Japan Space Probe To Bring Asteroid Dust To Earth

Call it a special delivery: after six years in space, Japan’s Hayabusa-2 probe is heading home, but only to drop off its rare asteroid samples before starting a new mission.

The fridge-sized probe, launched in December 2014, has already thrilled scientists by landing on and gathering material from an asteroid some 300 million kilometres (185 million miles) from Earth.

Hayabusa-2 will near Earth to drop off rare asteroid samples before heading back into deep space on a new extended mission Hayabusa-2 will near Earth to drop off rare asteroid samples before heading back into deep space on a new extended mission Photo: AFP / Behrouz MEHRI

But its work isn’t over yet, with scientists from Japan’s space agency JAXA now planning to extend its mission for more than a decade and targeting two new asteroids.

Before that mission can begin, Hayabusa-2 needs to drop off its precious samples from the asteroid Ryugu — “dragon palace” in Japanese.

Scientists are hoping the capsule will contain around 0.1 grams of material that will

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Oklahoma Adopts TCI’s Bring Science Alive! K-8 Programs

TCI’s elementary and middle school science programs built from the ground up to align to new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science

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Award-winning K-12 publishing company, TCI, announced today that its Bring Science Alive! K-8 programs were officially approved by the Oklahoma State Textbook Committee for use in the state’s more than 1,200 elementary and middle schools.

Built from the ground up to support the recently adopted Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OASS), TCI’s Bring Science Alive! programs transform elementary and middle school science classrooms into a multi-faceted learning experience for both in-class and distance learning environments. The programs align with the OASS’s goal of ensuring that all students have an appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on related issues; are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to

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Japan is about to bring back samples of an asteroid 180 million miles away

Sample return missions are becoming increasingly in vogue, as evidenced by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and China’s current Chang’e 5 drilling operation on the moon. But they aren’t easy. In February 2019, Hayabusa2 landed on the surface and fired two small bullets into the asteroid to stir up a cloud of particles from which the sample arm could collect debris. It fired a larger projectile in April that same year, diving down to the surface a couple months later to retrieve even more ejected material. 

Whereas the first Hayabusa mission was only able to bring back a millionth of a gram through this approach, there’s optimism Hayabusa2 will bring back much more. “I am proud of this success, even though I don’t know yet that the re-entry [of the sample capsule] will be successful,” says Eri Tatsumi, a planetary scientist at the University of La Laguna in Spain who has been

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China spacecraft lands on moon to bring rocks back to Earth

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese spacecraft sent to return lunar rocks to Earth collected its first samples Wednesday after landing on the moon, the government announced, adding to a string of successes for Beijing’s increasingly ambitious space program.

The Chang’e 5 probe touched down shortly after 11 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Tuesday after descending from an orbiter, the China National Space Administration said. It released images of the barren scene at the landing site showing the lander’s shadow.

“Chang’e has collected moon samples,” the agency said in a statement carried by the official Xinhua News Agency. It said the probe also had successfully unfolded solar panels that will power it.

The probe, launched Nov. 24 from the tropical southern island of Hainan, is the latest venture by a Chinese space program that sent its first astronaut into orbit in 2003, has a spacecraft en route to Mars and aims eventually

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Tweaking carotenoid genes helps tomatoes bring their A-game — ScienceDaily

Cooked, fresh, sun-dried, or juiced, whichever way you prefer them, tomatoes are arguably one of the most versatile fruits on the planet — and yes, despite mainly being used in savory dishes, tomatoes really are a fruit.

The popularity of tomatoes has led to the development of more than 10,000 cultivars of various sizes, shapes, and hues. Interestingly though, there is little genetic diversity among modern tomato varieties. This lack of diversity, coupled with the fact that many traits are controlled by multiple genes, makes improving plant yield and quality a major challenge for tomato breeders.

But in a study published this week in Scientific Reports, researchers led by the University of Tsukuba explain how modern gene editing technology may be able to give tomato breeders a helping hand.

