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Baby Yoda doll is spotted floating inside the Crew Dragon capsule after Sunday's NASA launch

The team onboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon brought a surprise stowaway with them on Sunday's launch.A Baby Yoda doll was used as the mission's 'zero-gravity indicator,' confirming the spaceship is in orbit and under a microgravity environment.For May's Crew Dragon test flight, a stuffed apatosaurus named Tremor was chosen by the children of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.When Boeing's CST-100 Starliner flew an unmanned test flight last December, a Snoopy doll in an astronaut outfit was on board.But, throughout the episode, a hungry Baby Yoda keeps trying to eat Frog Lady's eggs. read more...

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Astronauts prepare for SpaceX mission to international space station

The companys newly designed Crew Dragon capsule was set for liftoff at 7:27pm Eastern time (0027 GMT on Monday).Astronaut launch today! he tweeted on Sunday morning, adding that he had symptoms last week but currently felt pretty normal.The company plans to reuse the first-stage booster for its next crew launch, next spring.Nasa turned to private companies to haul cargo and crews to the space station following the 2011 retirement of its space shuttles.Nasas other crew transport provider, Boeing, has yet to launch astronauts. read more...

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Army-funded algorithm decodes brain signals responsible for behaviors like walking and breathing

A machine learning algorithm has shown the ability to link specific behaviors, such as walking and breathing, to their related brain signals a first step to developing brain-machine interfaces.The technology successfully isolated the neural patterns in each of the animal's brain signals and determined which control these specific movements.Scroll down for videoA machine learning algorithm has shown the ability to link specific behaviors, such as walking and breathing, to their related brain signals.Krim told Nextgov that the algorithm is capable of separating 'what they call behaviorally relevant brain signals from behaviorally irrelevant brain signals.'Along with linking signals to various movements, the algorithm was able to decode the movements from brain signals. read more...

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Archaeology: Stone Age dog buried with his master in Sweden revealed after months of excavation

The settlement unearthed at the Ljungaviken site would have once lain on the coast, before rising sea levels covered the site with layers of sand and mud that kept is artefacts preserved for thousands of years.A buried dog somehow shows how similar we are over the millennia when it comes to the feelings like grief and loss,' Dr Persson said in a statement.Experts believe that the Ljungaviken site was inhabited by hunters during the Stone Age.A buried dog somehow shows how similar we are over the millennia when it comes to the feelings like grief and loss,' Dr Persson said in a statement.Experts believe that the Ljungaviken site, pictured, was inhabited by hunters during the Stone Age. read more...

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Apple's new macOS Big Sur is bricking older MacBook Pros

Some older MacBook Pros are turning into useless machines after users installed Apple's new macOS Big Sur update.However, it seems to be Macs produced in 2013 and the mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro that are only being hit with the problem.Apples Support has told some customers to take the device in for repairs, but the firm also shared the issue with its engineering team.One user shared their experience on Apples support page saying: It all downloaded fine and I clicked all the items to go ahead.For those with newer Macbooks, macOS Big Sur brings a redesigned look to the operating system. read more...

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Ancient Viking ship buried an Iron Age cemetery uncovered by scientists

A Viking ship burial, feast hall and cult house have been found by archaeologists in Norway without having to dig into the soil - only using ground penetrating radar.Excavations and metal detectors had also uncovered other Iron Age artefacts, including several gold items used in high-status female burials from AD 1-400.The burial mounds tell a similar story, with some sharing features of a typical Iron Age burial site.Later, this cemetery was transformed into a place for elites, ultimately including a ship burial.This is the first time a Viking ship burial has been excavated in almost 100 years, offering a chance to do it with modern scientific techniques. read more...

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Ancient Egyptian mummies unearthed 400 years ago are revealed for the first time

Secrets from within the shrouds of three ancient Egyptian mummies, first discovered in 1615, have been revealed for the first time thanks to CT scans.Archaeologists from the Reiss Engelhorn Meuseu, Germany, had to use CT scans to reveal the inside of the plaster coating - rather than risk damaging the remains.They are the only known surviving 'stucco-shrouded portrait mummies' from Saqqara - an ancient Egyptian necropolis - and were first discovered in 1615.CT scans revealed the mummies had been interred with items thought to be useful in the afterlife, including coins designed to pay for passage across the River Styx.All three of the mummies had medical problems, as revealed by the CT scans - from arthritis to a tumour and all of them died at relatively young ages. read more...

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All the iPhone 12 models compared: From the diminutive Mini to the Pro Max powerhouse

The frame of the 12 Pro models is made from stainless steel rather than aluminium, which is shinier and in theory makes them more durable, but is also slightly heavier.Even augmented reality apps like Big Bang AR, which require a significant amount f processing and graphics power, run faultlessly on the iPhone 12 Mini.The larger iPhone 12 Pro Maxs camera is a step even above the iPhone 12 Pro, with a 65 mm telephoto lens (rather than 52mm) capable of 5x optical zoom (as opposed to 4x).In size order, the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max (from 1,099), the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro (from 999), the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 (from 799) and the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini (from 699)The iPhone 12 (left) has one wide and one ultra-wide camera lens, and features both night mode and portrait mode.But if your budget doesnt quite stretch to that, I can guarantee you wont be disappointed with one of the standard iPhone 12 models. read more...

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Adult monkeys are seen feasting on a 10-day old infant from their group

Capuchin monkeys have been observed eating the remains of an infant monkey for the first time, a rare instance of cannibalism among New World primates.Then the group's 23-year-old alpha female the infant's great aunt arrived and began eating the lower extremities, as well.Scroll down for videoThe remains of an infant capuchin monkey that was devoured by other members of its group.And it's never been observed among capuchin monkeys, which are native to the rainforests of Central America.The researchers say further study is needed to fully understand the unusual behavior, but they noted that female capuchin monkeys are known to carry deceased offspring for many hours. read more...

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16th century soldier skeleton with sword found in lake in Lithuania

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a late-medieval era soldier, complete with his sword and boots, at the bottom of a lake in Lithuania.The 500-year-old skeleton was discovered during an underwater inspection of a bridge over Lake Asveja, about an hour outside Vilnius.The 275-foot wooden bridge, the longest in the country, was built in 1934, with then-president Antanas Smetona participating in the opening ceremony.Lake Asveja lake near Dubingiai, Lithuania.Dubingiai Castle was constructed in 1412 on an island in the lake that's now a peninsula. read more...

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