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10-28-2021 Cars
Tesla Dojo: Zero Accidents on the Road Once It Develops, Elon Musk Stresses Importance on Whitepaper

The Tesla Dojo's whitepaper was released earlier today, and it has discussed the future of the AI neural network training supercomputer on the company's self-driving technology. Elon Musk has added a few pieces of information with regards to the future of the Dojo, and it is to have a high accuracy in predicting traffic situations resulting in zero accidents. Tesla Dojo: Elon Musk Says 90% No Traffic Fatalities Elon Musk has stressed the importance of the latest release by Tesla, and it is with the Dojo's white paper that was unveiled earlier today. Then, Musk has further discussed the technology of the Dojo, and how it would help the FSD and other of Tesla's autonomous driving features in the coming years. Musk said that the Dojo can bring as much as a reduced traffic fatality to the feature for almost 90 percent now. However, in time, it can bring as much as 99 percent accuracy in reducing accidents. Musk also promises that this would go over 99 percent, or the absolute 100 once it develops more. That being said, the Tesla Dojo would be key in improving the technology of Tesla's FSD, as it would train it to be optimized for road use, among other cars, and reduce human errors in driving. What is the Tesla Dojo? The Tesla Dojo has released its whitepaper earlier today, and its goal is to share the advancements of the AI neural network (NN) training supercomputer that is being developed by the company. If FSD is the technology available to all, the Dojo is the tech that makes it possible. Why is that? Because it helps in optimizing the NN of the cars as a safer feature. Tesla Safety The recent release of Tesla's FSD Beta feature, particularly with version 10.3, has been plagued with crash warning issues that resulted in its downgrade to 10.2 and another update with the 10.3.1. It may seem confusing at first, but this is a must on the clean energy company's safety measures and step to ensure an experience like no other. Tesla has been known for its safety, something that the company has boasted of since then, especially with its NTSB crash ratings and high regard from different regulatory committees. The many focuses of Tesla as one of the safest cars in the world have made it stand out against other manufacturers as it focuses on both technology and mechanical aspects. The Dojo is with Tesla to train its AI and self-driving technology to reach its full potential, and this is to ensure the safety of people when using its systems daily. The world is focusing more on a mobile future, and this includes the vehicles that would have the highest safety ratings in the world as part of their daily life.

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10-28-2021 Science&Technology
Mars helicopter Ingenuity soars through Red Planet's summer air after radio blackout (video)

The little chopper's latest trip was its 14th flight on Mars. NASA's helicopter Ingenuity has successfully completed its 14th test flight on the Red Planet, demonstrating its ability to fly in summer weather conditions on Mars. As temperatures at little chopper's Jezero Crater landing site get warmer, the aircraft's rotors must turn faster to achieve flight. The latest flight for the Mars helicopter Ingenuity, conducted on Sunday (Oct. 24), was a relatively short and simple "hop," designed to test its ability to fly with slightly higher rotor speeds — 2,700 revolutions per minute (RPM) rather than the usual 2,537 RPM. Ingenuity "successfully performed a short hop in its current airfield to test out higher rpm settings so it can fly in lower atmospheric densities on the Red Planet," NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) announced in a tweet on Monday (Oct. 25). "This test also leaves the team room for an rpm increase if needed for future flights." JPL is overseeing the Mars Perseverance rover mission, which includes Ingenuity, for NASA from the agency's center in Pasadena, California. ...

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10-28-2021 Science&Technology
Apple’s MacBook Pro is a GPU-shaped warning to Nvidia and AMD

