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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A bug in Spider Man: Miles Morales gives us the web-swinging patio lamp hero we deserve

As any avid gamer knows, bugs and glitches are part of the deal. Sometimes they take gameplay to a whole other level, as seems to be the case with Spider Man: Miles Morales where players unexpectedly turned into inanimate objects, including a patio space heater (there’s a probably joke there about great power and great responsibility but we’re above puns at The Verge dot com) (spoiler: we totally are not).

The patio heater incident was weird enough, but it’s not the only strange inanimate object to abruptly replace a player in-game:

It’s possible this Spider-Man glitch may eventually rank up there with the funniest in-game weirdness. There was the bug in Half-Life 2 that left NPCs unable to blink, the numerous oddities including misplaced obelisks in Microsoft Flight Simulator, and of course who can forget the patch for The Sims 4 that caused some of the sims

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Miles College Gets $2 Million In Technology Resources From IBM

FAIRFIELD, AL — Miles College has announced a multi-million dollar collaboration with IBM on a comprehensive program designed to develop diverse and high demand skill sets that align with industry needs and trends for both students and faculty.

IBM and Miles College are building on the need to advance digital skills in education and are dedicated to providing future focused curriculum and educational tools to help train the diverse workforce of tomorrow in fast-growing technologies such as AI, blockchain, data science, cybersecurity, cloud and quantum.

“Miles College celebrates IBM’s leadership in recognizing the value of investing in HBCU students as current and future leaders and innovators in the technology workforce,” said Bobbie Knight, Miles College President. “While the digital divide has historically placed many students at a technological disadvantage, this initiative will absolutely help narrow that gap.”

The collaboration extends IBM’s recent investment in technology, assets, resources and skills development

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Miles Taylor, who came out as ‘Anonymous,’ is out at Google

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Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. 


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Miles Taylor, the former Department of Homeland Security official, has left his job at Google, the company said Thursday. 

Last week, Taylor revealed himself to be “Anonymous,” the unnamed author of a 2018 New York Times opinion essay that caused a stir in Washington, DC. In the essay, he said he was working from inside the administration to protect the country from President Donald Trump. Taylor also said he wrote A Warning, a book critical of Trump that also roiled the beltway.

“We can confirm that Miles is no longer an employee of Google,” a Google spokeswoman said. “He’s been on personal leave since August, and has decided to pursue his other interests outside the company.” BuzzFeed earlier reported the news.

Taylor took his

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Dust travelled thousands of miles to enrich Hawaiian soils

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With its warm weather and sandy beaches, Hawaii is a magnet for tourists every year. This unique ecosystem also attracts soil scientists interested in what surprises may lie beneath their feet.


In a recent paper published in Geoderma, European researchers outline how they used the rich soils of Hawaii to study the critical movement of phosphorous through the environment. By better understanding the amount and type of phosphorus in the soil, they can help crops become more successful and maintain the health of our ecosystems for years to come.

The project was led by Agroscope scientist Dr. Julian Helfenstein, Prof. Emmanuel Frossard with the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich; and Dr. Christian Vogel, a researcher at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin.

The team used the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan to help analyze the different types

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As Border Wall Nears 400 Miles, Twitter Locks Out Border Patrol Chief For Hailing Barrier

KEY POINTS

  • The CBP Commissioner’s Twitter account allegedly violated the platform’s policies
  • Morgan celebrated the 400th mile of the completed wall in Texas
  • The ban came as senators question the social media platform’s content moderation policies

A Trump administration border official has been locked out of Twitter after promoting the 400 miles of wall at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on Thursday. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan tweeted a photo of the construction of the wall with the caption, “Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators, and drugs from entering our country. It’s a fact, walls work,” The Federalist reported. 

The border wall is one the most notable and divisive projects of the Trump administration. In 2016, the president unveiled plans to build the 450-mile wall by the end of 2020. 

Morgan’s Twitter account was suspended for violating the platform’s policies on hate speech

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Trump Still Miles Ahead of Biden in Social Media Engagement

President Trump has made his war on Big Tech a central piece of his re-election campaign. For months, he has accused Facebook and Twitter of attempting to rig the election by silencing criticism about his rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and called for new regulations to rein in Silicon Valley giants.

But Mr. Trump is far from muzzled online. In fact, in recent weeks, he has widened his social media engagement lead over Mr. Biden.

In the past 30 days, Mr. Trump’s official Facebook page has gotten 130 million reactions, shares and comments, compared with 18 million for Mr. Biden’s page, according to data from CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned data platform. That is significantly larger than the engagement gap for the preceding 30-day period, when Mr. Trump got 86 million interactions to Mr. Biden’s 10 million.

Mr. Trump trounced Mr. Biden on Instagram, too, getting 60 million likes

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