SpaceX on Tuesday launched and landed a vehicle called SN5, which is a full-scale prototype of a planned Mars rocket ship called Starship.
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump wrongfully appeared to take credit for the privately developed vehicle's creation or launch.
Trump also shared falsehoods about NASA, which spaceflight experts pointed out and corrected.
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SpaceX on Tuesday night launched an early prototype of a Starship rocket hundreds of feet into the air, hovered it across the beachside launch site, and then landed it on a concrete pad.
The full-scale vehicle, called Starship SN5 (for serial number 5), looked more like a flying grain silo or beer can than an early version of a Mars-bound rocket. Still, the feat represents a key step toward SpaceX founder Elon Musk's dream of creating a fully reusable space vehicle that can reach, return from, and help populate the Red Planet.
In Wednesday tweet rife with falsehoods, US President Donald Trump reshared a NASASpaceFlight video of SN5's flight — and appeared to take credit for SpaceX's flight by insinuating it was part of a NASA program.
"NASA was Closed & Dead until I got it going again. Now it is the most vibrant place of its kind on the Planet...And we have Space Force to go along with it. We have accomplished more than any Administration in first 3 1/2 years. Sorry, but it all doesn't happen with Sleepy Joe!" Trump claimed.
After the tweet, numerous spaceflight journalists and industry experts pointed out that Trump was far from the mark.
Jeff Foust, a Space News senior writer and aerospace analyst who's followed the industry for decades, tweeted the following response to the president's claims:
"Fact check:- NASA was neither closed nor dead at the start of the current administration.- Many recent NASA successes have their origins in prior administrations.- The Starship test the president is retweeting has nothing to do with NASA; it's a private effort by SpaceX."
Per Foust's first point, NASA has been operating continuously since its creation on October 1, 1958.
With his second bullet point, Foust was referring to spaceflight commercialization work by the Bush and Obama administrations that preceded Trump by more than a decade. In 2004, President George W. Bush started a commercial cargo-spaceship development program at NASA. The goal was to bolster cargo transportation capabilities to the International Space Station ahead of the 2011 retirement of NASA's space shuttle program.
That effort, which funded SpaceX to develop an uncrewed vehicle called Dragon, preceded and informed a follow-on NASA effort called Commercial Crew. President Barack Obama first funded the program in 2009 and authorized funding until he left office in 2016. That funding enabled SpaceX (and Boeing) to develop a crewed vehicle.
That effort culminated in SpaceX's most recent achievement: resurrecting crewed spaceflight from American soil. Specifically, the company leaned on $2.7 billion, most of which was awarded by 2014, to develop its Crew Dragon spaceship. The vehicle launched in May with two astronauts on board and landed in August, successfully completing its first spaceflight with people.
"This does a disservice to the nearly 17,000 dedicated women and men of @NASA," Phil Larson, a former SpaceX employee, tweeted in response to Trump's claims.
SpaceX has some funding and assistance from NASA for Starship development, such as orbital refilling of fuel tanks. The company also was awarded a $100 million contract to develop a Starship moon-landing system.
However, to date SpaceX has predominantly and privately raised hundreds of millions of dollars to fund Starship's development. Musk has also ordered many of the rocket company's thousands of employees to prioritize the vehicle's development effort at SpaceX's commercial launch site in Boca Chica, Texas — a private, non-governmental facility.
The Biden campaign declined to comment on the matter and instead provided a prior statement from the Democratic candidate about the splashdown of Demo-2, congratulating those involved.
Spokespeople for the White House and SpaceX did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider. A NASA spokesperson said the agency is looking into the matter. SEE ALSO: 3 Apollo astronauts say they support Trump's plan to land people on the moon — but NASA would need to make two big changes
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As with most recent product introductions, Samsung’s latest product launch is going to be entirely virtual this year, but it still promises to be a really big show. The event will start at 10AM ET / 7AM PT on Wednesday, August 5th.