Apple hit Intel hard with its first M1 chips, offering a rare step-change improvement in performance with its 2020 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. Less than a year later, it’s already starting to compete with the best GPUs from AMD and Nvidia as well. The new MacBook Pros with M1 Pro and M1 Max offer a first glimpse at how well Apple’s M1 chips can scale to provide raw performance that rivals the discrete graphics cards we typically find inside Windows-powered laptops. Nvidia has been trying to woo many of Apple’s professional and creative customers with its Studio laptops, but Apple has not only managed to fix the mistakes it made with its MacBook port selection and keyboard, but it’s also scaled up its M1 chips to meet the performance expectations of 14- and 16-inch laptops, too. The result has creative professionals excited, and it’s easy to see why. While Windows laptops had looked increasingly tempting to the Mac crowd over the past five years, Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips shift the balance, particularly in the GPU realm. They look like early warning shots at the AMD- and Nvidia-powered competition. Apple seems confident it can deliver the same performance as a top discrete graphics card while consuming a lot less power. This is all part of Apple’s ambitious plan to transition its Mac lineup fully to Apple Silicon by the end of 2022 and just a glimpse at what the company must have coming to its most powerful Mac, the towering Mac Pro. Apple proudly compared its new M1 Max chip to two high-end Windows laptops last week, claiming the M1 Max is able to use 100W less power and offer the same relative performance at close to or above Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 mobile chip. While the M1 Max might be Apple’s largest chip it has ever made, it’s still integrating the graphics into a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture, compared to the dedicated and separate RTX 3080 cards. While there are caveats, it wasn’t just talk: early reviews seem to back up some of Apple’s claims. Anandtech found that both the M1 Pro and M1 Max perform well on productivity-focused loads, with a GFXBench test even putting it close to beating an RTX 3080 laptop equipped with Intel’s Core i9-11980HK flagship notebook processor. These are the types of loads you’d expect the M1 Max to perform well in, especially given Apple’s work on improving its chips for productivity tasks. YouTuber Dave2D found the M1 Max was slightly slower than a comparable RTX 3080 system for Adobe Premiere Pro tasks and that M1 Max performance depends on the work involved. While an Adobe Premiere Pro render took 10 minutes and 17 seconds in Dave2D’s testing, an identical render took just 4 minutes and 16 seconds using Apple’s Final Cut Pro software. ...

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10-28-2021 Science&Technology
Artificial Intelligence To Help Retailers Handle the Holiday Rush

Artificial intelligence will be playing a big part in your online shopping escapades for the holidays. That's because roughly 81% of online retailers are tapping AI to boost their sales in time for the holiday rush. According to VentureBeat, these businesses have increased their artificial intelligence budgets to do just that. The businesses in question are classified as small to medium enterprises who might not be competitive with other online shopping giants like Amazon. With artificial intelligence, the businesses are tapping into its power to help manage their supply chain (which is already stretched thin due to the pandemic), protect against ecommerce fraud, and even increase their overall sales. A few of the retailers are even predicting sales growths of up to 40% with the help of artificial intelligence. This isn't the first time, however, that businesses have tapped into the power of AI to help with their e-commerce efforts. Back in June, retail giant Walmart introduced an artificial intelligence algorithm which they're claiming was able to offer "smarter" solutions to grocers and grocery-goers. With its ability to predict consumer behaviors, needs, and wants, the AI can offer people improved grocery substitutes and streamline the entire shopping experience. Artificial Intelligence Basics In E-Commerce An analysis by the firm Anodot could help explain how, using the likes of Amazon as an example. For Amazon, they're using the AI algorithm to largely recommend related products to people who have bought some under a specific category. Say, "people who bought this also bought that," etc. This is called cross-selling and upselling, which is considered responsible for roughly 35% of Amazon's astronomical revenue figures. Aside from that, artificial intelligence can also help spot any fraudulent transactions, produce automated product descriptions, and even forecast overall revenues. Lastly, there's also the idea of "personalizing" a customer's shopping experience with recommendations based on their preferences. That is why one person's Amazon recommendations will largely differ from another's. Looking Ahead What was previously discussed is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using AI in retail. In the future, one could expect the age of "conversational" artificial intelligence in stores by way of chatbots and customer support. According to TechWireAsia, shoppers have been increasingly wanting an even more personalized shopping experience, with their concerns being seen and "heard" at the blink of an eye. Otherwise called "conversational commerce," this application intends to not make online shopping feel like a chore, writes Forbes. And one company is already doing something about it. A cloud communications tech firm from New Jersey called Vonage recently purchased Jumper.ai, which allows businesses to engage with their customers in a dynamic way. ...

