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by Joel Hruska

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Plate tectonics — the slow movement of the Earth’s continents across the globe, and their interactions with each other — is a relatively new discovery, having only been broadly accepted in the geologic community since the mid-1960s. …


by Ryan Whitwam

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed the most critical phase of its mission: booping an asteroid. The probe has been orbiting the asteroid Bennu for almost two years, but yesterday it descended to the surface to scoop up a few grams of precious primordial material for eventual return to Earth.

According to the NASA team, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft fired its thrusters at 1:50PM EDT to drop out of orbit. As it floated toward the unexpectedly craggy surface on its pre-programmed maneuver, the robot extended its sampling arm. …


by Joel Hruska

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SK Hynix has announced it will acquire Intel’s NAND memory business for $9B, including Intel’s NAND SSD foundry, its component and wafer business, and the manufacturing facility Intel built in Dalian, China. The announcement specifically states that Intel will retain its Optane business.

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The two companies envision a protracted sale process. SK Hynix and Intel hope to have regulator approval for the merger by late 2021. …

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