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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets are grounded after an in-flight failure

Image: SpaceX SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket experienced an engine failure after it launched late Thursday night from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The mission, Starlink Group 9-3, was carrying Starlink satellites and failed to reignite its upper second stage after developing a leak. “Upper stage restart to raise...

Fri Jul 12, 2024 22:30
This is how much hotter urban sprawl makes US cities feel

A pedestrian stands in the shade of a small tree during a heatwave in New York on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images Nearly 34 million people across 65 US cities — roughly one in 10 Americans — live in a place where the built environment makes temperatures feel at least 8 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than it...

Fri Jul 12, 2024 17:30
Getting up close and personal with space junk

These photographs of a discarded H-2A rocket upper stage were taken at a distance of just 50 meters. | Image: Astroscale We’re getting a close look at some of the space junk that’s floating in space thanks to Tokyo-based company Astroscale Japan. New images taken from a distance of just 50 meters, show the discarded upper...

Fri Jul 12, 2024 13:32
This climate tech startup wants to capture carbon and help data centers cool down

280 Earth’s pilot carbon removal facility in The Dalles, Oregon. | Image: 280 Earth Data centers are a growing climate problem, especially as all the energy needed to train AI models inflates tech companies’ carbon footprints. A startup that spun out of Google’s “moonshot factory” X says its technology can provide a potential...

Thu Jul 11, 2024 17:34
Starlink Mini is now available for anyone in the US to roam

The Starlink Mini can be powered by a portable USB battery. | Image: SpaceX SpaceX’s Starlink Mini dish — which Elon Musk says “will change the world” — is now available to anyone in the US. The diminutive internet-from-space kit neatly integrates the dish and Wi-Fi router into a weatherproof package that’s significantly...

Thu Jul 11, 2024 10:33
Amazon’s carbon emissions fell last year

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon’s carbon emissions decreased slightly in 2023 after the company ramped up renewable energy purchases and cut down on pollution from construction, hardware, and equipment, according to its latest sustainability report. Back in 2019, Amazon pledged to reach net zero carbon emissions...

Wed Jul 10, 2024 22:36

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