Hear a sound bite from NASA’s Perseverance as it travels along the final frontier

You can now hear a sound bite from NASA’s Perseverance as it travels along the final frontier.

A first of its kind, NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance was rigged with microphones to capture sounds of the spacecraft as it hurtled through space. The 60-second audio file was captured on Oct. 19, according to NASA.

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“As great as it is to pick up a little audio on spacecraft operations in-flight, the sound file has a more important meaning,” Dave Gruel, lead engineer for Mars 2020’s EDL Camera and Microphone subsystem said. “It means that our system is working and ready to try to record some of the sound and fury of a Mars landing.”

According to NASA, one of the mics aboard the rover was set up specifically to capture entry, descent, and landing (EDL)

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Best Tech Gifts For Less Than $200

Yep, it’s that time of year again when you may have already begun shopping around for holiday gifts. If you’re looking for tech gifts that aren’t overly pricey, you’ve arrived at the right page.

Simply Smart Home’s Brookstone PhotoShare smart digital photo frame comes in 10.1- ($200) and 14-inch ($230) touchscreen sizes, with espresso or black wood frames. Through its smartphone app, you can load photos via email, website, through Facebook or Google Photos. There’s no subscription needed. Holds up to 5,000 photos, via 8GB of built-in memory. You can also add music through an SD or USB thumb drive.

After using these for the first time, I knew TREBLAB’s X5 truly wireless earphones ($60) may be the best I’ve tried. Bluetooth connects quickly and is stable, while sound is rich with deep bass. And you can get music loud without distortion. Comes

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Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 116 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

safaripreviewiconApple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced four years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release 116 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Extensions, Web Inspector, Web Audio API, MediaRecorder, CSS, Rendering, JavaScript, WebAuthn, Media, Web API, URL Parsing, Storage Access API, Accessibility, and WebDriver.

The current ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release is the built on the new Safari 14 update included in macOS Big Sur with support for Safari Web Extensions imported from other browsers, tab previews, password breach notifications, web authentication with Touch ID, and more.

The new ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ update is available for both macOS Catalina and ‌macOS Big Sur‌, the newest version of the Mac operating system.

The ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ update is available through

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Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico will close; scientists mourn

The National Science Foundation announced Thursday that it would close the huge telescope at the renowned Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, a blow to scientists worldwide who depend on it to search for planets, asteroids and extraterrestrial life.

The independent, federally funded agency said it was too dangerous to keep operating the single dish radio telescope — one of the world’s largest — given the significant damage it recently sustained. An auxiliary cable broke in August and tore a 100-foot hole in the reflector dish and damaged the dome above it. Then, on Nov. 6, one of the telescope’s main steel cables snapped, leading officials to warn that the entire structure could collapse.

NSF officials noted that even if crews were to repair all the damage, engineers found that the structure would still be unstable in the long term.

“This decision is not an easy one for NSF to make,

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COVID-19 or lung injury due to vaping? Similar symptoms of vaping-related lung injury and COVID-19 can be confusing — ScienceDaily

A UC Davis Health pediatric team presented a powerful case series of three teenagers who had unexplained breathing problems during the COVID-19 pandemic. The series highlighted the similarities between e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) and COVID-19 symptoms and manifestations.

“EVALI and COVID-19 share many symptoms but have very different treatment plans,” said Kiran Nandalike, associate professor of pediatrics and lead author on the study. “For this reason, providers caring for pediatric patients with unexplained respiratory failure should consider EVALI and ask for relevant smoking/vaping history.”

Teenagers facing COVID-19 and EVALI

As of February 2020, over 2758 EVALI hospitalized cases and 64 deaths have been reported in the U.S. More than half of those hospitalized were younger than 25 years old.

According to Nandalike, most adolescents who vape using recreational marijuana get the substance from friends, family members or unlicensed dealers. The unregulated access to these products is

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FIreEye surges as investment firm Blackstone takes $400 million investment, board seat

Shares of cloud-based security provider FireEye shot up almost 10% in late trading Thursday evening after the company announced that private equity firm Blackstone Group is making a $400 million investment in the company and taking a board seat.

