Origami-inspired robot to serve as scout for Mars rovers

Origami-inspired robot to serve as scout for Mars rovers

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is testing a small robot that will likely be used to serve as a scout for Mars rovers in the future.
Origami-inspired Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) is a rugged yet portable robotic machine. It has a lightweight structure, and is capable of tucking its wheels, become flatten, and explore hard-to-reach locations.

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U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

As the two-decade-old International Space Station (ISS) is facing key questions about its future, a key Republican representative has cautioned that long-term sponsorship of the space station could hamper the United States’ goal of sending humans to Mars.

The aging outpost requires the nation to spend $3 to $4 billion annually to maintain its operations. Some partner-nations may also step aside in the coming few years.

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Google Maps’ new tool can help you avoid getting another parking ticket

Google Maps’ new tool can help you avoid getting another parking ticket

Google Maps’ latest version (v9.49 beta) comes equipped with an innovative tool that tells users where their car is parked and how much time is left on the meter, helping them avoid getting another parking ticket.

The Android Police reported that one can access the tool by tapping the blue dot on Google Maps indicating one’s current location. It takes the users to a menu with the option to mark the location of the parking spot.

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Uber president Jeff Jones quits

Uber president Jeff Jones quits

San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc. has confirmed that its President Jeff Jones has resigned from his position, deepening turmoil at the ride-hailing company.

Jones resigned and parted with the company just around seven months after assuming the role. He said he had joined the company because of its mission that would help it mature and thrive long term.

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Monkey, piranha-eating people found to have lowest rates of heart disease

Monkey, piranha-eating people found to have lowest rates of heart disease

The Tsimane people, who live in thatched huts in an isolated corner of Bolivian jungle, have surprisingly the lowest rates of heart disease ever measured in the entire world.

Researchers believe that the secret of the Tsimane people’s lowest rates of heart disease might be in hidden in their unique diet. Their main meal often consists of monkey, capuchins or howlers. They also eat hog-nosed coons, a kind of wild pig called peccary, piranha and catfish.

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Waymo worried that Uber may steal a look at secret court documents

Waymo worried that Uber may steal a look at secret court documents

Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo has expressed concern that Uber Technologies’ internal counsel could steal a look at secret documents that it filed under seal in connection with its lawsuit against the ride-hailing company.

Waymo filed the lawsuit on 23rd of February, alleging that Uber’s laser sensor technology for self-driving cars is based on data stolen by its former engineer Anthony Levandowski, who is now working for Uber.

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Russia begins recruiting cosmonauts for Moon mission

Russia begins recruiting cosmonauts for Moon mission

In a bid to beat the United States in the race to the Moon, Russia has started recruiting cosmonauts for a new moon mission.

Russian space agency Roscosmos has announced an open contest for a team of cosmonauts for piloting the Federatsiya spacecraft which has been designed to be sent to the Moon.

Roscosmos First Deputy Chief Executive Aleksandr Ivanov told reporters, “The selection begins today and it will last till the end of the year. The results will be summarized at the end of December, and a group of six to eight trainees is to be selected.”

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SpaceX awarded $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

SpaceX awarded $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

SpaceX on Tuesday bagged a $96.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to launch a Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite using a Falcon 9 rocket in February 2019.

Last year, the private sector firm won an $82.7 million contract from the Air Force to launch a similar satellite in 2018.

The Air Force wanted a bidding process for the satellite mission. But the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture called ULA decided not to submit a bid, clearing the way for Elon Musk’s firm. However, ULA had previously announced that it was a bidder.

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FDA investigating Vulto cheese-linked listeria outbreak

FDA investigating Vulto cheese-linked listeria outbreak

The U. S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that it has launched an investigation into the most recent multistate outbreak of listeriosis that has been linked to soft raw milk cheese produced by Vulto Creamery.

Vulto Creamery recalled its Heinennellie, Willowemoc, Miranda and Ouleout raw milk cheeses on Tuesday, after at least two deaths and half a dozen hospitalizations were linked to the products. Walton Umber, Andes, Blue Blais and Hamden cheeses are also being recalled.

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Texas representative proposes $100 fine for men who masturbate

Texas representative proposes $100 fine for men who masturbate

A new bill proposed by a Democratic legislator in Texas aims to slap men who masturbate with a fine of $100 and require rectal examination before they get a colonoscopy, a vasectomy or a Viagra prescription.

State Rep. Jessica Farrar’s HB 4260 proposes invasive restrictions on men, including fines for emissions outside a woman’s vagina and requiring storage of the “emissions” for conception in the future.

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