Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced a fusion energy breakthrough today, or more specifically, a net energy gain called fusion ignition. This phenomenon occurs at incredibly high temperatures and pressures, making it very difficult to control, paving the way for advancements in national defense as well as the future of clean power.
Gold miners in Canada’s Yukon discovered a near complete baby woolly mammoth that has been frozen for over 30,000-years. It was found in the Klondike gold fields within Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin Traditional Territory while the miners were excavating through the permafrost. Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin Elders named the female mammoth calf Nun cho ga, which translates to “big baby animal” in the Hän language.
The Apple Watch SOS feature may rarely be used by most users, but it did happen to save one woman’s life after she fell into the Columbia River. How does this feature work? Emergency SOS basically uses your Apple Watch to automatically call local emergency services and then shares your location with them. She managed to get her foot stuck under a rock in the freezing river and approached exhaustion before the rescue operation.
Microsoft has officially ended support for Internet Explorer (IE) as of June 15, 2022 after nearly 27-years, and IE 11 will be the last major version ever released. The company encourages users to move to Microsoft Edge, which provides support for legacy and modern websites and apps.
After numerous leaks, the AMD Ryzen 7000 Series desktop processors have been officially revealed at Computex 2022. These CPUs are based on 5nm “Zen 4” architecture and feature double the amount of L2 cache per core, higher clock speeds, as well as provide a 15% uplift in single-thread performance versus its predecessor. A pre-production Ryzen 7000 Series desktop processor was clocked at a blazing fast 5.5 GHz throughout AAA game play.
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The Boeing Starliner spacecraft has successfully launched atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida and has entered orbit. This uncrewed capsule is set to dock with the International Space Station at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May 20. It’s transporting over 500-pounds of NASA cargo as well as crew supplies to the ISS and will return to Earth with nearly 600 pounds of cargo.
A rare total lunar eclipse is set to take place Sunday night and into early Monday morning, also known as a ‘blood moon’ this year. For those with clear skies, a partial eclipse starts at 10:27 p.m. ET Sunday, with the total lunar eclipse beginning at 11:29 p.m. ET. You won’t have to stay up all night, as the total eclipse will end at 12:53 a.m. ET Monday.
NASA has confirmed that asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3), which is larger than the Empire State Building in New York City, is hurtling towards Earth. Thankfully, this 1600-foot space rock is expected to pass 3.5-million miles away, but should still be considered a threat. It’s set to make a close approach at 5:18pm ET on May 16th at a speed of just over 18,000 miles per hour.
Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, has been imaged for the first time by a research team using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Despite not being able to see the the black hole itself due to it being completely dark, we do see the glowing gas around, which reveals a a dark central region (shadow) surrounded by a bright ring-like structure.
The Sony Xperia 1 IV is designed specially for content creation, as it boasts the world’s first true optical 85-125mm zoom lens in a smartphone. It actually sports three lenses, which consists of a 16mm ultra-wide lens and 24mm wide lens, alongside the true optical telephoto zoom 85-125mm lens, all with a 12MP “Exmor RS” sensor with a readout speed of up to 120fps.