“The tomato was the first genetically modified food to be approved for human consumption,” says senior author of the study Professor

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Rumor claims Apple is attempting to secure Patents & Cooperation from Suppliers to bring a Powerful Zoom Lens to Future iPhones


In July Patently Apple posted a report titled “While a Periscope Camera Module was supposed to be ready for iPhone 11, a new Rumor claims that the Project is still ongoing.” The report looked back to a 2018 report where Apple supplier described a new 5P periscope lens for Apple’s 2019 iPhones. That never panned out and Huawei went on to bring this valued feature to market first.


Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecast during this past summer that Apple might have a powerful zoom periscope lens for 2021 iPhones using Korean supplier SEMCO.


Today, the rumor of Apple seeking to adopt periscope lens technology to greatly enhance zoom power has returned in a Digitimes rumor. Their snippet states that “Relevant people in the South Korean industry said that in order to enhance the optical zoom function of the iPhone, Apple is looking for folding camera technology and patents, and cooperation

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EPOS Expand 80 Speakerphone Will Bring Your Meeting To Order

At the risk of sounding like a stuck vinyl record, Covid-19 has changed the way we work. And those changes are here to stay in many industries. The pandemic has shown that distributed workforces can be productive, so employees don’t need to spend so much of their time traveling to meetings or commuting to work. Of course, that isn’t to say that the traditional office is dead, but there will probably be smaller regional offices in the future rather than the old concrete megalith of a corporate skyscraper. And that can’t be a bad thing, can it?

EPOS is a Danish company specializing in telephony headsets and speakerphones for corporates. It’s part of the Demant Group, a world-leading audio and hearing technology company. EPOS has undertaken research on how the pandemic has changed investment

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Dell And Alienware Gaming Laptop And Desktop Black Friday Deals At Amazon Bring Solid Savings

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The deals keep pouring in, and we’re doing our level best to keep up with them. While building a PC by hand can be a fun and exciting project, sometimes (like right now) components are hard to come by, and buying an off-the-shelf desktop presents itself as a convenient and time-saving method for getting a new system up and running. The folks at Dell and Alienware have a nice selection of PCs on sale for the unofficial shopping holiday, and we’ve got the best ones picked out here. 

Amazon has deals on a pair of Dell G5 Gaming Desktop systems that are a bit lighter on the budget. The first has a Core i5-10400F, 8 GB f system memory, GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER graphics, and a 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD combination for storage. This system is $743.99 at Amazon ($185 off). Amazon also has a deal on

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Fighting space junk: UT, IBM project aims to bring order to orbital chaos – Business – Austin American-Statesman

It’s getting crowded in Earth’s orbital space.

More than half a million man-made objects — ranging from as small as a speck to as large as a school bus — are orbiting the planet at a variety of speeds and paths. Many of those devices are no longer active — space junk, if you will — and only about 26,000 satellites are being tracked.

Still, various governments and private companies have plans to send 20,000 more objects into orbit within the next five years.

Satellites serve a variety of key uses, from national security to keeping the Internet online. But for the most part space traffic — and the resulting debris — is being tracked imperfectly, inconsistently or not at all.

“There are no sort of laws or rules right now in the space. It’s the Wild West. Whoever can put stuff up, it’s yours,” said Naeem Altaf, an Austin-based

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Microsoft could bring Android apps to Windows 10 in 2021

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  • Microsoft is reportedly thinking about adding Android app support to Windows 10.
  • This could potentially come to Windows 10 in 2021 via the Microsoft Store.

It’s already possible to run Android apps on Windows 10 computers thanks to emulators like Bluestacks, but it sounds like Microsoft might cut out the middle man and bring Android app support directly to the platform.

Windows Central journalist Zac Bowden reports that the firm is considering bringing Android apps to Windows in 2021. More specifically, Bowden says it could be coming to the Microsoft Store.

Zac Bowden Windows 10 Android apps

There’s no word on exactly how Microsoft would implement this, and whether it would come to Windows on Arm. The latter certainly makes sense given that the vast majority of Android apps are made with Arm devices in mind.

Many apps such as Gmail, Uber, and others require Google Play Services support though, but it isn’t clear if Microsoft

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