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SpaceX Tests Starship Heat Shield as It Prepares for Test Flight

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. SpaceX is on a roll lately. After completing the first full test of its crew-ready Dragon capsule last week, the company is on the verge of launching the interplanetary Starship on its first test flight. Before you send a spacecraft into space, you need to figure out how to get it back to Earth. The

Tesla Model Y Unveiled: An Affordable (Sort of) Midsize EV Crossover

The Tesla Model Y introduced late Thursday is everything Tesla has promised, and less. This is the smaller SUV in the Tesla fleet, a sibling to the Model 3 sedan. But: The cheapest Model Y will cost $ 40,200 with zero options, and it won’t be available for two more years. It’s so far off, you can’t even put down a $ 2,500 deposit today, let alone configure it. The

Hypervelocity Star Flung Out of Milky Way May Have Unusual Origin

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Stars are heavy. Heavy things require more energy to move. Therefore, accelerating solar masses to roughly 568km/s (or 353 miles/s) requires a staggering amount of it. Scientists have typically believed that the handful of hypervelocity stars we’ve found — the term refers to stars moving significantly faster than the typical ‘background’ rate for stars in

MIT Creates Soft Robotic Gripper That Can Lift 100 Times Its Weight

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Robots are surpassing people in numerous areas, but the human hand is still superior. Robots have trouble picking up irregular objects. Now, a new grasper designed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) could give robots an edge. The origami “magic ball” gripper doesn’t try to imitate our hands, but it can still

NASA May Launch Orion Crew Module on Commercial Rocket

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. It might seem like we’ve been talking about the Space Launch System (SLS) for years, and that’s because we have been. NASA began this ambitious project in 2011, eventually settling on Boeing as the primary contractor for what will be the most powerful rocket in the world. It’s not ready to fly yet, and NASA

Nvidia Launches New GTX 1660, Takes Control of Midrange Market

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Nvidia’s 2019 Turing GPU refresh schedule continues, this time with the launch of the GTX 1660. This slimmed-down Turing variant (without DLSS or RTX / DXR ray tracing) is aimed at the all-important midrange market, with an introductory price of $ 219. The GTX 1660 is also the first GPU from Nvidia to hit AMD’s midrange

Opportunity Sent Back One Final Stunning Mars Panorama Before Going Offline Forever

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Opportunity rover has gone to a better place — Mars. Then about 15 years after reaching Mars, it shut down for good in the midst of a planet-wide dust storm. Before the plucky little rover passed on, it beamed back one final gift to the people of Earth: an awe-inspiring panorama of Perseverance Valley.

Scientists Revive 28,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Cells in Mice

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The dream of resurrecting species like the woolly mammoth via genetic engineering is old enough that I remember reading articles about it in school 30 years ago. We may never be able to recover enough pristine genetic material from an intact woolly mammoth to make that approach feasible, but scientists working on the remains of

Trump Grounds All 737 Max Flights After Ethiopian Airlines Disaster

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. President Trump has ordered the grounding of all 737 Max flights in the United States several days after an accident on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 resulted in the loss of all passengers and crew. Prior to his order, the FAA had steadfastly refused to take the plane out of service. More than a half-dozen nations

Self-Driving Cars Would Shut Down New York if 10 Percent Got Hacked

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Self-driving cars are coming, and they’re going to be more connected than anything on the road today. There may come a day when most or all vehicles in a city are self-driving, and they’ll most likely communicate with each other to make traffic move more efficiently. What happens if you hack a few of those