NASA: TESS Space Telescope Completes Primary Planet-Hunting Mission

The TESS spacecraft. NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has completed its primary mission, having spent the last two years scanning the sky for evidence of exoplanets. The satellite wrapped up its mission last month with 66 confirmed exoplanets and… Continue Reading →

NASA’s InSight Mars Lander Reveals What’s Inside the Red Planet

Scientists believe Mars was much more similar to Earth in the distant past, not the dried-up ball of dust it is today. Understanding Mars could help us better understand how planets form, and the NASA InSight mission has the tools… Continue Reading →

President Trump Signs Ban on TikTok, WeChat as Government Declares Hostility Towards Chinese Digital Goods and Services

President Trump has signed an executive order declaring that both TikTok and WeChat will be banned in the United States within 45 days. At the same time, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has released a comprehensive roadmap for denying Chinese… Continue Reading →

Facebook extends coronavirus work from home policy until July 2021

Facebook has joined Google in saying it will allow employees to work from home until the middle of next year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “Based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as decisions drawn… Continue Reading →

Intel’s Alder Lake May Ship in a Wide Range of Confusing Configurations

The reports that Intel’s Alder Lake will be a big.Little (or a big.Bigger CPU, if you use Intel’s parlance) got a boost with a list of coreboot patches that show the various configurations Intel is contemplating. Just because a part… Continue Reading →

ET Deals: $1,000 Off Dell 2020 Vostro 15 7500 Core i7 & Nvidia GTX Laptop, Google Pixel 4A Pre-Order, Apple AirPods w/ Wireless Charging Case $139

Today you can get a highly versatile laptop from Dell with $1,000 marked off the retail price. This system is perfect for work, but it also has a 100 percent sRGB compatible display for editing images and a GPU that’s… Continue Reading →

TikTok says it’s “not planning on going anywhere” in response to pending U.S. ban

TikTok’s U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas has posted a video message to the platform that appears to be a response to reports from Friday that President Trump is working on an effective “ban” of the app in the U.S., a… Continue Reading →

Musk: SpaceX Starship Prototype Could Fly ‘Soon’

SpaceX has a good thing going with the Falcon 9. It has almost perfected landings, allowing it to reuse the boosters, and NASA has certified the Falcon 9 to carry its most important cargo and even astronauts. The company is… Continue Reading →

Study: US adults who mostly rely on social media for news are less informed, exposed to more conspiracies

A new report from Pew Research makes an attempt to better understand U.S. adults who get their news largely from social media platforms, and compare their understanding of current events and political knowledge to those who use other sources, like… Continue Reading →

MIT: ‘Snowball Earth’ Came From Huge Drop in Sunlight

ice sheet. Credit: Stephen Hudson / CC BY 2.5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_Plateau#/media/File:AntarcticaDomeCSnow.jpg The last ice age on Earth ended about 11,000 years ago, but that was just a few flurries compared to so-called Snowball Earth scenarios. Scientists believe Earth experienced several of… Continue Reading →

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