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China wants its own rover on Mars by 2020

China wants its own rover on Mars by 2020

China wants to have its own rover rolling around Mars by the year 2020, and it said in a recent statement that its efforts are proceeding as planned. The project would involve sending a spacecraft to orbit Mars, then have it land on the planet where it — or a rover it deploys — will travel around much like the Curiosity, Opportunity and former Spirit rovers. China has had previous success landing its own rover on the moon.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.1m cars as shifter troubles cause rollaways

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.1m cars as shifter troubles cause rollaways

A couple months after the NHTSA started investigating the shifters in certain vehicles, Fiat Chrysler has announced plans to recall 1.1 million vehicles to address rollaway issues many drivers have experienced. The trouble, it seems, are the shifters in these recalled vehicles and many drivers’ mistaken assumption that they shifted the car into park. According to the NHTSA, “hundreds of crashes and dozens of injuries” have resulted from the poorly designed electronic gear shifters.

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AT&T Access gives low-income families Internet at $5/month

AT&T Access gives low-income families Internet at $5/month

AT&T is offering discounted home Internet service through its new Access program, giving individuals experiencing financial hardship the opportunity to get home Internet for as low as $5-per-month. The service is being offered in places where AT&T home Internet is available and, says the company, it is “designed to help bridge the digital divide.” Installation and equipment fees are waived in the Access program.

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China to develop floating nuclear plants to power island projects

China to develop floating nuclear plants to power island projects

China is looking into building a floating nuclear power platform that could be sent into the South China Sea to help power construction projects on islands. According to the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s Director Liu Zhengguo, China is planning to construct however many are needed to meet market demands, which he said is “pretty strong.” Past reports indicated China planned to develop 20 of the floating nuclear stations.

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Brazil targets zika virus with smelly, mosquito-killing billboards

Brazil targets zika virus with smelly, mosquito-killing billboards

Brazil, epicenter of the growing zika virus outbreak, is now home to a pair of billboards that smell like sweaty humans and exist merely to lure mosquitoes to their death. The billboard — the kind that is placed on a city sidewalk — emits a mixture of carbon dioxide and lactic acid aromas to mimic the scent of human sweat, attracting mosquitos from as far away as 2.5km. It is called, appropriately enough, the Mosquito Killer Board, and it was created by ad agencies NBS and Posterscope. Even better, blueprints for the board have been released for free.

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SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive launches with flexible Lightning connector

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive launches with flexible Lightning connector

If Lexar's newly launched microSD Lightning dongle isn't quite to your tastes, SanDisk has launched a similar offering, this one in the form of a thumb drive. The new iXpand Flash Drive refreshes the maker's former iXpand offerings with a new slim, sleek design and a Lightning connector attached to a flexible arm. The drive is available now in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB.

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Bioo pot uses plants to charge your phone

Bioo pot uses plants to charge your phone

A team has launched what they say is the first plant pot capable of charging your phone, and it’s called Bioo. The pot is said to produce electricity in a roundabout way from the plant’s photosynthesis, giving users a green alternative to solar chargers for powering up their gadgets. The pot features a charging port that’s disguised as a rock, presumably a battery to store the electricity being generated, and more.

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Sling TV will soon offer Comedy Central, MTV, Spike, Nick Jr

Sling TV will soon offer Comedy Central, MTV, Spike, Nick Jr

Dish Network has struck a deal with Viacom that will result in several new channels being added to the company’s Sling TV offering. The deal is described as a multi-year contract that, in part, renews access to Viacom networks for those with Dish’s regular satellite service. As well, Sling TV will soon offer Nick Jr., Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Spike, and more.

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Nikon KeyMission 360 action cam and more delayed

Nikon KeyMission 360 action cam and more delayed

During CES 2016, Nikon took the wraps off its own action camera, the KeyMission 360. The model promises to be an exciting addition to the action camera market, and it was supposed to launch this spring just in time for your summer adventures. Unfortunately, earthquakes that happened recently in Japan have impacted Nikon pretty significantly, and as such it has had to delay several planned camera launches, including the KeyMission.

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Facebook tweaks News Feed to adjust which articles you see

Facebook tweaks News Feed to adjust which articles you see

Facebook’s making another change to your News Feed, and this one involves which articles you will see. The social network is adjusting the way it ranks articles, taking into account how often you and others spend reading/viewing them. This tweak is necessary because of how many people consume content they enjoy — by reading it, but not liking or commenting on the article on Facebook. As well, Facebook is also going to show a greater diversity of articles sources.

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FBI director hints agency paid more than $1.3m to unlock iPhone

FBI director hints agency paid more than $1.3m to unlock iPhone

Public information about the FBI’s method for unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone is slight, and so we’re forced to piece together what precious little information is available. Take, for example, FBI Director James Comey’s recent statement about how much the FBI had to pay to get the iPhone unlocked: more than he will make in the remainder of his time serving as the bureau’s director, which a little bit of math estimates as $1.3 million.

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NASA’s accepting Mars habitat prototype ideas until June

NASA’s accepting Mars habitat prototype ideas until June

Before we send humans to Mars, we need somewhere for them to live. NASA has been entertaining ideas for deep space habitats for years, and now it is actively seeking proposals on the development of those prototypes. This is the next step in the NextSTEP Broad Agency Announcement from October 2014, and it’s being called NextSTEP-2. NASA describes NextSTEP as a “public-private” partnership.

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