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Bold Space Mission To Bring Back Rocks From Mars Takes Shape

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sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: In just over 1 decade, a small capsule shaped like a flying saucer could blaze in from space and smash into an empty Utah desert. Its payload would be momentous: less than 1 kilogram of rocks gathered on Mars. After years as a dream, Mars sample return is now a $7 billion plan, devised jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). It is a complicated plan, involving three heavy rocket launches from Earth, two rovers, the first ever rocket launch from another planet, and a daring space rendezvous between a sample container and a spacecraft that would ferry it back to Earth. The first element, NASA's Mars 2020 rover, is nearly built and ready for launch next summer. And now, NASA and the Europeans are close to finalizing the plans to bring the samples collected by Mars 2020 home, with ESA likely to commit funding to the work at a meeting later this month.

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Tesla Cybertruck: Here's how to order Elon's crazy new truck - Roadshow

CNET News - 3 hours 15 min ago
Elon Musk's insane-looking electric pickup can be reserved for $100 and production is promised in late 2021. Are you in?

AT&T's next 5G network is going live in December, but don't expect big jumps in speed - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 6 min ago
Consumers will finally be able to use AT&T's 5G network, but the initial service won't be much better than what you get with 4G.

The Tesla Cybertruck puts an ATV in its bed - Roadshow

CNET News - 4 hours 46 min ago
The new Cybertruck can be had with an accompanying ATV.

Tesla ATV revealed, can charge in Cybertruck's bed - Roadshow

CNET News - 5 hours 26 sec ago
In addition to the hotly anticipated Cybertruck, Tesla showed off a brand-new all-terrain vehicle.

Tesla Cybertruck is like nothing else - Roadshow

CNET News - 5 hours 1 min ago
If you thought current pickup trucks could use a styling boost, this is the one for you.

Elon Musk Unveils 'Cybertruck' Electric Pickup Truck

SlashDot - 5 hours 7 min ago
At an event in Los Angeles, California, Elon Musk unveiled the company's first electric pickup truck, called the Cybertruck. The design is unlike any other vehicle on the road today, consisting of a stainless steel alloy body that is dent-resistant, scratch-resistant, and sledgehammer proof, as evident by the onstage demo. (The glass is stronger than standard car glass, but sadly it didn't survive the sledgehammer test.) The truck will come in three versions with 250-500 miles of range, depending on the model. It will start at $39,900 for the Single Motor RWD configuration and can be pre-ordered today for $100. According to Musk, the Cybertruck has pretty much the same dimensions as every other pickup on the market today. It's 231.7 inches long, 79.8 inches wide, 75.0 inches tall and can seat six people. Where it differs is in the performance. Musk claims the Cybertruck can reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds before continuing through the quarter-mile marker in under 11 seconds. It can also tow up to 14,000 pounds and carry 3,500-pound cargo in its industry-standard 6.5-foot bed. Here are some close-up shots of the Cybertruck (via our Twitter page):

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Tesla Cybertruck electrifies the truck segment - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2019-11-21 23:45
Tesla's next entry isn't a car at all, it's a pickup truck, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before.

Finland Has an App Showing Shopping's True Carbon Footprint

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-11-21 22:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Unlike other carbon-footprint calculators already on the market, the application developed by Enfuce Financial Services Oy, a Finnish payment services provider, does not rely on users inputting the data manually. Instead, it combines data from credit cards and banks with purchase data from retailers to provide real-time calculations of how a given product affects the climate. With an estimated 70% of carbon emissions globally attributed to end users, Enfuce chairman and co-founder Monika Liikamaa says the app will help people adapt their lifestyles and make them compatible with the goal of keeping global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius. After the initial set up and opt-in, the app will calculate a carbon footprint based on the user's purchases -- to the level of individual steaks or tomatoes. It will then propose actions to reduce their carbon impact. Typical suggestions may include taking a shorter shower, hopping on the bus instead of the car, turning down the thermostat and going vegan for a week. The app is a side project for Enfuce, which already handles sensitive payments data securely. Its core business is to run credit card systems for clients that do not require owning expensive computer servers. Enfuce is in talks with three major banks and is already working with Mastercard Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.'s cloud-server unit. No vendor will have exclusive rights to the system, which should be available by March, the company said.

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Three supermassive black holes found at center of unusual, smashed galaxy - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-11-21 22:17
A "buy two, get one free" deal on supermassive black holes at NGC 6240.

2020 Audi S8 mixes big power with big luxury and a bigger price tag - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2019-11-21 22:14
With the engine from the RS 7 and RS 6 Avant, plus all the luxury features in Audi's considerable arsenal, the S8 means business.