While the spotlight is certainly going to be on Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 20 phone, the company is promising to present us with five new products at this event. The latest rumors are that, besides the Note 20, the new devices include a tablet, smartwatch, true wireless earbuds, and (you guessed it) a foldable smartphone.
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Democratic Senator Ron Wyden slammed Trump for withdrawing an FCC commissioner's renomination and accused him of "working the refs," in an interview with The Verge.
The White House abruptly pulled its nomination of MIchael O'Rielly to serve another term as FCC commissioner following his criticism of Trump's executive order taking aim at social media platforms.
Wyden co-authored Section 230, which granted legal protections to internet companies, helping pave the way for the modern internet and, more recently, drawing the ire of Trump and other lawmakers.
"This is a colossal Constitutional mess," Wyden said of the order, which experts have called legally dubious.
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In an interview with The Verge this week, Sen. Ron Wyden, a key voice in Congress on internet policy issues, accused President Donald Trump of "working the refs, bullying the tech companies, and forcing Twitter and other platforms to print his lies."
In a surprising move Monday evening, the Trump administration withdrew its nomination of Michael O'Rielly, a Republican, to serve another term as one of the five commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission.
Wyden called the administration's reversal a "disaster" and warned that pushing nominees to the FCC — an independent agency — who only swear loyalty to the president could cause the agency to lose "any sense of independence," according to The Verge.
"One nomination after another is brought up, and the litmus test is: will the nominee do exactly what the president of the United States wants to do on any given issue at any particular moment?" Wyden told The Verge.
The Trump administration pulled O'Rielly's nomination just days after he expressed concerns about the FCC regulating how social media companies moderate content on their platforms, which Trump's controversial executive order seeks to do by empowering regulators to curb the companeies' legal protections.
"The First Amendment protects us from limits on speech imposed by the government — not private actors — and we should all reject demands, in the name of the First Amendment, for private actors to curate or publish speech in a certain way," O'Rielly said during a virtual event hosted by The Media Institute.
"Like it or not, the First Amendment's protections apply to corporate entities, especially when they engage in editorial decision making," he said.
Trump issued the executive order — which specifically named Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube — in May after Twitter fact-checked his tweets falsely claiming that mail-in ballots lead to voter fraud, alleging that the platforms are biased against him and conservative viewpoints.
The order directs federal regulators, including the FCC, to review, and ultimately curtail, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives social media companies broad legal authority to moderate speech on their platforms.
Legal and tech policy experts said the order was legally dubious and wouldn't hold up in court. (It is already facing one such legal challenge).
"The First Amendment protects Twitter from Trump. It does not protect Trump from Twitter," Ashkhen Kazaryan, the director of civil liberties at the libertarian think tank TechFreedom told Business Insider's Sonam Sheth and Ashley Gold.
Wyden, one of the co-authors of Section 230 — which is widely credited with enabling the growth of today's internet platforms — also slammed Trump's order.
"This is a deeply flawed idea. Beyond the fact that this is a colossal Constitutional mess, I don't think even Donald Trump believes he's going to be able to get away with this," Wyden told The Verge.
Trump isn't alone in his dislike of Section 230, however. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have ramped up their criticisms of Section 230 in recent months, but for very different reasons.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has also called for Section 230 to be revoked, citing platforms' reluctance to enforce their policies against misinformation and hate speech, arguing the current law disincentivizes them from taking action because they're not held liable for content published by users.
Republicans, in particular Sen. Josh Hawley, have pushed to get rid of Section 230 protections in an effort to combat what they claim is anti-conservative bias by social media companies. Lawsuits alleging such bias have been largely rejected by courts, also on the grounds that the First Amendment doesn't apply to private companies.SEE ALSO: Twitter could be facing an FTC fine of up to $250 million over allegations that it violated an agreement over user data privacy
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Google’s next budget phone, the Pixel 4A, is likely just days away from going on sale. The company has posted a teaser on its online store, saying that “the Google just what you’ve been waiting for phone” will be revealed on August 3rd. 9to5Google spotted the page.
