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NASA has flown its Ingenuity drone helicopter on Mars for the first time

NASA has flown its Ingenuity drone helicopter on Mars for the first time

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The news: NASA has flown an aircraft on another planet for the first time. On Monday, April 19, Ingenuity, a 1.8-kilogram drone helicopter, took off from the surface of Mars, flew up about three meters, then swiveled and hovered for 40 seconds. The historic moment was livestreamed on , and Ingenuity captured the photo above with one of its two cameras. “We can now say that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on another planet,” said MiMi Aung, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, at a press...

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Apr 19
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Everything you need to know about the Facebook data leak

Everything you need to know about the Facebook data leak

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The news: The personal data of 533 million Facebook users in more than 106 countries was found to be freely available online last weekend. The data trove, uncovered by security researcher, includes phone numbers, email addresses, hometowns, full names, and birth dates. Initially, Facebook claimed that the data leak was previously reported on in 2019 and that it had patched the vulnerability that caused it that August. But in fact, it appears that Facebook did not properly disclose the breach at the time. The company finally acknowledged it on...

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Apr 7
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Why a more feminist internet would be better for everyone

Why a more feminist internet would be better for everyone

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.It’s April 13, 2025. Like most 17-year-olds, Maisie grabs her phone as soon as she wakes up. She checks her apps in the same order every morning: Herd, Signal, TikTok. started out as a niche social network aimed at girls, but everyone’s on it these days, even the boys. Maisie goes to her personal page and looks at what she’s pinned there: photos of her dog, her family, her school science project. It’s like a digital scrapbook of all the things she loves, all in one place. She reads comments from her friends and looks at what they’ve added to...

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Apr 1
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A major flaw has been found in Switzerland’s online voting system

A major flaw has been found in Switzerland’s online voting system

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.A cryptographic trap door could let someone change votes cast using Switzerland’s online sVote system without being detected, according to a . Verification: The specific issue is the way the system receives and counts votes before shuffling them and anonymizing voter details (everyone provides a birth date and an initialization code). Once they’ve been shuffled, the votes are counted and then decrypted. The trap door means someone could switch all the legitimately cast ballots for fraudulent ones, undetected. A recommendation: The Swiss...

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March 12, 2019
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SpaceX has unveiled the rocket it hopes will one day carry humans to Mars

SpaceX has unveiled the rocket it hopes will one day carry humans to Mars

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The news: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gave a presentation on the development of the company’s rocket Starship, which is intended to fly passengers to the moon and Mars, on Saturday night. His talk took place at SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas, in front of a huge prototype of the rocket (pictured). The timing of the event was no coincidence: it was the 11th anniversary of the company’s sending the first private liquid-fueled rocket into orbit.About Starship: It’s a beast. It’s over 165 feet (50 meters) tall, with three of SpaceX’s attached to...

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September 30, 2019
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The internet is changing drastically for Hong Kong’s citizens

The internet is changing drastically for Hong Kong’s citizens

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The big picture: It’s only been one week since China passed a controversial that gives it vast new powers over Hong Kong, but the internet has already changed dramatically for people in the semi-autonomous city. What sort of powers? The law lets mainland Chinese officials operate in Hong Kong for the first time. It also gives Beijing the power to overrule local laws, and it creates a series of vaguely worded new crimes: for example, making it illegal to incite “hatred” toward the Chinese government. Hong Kong police can censor internet content...

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July 8, 2020
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Facebook has released a map of coronavirus symptoms crowdsourced from its users

Facebook has released a map of coronavirus symptoms crowdsourced from its users

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.What’s new: Facebook has showing the proportion of people who say they have experienced coronavirus symptoms in each state in the US. The data was gathered from more than one million Facebook users who filled in a survey created by Carnegie Mellon University about whether they were experiencing symptoms like a cough or a fever. The map, which goes down to county level, will be updated every day. Facebook says it will create similar maps for other countries in the coming days and weeks, also based on survey responses. How it could be used:...

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April 21, 2020
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Wuhan will test all 11 million residents after spotting its first new coronavirus cases

Wuhan will test all 11 million residents after spotting its first new coronavirus cases

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The news: Wuhan’s entire population of 11 million people will be tested for coronavirus after the city, where the pandemic started, discovered new infections for the first time since its lockdown was lifted. Each district in the city has been instructed to create a plan to test every resident within 10 days, from Wuhan’s anti-virus department published by Chinese state media. Vulnerable groups and high-density areas will be prioritized first. The logic: Wuhan’s local government confirmed it found six locally transmitted cases over the weekend....

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May 12, 2020
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