Tuesday, June 15, 2021

technology

Trip to space with Jeff Bezos sells for US$28 million

The Bezos brothers will be joined by the mystery winner of Saturday's charity auction, and by a fourth, as yet unnamed space tourist.

‘Space pups’: Mouse sperm stored on space station produces healthy young

There are no signs so far of Mousezillas or rodent Hulks.

Microsoft taking Xbox games directly to TVs

The Xbox team is working with TV makers to embed software that will let video games typically enjoyed on its consoles be played directly from the cloud, requiring only hand-held controllers.

Unusually united US Senate passes bill to combat China tech expansion

A Beijing official has already hit back at the bill, saying it exaggerates any perceived threat from China.

Amazon billionaire Bezos headed for space on his own rocket

His space company is also auctioning off a seat for someone to join the inaugural crewed flight.

One small step for cephalopods: SpaceX carrying research squids to ISS

The rocket will also carry cotton, a portable ultrasound device and a miniaturised human kidney to study the formation of kidney stones that tend to afflict astronauts in microgravity.

Lethal autonomous facial recognition drones finally used in combat, says UN

These weapons are essentially 'killer robots', formerly the stuff of science fiction.

Chinese cargo spacecraft successfully docks with space station module

When complete, the three-module space station will rival the International Space Station.

‘Nihao Mars’: China’s Zhurong rover touches down on Red Planet

This makes China the first country to carry out an orbiting, landing and roving operation during its first mission to Mars.

No buzzing off: Singapore scientists control Venus flytraps using smartphones

This development could lead to a range of uses from robotics to employing the plants as environmental sensors.

Uncontrolled Chinese rocket burns up, debris crashes into ocean

China has bridled at the suggestion that it has been negligent in allowing the uncontrolled return of so large an object.

WhatsApp delays enforcing new privacy terms

Users will get 'persistent' reminders about the policy and may lose some functionality if they fail to accept the new terms.

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