Indeed, the wait for the sequel to last year’s Pixel 3A has gone longer than expected. In May, Google canceled its I/O developer conference, expected to mark the Pixel 4A’s announcement, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But earlier this month, the device turned up on Google’s website after the company mistakenly posted an image to its store. That was the first real hint that the 4A is really, actually coming soon — and now Google has confirmed that it’s less than a week away.
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The 2019-20 NBA season will officially resume on July 30 with a doubleheader on TNT, and the league will air 16 scrimmages on NBA TV between July 22 and July 28.
Twenty-two NBA teams have been quarantined at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, giving them a chance to complete this year's season and compete for a championship.
The 2020 NBA Playoffs are set to begin August 17, while the 2020 NBA Finals will begin September 30.
NBA regular season games will be broadcast on several channels, including NBA TV, ESPN, TNT, and ABC.
To watch NBA games without a cable provider, we recommend subscribing to a live TV streaming service, like AT&T TV, Sling TV, Hulu TV, or YouTube TV.
The coronavirus pandemic brought the NBA to a sudden halt on March 11 when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. At the time, teams were more than 60 games into the 82-game season and preparing for the playoffs.
Four months later, hundreds of NBA players, coaches, and staff have quarantined themselves at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, for the NBA Restart, giving 22 of the league's 30 teams an opportunity to complete the season and win the 2020 NBA Finals.
As of July 20, the NBA reported that none of the 346 players in the NBA Restart "bubble" had tested positive for coronavirus. However, ongoing family concerns, injuries, and logistical issues could still keep some players from joining their teams for the NBA Restart, and the league is allowing players to leave and re-enter the bubble for serious matters, with permission.
NBA Restart scrimmages are exclusive to NBA TV and NBA League Pass
The NBA began airing scrimmage games from the restart bubble on NBA TV and NBA League Pass on July 22 and will air a total of 16 games before July 28. Schedule and scrimmage times are available on NBA.com, though only about half of the 33 scrimmages will be broadcast.
If you're not an NBA TV cable subscriber, you can pay $20 for NBA TV streaming for the rest of the season, or $5.99 for a single game.
NBA regular season games will resume on July 30 on NBA TV, ESPN, TNT, ABC, and local stations.
The 2019-20 NBA season will resume with a doubleheader on July 30. The Utah Jazz will play the New Orleans Pelicans and the LA Clippers will play the Los Angeles Lakers, with both games airing on TNT.
All 22 teams in the NBA Restart bubble will play eight seeding games to determine which 16 teams make this year's playoffs. Seeding games will be played daily through Friday, August 14. The NBA has posted exact schedule information for the games through August 12, including times and available stations. August 15 and 16 will remain open for potential playoff play-in games, if two or more teams are tied in the standings at the end of the regular season.
Select games will be broadcast on ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV. Local affiliate stations will still have broadcast rights to their team's seeding games. For streaming access to NBA games, we recommend using a live TV streaming service, like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV, and YouTube TV.
Of those options, AT&T TV Choice and YouTube TV both include access to ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV. Each service costs $64.99 a month.
Meanwhile, Hulu + Live TV includes access to ESPN, ABC, and TNT for $54.99 a month. With that said, Hulu + Live does not offer NBA TV. Finally, Sling TV Orange with the Sports Extra add-on offers access to ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV for $40 a month. ABC, however, is not included with Sling TV.
The NBA Playoffs will start August 17, with the NBA Finals beginning September 30
The NBA Playoffs will begin on August 17, using the standard NBA playoff format. Each seven game playoff series will be played on a shorter schedule than past years, meaning players have less time to rest between games.
