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SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Wednesday, less than two days after completing a flight chartered by millionaires.

It’s the first NASA crew comprised equally of men and women, including the first Black woman making a long-term spaceflight, Jessica Watkins.

“This is one of the most diversified, I think, crews that we’ve had in a really, really long time,” NASA’s space operations mission chief Kathy Lueders said on the eve of launch.

The astronauts were due to arrive at the space station Wednesday night, 16 hours after their predawn liftoff from Kennedy Space Center. They will spend five months at the orbiting lab.

SpaceX has now launched five crews for NASA and two private trips in just under two years. Elon Musk’s company is having an especially busy few weeks: It just finished taking three businessmen to and from the space station as NASA’s first private guests.

A week after the new crew arrives, the three Americans and German they’re replacing will return to Earth in their own SpaceX capsule. Three Russians also live at the space station.

Both SpaceX and NASA officials stressed they’re taking it one step at a time to ensure safety. The private mission that concluded Monday encountered no major problems, they said, although high wind delayed the splashdown for a week.

The SpaceX capsules are fully automated — which opens the space gates to a broader clientele — and they’re designed to accommodate a wider range of body sizes. At the same time, NASA and the European Space Agency have been pushing for more female astronauts.

While two Black women visited the space station during the shuttle era, neither moved in for a lengthy stay. Watkins, a geologist who is on NASA’s short list for a moon-landing mission in the years ahead, sees her mission as “an important milestone, I think, both for the agency and for the country.”

She credits supportive family and mentors — including Mae Jemison, the first Black woman in space in 1992 — for “ultimately being able to live my dream.”

Like Watkins, NASA astronaut and test pilot Bob Hines is making his first spaceflight. It’s the second visit for the European Space Agency’s lone female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, a former Italian Air Force fighter pilot, and NASA’s Kjell Lindgren, a physician.

The just-completed private flight was NASA’s first dip into space tourism after years of opposition. The space agency said the three people who paid $55 million each to visit the space station blended in while doing experiments and educational outreach. They were accompanied by a former NASA astronaut employed by Houston-based Axiom Space, which arranged the flight.

“The International Space Station is not a vacation spot. It’s not an amusement park. It is an international laboratory, and they absolutely understood and respected that purpose,” said NASA flight director Zeb Scoville.

NASA also hired Boeing to ferry astronauts after retiring the shuttles. The company will take another shot next month at getting an empty crew capsule to the space station, after software and other problems fouled a 2019 test flight and prevented a redo last summer.


Ferrari is heading into the era of fully electric cars

The Italian company “Ferrari” intends to expand its activity to produce fully electric cars for the first time in the history of the luxury car giant.
Reuters quoted reports that the company plans to expand the Ferrari Maranello plant in Italy, to include a third production line dedicated to electric cars, and a facility for research and development of batteries.
The reports added that Ferrari is expected to unveil its new strategy for the electric car industry next week on June 16 during Capital Markets Day.
It is noteworthy that the trend towards electric cars has nothing to do with sales, as sales of luxury Ferrari cars reached a record number of 11,155 cars in 2021.
Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna is working on the company’s plans for the next four years, as it has moved away from V12 engines towards electric, and the company is set to launch its first fully electric car by 2025, but it has a lot of work to do. them to accomplish this transformation.
Earlier, the Chinese market regulator said last April that the Italian luxury sports car manufacturer Ferrari would recall 2,222 cars in China due to a possible malfunction in the braking systems.
The State Administration for Market Regulation stated that the recall includes “458 Italia”, “458 Speciale”, “458 Speciale A”, “458 Spider”, “488 GTB” and “488 Spider”, in addition to cars imported from March. 2010 and March 2019, according to Reuters.

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TikTok adds new screen control feature to reduce continuous scrolling

TikTok revealed on Thursday a new screen time control feature that allows users to set custom limits for how much time they want to spend on the app, encouraging users to take a break from continuous scrolling.

This new feature is similar to previous screen time controls, which timed out after a designated daily limit, including more than 40, 60, 90 or 120 minutes.

The new setting, however, allows users to set up a reminder through the app to “take a break” if they have had it open for an extended period of time.

“These prompts will remind people to take a break after a certain amount of uninterrupted screen time, which they can set as they choose,” said Jordan Furlong, TikTok’s product manager of digital well-being.

The company also said it will issue users between the ages of 13 and 17 “digital well-being prompts” when they have used the app for more than 100 minutes in a single day.

Furlong said that the prompts will “remind them of our screen time limit tool the next time they open the app.”

The new features will also be accompanied by a screen time dashboard, which offers daily data on how much time users have spent on the app. Users can opt for weekly notifications to review their screen time dashboard.

These changes come after mounting pressure on social media platforms to regulate “addictive” social media use among teens.

On Thursday, a family sued Meta over their daughter’s eating disorder, self-harm and thoughts of suicide due to her addictive use of Instagram.

The lawsuit follows seven other similar lawsuits filed against Meta, saying that excessive exposure to social media platforms had led to attempted or actual suicide, eating disorders, sleeplessness and other issues.

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“Apple” amaze everyone with a “coffin” car without windows

Media sources revealed what the car that everyone is waiting for, which is the promising “Apple” electric car, might look like.
The sources pointed out that the “Apple Car” obtained a new patent due to the placement of virtual screens inside instead of clear windows.
According to the report published in the “Daily Mail”, the technology giant has filed a patent for a virtual reality (VR) vehicle system that matches “virtual views” with the physical movement of the vehicle as it travels and moves.
The patent indicates that the chairs in the car will move to match the visual images, providing an experience similar to attending a “4DX” cinema.

This means that real landscapes that may be picturesque will be completely replaced by virtual graphics.

Initial images of the waiting car were circulated, in which it appeared somewhat similar to the company’s control mouse (mouse) in terms of aerodynamics, as some mocked it and compared it to a “coffin”.

The company has been developing “Apple Car” for a decade, but there is no word on when it will be officially revealed.

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