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How small satellites are radically remaking space exploration

Enlarge / An Electron rocket launches in August 2019 from New Zealand. (credit: Sam Toms/Rocket Lab) At the beginning of this year, a group of NASA scientists agonized over which robotic missions they should choose to explore our Solar System. Researchers from around the United States had submitted more than 20 intriguing ideas, such as whizzing by asteroids, diving into ...

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Is SARS-CoV-2 airborne? Questions abound—but here’s what we know

Enlarge / A doctor wears a hood as he tests the seal of an N95 respiratory mask during a training at the La Clinica San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center in California. (credit: Getty | Justin Sullivan) A debate has erupted among researchers over the potential for the pandemic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, to spread through the air and—if it does so often ...

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The rise and fall of Adobe Flash

Soon, Adobe itself will remove Flash Player from computers, too. Few technologies have yielded such divisive and widespread passion as Flash. Many gush over its versatility and ease of use as a creative platform or its critical role in the rise of web video. Others abhor Flash-based advertising and Web design, or they despise the resource-intensiveness of the Flash Player ...

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Homebound with EarthBound

EarthBound got a nice Nintendo Power push. But in retrospect, Nintendo of America, you could’ve tried a lot harder with this trailer. Give me 10 minutes. I need to defeat five giant moles so the miner can find the gold… which I need to get $ 1 million and bail out the rock band… who can arrange a meeting with ...

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The ~$100 tablet shootout—Amazon Fire 8 HD Plus vs. Walmart Onn 8 Tablet Pro

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (left) versus the Walmart Onn 8 Tablet Pro. Both cheap tablets with very long names. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] Amazon versus Walmart! Two of the world’s biggest retailers compete in endless ways, but they’re currently going head-to-head in an unexpected market: dirt-cheap Android tablets. And after spending some time recently with the $ 109.99 Amazon ...

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Human Interface: What (almost) every button in an F-15C fighter’s cockpit does

Video directed by Morgan Crossley, edited by Ron Douglas and Brady Jackson. Motion graphics by Brady Jackson and Dylan Blau. Click here for transcript. Welcome to the pilot episode of “Human Interface,” a new series we’re kicking off wherein we take you up close and personal with complex systems and have an expert explain what all the buttons and switches do. ...

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A decidedly non-Linux distro walkthrough: Haiku R1/beta2

Enlarge / Haiku’s bright, colorful boot splash feels like something you’d see on Tom Nook‘s computer. (credit: Jim Salter) Earlier this month, the Haiku project released the second beta of its namesake operating system, Haiku. Haiku is the reimagining of a particularly ambitious, forward-looking operating system from 1995—Be, Inc.’s BeOS. BeOS was developed to take advantage of Symmetrical Multi-Processing (SMP) ...

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How to move your role-playing game nights online

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson) When the dust cleared, the golem lay in pieces across the dungeon floor. Erik sighed deeply, and though his vision blurred, he could still see the rest of the party coming to his aid. Emmelina, the knight that had first welcomed him into the group, cradled him in her arms as he took his last breath. ...

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