The NBA will post dates, times, and network information for playoff games once the playoff bracket and first round matchups are confirmed. The NBA Finals are scheduled to begin on September 30th, and the last possible date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals is October 13, 2020.
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TLDR: The SmartRope is what happens when even your jump rope connects to the web — and it’s all about your health…with some random coolness as well. When your grandmother picked up a jump rope and went out to go play in the yard last century, you have to think she probably didn’t expect that one day, her favorite toy would be part of a technology-driven workout regimen governed by linked devices all over the world. Of course, few saw the internet coming — and just as few would have thought that a few feet of rope might be electronically… This story continues at The Next Web
The electric car segment grows almost monthly, and the cars in it are more compelling than they've ever been.
And they're all SUVs and trucks, save for the upcoming Cadillac Celestiq.
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Yesterday, a new iPhone cable leaked. Woah, hold on, don’t leave. Basically, it’s rumored the iPhone 12 won’t come with a crappy plastic wire. Oh no. Instead, we’re going to get a new braided iPhone cable with USB-C to Lightning connections. You can pump your fists in excitement now. And, also, because you’re very nice, here’s a photo of it: iPhone 12 series will be equipped with USB-C to Lightning braided data cable (via. 充电头网) pic.twitter.com/mla5HCKGRU — DuanRui (@duanrui1205) July 14, 2020 This is another part of Apple’s overall plan of removing the charger from the box of the iPhone 12 —… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone
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But does the calcium get into the cells that need it?But now, Prof. DONG Wenfei's research group from the Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (SIBET) has developed a new type of fluorescent carbon dot that can effectively detect calcium levels in cells.Calcium ions regulate a variety of important cellular functions such as differentiation, proliferation, growth and gene transcription.Other studies have also shown that abnormal changes in intracellular Ca2+ concentration are associated with the occurrence and development of Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and Alzheimer's disease.Conventional methods for calcium ion detection such as atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) require expensive equipment and tedious sample preparation, limiting their applications in intracellular detection.As a new fluorescent probe, carbon dots (CDs) have been widely used in ion and small-molecule detection due to their extraordinary performance, which includes water solubility, excellent stability, nontoxicity, adjustable fluorescence and high quantum yield.
With the Xiaomi CC9 Pro/Xiaomi Mi Note 10 released, Xiaomi fans are already looking forward to the next flagship.As of now, there is nothing concrete on Xiaomi’s next flagship.However, we can safely say that we are expecting the Xiaomi Mi 10 as well as the Xiaomi Mi MIX 4.Now, netizens are already making suggestions for these flagships and Xiaomi has “received” the suggestions.Today, a Xiaomi fan commented on Zhang Guoquan’s (director of Xiaomi’s system software department) Weibo post “Can Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi MIX 4 display do something faster?”.This comment got huge positive reactions from netizens and Zhang Guoquan himself had to reply “Received”.
Some may even harbor life.Over 99 percent of these alien worlds remain undiscovered — but this is about to change.TESS — orbiting Earth every 13.7 days — and ground-based telescopes are poised to find hundreds of planets over the next few years.We are members of the planet-hunting Project EDEN, which also supports TESS’s work.This slight wobble was found in measurements collected by a large, international group of astronomers from data taken with multiple ground-based telescopes.NASA’s TESS mission launched in April 2018 to hunt for other broadly Earth-sized planets, but with a different method.
As China continues its efforts to lead the world’s electric vehicle (EV) development, late-mover Toyota is formalizing an alliance with Chinese automaker BYD it had announced in July as it aims to capture a wider portion of the country’s still-nascent market.Why it matters: Toyota is looking to play catch-up in the global acceleration toward electric cars, a segment where the Japanese auto giant had largely kept quiet for years.With a focus on conventional hybrid vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell technologies, Toyota revealed no electrified vehicle plans until late 2017, when the company set a target to sell 5.5 million “electrified vehicles” by 2030, including more than 1 million all-electric vehicles and fuel-cell cars.The automaker in June this year fast-forwarded that goal to 2025, citing a surge in popularity for the auto technology.Details: Toyota and BYD on Thursday announced they have agreed to form a 50-50 joint venture to develop and produce Toyota-branded battery electric vehicles and related parts for the Chinese market.The JV will be set up in 2020, and staffed by engineers and employees currently involved in related research and development work from the two companies.