FireEye announced in a separate press release that it will buy four-year-old security startup Respond Software of Mountain View, Calif., for $186 million in cash and stock.

New York-based Blackstone, one of the most powerful private equity firms in the world, with a market cap of $67 billion or so, is teaming up with venture capital firm ClearSky Power & Technology Partners, based in Juno Beach, Florida, to buy $400 million worth of convertible stock in FireEye. 

The duo will purchase “shares of a newly designated 4.5% Series A Convertible Preferred Stock of FireEye,” said FireEye, “with a purchase price of $1,000 per share.” 

The Series A Preferred will be convertible

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AMD CEO Lisa Su gets chip industry’s highest honor

Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su has received the chip industry’s highest honor as the 2020 recipient of the Robert N. Noyce Award.

The Semiconductor Industry Association, the chip industry lobbying group, gave her the award in an online ceremony today. Normally, the event takes place in San Jose, California, and has about 1,000 attendees.

Su’s award represents the first time the award has gone to a woman since it was started in 1991.

“It’s an incredible privilege to be part of this industry,” said Su. “I actually fell in love with semiconductors in my first year at MIT. My first job was doing grunt work in a semiconductor lab. If you look at this year, what is resoundingly clear is that technology is becoming even more important.”

The SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who has made outstanding contributions to the semiconductor industry in

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Big Tech faces rising pressure in Congress and courts

While the tech industry delivers many benefits to society, governments around the world have been showing a rising interest in regulating it. Digital platforms, they worry, may be encouraging tech overuse and eroding privacy among consumers, curbing competition among businesses, and failing to adequately manage their societal role as gatekeepers of information. 

In the U.S., tighter antitrust oversight appears to be already taking shape. On Oct. 20, the U.S. Justice Department sued Google for using anticompetitive practices to maintain its dominance over search and search advertising. And many Democrats in Congress support legislation to break up tech monopolies.

Separate questions are swirling about what role tech giants should play in controlling misinformation online, and Republican allegations that the firms have an anti-conservative bias. The Senate Commerce Committee has been considering whether changes are needed to a 1996 provision that protects internet companies from liability for what people say on their

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NSF plans to decommission Arecibo Observatory’s 305m telescope due to safety concerns

NSF plans to decommission Arecibo Observatory's 305m telescope due to safety concerns
Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope in November of 2020. Credit: University of Central Florida

Following a review of engineering assessments that found damage to the Arecibo Observatory cannot be stabilized without risk to construction workers and staff at the facility, the U.S. National Science Foundation will begin plans to decommission the 305-meter telescope, which for 57 years has served as a world-class resource for radio astronomy, planetary, solar system and geospace research.

The decision comes after NSF evaluated multiple assessments by independent engineering companies that found the telescope structure is in danger of a catastrophic failure and its cables may no longer be capable of carrying the loads they were designed to support. Furthermore, several assessments stated that any attempts at repairs could put workers in potentially life-threatening danger. Even in the event of repairs going forward, engineers found that the structure would likely present long-term stability issues.

“NSF prioritizes the

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Group of radiologists raise money for new technology critical for Nova Scotia cancer patients

A group of radiologists, in collaboration with the QEII foundation in Halifax and the government, were able to purchase a new cancer imaging technology that is reducing waiting times and providing more accurate cancer diagnoses for patients.

a group of people standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: QEII Radiologists were able to raise money for a new PET-CT scan.

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QEII Radiologists were able to raise money for a new PET-CT scan.

According to the foundation, PET-CT scan is a diagnostic tool that helps determine the stage and spread of many cancers. PET-CT guides critical decisions for patient care — whether that means additional testing, treatment or surgery.

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The foundation, which helps fund new technologies and medical research, said in a statement that QEII Radiologists tripled all donations to the QEII Foundation’s PET-CT campaign, to a total of $50,000. This was a total impact of $150,000 — completing the fundraising campaign, which totaled $600,000.


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