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10-28-2021 Environment
The regenerative revolution in food

Half of the world's land is used to grow our food. A new generation of 'carbon farmers' are making their land absorb greenhouse gases, rather than emitting them. L Low lying and layered with clay, the soils of Molescroft Farm in East Yorkshire have never been the easiest to cultivate. Driven by ever-dwindling productivity, the land was pushed to its limits for decades – more passes with machinery, more fertilisers, more pesticides. These intensive agricultural practices kept the farm afloat; but beneath the surface, the soil was dying. "The land had been farmed very conventionally, so the ground was overworked and had lost its organic matter," recalls managing director Tamara Hall, who joined the estate in 2003. "We had to change, for environmental reasons as well as profitability." And so, bit by bit, Molescroft was reworked with sustainability in mind. The farm's main crops – wheat, peas, beans and barley – had their rotation widened, drainage was improved and fewer chemicals were sprayed. Cultivation was also dialled down, with far less ploughing and tilling to keep soil disturbance at a minimum. For the health of the land and its long-term yield potential, Hall believes her interventions have been resoundingly positive. But in the short-term, these regenerative practices were expensive as yields fell, carrying the risk of financial shortfall. The solution, Hall realised, was resting beneath her feet: soil carbon. "We're planting a lot of [ground] cover plants like phacelia and black oats that capture carbon from air and trap it in the ground. Then, when we've built up enough, we'll sell that carbon as credits to companies trying to offset their emissions. It's called carbon farming." After a couple of years and some meticulous measurements to show the changing carbon content of the soil, the sequestered carbon is certified and transferred into credits, before being sold ...

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10-28-2021 Security
Russian Hackers Reportedly Hid Behind Americans' Home Networks to Mask Their Cyber Espionage

Russian military hackers been waging an ongoing hacking campaign against high-level American targets and have been using a special technique to mask their activities: a tool to hide behind addresses associated with everyday Americans’ home and mobile networks. In case you missed it, the “SolarWinds” hackers are back. A recent report from Microsoft researchers shows that certain cyber-spies—believed to be members of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service—have been targeting droves of American tech firms with a new hacking campaign. These are allegedly the same hackers behind the “SolarWinds” campaign—the massive espionage effort that penetrated the networks of at least nine federal agencies and more than 100 different U.S.-based companies, and spurred multiple Congressional hearings. A new report from Bloomberg illuminates the method apparently used by the hackers to mask their hacking activities: the deployment of “residential proxies,” which has allowed them to hide behind the IP addresses of unsuspecting Americans. In essence, a residential proxy uses a pool of real IP addresses that can be legally purchased via specific internet service providers for the purposes of anonymity. It’s a little bit like a VPN, in that it masks your real IP address and lets you go about your online business anonymously. Actually, there seems to be a fairly big industry devoted to this. Googling these services brings up a wealth of companies. And it’s all totally legal, apparently. By using Americans’ IP addresses, the Russian hackers were able to make their online activities less suspicious than were they to have simply used addresses located in Russia, Bloomberg writes. “Residential proxies enable someone to launder their internet traffic through an unsuspecting home user to make it appear as if the traffic was originated from a U.S. residential broadband customer instead of from somewhere in Eastern Europe, for example,” Doug Madory, an employee at cybersecurity firm Kentik, told the outlet. This is interesting but there’s definitely something weird about how pedestrian this is. You would think that Russian military hackers would have a slightly more sophisticated obfuscation technique than one that anybody else could use. Apparently not. At any rate, whether’s it’s sophisticated or not, the technique seems to have helped these hackers stay busy. Microsoft has reported that, between July 1st and Oct. 19th of this year, the hacking group has attacked 609 of their customers 22,868 times. “This recent activity is another indicator that Russia is trying to gain long-term, systematic access to a variety of points in the technology supply chain and establish a mechanism for surveilling – now or in the future – targets of interest to the Russian government,” Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president of privacy and security, said in the company’s recent blog.

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10-28-2021 Science&Technology
Google Wants You to Update Your Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Right Away

As your Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro orders arrive over the coming days, Google has a big recommendation after you complete setup – check for an update to “get all the features.” In a help forum post today, Google has posted a notice that all new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones have an update available out of the box that users will want to grab right away. Again, once setup is complete, users should be able to pull an update that will give them all of the expected features for each phone. The updated builds will be SD1A.210817.036 for most users and SD1A.210817.036.A8 for Verizon customers. If you head into Settings>About phone>Android version and don’t see either of those build numbers, be sure to then check for the update. To try and pull an update from Google, back up one screen, go into System>System update and then tap the “check for updates” button. Google says that the update is staged and “may not be available until 10/28,” but if you get your phone early, you should go ahead and try to update. Oh, and if you do get your phone, don’t forget that we have the First 10 Things you should do with it.

