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NASA lost millions when SpaceX’s rocket exploded

NASA lost millions when SpaceX’s rocket exploded

On June 28, SpaceX experienced a rocket failure when its CRS-7 mission rocket exploded shortly after taking off. The rocket had been on its way to the International Space Station as part of a resupply mission when the unfortunate explosion took place. SpaceX started an investigation into the cause, but the damage had already been done. Today NASA revealed how much the explosion cost it: $110 million. Questions were also raised about whether SpaceX should be the one investigating its own failure.

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Study: global warming is limiting bumblebee travel

Study: global warming is limiting bumblebee travel

The number of bumblebees in North America and Europe is declining and the biggest cause is thought to be climate change. That’s according to a new study that was recently published in Science showing a trend since the 1970s where bumblebees are no longer traveling as far as they used to. Over this period of time, the travels of bumblebees have shrunk by as much as 190 miles from their previous southern limits, likely due to warming temperatures.

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Ancient monkey skull reveals tiny but complex brain

Ancient monkey skull reveals tiny but complex brain

In 1997 a 15 million year monkey skull was discovered, and for the first time researchers have peered inside to see what secrets it holds. What they found was surprising -- the brain was small but very complex. The skull comes from an ancient monkey known as the Victoriapithecus, and it was examined using X-rays and a 3D computer model based on the X-rays. The brain is said to have been “tiny” in relation to the monkey’s body size, coming in at more than 50-percent smaller than comparable modern monkeys. The level of complexity, however, was surprisingly high.

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Swiss Post to test drones for mail delivery

Swiss Post to test drones for mail delivery

If the idea of having Amazon deliver orders via drone sounds good, then why not just have all postal delivery handled by the UAVs? That's what the smart people at Swiss Post must have thought, since they're going to start tests this month with the "commercial use of logistics drones." While it will certainly be at least a few years before all mail in Switzerland is delivered by drones, these tests aim to start with small packages.

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A network glitch grounded every United flight today

A network glitch grounded every United flight today

All United Airlines flights were grounded today, as a software glitch forced the company to put every trip on hold around the world. Described by the FAA as an "automation" issue, the problem was later referred to as one of "network connectivity" by United at approximately 9am ET, which said it was working on the fault. It's unclear at this stage how many travelers were affected by the grounded flights, which resumed at around 9:50am ET.

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Microsoft axes 7,800 jobs; Failed Nokia buy a $7.6bn write-off

Microsoft axes 7,800 jobs; Failed Nokia buy a $7.6bn write-off

Microsoft will slash 7,800 jobs, the majority from its struggling phone division, and write-off $7.6bn over its Nokia acquisition, the company has confirmed today. The sweeping cuts cast a shadow over the future of Windows for smartphones, or at least Microsoft's role in building them, with the CEO Satya Nadella saying that for the moment the company plans a "focused phone portfolio" at least in the near-term. Where that leaves the rumored flagship Windows 10 smartphone many fans of the platform had been hoping for remains to be seen.

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Facebook’s new Fort Worth data center gets Internet.org role

Facebook’s new Fort Worth data center gets Internet.org role

Facebook has announced plans for its latest data center, a huge facility in Fort Worth, Texas, that despite its size will be powered entirely by renewable energy. In addition to helping keep Facebook - and thus the photos of her holiday your aunt insists on sharing with you - online, the new location will also be integral in Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org pet project. Unusually for a company of its scale, however, Facebook will be opening up its designs for the Fort Worth facility to anyone who wants to build their own data center.

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Uber deploys security guards to protect its drivers

Uber deploys security guards to protect its drivers

Uber protest have been strong in France, but they're not limited to it. Those protests became violent, with rocks being thrown and tires being set on fire. Similarly a protest happened in South Africa recently, though it was not violent. Instead, it has boiled over into harassement and scare tactics, and some drivers in the region no longer feel safe picking up passengers. As a result the service has hired security in Johannesburg to stand guard at a couple of Uber hotspots.

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US Army develops arm exoskeleton to speed up shooting skills

US Army develops arm exoskeleton to speed up shooting skills

The US Army has developed an exoskeleton designed to be worn over the arm, and its purpose is to help future soldiers develop their marksmanship skills without the long duration of training typically involved. The mechatronic arm exoskeleton, as it is being called, is currently in testing as a future potential training tool. The benefits could exceed the speed of skill acquisition, as well, having other benefits like reducing the amount of ammunition used during training and, thusly, reducing training costs.

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Hacking Team leak alleges controversial hack app sales

Hacking Team leak alleges controversial hack app sales

Cybersecurity firm Hacking Team has had an unpleasant taste of its own medicine, after data suggesting connections with repressive regimes was stolen from its systems. Over 400GB of files were unexpectedly shared on the company's hijacked Twitter account - posts since deleted as Hacking Team wrests back control this morning - some of which indicate that, contrary to the Italian firm's express denials, it has been selling monitoring and surveillance software to governments and security services in countries like Kazakstan, Russia, and Bahrain, which have been accused of heavy-handed treatment of citizens.

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