Agency Reveals Details About Bennu, Including Finding Possible Lifeforms

KEY POINTS

  • OSIRIS-REx will collect samples from Bennu on Oct. 20
  • Bennu came from a parent body which had enough heat to keep water in its soils
  • Nightingale will be the mission’s primary sample site
  • The samples are set to be delivered back on Earth on Sept. 24, 2023

NASA has shared more information about asteroid Bennu and the agency’s mission to bring back samples of the asteroid’s surface through their OSIRIS-REx mission on Oct. 20. The 861-foot asteroid may contain ingredients for life.

In a recent article shared by NASA, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) is set to travel to a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to collect a 2.1-ounce sample and bring it back to Earth for further study. The mission plans to shed more light for scientists on how life began in the solar system, as well as improve their knowledge on asteroids that

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Eight nations, including U.S., sign accords for moon missions

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) — Eight nations have signed NASA’s new framework to govern lunar exploration missions, the agency’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine, announced Tuesday.

By signing the agreement, the eight nations commit to peaceful activities on the moon and in travel to the moon.

Provisions in the Artemis Accords stipulate that nations, and private companies in those nations, will openly disclose plans for lunar missions, and mine resources on the moon in accordance with the international Outer Space Treaty that dates to 1967.

The accords also commit signing nations to render aid to other nations on the moon if necessary, to minimize space debris and to register all objects taken to the lunar surface.

In addition to the United States, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates and Britain signed the Artemis Accords.

“We are one human race and we are in this together. The Accords help us

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Apple Reveals New iPhone 12 Models, Including Mini, Pro, And Pro Max

Although some of the wind was taken out of its sails by way of a leak, the Apple event has delivered the official word on the new line of iPhone 12 devices, which will sport 5G functionality that Apple says will be beneficial for gaming.

iPhone 12

Apple started out by showcasing the iPhone 12. It has smooth, flat edges and a 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display, with twice as many pixels as iPhone 11. Apple claims this will lead to better-looking photos, sharper text, and higher brightness. The physical size of the device is 11% thinner, 15% smaller, and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11. iPhone 12 is said to offer tougher smartphone glass than any other phone, making it the most durable on the market. Apple heavily touted the phone’s 5G support (more on that below), though it noted that peak speeds of up to 4Gbps will

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iPhone 12 Colors: Eight Total, Including Striking New Blue Color

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup is expected to come in eight different colors, overhauling the iPhone color options to prospective customers. The colors come to accompany the iPhone 12’s new squared-off industrial design, with a flat stainless steel band around the outer edge, at least on the Pro models, and glass on the rear.

Current iPhone 11 Colors

New rumors from a reliable Chinese Weibo account called “Kang” state that the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will come in Black, White, Red, Green, and Blue.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini Colors

  • Black
  • White
  • Red
  • Green
  • Blue (New)

Colors that would be removed from the iPhone lineup include Yellow and Purple. Multiple rumors have previously suggested that the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max will also come in a new Blue finish, which will replace the Midnight Green color that was introduced as an

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AMD reveals its new Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 processors, including the ‘world’s best gaming CPU’

AMD just announced its new lineup of Ryzen 5000 series processors for desktops, which are also the first chips from the company set to feature its next-gen Zen 3 architecture and represent the biggest jump for AMD’s desktop chips yet.



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AMD is also setting expectations high, promising that the new Ryzen 5900X is nothing short of “the world’s best gaming CPU.” The new chips will be available starting at $299 for the entry-level Ryzen 5 5600X model on November 5th.

Like last year’s Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 desktop chips these new models replace, the new 5000 series processors are still using AMD’s 7nm process but offer a 19 percent increase in instructions per cycle, along with a complete redesign of the chip layout and a higher max boost speed. (The new chipsets are jumping straight to Ryzen 5000 series branding to avoid any confusion of the new Zen 3 chips

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Along with several other factors, including starting periods early, use of combined oral contraceptives, and early menopause — ScienceDaily

Pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and pre-term birth are linked to a heightened risk of heart disease in later life, suggests an overarching (umbrella) analysis of data published by The BMJ today.