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10-28-2021 Science&Technology
Facebook is having a tougher time managing vaccine misinformation than it is letting on, leaks sugge

New York (CNN Business)In public, Facebook has touted the resources it has dedicated to tackling Covid-19 and vaccine misinformation, even scolding US President Joe Biden for his harsh criticism of the company's handling of the issue. In doing so, it claimed that "more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet." But internal Facebook (FB) documents suggest a disconnect between what the company has said publicly about its overall response to Covid-19 misinformation and some of its employees' findings concerning the issue. "We have no idea about the scale of the [Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy] problem when it comes to comments," an internal research report posted to Facebook's internal site in February 2021, a year into the pandemic, noted. "Our internal systems are not yet identifying, demoting and/or removing anti-vaccine comments often enough," the report pointed out. Additional reports a month later raised concerns about the prevalence of vaccine hesitancy — which in some cases may amount to misinformation — in comments, which employees said Facebook's systems were less equipped to moderate than posts. "Our ability to detect vaccine hesitancy comments is bad in English and basically non-existent elsewhere," one of the March 2021 reports stated. The documents were included as part of disclosures made to the Securities and Exchange Commission and provided to Congress in redacted form by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen's legal counsel. A consortium of news organizations, including CNN, has reviewed the redacted versions received by Congress. The World Health Organization (WHO) began describing Covid-19 misinformation as an "infodemic" in the early stages of the pandemic last year, amid a flood of social media posts on conspiracy theories about the origins of the virus, dangerous advice about faulty treatments and unreliable reports on vaccines. The organization called on big tech firms to give it a direct line to flag posts on their platforms that could harm people's health. CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook on March 3, 2020, that his company was working with the WHO and other leading health organizations to help promote accurate information about the virus. At the time, there were only around 90,000 recorded cases globally and about 3,100 known deaths, most of them in China. Approved vaccines were still months away. But the company was already grappling with the spread of misinformation and myths about Covid-19. ...

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10-27-2021 Science&Technology
Waze is Currently Experimenting Dark Mode in Alpha Version | What to Know About Day and Night Settin

Google's Waze app is currently running an early test for a new feature. The update is focused on bringing Dark Mode support to the platform. For a long time, many people have been waiting for this change to come. Waze Dark Mode Spotted Via Screenshots Waze is now testing dark mode on the alpha test. Several screenshots showed its interface. Read more about this story. According to Geektime, there were some "Dark Mode" screenshots on its website which indicated that Waze urged the users to test the recent feature. At the moment, the early feature is on pre-alpha testing which means only a few users would be able to access it. There's no mention of the specific number of people who could enter the early access. Based on the shared screen grabs by Geektime, the Dark Mode could possibly roll out soon for Android and iOS users. Specifically, the company is conducting its current test for the feature on version 4.7.8 that just came out a few weeks ago. According to Waze, the feature is still undergoing initial development which means that it won't be stable anytime. The company clarified that alpha testers could experience glitches and bugs while using it on the latest build. Waze added that after gathering all feedback from the early testers, that's the time that it would launch the Dark Mode feature to the target platforms. Going back to the screenshots, there's no indication if Waze users will be allowed to automatically or manually activate Dark Mode. Most probably, that would be a possibility since the app's Night Mode sticks to the same thing. Waze said that there's no combination of Dark and Light Modes that will happen. In short, you cannot use a light-theme UI with a dark background and the like. The feature is intended to diminish the eye strain that users experience during night usage. Most importantly, the drivers who use navigation software would likely stick using Dark Mode while the app is in low light. Day and Night Settings in Waze From a report by BGR posted on Monday, Oct.25, many apps have already added the Dark Mode setting on their systems. For the part of Waze, there's no true Dark Mode that users could use at the moment. There are only Day and Night settings that will change the color scheme of the map. The said settings are only limited to altering the color but not the appearance of the user interface. The original colors in the app will be retained. By choosing Night Mode, your navigation display will have a different blend. Read Also: Google Maps: How to Share Your Location on Android, iOS, PC, and Mac [GUIDE] Waze Alternative You Should Try Back in April, Tech Times reported that you can switch to a new tool called TomTom AmiGO which works similarly to Waze. At the time of writing, this navigation app is said to launch on Android Auto. ...

