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Blue Origins Assembles First Rocket Engine

The New Glenn reusable rocket will be 23 feet in diameter and as high as 313 feet and will require seven BE-4 engines to power. Bezos is funding Blue Origin from his personal fortune, not Amazon revenue. In including New Glenn in our manifest we are pursuing our longstanding strategy of innovation that drives down the cost of access to space and drives up performance.

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The Most Advanced Weather Satellite Has a Mind-Blowing Lightning Mapper

Data from GOES-16 can help identify potential dangers and allow for warnings to be issued ahead of time. Constantly watching for lightning in the Western Hemisphere, the GLM takes hundreds of images each second. The agency also released the video below showing images of the lightning storms developing over southeast Texas on that day - part of the same system that created the bright blotch of lightning activity in the hemispheric image above.

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Outlook, Skype, OneDrive, Xbox And More Down — Microsoft Outage

Large numbers of Xbox, Skype , and Outlook users have been complaining they're unable to access their accounts, with the login prompt noting that an account doesn't exist. It's unclear if Microsoft suffered a similar issue. At various times, Outlook.com and Hotmail, Xbox Live, Skype, Office 365, and OneDrive had some problems.

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Pandas got their black and white markings for a reason

In the animal kingdom these colors can work as a camouflage, warning to predators, attracting factor for mates etc. The researchers realized that, unlike some other types of bears, pandas have to be active year-round without hibernation. This plant isn't particularly packed with nutrients, and that means pandas have to forage in different areas if they want to keep eating. Panda has to travel long distance to find its favorite bamboo diet.

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White House calls on Congress to probe Trump's wiretap allegation

The Guardian's report alleges that initial applications submitted over the summer, naming "four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials", were rejected by the FISC. An Obama spokesman denied the charge, saying it was "a cardinal rule" that no White House official interfered with independent Justice Department investigations.

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Nintendo's Switch controllers work with PCs, Macs, and Android

This could be considered Nintendo's way of expressing gratitude to gamers who've stuck around and supported it all these years. What do you think of the Nintendo Switch? However, Nintendo claims that it is not a defect and a normal occurrence.