Science X Newsletter Sunday, Apr 25

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Here is your customized Science X Newsletter for April 25, 2021:

Spotlight Stories Headlines

Simple robots, smart algorithms

Old SpaceX capsule delivers new crew to space station

Out of the cave: French isolation study ends after 40 days (Update)

Body's natural pain killers can be enhanced

Targeting drug-resistant breast cancer with estrogen

China names Mars rover for traditional fire god

A more efficient, safer alternative to sourcing copper via bacteria

A breakthrough astrophysics code rapidly models stellar collisions

Biggest space station crowd in decade after SpaceX arrival

NASA's Mars helicopter's third flight goes farther, faster than before

Hatchery reviving Britain's near-extinct local oysters

California to ban new fracking from 2024

US experts recommend resuming J&J COVID vaccinations

Simple foot test detects heart rhythm disorder in patients with diabetes

Study highlights risks of anxiety and depression after cardiac device implantation

Astronomy and Space news

Old SpaceX capsule delivers new crew to space station

A recycled SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday, the third high-flying taxi ride in less than a year for Elon Musk's company.

China names Mars rover for traditional fire god

China's first Mars rover will be named Zhurong after a traditional fire god, the government announced Saturday.

A breakthrough astrophysics code rapidly models stellar collisions

A breakthrough astrophysics code, named Octo-Tiger, simulates the evolution of self-gravitating and rotating systems of arbitrary geometry using adaptive mesh refinement and a new method to parallelize the code to achieve superior speeds.

Biggest space station crowd in decade after SpaceX arrival

The International Space Station's population swelled to 11 on Saturday with the jubilant arrival of SpaceX's third crew capsule in less than a year.

NASA's Mars helicopter's third flight goes farther, faster than before

NASA's mini helicopter Ingenuity on Sunday successfully completed its third flight on Mars, moving farther and faster than ever before, with a peak speed of 6.6 feet per second.

Official: China's moon probe will carry French, Russian gear

China will launch its next robot lunar lander in 2024, and it will carry equipment from France, Sweden, Russia and Italy, the official news agency reported.

Technology news

Simple robots, smart algorithms

Anyone with children knows that while controlling one child can be hard, controlling many at once can be nearly impossible. Getting swarms of robots to work collectively can be equally challenging, unless researchers carefully choreograph their interactions—like planes in formation—using increasingly sophisticated components and algorithms. But what can be reliably accomplished when the robots on hand are simple, inconsistent, and lack sophisticated programming for coordinated behavior?

The big Pentagon internet mystery now partially solved

A very strange thing happened on the internet the day President Joe Biden was sworn in. A shadowy company residing at a shared workspace above a Florida bank announced to the world's computer networks that it was now managing a colossal, previously idle chunk of the internet owned by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk adding SNL hosting job to his to-do list

Technology mogul Elon Musk has a lined up a new gig in addition to his jobs as CEO of electric car maker Tesla and spaceship maker SpaceX. He is going to host the iconic TV show "Saturday Night Live."

Computer chip shortage may leave auto sector idling

What was initially downplayed as a brief hiccup in the supply of semiconductors looks more and more like a shortage that may last throughout the year in what would be a big blow to automakers.

Apple moving forward on app privacy, despite pushback

An update to the software powering some billion iPhones around the world kicks in Monday with an enhanced privacy feature critics fear will roil the internet advertising world.

Outages blamed on malware still plaguing budget airlines

A technology provider says a malware attack triggered a dayslong outage that has caused reservations systems to crash at about 20 low-cost airlines around the world.

Turkey probes second crypto exchange as market implodes

Turkey on Saturday detained the chief of one of the country's biggest cryptocurrency firms after launching a manhunt for the founder of another exchange who fled to Albania.


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