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NASA delays Juno spacecraft’s retirement after detecting mysterious radio waves

The Juno spacecraft, orbiting Jupiter since 2016, has a new lease on life, thanks to NASA. This robotic explorer is now due to continue its mission, at least until September 2025.

A mission extension recently granted by NASA extends the Juno program means the spacecraft will continue to gather science about the largest planet in our Solar System and its retinue of dozens of moons. Some of these moons are known to have water (particularly Europa), and they may be among the most-likely places in the Solar System where we might find primitive life.

“Since its first orbit in 2016,

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Apple may bring MagSafe and SD card slots back to the MacBook

Apple engineers are apparently feeling bit of nostalgia up in Cupertino. After reports the company is apparently planning on killing the Touch Bar, a report from Bloomberg suggests the company is planning to bring back the MagSafe charger and SD card slots.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with MagSafe, it was the company’s way of preventing your laptop (or you) from shattering when you inevitably tripped over the charger. The company began to abandon MagSafe after introducing USB-C with the 2015 MacBook. As great as USB-C is, it doesn’t do much to prevent you from tripping.

An upcoming

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Microsoft Edge gets ‘sleeping’ tabs and a password generator

Microsoft today added a bunch of new features to its Edge browser, helping bring it to parity with Chrome in some areas while adding some unique touches in others.

Perhaps most notably, Edge now has a password generator and monitor, helping you keep your accounts safe from hackers and making sure you’re not using the same login information for every website.

The browser will automatically suggest a password when you sign up for a new account or change an old password, and the new safety monitor will let you know if your login information has been found on the shady

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The White House website reinstates Spanish version that Trump removed

Following President Joe Biden‘s inauguration, the White House‘s  official website has promptly re-instated a Spanish version of its website. ¡Por fin!

As noted by Julio Ricardo Varela of Latino Rebels the Spanish page is directly accessible from the White House website’s main menu, or at whitehouse.gov/es. There are new La Casa Blanca Twitter and Facebook accounts too.

You might recall that upon the Trump administration taking over the website, the Spanish version was promptly removed. At the time, then Press Secretary

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Trump gets suspended from YouTube for another week

Last week, YouTube suspended President Trump from its platform for seven days following the riot at the Capitol, saying a recent video on his channel had incited violence. At the time, YouTube said it would revisit the move at the end of the suspension, and today the video platform announced it is extending the ban for another seven days.

Although Trump’s previous videos — other than the one that was removed — are still available on his account, the suspension prevents the outgoing president from posting new videos. YouTube has also disabled comments for videos on his channel.

The extension

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Trump’s Twitter ban led to a 73% drop in election misinformation

Trump‘s bans from Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms may have been controversial, but they appear to have been effective in achieving one goal: combatting misinformation. According to research firm Zignal Labs, and as reported by the Washington Post, online misinformation about election fraud dropped by 73%, following Trump’s ban.

According to the report, which covers the period from January 9 to 15:

  • “Conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000.”
  • The use of hashtags related to the Capitol riot dipped considerably. #FightforTrump dropped by 95 percent.
  • #HoldTheLine and “March for Trump” fell by 95 percent.
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