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After a remarkable resurrection, Firefly may reach space in 2019

Enlarge / Testing a turbopump as the Sun sets in central Texas. (credit: Firefly) CEDAR PARK, Texas—Some four centuries ago, the sultan of the Ottoman Empire wearied of his bothersome neighbors in Eastern Europe. So Mehmed the Hunter, an Islamic holy warrior who reigned for four decades, wrote to the piratical Cossacks living in what …

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Google Play caught hosting an app that steals users’ cryptocurrency

Enlarge (credit: Yu Chun Christopher Wong/S3studio/Getty Images) Google Play has been caught hosting yet another malicious app, this time one that was designed to steal cryptocurrency from unwitting end users, researchers said Friday. The malware, which masqueraded as a legitimate cryptocurrency app, worked by replacing wallet addresses copied into the Android clipboard with one belonging …

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A potted history of Japan’s car industry delights at the Petersen Museum

This Datsun Model 16 Coupe is actually a pre-war Japanese car. [credit: Jonathan Gitlin ] LOS ANGELES—Like most nerds, I love spending time in a good museum. It doesn’t matter if it’s planes, video games, cars—even creationists. (OK, that last one wasn’t good, per se.) When it comes to good car museums, the Petersen Automotive Museum …

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New images of the distant Ultima Thule object have surprised scientists

Enlarge / New Horizons took this image of the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule) on Jan. 1, 2019, when the NASA spacecraft was 8,862km beyond it. The image to the left is an “average” of ten images. (credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI) Back in early January, when scientists pulled down their first batch of data …

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Drug companies are sitting on generics—43% of recently approved aren’t for sale

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Ute Grabowsky ) Of the more than 1,600 generic drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration since January of 2017, more than 700—or 43 percent—are not for sale in the US, according to a new analysis by Kaiser Health News. The finding means that many pricy, brand-name drugs are not …

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Apple’s internal hardware team is working on modems now, likely to replace Intel

Enlarge / The iPhone XS. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple will design its own modems in-house, according to sources that spoke with Reuters. In doing so, the company may hope to leave behind Intel modems in its mobile devices, which Apple has used since a recent falling out with Qualcomm. According to the sources, the team …

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