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4 min
2021 notebook: billionaires and the space race

Captain Kirk — aka William Shatner — finally made it into space, part of the new wave of civilian travelers sponsored by names like Bezos, Musk and Branson who are slipping the surly bonds of Earth 10 years after NASA’s shuttle program ended. But there are big differences. What does entrepreneurial space travel have in common with its more nation-focused counterpart, and what are the contrasts? How are corporate space jaunts changing the face of the trip? The coverage reflects on the story and her own experiences. MARCIA DUNN, AP aerospace writer since 1990: This year it was surreal to see ordinary people being escorted to the launch pad to blast into space. I mean, I’ve seen the astronauts, the professionals, the cosmonauts — I’ve been to Baikonur to see the Russians launch people…

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2 min
faa: no more commercial astronaut wings, too many launching

Heads up, future space travelers: No more commercial astronaut wings will be awarded from the Federal Aviation Administration after this year. The FAA said it’s clipping its astronaut wings because too many people are now launching into space and it’s getting out of the astronaut designation business entirely. The news comes one day ahead of Blue Origin’s planned liftoff from West Texas with former NFL player and TV celebrity Michael Strahan. He and his five fellow passengers will still be eligible for wings since the FAA isn’t ending its longstanding program until Jan. 1. NASA’s astronauts also have nothing to worry about going forward — they’ll still get their pins from the space agency. All 15 people who rocketed into space for the first time this year on private U.S. flights will be awarded…

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2 min
nasa craft ‘touches’ sun for 1st time, dives into atmosphere

A NASA spacecraft has officially “touched” the sun, plunging through the unexplored solar atmosphere known as the corona. Scientists announced the news during a meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The Parker Solar Probe actually flew through the corona in April during the spacecraft’s eighth close approach to the sun. Scientists said it took a few months to get the data back and then several more months to confirm. “Fascinatingly exciting,” said project scientist Nour Raouafi of Johns Hopkins University. Launched in 2018, Parker was 8 million miles (13 million kilometers) from the center of the sun when it first crossed the jagged, uneven boundary between the solar atmosphere and outgoing solar wind. The spacecraft dipped in and out of the corona at least three times, each a smooth transition, according to scientists. “The first…

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3 min
‘the internet’s on fire’ as techs race to fix software flaw

A critical vulnerability in a widely used software tool — one quickly exploited in the online game Minecraft — is rapidly emerging as a major threat to organizations around the world. “The internet’s on fire right now,” said Adam Meyers, senior vice president of intelligence at the cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike. “People are scrambling to patch,” he said, “and all kinds of people scrambling to exploit it.” He said that in the 12 hours since the bug’s existence was disclosed that it had been “fully weaponized,” meaning malefactors had developed and distributed tools to exploit it. The flaw may be the worst computer vulnerability discovered in years. It was uncovered in a utility that’s ubiquitous in cloud servers and enterprise software used across industry and government. Unless it is fixed, it grants criminals,…

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6 min
voice plan putting siri at the heart of apple music

As Apple continues to expand its music service and offer consumers more functionality than ever, the company’s Apple Music Voice Plan, which rolls out with iOS 15.2, sets a precedent for content consumption. It sees Apple pivot to a future that’s both seamless and screenless. INTRODUCING THE APPLE MUSIC VOICE PLAN Earlier in the year, alongside the rollout of the third-generation AirPods, Apple announced its plans to launch a new Apple Music product, called its Voice Plan. The company called its new subscription tier for Apple Music as a service that was “built around the power of Siri,” offering users the chance to access all of the songs they know and love but in a new way. The Apple Music Voice Plan allows subscribers - who pay $4.99 per month - access to…

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3 min
proposed nebraska mine might produce more rare elements

The company working to build a mine in southeast Nebraska to extract a rare element used to make steel lighter and stronger said that it may also be able to produce some of the key ingredients needed to make the powerful magnets used in electric vehicles and other high-tech products. NioCorp Developments released a new report this week that shows those rare earth elements are present throughout the deposit it plans to mine if it can raise roughly $1 billion to build the project about 80 miles (128.75 kilometers) south of Omaha near the town of Elk Creek. Being able to produce those sought-after elements along with the niobium, scandium and titanium NioCorp plans to mine would make the project more attractive to investors, but the company won’t know for sure whether…

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