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Rocket Lab Successfully Reaches Orbit and Deploys Its First Satellites

Long-time Slashdot reader ClarkMills writes: Rocket Lab has successfully launched its second Electron rocket from New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula, with the rocket reaching orbit for the first time… This follows the company’s first launch last May, in which the rocket got to space but did not make it to orbit after range safety officials had to kill the flight. Just ... Read More »

‘Is It Time For Open Processors?’

Linux kernel developer (and LWN.net co-founder) Jonathan Corbet recently posted an essay with a tantalizing title: “Is it time for open processors?” He cited several “serious initiatives”, including the OpenPOWER effort, OpenSPARC, and OpenRISC, adding that “much of the momentum” appears to be with the RISC-V architecture. An anonymous reader quotes LWN.net: The [RISC-V] project is primarily focused on the ... Read More »

Flat Earther Plans New Rocket Launch, Predicts Super Bowl-Sized Ratings

Self-taught rocket scientist/daredevil “Mad” Mike Hughes will finally launch his homemade rocket in two weeks — despite “anonymous online haters questioning his every move.” An anonymous reader quotes PhillyVoice: He’s found some private land in the “ghost town” of Amboy, California — complete with a brand-spanking-new road that’ll enable him to get his motor home and rocket gear to the ... Read More »

Australian Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests On Fire

An anonymous reader writes: If you’ve been counting the ways the Australian environment is trying to kill you, you can now add “arson” to the list. According to a six-year study published in The Journal of Ethnobiology, observers have confirmed what Aboriginal rangers have been observing for years: birds of prey routinely carry burning or smouldering sticks into dry grassy ... Read More »