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Spacewalking astronauts finishing months of robot arm repair

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Spacewalking astronauts stepped out Friday to wrap up months of repair work on the International Space Station’s big robot arm. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japan’s Norishige Kanai emerged from the orbiting complex as the sun rose over Peru’s western coast, 250 miles below. The 58-foot robot arm had both of its aging mechanical hands replaced on spacewalks conducted in October and January. Friday’s work involved bringing one of those old hands inside so it can be returned to Earth for a tuneup and then flown back up, and moving the other gripper to a long-term storage location outside. This last spacewalk in the series should have been completed by now, but was postponed because of complications with the robotic hand that was installed last month. Further delays were caused by this week’s late arrival of a Russian supply ship. It was the first spacewalk for Kanai, a surgeon and former diving medical officer who arrived at the space station in December. For Vande Hei, it was spacewalk No. 4. He returns to Earth at the end of the month. Four other men currently live at the space station. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot…

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Workings of Russia's 'Troll Farm' detailed in federal grand jury indictment

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Accounts from as far back as 2014 described a “Troll Factory” in St. Petersburg where Russian tycoon Evgeny Prighozin, a longtime crony of President Vladimir Putin, reportedly began buttressing the regime of the former KGB spymaster and eventually morphed into a sprawling operation with international targets. On Friday a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., returned a 37-page indictment detailing just how involved the operation became in the 2016 presidential election. Some “Factory” workers have described the place as one where tech operatives beavered away in a col…

Recovered tweets detail scope of Russian trolling

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Hundreds of thousands of tweets attributed to Russian internet trolls deleted by Twitter have been recovered by NBC News and published online, offering new insight into the weaponization of social media amid ongoing concerns raised by Moscow’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. NBC News on Wednesday published a database containing more than 200,000 deleted tweets originally posted by Twitter accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, a St. Petersburg-based “troll farm” accused of waging offensive social media operations on behalf of the Russian government, …

Apple's iCal calendar mysteriously deletes Easter

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close Video Apple's most recent iOS update deletes Easter Easter and other major Christian and Jewish holidays have disappeared from Apple's iCal app for iPhone users running iOS 11.2.5. It's unclear if the missing Jewish holidays and lack of a Christian calendar are a software glitch or an oversight on Apple's part. Easter Sunday, which arrives on April 1 this year, is the culmination of Holy Week, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the most important holiday in the Christian religion. However, it's absent from some Apple us…

UC Berkeley researches design cockroach inspired robot

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A cockroach might be the key to a scientific breakthrough in robot technology. Researchers at UC Berkeley developed a small-sized robot based on the unique movements and capabilities of the insect, specifically to better “understand how animals can rapidly transition from running on level ground to climbing up vertical walls," Kaushik Jayaram, a Harvard fellow and recent UC Berkeley PhD graduate who designed the robot, told The San Francisco Chronicle. Cockroaches can travel more than 50 body lengths per second, which equates to roughly 200 miles-per-hour and have a special e…

Apple's new $349 HomePod leaves strange white stains on wood furniture

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Apple's HomePod (Credit: Apple) Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is leaving a strange white stain on wooden surfaces, according to some users. The Siri-enabled device was launched recently to rival Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home offerings. While the smart speaker has garnered some positive reviews, tech websites Wirecutter and Pocket Lint note that the device can stain wood. Apple’s HomePod sounds excellent, but its can feel limited next to other smart speakers—Oh, and also it leaves white rings on wood surfaces.…

Florida Shooter: When Social Media Foretells a Mass Shooting

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Disturbing social-media posts apparently made by Nikolas Cruz before a deadly shooting spree have rekindled questions about what responsibilities and capabilities technology companies and law-enforcement authorities have for detecting threats among the billions of words, images and videos online. Mr. Cruz on Thursday admitted to gunning down 17 people the day before at a Florida high school. Months... …

YouTube stars awake to 'lonely and disturbed' viewer firing gunshots at them

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White House Blames Russia For Massive 2017 Cyberattack

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The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for a massive cyberattack last year that crippled computer networks at multinational firms worldwide, vowing the hack would be met with “international consequences.” A White House statement on the cyberattack came a day after the U.K. formally blamed Russia. The Russian Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An... …