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10-27-2021 Science&Technology
Google Camera adds a color temperature slider on Pixel 6 series [Gallery]

The revamped camera hardware on the Pixel 6 series delivers better overall shots that are stunning on their own and seem to catch up with the iPhone 13 in big ways, but it doesn’t come down just to hardware. Alongside new motion features, the Pixel 6 also adds a color temperature slider to the Google Camera app. Available on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, this new color temperature slider in the Google Camera app works alongside the contrast and brightness sliders on the other side of the interface. The slider, as you might expect, adjusts the color temperature of the scene to make it warmer or cooler to suit the shot you need. The effect can be rather dramatic at its highest levels, but it can help in adjusting the temperature in scenes that need it. As mentioned in our review, this is a feature I didn’t find necessary over the time I’ve had with the phone so far, but I’d imagine it might come in handy in harshly lit scenes such as parties where specialized colored lighting is in use. Notably, too, the codename for this feature is called “chameleon.” At this point in time, we’re not 100% sure if Google plans to bring this to other Pixel phones, as it may be tied to the new Tensor chip.

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10-27-2021 Science&Technology
Panasonic is Creating EV Batteries for Tesla with More Energy Storage, But Is it the LFP Power Cells

Panasonic is creating an electric vehicle battery that would have more energy to store on its power cells, and it is intended for Tesla's EVs, something that has been a known collaboration by many. However, this time, it would be the better battery, something that the company would have familiarity over, as it is the proposed 4680 batteries for long-range. Panasonic: Creating a New Battery for Tesla with More Energy Storage Panasonic is reportedly creating a new power cell for Tesla electric vehicles, and it boasts of the batteries to have more energy storage for the range and longevity of these power sources. Each battery is small, but when put together into a single pack, it would create enough power to transport a car from one place to another, with sufficient range in terms of miles. The report says that the Japanese tech maker does not have plans to make the relatively cheaper power cells that Tesla has used in China, the LFP or Lithium, Iron, and Phosphate chemistry. The company seems to have focused itself on its previous release of the 4680 batteries that have LiOn or Lithium-Ion, the traditional make of these power cells. Tesla Batteries: Panasonic is its Previous Partner for the 4680 The previously created battery for Tesla was the 4680 batteries from Panasonic, something which was said to start its venture in late 2021 for its creation and availability to the vehicles. However, there have been early versions of the power cells that have been hooked up for Tesla EVs that have already powered the cars up to now. The Battery Day 2020 has unveiled these 4680 Batteries to be the next big thing on Tesla, but it has not yet been applied to all of its models, and its production. There still has been plenty of manufacturers for the batteries of the EV, and not to mention, the switch of Tesla China to the LFP battery chemistry, something that the Japanese tech maker has said it would not venture. Tesla Batteries Through the Years The batteries of the electric vehicles of Tesla have changed throughout the years, and it initially started with the Li-On chemistry that made up 18650 batteries on a pack. The company also unveiled its supposed "million-mile" power pack that has the capabilities of running a million miles before it needs changing, and that is a significant amount of range. This only shows that Tesla is looking at optimizing its EV use, and it starts with the very basic need of an electric vehicle, and it is power storage within its body. Power calls make this possible, and every battery of the company has been carefully studied and created for its integration on the electric vehicle of the company.

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10-27-2021 Science&Technology
Apple to Likely Face US DOJ Antitrust Lawsuit Over iPhone Dominance and Control [REPORT]

Apple is likely to face a lawsuit from the US Department of Justice, and it would be regarding the speculated Antitrust behavior of the company over time. The lawsuit was said to be two years in the making, and it has investigated suspected monopolies in business, particularly the "Big Tech"-to which it would focus on the iPhone's control. Apple Likely to Face Antitrust Lawsuit from US DOJ Customers stand in line to purchase the new Apple iPhone 8 at Dubai Mall Apple Store in Dubai, on September 23, 2017. - The new Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as well as the updated Apple Watch and Apple TV, went on sale today. The report by The Information says that Apple is likely to face a lawsuit from the US DOJ, something that the Cupertino giant would face in the progress of the investigation as it unfolds. The report says that it is because of Apple's massive control over the iPhone and that the device itself can be a reason for an antitrust lawsuit to push through. However, nothing is sure as of now, as this comes from reports and speculations, and there are no official statements released by Justice regarding its lawsuit against Apple. Moreover, the agency is also looking into other Big Tech companies like Google, Amazon, and more, with regards to their rule and prevalence as a tech company. Apple Disputes over iPhone, and MORE Apple has had many disputes on its name and history from different regulatory committees and federal agencies that have investigated its business practices, products, devices, and more. Earlier this month, Apple was still in dispute with Epic Games, particularly its App Store scrutiny that charges a massive 70-30 split for all payments made within apps under the distribution platform. The many problems of the company have pushed different departments under its brand to have several projects to be delayed and not get any of its intended focus for the said program. It was said that the FTC is the regulatory committee that is handling the Antitrust cases, but the US DOJ is also a part of this and could also send out investigators on its behalf. This also means that Justice can also launch probes and cases against these companies, especially if they suspect an uncompetitive behavior from these companies. This does not take away the issue of Apple with its alleged monopolistic tactics on its iPhone device, hence the speculated Antitrust case. Is Apple Monopolistic? According to Mac Rumors, Apple's dispute against Epic Games has given them an upper hand, especially after the committee that oversees the lawsuit sees that the Cupertino giant is not violating the antitrust. For now, there are no indications that Apple is monopolistic; however, this does not mean that investigation would stop for Apple shortly.

