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Rocket Lab mission fails shortly after launch

Rocket Lab Rocket Lab’s 13th Electron launch has ended in disaster. The company reported that its “Pics Or It Didn’t Happen” mission failed during the second stage burn about four minutes into the flight, resulting in the loss of both the rocket as well as the seven satellites aboard. It’s not clear what went wrong, …

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Watch Rocket Lab launch a Canon satellite into space at 5:19PM ET

Rocket Lab Public fireworks shows may be in short supply this weekend due to the pandemic, but Rocket Lab is ready to fill the gap. It’s planning to launch its 13th mission, “Pics Or It Didn’t Happen,” from a complex on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 5:19PM Eastern with a livestream (below) available 15 minutes …

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Human Interface: What (almost) every button in an F-15C fighter’s cockpit does

Video directed by Morgan Crossley, edited by Ron Douglas and Brady Jackson. Motion graphics by Brady Jackson and Dylan Blau. Click here for transcript. Welcome to the pilot episode of “Human Interface,” a new series we’re kicking off wherein we take you up close and personal with complex systems and have an expert explain what all …

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PlayStation 2 can play homebrew games by using DVD player exploits

Junko Kimura/Getty Images The PlayStation 2 is over 20 years old, but it’s still difficult to hack if you want to run homebrew games without tweaking the hardware. You usually need to install a modchip, buy a specially-configured memory card or even pry the system open to block the disc reader’s sensors. However, it might …

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‘Crash Bandicoot 4’ will be revealed tomorrow at 11AM ET

Toys for Bob/Activision The Crash Bandicoot series is finally getting a modern sequel — not a remaster or a kart racer. Toys for Bob and Activision have announced that they’re revealing Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time on June 22nd at 11AM Eastern, including a stream at Summer Game Fest. The teaser video doesn’t say …

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Europol Busts $17M Illegal Media Streaming Business Dealing in Cryptos

In a recent investigation, European police busted a major illegal online streaming business that had reportedly been running for the past five years. Bloomberg reported that the police conducted 15 house searches, arresting 11 people and successfully taking down 50 servers across nine countries. The European law enforcement agency Europol claimed to have found cryptocurrencies, …

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New 3D printing technique could make shapeshifting robots more practical

It just got a little easier to create soft robots that adapt to the world around them. Rice University researchers have developed a 3D printing technique (they call it “4D”) for material that automatically changes to an alternate shape when subjected to an electric current, changes in temperature or simple stress. The team produced a …

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Bungie will reveal the ominous future of ‘Destiny 2’ on June 9th

Sponsored Links Bungie It’s about that time of the year when Bungie reveals the next major Destiny 2 update, and it’s clear that there are big updates in store. The studio has posted a private Instagram video that teases a reveal for the “next chapter” of Destiny 2 on June 9th at 12PM Eastern. There’s …

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Hacked NES Power Glove controls a modular synth with finger wriggles

Sponsored Links Look Mum No Computer, YouTube Never mind controlling a modular synth by twiddling knobs. If one modder has his way, one of Nintendo’s legendary controllers is the way of the future. Look Mum No Computer (aka Sam Battle) has hacked an NES Power Glove into a gesture controller for his modular synth setup. …

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‘Serious Sam 4’ arrives on PC and Stadia in August

You won’t have to wait too much longer for a Serious Sam revival. Croteam and Devolver Digital have announced that Serious Sam 4 will be available on PC and Google Stadia sometime in August. Consoles will be a no-show at launch due to a Stadia exclusive, Devolver told Kotaku. However, the publisher told Engadget that …

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