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NASA is looking for ideas on how to reuse waste during a mission to Mars

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Slowly but surely, NASA is preparing to send astronauts to the planet Mars. Just recently, the American space agency announced the holding of a competition for ideas concerning the recycling and reuse of waste produced during a Mars mission. In collaboration with the HeroX platform, NASA’s tournament lab has launched a “Waste to Base” challenge during which participants will have to come up with ideas for, for example, recycling carbon dioxide or foam packaging materials.

According to reports, those who want to participate will have until March 15 to send in their ideas. There will be a prize of $1,000 for each new idea, with a total of $24,000 to be given away.

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According to what can be read on the competition website, the winner will be known by April 22.

Recycle as much as possible

On the website dedicated to the competition, you can read some explanations about what NASA expects from participants. The challenge will be to find ways to convert waste into raw material or something else like fuel or a material that can be 3D printed.

According to the site, it is not possible to create a perfectly efficient reuse cycle, but ideal solutions should produce very little or no waste.

Who can participate?

As for the participants, the eligibility criteria are given on the competition website. But in general, anyone aged 18 and over can participate individually or as a team. According to HeroX, it is sufficient that the country of origin is not subject to United States sanctions.

Aside from the monies offered for winning ideas, these will also be part of the roadmap for future technology development work within NASA.

For the moment, the American space agency has not given precise dates regarding the sending of astronauts to Mars. In recent years, however, NASA has talked about the mid-2030s. So there are a few years left to be able to make possible the possible winning ideas of the competition, and there are also future missions to the Moon that could serve to make them possible. test.

SOURCE: Space.com

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A $250 smartphone with 10x optical zoom? In China, such a device will allegedly be released under the NZone brand.

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In China, an inexpensive smartphone with a 10x optical zoom can.

A $250 smartphone with 10x optical zoom?  In China, such a device will allegedly be released under the NZone brand.

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The operator China Mobile under the NZone brand is preparing to release a model with the catalog number SP210, which will receive a triple main camera with a 10x optical zoom. Unfortunately, we only know that the main sensor will have a resolution of 50 megapixels.

Perhaps the information about 10x optical zoom is a mistake or a typo. Firstly, since the smartphone will cost only $250, and secondly, because NZone is China Mobile’s brand under which the company releases Huawei smartphones. And Huawei simply does not have an inexpensive smartphone with a 10x optical zoom. In fact, there are no such devices on the market at all.

Perhaps this refers to a hybrid zoom, or even only digital. But if, by some miracle, a $250 smartphone with a 10x optical zoom does come out, it will be a unique product.

From the rest, a 6.7-inch IPS screen, 5G support, an unknown eight-core platform, 8 GB of RAM, 128 or 256 GB of flash memory, and a 4900 mAh battery are reported. Dimensions will be 163.3 x 74.7 x 8.4 mm with a weight of 195 g.

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Apple wants to use E Ink screens in the iPhone and iPad. The company is testing similar displays as auxiliary displays for flexible models.

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Apple wants to use E Ink screens in the iPhone

Apple may start using E Ink screens in its devices. Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo spoke about this.

Apple wants to use E Ink screens in the iPhone and iPad.  The company is testing similar displays as auxiliary displays for flexible models.

Apple is testing an E Ink display for future foldable devices. The E Ink color display can be the go-to solution for foldable devices that need a cover or second screen due to its excellent power savings

Kuo says that Apple considers such screens as additional ones. For example, it can be a small secondary screen on a foldable iPhone or a screen on an iPad case.

E Ink screens only consume energy to change the image, so they are great for such tasks. We have already seen smartphones with such screens, so there is nothing new for the market.

When such devices can enter the market is not yet clear, but Apple may not release the first foldable smartphones until 2025, according to the same analyst.

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A new era in the Windows mobile game console market. GPD has already received the Ryzen 7 6800U APU for the Win Max 2 console

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A new era in the Windows mobile game console market

With the release of Ryzen 6000 mobile processors, equipped with very powerful iGPUs, a new era of Windows handheld game consoles is dawning.

The Aya Neo 2 console with Ryzen 7 6800U was unveiled yesterday, and now GPD has boasted that it has already acquired a batch of the same APUs, so GPD Win Max 2 test models based on this platform should be ready by June. Judging by the entry, the company did not expect that it would be able to get the processors so quickly.

A new era in the Windows mobile game console market.  GPD has already received the Ryzen 7 6800U APU for the Win Max 2 console

GPD Win Max 2 was introduced back in March, but with a Core i7-1280P processor, but its graphics subsystem is no match for the iGPU in the Ryzen 7 6800U.

As a result, before the end of the year, at least two more portable set-top boxes with Windows that can handle modern games should appear on the market. True, apparently, in both cases we are talking about a Full HD screen, which creates an additional load on the GPU. For the same Steam Deck, the resolution is HD.

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