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10-23-2021 Science&Technology
Jupiter hit by another space rock in rare views captured by Japanese skywatchers



It's tough to be the biggest planet in the solar system, and this fall Jupiter is taking a beating. On Friday (Oct. 15), skywatchers in Japan observed a flash in the atmosphere of the planet's northern hemisphere likely caused by an asteroid slamming into Jupiter, just over a month after a skywatcher in Brazil made a similar observation. "The flash felt like it was shining for a very long time to me," Twitter user @yotsuyubi21, who photographed the flash with a Celestron C6 telescope, told Space.com. See more They confirmed the observation with a team led by Ko Arimatsu, an astronomer at Japan's Kyoto University who takes part in the Organized Autotelescopes for Serendipitous Event Survey (OASES) project. According to a tweet posted by the project, that observation included two different types of light, visible and infrared, giving Jupiter an eerie pink glow. Jupiter regularly experiences such impacts because of the powerful gravitational tug associated with its mass: Smaller objects, like the asteroids that litter the solar system, can easily end up pulled into the planet's thick, turbulent atmosphere. Some research suggests that objects at least 150 feet (45 meters) across hit Jupiter every few months on average, although observational constraints mean that even the most thorough monitoring program might be able to catch just one impact or so per year.According to Sky & Telescope, the Oct. 15 flash hit the planet's North Tropical Zone, near the southern edge of the North Temperate Belt. Observers aren't yet sure whether the impact left a debris field that scientists can monitor; the September flash did not, and several factors including the object's size and the impact's location factor into observability. ...

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10-20-2021 Science&Technology
Gruber Motors Caught On Fire for the Second Time in Four Years, Around 30 Tesla Vehicles Lost



Gruber Motors, a shop that works on Tesla vehicles, was caught on fire once again. This is the second time that the shop has caught fire in the past four years. It is said that several rare Tesla Roadsters have been lost due to the fire. Gruber Motors Caught Fire for the Second Time Gruber Motors is based in Phoenix, Arizona, and it is a shop that offers several services to Tesla car owners, according to Electrek. It is one of the rare companies that can fix the bricking issues that some Tesla vehicles have. The early Tesla vehicles had an issue where the battery would become unusable. The company would not be able to fix it. Instead, it would recommend a battery replacement, which can be very expensive, especially if it is out of warranty. Gruber Motors also fixes the other components of a Tesla vehicle, including its autopilot mode that has been controversial in the past few months. The CEO of Gruber Motors, Peete Gruber, developed a system to identify a dead module and they were only able to replace those and get the vehicles working again. However, the shop had a lot of issues in 2017 when it caught fire and destroyed at least 5 Tesla Roadsters and a Tzero vehicle. Luckily, nobody was hurt in the fire, but history was lost. Now Gruber caught fire again on Oct. 17. The local fire department was the one who reported on the incident. No one was hurt but the extend to the damages are not revealed yet, according to a post on Twitter. What Happened During the Incident A Tesla owner who had their vehicle at the shop when the incident happened told TMC what happened, and he said that the entire interior of the shop was gone. The owner said that he was scheduled to pick up his vehicle after it had been in for service. He got an email from Gruber in the morning of Oct. 17 and the email states that the shop had a fire and that while his vehicle was okay because it was parked outside, his key has been destroyed in the fire. The shop wanted to make sure that the Tesla car owner had a spare key so he can pick up his vehicle. He assumed that it must have been a small fire given that the shop was taking its time to confirm that he was still coming to pick up his car that day and he had the spare key. When he went to pick up the vehicle, though, he was surprised to see what had happened at the facility. He said that it looks as if much of the shop's interior and workshop has been totally destroyed. ...

