Watching SpaceX’s historic relaunch and landing of a used rocket

Watching SpaceX’s historic relaunch and landing of a used rocket

Watching SpaceX’s historic relaunch and landing of a used rocket

Even Elon Musk was speechless – well, for a moment. Last night SpaceX launched and successfully landed an orbital rocket that had already flown once before: a first in space history.

I was one of the few hundred people who had travelled by bus to the Saturn V Center, part of Kennedy Space Center in Florida, to watch SpaceX attempt to deliver on the promise of reusable rockets. Benches were set up facing the strip of water that separated viewers from the fury of the nine engines powering SpaceX’s flagship rocket — the Falcon 9.

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Can the OnePlus 5 be a hit with a higher price?

Can the OnePlus 5 be a hit with a higher price?

Can the OnePlus 5 be a hit with a higher price?

The summer months are usually a time when the smartphone industry takes a bit of a breather in terms of announcing new flagship devices. That may not be the case for the summer of 2017. In addition to rumors that Android co-founder Andy Rubin could launch his mysterious “Essential” phone during that time period, OnePlus has admitted its next flagship phone, the OnePlus 5, is due for a launch sometime in the summer.

The rumored hardware specs for the OnePlus 5 point towards a phone that can compete with devices like the LG G6, the HTC U11 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. However, one of the mainstays of the OnePlus lineup is that it offers phones that have cheaper price points than its competition. In a recent article about the OnePlus 5, we found out, via unnamed sources, that the starting price for the phone could be as high as $650 when it launches (even if we doubt it would be that high).

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Backwards asteroid shares an orbit with Jupiter without crashing

Backwards asteroid shares an orbit with Jupiter without crashing

Backwards asteroid shares an orbit with Jupiter without crashing

THERE’S an asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit around the sun that’s going in the opposite direction – and it may have been doing so for more than a million years.

Object 2015 BZ509 was discovered in 2015 and is the only asteroid we know of that shares a planet’s orbital space while moving in the opposite direction. Paul Wiegert at the University of Western Ontario in Canada and his colleagues have now examined it to see why it doesn’t crash head-on into Jupiter.

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Phone sensors can save lives by revealing what floor you are on

Phone sensors can save lives by revealing what floor you are on

Phone sensors can save lives by revealing what floor you are on

KNOWING the location of an emergency caller can be a matter of life and death. But sometimes those seeking help are too panicked to speak clearly or don’t know where they are. Some callers don’t feel it is safe to speak at all and simply call 999 or 911 in silence.

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Amazon Echo gets a 50% discount for Prime Day 2017

Amazon Echo gets a 50% discount for Prime Day 2017

Amazon Echo gets a 50% discount for Prime Day 2017

Amazon Prime Day 2017 officially kicks off tonight, and some of the first big discounts available will be for the company’s own Echo and Echo Dot devices. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one of these smart speakers, now is definitely the time.

Starting tonight at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET, the Amazon Echo will be available for only $89.99 (£79.99 in the UK), while the Echo Dot will be discounted to $34.99 (£34.99). When the time comes, head to the links attached below to grab these Echo products at their discounted price points:

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RIP: Remix OS Is Discontinued

RIP: Remix OS Is Discontinued

RIP: Remix OS Is Discontinued

Short Bytes: Remix OS, the Android operating system for the desktop, has decided to discontinue all its current offerings to the consumers. Jide, the makers of Remix OS, have said that they’re planning to explore possibilities in the enterprises. They’ve also promised to issue the refund to all the Kickstarter backers.

Over the course of past few years, we have written many times about 

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Spiders reset body clocks to avoid 5-hour jet-lag every day

Spiders reset body clocks to avoid 5-hour jet-lag every day

Spiders reset body clocks to avoid 5-hour jet-lag every day

SOME species of spider have such short biological clocks it is as if they are jet-lagged by more than 5 hours every morning. Yet they seem to feel no ill effects.

Orb-weaver spiders build webs to catch prey. They are active at night, building a fresh web during the pre-dawn hours. To study their rhythms, Darrell Moore of East Tennessee State University and his team recorded the activity patterns of different orb-weaver species. The spiders were placed in glass tubes in darkness and monitored by infrared sensors.

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