fully autonomous, air-launched rocket for small satellites

An Alabama-based startup unveiled a launch system unlike any other on Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida.

The company is named Aevum, and until now it has largely operated in the background. But now, it’s ready to show off some hardware, and it’s starting with the “Ravn X” launch system’s first stage. This autonomous aircraft and launch vehicle measures 24 meters long and has a wingspan of 18 meters. It has a gross takeoff mass of 25,000kg—massive for an uncrewed aerial vehicle.

Also, Ravn X looks really slick. Without a pilot on board, the drone can pull significantly higher g-loads and steeper ascent trajectories as it releases a rocket at altitudes between 10 and 20km.

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Source: Ars Technica – Meet Ravn X—a fully autonomous, air-launched rocket for small satellites

Android gets auto-narrated audiobooks and expanded Voice Access

Google is rolling out another pack of Android features, and one of the most notable might be one you can only hear. The company is teaming with US and UK publishers to introduce auto-narrated audiobooks in the Play Store — you won’t have to hope for…

Source: Engadget – Android gets auto-narrated audiobooks and expanded Voice Access

Steven Universe's Latest Anti-Racism PSA Is for All the History Buffs Out There

Keeping in-theme with the first PSA’s self-awareness, the newest Steven Universe short features Pearl of the Crystal Gems as she breaks character while recording an educational video about the inventive minds behind the lightbulb. While most everyone knows Thomas Edison to be the inventor of the light bulb, the…

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Source: io9 – Steven Universe’s Latest Anti-Racism PSA Is for All the History Buffs Out There

I Can't Decide If This Apple Watch Camera Band Is Genius or If My Brain Is Broken

Everything about the $300 Wristcam for Apple Watch sounds ridiculous on its face. There’s the price, which is more than the entry-level Apple Watch SE. There’s the fact that it requires a separate inductive charger, though it can charge at the same time as your Apple Watch. There’s the product itself, which is a…

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Source: Gizmodo – I Can’t Decide If This Apple Watch Camera Band Is Genius or If My Brain Is Broken

World Of Warcraft Shadowlands’ Alt-Leveling System Is A Refreshing Change

Unlike World of Warcraft’s Legion and Battle For Azeroth expansions, which gave players a choice on which zones to level up their characters, Shadowlands’ story campaign is very linear. Fortunately you only have to play through it once. With the new Threads of Fate mode, players who’ve reached max level can skip the…

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Source: Kotaku – World Of Warcraft Shadowlands’ Alt-Leveling System Is A Refreshing Change

How to Safely Take Car Rides With Your Dog

Traveling with your dog can eliminate the stress of kennels or paying someone to dog sit, and as more people are opting for long drives instead of flying, there are few things worth considering when bringing your dog along for the ride. I spoke with Gabriel Riesco, founder of Pawmos Pet Care, on how to prepare your…

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Facebook pledges to remove COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Following similar moves by YouTube and TikTok, Facebook has pledged to remove misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. As health agencies across the world start to approve vaccines, the company said false claims about them that have been debunked by p…

Source: Engadget – Facebook pledges to remove COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

LG Wing Review: A Solid 5G Phone With A Wild Twist

LG Wing Review: A Solid 5G Phone With A Wild Twist
LG is a bit like that quiet loner in high school — often misunderstood, but sometimes brilliant. Take the company’s 2020 smartphone lineup for example. At the top, it consists of the $700+ LG V60 ThinQ 5G, a competent affordable flagship, and the $600+ LG Velvet, a stylish premium mid-ranger. These are good phones by any measure, but…

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Data of 243 Million Brazilians Exposed Online via Website Source Code

The personal information of more than 243 million Brazilians, including alive and deceased, has been exposed online after web developers left the password for a crucial government database inside the source code of an official Brazilian Ministry of Health’s website for at least six months. From a report: The security snafu was discovered by reporters from Brazilian newspaper Estadao, the same newspaper that last week discovered that a Sao Paolo hospital leaked personal and health information for more than 16 million Brazilian COVID-19 patients after an employee uploaded a spreadsheet with usernames, passwords, and access keys to sensitive government systems on GitHub. Estadao reporters said they were inspired by a report filed in June by Brazilian NGO Open Knowledge Brasil (OKBR), which, at the time, reported that a similar government website also left exposed login information for another government database in the site’s source code. Since a website’s source code can be accessed and reviewed by anyone pressing F12 inside their browser, Estadao reporters searched for similar issues in other government sites.

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Source: Slashdot – Data of 243 Million Brazilians Exposed Online via Website Source Code

Obama, Bush, and Clinton Say They'll Get Covid-19 Vaccine—but They Won't Cut in Line

Three former U.S. presidents will likely be taking a vaccine for covid-19 on camera as soon as it’s available to them. In interviews with media outlets this week, Barack Obama and spokespeople for George W. Bush and Bill Clinton stated that they’ve volunteered to become part of an awareness campaign to encourage…

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Source: Gizmodo – Obama, Bush, and Clinton Say They’ll Get Covid-19 Vaccine—but They Won’t Cut in Line

Lord of the Rings Adds 20 Cast Members, and We Have No Idea What They're Doing

The Second Age of Middle-Earth has received a bit of a population boost, but the One Bezos to Rule Them All isn’t saying just what a ton of new arrivals in the Lord of the Rings streaming Amazon series are actually going to be doing.

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Source: io9 – Lord of the Rings Adds 20 Cast Members, and We Have No Idea What They’re Doing

CD Projekt Red Pleads No Spoilers As Gamers Receive Cyberpunk 2077 A Week Early

CD Projekt Red Pleads No Spoilers As Gamers Receive Cyberpunk 2077 A Week Early
The developer behind Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, is not keen on people streaming and spoiling the game’s content before its official release date. So much so, in fact, that CD Projekt Red issued a warning on Twitter, saying it is going to send armed, tactical Max-Tac (or Psycho Squad) agents “after

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