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Hitting the Books: Elon Musk and the quest to build a better rocket engine

Putting people safely into orbit is no small feat, especially without the seemingly limitless R&D budgets afforded to national space programs. However that has done little to dissuade a new generation of the private spaceflight companies from looking to the heavens above and thinking, “yeah, I can get up there, no sweat.” In Liftoff: Elon …

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These modern-day treasure hunters reunite people with lost heirlooms

Whether it’s a family heirloom that’s been passed down for generations or a brand new engagement ring, losing a treasured piece of jewelry can feel like losing a piece of yourself. That’s why former professional soccer player and lifelong metal detecting enthusiast, Christopher Turner, established The Ring Finders, a directory of like-minded altruistic treasure hunters …

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What it takes to get a job building robotic Mars explorers for NASA

After a thankfully uneventful seven-month journey, NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is set to safely reach the Red Planet and insert itself into orbit on Thursday ahead of deploying the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter prototype that it’s been toting down to the planet’s surface in search for evidence of ancient microbial life. However, this expedition …

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I let an AI analyze my Spotify to find unsigned bands I might like

Andrson is a company with a music-matching algorithm designed to find songs that sound similar to ones you’ve already heard. Its product is, for now, aimed at making it easier for music labels to find would-be stars, but that’s not the only thing it’s useful for. Today, the company is launching ReWrapped, which analyzes your …

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Our favorite films and VR experiences at Sundance 2021

Here’s what we’ve learned from covering the 2021 Sundance: Virtual film festivals can be awkward, but it’s still an absolute rush to get an early look at some of the year’s most interesting films. And unlike most other film events, Sundance also invested heavily in virtual reality, giving anyone with a VR headset the ability …

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Cadillac’s upcoming Celestiq flagship EV has a tint-shifting smart roof

GM has high hopes for its upcoming Cadillac Celestiq sedan, slated for release in 2023. The flagship EV is being built to help the brand recapture its reign as “the Standard of the World.” As such, it’s expected to arrive packed to the gills with cutting edge, futuristic technology including an all-glass roof that can …

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After Math: 24-hour PogChamps and 56-inch ‘Hyperscreens’

So, wild week huh. Probably not how most of us had hoped to start the new year off, but hey, it didn’t really pan out for the president either what with Twitter and Facebook having finally suspended Donald Trump’s social media accounts. And as if that wasn’t crisis enough, a whole bunch of other things …

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A workout-at-home service report card

There are plenty of ways to start getting fit in the new year, but 2020 ushered in the era of the at-home workout service. While companies like Peloton and Daily Burn have been delivering live and on-demand exercise videos to smartphones and smart TVs for some time, quarantine restrictions led many more people to choose …

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Everything we know about Samsung’s Galaxy S21 so far

2020 is thankfully in the rearview mirror, which means — among other things — a year of new hardware to look forward to. While we’d normally have to wait a little longer for news of high-profile smartphone launches, 2021 is already shaping up to be a little different. For whatever reason, Samsung is planning to …

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Modeling the bizarre remnants of a supernova

When stars of a certain large size and energy run out of fuel, the result is a supernova explosion that can be spotted with the naked eye just once in a lifetime. Some leave behind a relatively spherical supernova remnant. However, others expand within dense clouds of gas and dust, so the leftover shells can …

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