Scientists Can Now Identify Someone From a Single Strand of Hair

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-11-21 21:02
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: A new forensic technique could have criminals -- and some prosecutors -- tearing their hair out: Researchers have developed a method they say can identify a person from as little as 1 centimeter of a single strand of hair -- and that is eight times more sensitive than similar protein analysis techniques. If the new method ever makes it into the courtroom, it could greatly expand the ability to identify the people at the scene of a crime. To get reliable data from hair, forensic scientists previously needed DNA from skin still attached to hair follicles. But recent technologies have instead analyzed proteins in the hair itself, like keratin. Because the sequences of amino acids in proteins vary slightly from person to person based on their genetic code, this information can be used to identify people with a high degree of accuracy without DNA. The catch? Most methods require several steps of grinding and heating the hair, which destroys much of the protein. And scientists might not always detect enough variation in the remaining proteins to make a confident identification. To get more proteins for analysis, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) did away with the grinding and developed a method with only one step: heating the hair in detergent solution. When the researchers used mass spectrometry analysis to find out what they had extracted from the dissolved hair, they found they recovered more proteins -- and their subunits, peptides -- than with other extraction techniques. They also identified a dozen new protein building blocks called genetically variant peptides (GVPs) that differ among individuals. These new GVPs join thousands of others in NIST's library of peptide sequences. GPVs aren't yet used to identify people in criminal cases -- but could be in the future. There are still some drawbacks with this new method. "To get enough material to build a profile, scientists need 1 day or more, as well as extensive experience with sophisticated protein analysis techniques," the report says. "In addition, no identification method based on genetically variant peptides in hair proteins has been used in court. There are still a lot of questions to be answered before that's a reality."

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Is Frozen 2 the first Disney movie with an openly gay lead? - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-11-21 21:00
The Internet asked #GiveElsaAGirlfriend. Does Disney deliver?

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Police Can't Force You To Tell Them Your Password

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-11-21 20:25
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a forceful opinion today holding that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from being forced to disclose the passcode to their devices to the police. In a 4-3 decision in Commonwealth v. Davis, the court found that disclosing a password is "testimony" protected by the Fifth Amendment's privilege against self-incrimination. EFF filed an amicus brief in Davis, and we were gratified that the court's opinion closely parallels our arguments. The Fifth Amendment privilege prohibits the government from coercing a confession or forcing a suspect to lead police to incriminating evidence. We argue that unlocking and decrypting a smartphone or computer is the modern equivalent of these forms of self-incrimination. Crucially, the court held that the narrow "foregone conclusion exception" to the Fifth Amendment does not apply to disclosing passcodes. As described in our brief, this exception applies only when an individual is forced to comply with a subpoena for business records and only when complying with the subpoena does not reveal the "contents of his mind," as the U.S. Supreme Court put it. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed with EFF. It wrote: "Requiring the Commonwealth to do the heavy lifting, indeed, to shoulder the entire load, in building and bringing a criminal case without a defendant's assistance may be inconvenient and even difficult; yet, to apply the foregone conclusion rationale in these circumstances would allow the exception to swallow the constitutional privilege. Nevertheless, this constitutional right is firmly grounded in the "realization that the privilege, while sometimes a shelter to the guilty, is often a protection to the innocent."

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T-Mobile customers' personal information exposed in hack - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-11-21 20:17
The hack comes about a year after a similar data breach in 2018.

2020 Genesis G90 puts a bold face forward - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2019-11-21 20:00
Genesis' full-size luxury sedan gets a thorough refresh for 2020.

Russia Bans Sale of Gadgets Without Russian-Made Software

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-11-21 19:45
Russia has passed a law banning the sale of certain devices that are not pre-installed with Russian software. The BBC reports: The law will come into force in July 2020 and cover smartphones, computers and smart televisions. Proponents of the legislation say it is aimed at promoting Russian technology and making it easier for people in the country to use the gadgets they buy. But there are concerns about surveillance and fears that firms could pull out of the Russian market. The law will not mean devices from other countries cannot be sold with their normal software - but Russian "alternatives" will also have to be installed. The legislation was passed by Russia's lower house of parliament on Thursday. A complete list of the gadgets affected and the Russian-made software that needs to be pre-installed will be determined by the government.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 season 1 challenges and where to find hidden 'T,' Timber Tent - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-11-21 19:39
This week's tasks offer more of a challenge than previous weeks.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer is a tiny-tough SUV - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2019-11-21 19:30
This boldly styled crossover slots between the Trax and Equinox in Chevy's lineup.

Google Is Terminating Google Cloud Print

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-11-21 19:20
Google has announced that Cloud Print, its cloud-based printing solution, is being retired at the end of next year. 9to5Google reports: The announcement comes in the form of a support document for Cloud Print that popped up recently, which is kind enough to remind us that Cloud Print has technically been in beta since it launched a decade ago: "Cloud Print, Google's cloud-based printing solution that has been in beta since 2010, will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2020. Beginning January 1, 2021, devices across all operating systems will no longer be able to print using Google Cloud Print. We recommend that over the next year, you identify an alternative solution and execute a migration strategy." Google notes that Chrome OS' native printing solutions have been vastly improved since Cloud Print launched in 2010, and also promises that native printing in Chrome OS will continue to get more features over time: "Google has improved the native printing experience for Chrome OS, and will continue adding features to native printing. For environments besides Chrome OS, or in multi-OS scenarios, we encourage you to use the respective platform's native printing infrastructure and/or partner with a print solutions provider."

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