NASA discovers a new ‘super-Earth’

PLUS: Woman merges robotic limb with bone

Welcome, Tech enthusiasts.

NASA just discovered a new ‘super-Earth‘ that has the potential to sustain human life.

Sitting at only 137 lightyears away, the new finding opens up further possibilities for human civilization to expand beyond Earth. Let’s get into it.

In today’s tech rundown:

  • NASA discovers a new ‘super-Earth’

  • Woman has a robotic limb merged with bone

  • 10 new products

  • Bluesky opens public sign-ups

  • Apple Vision Pro heads to China

  • Mozilla opens up a new subscription-based service

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The Rundown: Scientists have discovered a super-Earth called TOI-715 b, in the habitable zone of a red dwarf star, sparking excitement about potential life-supporting conditions 137 light-years away.

The details::

  • TOI-715 b is 1.5 times wider than Earth.

  • It resides in the star's "conservative" habitable zone, with a second Earth-sized planet also possibly existing in the same zone.

  • Advanced instruments like the James Webb Space Telescope could probe its atmosphere.

Why it matters: TOI-715 b's discovery within a habitable zone may advance our search for extraterrestrial life, as it's a prime candidate for detailed atmospheric study, potentially revealing conditions for life.


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The Rundown: Karin, dubbed "the real bionic woman," is the first to receive a robotic limb that integrates with her nervous and skeletal systems, offering new hope for amputees

The details:

  • Karin lost her right hand in a farming accident over 20 years ago.

  • The bionic limb allows her to perform 80% of tasks she could do with both hands.

  • The limb, developed by a team from Sweden, Australia, and Italy, uses osseointegration and AI.

Why it matters: This breakthrough represents a significant advancement in prosthetic technology, potentially transforming the quality of life for amputees worldwide by offering more natural and intuitive control over artificial limbs.


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Bluesky, the decentralized social platform, is now open for public sign-ups and is preparing to let developers host their services on its AT Protocol.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a warning against using Apple Vision Pro headsets while driving due to the distraction they pose.

YouTube is experimenting with color-filtered video recommendations for a tailored visual browsing experience.

Dell is revising its remote work policy by requiring hybrid employees to spend more time in the office.

Spotify's Q4 2023 financial report reflects growth in subscribers and monthly users despite layoffs and a loss.

Apple's Vision Pro headset is slated for release in China by May, with ongoing trademark negotiations with Huawei for the name.

Mozilla introduces a new subscription service that proactively removes users' leaked personal information from numerous data broker websites.


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