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Jan 19, 2022

The Secret Failed Soviet Moon Landing: Just as Neil Armstrong was setting foot on the lunar surface on July 20

Posted by in category: space

1969, the Luna 15 lander was crashing into the other side of the moon. It is a story the Soviets did not want the world to know…

Jan 19, 2022

This solution took SpaceX years to find!

Posted by in category: space travel

Jan 19, 2022

A moon bigger than Neptune! This is an amazing discovery

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Jan 19, 2022

The Royal Marines tested the capability of the gravity jet suit to support RM boarding ops

Posted by in category: military

The footage speaks for itself.

Jan 19, 2022

Juwi Shizen Energy builds solar park on ski slope in Nagano

Posted by in categories: climatology, solar power, sustainability

The 2.9 megawatt solar power plant in Otaki Village generates climate-friendly electricity for 600 households. juwi Shizen Energy Operation takes over operational management of the plant.

Jan 19, 2022

Microsoft consolidating the video game industry is bad for everyone

Posted by in categories: business, entertainment

It was cute at first. When Xbox head Phil Spencer took the stage at E3 2018 and announced the acquisition of five notable studios – Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games and The Initiative – the air inside the Microsoft Theater turned electric. It felt like the company was righting a wrong in its business plan and finally building an internal roster of exciting games that it could offer exclusively on Xbox platforms. You know, a few friends to keep Master Chief company.

Today’s announcement that Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard, the largest third-party publisher in the video game industry, doesn’t feel as harmless. Four years on and numerous acquisitions later, the Activision Blizzard deal feels like an extreme escalation of Microsoft’s plans, and it could mark a turning point in the video game industry as a whole, with negative consequences for both players and developers.

So far, public reaction to the acquisition has been mixed, which makes sense for a few reasons: first, Activision Blizzard’s sheer size is daunting, and this purchase represents more money and industry power than Microsoft’s previous gaming acquisitions combined. Second, Activision Blizzard is currently the subject of multiple investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination at the studio, where CEO Bobby Kotick has been in charge and largely unchecked for the past 30 years. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Kotick is poised to leave the company in a golden parachute once the Microsoft deal goes through.

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Jan 19, 2022

New clean energy is reducing US electricity generation from natural gas, coal

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has forecast in its January Short-Term Energy Outlook that rising electricity generation from clean energy such as solar and wind will reduce generation from fossil fuel-fired power plants over the next two years.

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The EIA is forecasting the share of generation for US clean energy, excluding hydropower, to grow from 13% in 2021 to 17% in 2023.

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Jan 19, 2022

Researchers Found an Easier Way of Removing Arsenic From Contaminated Waters

Posted by in category: materials

A research team from the University of Waterloo is working on a passive treatment method that enables the removal of arsenic from surface water through a combination of waste materials.

Jan 19, 2022

‘World first’ vegan violin created using berries and pears in Malvern

Posted by in category: media & arts

Wild berries, steamed pear and local spring water have been used to create the instrument.

Jan 19, 2022

Sou Fujimoto Architects designs walkable rooftop for rural Japanese university

Posted by in category: futurism

An accessible rooftop that curves to meet the ground will distinguish the Hida Takayama University, which Japanese studio Sou Fujimoto Architects is designing in Hida City, Japan.

The private university, which is expected to open in April 2024, is set to be built on a rural site in the town that is located in the mountainous Gifu Prefecture.

Sou Fujimoto Architects’ design comprises two curved buildings that will be separated by a courtyard. The larger of the two structures will be topped by the giant accessible rooftop described by the studio as “an open hill”.

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