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An explosive report featured on CBS News’s “60 Minutes” featured several former U.S. military officials who talked about what the U.S. government knows about unidentified aerial phenomena — UAP —more commonly referred to as UFOs.

The segment comes ahead of a report that the military is supposed to deliver an unclassified report to Congress by next month. Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said in a recent interview that the findings will shock people because “frankly, there are a lot more sightings than have been made public.”

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An experimental device that turns thoughts into text has allowed a man who was left paralyzed by an accident to construct sentences swiftly on a computer screen.

The man was able to type with 95% accuracy just by imagining he was handwriting letters on a sheet of paper, a team reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.

"What we found, surprisingly, is that [he] can type at about 90 characters per minute," says Krishna Shenoy of Stanford University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The device would be most useful to someone who could neither move nor speak, says Dr. Jaimie Henderson, a neurosurgeon at Stanford and co-director, with Shenoy, of the Stanford Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory.

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The semiconductor industry's constant challenge is to make microchips that are smaller, faster, more powerful and more energy efficient — simultaneously.
On Thursday, IBM (IBM) announced it has created a 2-nanometer chip, the smallest, most powerful microchip yet developed.
Most computer chips powering devices today use 10-nanometer or 7-nanometer process technology, with some manufacturers producing 5-nanometer chips. The lower numbers denote smaller, more advanced processors. IBM's new chip uses 2-nanometer process technology, a huge leap forward for the components used to power everything from consumers' smart phones and appliances to supercomputers and transportation equipment.

"There are not many technologies or technological breakthroughs that end up lifting all boats," director of IBM Research Dario Gil said in an interview. "This is an example of one."

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Our telescopes on Earth and in space may one day welcome a new companion: a massive telescope on the moon. What's extra clever about the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope idea is that the LCRT would use an existing crater on the moon's far side.

On Wednesday, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced the LCRT is receiving $500,000 in Phase II funding through NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts program. While the LCRT isn't an official NASA mission yet, the funding round is a vote of confidence in the idea.

Last year, the LCRT earned $125,000 in Phase I funding to explore the concept of sending robots to the moon's far side to build a telescope out of wire mesh suspended in a crater. The moon is a tempting place to locate a telescope because it could shield the device from Earth's radio signals and it wouldn't have to contend with an atmosphere.

"The LCRT's primary objective would be to measure the long-wavelength radio waves generated by the cosmic Dark Ages -- a period that lasted for a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, but before the first stars blinked into existence," JPL said in a statement.

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A team of international scientists, led by the Galician Institute of High Energy Physics (IGFAE) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), has proposed a simple and novel method to bring the accuracy of the Hubble constant measurements down to 2% using a single observation of a pair of merging neutron stars.

The universe is in continuous expansion. Because of this, distant objects such as galaxies are moving away from us. In fact, the further away they are, the faster they move. Scientists describe this expansion through a famous number known as the Hubble constant, which tells us how fast objects in the universe recede from us depending on their distance to us. By measuring the Hubble constant in a precise way, we can also determine some of the most fundamental properties of the universe, including its age.

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By shooting billions of lasers at the ground, scientists have uncovered evidence of a sophisticated civilization left by the ancient Maya who lived in the northern Yucatán Peninsula in what is now Mexico, a new study finds.

The laser survey revealed that in a region of the hilly northern Yucatán, known as the Puuc (pronounced "Pook"), the Maya built remarkable structures, including artificial reservoirs, more than 1,200 ovens, a handful of terraces for farming and nearly 8,000 platforms where houses were built. The ancient Maya also quarried the rock there, the laser scan revealed.

"It seems to have been a very prosperous area because we have all these masonry [stone] houses," study lead researcher William Ringle, a professor emeritus of anthropology at Davidson College in North Carolina, told Live Science. "It seems like people had access to what they needed."

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked three big space companies for the first phase of a larger project to test nuclear propulsion above low Earth orbit by 2025.

General Atomics, Blue Origin and Lockheed Martin each received contracts for the Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program's first phase. While DARPA did not disclose the contract values in its announcement, media outlet Space News reported General Atomics received $22 million, Lockheed Martin $2.9 million and Blue Origin $2.5 million.

The teams were selected due to their ability to develop and deploy advanced systems for reactors, propulsion and spacecraft, DARPA officials said in a statement. The agency particularly emphasized the need for "rapid maneuver" for military systems but said this is difficult in space with conventional systems.

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NASA has chosen SpaceX to build spacecraft that will take humans to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo program wrapped up in 1972 — first reported by The Washington Post. The agency announced SpaceX had won the contract for the Artemis lunar lander at a press conference this afternoon. The company beat out Blue Origin (which teamed up with key aerospace players like Lockheed Martin) and defense contractor Dynetics to win the $2.9 billion contract. It was previously expected that NASA would select two of the companies.

NASA tends to pick multiple contractors for its key programs to promote competition and to ensure there are several options in case a provider can't make good on its proposal. It chose all three for the initial step of the contract last year but it has decided to go all in on SpaceX.

