NASA intends to sail across the cosmos from a microwave

Plus, the ruins of an ancient Incan City on Mars.
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NASA will unfurl a 860-square-foot solar sail from within a microwave-sized cube | Popular Science

“NASA hitched a ride aboard Rocket Lab’s Electron Launcher in New Zealand yesterday evening, and is preparing to test a new, highly advanced solar sail design. Now in a sun-synchronous orbit roughly 600-miles above Earth, the agency’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System (ACS3) will in the coming weeks deploy and showcase technology that could one day power deep-space missions without the need for any actual rocket fuel, after launch. By capturing the pressure emitted by solar energy, thin sheets can propel a spacecraft at immense speeds, similar to a sailboat.”

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How to make AI ‘pro worker’ | Axios

“A top economics researcher is making the case that generative AI could be good for workers, as long as there's a course correction in how businesses plan to use the technology. ‘The right way to think about generative AI is to view it as a flexible tool that's usable by human workers,’ MIT professor Daron Acemoglu said at an event hosted by the Group of 30 at the International Monetary Fund on Friday. ‘If we can do that — not just for managers and the top-level workers, but for electricians, plumbers, nurses, educators — I think there is a chance of turning this into a 'pro-worker' phenomenon.’”

10 must-know tips for cleaning every electronic device the right way | PCMag

“‘Are you better off now than you were four years ago?’ political ads will ask us this year. Well, we were ready to dunk everything we owned into a vat of bleach, so yes. But just because we're past the era of wiping down all our groceries and making our hands desert-dry with sanitizer doesn't mean that our electronic devices shouldn't be kept clean. Even though we're now less fanatical about disinfecting them, our devices still harbor plenty of germs and there's no stopping grime, so they should be cleaned regularly. Grab some microfiber cloths, cotton swabs, distilled water, isopropyl alcohol, and dish soap, and read our guide to making your gadgets gleam—after you unplug or turn them off, of course.”

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New vivid images show why this is dubbed Mars' 'Inca City' | Mashable

“A European spacecraft orbiting Mars has acquired some of the most detailed images yet of a region at the Red Planet's south pole known as ‘Inca City’. How this mysterious place earned its nickname is pretty obvious: From space, the natural grid-like pattern of pin-straight ridges, right angles, and polygons looks like the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. Though NASA's Mariner 9 spacecraft discovered this area — more formally referred to as Angustus Labyrinthus — 50 years ago, planetary scientists are still unsure what natural phenomenon drove its formation.”

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