Several other factors related to fertility and pregnancy also seem to be associated with subsequent cardiovascular disease, say the researchers, including starting periods early, use of combined oral contraceptives, polycystic ovary syndrome, and early menopause.

However, a longer length of breastfeeding was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Previous research has suggested that risk factors specific to women may be linked to cardiovascular disease and stroke, but clarity on the quality of the evidence is lacking and on how the findings can be translated into public health and clinical practice.

So a team of UK researchers searched relevant research databases for published systematic reviews and meta-analyses that investigated links between

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5 things Texas Tech fans need to know about No. 24 Iowa State, including a daunting offense

The road does not get any easier for the Red Raiders after opening Big 12 play with a pair of gut-wrenching losses. One week after Texas Tech lost to Kansas State and suffered an injury to starting QB Alan Bowman, who is listed as day-to-day, the road takes this team to Aimes, Ia.

Iowa State heads into the matchup on the heels of upsetting then-ranked No. 18 Oklahoma in a dramatic comeback win.

Here are five things Texas Tech fans need to know about Iowa State:

Call Him The Breese

Despite his quarterback Brock Purdy making all the preseason headlines, sophomore running back Breese Hall has been the offensive star for this Cyclones team. Through three games Hall has 66 rushes for 396 yards and six touchdowns. He averages six yards per carry and also has racked up five receptions for 28 yards.

Last year against the Red Raiders Hall

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India has Approved Incentives for 16 Smartphone Companies including Apple’s Big Three iPhone Manufacturing Partners

 

In May Patently Apple posted a report titled “The Indian Government has dropped Contentious Clauses in their new ‘Production Linked Incentive’ Program that could be Positive for Apple.” In order to gain from the new Incentive in India, Smartphone companies had to invest in the country in order to tap into the scheme. In late June we reported on Foxconn making a huge investment in an iPhone plant in India. Last week we reported that Pegatron was going to open a plant supporting Apple’s supply chain for cases in 2021 (2 reports, 01 & 02). In August we reported that Wistron was hiring for its third iPhone plant.

 

Today we’re learning that the Indian government has stated that “it was approving incentives under a federal plan to boost domestic smartphone production to 16 companies, including top Apple suppliers Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron.” The companies invested as requested and

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India approves 16 companies, including top Apple suppliers, for smartphone plan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India on Tuesday said it was approving incentives under a federal plan to boost domestic smartphone production to 16 companies, including top Apple suppliers Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron.

India’s smartphone industry has become a showpiece for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make In India” drive. The $6.65 billion incentive scheme is part of the government’s aim to make the country into an export and manufacturing hub.

The companies have to invest to tap into the scheme. The government did not disclose what investment Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron, which is yet to start Indian operations, will make.

Two sources previously told Reuters these three companies plan to invest a total of almost $900 million in India in the next five years to benefit from the scheme.

Samsung, which runs the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturing plant on the outskirts of New Delhi, also got approval, India’s tech ministry

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North Equity Announces Acquisition of Iconic Brands Including Popular Science, Saveur, Outdoor Life and Field & Stream

NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — North Equity, a leading digital media venture equity firm, today announced that it has acquired a number of media brands from Bonnier Corporation. The acquisition includes Popular Science, Popular Photography, Saveur, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Better You and Interesting Things.

The additions complement North Equity’s robust home platform, where Saveur will join BobVila.com and Kitchenistic to form a new food category. They will also create a new specialty media vertical under Popular Science and Popular Photography, and expand North’s growing footprint in the military, tactical and outdoor verticals, where it recently added Task & Purpose, one of the leading digital media properties for active-duty military and veterans. 

“Since inception, the North team has proved our ability to acquire, reimagine and profitably grow media brands,” said Andrew Perlman, North Equity Managing Partner. “We have

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