Internet freedom declined for a ninth consecutive year as governments around the world used social media to monitor citizens and manipulate elections, according to a new study that warned of creeping "digital authoritarianism."Thirty-three of the 65 countries surveyed were found to have experienced worsening internet freedom since June 2018, compared with 16 that were found to have improving conditions.The study, conducted by Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights advocacy, said domestic disinformation had grown as a threat to democracy with populist leaders and their online supporters using the internet to distort political discussions.The organization found domestic interference in 26 of the 30 countries that held elections over the past year."Internet freedom is increasingly imperiled by the tools and tactics of digital authoritarianism," according to the report."Repressive regimes, elected incumbents with authoritarian ambitions, and unscrupulous partisan operatives have exploited the unregulated spaces of social media platforms, converting them into instruments of political distortion and societal control."
Ford has revealed some of its upgraded trucks that will be on display at the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA) on November 5-8.Most of the upgrades are geared toward outdoorsy people, with the exception of the Tjin Edition Ford Ranger, which was lowered to a "street-ready stance.""The automotive aftermarket space continues to grow at a tremendous pace from powerful street machines to the latest trends in overlanding and off-road," Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories Global Director Eric Cin said in a statement.The upgraded truck has stronger bumpers, a skid plate to shield its underbelly, rock sliders to protect the chassis, and Ford Performance features.There's also an aluminum tray bed with a canopy, a tent, and a 50-quart refrigerator.The tent, stove, and first-aid kit make the truck outdoor-ready.
"...not nearly as bad as last year's shitshow" is all we could ask for.
Phages are highly host-?specific and will typically only infect and kill an individual species or even subspecies of bacteria.This ability to target only disease-?causing bacteria has led to phages being seen as potential "magic bullets" in the fight against bacterial infections, especially against bacteria that have developed antibiotic resistance.Not only does this approach limit the chances of phage therapy becoming a standardized treatment option, but also finding a phage, or combination of phages, for every infection becomes a time-?consuming and labor-?intensive task.Until now, phages had to be first isolated from their natural environment, tested against the bacterial strain(s) in question, and - most importantly - have their genomes sequenced to ensure they are safe for use in humans.Under the direction of Samuel Kilcher, an "Ambizione" fellow funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, researchers from the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) at ETH Zurich have genetically reprogrammed phages to produce synthetic phages that recognize and attack a broader range of bacterial strains beyond their natural host."Using X-?ray crystallography, we cracked the atomic structure of the first receptor binding protein from a Listeria phage, providing the structural blueprint for re-?engineering our phages," says lead author Matthew Dunne.
Getting dozens of celebrities to meet in the same room at the same time isn’t easy.In 2008, an hour-long telethon dedicated to raising funds for cancer research hosted by Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), then a relatively new nonprofit organization, attracted a host of boldface names: Christina Applegate, Lance Armstrong, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and Patrick Swayze, all of whom had been diagnosed with cancer, as well as musicians like Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Fergie and Carrie Underwood, who together performed a song written especially for the occasion called “Just Stand Up.” Even then-presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama made an appearance via taped messages discussing how they’d tackle the issue of cancer in the Oval Office.Stand Up to Cancer got all three major broadcast networks—ABC, CBS and NBC—to agree to air the special simultaneously, a rare occurrence in TV.The event ultimately raised $100 million and became a biannual tradition.Stand Up to Cancer’s televised events, held every other September, still draw the same level of celebrity involvement.Last year’s telethon, SU2C’s sixth, was attended by nearly 60 celebrities.