Cooperation Key to Spotting an Asteroid Headed for Earth

If you’ve noticed an uptick in reports of asteroids whizzing close to Earth in the last few years, it might seem as if our planet is more in danger of being struck by a space rock than ever before. But there hasn’t really been an increase in the number of asteroids threatening Earth — it’s that our ability to detect those asteroids has dramatically improved.

Our magnificent Milky Way galaxy is radiant over La Silla Observatory.
Our magnificent Milky Way galaxy is radiant over ESO’s La Silla Observatory. ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

Thanks to improvements in technology like increases in computing power and more powerful telescopes, astronomers can now scan the sky in more detail than ever before, and they’re discovering more objects orbiting the sun and coming close to Earth. But this work can’t be done by just one country or one agency. To protect the planet, we need a global network of telescopes and researchers working together.

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NASA’s new $23 million space toilet is headed to the ISS

A recently designed space toilet that better accommodates women is headed to the International Space Station. The new loo is packed inside a cargo ship set to blast off late Thursday from Wallops Island, Virginia, according to the Guardian on Thursday. The astronauts will give it a test run for the next few months.



This unusual-looking space toilet will be tested by the astronauts on ISS. NASA


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This unusual-looking space toilet will be tested by the astronauts on ISS. NASA



Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows off the hose on the current toilet for when you need to pee. 


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Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows off the hose on the current toilet for when you need to pee. 


Weighing almost 100 pounds (45 kilograms) and measuring 28 inches (71 centimeters) tall, the new toilet is about half as big as the two Russian-built toilets already in use at the space station. This new toilet is 65% smaller and almost half as lighter than current ISS toilets in use.

The new smaller size will be

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The US and China could be headed for a ‘new cold war’ lasting a generation that forces countries to pick sides, one analyst says



Xi Jinping wearing a suit and tie: US President Donald Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo/File Photo


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US President Donald Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo/File Photo

  • The US and China could be headed for a “new cold war” that lasts a generation and would force countries to choose sides, CNBC reported a China analyst of Fitch Solutions as saying.
  • Despite countries in Southeast Asia intending to maintain friendly relations, they would be forced to side with one of the two largest global economies, Fitch’s Darren Tay said.
  • “Being in Asia, the pull from China’s gravity in terms of its size and its influence would be hard to resist,” Tay said at a virtual seminar.
  • Bans and blacklists on technology as well as a growing lack of trust are likely to cause cracks in relations, the analyst pointed out.
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A split in ideology between the US and China could lead to a

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NBA 2K21 On PS5 And Xbox Series X Might Be Headed For Generation-Defining Visuals

The closer we get to the unveiling of NBA 2K21 on next-gen, the more excited I am about what’s ahead. The current-gen version has fumbled around a bit, but I have to believe some of the issues are due to 2K dividing its resources with the next-gen iteration.

It seems clear, 2K has gone guns blazing on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions, and let us not forget what they did to set the bar as we moved into the current-gen back in 2013.

This time around, all signs point to 2K doing their best to deliver the kind of visual experience that is unmatched across–at the very least–all of the other titles set to launch in the first week of next-gen availability.

Right now, the single most impressive looking game that I’ve seen on next-gen is Spider-Man: Miles Morales. In case you

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