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NASA’s Spitzer telescope refuses to die


NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is finally nearing the end of an absolutely incredible journey. The spacecraft has been peering deep into space for well over a decade and a half, and it’s outlived its original planned mission timeline by over 11 years. In that time, it’s made some incredible discoveries and offered scientists new insights […]

Researchers: bitcoin’s carbon footprint equal to Las Vegas


BERLIN — The virtual currency bitcoin is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as a city like Las Vegas or Hamburg and efforts to reduce its climate footprint should be considered, researchers said Thursday. A study by researchers at the Technical University of Munich and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, examined how […]

Amazon sued for recording children’s voices via Alexa


Amazon was slapped with a pair of class-action lawsuits this week over its Alexa voice assistant, which is getting accused of recording and storing the voices of children without their or their parents’ consent. Both cases portray kids as vulnerable to Alexa’s voice recording and transcription technology, which allows Amazon to amass “a vast level […]

Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets, experts find


LONDON — Katie Jones sure seemed plugged into Washington’s political scene. The 30-something redhead boasted a job at a top think tank and a who’s-who network of pundits and experts, from the centrist Brookings Institution to the right-wing Heritage Foundation. She was connected to a deputy assistant secretary of state, a senior aide to a […]

India set to land rover on moon in second lunar mission


BENGALURU — India said on Wednesday it will launch its second lunar mission in mid-July, as it moves to consolidate its status as a leader in space technology by achieving a controlled landing on the moon. The mission, if successful, would make India only the fourth country behind the United States, Russia and China to […]

Facebook won’t take down sinister Mark Zuckerberg ‘deepfake’ video


Facebook will not remove a fake video of boss Mark Zuckerberg from Instagram that falsely portrays him boasting he can “control the future” thanks to stolen data. The doctored clip was uploaded to Instagram – which is owned by Facebook – in a bid to test the company’s moderation tools. It’s what’s known as a […]

Extraterrestrial life could be scarcer than first thought: study


The search for extraterrestrial life has fascinated humanity for generations, with all sorts of theories about where it could exist, if it exists at all. For all those hoping to see an abundance of E.T., a new study puts a bit of a damper on its whereabouts. A study entitled “A Limited Habitable Zone for […]

The UN wants to get everyone in the world connected


UNITED NATIONS — An independent UN panel called Monday for much greater cooperation to bring digital technology to roughly half the world’s people and a senior Google executive said mobile phones with internet access are being created to sell for about $20 that can help make this possible. Google Vice President Vinton Cerf said at […]

Ancient asteroid crater found off the coast of Scotland


The spot where an ancient asteroid hit the United Kingdom some 1.2 billion years ago has been tracked to a location under the sea between mainland Scotland and the Western Isles. Researchers at Oxford and Aberdeen universities discovered signs of the violent collision in Scotland back in 2008, but they only recently pinpointed where the […]

Facebook is building a massive solar farm in Texas


ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Facebook is building a massive solar farm in West Texas that’s believed to be one of the largest solar projects in the nation and the social media giant’s first direct investment in renewable energy. Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy recently announced it was partnering with Facebook on the $416 million project, […]

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