The company pitched its Starship for the Artemis missions. Although SpaceX has been encountering problems with the reusable spacecraft during testing (all of the prototypes have crashed and/or exploded thus far), NASA seems confident the company can get it right. SpaceX is still planning to take Starship into orbit later this year. The agency also explained that the reusable nature of the Starship factored into its decision.

The contract is a major victory for SpaceX. It's already working with NASA to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, with the next mission scheduled for April 22nd.

When the Artemis program spun up under the Trump administration, the goal was to take astronauts back to the Moon in 2024, but the timeline for the project is under review. NASA doesn't currently have the funding it needs to make the mission happen by 2024 either.

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We show you how to write a good essay

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Writing an essay can be hard work, but with practice, you can master it. We show you how.

Some storytellers can tell the simplest everyday events in such a way that your stomach aches from laughter, your eyes start to tear and you can suddenly feel sad or happy. Even though storytelling is an art, you can learn how to write an essay, news story, or story. It just takes practice and patience.

THE WRITING PROCESS

The writing process consists of a few steps that you can follow to make it easier for you: 

PLANNING

- what are you going to write about, whether it's news, and for whom you are writing it. 

WRITING A DRAFT

- how long will your report be and what do you want to say in it. Review - read through it and make sure your readers are not going to have questions after reading them (see the five W's and an H) and that all your facts are correct and true. 

EDITING

- change the message where necessary

PROOFREAD

- correct spelling and language errors. 

PRESENTATION

- when your post is finished and ready to read. When writing an essay in class, it is important that you make sure you understand the assignment and know what to write about. Planning is then very important. A mind map or spider diagram can help you a lot.

RESEARCH

- is very important for any essay. You can search for information on the internet and use it to substantiate your facts. You can also talk to people, read magazines and newspapers and take out a book on your subject at the library. There is often useful information in brochures and pamphlets as well.

 

NARRATIVE OR DESCRIPTIVE ESSAYS

Decide whether your essay will be narrative or descriptive.

A narrative essay or report is when you tell a story or story. A descriptive essay is when you describe something - you can use your senses for it! For both, you need to do research and planning before you start writing. With good planning, most of the work is done.

Remember to list your sources (where you get your information) so that you do not steal someone else's work and thus commit plagiarism. It is also important to rewrite your information in your own words. Did you know, like an essay, a news story can also be a narrative? This is because the news story tells a story.

When writing a news story, it is important that you use the right "recipe". It consists of the five W's and an H. 

WHO:

The topic your report or story is about. It does not have to be human. 

WHAT:

What did the subject do or what is going to happen? 

WHEN:

On what day and date did what your story is about to happen? You can also include other important dates. 

WHERE:

In what place (eg town, suburb, city, street, country) did it happen? 

WHY:

The reason or purpose for which you are writing the story. Do you warn people, tell them something new, inform them, or do you want to teach them something? 

HOW:

How did what you are writing about happen?

WRITING NEWS STORIES

When writing for a newspaper, the introductory paragraph is very important and you need to get your reader's attention. A strong headline (heading) and subheading (subheading) also helps a lot to make your post appealing to your reader and can even give some of the answers to the five W's and an H.

Make sure your head has a verb in it. If your story is too long, it will be cut from the bottom up. In news reports, therefore, the important information comes at the beginning - it is called the inverted pyramid.

It is very important that all facts in reports are 100% correct, that names and titles are spelled correctly, and that there are no language and spelling errors. To make your post credible, you can use quotes from the people involved in your story.




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Virgin Galactic rolled out its newest spaceship Tuesday as the company looks to resume test flights in the coming months at its headquarters in the New Mexico desert.

Company officials said it will likely be summer before the ship—designed and manufactured in California—undergoes glide flight testing at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico. That will coincide with the final round of testing for the current generation of spacecraft, which will be the one that takes British billionaire and Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson to the fringes of space later this year.

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In 2023, will civilians fly around the moon for the first time? According to Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa, the answer is yes. He is bankrolling the DearMoon mission, which is intended to take a group of eight people to the moon on SpaceX's still-in-development Starship and loop around Earth's natural satellite on a six-day mission.

The project, announced by Maezawa and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in 2018, originally planned to invite artists from around the world to experience. The criteria for "artists" was never clearly defined, but on Tuesday, in a new promotional video for the mission, Maezawa announced that DearMoon would be opened up to practically everyone across the globe.

"I began to think that maybe every single person who is doing something creative could be called an artist," he says in the video, which you can view below.

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The price of bitcoin has crashed spectacularly following weeks of steady gains.

More than $10,000 was wiped from the cryptocurrency’s value in the space of just a few hours on Monday, taking its value below $50,000.

The price correction came after bitcoin hit a new all-time high above $58,000 on Sunday.

Bitcoin’s price fell to below $49,000 on Monday, though its remarkable gains meant it was still trading higher than it was one week ago.

Other major cryptocurrencies also experienced heavy losses, including Ethereum (ether), bitcoin cash, cardano and dogecoin.

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