Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket is loaded with pop-culture references

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket is ready to launch — with some serious nods to sci-fi buffs and folk fans. The two NASA astronauts due to board the Tesla co-founder’s spaceship on Wednesday — the first manned US space flight in nearly a decade and the first-ever manned commercial launch — will be decked out in …

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UN warns coronavirus pandemic may lead to spike in cyber crimes

The COVID-19 pandemic is leading to an outbreak of cybercrime as well. United Nations disarmament chief, Izumi Nakamitsu, told a meeting of the UN Security Council that cybercrime had exploded in recent months with a 600% rise in malicious emails alone. “There have also been worrying reports of [cyber] attacks against health care organizations and …

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Earth’s magnetic field is weakening and it’s impacting satellites

Earth’s magnetic field is gradually weakening in an area that stretches from Africa to South America and scientists who are trying to understand why. This weakening is also causing technical disturbances in some satellites orbiting Earth. Scientists are using data from the European Space Agency’s Swarm constellation to improve our understanding of this area, which …

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Apple may soon stop shipping iPhones with free earbuds

Apple’s next iPhone may no longer come with a pair of the company’s iconic, white-wired earphones, according to a top tech analyst. The Cupertino, California, tech giant will not include a complimentary pair of earbuds in the iPhone 12’s packaging in order to increase demand for its already mega-popular AirPods wireless headphones, according to TFI …

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Magnolia Bakery to fight coronavirus with futuristic ‘cleanse portal’

Who would’ve thought a cupcake could be so cutting edge? Baked goods enthusiasts looking to satisfy their sweet tooth amid the coronavirus pandemic can expect to catch some rays soon at Magnolia Bakery, which is installing futuristic-looking portals and purple-hued ceiling lights that will drench patrons and workers in potentially disease-destroying far-ultraviolet light. “Magnolia is …

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Scientists genetically modified a mouse to be 4 percent human

Scientists mixing the genetic building blocks of two different animal species sounds like the beginning of a bad science fiction movie, but that’s precisely what a team of researchers just did by injecting human stem cells into mouse embryos. Just over two weeks later, the team had more mature mouse embryos that contained up to …

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Old technology slows COVID-19 response

On April 1, a researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emailed Nevada public health counterparts for lab reports on two travelers who had tested positive for the coronavirus. She asked Nevada to send those records via a secure network or a “password protected encrypted file” to protect the travelers’ privacy. The Nevada …

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Twitter unveils new emoji to express gratitude to frontline workers

There’s a new way to say thank you during the coronavirus pandemic. To help people show appreciation to frontline workers or anyone else who has shown a helping hand in these tough times, Twitter has unveiled a new emoji showing two hands forming a heart. The emoji appears whenever users  type “#thankful” or “#gratitude” or …

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