This Tiny World Beyond Pluto Has the Building Blocks of Life

A little world far out in the solar system has the very building blocks of life on its surface. The object, MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule by NASA) includes not only water but also organic molecules — molecules that are common in biological and non-biological processes. While life as we know it doesn’t exist on MU69, the find shows that the ingredients of life are everywhere.

— Read on curiosity.com/topics/this-tiny-world-beyond-pluto-has-the-building-blocks-of-life-curiosity

The Boeing 737 Max 8 Grounding – Has Technology Gone too Far? | Armstrong Economics

Boeing 737 Max 8 Is automated safety going too far? Apparently, there was a screw-like device found in the wreckage in Ethiopia that has provided investigators with an early clue into what happened. This jackscrew was used to set the trim that raises and lowers the plane’s nose. It indicates the jet was configured to dive. This evidence persuaded U.S. regulators to ground the model. There are a lot of added features that pilots were not fully aware of. Even in our cars, there are features they do not tell you about. I have a Porsche. I pulled into my driveway and shut off the car but the stick was not completely in the park position. When I came out the next day, the battery was dead. My neighbor found the same thing happens when he travels. He has to keep his car plugged in because even when these newer cars are turned off, they are not completely off. It is still running programs and reporting back to a central computer. This is like Windows, which constantly wants to update so it can extract all your searching. Why does a car need to always be in touch with the manufacturer to the point that you cannot go on a trip and come back a couple of weeks later without discovering your battery is dead? Do we have to pop the hood and disconnect the battery before we take a trip? Technology has advanced, but it is now being abused.
— Read on www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/technology-world-news/the-boeing-737-max-8-grounding-has-technology-gone-too-far/

To Find Earth-Like Planets, Astronomers Are Using the Habitable Zone Planet Finder

A new astronomical spectrograph provides the highest-precision measurements to date of infrared signals from nearby stars, researchers report. The spectrograph allows astronomers to detect planets capable of having liquid water on their surfaces that orbit cool stars outside our solar system, according to a new paper in the journal Optica.

— Read on curiosity.com/topics/to-find-earth-like-planets-astronomers-are-using-the-habitable-zone-planet-finder-curiosity

Why Are Credit Card Chips Safer Than Magnetic Strips?

You know the drill by now. You step up to the cashier, push your purchases across the counter, and then slide your credit card through the reader. Then the machine beeps. “Do you have a chip?” the cashier says, even though you both know perfectly well that you do. “Right, right, I always forget,” you say, then you shove your card into the slot. You wait, and wait, and wait, and then suddenly the machine freaks out — REMOVE YOUR CARD NOW! You grab it, and walk away with your head down, leaving everything you just bought behind you. There’s got to be an easier way.

— Read on curiosity.com/topics/why-are-credit-card-chips-safer-than-magnetic-strips-curiosity/

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