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SpaceX capsule departs ISS with 4 astronauts, heads home

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts departed the International Space Station late Saturday, aiming for a rare nighttime splashdown to end the company’s second crew flight. It would be the first U.S. splashdown in darkness since Apollo 8′s crew returned from the moon in 1968. NASA’s Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and ...
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Inside a sex doll factory: ‘What our quality control team does’

Sex doll manufacturer Real Doll released a photo of its “Westworld”-style factory this week on Instagram, and it’s just as strange you’d expect. The sex dolls have the capability to carry on conversations.REUTERS/Aly Song Looking like a scene from the gruesome procedural, “Criminal Minds,” there are rows of realistic-looking female dolls hang...
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Move-in day at Europe’s first 3D printed house

There’s no place like home — especially when it’s printed in five days. A Dutch couple is now living in Europe’s first totally 3D-printed house, which could signal a revolution in home building, the Sun reported Saturday. Elize Lutz and Harrie Dekkers’s new two-bedroom home looks straight out of “The Flintstones.” It’s just over 1,000 square ...
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More US agencies potentially hacked, this time with Pulse Secure exploits

EnlargeGetty ImagesAt least five US federal agencies may have experienced cyberattacks that targeted recently discovered security flaws that give hackers free rein over vulnerable networks, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said on Friday. The vulnerabilities in Pulse Connect Secure, a VPN that employees use to remotely connec...
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The NYPD retires “Digidog” robot after public backlash

Enlarge / The NYPD's Digidog is just a Boston Dynamics robot in blue livery. Daniel Valls/FNTV freedomnews.tvThe Guardian reports that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) is retiring "Digidog," a Boston Dynamics Spot robot the state started testing in December. The department described the robot as a tool that could be used to defuse dangero...
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EU accuses Apple of antitrust breach following Spotify complaint

European Union regulators accused Apple on Friday of violating the bloc’s antitrust laws, alleging the iPhone maker distorts competition for music streaming by imposing unfair rules for rival services in its App Store. The EU’s executive Commission said it objected to Apple’s rules for music streaming services that compete with its Apple Music s...
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China launches main part of its 1st permanent space station

BEIJING — China on Thursday launched the main module of its first permanent space station that will host astronauts long term, the latest success for a program that has realized a number of its growing ambitions in recent years. The Tianhe, or “Heavenly Harmony,” module blasted into space atop a Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Launch Cent...
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Amazon sales surge 44% in Q1 2021, beating expectations

Amazon.com Inc on Thursday reported its biggest profit ever as consumers turned to the online retailer for their shopping needs and businesses paid it more to warehouse and advertise their products. Shares rose four per cent in after-hours trade.Since the start of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, shoppers have relied increasingly on Amazon for delive...
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Satellites show world’s glaciers melting faster than ever

Glaciers are melting faster, losing 31 percent more snow and ice per year than they did 15 years earlier, according to three-dimensional satellite measurements of all the world’s mountain glaciers. Scientists blame human-caused climate change. Using 20 years of recently declassified satellite data, scientists calculated that the world’s 220,0...