Feline Frenzy: NASA Live Streams Cat Video from Galactic Depths

On Dec. 11, NASA engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., viewed a cat video from 18.6 million miles away, the farthest ever. NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications (D.S.O.C.) experiment, aims to improve communication infrastructure for space exploration. The experimentation of laser communications will allow larger amounts of data to be transmitted over longer distances, essential for future Mars missions. Using a Psyche spacecraft, the D.S.O.C. experiment transmitted the cat video to demonstrate this capability. While the data rates of 267 megabits per second are promising, NASA is cautious about the results and requirements for transformed into reliable operations. The D.S.O.C. experiment aims to scale up optical communications technology already used on satellites orbiting Earth, and will continue experimentation to test its limits.

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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