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China successfully launches first manned spacecraft to its space station

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This morning, the Long March-2F launch vehicle carrying the Shenzhou 12 spacecraft was successfully launched from the Gobi Desert Cosmodrome in northwest China. A crew of three is on board the ship. It is the first manned flight undertaken by China after nearly five years, and the first manned flight to dock with the Tianhe Space Station.

China successfully launches first manned spacecraft to its space station

Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo will spend three months at the station, testing its systems and performing spacewalks.

The main module, where the cosmonauts will be accommodated, was launched into orbit in early April, and at the end of May the Tianzhou-2 cargo ship docked to it. The astronauts will have to unload the equipment and equipment delivered by the cargo ship. The flight program also provides for scientific experiments.

Later this year, it is planned to perform one more cargo and manned flight to the station, and in total, to complete the construction of the station, it is necessary to complete 11 missions.

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US Army tests Microsoft’s $22 billion augmented reality glasses

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US Army tests Microsofts 22 billion augmented reality glasses

The US military has completed intensive testing of Microsoft’s new multifunctional glasses. The soldiers of the 70th Army wore glasses for three weeks, playing three 72-hour scenarios, including movement towards the enemy, attack and defense.

US Army tests Microsoft's $22 billion augmented reality glasses

The results of the test report, which will be published in September, will determine whether the US Congress will approve the next $424.2 million test cycle, as well as whether purchases of the device, which is planned to spend another $21.9 billion, will begin. It should be noted that these 22 billion included not only the cost of the glasses themselves, but also spare parts, as well as technical support services for 10 years.

The glasses are a “head display” of the type used by fighter pilots. From a technical point of view, this is a heavily modified version of the HoloLens glasses. The screen of the device, which is always in front of the soldier’s eyes, displays a map of the area, instructions from commanders and other data (for example, an image of a thermal imager).

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Elon Musk already has 100 million followers on Twitter. A little more, and he will move Cristiano Ronaldo into the top 5 most massive accounts of this social network

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Despite the fact that Elon Musk has not posted anything on Twitter for a week, his account on this social network is becoming more popular day by day. He recently passed the milestone of 100 million subscribers. To Cristiano Ronaldo, who is in last place in the top 5 most massive Twitter accounts, Musk is only 1.3 million subscribers.

Elon Musk already has 100 million followers on Twitter.  A little more, and he will move Cristiano Ronaldo into the top 5 most massive accounts of this social network

Just over four years ago, at the beginning of 2018, Musk had only 18 million followers on Twitter, and at the time of signing the recent deal to buy Twitter, Musk had 83.6 million followers on the social network. In other words, Ronaldo will not stay in fifth place for long.

It must be said that Musk is used by Twitter not only as a platform for communication, but also for manipulation – very often his messages influenced the quotes of stocks and cryptocurrencies. And you can also remember his tweet about Coca-Cola and cocaine – he became the second most popular in the history of the platform, having collected more than 4.5 million likes.

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Is ray tracing now on smartphones? Arm introduced the Immortalis-G715 GPU

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Is ray tracing now on smartphones Arm introduced the Immortalis G715

Arm has announced a new family of GPUs aimed at the next generation of gaming smartphones. The first solution was a GPU called Immortalis-G715. This is a model that offers hardware accelerated ray tracing. At the same time, it was noted that the G715 will not replace the solutions of the Mali series.

Is ray tracing now on smartphones?  Arm introduced the Immortalis-G715 GPU

Along with this, the company also introduced two new Mali GPUs with many improvements. For example, they support Variable Rate Shading (VRS) and other technologies, and offer 15% better performance and improved energy efficiency than previous models.

Is ray tracing now on smartphones?  Arm introduced the Immortalis-G715 GPU

Arm didn’t say much about ray tracing in the Immortalis-G715. So far, no tests or full-fledged comparisons have been presented, so it is not yet possible to assess the quality of work and the number of frames per second. At the same time, ready-made solutions will have to wait until 2023. However, Arm still shared a video that demonstrates the capabilities of the new graphics solution.

Previously, a new super-powerful Cortex-X3 processor core was reported. Less productive solutions were also presented.

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