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NASA updates policies to protect the moon and Mars from human germs that may hitchhike on astronauts

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As NASA gears up to send humans to the moon and Mars it is also working on new advances to protect the space terrains from human germs. The American space agency released updates to its Planetary Protection Policies that provide new requirements for both astronaut and robotic missions. The added policies note that no biological matter is left on or around the moon, along with humans are to not contaminate any part of Mars with biological materials or return to Earth with germs from the Red Planet. The first woman and next man are set to head to the moon in 2024 and the first crewed mission to Mars is planned for the 2030s – and as early as 2035. The added policies note that no biological matter is left on or around the moon.


Elon Musk's Boring Company hosts contest to find a machine that digs a tunnel faster than a snail

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Elon Musk envisions tunnels deep in the ground to solve'soul-destroying traffic' – but now he needs your help. The billionaire is hosting a competition through The Boring Company that challenges the public to dig a 98-foot deep tunnel with a circular opening of 19.7 inches. According to The Boring Company's site, the main objective of the contest is to dig faster than a snail, which is 14 times faster than its own machine. Three winners are set to be chosen in spring 2021 for fastest to complete the tunnel, along with one that has a driving surface that a Tesla remote controlled car can drive through. Elon Musk envisions tunnels deep in the ground to solve'soul-destroying traffic' – but now he needs your help.


Apple releases iOS 14 public beta for users to test -but it may be riddled with bugs

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Apple released the first public beta of its new iOS 14 Thursday, allowing users to take a look at the new features ahead of the fall roll out. This version is far from polished, but allows users to poke around for bugs that may have gone unnoticed by the firm ahead of the official September launch. Downloading the new operating system gives you the first look at a redesigned home screen, widget gallery and App clips, along with a new Siri interface. However, those who regret taking the chance, you will need to wipe and restore your smartphone – but you can recover everything stored on the device. Apple released the first public beta of its new iOS 14 Thursday, allowing users to take a look at the new features ahead of the fall roll out.


Robotic crib automatically rocks crying babies back to sleep

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A tech company in San Francisco has developed a new smart crib to help keep babies asleep throughout the night without parents needing to constantly get up and check on them. Described as a baby's'sleep guardian,' the Cradlewise crib comes equipped with motion sensors and microphones to detect when a baby is astir or has begun crying in the middle of the night. The crib's AI programming will kick into motion and begin rocking the mattress to coax the baby back to sleep again without needing to rouse its parents. Cradlewise is a new smart crib from a San Francisco tech company that's designed to automatically begin rocking when motion sensors or a microphone detect signs the baby is awake Over time, Cradlewise says the crib's AI will build a profile of the baby's particular sleep habits and begin varying its rocking motions throughout the night in anticipation of periods when it might otherwise have woken. Parents will also be able to control the crib through a smartphone app that will also offer a live video feed of the baby at all times when it's in the crib.


Elon Musk says Tesla vehicles are 'very close' to being completely autonomous

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US electric vehicle maker Tesla is'very close' to achieving complete autonomous driving technology, CEO Elon Musk said on Thursday, referring to the capability to navigate roads without any driver input. 'I'm extremely confident that level 5 or essentially complete autonomy will happen and I think will happen very quickly,' Musk said in remarks made via a video message at the opening of Shanghai's annual World Artificial Intelligence Conference. 'I remain confident that we will have the basic functionality for level 5 autonomy complete this year.' Tesla is also developing new heat-projection or cooling systems to enable more advanced computers in cars, Musk said. US electric vehicle maker Tesla is'very close' to achieving complete autonomous driving technology, CEO Elon Musk said on Thursday, via a video message at the opening of Shanghai's annual World Artificial Intelligence Conference Musk said that Tesla was confident that the electric vehicle maker will have the'basic functionality for level 5 autonomy complete this year'.


The eufyCam 2C Wireless Home Security Camera System sale Amazon

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If you want to keep an eye on your home from afar, then the eufyCam 2C Wireless Home Security Camera System is a trusted buy. Now priced at £159.99 on Amazon, down from £259.99, it's also an affordable purchase. Key features that set apart the best home security cameras include night and day colour display, 135-degree wide-angle lens, notification alerts, plenty of storage for your recorded footage, and no monthly fees for storage. The eufyCam 2C has all these and more. You can now save £100 on the eufyCam 2C Wireless Home Security Camera System- now on Amazon for only £159.99


There is no such thing as 'he's just not my type', scientists say

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Scientists say online daters and singletons'might as well let a stranger pick their dates' because they don't really know what they want in a romantic partner. US researchers say they've found little evidence that people actually desire romantic partners who uniquely fit their ideal description or type. Singletons often become so romantically interested in prospective matches that they convince themselves that their date does possess the traits they deem most desirable. A person's ideal partner does not reflect'any unique personal insight' of tastes, researchers say – and when we say what we like in a partner we're actually just describing qualities that everyone likes. The research could help shift online dating away from a model that focuses on stringently matching profiles and attributes.


The Echo Plus smart speaker is now 50 per off in the Amazon Summer Sale that's a huge saving of £70

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Amazon's Summer Sale 2020 is here! The sale, which ends on Sunday, July 12, is a great time to pick up incredible bargains across Amazon's departments, including big savings on popular tech items. From top-rated fitness trackers and smart bathroom scales to bestselling wireless headphones, there are several deals on Amazon you need to know about. This includes an unmissable saving on Amazon's Echo Plus (2nd Gen). You can now get the Alexa smart speaker with a huge 50 per cent off- that's a massive saving of £70.


Not to be missed: Save up to 43% off Philips Hue Starter Kits in the Amazon Summer Sale

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The Amazon Summer Sale has kicked off with a great range of discounts on everything from laptops, tablets, smartwatches and headphones, placing the best tech at your fingertips for less. There are plenty of smart home gadget savings to take advantage of, with the Echo Dot (3rd generation) with clock now half price. And if you've been curious about smart lights, but don't know where to start, today you can score up to 43 per cent off Philips Hue Starter Kits. The Hue Starter Kits on sale all include three bulbs (screw, cap or spot) and the Philips Hue Bridge, which is an internet-connected central hub. It allows you to add up to 50 Philips Hue lights of your choice, is easy to install and enables full smart home control with the likes of Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant.


Harry Potter 'open world' video game 'due next year'

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Details of the hotly-anticipated Harry Potter video game based on JK Rowling's hugely popular series of books have been leaked. The'high-end' role-playing game will let'muggles' become witches and wizards, cast spells and attend classes at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Controlling a virtual avatar, gamers will be able to roam a vast, open-world re-creation of Hogwarts and its surrounding areas, according to developers quoted by Bloomberg. The game is in development at a Warner Bros-owned studio, Avalanche Software, which has a history of developing games based on films, including Toy Story and Cars. It's reportedly due for release late in 2021 for Sony's new PlayStation 5 console, which will be released in late 2020, and Microsoft's Xbox Series X consoles.