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10-19-2021 Science&Technology
NASA’s Latest Mission to Explore Asteroids Near Jupiter’s Orbit



The latest mission of the American space agency, NASA, will explore a group of ancient objects orbiting the sun at the distance of Jupiter. Set to launch October 16, the Lucy spacecraft is designed to study Jupiter’s “Trojan” asteroids. These asteroids are small bodies left over from the formation of our solar system’s large planets. They share an orbit with Jupiter as the planet goes around the sun. The mission’s aim is to gather new information about the solar system’s formation 4.5 billion years ago. Lucy will observe eight asteroids over 12 years. One orbits in what is known as the Asteroid Belt, an area between Mars and Jupiter. Most known asteroids orbit within this area. The spacecraft will also observe seven Trojan asteroids. The Trojans circle the sun in two groups. One group leads Jupiter in its orbital path, while the other follows behind it. Lucy will be the first spacecraft to visit these asteroids. There are believed to be more than 7,000 Trojan asteroids. Scientists consider the Trojan asteroids to be the ancient remains of the formation of the solar system. They have stayed captured in Jupiter’s orbit for billions of years. Scientists hope that the NASA mission can provide new details about what conditions were like when the planets formed. They also hope the mission will lead to a better understanding of our own planet’s history. The spacecraft was named Lucy after the ancient fossil discovered in Ethiopia in 1974. Lucy was one of the most famous scientific finds of the 20th century. The collection of skeletal bones gave scientists a better understanding of the evolution of humans. Cathy Olkin is a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado. She is the deputy lead investigator for the Lucy mission. In a video explaining the mission, Olkin compared the NASA spacecraft to the Lucy fossil. “Just like the Lucy fossil transformed our understanding of (human) evolution, the Lucy mission will transform our understanding of solar system evolution,” she said. The spacecraft, built by NASA contractor Lockheed Martin, is expected to fly within 400 kilometers of its targets. The spacecraft is equipped with several imaging instruments designed to capture information about the composition of materials on the surface of asteroids. Other equipment will be used to record asteroid surface temperatures and measure the size of the objects the spacecraft observes. Lucy will depend on solar power to operate. NASA says the mission expects to set a record because Lucy will be deployed farther from the sun than any past solar powered spacecraft. Hal Levison is the mission's chief scientist. He recently told reporters that although the Trojan asteroids are in a very small area of space, they are physically different from each another. ...

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10-19-2021 Science&Technology
Apple Users Troll Intel's Tweet Asking Why Users Switched to PC



Apple users have trolled Intel's Twitter account after posting a tweet asking why Mac users switched to PC. Instead of getting serious replies from former Mac users, those who favor Mac laptops have taken the opportunity to troll Intel's marketing campaign. Intel seems to be having an ongoing "PC vs Mac" campaign, and the company actually released a video featuring Apple users being introduced to Intel computers. The video, which is titled "Breaking the Spell: Social Experiment," is available on YouTube for anyone to watch. The much-trolled Intel tweet comes just days before Apple's "Unleashed" event. Apple Users Troll Intel's Tweet Apple users seemed to have had a field day trolling Intel's Twitter account after the latter posted a tweet asking former Mac users why they switched to PC. Intel's tweet reads, "Confessions of former Mac users. What made you #GoPC?" According to an article by MacRumors, instead of getting replies from actual former Mac users who switched to PC, the replies instead were from trolling Apple users. One of the replies to the tweet, as quoted by the MacRumors article, said, "Just admit it: you're just pissed that Apple ditched you and designed a way better processor by themselves." Intel Has a "PC vs Mac" Campaign? The MacRumors article has also mentioned that Intel has a "PC vs Mac" campaign going on. In fact, the article points out that Intel released a video that is part of the campaign last week. The video, "Breaking the Spell: Social Experiment," has been uploaded on YouTube. Per the MacRumors article, the video "featured 'Apple fans' introduced to different Intel computers and all of their features." "Intel attempted to paint Apple consumers as oblivious to 'innovations' made by companies besides Apple, including 'touch screen' laptops," the report adds. ...

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