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After a second stage failure, Rocket Lab loses seven satellites

Enlarge / The Pics Or It Didn't Happen mission lifts off. (credit: Rocket Lab) On Sunday morning, local time in New Zealand, Rocket Lab launched its 13th mission. The booster's first stage performed normally, but just as the second stage neared an altitude of 200km, something when wrong and the vehicle was lost. In the immediate aftermath of the...

The explosive physics of pooping penguins: they can shoot poo over four feet

Enlarge / Bombs away! When approaching a brooding penguin in its nest, it's best to beware of flying feces. Penguin poo can travel as far as 1.34 meters (about 4.4 feet), a new study finds. (credit: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images) Nature is a brutal place, so during brooding, chinstrap and Adélie penguins are reluctant to leave their...

5G was going to unite the world—instead it’s tearing us apart

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Photographer is my life) The world came together to build 5G. Now the next-generation wireless technology is pulling the world apart. The latest version of the 5G technical specifications, expected Friday, adds features for connecting autonomous cars, intelligent factories, and Internet-of-things devices to crazy-fast...

How one IndyCar driver turned his type 1 diabetes into an advantage

Enlarge / Charlie Kimball, driver of the #4 TRESIBA / AJ FOYT RACING Chevrolet, races during practice for the NTT IndyCar Series GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 03, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Like most of us, 2020 hasn't exactly going to plan for IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball. Here in...

A few good tech deals happening this July 4th weekend

Enlarge / Activating Siri on an Apple HomePod speaker. (credit: Jeff Dunn) Greetings, Arsians! It’s Independence Day in the United States, so the Dealmaster is back with a special Fourth of July edition of their usual tech deals roundup. While today’s holiday isn’t well-known for providing big discounts on tech—the biggest price drops will still...

The remote British village that built one of the UK’s fastest Internet networks

Enlarge / Laying some cable in rural UK. (credit: B4RN, Author provided / The Conversation) Nestled between Lancashire’s stand-out beauty, the Forest of Bowland, and the breathtaking vistas of the Yorkshire Dales, the serene, postcard-perfect village of Clapham seems far removed from the COVID-19 pandemic. But when the British government announced...

We traced Namco’s “new” Pac-Man demake to its source: A 2008 fan ROMhack

This 2017 video of "Pac-Man CE for NES" bears a striking resemblance to a "new" demake Bandai Namco released on Switch last month. Last month, Bandai Namco announced a special bonus for Switch players who invested in the new Namco Museum Archives Vol. 1. In addition to 10 emulated Namco classics, the game's official Nintendo store page notes it includes...

The 416 quadrillion reasons why Japan’s supercomputer is number 1

Local Fox news stations had this English captioned version of a very popular, supercomputer-generated video from Japan. For a good part of last week, the unrivaled highlight of Japanese television—looped on news programs—was a short computer simulation of a salaryman sitting at his desk and coughing. Its primetime primacy is total: this cough is the...

Review: Fierce and fun Warrior Nun is a perfect Fourth of July binge-watch

Ava (Alba Baptista) finds herself resurrected by an angelic halo in her back, and is recruited by a group of nuns in the Order of the Cruciform Sword. [credit: Netflix ] A young woman gains extraordinary powers when a divine artifact is...

Schools already struggled with cybersecurity. Then came COVID-19

Enlarge / "School" is probably going to look something like this for a whole lot of families in the coming weeks. (credit: Rafael Ben-Ari | Getty Images) This time last year, Jaggar Henry was enjoying the summer like so many other teens. The 17-year-old had a job, was hanging out with friends on the weekends, and was just generally spending a lot...

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