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There was a message encoded in the parachute above the Perseverance rover

There was a message encoded in the parachute above the Perseverance rover

NASA has a history of doing interesting and unexpected things when it comes to its space missions. Recently, NASA successfully placed the Perseverance rover onto the surface of Mars. One of the most dangerous parts of its entire journey was the descent through the Martian atmosphere to the Red Planet's surface.

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The Ax falls on Fry’s Electronics after more than three decades

The Ax falls on Fry’s Electronics after more than three decades

Fry's Electronics is an electronics retailer that had been in business for 36 years with 31 locations in nine states. This week the company unceremoniously ended all operations and closed all of its stores around the country. The company website has also been closed and in place of the typical website is a simple text message.

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Oshkosh Defense wins USPS contract to modernize postal delivery vehicle fleet

Oshkosh Defense wins USPS contract to modernize postal delivery vehicle fleet

The United States Postal Service has announced that it has awarded a contract to Oshkosh Defense worth multiple billions of dollars to modernize the postal delivery vehicle fleet. We've all seen the vehicles that the USPS uses currently as they deliver mail around cities all over the country. Under the contract award, Oshkosh Defense will finalize the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) design.

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Tiny bone fragment helps scientists learn when dogs came to the Americas

Tiny bone fragment helps scientists learn when dogs came to the Americas

Dogs and humans have lived side-by-side since the distant past. Scientists have wondered how far back the history of dogs spans in the Americas and what route dogs use to enter this part of the world. Researchers from the University at Buffalo have used a small bone fragment from a dog found in Southeast Alaska that lived in the region about 10,150 years ago to answer some of these questions.

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Tianwen-1 completes braking maneuver and enters parking orbit around Mars

Tianwen-1 completes braking maneuver and enters parking orbit around Mars

China's Mars mission, called Tianwen-1, is going very well so far. This week the spacecraft successfully completed its third braking maneuver and entered a parking orbit around Mars on Wednesday at about 6:29 AM BJT. The announcement was made this morning by the China National Space Administration.

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MIT metalens doesn’t need to move to shift focus

MIT metalens doesn’t need to move to shift focus

Cameras have been around for a very long time and have used polished glass for lenses for almost as long as they have been around. In a polished glass lens, a precise curvature allows the lens to focus light and deliver the photographer sharp images. To change focus typically requires the lens to move physically by tilting, sliding, or shifting via mechanical parts.

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MacBook Pro models featuring HDMI output and SD card reader rumored

MacBook Pro models featuring HDMI output and SD card reader rumored

A new rumor is going around that suggests Apple is gearing up to launch new MacBook Pro models that feature additional outputs later this year. One of the complaints that many MacBook fans have about Apple's high-end notebooks are the lack of connectivity options. Ports standard on any other computer brand require Apple users to buy expensive Apple accessories like docking stations or dongles.

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Limited production Cupra Formentor VZ5 has the heart of an Audi

Limited production Cupra Formentor VZ5 has the heart of an Audi

There are a lot of automotive brands that are sold in Europe that Americans are unfamiliar with. One of those brands is SEAT and its standalone brand Cupra. Cupra is celebrating its third anniversary by unveiling its most powerful vehicle ever called the Formentor VZ5, which is a souped-up SUV. Only 7000 units will be produced, and all will feature a 2.5-liter Audi engine.

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Neutrinos linked to an object outside our galaxy for the second time

Neutrinos linked to an object outside our galaxy for the second time

NASA scientists have made an impressive discovery linking a rare particle called a high-energy neutrino to an object outside of our galaxy for only the second time ever. Scientists use both ground and space-based technologies, including the NASA Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, to trace the neutrino directly to a black hole in the process of tearing a star apart.

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Another passenger named for the first SpaceX private spaceflight

Another passenger named for the first SpaceX private spaceflight

Another astronaut has been named in the first SpaceX private spaceflight. The astronaut is a 29-year-old physician assistant named Hayley Arceneaux, who is a bone cancer survivor. Arceneaux was announced as a passenger on the spaceflight by Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital on Monday. Arceneaux was a former patient of the hospital hired to work there last spring.

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Study finds that Earth life could survive on Mars temporarily

Study finds that Earth life could survive on Mars temporarily

A new study has sent microbes into the Earth's stratosphere to test their endurance in conditions similar to those on Mars. The goal was to reveal their potential use and threat posed during space travel. The study found that the microbes were able to temporarily survive in conditions similar to the surface of Mars.

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CD Projekt Red leverages DMCA to kill tweets that link to stolen game data

CD Projekt Red leverages DMCA to kill tweets that link to stolen game data

CD Projekt Red is a video game developer that's behind one of the most infamous video games of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077. That game was very highly anticipated but launched with such massive problems that it turned into a liability for its developer and angered gamers worldwide who had waited years to play the game. The company announced not long ago that hackers had accessed its servers and stolen game data that was leaked online.

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