Bezos’ Blue Origin conducts successful test flight for tourism rocket

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Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, at New Shepard's West Texas launch facility
Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, at New Shepard’s West Texas launch facility

Blue Origin, the US space company founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, succeeded Tuesday in its latest test flight of its rocket aimed at one day taking tourists to space, even as the date of the first crewed launch remains unclear.

The New Shepard capsule, which was propelled over the boundary of space by a small reusable launch vehicle that returned to land vertically, will one day carry up to six passengers.

It attained an altitude of 66 miles (106 kilometers) above sea level, before descending back to the surface using parachutes and landing in a cloud of dust in the desert of West Texas.

Its total flight time was 10 minutes and nine seconds.

Blue Origin previously unveiled the capsule’s interior: six seats with horizontal backrests, placed next to large portholes, in a futuristic cabin with swish lighting.

Multiple cameras help immortalize the few minutes the tourists experience weightlessness while taking in the Earth’s curvature.

This summer, competitor Virgin Galactic showed off the interior of its own vessel which is one day supposed to take private passengers to the boundaries of space for a few minutes.

But neither company has announced the start of commercial flights, which have been expected for years.


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ConnecTechAsia Wraps Up Successful First Live Virtual Event

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Event to continue with on-going marketplace and conferences available on demand till 1 June 2021

SINGAPORE, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ConnecTechAsia, Asia’s leading Infocomm Media and Technology event concluded last week after three days of insightful conference sessions and exhibitions on the latest solutions and trends empowering the digital economy.

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More than 6800 attendees participated in the first fully virtual iteration of the event that featured some 200 conference sessions, 280+ speakers and 323 exhibitors. ConnecTechAsia also expanded its content to include new shows, conferences, competitions and award ceremonies.

New Awards and Competitions

One of the highlights of the event, the inaugural CommunicAsia Awards, recognised innovation and achievement across global service providers. The virtual award ceremony was held on 30 September and featured winners in the categories of:

  • Best RAN Technology, won by Huawei Technologies with their Massive MIMO Enabling Superior 5G Experience.

  • Most Innovative 5G Trial in APAC, taken by the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital of Thailand for their implementation of 5G to build a secure, reliable and smart 5G Hospital in Thailand.

  • Telecom Service Innovation in Response to COVID-19, awarded to Robi Axiata for their Crisis Igniting Innovation Project.

  • Most Significant Contribution to Edge Computing, saw SK Telecom taking it with their multi-cloud supported 5G edge platform and services.

36 start-ups also took part in the first edition of Elevating Founders Asia, the flagship start-up event of ConnecTechAsia. After two days of pitch-offs, the winners for the various verticals were:

  • Overall Winner/Smart Cities – Dot Incorporation was crowned overall winner as they reinvent accessibility with their Dot Watch, an accumulation of their work in the field of assistive technology.

  • HealthTech – Ostique, a female, mission-led team, developing innovative ostomy devices combining advanced functionality with customisable aesthetics to improve patients’

The world’s first successful identification and characterization of in vivo senescent cells

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The world's first successful identification and characterization of in vivo senescent cells
The research team generate a p16-Cre ERT2 – tdTomato mouse model to uncover the in vivo dynamics and properties of p16high cells. Single-cell RNA-seq analyses of various tissues from early middle-aged p16-CreERT2-tdTomato mice reveal that p16high cells exhibit heterogenous senescence-associated phenotypes, while elimination of p16high cells ameliorates steatosis and inflammation in a NASH model. Credit: The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo

Cell senescence is a state of permanent cell cycle arrest that was initially defined for cells grown in cell culture. It plays a key role in age-associated organ dysfunction and age-related diseases such as cancer, but the in vivo pathogenesis is largely unclear.


A research team led by Professor Makoto Nakanishi of the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo, generated a p16-Cre ERT2 -tdTomato mouse model to characterize in vivo p16 high cells at the single-cell level.

They found tdTomato-positive p16 high cells detectable in all organs, which were enriched with age. They also found that these cells failed to proliferate and had half-lives ranging from 2.6 to 4.2 months, depending on the tissue examined.

Single-cell transcriptomics in the liver and kidneys revealed that p16 high cells were present in various cell types, though most dominant in hepatic endothelium and in renal proximal and distal tubule epithelia, and that these cells exhibited heterogeneous senescence-associated phenotypes.

Further, elimination of p16 high cells ameliorated nonalcoholic steatohepatitis-related hepatic lipidosis and immune cell infiltration.

These results were published in Cell Metabolism on September 18, 2020.

There were a variety of senescent cells in the kidney, lung, liver, heart, brain

According to the research team, tamoxifen (TAM) was administered to middle-aged mice to investigate the location of senescent cells. What they found was that they could detect these cells in all organs they investigated such as kidney, lung, liver,

1st successful test launch of the German A4 rocket (AKA the V-2)

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a large ship in a body of water with smoke coming out of it: The launch of a German V-2 rocket.


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The launch of a German V-2 rocket.

On Oct. 3, 1942, Germany did the first-ever successful test launch of a ballistic missile. 

This missile was officially named Aggregat 4 (A4) but more commonly known as the V-2. The V-2 was designed by the famous German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, and it proved to be a super deadly weapon during World War II. 

It launched from an island off the Baltic coast of Germany called Peenemünde and reached an altitude of 52.5 miles (84.5 kilometers) before safely landing right on target 118 miles (190 km) away.

Each year, the first week of October kicks off the United Nation’s World Space Week, which celebrates the world’s achievements in space since the dawn of the Space Age on Oct. 4, 1957 with the launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite. Find out how to celebrate World Space Week 2020 here.

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Still not enough space? Don’t forget to check out our Space Image of the Day, and on the weekends our Best Space Photos and Top Space News Stories of the week. 

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The One Smartphone That Can Defeat Apple’s Successful iPhone SE

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With the launch of the iPhone SE, Apple knew it would have a hit on its hands. The diminutive SE matched the power of the iPhone 11 family with the A13 bionic chip, packed into a smaller device at a competitive price. That combination kept overall iPhone sales high as the coronavirus pandemic closed in on the world.

The iPhone SE’s marketing was built around matching performance. There’s very little performance difference here between the SE and the entry-level ‘regular’ iPhone. That’s about to change, as Tim Cook grabs the target market away from the iPhone SE.

When the first iPhone SE was launched in 2016, it was a clear extension of the 2015 generation of handsets, namely the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Although it was running the same chipset as the flagship handsets (namely Apple’s A9), it was packaged in design of the previous iteration of iPhone, that of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S.

When it launched just six months after the 6S and 6S Plus, it matched their specs at a lower price, putting a lot of pressure on the iPhone 6 thanks to its lower price and a focus on it carrying the same power and potential as the other current handsets.

And the iPhone SE was a bit of a success.

The arrival of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus saw the September smartphones pull ahead of the iPhone SE, with the key component being the next-generation system on chip, the Apple A10 Fusion. With no major update